Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
Tripels are a style of pale beer that originated in Belgium. Their unassuming straw color belies the big honkin’ alcohol levels typical of the style. Most of the world’s classic tripels still come from the motherland—Westmalle Tripe is perhaps the definitive example of the style—but American brewers are doing a bang-up job of offering their own twist on them. Pennsylvania’s own Victory Brewing does one called Golden Monkey, and it’s just as big and imposing and really damn tasty as its older brothers and sisters in Belgium. Spiced with coriander seed and featuring tremendous depth due to the Belgian yeast and high alcohol content (9.5 percent), Golden Monkey is a beer that can get you in trouble pretty quickly if you’re not careful, but it pairs so wonderfully with a meal that you’ll want to throw caution to the wind. Victory Golden Monkey is available in bottles at For Pete’s Sake Pub.