Victory Merry Monkey Review: Is This a Worthy Belgian-style Ale?

Victory Merry Monkey beer is one of those beers everyone seems to want for Christmas. It is produced by Victory Brewing Company and is an excellent variant of its Golden Monkey.

Victory Merry Monkey Review Infographic

To be more specific, it combines cinnamon, cranberry, and nutmeg with Golden Monkey’s flavor profile to create a unique spicy beer. If you’re thinking of having this Belgian-style ale at your next hoppy hour, read our review to know what to expect.

Victory Merry Monkey Stats

CountryUnited States (Pennsylvania)
BrandVictory Brewing Co. – Downingtown
StyleBelgian-style Pale Strong Ale
TasteHas a nice spicy taste with hints of citrus fruits and yeast. There’s also a distinct sweet maltiness and cranberry taste that is balanced by spicy hops.
BodyIt is a medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It is smooth and easily drinkable. Also, it has a syrupy feel and leaves a crisp, spicy dry finish.
ABV10 percent alcohol content
Flavor and AromaIts flavors are cinnamon, citrus notes, malt, and spice. The aroma is similar to cranberry, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and banana scents.
Serving Temperature45 – 50 degrees Fahrenheit

Tasting Notes

Victory Merry Monkey Review Tasting Profile

Victory Merry Monkey Review

Victory Merry Monkey tastes like a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cranberry, clove, and yeast in a beer mixture. It is quite spicy and has hints of fruitiness. There’s also an evident hoppiness and an alcoholic warmth that lingers on the palate.

A glance at most beer websites shows this beer has several positive reviews. Here is our unbiased review based on the following categories:

– Appearance

This Belgian-style ale comes in an appealing 12 oz. bottle with the image of a monkey holding up a glass against a Christmas-themed background. From the bottle, you can tell that this seems like a great beer for the winter holiday. It pours an orange or amber color with a rich, thick white head. This beer has great retention lasting for more than a minute.

Victory Merry Monkey Color

The foam head slowly dissipates and gives way to a nice lacing. We like that the thick lacing surrounds the glass all through the drinking period.

– Aroma

The most prominent notes of this beer are cranberry, cinnamon, pilsner malt, orange, and hints of pepper. There are also scents of nutmeg, hops, and a biscuit-like note. You can catch hints of a yeasty funkiness that reminds one of the crackers. The beer also has hints of banana, peach, and what might be coriander or clove.

This scent finishes off with a rich malty scent that’s probably from the pilsner malts or caramel malts. One thing to like about this Belgian-style ale is how all of these notes are combined in a way that masks the high alcohol content.

– Mouthfeel

This beer is a medium-bodied ale with gentle carbonation. It has a smooth mouthfeel and is quite sweet. In fact, this beer has a sweet mouthfeel almost throughout the experience, eventually giving way to an alcoholic warmth. With every gulp, you can feel its suppleness.

It also has a noticeable syrupy feel. The cinnamon and spiciness are present but not overwhelming. The beer leaves a crisp, dry finish.

– Flavor

The flavors of this beer are cracker malt mixed with nutmeg, cinnamon, and what may be clove spice. There are also citrus flavors in the form of orange and banana, and a peachy note. One can also detect a cracker-like yeast flavor that blends well with the cinnamon. All of these make for a spicy-flavored Belgian ale that is very easy to drink.

These flavors are balanced by a mild hop flavor that is noticeable but not assertive.

– Food Pairings

This beer, like most Belgian-style pale ales, pairs well with almost any meal. While the most common are sandwiches, pizza, and cheese, spicy meals are also a great pairing.

You can pair your cold bottle of this beer with grilled chicken, beef, buffalo wings, and pork. You can also pair it with a burger with barbecue sauce, salmon, and sweet dessert. It also pairs well with Mexican or Asian cuisines.


This spicy holiday ale is made from various malts, including Pilsner and roasted malted barley.

Victory Merry Monkey Recipe

It also contains a variety of hops, with Cascade and Tettnang being the most prominent. There are also notes of cranberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, and citrus peels.

Nutrition Facts

This beer contains 274 calories, 21 grams of carbs, 23 grams of net carbs, zero grams of protein, and zero grams of fat. This beer has a high amount of calories, so you may need to be careful about how much you drink, especially if you are watching your weight. It is also not a recommended drink if you follow a keto diet.

A bottle of Golden Monkey beer has 274 calories, similar to the number of calories in a Merry Monkey bottle.


Merry Monkey beer was first introduced to the public in 2020. It is produced by Victory Brewing Company, a Pennsylvania-based brewery that has been creating beers since 1996. The beer is a variation of Golden Monkey, a Belgian-style Tripel Ale by the same company.

Known for its cranberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, and citrus notes, it is a lot spicier and more flavorful than Golden Monkey. It also features cascade hops, which aren’t present in Golden Monkey.


Merry Monkey is a worthy variation of the popular Golden Monkey beer. Here’s an outline of the main points discussed in this review:

Victory Merry Monkey Final Thoughts
  • Victory Merry Monkey is a variation of Golden Monkey and is produced by Victory Brewing Co.
  • It features heavy notes of cinnamon, cranberry, nutmeg, orange peels, and yeast. There is also a hint of roasted barley malt that adds to the beer’s profile.
  • The beer tastes almost the same way it smells, with a maltiness and citrus notes that give way to moderate and spicy bitterness.
  • It is medium-bodied with gentle carbonation. It is smooth and leaves a crisp, spicy dry finish.

Even though we think this brew is a tad too spicy for a Belgian-style ale, it is a good variant of Golden Monkey, produced by the same company. If you enjoy beers with bold spiciness and flavors, then you should grab a bottle of this Belgian ale at your next merry hangout!

5/5 - (17 votes)

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