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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,925 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,925
Reviews: 1,718
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 112
Gots: 902 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Ratings: 4,925 | Reviews: 1,718
Photo of johnnyc87
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More fruity. Was expecting a Belgian and like others say it seems more like a blonde Than anything

Photo of iannutter
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: beautiful color, but crappy head retention

Smell: quite delicious actually, very spicy, but still sweet and mellow

Taste: very tasty, but now very complex

Feel: smooth.

Overall: A pretty tasty belgian Trippel, especially if you don't wanna spend too much (I got mine for $6.99/750mL), but be careful! The 9.5% will knock you on your ass pretty quickly!

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold (4) with thick white head and good carbonation. Notes of plantains, sour balls and cloves. Clovey start, more fruity than spicy. Medium mouthfeel. There is a heaviness in the body. Malt and cloves hide alcohol.

Photo of Mattsacr3
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I enjoy this beer right up until the after taste..

Photo of TopherBreski
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

To compare this to other Triples, it's bad. It's really not a Triple but as a golden, this beer is great!! Excellent yellow color, strong citrus smell, tastes smooth, excellent beer.

Photo of jetpilot12
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Very subtle and smooth for a higher percentage beer.

Photo of Emceewiggles
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I really love this beer but I feel that it is more of a golden than a triple. Just too weak for a triple.

Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From bottle into a tulip, appearance was a light golden with some suspended particulate. Good initial head and retention.

S - firm belgian yeast notes, faint candi sweetness, spice notes of allspice/nutmeg, some leafy notes mixed in with some peppery yeast spice.

T - sweet start then lots of spice coming in with quite a bubbly carbonation. Notes of pepper, nutmeg, leafy, and yeasty, flowery and quite sweet also especially nearer the finish. Good and the sweetness coats the spices into an easy drinking belgian triple.

M - big, very thick with a n aggressive carbonation, and slightly boozy, leading to a very crisp finish but with a lingering spice aftertaste. Perceptible alcohol.

A good beer but its isn't perfect and has its faults. Taste is not but, the spice notes are forced, camouflaging the true yeast character. I think there is also a bit much alcohol presence, essentially it tries hard to be in your face, while maintaining a very sweet character to ease it all down. Lacks the finesse of the style, but it is worth a try.

Photo of Wilshade
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Belgian Style Tripel
ABV: 9.5%
Glassware: Oversized wine glass, but brewery recommends a tulip.

Appearance: Translucent dark gold with effervescence, and a thin head.
Smell: Bold spicy aroma
Taste: Strong and rich in spices with herbal and flowery notes.
Mouth feel: A nice kind of bubbly.

Overall, a nice interpretation of a Belgian Tripel. "Nice" and "pleasant" seem to be the best description for this beer. Has some character in that the high ABV is foreshadowed in the taste and feel. You know you're gonna get a good swift kick. Where the "best" Belgians seem more refined and hide their ABV much better. This one has a classically American "Ruffian" character to it.

Photo of Shade1951
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid, though not great Belgian. It has a nice dark amber color and a reasonably spicy fragrance. The flavor is nice, though not as good as some of the imports I've had. Fortunately, there is little of Victory's signature "hops mania" in the flavor. I like hops, a lot, but not too much in a Belgian. Victory has a tendency to go overboard with hops even in beer styles that generally don't warrant it.

Overall, this beer is not a favorite of mine, but it is enjoyable and I would gladly drink a couple every now and then.

Photo of Bugcatcher
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm usually not much of a tripel guy i stay more on the hoppy side but this beer was delicious

Photo of hokieguy95
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: slightly clear but dirty golden orange color if there is such a description. A slightly 1/2 finger head that dissipated quickly. carbonation is underwhelming. Not the prettiest beer in this style; rather average and not inviting.

S: yeast and malty nose upfront, with some hints of citrus fruits in the background as well as some medicinal aromas. Not a very dominant aroma and rather faint.

T: Citrus and spiciness and Malty upfront, with a slight medicinal, bitter and light chalkiness in the finish. Extremely sweet but only boarders on being syrupy. Tastes very similar to the aroma. Alcohol is balanced with the malt and hidden well.

M: moderately creamy and medium bodied. Tingly spice but not overly carbonated to my preferences with a pronounced sweetness. Slightly chalky on the finish.

O: An average but drinkable Tripel. The 9.5% ABV really sneaks up on you after a pint, so watch out! Could be more dry and digestable which tends to be the standard measure of a very good Belgian beer. A little too sweet for my tastes and not enough complexity for the style. I would try again if offered.

Photo of nakedasajbird
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this one is underrated. Just sayin'.

Photo of ZBowden
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden orange with a small white head, smells yeasty and biscuity with spicy hops, tastes yeasty with warm maltiness smooth easy hops on the end, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

Photo of BT25
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer does not get nearly enough credit for the tripel ale that it is. So many people buy this beer expecting another classic 'Victory' production (hoppy, seedy, earthy, etc) but this is so different and magnificent. Packs a really enjoyable smooth taste.

Photo of Lukasbane
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. Good carbonation, a sour aftertaste, definetly golden look. Sometimes you can taste an alcahol aftertaste is the only downside, but with a 9.5% its good

Photo of Streven
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reminds me of home / Family

Photo of alisadk
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First sip at Union Cattle Hermosa Beach fall 2011 with Guillermo.

Photo of Seantoal
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just tried the golden monkey from victory and while I haven't had a lot of experiences with tripels I must say I was overall impressed.
C: Golden straw color, close to what you would expect put of a tripel
B: Medium body not too highly carbonated
T: Light citrus undertones with a slight dankness from the alcohol but very well hidden considering the ABV. Boozy numbness felt in the throat after the first couple sips but after 2 or 3 of these they definitely go a little more unnoticed
M: Mouthfeel is not very crisp but some noticeable carbonation. Does leave a slight "coating" of the tongue but not bad thing. A little on the thicker side of medium

Overall I would buy this beer again if I was seeking something with high alcohol and a little different from my normal ipa or porter/stout mood. Will definitely leave you warm and loose after a few of these

Photo of toronadotornado
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Five 50 bar in Las Vegas, NV

Photo of Lemke412
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft - NJ - Stirling Hotel

Photo of michaelmarolla
1.13/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

I was very disappointed with this beer. This is the first and last time I will be trying a beer from Victory Brewing. I'm sorry, but to be completely honest, I haven't had a beer quite this unpleasant tasting in a very long time. I would like to get my money back for this one.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay goblet

A: Golden yellow with a collar and some slight lacing. Looks like yellow Gatorade from above.
S: Yeasty with some fruity esters. Quite singular in focus.
T: Again, kind of a one note. Tastes like it smells. Yeasty and Belgian.
M: Quite mellow carbonation, but it makes itself felt. Fizzy and foamy.
O: Not bad. A decent, easy to find Tripel that is quite strong and pretty cheap.

Photo of Volbeer
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic... a great Belgian beer, smooth, spicy and very easy to drink. Don't know why there are so many negatives.

Photo of JarMills
4.74/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reminded me of a true Belgian beer.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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