Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

5,060 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,060
Reviews: 1,762
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 124
Gots: 1,046 | 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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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Westmalle chalice at fridge temperatures.

A: Pours a hazy dark straw color. No head whatsoever. Moderate to high carbonation, with very large bubbles. Not a good looking tripel.

S: Aroma is somewhat muted. Generally, a light bready/yeasty aroma, with some tropical fruit and an herbal note, like chamomille.

T: Flavor is a light toffee, supported with a fruity note and some well balanced spice. Carbonation provides a nice counterpoint. Lingering finish that reminds me of banana.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, appropriate for the style.

D: Fairly drinkable, although nothing unusual for the style.

Overall: This is a decent tripel, and a beer I would certainly drink again. However, its appearance is a disappointment, and there are many other examples of the style on the market that are superior.

Photo of mariposafan
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A moderately hard pour into a Duvel tulip almost fills the glass with a murky pale orange body topped by a full, fluffy banana scented head. The head dies back most of the way but some lacing remains.

Bananas, cloves, maybe some peppery notes, with some alcohol to kick it in the pants. Smells like a hefeweizen on steroids.

Bananas, cloves, a little sweetness and a lot of alcohol. Very solvent-like alcohol - pretty harsh. Some citrusy character, orange or lemon, but it's very much in the background. Too much bitterness, though I wonder if it isn't just the alcohol since it doesn't feel the same as most bitter drinks I've had.

Thinnish mouthfeel but with good carbonation to cut through some of the alcohol. Creamier would have been better but wouldn't have had a chance against the alcohol.

Did I mention the alcohol? Whew! Some beers are 10% and drink like they're 6%, this one is 9.5% and drinks like it's 14%.

Photo of cjl1209
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Gold and shiny with noticeable suspended particles; head only comes with a hard pour after that it dissipates quickly, lace is nonexistent.

S - An unpleasant sweet grass smell with notes of caramel.

T - Grass and caramel, maybe hints of toffee. Definite alcohol. There's a lingering taste like you just mowed the lawn.

M - Very light, average carbonation

D - Rather harsh considering the lingering taste and heavy alcohol notes. Only 2 of these max.

Photo of Krakistophales
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours orange with a bit of a white head that disappears quickly, but has great carbonation

S: Pretty muted nose. A touch of orange zest, bit of spice, maybe a hint of cider, but that's it.

T: Also pretty bland. Starts off with a bit of orange and spice, with the middle turning into a touch of bready/yeasty flavor, and finishes with a pretty nasty bitterness that's left in your mouth. I don't understand it.

O: Probably the worst tripel I've ever had. Oh well, it's only a bomber.

Photo of Hokies
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange color, cloudy with some head and no lacing.

S: Light fruit smell with yeast and cloves.

T: Strong upfront with some clove flavor that finishes dry with some peppery taste to it and alcohol burn at the end.

M: Carbonated and dry.

D: Nice to have only a few.

Overall not my favorite style but still a nice version of a tripel.

Photo of BTPete
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Victory Golden Monkey

tripel, tap @ savannah's - albany, ny

A: golden, perfectly see through with little to no head. What little head was there dissipated away as I drank from DFH snifter.

S: a little earthy, citrus, slight banana.

T: this one seems smooth but not as complex or inviting as I'd like. Good, not great.

M: a little thin, wishing for more carbonation on this. Complex style, not mastered here.

D: I drank it and might sample again, interested in tap v bottle. I found it hid the alcohol decently well and gave me a nice smile on lunch break, didn't invite me back for more though. Lunch on the other hand was excellent.

Photo of mat5175
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

i actually like this quite a bit. Other reviewers are right though, this is a poor example of the style. But i don't really drink it as an exmple. Weak head, that certainly doesn't last, and the lacing is weak when it's there at all. Very full and silky mouthfeel however. The flavor may not be rich and complex, but i really like it's basic profile; not too sweet and not as bitter or alcoholic as others of the style. In an odd way this reminds me of Midas Touch from DogFishHead. Not as sweet or complex, but far more economical. A great strong beer for a Friday night at home if you can get it easily.

Photo of iSip
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory Golden Monkey Triple: The Belgian Triple style is so different, it’s almost not beer, but makes for a great dessert! So how does Victory Brewing offering fare? It has a rich golden color in the glass, is appropriately translucent, and has a thin off-white head. The aroma is right in there for a triple: yeasty, fruity and sweet. The flavor starts out as a wonderful triple: complex, sweet and yeasty bready. But the finish, which should be the climax of a good triple falls a bit short, even some bitter comes through. Worth a try, but there are better triples out there.

Photo of CMG-PSU
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It says it is spicey and it is. Not my taste but to be fair it is as advertised.

Photo of mjurney
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Bright golden color, hazy, tons of carbonation, very little head, leaves no lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Spice, a little banana, grainy, perfume.
[Taste]: Sweet malty up front, I could taste a little cloves and banana, peppery in the mid-palate, hint of lemon peel, alcohol bite at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Medium-light bodied, carbonation is about medium, strong alcohol warmth, rough finish.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is pretty low, this beer is kicking my butt.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a wide mouth wine glass.

Murky golden yellow body with a small white head.

yeast "Saison" smell to it.

Yeast taste with a hint of orange and some spices in the aftertaste.Its also a bit syrpy

Easy going down and very warming.easy on the carbonation as well.

Good tasting beer,jusy on qualm, its the yeast taste to it,im not fond of it.Other then that its very solid and worth seeking out

Photo of yelterdow
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served between fridge and cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip. Bottled on April 17, 2006... this should be drinking well right about now.

Appearance- Pours a clear, "nuclear" gold... I say that because there's an interesting yellow-green thing happening here. The white, two finger head settles to a mess of various sized bubbles that wander aimlessly on the surface. Aside from the quiet stream of fizz lifting from the etched "D" in my glass, this is just average.

Smell- Spices and Belgian hop aromas abound... I get traces of vanilla and coriander amongst some other notes I can't identify. This is smelling more and more like a witbier, with some parallels to Allagash's flagship beer... but without the orange peel. The alcohol is just now rearing its head. After adding the sediment, a fuller richness adds complexity and smooths out the aromas.

Taste- This is going to hurt... Golden Monkey is all about spices and flavor, but it's just too much. Too much bombastic, tongue-lashing flavor. It begins slightly sweet, then it goes deep into the spice cabinet and dumps a few shakes into your mouth... without the little white plastic thingies with the holes so you don't overspice your food. I love tripels, but at 9.5% the alcohol is a detractor. Way overdone spicewise.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I like the medium, slick carbonation very much... it feels right for this beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't give me more of a reason to go back to the fridge and enjoy another one... drinkability is hindered previously. I would suggest finding the right culinary match for this beer and giving it a chance to shine, because it could use some balancing.

Photo of MaxBrews
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As someone who loves Belgian beers and especially triples this beer is disappointing and problematic.

First we can start with the pour, regardless of what glass I've attempted to use I cannot get a good head out of this beer. The dissipation of the head is also very quick. I'm currently reviewing this in a snifter. The color is also alarmingly lighter in color then most triples. The first tripel I had was La Fin Du Monde and it seduced with its almost sensual orange glow. Golden Monkey however is straw colored, but not in the golden way Belgian pales are. Lacing is actually fair and soapy but still falls short for the style at hand.

You'd normally be aware to decant your beer properly to insure yeast sediment doesn't get in, however its hard to with this beer. Instead you get a very fine hazy sediment.

The typical clove and orange peel aroma is there with and a tad of Belgian yeast funk. The yeast, the spices and alcohol create a spicy aroma but one that clashes. Its almost akin to decomposing fruits.

As and mouth feel this beers a little light in the pants. Body is extremely light and flavors are really subdued. Belgian yeast, alcohol, orange peel and clove take center stage upon first sip and fade quickly to notes of grass and straw that shouldn't be as well as a solvent-like alcohol flavor. Those two flavors take the floor more then the spices and yeast.

Overall this beer tastes like more of an attempt to make a Belgian Strong Pale ale rather then a Tripel. Overall a decent beer but its clearly missing its style and not in experimental way. Just mediocre. In your local bottle shop spring for a 4pk or 750 of LA Fin Du Monde or Chimay. You're likely to find those.

Photo of MadScientist
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden with a excellent clarity. The long lasting off-white head of compact bubbles leaves a some lacing on the glass.

S: Moderate lighter fruit notes of pears and peaches dominate the aroma with a moderately-light pepper and spicey phenols. The hops and alcohol add a light floral element. There is a faint malt softness in background.

T: A harsh bitterness dominates the flavor followed by moderate spice flavors for the first several sips. Without enough malt support for balance the moderately-high bitterness is sort of pithy like a bitter orange rind. There is a faint malt softness and a light floral hop flavor but not much of either. The bitterness lingers long past the dry finish

M: A moderately-light body beer with a moderately-high level of carbonation. There is a bit of warmth from the alcohol, a faint astringency and no creaminess

O: The high level of bitterness from the hops and spices make this tough on every sip and I'm a fan of highly hoped, very bitter IPA. Too bitter is phrase I haven't used until I met the Golden Monkey thought my palate adjusted half way through the bottle.

Photo of Popkas
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a golden orange with a thin head.

S: Interestingly nothing jumping out at me. Maybe a little sweetnees followed by a touch of alcohol.

T: A little malt, apple and clove.

M: Crisp and dry with a fair amount of bubbling.

D: Not my cup of tea.
Overall this is not one of my favorite styles and not one of my favorites from the style.

Photo of JimsArcade
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(12 oz, Bottled on 10/23/03) Decanted properly into a standard pint glass, Golden Monkey pours creamy, clear light-orange in color with a one-finger thick white head. I say "decanted properly" because this beer has more yeast sediment than any other beer I've seen, although some bottles have a lot more sediment than others. This bottle has a lot, and I lost nearly 1/5 of the beer to keep the yeast out. Having the yeast there is not bad, but I generally prefer to keep as much of it out of my glass as possible. If you pour the rest in (I won't for this review, though), the liquid becomes cloudier. After a few moments, the yeast spreads evenly throughout the glass and stays practically motionless. If it wasn't so viscous, I'd swear that it looks like beer Jell-O.

In the nose, the aroma is lightly-sweet, with hints of kiwi and Granny Smith apples, and very crisp. Bringing the aroma into the mouth, it becomes fuller with hints of apple pie. It just smells very light and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is richer than the smell implies. It's creamy with very mild carbonation.

What I have noticed in the past is that one bottle of Golden Monkey rarely tastes the same as another. This time is no exception. The first taste is only mildly sweet. Hints of caramel can be detected, as well as some alcohol, though not to the degree that is really in there. The aftertaste is much sweeter, though, with hints of malt and cinnamon bun: a syrupy sweetness. For a beer with so little detectable hops, it goes down WAY too easy, which can be "dangerous" in an extended session. Oddly enough, the carbonation becomes more noticeable towards the finish. A good beer this time.

Previous GM's I've had are super-sweet or citrusy or even pretty mellow. I have had more than my share of GM bottles that I have not enjoyed, though. The only time I've had it taste good consistently was at the brewery itself.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Certainly a belgian style brew but not quite as drinkable as i would have expected. It poured a very hazy light gold color with no lacing and a tiny head. Very small bubbles rising at amazing speed! Unfortunately this smell contained way too much essence of steel reserve which is fuckloads of apples and alcohol. It has sort of a weird cidery taste to it. The taste follows a similar road but the clove at least makes it beliganny. The mouthfeel was fizzy and light. Drinkability low to medium. I still might be able to reccomend this one i just need to have a few more(another day). and Jesuss, let it warm up first.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Huge head, decent retention. Transparent golden color. Nice carbonation is present.

S: Honey malts are dominant followed by some spices. The smell is slightly floral. There is a tiny hint of something... I detect it in all victory beers I have tried... like a candy sweetness which I do not like.

T: Nice sweet malts up front; they are complex and spicy. This is followed by an alcohol kick and a little bitterness at the end. This is decently well balanced. A bit like you are drinking some type of strong nectar.

M: Smooth mouth-feel, but I detest the alcoholic kick at the end. It is quite strong.

D: This is not a session beer. Decent effort, better than the victory beers i have had so far- I must say, I am not a fan of the brewery- there is always a fake/chemical candy sweetness present in their beers...

Photo of emerge077
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on Dec 13 '06.

At 9.5%, I was hoping this would turn out better than it did, but it's not too far off from when I had this fresh (minus the alcohol heat). This particular bottle had zero head, and looked like apple juice. Whiff of fruit, dull dusty bubble gum.

Flavors are alright, ultra sweet juicyfruit gum, drying alcohol in the finish. Body is mellow and carbonation is low. Mild astringency, some floral aspect to the aftertaste. Overall it's not bad, just not something I would return to.

Photo of brdc
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks cookin420 for this one.
Small capped bottle poured into a goblet.

Hazy bright golden brew, very nice color but little head to crown its top, and whatever white head is there disappears in a minute or so; very little lacing for the style.
Aroma is nice, if a bit too sweet to the point of getting annoying over time; fruity, mostly bananas, and candy sugar.
Firm on the palate, it is not nearly as sweet as the nose suggested; although fruity and candy like notes abound, alcohol and a bitter bite come and go to provide some balance. It lacks depth, and over time the sweet stuff just overpowers. I am a big fan of both sweet beers (which this one was not supposed to be)and belgian style ales, unfortunately this one does not please me a lot on either aspect.

Photo of cracgor
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is pretty terrible. The first two I poured out had no head retention at all. I gave the third a fair chance and a different glass. No help at all. It's a golden beer with absolutely no head. Smells like sweet alcohol at first. A second smell gives it a fruitier almost grassy smell which is pretty good. The taste is quite similar to the smell, if perhaps more grassy. Not bad, just not all the hype I've heard about it. It has a nice full body and a hint of alcohol warmth, which is probably the nicest feature of this beer. Nothing would really stop me from drinking this beer, except that it's 10% alcohol and the crappy appearance.

Photo of granger10
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whoa this is a big, thick triple. Kind of odd. Pours a brilliant golden color with a medium bubbly head and lots of bubbles rising to the top. Smell is a bit odd, with spices and yeast along with a funk kind of smell that hits after a sec. Taste is really sweet in the malt department. Spices hit, and they seem different that other spices I have experienced in beers. There might have been some pepper and maybe some Belgian candi sugar, but there are other spices in there that I couldn't put my finger on. The spices seem too step too far and mask any delicacies this triple might have. The sweetness from the malts is also overbearing. Gets cloying after a while. The yeast notes toward the finish are the only thing saving this beer but its almost too late. Dont get me wrong, this beer wasn't horrible, im kinda not in the best mood right now and coming from Victory I was expecting more.

still much thanks to felonius phil for the sample

Photo of Bfarr
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy effervescent yellow orange, tight white head and great retention. Yeasty sweet with light fruit aromas. Yeasty alcohol and light apricot with a slightly salty/herbal finish. Sharp feel, slightly foamy.

A pretty basic tripel that’s not very easy to drink but okay to sip. Mostly yeast and herbal flavors that mellow a bit to an almost balanced sweetness.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Lazy Boy.

A:Cloudy golden color with white head and some lacing.

S: Yeast and hops. Almost smelled more like a wild ale than anything else.

T: Again I got a wild ale vibe here more than a tripel.The yeast is very prominent and it has that funky taste. Very sweet as well.

M: Med body with a slightly syrupy body. Low carbonation but works.

D:Not very drinkable. Between the sweetness and the funk. Could not pick up the ABV though. Much better examples of tripels out there.

Photo of zimm421
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a cloudy pale yellow color with a two-finger, bubbly white head. The head sticks around for a bit but doesn't leave much lacing.

The nose is pretty tame. There are notes of yeast, clove, banana and other spices. However, none of this really pops and doesn't impress me too much. The taste is more full, but almost in the wrong way... The yeastiness is so forward that it overpowers everything else and really mutes the other flavors. There is a spicy bite, and some banana at the end, but I'm not overly impressed by this.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp, sharp carbonation bite on the tongue. Leaves a sticky film in your mouth with each sip. Overall, not really impressed. I was hoping for more, but other tripels offer much more and are about as affordable. A decent brew to put down, but not going back for more.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 5,060 ratings.