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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,193
Reviews: 1,613
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 68
Gots: 400 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a hazy orangish-yellow with a mountain of dense, thick, foamy white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of spice, yeast, straw, and mild fruit. The taste is spicy with clove and coriander, there are notes of white grapes and banana, there's a little bubblegum, and some straw-like maltyness. There is a little booze that comes through as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm, and well carbonated.

This is a big tripel. It's occasionally boozy, but the flavor profile and mouthfeel make up for it.

12-02-2011 21:53:45 | More by tdm168
Photo of ElGordo


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a bright golden color with a creamy, stark white head that only makes a brief appearance. Powerful aroma of coriander and allspice, along with some nice Belgian ale yeast and light sweet malt. Palate is held down by a backbone of sweet, treacly malt, accented by the aforementioned spices and some fruity hops. Notes of peach and treacle are around in there, too. Body is a tad thin for a high-gravity beer, but still serviceable. A nice interpretation of an old-world style.

11-09-2005 05:28:46 | More by ElGordo
Photo of MattFrenzy


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Complex beer, probably on purpose to mask the 9.5% ABV. Full aroma of spice, fruit, malt, bit of hops and some alcohol. Taste is deep, medium body with hints of many things floating around the palette. Spicy, sweet, malt, carbonation, fruit, etc etc. You just have to try it. Another beer that can sneak up on you if you're not paying attention and go through a few bottles... but its oh so worth it.

06-20-2004 03:02:47 | More by MattFrenzy
Photo of Sixofsigmas


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Light blond, medium foam, good retention.

Sweet, alcohol, orange, clove, brown sugar, caramel, banana in the nose.

Clove, banana, alcohol, orange, dark grapes, grassy taste.

Nice carb for a light-medium bodied ale. Some alcohol warmth, but it dissipates before offending.

Very enjoyable tripel...would definitely drink again.

06-10-2011 08:02:53 | More by Sixofsigmas
Photo of saltydog

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Bottle dated July 30, 2003 tried October 29. Appearance: Golden yellow; slightly cloudy. Head fades rapidly. Smell: very spicy, some malt. Taste: Dominated by spiciness. Some malt sweetness, some earthy hops. Mouthfeel: creamy, fairly thick. Drinkability: Good, but would prefer more dryness in the beer, and would be more appropriate to style.

10-30-2003 03:12:23 | More by saltydog
Photo of avaldivia


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Golden hay color. Very hazy with a decent size head. Little retention or lacing.

S: Very citrusy and spicy. Some really good yeasty notes.

T: Same as the smell. Very nice spice notes. I know it is at least decent when my roomates taste it and turn away in disgust saying, that is too flavorful.

M: Very light and crisp. Very well carbonated. Very refreshing.

O: No!!! I spilled the majority of it while trying to catch a football. I as really liking it and now it is gone. Good crisp beer to drink when it is hot out. I will have to pick up a sixer of this next time.

08-25-2011 04:42:22 | More by avaldivia
Photo of hanco005


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Only bought a single, 12 oz bottle, indicating it was bottled on Sep 07 05, poured into my St. Bernardus glass

A—pours golden yellow and cloudy, no head at all…I poured it very slowly to avoid the floaties, no lacing either

S—spicy, over ripe fruit such as banana and melon, mild hints of pepper, a little perfumy as well

T—the ripe fruits and spices come out immediately, the alcohol is hidden well at first, but starts to come out more as it warms, a little bit sweet, overall flavors are balanced very well

M—fizzy, medium bodied, medium/high carbonation

D— good. I ‘d have this again for sure.

05-26-2006 13:57:08 | More by hanco005
Photo of parkeak0

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

A: Dark golden, hazy, perhaps a bit darker than typical for the style. While foamy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Tart/funky yeastiness, spice. A good bit of alcohol in the nose and a nice, slightly skunky hop twang.

T: On the sweeter side. Plenty of spice, as indicated on the label. Cloves? Coriander? Pale malt, champagne. Understated (though definitely present) hoppiness. The beer definitely opens up a good bit as it comes to room temperature.

M: Medium body, crisp. Medium carbonation. About par for the course for a tripel, in my opinion.

D: At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol is pretty well hidden in this brew. Pretty drinkable for a tripel, but probably a bit too strong to be a session brew for me.

This is a nice tripel, even if it isn't the most traditional interpretation of the style. A nice offering from one of my favorite breweries on the east coast.

08-05-2009 03:14:22 | More by parkeak0
Photo of RedHaze


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a 1 finger white head that quickly fades to a thin cap, with pretty good lacing.

Smell; cloves, orange peel, bananas and hay. It smells like what you would expect from a Belgian style Tripel. It's one of those smells I've really come to like over my years of beer drinking.

Taste; pretty much follows how it smells, with the cloves, oranges, bananas, and those Belgian yeasts. There's just a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish. Mouthefeel is just a little thin for a Tripel. Overall this is a good beer that I will drink again.

11-03-2005 00:53:45 | More by RedHaze
Photo of Slynger


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Golden Monkey pours a deep golden color with an apricot tinge, and a modest sized fuzzy white head that doesn't quite match up to belgian standards.

The nose is sweet malty banana bread, with soft apple fruitiness and some sweet spices.

Pleasant medium-full body has soft creamy carbonation with a smooth, soothing, coating mouthfeel. Sweet banana bread maltiness holds the most weight in the flavor. Light fruity overtones with a nice amount of coriander and black pepper spiciness that shows in the finish.

Golden Monkey is a pretty good american attempt at a belgian but doesn't come close to the real deal. Still a good beer though.

05-12-2008 02:29:34 | More by Slynger
Photo of mltobin


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours cloudy golden with a fizzy white head an inch thick. Small sediments make their way through the beverage. The head has good retention as it laces the glass nicely as I consume this beer. Aroma is spicy. Orange peel/orange curaco. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. Very nice. This beer has some taste. There's a bit of alcohol. There's a bit of hard candy. There's some spice, including cinnamon and pepper. A bit lemony. Tangy. All of this backed up with a nice belgian malt backbone. Very complex beer. Has a light-to-medium body I would say. Very drinkable for a beer with this much alcohol.

03-23-2008 04:24:31 | More by mltobin
Photo of Vancer


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Hey, how ‘bout that monkey? A very nice cut at a Belgium golden ale – I bet it was a lot cheaper too!

A nice clear golden ale greeted me upon the pour. A fizzy white head would pop up with an aggressive pour, some lacing.

Winter spice and hints of Belgium yeast in the aroma and quaff. Also noted the ol’ coriander and orange peel, nice fruity/sweet start, but a tad harsh (alcohol) in the finish. In fact, that was the one drawback to an otherwise fine brew.

Sharp and tangy, a fine sipper – and a big saludos to BeerBeing for the brew!

07-02-2006 17:06:37 | More by Vancer
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Have enjoyed the Monkey many times over the years, so I'm glad to finally review it.

Poured a beautiful, opaque golden color. I could actually hear the bubbles of carbonation, however it produced very little head which dissipated quickly.

Has a fruity smell, dominated by ripe banana, with hints of apricot and spices, and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste is similar, with a little clove and sweet plum also coming through. Alcohol content is more apparent as it warms, but still doesn't seem anywhere close to the 9.5% packed in this tripel.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with only light carbonation. Leaves a bit of film on the back of the tongue.

Understandable why this tasty tripel falls in Victory's year-round rotation.

04-15-2007 18:50:26 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of clayrock81


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

A light-tan gold body that had a two finger head that died quickly and didn't leave much lacings.
I got a big whiff of citrus and spices, especially some orange, but not much else. Unbelievable smoothness and spicing in this beer, as it is medium-bodyish. The spiciness hits first, then it smooths over the tongue with some caramel and the citric flavors kick in, like orange, and then there is a peppery backbite. To be honest, after the first sip I thought that maybe the bartender gave me the hefe beer next to this, but I checked the bottle to make sure. Not too much malt, but it did have a little breadiness to it (I think). I don't know, I thought this beer tasted real good and I'd have another (I wouldn't session it). People who have had it told me it isn't that good, but I disagree. I don't know, I'd say give it a shot and let your taste buds form their own opinion. (Note: Like stated before, it tasted like a hefeweizen and I love hefe's, so maybe that's why I like it)

04-19-2008 14:47:32 | More by clayrock81
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Reminded me of Duvel but with more spices and less carbonation. Me like

A- Nice transluscent gold color with carbonation present but a weak head with no retention

S- Smells like spices with bubblegum clove leading the pack. I also detect spearmint and that classic yeasty beer smell

T- Taste is good and does an ok job of conquering the alcohol. Mostly herbal spices in place of hops. Has a very distinct Belgian yeast, sweet fruity character to it.

M- Feel is just about the best part of this beer. Low carbonation and a light body make it a quick delivery.

D- Too spicy to be chuggable but it is very pleasant in slow consumption

10-06-2008 02:12:16 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of ckeegan04


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

A - Cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Head quickly fades and leaves very little lacing.

S - Strong bready and yeasty aroma. Lots of banana with light lemony hints.

T - Sweet banana with a slight bready characteristic as well. A very strong yeast taste as well. Somewhat tart giving you a little bit of a puckering sensation.

M/D - Light to medium bodied. Alcohol is not string in the taste at all but you can quickly feel it hit you.

08-03-2008 02:58:33 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of jeddsp


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a lemony yellow, decent head. Have to be careful of the pour as you can easily pour a lot of the sediment from the bottle into your beer. Sweet smell....very fruity. This is a very drinkable beer, especially in the summer. I can see myself enjoying more then a few of the while the BBQ is heating up.

05-03-2010 19:33:30 | More by jeddsp
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

This beer poured a clear medium gold and produced await bubbly head about one and a half fingers high. It dissipates rather fast and leaves little Toni lacing.
The smell is of fruit, honey and yeast.
The taste is quite nice and the tart fruit and honey notes are up front. The middle is very malty with a good dose of yeast. Banana flavors are present. In the finish is a little more hop present.
Nicely balanced medium bodied beer, very drinkable, but there are better contenders in this category. But I liked it very much!

12-30-2011 05:27:41 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of SassyBootblack


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

On tap at the local Old Chicago, bless their hearts. I feel like this stands taller in my memory than when I had this in the bottle ages ago.

Appearance: A crystal clear gold color. Thin white head.

Smell: Phenols and, I'm guessing, some sort of noble hop.

Taste: Big pepper and phenol taste. Sweet pilsner flavor to counteract dryness.

Mouthfeel: Approriately thin for a tripel.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable, like all good strong Belgians.

11-11-2010 17:59:32 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of CHADMC3


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin, foamy white head, which quickly dissipates leaving very little lacing behind while the lively carbonation continues to dance up from the bottom of the glass.

An abundant aroma of cloves, coriander spice, yeast, and fresh hops drifts from the glass.

The flavor resembles the aroma mirroring the clove, spice, and prominent yeast flavors. The hops are more floral or piney, and there is also a slight citrus zest.

The Golden Monkey is medium in body, and fairly high in carbonation with a pleasant palate full of just enough character to take the bite out of the abv.

This is a great Tripel and one of my favorite Victory brews. Tons of flavor to sample and way too easy to enjoy.

06-08-2009 01:28:00 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of Mongrel


3.91/5  rDev +6.3%

A - pours a hazy honey-gold with a couple fingers of white suds that recedes to a healthy film. Moderate lacing. Looks Belgian and wheaty.

S - smell is cool, almost minty, with a little clove and banana peeking through. Also a hint of pink fruit. Intriguing nose.

T - juniper, ginger, banana, guava, peppercorn, cotton candy, orange peel and honey. Sweet, spicy and herbal. What's not to like? A really nice not-so-restrained take on a traditional Belgian tripel.

M - mouthfeel is medium and buttery, with a tiny rye/wheat bite.

Overall - a boozy treat that hides it's alcohol well and delivers on flavor. Although there are definitely some consistency issues and they should be glad I'm reviewing this bottle and not the last one I had, which was flat and flavorless in comparison, with none of the robust banana-wheat characteristics.

01-09-2014 03:34:16 | More by Mongrel
Photo of badbeer


3.9/5  rDev +6%

Pours a pretty nice golden color with a nice white head that stays for the whole glass. Smell has banana, some clove, lots of breadiness, there seems to be some pepper-like spices. As it warms more, the smell has a sour apple and overripe fruit smell to it as well. Taste starts out with a combination of apricot and banana, moving into some clove and a spicy bread finish. Medium carbonation and medium to full body. Pretty nice, I would probably have this once and a while, worthy of a try.

07-25-2006 04:24:38 | More by badbeer
Photo of brewQ


3.9/5  rDev +6%

Bottled Oct21 04

My first Monkey- a warm yellow-gold color.
Exceptionally fluffy white head with tenacious cling.

An interesting amalgam of spices and aroma, though I couldn't id them all. The taste was incredibly full. Sweet and yeasty, with a silky finish.

Drinkable and deceptive at 9.5%.
(The bartender told me she tries not to recommend this beer to younger beer drinkers!)

02-10-2005 14:13:57 | More by brewQ
Photo of BetterDarker


3.9/5  rDev +6%

12 ounce bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Impressive billowy and fluffy white head with great lacing. Pours a clear golden color; very nice looking beer.

S - Aroma has that classic Belgian hop profile, slight tart and earthy. Some biscuit like malt aroma as well. Despite it's 9.5% ABV, no booziness in the nose.

T - So far it looks like a triple, smells like one, and wouldn't you know, it tastes like one too. It has that distinctive Belgian yeast flavor, coupled with earthy hops and a sweet finish. Alcohol is well masked.

M - Medium body, smooth with good carbonation.

D - A good, solid beer, ABV is masked well, this was included in a mix pack, glad a have a few more, but I probably will not buy a six pack of just this.

02-24-2010 13:21:58 | More by BetterDarker
Photo of pmcadamis


3.9/5  rDev +6%

A - Pale yellow-gold with a surprisingly small one and half finger head of crisp white foam. The beer is slightly hazy, and leaves some wet spots of lace on the glass. When in the light, the color becomes much more brilliant and almost highlighter yellow. The small head fades quickly to a thin collar and some flimsy smoke over the brew.

S - Lemon infused tea, wheaty twang, and a gentle suggestion of honey. The hops are floral, I can appreciate lots of coriander and other spices, and there are tons of citrus notes...predominately lemon rind. This smells much more like a witbier than a triple.

T - This tastes much more sweet and assertive than it smells. Big time fresh honeycomb straight from the hive, green apple, lemon cake, and some crisp lemon cookie like nuances. This looks and smells pretty boring, but the taste is really nice. Quite a surprise actually.

M - Medium to full bodied with an oily texture and prickly fine carbonation. This is pretty cool because it's at once aggressively carbonated and super slick. The alcohol is not detectable in the flavors, but you sure can feel it warm your throat from the inside. Nice.

D - Not a bad tripel at all. This has a lot of characteristics that remind me of a wit, but with tons more alcohol and sugar. Sort of reminds me of Celis Grand Cru.

02-22-2008 16:03:41 | More by pmcadamis
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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