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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,397 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,397
Reviews: 1,627
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 72
Gots: 487 | 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:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of StoutHearted
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What to do with a gift certificate to a below-average beer distributer whose best-represented brewery is Victory? Buy Golden Monkey, of course! It's well-named, well, half well-named as it pours a gorgeous golden color. There's little to no head, which doesn't last long anyway and hardly any lace. You're just stuck with the bright gold color, not too shabby. The smell hinted to me of coriander, cloves and orange peel. It had a light, crisp taste but the alcohol soon swept in with a heaviness that weighed on the tounge. This beer cooked- if you're not prepared with water, just one will send you to Buzzville. Other 9+% beers I have had didn't hit me as hard. Usually I prefer beers room temperature, but this one I like cold; it preserves that crisp taste I mentioned earlier and I find that it's easier to distinguish the its earthy tones than when it's warmer. Warm, this beer is like watered-down scotch. The alcohol almost overpowers it.

P.S: I know a guy who can drink a case of this stuff in one sitting. During his lunch break. Proof that aliens do walk among us?

StoutHearted, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazy, apricot color with a minimal, white head that quickly fades into a slick and some minor, collar lace.
Aroma evokes a Belgian Abbey Tripel, with ripe bananas, bubble gum, and some clove-like spiciness.
Tingly carbonation teases the tongue, and a yeasty mushroon presence jumps in.
Taste is fruity sweet all the way through. Overripe bananas, apricots, coriander, and clove are all over the palate, while a yeasty, woodsiness tries to poke through. The yeast strain doesn't live up to its promise, despite a mild, horse blanket note. Finish is slightly syrupy, with a rum soaked fruit aftertaste.
This turned out to be an excellent tripel, although a little too sweet. Excellent effort here, by one of the best East Coast breweries.

merlin48, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of Shovelbum
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin dense bubbly head over a clear golden body. Head recedes rapidly. Aromas of sweet pale malt and a slight nip of coriander and pepper spice. Rounded malt sweetness upfront. Coriander and to alesser extent pepper providee nice complements along with a touch of citrus. A nice spicy hop bitterness in the finish as well. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy smooth upfront with a nice bitter crispness and clean finish at the end.

A great American Tripel. Big smooth malt presence balanced by the hops and spice. Complex and nice depth of flavor. The alcohol is well hidden.

Shovelbum, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of kidhatesyou
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into one of those fancy Sam Adams glasses.

Appearance - Nothing to complain about but nothing special either. I was expecting more for the price I paid but then again this is my first tripel. Barely any head, but I don't know if that is normal. It had beautiful lacing while drinking. But that lacing went away as quick as i drank it.

Smell - Definite banana smell from the head. The aroma is making me happier. After letting it sit, I still really liked the smell. It was subtle, but complex. Hints of bananas and nuts mostly. Everything was so intricate though. Judging the smell was hard for me.Trail mix would be the best way I could describe it. Pleasant, but not strong. Enjoyable although subtle. Very pleasant.

Taste - Very nice and good/strong wheat on the first small sip. Barely any hop-taste at all. I'm not sure if this is typical of this particular brew, but I liked it. Banana and citrus sweetness followed by brandy warmth without the burn. Very Agreeable considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel - As far as I know, I would call this thin to middle-bodied. When I drank it, I felt like I could chew on it, but only for a second. To me, it improved the flavor by being somewhat thick. Not enough to be called thick-bodied, but just enough. The carbonation was great. Not too carbonated, but just enough to enjoy. The beer sparkled in the glass and on the tongue, without being too carbonated.

Drinkabiliy - I would suggest bringing a 6-pack to split amongst friends, unless(!!!) if they don't like craft beers. This beer is more for the "snobs" than the Budweiser/Corona/Miller light crowd. I will surely make light work of this 6-pack, but I also like good beer. Cheers!

kidhatesyou, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out a bright glowing golden yellow with lots of suspended little flakes of yeast. Head ain't that big, about a quarter of an inch that does not leave much lacing.

S: Bright, light fruitiness, bits of banana and clove mixed in with a subtly citrusy fruitiness, pineapple being the most apparent of these.

T/MF: A bit of a Chimay White charter which is to say a complex yeasty character coupled with the bright fruitiness that was apparent in the aroma. Really quite refreshing for as big as this beer is and without a trace of alcoholic heat. Feel is substantial, wraps around your tongue and fills your mouth with beery goodness.

D: This six pack was a delight, a fine substitute for a Chimay if your are on a budget. Brings just about as much as a Chimay does to the party, though it could stand to look at little prettier.

bluemoonswoon, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of BryanRex
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear yellow/orange with plenty of carbonation (compared to the bottle version). Noisy head that disappointed into thin lace.

S - Citrus and bananas with hints of yeast and bread.

T - Pretty much the same as the smell with a slightly disappointing aftertaste compared to other tripels.

M - Incredibly light bodied with no indication that this is a 9.5 beer. Dangerous!

O - Feels like a standard pale ale, and regardless of the other reviews I feel this is an incredibly smooth beer. Definitely one of my favorite American beers along with Weyebacher's Merry Monks. Best bang for your buck on the market.

Serving type: growler

BryanRex, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits and spices. Taste is a good mixture of spices, fruits, and alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a very solid brew.

tone77, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of AaronRed
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Hazy looking beer at first, but evidence that there is a good amount of yeast in it. Nice flowery aroma emerges from the glass. This Belgian style Triple has a smooth, clean taste, imparting citrus like sweetness. Certainly not overpowering in taste, this beer packs a punch with it's alcohol content. The alcohol is hidden I feel, and one must be careful if they plan to have more than one. Overall a decent, easy to find triple, which can be consumed with a variety of foods.

AaronRed, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of BuckSpin
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to try a freshly tapped barrel. Poured a warm amber gold with a tight 1/2" head of white foam that clung incredibly, forming beer tree rings with each sip.

Nose was pleasing - light, sweet, reminiscent of honey and very mild citrus. Initial tongue is smooth & even, with a subtle, wonderful citrus (orange) presence noticable. Lite wisps of some spice present - very nice. A very enjoyable peak of hops rose on the tongue as the tastes continued to mingle. Its slick & smooth on the throat, the sensation (and slight taste) of honey comes to mind. It swallows sweet but not sugary nor out of kilter with the previous taste, leaving a very clean & inviting aftertaste.

A very enjoyable brew that would be an excellent kick-off to any session or pair well with some lively/spiced foods. Will enjoy this one anytime opportunity allows.

BuckSpin, May 18, 2005
Photo of MisSigsFan
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a thick white head. Smell is very unique. Yeast, spice, and fruitiness stand out right away. Taste is similar but has a strong alcohol taste following. Surprisingly easy to drink given the 9.5% ABV, much like other Victory brews with high ABVs. This being the only Tripel I've had, I'm very impressed and look to try others in the future.

Re-review 4/16/2013

Pours a light gold/yellow color with a two finger white head. Smell is of banana, spice, and some other sweetness. Taste is much of the same. Quite spicy with a boozy kick at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with below to average carbonation. Still very drinkable for a 9.5% ABV. A good tripel with spices, but there are much better.

MisSigsFan, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of dstc
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a decent white head. Head falls to a small one. Thin lace.

Nice spiced nose flavored with Belgian yeast.

Has a familiar Belgian Triple taste. Nicely spiced. Slight bitter aftertaste and a bit boozy.

Medium bodied and smooth with a slight alcohol bite.

Decent Belgian triple out of PA. Easy drinking and I would have one again.

dstc, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of soupyman10
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at the Fox and the Hound tonight. Tasty beer. Pours a nice fairly light copper color, although the head is pretty weak and dissolves really quickly. Nose is nice, lots of malt and dried fruit. Taste is solid as well; lots of molasses, brown sugar, some spices as well, and a little bit of fruitiness too. Feel is full and tasty, quite good overall. Not a bad beer; it's kind of a stereotypical tripel, embodying a lot of the characteristics I imagine in the style. It's good, just not great, and there a lot of great tripels out there (although maybe not quite as cheap as this one).

soupyman10, May 22, 2007
Photo of youngblood
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel glass with very little head. Quite disappointed actually. Shimmers with golden hues. Smells floral, bit of caramel and bread crust coming through, overall a bit subdued. The taste is quite good. Nice bit of hops of front blending into caramel/vegetal. Nice bit of spice with this. Had this with pasta and heavy spice, worked out quite well. This one goes down quite smooth, mouthfeel is light if not a bit carbonated. High ABV will put you down as I didn't get much alcohol taste here. Good beer, not great for the style though.

youngblood, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of climax
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Monkey was a cloudy pale gold with a bright white head, that finished to a film atop.

The nose had an extreme wheaty fermented blast to it, initially and throughout. Ripened pear and strawberries, coriander, and a dash of lemon zest made up a substantially potent aroma. All of which covered the alcohol very well.

The wheat was still pronounced in the flavor, but more equaled by sweeter pear and banana, and had even a slightly sour strawberry whack to it. Coriander and and a sour apple skin flavor made up the finish.

The body was quite robust, very mouth-coating. Copious carbonation settled down and the brew finished chalky and clean.

No lack of flavor in this one, that's for sure.

climax, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first Tripel I have sampled so I have nothing to compare it to WRT the style. Golden Monkey poured a hazy golden color with very little head. The aroma: citrus and astringent qualities was fairly pronounced. The taste remined me of the Delirium Tremens I had last week but without the head or the stronger aroma. The alcohol taste was more pronounced that the DT. I don't think I would take this one for granted if I didn't know the ABV. The taste was better and more complex as the beer warmed up, but this is probably not my style of beer. Golden Monkey was ok, but for this hop head, if I was going for something similar in taste to Golden Monkey, I would opt for DT instead.

JayQue, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of zrab11
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This pours a nice Golden color with a nice 1 finger head with little lacing

S- Has a big spicey aroma aroma with alitle hit of bananna and cinnamon coming through

T- Has a very spicey/citrus flavor to it, The alchol comes through alittle bit and finish's with a fint of banna

M-Light to medium body with a nice crisp finish.

D- Overall this beer is one of the gateway beers that got me into craft beer. Im reviewing it as i had it during my 1st impression. Ive since had it in a bottle and feel it to be alittle unbalanced but on draft is it a pleasant beer to drink and with a 9.8% it will sneak up on you fast

zrab11, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of PintOHops
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Snifter

A - Clear golden color with a very soapy 1-finger head that dissipated rather fast. No lacing was left on my glass but the beer remained looking somewhat lively in my glass.

S - It smells very sweet with lots of candy and banana notes everywhere. I also get clove and cinnamon with notes of banana nut bread. It smells pretty fresh with a bit of alcohol shining through all the sweet aroma's.

T - I get banana and bubble gum flavors upfront and throughout. The clove spice and bitterness seem to be competing with the alcoholic flavors towards the finish, but then some mild bready and very sugary flavors cut between both at the end. Pretty smooth for the amount of ABV but not to the extreme. As it warmed I got a bit more spice like cinnamon, and it even seemed a bit smoother tasting.

M - Soft and smooth with lite crispness and a medium body.

O - Overall this beer was good to me, it's not the best Tripel Ive had but it's good. It seemed to be a bit more sweet than anything else, I would have liked a bit more banana nut bread character in the taste, that I experienced in the aroma. I think I would have it again but probably pay a bit more for another Tripel. Worth a try for Tripel fans though. Cheers!

PintOHops, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of crookedhalo
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug 11, 2004. Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow with a white head. Aromas of sticky pale malts, candi sugar, white bread, spices, alcohol and a slight bit of orangy fruitiness. Sweet and warming on the palate, residual spicing shows up moreso in the finish. Alcohol's noticable, but a melange of flavor helps keep it under wraps. Fruitiness, bordering on tropical, melds pretty well the alcohol warmth and the spicing and dryness in the finish helps to bring everything full circle. Not a bad tripel at all, quite enjoyable.

crookedhalo, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of sodiepop
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle, golden and semi-hazy body with a fluffy white head. The head settles out to a nice cap with some lacing. The aromas mimic some qualities of traditional Belgian made Tripels but this is certainly anything but textbook to the style. Spicy yeast, candi sugar, sweet light malts and touches of alcohol fill the nose. The taste is similar but the booziness seems to be more pronounced. More spice, yeast, banana and hints of green apple. It feels overly bubbly, maybe a bit less would give it a creamier mouth. Nonetheless, a solid favorite especially for an American brewed Tripel.

sodiepop, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, golden color...one-fingered head that quickly disappated, leaving a thin ring around the edges...swirling brings back a light, foamy head

S- Mostly bananas and cloves...get some alcohol...nutty malts take it toward a banana bread aroma

T- Immediately tast the alcohol...spicy - cloves and allspice...lots of banana when the beer gets to the back of my mouth...sweetness increases throughout

M- Smooth and creamy...a good bit of alcohol warming...high carbonation adds to the creaminess

D- Pretty drinkable for the ABV...not the best tripel that I have had, but still a quality beer...I know that the spicy flavor is not for everyone, but I enjoy it

RickKrumenacker, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of cretemixer
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a slightly off-white head. Fades to a "cling-ring" after a little while. Yeasty and spicy aromas dominate. A floral hoppiness too. Taste is sweet with an alcohol kick to remind you that it's there. It's sweet, yet dry; a feat I'm still awed by. I was expecting more fruity flavors for a tripel, but I did enjoy this beer. I don't think it really is a good example of the style, but quite good nonetheless. Nice carbonation and consistency to this beer as well. Thanks go out to aaronh for dialing me in with these fine Victory beers.

cretemixer, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of mexikrainian
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel goblet.

Aroma: floral, citrus, spice and honey.

Appearance: clear, bright gold with long-lasting white lace head.

Taste: crisp, citrus well-balanced flavor with banana notes and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: very drinkable tripel, although lighter than your typical Belgian tripel.

mexikrainian, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

smell - ginger, clove, coriander

taste - much like the aroma - ginger, clove, coriander, white grape, lemon peel

mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, a bit of astringency on the finish

Overall - decent American version of the style. worth a shot

Price Point - $2.29 - 12 oz single

keithmurray, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of wchesak
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz into a Abbaye du Val-Dieu chalice

Appearance - nice coppery color, about 2 inches of carbonated white head, dissipated quickly

Smell - lemony, citrus with a touch of "exotic spices from the East", alcohol presence not very noticeable

Taste - citrusy notes are present - like lemon cookies rather than biting into a lemon; the spices also show their presence throughout; honey is a balancing taste to the spices (clove??)

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth with some substance to it however

Drinkability - definitely could have a few of those (and only a few with the 9.5 abv), it goes down so well without a alcoholic bite at the end like many beers in this style

will have to try from the 750 mL

wchesak, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of webmanspidey
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass, clear golden yellow with almost no head. Smell is slightly skunky but with a nice mix of cloves and other spices present. Cloves are initially prevalent in the flavor, fading very quickly. There isn't as much going on here as some other tripels but it is pretty decent and very drinkable. Goes down very easily for nearing 10% ABV.

webmanspidey, Jul 03, 2010
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,397 ratings.