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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,100 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,100
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 357 | 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 Paincane


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden straw colored poured into chalice with white head and mild lacing.
S: Yeast, coriander, alcohol
T: Spices and herbal flavor abound. Yeast and warmth of alcohol are readily apparent.
M: Medium-Bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Clean finish. Crisp.
O: Very nice, enjoyable beer. I would definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:16:31 | More by Paincane
Photo of bsend


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Leffe Goblet.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep golden color remeniscent of BMC style lager. Small white head forms that doesn't retain for very long. Not bad looking but for the stlye a little unimpressive.

Smell: Sharp smell of bananas, spice (corriander, clove), and other aromatics. Both pleasing and bold. Big plus for this style.

Taste: Good definitive flavor. Large amounts of spice, followed by small hops to end off the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Dry like champagne, and definitely more heavily carbonated than some brews of the same style.

Drinkability: 9.5% abv, and large amounts of spice don't stop this from going down easy enough. Overall, several of these can be had during a session.

Final Thoughts - A decent entry into the world of Tripels. Not my favorite of the style but a good effort for Victory. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 18:42:41 | More by bsend
Photo of Junnila


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a slightly off white head. Very good carbonation. Smells a bit spicy and yeasty (is that a word?). Complex taste, medium bodied mouthfell, and good drinkability for the ABV. Solid American Tripel and one I would love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 01:32:50 | More by Junnila
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this stuff is strooong! A good strong Belgian-style, but I still prefer other beers over this of similar style. I am re-reviewing this beer now, almost 2 years the day...my how far I have come. Today is July 9, 04. Anyway, back to the beer. Looks beautiful with a huge pillowy head, and is very smooth despite the 9.5 abv. Needs more oomph in the nose to back up its big-beer profile. Aroma is nice, citrusy, spicy, mildy hoppy and alcoholic, but more reminiscent of a Belgian Wit moreso than a Tripel. It's a smooth Tripel as well, which is a bit of an oxymoron. Where's that spicy carbonated bite? I don't know if I should complain or not on that front. One that is quite quaffable but could use some more "tough-guy" character.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2002 21:12:10 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of acrawf6


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a beautiful deep cloudy yellow. Fluffy white head about 2 fingers thick. Very attractive so far.

Smell: bready yeast. small fruity smell of weak apricots that give it a sweetness.

Taste: fruity like the apricots. Still some bread it it. as let it sit in my mouth i can taste a bit more fruitiness like i have a fruit roll-up in my mouth (tropical flavor). Alcohol is slightly present. i taste the hops come out too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and good. carbonation is medium. alcohol gives it a full mouthfeel, but isnt that present.

Overall a great beer, i think. I could choose this over some belgiums, or be fooled this is a good belgium in a blind taste, but at the same time, i would choose many others of this style. very drinkable though. The alcohol is way too hidden in this one as i feel i could down a six pack of this in one night.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 06:10:08 | More by acrawf6
Photo of beeragent


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this a while back, and didnt like it, being new to the style, so I thought I would try it again, and see if my taste has changed since. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a snifter. The beer poured a light gold, forming a white 1 inch head, that slowly faded, leaving light rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is of sweet dark fruits, a hint of alcohol, and maybe some sweet malt. The taste is great!! Sweet dark fruit flavors up front, a little malt thickness in the middle, and a light sharpness from the hops in the finish, along with a little alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, I can safely say that my taste has changed, and my appreciation improved. This is a very delicious beer, and one to be savored, but that said, I think I could still drink a few in one night. Very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 06:56:05 | More by beeragent
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a hazy yellow orange with slight head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing on the glass.

Smell is fruits and spice with a mild yeast scent, not overpowering but intriguing.

Taste is a mellow fruitiness and a little yeast with a kick of spices. Strong lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, a good presence with the spices hitting the sides of your tongue.

Not my type of drinkable beer, but definitely enjoyable for one.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 00:28:34 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of dancaplette


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a chalice glass.

appearance is a bright, but slightly hazy gold, with a white creamy two finger head that disappears quickly but, leaves a thin white layer. this beer also has a light carbonation.

smell- the first sense is of a weak saison with banana in the forefront. a deeper smell unveils a fresh clove aroma. and sweetness with the malts.

taste- the banana and clove come through, with some hops also as it warms up. the high alcohol is hidden well. and a sticky sweetness flavor from the hops.

m- has a heavy bready feel as you swirl it in your mouth, along with the carbonation that last through this pour. feels thick and syrupy as you swallow

o- a nice effort. I expected a little more though with the high abv. a good beer to take your time with

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 20:59:54 | More by dancaplette
Photo of thegodfather1076


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Awesome label with eye-catching colors and graphics. Label give ABV info, brewery info, a small description of the beer, web info, enjoy by date(1-11-18). Neck label has Victory Logo.

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 15min before pouring from 12oz bottle in to a 16oz Snifter. Pours out a hazy golden honey color with a 2 finger white foam head of a light airy density. Lots of sediment floating around. Head retention was 1min 37sec before fading to a thin foam coating and ring. Light lacing was left behind.

Smell/Aroma: Smells very fruity with hints of clove, banana, citrus, and light fruit. An herbal tone can also be detected. Nose is very complex and interesting. Alcohol is masked very well.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very sweet with hints of orange, honey, and bubble gum. Also has slight hints of clove and banana with a slightly floral taste. Finishes yeasty and fruity. Alcohol is masked very well.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Drinkability is medium.

Overall/Comments: This was a good offering that was very intense with an interestingly complex nose and flavor profile. The alcohol became more pronounced as this warmed. Def worth trying out. Classified as a Tripel at 9.5% ABV. Consumed 3-18-13.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 14:10:41 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: fresh ..less than 3 weeks from racking.

A re-rate after a terrible first taste of a 2 year cellared sample

Pours a clouded gold ..fair cap fair retention. decent lacing.

Aroma..wow! freash this stuff smells like a good heffeweizen...bubble gum, fruits, honey-banana, spice, thick malts...more like a spiced custard.

Taste: When fresh, this stuff is like drinking a liquid banana custard or an imperial hefeweiss...long finish...alcohol hides very well.

Decent brew...don't know how well this follows trappist style but I like it because when FRESH..it's a great 'big" beer..like liquid custard with massive kick and decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 01:23:22 | More by pootz
Photo of cavedave

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A one finger, almost pure white head tops this golden, semi-cloudy gem. The head relaxes to a cap of bubbling beauty.

The smell is a bright blend of sweet and tart yeasty goodness, bounded by notes of herbosity, and florality. There is a fruitiness in there that balances it all, maybe peach or ripe plum. Wonderful bouquet.

The taste is bright and bold like the nose, and as full of yeast, herb, and floral. Alcohol is not in the profile here. You can sense it but there is no heat, it is more like the sweet backing that leads to a juicy, fruit and floral finish. As it warms earthy and herbal notes kick in. Very clean tasting for a tripel.

Mouthfeel is average. Just a bit too much carbonation, and not quite enough cling.

Due to the wonderful flavor, and the lack of alcohol presence, it is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 21:12:25 | More by cavedave
Photo of Burt

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice.

Orange yellow that is slightly hazy, big off white and thick head that disperses slowly and leaves light lacing.

Yeasty spiciness, light banana with some alcohol.

Banana with some spiciness and bitterness finishes almost dry with a light alcohol burn.

Good beer that is 9.5%, could barely taste the alcohol. Very easy drinking that goes done very smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 21:07:57 | More by Burt
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a crystal clear golden and then I inadvertently let the yeast chunkies spill into the glass. The head was white and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and alcoholic with a slightly vinous aroma.

The flavor was slightly sweet with a slight spice and nicely accomplished flavor that dries quickly. Some yeasty flavors were present. No real complexity

The finish was just dry with a slight spice that remains into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a definite alcohol presence.

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on Nov 11, 03.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 22:16:59 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of mickstepp


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, effervescent yellow. Thin head that stays for a while. Quite a melange of aromas: yeast, bread, lemon, butterscotch. Sweet and sour taste. The high alcohol content is apparent but not overpowering or distracting. Nice rich, creamy mouthfeel. This is quite a summer quaffer although you couldn't pound down very many of them. If you want to tie one on, this is your baby. Another accomplished brew by one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 17:35:29 | More by mickstepp
Photo of capeannbass36


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy, brilliant gold topped with a 2-1/2 finger white head that dissipated slowly. Decent lacing left behind throughout.

S- Slightly sweet. Hint of honey and clove.

T- Hint of honey and fruit. Clove spices.

M- Light and fizzy carbonation. Slightly warm on swallow. Somewhat creamy. Clean and crisp.

O- Never had a bad beer from Victory. I'd almost call this a light summer beer...except the ABV punches you in the head when you least expect it.
ABV is dangerously deceptive. Will definitely seek out more!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 21:31:46 | More by capeannbass36
Photo of mjl21


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Bottled on what appears to be July 22, 2009. Comes in at 9.5%.

A-Pours a semi-opaque straw yellow. It has a one finger crackling off white head that does not shrink a lot. It leaves some nice lace.

S-Aromas of Belgian yeast, sparkling apple cider, banna, clove, spice and candy sugar.

T-It begins with a variety of fruit aromas. Apple is the strongest, but there is also lemon and banana flavor. It has plenty of Belgian yeast character. The clove used is noticeable, but not distracting. There is a touch of booze at the end. It is a little grainy in the back. I enjoyed it more when it was at a cooler temperature.

M-It is thicker bodied and well carbonated for the style.

D-A pretty good beer that masks most of the abv.

I haven't tried this one in over two years. I enjoyed it enough but would not let it warm up too much. Not a bad deal for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:21:21 | More by mjl21
Photo of mattcrill


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Bottle states that it was bottled on October 21, 2004. I really dig it when bottles let you know when they were born as opposed to "freshest if drank by..." Just a style preference though. Nothing to hang your hat on...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a bright white head. Has cool little yeasties floating in it. The head quickly disappates which is kind of a bummer but it rings the glass nicely.

Smell: Very spicy. I pick up whiffs of clove and coriander. Also, the yeast seems to be pretty up front.

Taste: Very spicy up front. It follows with some wheat bread, coriander, a little bit of pine and orange (from the hops I'm assuming), some apples and pears, with a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with up front carbonation. Coats the palate and throat on the way down. Leaves a pleasant orangey aftertaste.

Drinkability: I could easily see having a couple of these. The alcohol definitely makes an appearance as it warms up so I wouldn't drink more than two.

Notes: I'm not a big fan of Belgians and from what I've read, this is the exception and not the norm. An enjoyable beer but I still prefer my American hop bombs or my Russian Imperials. I would definitely recommend this to all.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 19:38:18 | More by mattcrill
Photo of letsgopens


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on-tap at Victory, this Tripel pours a pale golden hue with some lighter yellowish highlights. The decently full pure white head recedes quickly to nearly nothing and leaves no real lace.

The aroma consists of lots of bright but rather yeasty fruits and wheat. Citrus, cherry, apricot, apple, honey, and caramel malt. A bit of spice is there as well; primarily coriander. Sweet, tangy and starchy.

Bright and very yeasty wheat. Again lots of fruit: citrus, apricot, cherry. The grain lingers well with some honey sweetness, more fruit, and some citric tartness. The flavors meld well but aren't terribly complex (and that's not necessarily a bad thing).

Heavy on the palate but clean. Bright with a yeasty warmth that lingers with a fruity vinous quality. The texture/flavor is a surprise after observing the appearance. I really expected something lighter and bubbly. Tasty and complete, a very solid selection. But beware because this stuff will sneak up on you fast with a relatively well hidden 9.5% abv.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2007 18:24:43 | More by letsgopens
Photo of Vengeance526


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden color with a large white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Strong yeasty aroma upfront with some banana and cloves.

Similar to the aroma, the taste delivers with the same yeasty notes along with fruity notes of banana and pear.

Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Not a favorite of the style overall, but for an American made Tripel, this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 17:51:30 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a murky yellow orange color with zero (see:none) head. The nose gives big spice, yeast, alcohol, orange, and something woody. The taste is at first malt, then alcohol and yeast, countered by orange and spice. Has a peppery dry finish. airly drinkable for a big full bodied beer, nicely flavored and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 02:06:16 | More by dherling
Photo of Edwin


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange/golden (duh) color with a white head and some lacing left over. Looks similar to butterscotch or an orange Gatorade.

Smell - Very strong fruitiness blasts you from the get-go and not much else. Citrus and some maltiness, possibly?

Taste - Difficult to describe at best. I immediately taste banana on the first sip. Some spices mixed within. Otherwise this one is like a pack of Skittles, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel - This one had a little more carbonation than I thought it would. The sweetness mixed with some bitterness really gets the salivary glands kicking.

Drinkability - At 9.5% ABV, this one is a hazard, but it is light and smooth and ifyou like the sweetness and the spiciness, this is a good try.

Overall - Another triumph for Victory. This is an excellent brew with some good characteristics. Take this one for a dance.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 22:51:10 | More by Edwin
Photo of Andrew041180


3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A vigorous pour filled my tulip glass up to the very top with a quickly fading head. The active carbonation maintained a thin film on top of the beer, which I find to be very nice. Not much lacing to speak of. The color is fantastic. It's a bright gold, but depending on the light I see yellow or copper colored highlights. This beer is very clear and particularly nice in mellow sunlight.

S - Spiciness with a bit of clove.

T - Banana and spice up front. A touch of sweetness here, a dab of bitterness there as the beer progresses through the finish. The alcohol is present, but less so than the 9.5% would suggest.

M - Wonderful bubbly carbonation that feels almost pillowy in the mouth, but the finish leaves a bit of a sticky feeling. I wish it finished a little cleaner.

O - Nice beer, very flavorful. I would see no need to have more than one of these in an evening. Nice addition to an afternoon watching golf.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 17:35:26 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in a trappist glass...intriguing aroma of grapefruit with yeast to spare....balanced hops/malts too...the body is an attractive orange, though only a rim of head exists...carbonated malt explodes at the back of the mouth, while a fleeting sizzle creases the tongue...for a triplel, this shows softly by mid-finish...another victory for Victory.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 02:52:01 | More by dacrza1
Photo of nevillejohn

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Chalice

Pours a light golden color with no bubbles. Little head that dissipates quickly but a little lingers for a while.

Smells like bananas with a little tobacco.

No huge flavors, but the banana smell is carried through. High alcohol content is present. A little hoppy aftertaste that is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is very good at first. Very nice carbonation and "grittiness" but the aftertaste is almost soapy and not good.

I'm a big fan of the beer all in all but it certainly benefits from a colder pour to kill some of the negative aftertaste aspects. As far as beers of this style and alcohol content go, it's one of the better ones but not perfect.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:32:39 | More by nevillejohn
Photo of dfclav

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally decided to own up and make an account to start reviewing. This is my first review, hopefully of many - but sadly i've missed out on a lot of beers by not taking notes. Oh well, from here on out I hope to be a pretty full-fledged member to BA.

Poured into a snifter. Best by October 2013.

A - It pours a hazy golden orange color with about a one finger head that dissapates fairly quickly but leaves an almost endless amount of carbonation.

S - I like the smell of this beer, it is big on bread, spice, banana, hops and most of all clove.

T - They've done a really good job hiding the ABV on this one, as there isn't as much alcohol taste as I expected by looking at the label. Banana and cloves dominate this beer, with other spices, and a hint of lime before the hops kick in. The clove lasts forever, well after I finished the bottle.

M - This is a bit dry, with a decent hoppy presence but the overabundance of carbonation isn't a winner in my book.

D - This beer is suprisingly easy to drink, considering the high ABV and they've picked a good slogan in "Respect the Monkey" because this can sneak up on someone. A good beer considering the price tag. If you're big on tripels, like myself, you will enjoy this beer - but there are plenty better out there when you've got the money to spend.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 06:11:09 | More by dfclav
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,100 ratings.