Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,692
Hads: 5,094
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 126
Gots: 1,089 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Photo of tapman
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears golden and hazy, but clear enough to see through. Has a decent amount of head, but could use a thicker, creamier lacing.

Belgium esters of banana with wheat phenols and mildly bright hoppiness mix together with a butt-load of alcohol.

The alcohol is not masked well at all. Its sweet and wheaty, but still reminds me of a 'Belgium-light'.

Crispy and thin...not too pleasing. Too bubbly.

Its not too bad. Still there are much better examples of this style of brew, even the American ones kick this beers tail. (528 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Buffalo Billiard's in Austin.

A: Poured a cloudy, well, golden color with a substantial orange tint to it. The bartender poured it to the line in the Golden Monkey snifter, which looked pathetic because it had only the slightest ring of foam swirls (leaving the headspace mostly empty). Retention was mostly in the donut, which didn't leave any lacing. Kind of a flaccid look for a tripel.

S: Yeast, substantial yeast. Bananas and a dry, earthy hop note.

T: Yeast and earthy hop soup. I was hoping the banana esters and malt would be stepped up a bit, but it's fairly restrained, letting the body roam toward a semi-dry side. Peppery near the finish. This is pretty weak in flavor for a tripel, to be honest.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation (could use quite a bit more). Semi-dry finish. But very well hidden ABV. I was surprised to find out in retrospect that this was nearly 10%.

D: I wasn't too enthusiastic about finishing this, and moved onto something else afterward. Not something I'll have again. (1,030 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden yellow, bright white head that dwindles to a fild and mild laces. Lots of streaming bubbles.

Aroma is spicy, citrus, bready, with a hint of heat.

Citrus taste, belgo-yeasty, slight sweetness, and a pronounced amount of booze that is somewhat lingering.

Somewhat crisp, but slick in texture, lighter bodied.

The lingering heat and somewhat overall unbalanced features doesn't lend much in the way of drink ability. (433 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Like most Belgian Tripel styles it was cloudy yellow gold. I thought it had a wonderful white almost 2 fingers of head with great lace.

Smell-It was spicy and fruity as it should be but bread like tones were a little over powering.

Taste- The taste had a strong alcohol presents but for the most part was fruity and sweet with small spice tones.

Mouthfeel- It has even carbonation. A lot of alcohol warmth. I know this beer has a high ABV but beers of this style are usually smoother.

Drinkability- Not a bad beer to try or have as an evening sipper but there are a lot better Tripels out there. (614 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

My first impression on retrying this beer after an I impressive first taste (history: I have grown more fond of Belgians): it's got some alcohol in it. Alcohol with a twinge of metal notes override an okay beer with some banana and date tastes in the background.

A: Cloudy golden color, some retention but minimal lacing;
S: banana and malt nose
T: see above
O: slightly better than I recalled, but not going to opt for another in near future if other options available (which there more than likely will be) (509 characters)

Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a goblet. The label describes this as a "Tripel Ale" and an "Ale Brewed With Spices." The purple label has a yellow (golden) monkey with an eye in its stomach, doing the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil gestures. And, apparently, flashing the shocker. Enjoy by Apr 22 11.

Appearance: Well, I guess I had better pour the damn thing, because after popping the cap and writing about the label, foam is creeping out the top of the bottle. Pours with about half a finger of nearly white foam, less than expected from a typical Belgian. This settles quickly into a ring around the glass and some thin islands of foam. The beer itself is a very pale, hazy yellow, with lots of floaties. Some activity.

Smell: Sweet candy sugar aroma with hints of clove and banana. Slight metallic smell.

Taste: Actually bitter upfront, with a tangy sweetness that you feel in the back of the throat. Some spiciness, but not as evident as in the smell. All in all, more bitter than the typical aged hops Belgian I am used to, and lacking some of the character.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level, as I would expect for this style. Body is okay, a little watery, but once again, kind of typical of this style.

Drinkability: Having heard so much about Victory in general and this brew in particular, I was expecting something a little more. The flavors don't seem to blend well, and there are several which I would not normally associate with this style. Not bad, but I'll stick to some of the other brewers for Belgian ales. (1,578 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw color with some haze but for the most part, is oddly pretty clear. Second time I'm having this and I thought I was maybe pouring it wrong the first time but i'm not, this beer just has a giant head (along with victorys storm king, maybe there's something in the yeast out there). The head fades pretty quickly though

Not too much on the nose, some sugared fruits along with dates and figs.

Now on to tasting, had this at a friends house recently on a whim and remembering being decent so lets give it a another go.

Flavors good and mild just as I remember it being making it dangerously drinkable. Lots of dark fruit sweetness but it doesnt linger long at all nor is it over powering, it's nicely balanced. There's a slight alcohol after taste but it's very mild and blends nicely with the very subtle hop presence. There are also some faint tastes of clove and bubblegum if you let the beer warm a little.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and a little grainy but this beer still goes down easy.

Solid. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Nostradrunkus
3/5  rDev -19.1%

A very average beer that seems to only be popular solely due to its high ratio of alcohol to cost. I would hazard to say that this is the beer equivalent of a fortified wine like night train since it has a distinct booziness that really does not taste like it was naturally produced by the brewing process. I thought I would like this one considering I love a complex high abv beer, but this is simply not good enough to justify grabbing unless your primary consideration is getting as hammered as possible off beer cheaply. This is still worth trying at least once considering its popularity and availability, but I would be willing to bet anyone that has drank a wide range of beers would not consider this one a go to. (721 characters)

Photo of Rainintheface
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The final tasting from the "Taste Victory" mixed 12 pack bottled May 22 '07.

A: golden, cloudy with not much head at all for a tripel

S: spicy, clove and can't quite I.D. maybe butterscotch?

T: spices, little to no hops to speak of

M: full-bodied, malty and dry. alcohol present but wouldn't guess 9.5 ABV. nice carbonation- must be the etched glass

D: yeah I'll drink the others. will I buy again?...????

Poured with vigor. 12 pack box had date of Oct. ?? "07. Bottled on stated at beginning of review.
Decent enough to kick back and sip one. It's how I ended Sundays session. Popped one anew this afternoon for a fresh impression. (651 characters)

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Coming off of the 8 pack of Heavyweight brewery's 'Two Druids', I was more prepared on how to drink this purely artisan beer.

It is not really an Abbey Tripel, in my opinion. Those of you who appreciate subtle Tripels will agree - this is a case of the beer taste not meeting the proposed style expectations.

Pours a cloudy, golden color - lighter than expected. Smells of cider and tangy fruits.

The taste varies from sip to sip. Most consistent are the fruits - a delightful blend of apple, pear, and bourbon mix together with a handful of spices I was unable to distinguish. I am very curious to know what spices were used in this artisan beer - the bottle failed to mentin them.

As I felt with similar beers, this is an excellent beer to try - and that is about it. I wouldn't buy more than one of these -but at the same time, I am glad that I tried it. In concept alone, this beer acheives much. (912 characters)

Photo of deeznuts420
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a chimay goblet. pours a hazy almost straw like color with sediment floating around and carbonation streaming from the bottom.smells fairly floral with bready and caramel notes. taste and mouthfeel - fairly medium to full body with some bitter hops up front and bready almost funky maltiness. overall a middle of the road tripel that would be alright for newbies to the style to try, but if you've had any of the belgian ones like westmalle, chmay white, or a ton of others it definently doesn't hold a candle. not half as complex as those. (552 characters)

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Delirium tulip.

A: Pours a light copper color with a substantial creamy white head that goes down rather quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Mostly yeasty with some faint bright fruit notes in the background. Alcohol definitely comes through on this one.

T: Yeasty flavors from start to finish, a bit hard to describe beyond that. Definite booziness on the finish. Not very balanced.

M: Medium-bodied with a prickly mouthfeel. The alcohol dries out your mouth on the finish.

D: This one took me quite a while to finish. It lacks the subtlety of Belgian tripels. (606 characters)

Photo of PartyBear
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Honey yellow, and slightly cloudy, with a small head. Medium carbonation.

S - Sweet sugars, with a mild spiciness, possibly cloves.

T - The alcohol is clear initially with a sweetness that quickly fades, leaving a clinging bitterness. The spiciness from the aroma comes through, with a peppery tang. The aftertaste is bitter, with a slight burn in the back of the throat.

M - Medium bodied but feels like it's trying to be more. The carbonation is well balanced and not too strong.

D - The aftertaste is a bit abrasive for my liking, and the ABV seems to overpower the flavours. I would personally prefer a Belgian tripel. (634 characters)

Photo of BigGeorge860
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was hesitant to rate this beer because 1) This is not my favorite style and. 2) I LOVE Victory and I didn't want to say anything bad about their offerings. But I decided to give my 2 cents because I need to catch up! Basically, this beer is overdone. I've told my friends that I think it tastes like mincemeat pie ale. The spices here don't do it for me at all. Yes, the alcohol is BURIED, but the flavor is a turn off for me. (428 characters)

Photo of jgagne
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-a see through copper, with creamy white head. Not really what i expect a tripel to look like, not to exciting.

S-Hints of sweet malt and spices

T-a very powerful beer, strong and bitter with light sweetness

M-very spicy with medium body and medium carbonation

O-Love this style of beer but do not like this rendition. Just doesn't compare to other tripel's. Not bad just not good for this style. (404 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale orange color. Has small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves only spotty lacing.

Smell: Has the yeasty smell common to most Belgian-style beers. Also has a considerable amount of spiciness in the nose. It is a little sweet as well with hints of citrus.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front from hops. Develops a spicy, sweet flavor towards the back. It's really heavy on the yeastiness, more so than in other Belgians. All in all, I think the taste falls a bit flat here. It's really one-dimensional and not as full as I'd like.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied with a nice carbonated bite to it.

Drinkability: This one I'm not really impressed with. It's a very one-dimensional tripel and, with all the other choices out there, I really can't see myself getting this again. It's not bad, it just doesn't compare well to others of the style. A miss but only slightly... (957 characters)

Photo of sleazo
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Victory golden monkey. Dark golden yellow. Thickish head. Excellent lacing. Smell very clean and mild. Taste. Very weizen esque. Typical peppery banana notes. Kind of like la fin du monde light. Not much carbonation. Thick on the tongue. Ends up with a dryness.


a little too sweet in the end. I would much rather have a La fin Du Monde. (343 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden. Hazy. Aroma lacking. Taste, lots going on, didn't like the yeast sweetness and undertones of apple.

Mouthfeel thins, which was welcome since I didn't like what it brought to the table upfront. A little expensive and tough to drink to be deemed a drinkable beer. Pass. (283 characters)

Photo of rebel1771
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head that fades quickly.

S: Sweet and spicy aroma with hints of banana.

T: Taste just isn't really there. Flat malt flavor up front fades to a barely noticeable coriander note.

D: This brew just isn't really my thing. Needs a bit more flavor to stand out. (316 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of Golden Monkey from Victory yesterday for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. Its been a while since I have had a Tripel and since it's another warm summer night in the Michigan this seems like a good choice. It had an enjoy by date of march, 14, 2011. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a goblet.

A- I like the label on this beer, the Buddhist like theme makes it stick out. It poured a slightly hazy golden straw yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time. The appearance is on par for it's style.

S- The two things that stick out the most in the aroma are spices and fruits. As far as the fruits go the banana's seem to stick out the most along with some pear, plus some orange and lemon zest. The spices from the Belgian yeast show up nicely in the aroma with the cloves being the easiest to pin point. The aroma is a little sweeter then I would like, but that doesn't hurt it too much. I also picked up a slight amount of earthy and grassy hops.

T- The taste starts off with some malty sweetness that is a little too sweet for my tastes. The fruits aren't nearly as bold as they were in the aroma, I can only really pick up a little bit of banana and some slight sour apple, I wish the fruit was as nice as it was in the aroma. The spices come through the most, they really show up towards the end and is a little too heavy for me, it's a strong mix of clove and nutmeg that really sticks in you mouth and isn't the most pleasant. I hardly got any hops just a slight bit of grassy hops at the end that was real easy to miss. I picked up a little bit of booze but for the most part the 9.5% was hidden well.

M- Semi dry, medium bodied and a little overly carbonated, pretty effervescent, it could have been taken down a notch.

Overall I would say this is a pretty average Tripel. At first this beer seemed like a pretty spot on attempt at a Tripel but it fell apart when it came to the flavor, it was just a little watery and not flavorful enough. The only flavor that turned out to be bold was the spices and that made for a pretty unbalanced flavor that had too many spices. The price point was good but the more expensive Tripels are much better so I guess you get what you pay for, but it did go down pretty smooth and easy, it just didn't impress me. I don't think I would buy this again, for the same price I can get Final Absolution from Dragonmead and I think that is much better. If you really like Tripels give this one a try but I don't think it will blow anybody's mind. Most of the Victory beers I have tried have been pretty good but it seems like the last two I have had have been lack luster but there is still a couple more of their brews I want to try. There was nothing memorable about this Tripel. (2,819 characters)

Photo of MiguelMandingo
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have mixed feelings on this brew. I love Victory Brewing Company. HopDevil and Stormking are amazing beers, and Golden Monkey was one of the beers that got me into Tripels in the first place. I used to really like this beer - I drank it all the time. However, after having Tripel standards like Westmalle and St. Bernardus, and unique intrepretations like Tripel Karmeliet, I don't see how Golden Monkey can be classified as a Tripel that is representative of the style. The last time I had a Golden Monkey was several months ago, but I picked up a single bottle from Grapevine Market last night so that I can review it.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange-yellow in color. The appearance is perhaps where the beer falls short the most. A good tripel should have at the very least a one finger head, a ton of lacing, and a constant stream of bubbles rising to the top of your chalice. Golden Monkey has...none of those things. This beer has perhaps the worst head retention of any Tripel that I have ever seen. There is no lacing at all, and no stream of bubbles. This is not limited to this one bottle, but every bottle of Golden Monkey that I have ever tried.

Smell - The initial smell is of bready yeast and floral grassy hay with the slightest touch of honey. Cloves and hops make an appearance toward the end of the scent. Smells enticing.

Taste - The taste is very yeasty, very bready in front and has a lemony citrus hop backend. It tastes good, but when measured against others in the style, it tastes too spicy and not sweet enough for a tripel - too much clove, and not enough candi sugar.

Mouthfeel - It needs more carbonation. The carbonation is present in the mouthfeel, but there is virtually none in its physical appearance. But it does go down smooth.

Drinkability - I used to be able to drink two or three of these in a night over several hours. There is no way I could finish a sixer in one day. Not really a session brew at 9.5 ABV.

Golden Monkey tastes okay, but it is one of the worst American interpretations of a Tripel that I have sampled thus far. If you want to sample a good American Tripel, pick up some Allagash - that stuff is delicious and highly representative of the style. That said, Golden Monkey is still a good brew - it tastes pretty good and goes down smooth, but when compared to others in the same style, it falls short. Really short. It is worth sampling for the experience, and I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me, but I doubt that I will ever buy it again. (2,577 characters)

Photo of Enola
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I orederd this thinking it was a mid range beer in the alcohol dept. Boy, was I wrong.
The color was a semi cloudy light medium yellow. There was not much smell I could pick up on. Maybe a little alcohol. The taste was of alcohol and bannannas. The alcohol presence was unmistakable. The mouthfeel was a little harsh due to the bite. I would not want to drink many of these in a row but it is not a beer I would not want from time to time. (441 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/29/08. Bottle. Poured a mango orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus fruits, mango, cantelope. Taste of the same fruits, some spices, finish of bitter rind. Heavy mouthfeel for a tripel. Ehh, I just didn't really like this one. The flavors didn't mesh together very well. 7/4/5/3/13 (3.2/5) (310 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow color with a nice one finger head. There are a lot of carbonation bubbles presence. The smell is of spices and bread malts, with a hint of banana and clove present. The taste is of bread malts with spice for sure present, there is also clove, banana, and maybe another fruity note present. The mouthfeel was a little syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I thought the mouthfeel distracted me a little from drinking more of these, I thought that it had a good taste and aroma for a tripel, but the mouthfeel threw me off. (558 characters)

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow with a weak and quickly disappearing 1-finger white head. Lacing is decent for the first couple of minutes of the brew.

A very creamy brew, starting with the nose's creamy malt, backed up by plenty of flowers, booze, coriander and other spices, some vanilla, lemon and finally some pear. Esters are moderate while the phenols, if any, get lost in the huge spiciness and booziness.

The full-bodied palate is somewhat of a trainwreck- taking a very safe, syrupy and creamy maltiness and tacking on way too much spice and booziness. The floral bitterness combines with the spice in a bad way too, while the waves of grainy malt flavor and creamy lemon lead to more spice, bananas and caramel on the way too spicy finish- leaving the mouth with an unfortunate impression of potpourri.

Well take a style I'm not going to gravitate towards in the first place and make it poorly. Yep, not a fan. (913 characters)

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,692 ratings.