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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,340 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,340
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 69
Gots: 468 | 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 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
Photo of WillieMoe
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites and at 9.5%ABV it packs a punch. It pours a nice sort of orange-yellow (more orange than yellow) with a thin head and some mild lacing. Has a solid nice citrusy scent with a hint of spice. The taste is much the same, as you are hit with the spices and then the strong citrus. Has an above average carbonation to it, but still goes down smooth and has a nice, crisp finish. Like I said, one of my favs.

WillieMoe, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of ZAP
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Starting to enjoy belgians more and this falls a little short overall..the alcohol is noticable in this one...it is young though (bottled 9/8/03)...today is 10/25/03...the banana is still there in the aroma and taste....A lot of banana...Not as charged up as I remember but the alcohol seems more evident and spicy....a very good beer I'd enjoy again but I wouldn't seek out...
I don't have a lot of experience with the Belgians but this is about what I expected..banana/cloves on the aroma and the initial taste..pretty charged up carbonation wise...tastes like a Belgian...has a high alcohol content but it is not overwhelming on the taste...It has a hint of alcohol/warming effect but doesn't taste real heavy of alcohol...actually pretty smooth and easy drinking....overall a very interesting beer definitely worth trying...not one I would drink a lot of, but a nice change of pace...

ZAP, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of budgood1
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this monkey pours out a foggy golden colour. ample foamy head with active carbonation to make it stick. aromas of strong yeast and pale malt, fruity sweetness is evident too. very inviting. upon tasting...flavors of sweet pale malts, peppery spice and noticeable hopping. these flavors ride a full bodied mouthfeel, slippery in texture, even with the high carbonation. alcohol only shows itself at the finish, if only fleetingly, masking the high ABV. no noticeable improvement in taste as it warmed. a nice belgian-style tripel...quite tasty and extremely easy drinking. provides a pleasant warming in the belly too!

cheers to frank4sail for providing this sample!

budgood1, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of grittybrews
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a muddy straw-gold into a tulip with a finger of brilliant, fluffy white head that receded rather quickly. Aroma of banana, clove, and a hint of honey and spice.

Slightly high carbonation and a creamy, full mouthfeel. Quite sweet up front with lots of banana, pepper, and some biscuity caramel malt. Pleasant dry finish with hints of ginger and spice and a mildly warming alcohol presence.

Initially I found this beer to be a little too sweet, but as it warmed the spicy elements emerged and contributed to a drier, more balanced overall impression. Solid tripel overall!

grittybrews, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of jjayjaye
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow color with a whispy, almost fizzy head that fades quickly. Tons of bubbles from beneath attempt in vain to keep the head a live.

The smell has a Belgian character. Spicy and yeasty fruit and the presence of the alcohol.

The mouth feel is lightened by the effervescence. Medium bodied the way the flavor and textures develop a coating sensation.

Nice yeasty mild spice flavor complemented by the unique texture. Finishes with a banana like sweet flavor.

Drinkability - The alcohol high alcohol content is very present but is not offensive or distracting.

jjayjaye, May 03, 2007
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright hazy orange with a thin head that settles into a ring. Aroma is light and sweet with hint of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Flavor is immediately a blend of lemon, yeast and honey. Rich, somewhat bready, very sweet, more fruit tastes like kiwi or mango. Pale sweet malt, like buttered toast for breadfast with orange marmalade. Suggestions of bananas and faint spices as it warms but no trace of the high ABV in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light but slick. Not the greatest tripel I've found but certainly a great attempt. I agree with many others, it is a bit one-dimensional but enjoyable nonetheless.

assurbanipaul, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of ggroller
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle.

The beer in the glass looks like a cross between orange juice and apricot juice with pulp dispersed throughout. The head is a little on the weak side with little lacing as I drink. The beer smells inviting and seems true to a Triple but the taste tells otherwise. This is too sweet for a triple in my opinion but yet a good tasting beer. You can definitely taste the alchohol in this one. Mouthfeel is not true to a Triple either. It's too thick and sweet but yet very drinkable in my opinion. I gave this one a 4 based upon it's merits as a beer, not because it is true to it's style.

ggroller, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of RootedFool
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op, in Arcata, California.

Pours light golden yellow. Minimal bubbly head. Cloudy ring of lace on the glass. Obviously nicely carbonated -- a bevy of bubbles dancing in the glass.

Smell is of alcohol, grapefruit rinds, rum-soaked raisins, bananas, and a strong malt backbone.

Malts expand over the tongue, broad and sweet, leading into candied dried fruits, glazed donuts, and a brazen alcohol warmth that nearly numbs my tongue.

Mouthfeel isn't as creamy as I expected. Maybe a little too light to handle the heavy-handed flavors.

Well done, even if the high ABV is too obvious -- but that might be likable to some drinkers, including me.

RootedFool, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of beerman207
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Looks like apple juice when poured into a glass with 2 fingers head and some lacing present that is quite inviting

S - picking up alcohol, fruit, and perhaps even a slight spice/skunkiness (very mild)

T - Definately taste the alcohol - perhaps even a bit towards the rubbing alcohol sense but it has a nice warming effect. There's fruit present as well as some significant spice that was unexpected. Also it has a lingering candy taste that comes from the back. Very nice

M - It doesn't dry the palate which is nice and the body seems to be fairly light.

D - The alcohol isn't masked in this but it warms your throat on the way down and has a nice soothing effect. The ABV would keep me from having many of these but overall, I'd say this has average drinkability.

beerman207, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of Donovan68
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%

Donovan68, Yesterday at 12:06 AM
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice balaned golden color. Good thickness and foam. Nice carbonation as well.

Smell: Good combination of pepper and banana. Some sour lemon as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel doesn't quite balance flavor, but a nice alcohol feel helps. Banana and pepper with some lemon hops in the background. Nice subtly.

Drinkability: The initial appearance makes this very enticing, the flavor doesn't live up to the appearance, but that's hard to do, so it's still good.

Overall: Not quite La Fin Du Monde good.

tjsdomer2, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of rmolledo
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden slightly hazy. Big white fast fading head.

S: Pilsner Malts, Spicy Yeast Character. Peppery

T: Pilsner Malt, Slight Munich Character. Spicy mid flavor.
Good bitterness. Slight hop flavor.

MF: High Carbonation, Dry Finish

D: Excellent Tripel. Slightly Warming but isn't that the point? good beer.

rmolledo, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden color with a moderately lasting white head.

S: fruity, with spices, higher alcohol phenols, sweet malts and aromatics of musky bananas, dough and pears.

T: For flavor there was a nice spiciness and peppery nature with some spicy high alcohol notes. The palate was doughy with a good alcohol warming and fruitiness to heat and finish things up.

M: warming, with a nice alcohol exocite spices a thin body and a touch of floral hopping.

D: Drinks bigger then its 9.5% alcohol but is crisp with a good warming sensation that is fairly easy to handle.

beerthulhu, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a golden amber, one finger white head and lacing. Light fruit, sweet malt, banana, clove aroma. Light fruit, Belgian spicing and a bit of a hop bite. Nicely balanced. A pleasant low-key tripel. Nothing exciting, but calmly well done. Worth a repeat visit.

LiquidAmber, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of RRoeb1123
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A cloudy orangish yellow, with a decent head that forms and disappears quickly. Pretty nice looking beer!

Smell: Coriander comes through, with hints of banana, and cloves, and a bit of other spice. A bit floral also.

Taste: The coriander comes through a bit, and the hops come through in a nice balanced way. You can pick up other spices as it warms slightly. Hints of banana come through on the palate, which I quite liked. Very pleasant to drink. Finish is a bit on the dry side, but it's quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is high, pleasant medium body on the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, would make a good session beer, but the 9.5% says otherwise.

Verdict: A monkey with a bit of a punch!

RRoeb1123, Oct 07, 2010
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,340 ratings.