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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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3,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,994
Reviews: 1,605
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 57
Gots: 311 | 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 buckiflyer

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of victory beers so the Golden Monkey had to be sampled even though not my favorite style of beer. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Cloudy orange color. Spice smell, not sure that spiced I am picking up. Very spicey taste and orange flavored finish. OK, but no my favorite Vicory offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 02:38:25 | More by buckiflyer
Photo of mjc410


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my old 75 cL stash, bottled 11/30/04. Reviewed with my darling wife!

The pour into my Chimay glass raises only the slightest of glass rings (I was decanting carefully). A few large particles of yeast managed to slip in, floating in the translucent golden copper brew. Very sparse streams of bubbles.

The nose is flowery, with touches of honey, apricots, and citrus. Not too potent, but nice.

The flavor still manages to be sweet, but also with definite bready notes. Otherwise, it reflects the nose. Not spectacular, but tasty.

The mouth is quite carbonated, but really pretty thin.

This is still kind of fun, but I think it may have passed its prime.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 01:14:24 | More by mjc410
Photo of Sneers

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best-by 10 March 2014

Pours a fairly clear rich orange-gold, capped by a moderate white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

The aroma is of soft, sweet banana, spicy phenols, a bit of warming alcohol, and a hint of butter.

As far as tripels go, this one is on the hoppy side of things. The bitterness and the spicy characteristics give this one some bite. The sweetness is appropriately assertive and stands to round off the edges. A light fruitiness of apples or pears makes it way in before the swallow. The alcohol is well-masked and is most present on the finish, which is also faintly bitter. The Golden Monkey would find its home more along the likes of Chimay and Westmalle than La Fin and Karmeliet.

The mouthfeel is big, rich, and creamy, without too much carbonation. It gets a little thinner with warming.

This is my second go at Golden Monkey, and the first time I really wasn't a fan; now, I think I can see why, but I also find it far more favorable. This beer is big and complex, but lacks the panache, so to speak, of my favorite tripels.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 00:27:19 | More by Sneers
Photo of 57md


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark straw color with more than a finger of white head that enjoyed some retention and left a trace of lace behind. The distinct notes of Belgian yeast are in the nose. This offering is certainly malt forward. It starts sweet and then transitions to a classic Belgian sourness.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 06:23:45 | More by 57md
Photo of billybob


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden color a minimal head almost no lace. smell is of fruit and herb and spice. taste is same but can't really pin point what type of fruit also very sweet on the palate. mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body and warms you up going down. very drinkable but with a 9.50 abv it might bite you back.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 18:43:50 | More by billybob
Photo of projectflam86


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a white foam head that leaves a bit of lace. Lots of floaties in the beer even with careful pouring.

S- Ripe banana and apple aromas with a huge wave of Belgian yeast and alcohol.

T- Really brash alcohol burn with the first sip that I wasn't expecting. After a few more sips, the sweet banana and yeast flavors were predominate with some light spice and clove.

M- Light/medium bodied with fairly low carbonation for the style.

D- Seems like this brew had all of the right components for a traditional Belgian Tripel. Unfortunately it didn't quite live up to expectations.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 04:39:45 | More by projectflam86
Photo of nhindian


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A - Pours a very light, pale straw color which gradually builds and builds until it culminates into a 3-fingered, snow-white, foamy head that has relatively decent retention given the ABV. There are some yeast floaties that linger around in the glass, but it is also pretty clear given that. Spotty lacing around the glass and there is little note of carbonation.

S - Just one smell gives the impression that this beer is heavily spiced. The nose is dominated by cloves, peppery spices, and tons of banana, to the extent that I've never really experienced this much banana in a tripel before. The Belgian yeast makes an appearance near the end of the nose, and surprisingly there's not much alcohol at all to be noticed.

T - Just like the nose, the taste in this one is spice-dominated. Very spicy notes that are prominent in the front-end as well as in the finish, and banana and other fruits are readily apparent. As in the nose, almost no alcohol finish as the spice, fruit, and bitterness keeps this relatively cool. Finish is crisp and dry, but also spicy and bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is light and not very carbonated. A bit too thin and watery for my tastes, and as mentioned earlier, the finish leaves a rather unpleasant bitter and spicy aftertaste that doesn't refresh the mouth.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Given the high ABV, the alcohol in this beer is almost non-existent which is quite the feat, but the unfavorable finish keeps the one more on the sipping front.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 22:08:48 | More by nhindian
Photo of robertp1024


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a decent head. The head though thick and about 1 or 1.5 fingers, disapates fairly quickly. The scent first noticed is the yeast witha slight citrus and sweet spice. The flavor is the same, yeasty with sweet spices. Very powerful beer. Great american tripel. Easily up there with my other favorite belgian style tripels.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 23:54:01 | More by robertp1024
Photo of CharlieMopps


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden honey color with a very thin head that dissipated quickly leaving little colonies of carbonation hanging around. Little lacing to it.

S: Yeasty and sugary aromas come to the forefront, with maybe a slight floral scent, perhaps some natural smells of fruit as well.

T: I could taste the candy sugar up front, very Belgian in style obviously, with a hop and spice twinge. A strong abv makes the alcohol somewhat noticeable in the taste, but makes for an enjoyable dry tripel.

M: Carbonation was fairly generous, adding to the way the flavors run across the palate. Still, it leaves a slight oily texture and makes for an interesting smooth and creamy feel. Interesting.

D: This one's pretty good, but with an abv at 9.5%, I'd probably have to love it to go another round. Still, would definitely crack this one open at another time.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 23:18:18 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of SamN


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Huge frothy white head, thick and rocky. Hazy dark golden color with lots of carbonation present. Lacing is evident. Smell is strongly of coriander, flowery spices, seemingly adjunct malt, a varied bouquet. Taste is sprawling, starts with grainy malts, moves to a powerfully flowery/fruity spiced middle and ending on a blunt hops and spice note. Quite an intense flavor profile, extremely strong tastes. Lots of overripe fruits, banana and some apples, maybe even something resembling peaches or apricots. The tastes fade a little too quickly into a souring mash-up of competing flavors. Not great, not bad. Pretty decent. The startlingly high alcohol is well hidden in this Tripel. Medium light body with a little fizziness.

A pretty overwhelming brew, nothing to session with and may overpower all but the most daring of food. A good example of brewery prowess, but a bit of an orphan beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 21:22:17 | More by SamN
Photo of beerbiatchMD


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in a wine glass.
Enjoy by date: June 11, 2019

A: Staw colored gold with good clarity, 3 fingers of bright white head, good lacing.

S: lots of Belgian spice going on. Florally, bubble gum, estery, yeast.

T: very sweet initially then goes to a characteristic Belgian spice, a hint of bitterness at the end is nice. Not overly sweet and hides the alcohol very well.

M: crisp, dry, good carbonation.

O: a good Belgian style tripel. Similar to the V12 in a lot of ways (spice and floral tones) but without the alcohol heat. A good beer but average for a Belgian style. Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 12:46:41 | More by beerbiatchMD
Photo of midaszero


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy yellow orange with no head

S - Belgian yeast with citrus and bananas.

T - Belgian yeast with some spices and a little hot. Hint of biscuit flavor on the end.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Light burn which I guess is to be expected at 9.5%

D - Pretty decent tripel

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 18:40:57 | More by midaszero
Photo of vapodge


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A - light yellow, not guite golden; lots of sediment - even with a careful pour, thin head

S - yeasty & floral

T - little bready, light alcohol sting, yeasty; not as powerful as other tripels I've had; sweet

M - rather thin compared to other tripels

D - adequate -- no big complaints, but not heaping any praise either; warms the body fairly quickly but misses the rich flavor I expect from a tripel

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 02:46:19 | More by vapodge
Photo of jmc44


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz brown bottle a hazy golden color. Very fine white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.
Aroma is sweet, with a background of clove and fruit character.
The beer is sweet, creamy, smooth, with spicy flavors and a clove-like finish. Hops are somewhat prominent at first, but are quickly dominated by the spice and the malt.
Despite its high alcohol content, the beer is easy drinking, which could lead to problems down the road. Quite a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 22:24:09 | More by jmc44
Photo of mnrider


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle. Label has crazy golden monkey. Snifter.

A: Pours a golden color with a large white head which does not last. Yeast is seen in glass. Lacing is minimal.

S: Yeasty, warm and light floral aroma.

T/M: Taste is a little bland. Alcohol is present and gives a warming feel. Full bodied and smooth with a little bit of a dry aftertaste. The hops and malts that are used seem to be on the light side and are not very noticeable. Sugars are noticeable however. Yeast is the strongest taste.

D: Good brew. Enjoyable but kind of on the bland side. Alcohol has a nice warming effect. Very yeasty and smooth. I will be cellaring a few bottles to see how it benefits from some time in the dark.


Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 19:46:50 | More by mnrider
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/28/2007 - Served in an American Pint glass.

Presentation: Poured with a pale gold color, small head that dissipated quickly into a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Thin, inconsistent lacing during the tasting.

Smell: Belgian yeast, cloves and spice.

Taste: Similar to nose, along with cloves, honey and subtle flavors of banana.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat vibrant due to the carbonation; surprisingly so considering the lack of a head and minimal lacing. Finish was somewhat spicy.

Drinkability: A pleasant tripel, but I don't think I could have more than two in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 02:45:36 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Nipitato


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep gold color. Pours with a massive white head, which dissapates to less than a quarter of an inch. Hazy.

S: Great banana ester aroma predominates. Slight peppery/clove character as well. Alcohol backround underscores.

T: Malty sweet with banana ester character less noticeable. Finishes very clean. No hop flavor. As beer warms peppery phenols begin to predominate. Alcohol taste noticeable.

MF: Very smooth. Alcohol warmth present. Medium medium and medium carbonation. Probably not enough carbonation for its style.

D: Score another hit for Victory. A very good domestic tripel.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 17:48:50 | More by Nipitato
Photo of BravoTwo


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - light yellow color with minimal thin head, slight lacing down the glass

S - Malty, with a light spice note and minimal hops smell. Slight fruit

T - Bready, malty with sugary tones and light fruity notes. Slightly spicy and phenolic. Would have been more balanced with more floral hops notes, but overall pretty good.

M - Average here, with decent carbonation and feel.

D - Drinkable tripel, while not totally to style. A good, solid beer but not the best example of the style. Definitely worth a try though, if available to you.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 20:51:59 | More by BravoTwo
Photo of NoLeafClover44


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Golden Monkey goblet, how fitting.

A - Very pale golden yellow. Totally transparent with a two finger head that dies down to a film. Leaves a splotchy lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like a tripel. Bubblegum, banana, cloves, and spice. Pretty fruity with just a touch of hops.

T - Very sweet and spicy. Belgian yeast throughout with lemon, bread, and a mellow hops. Alcohol is hidden dangerously well.

M - Good carbonation and somewhat thin with a slight astringent dryness.

O - It is not my favorite tripel, but it may be the most drinkable. This is often the choice of my non-craft drinking friends, who ooh and ahh about the alcohol content. I would like more in terms of dynamic flavors and perhaps a bit more thickness, but overall not bad. I think Victory does high ABV beers very well. This wouldn't be my top choice in the Victory big beers category, but it may be if I had to drink several.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:48:29 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden colour with a lot of bubbles and a bit of sediment with a thin white head which quickly dissipates.

The smell is big on cloves, sweet malts, tobacco smoke.

The taste is sweet and malty.

The mouth feel is a little too thin and carbonated.

Overall not a terrible beer, just a little boring. It does go down well considering the abv, you would never expect it to be 9.5%.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 01:00:55 | More by Dave1999
Photo of originalsin


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Adventures with the all-seeing eye...

Pale Yellow appearance with armies of bubbles marching to the top--little head forms tho, but lacing is alright. What little head there was quickly faded to a ring around the glass.

The smell is spicy and bready- nothing out of the ordinary for a belgian style beer.

The taste isn't at all overpowering- there's some banana and clove in addition to the spice and bread that came through on the nose. Altogether solid yet unimpressive nonetheless.

Light to medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation to go around. I initially didn't notice the high abv on this brew and wasn't really struggling with it but, to be perfectly honest, drinkability takes a hit on this beer as a result of it.

Not a beer I'll seek out but certainly one I'll be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 02:54:26 | More by originalsin
Photo of JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color and a little hazy.

S: Banana, clove and alcohol aroma.

T: Follows the nose but finishes with some caramel sweetness.

M: A little heavy but still smooth.

Overall: Decent. The flavors are there but the alcohol comes across a little strong. That being said, this is still an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 21:45:15 | More by JuliusCaesar
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to trying this as it has been sitting in my fridge for a few months.

I thought this tasted like a hefeweizen brewed with spice. It poured nicely with a large bright white head. The Belgian yeast is extremely pronounced as is the high alcohol content (9.5% ABV). It almost had a slight sweet taste. The aroma matched the taste, and I'm not sure if that is on purpose. It finished extremely dry with mild carbonation which allowed the intended flavors to mingle nicely.

Not my favorite from Victory but I'm also not an expert on Tripel's. It was good just not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 21:13:28 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of umtox


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep yellow orange with an unfiltered/textured appearance. Small head with very little retention.

S: Yeast, allspice, honey. Overall a developing nice increasing sweet/spice balance.

T: Viscous upfront with little yeast flavor, but a crisp dry finish followed by increasing sugar and spice and alcohol afterburn.

M: Viscous at first and a very pleasant crisp finish and increasing flavor after its long gone. A nice ride.

D: Nice, the 9.5% is not all that noticeable. Great with peanuts.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 23:27:39 | More by umtox
Photo of IKR


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden- yellow color with a fair-sized white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Bready notes dominate with some yeast notes.

Taste: The bready notes and faint fruity notes that were present in the nose come through in the taste. I also pick up a hop presence in the finish.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a generous level of carbonation.

Overall: The taste is not as complex and is somewhat muted compared to the upper echelon Tripels. But on the other hand I've always found this one a refreshing beer in the summer that's priced very well.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 22:55:26 | More by IKR
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