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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,087 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 4,087
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 351 | 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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blmar311

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-05-2013 06:34:50 | More by blmar311
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420Rick

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-18-2013 16:33:10 | More by 420Rick
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Mike099

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-07-2013 06:48:26 | More by Mike099
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colinclovt

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-27-2014 17:58:55 | More by colinclovt
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful maize pours with a fluffy white
head and sparse lacing. A lot of sediment
floating around amongst the bubbles On of
the more active and beautiful beers

S: Smells intensely sweet of alcohol and berries

T: Very sweet as advertised very with a hint of
banana. The flavor is easier to appreciate
by the sip rather than the mouthful

M: Thick and bit syrupy as it runs past the
sides of my tongue. Not as vibrantly
carbonated to the pallet as it is to the eye
A little thick leaving a slight coating on
the tongue

D: Good drink probably better with food but
totally able to stand up without it.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 22:05:15 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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watermelonman

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured to a bight gold with a medium head. It's leaving a nice looking thin lace behind.

The smell is sweet and consists of alcohol and esters. The taste is fairly good, with citrus joining the esters.

The mouthfeel is pretty sharp, and the alcoholic content is definitely apparent.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 06:45:52 | More by watermelonman
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daftafne

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Went to the a little release party for victory in Indiana at Rich O's tonight in New Alabany and had a flight of Prima Pils, Hop Devil, and Golden Monkey.

Had a hay/golden color and smelled of fresh fruit, spices, and herbs. The first flavor to hit my palate was a biting spicy hop followed by sugars. Fairly well hidden alcohol - surprising light mouthfeel - just a little sticky. Really from the beers I have had of Victory's (which is only the three listed above), they are a very conservative brewer. That is, they stay true to form of the style and dont venture to far out with experimentation. This was not a very remarkable tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2008 23:17:58 | More by daftafne
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright Golden color, almost glowing in the glass, the head white white and fluffy.

The scent is yeasts, clove, some big banana notes at times and an earthy malt aroma.

The taste was deceiving as I caught more wheat, clove and metallic banana. Advertised as a Tripel it seemed to be missing some elements.

The feel was medicinal, almost sour vinegary. Left an aftertaste of metal and band aids. Those with me did not express the same opinions so there may be personal issues at play but I was disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 23:31:09 | More by KYGunner
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Golden, just slightly coppered with a touch of haze and a big, white, initially rocky, cap of foam. Lots of small bubbles rise to join the head which has decent retention and quite nice lace.

S: Floral with plentiful fruity esters. Mostly bready malts but also with some caramel and juicy pils sweetness. Yeasty, spicy, and just a faint touch of lemony twang. Alcohol just pushes through. Quite a bit going on, but it could use a bit more umph.

T: Obviously hefty. The spice note is at least as much from the alcohol as it is from the yeast and hops. Floral, herbal and spicey hops seem the barest step ahead of the malts, which open with a sugar cookie sweetness with just a hint of caramel and then transition to being doughy and softly grainy (wheaty). After the middle it starts to get a touch medicinal from the combined effects of the hops, yeast, & especially alcohol. Some estery fruit – especially pear, but also over-ripe banana (sweet). A tiny bit of the lemon from the nose and just a hint of muted cloves that increase only slightly as the brew warms.

M: A bit over medium body with carbonation to match. Warming alcohol. Sweet and somewhat chewy & tacky, but turns to drying from the hops, spiceyness and alcohol heat. Still, not as attenuated as some classic examples.

D: Quite drinkable, but dangerous. Emphasis is on robustness rather than complexity, depth or expressiveness. A bit too much of the spicey alcohol bite & heft. It makes a decent sipper though, just nothing to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 00:14:15 | More by SickGnar
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow body with thin white head. Aromas is light citrus fruits (maybe lemon and peach) with a typically spicy Trippel background and a hint of alcohol. Flavors are is simlar to the nose very citrus like but doesn't have the yeasty, spicy tastes of great Trippels. Mouthfeel was not lively enough to make it a memorable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 03:39:32 | More by CRJMellor
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cabsandking

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with zero head to speak of. The nose is vinous with sharp floral alcohol esters, sour fruit, pear, and apple. Richer malt character is more evident on the first sip and a honey and cane sugar sweetness is plenty. Pretty substantial alcohol burn towards the end might hinder some of its nuances. Yeast tones are nice with a straw, biscuity taste. Medium carbonation and a full body leaves a descent mouthfeel that is fizzy on the palate. The finish starts with a big alcohol tinge but mellows out to expose herbal notes, grain, and sweet bread.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 03:48:47 | More by cabsandking
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gopens44

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

O.K., here's the thing. I don't like this style of beer, but I accidentally picked it up. Apparently while ticking, I grabbed what I thought was two bottles of Hopdevil, but Golden monkey was actually hiding behind the first devil in it's row of bottles. My bad for not checking...

With that said, I drank it anyway (why not? It is beer after all) and decided to review it based on the merits of a Tripel and not my own preferences in a beer. With that said...

A - Very impressed with the calm, hazy yet bright yellow appearance of this craft. No real head to mention, but a real treat to look at.

S - I was happy to smell a nice balance of honey, hops and barley. Very nice indeed.

T - This is where I get judicious. Knowing that the qualities of a Tripel is what bothers me, I must say that the balance of the coriander (?) and citrus along with the barley made this a very well crafted Tripel. No discernible alcohol taste despite the high ABV, and a nice bitter finish.

M - A tad dry adn once again, bitter.

D - If you enjoy Tripels, this one must be high on your list. It is a high quality Tripel with no bad or unintended tastes whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 13:21:46 | More by gopens44
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-No head, yeast suspended throughout a golden clear beer. Chunks of yeast clouding an otherwise crystal clear brew.

S-Sharp, pears and apples. Pretty typical of Belgian yeasts

T-Sweet malts, pepper and spice, bready yeast green apples

M-Oily crisp but leaves a residue

D-Decent considering the ABV

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 04:56:38 | More by MinorThreat
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RixBeer

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured quick and hard. Orange in color. 1/4" Head fades quick into nothing just a super thin rim on one edge.

Looks like a beer with to much action. too much carbonation.

Very spicy, orange, peppery. A lot of flavors going on swirling around each other. You wonder if it will calm down before the glass is gone. Then you wonder if it will calm down in a few years of cellaring.

The carbonation is way too active for this beer. Again this beer needs to really settle down!

It's too much right now. This beer needs to settle down. A lot going on with a lot of popping of flavors made even more intense by the carbonation.

I can have one maybe two of these. But this beer will F you up. I recommend this one as a night cap. It's mine tonight!

Still a really great beer that will only get better!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 01:01:51 | More by RixBeer
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germaniac

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Golden Monkey. Not seen in these parts for a couple years, since Victory's aborted attempt to distribute to central CA. This bottle was one of a mixed sixer hauled up from Hollyweird by BA and sometimes fellow beer tourist SkunkleDunkel. I Enjoyed the hell out of the GM back then, but I think I 've come across to many exemplary tripels since to really call this brew a winner.

Pours tawny gold, with a generous pour rendering a massive pillow of head. Smells sugary sweet, with a spicy clove-like aroma. A little yeasty.

A mouthfeel on the thin side yields a muted hoppiness, with a mellow sweetness. A little added zest from the spices added gets covered up by a subtle but pungent clove taste. As everything warms up, hints of bluberries and tropical fruit juice arise.

Not a bad beer, and a nice trip down memory lane, but I'd rather stick to drinking the California brewed Belgian styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 04:12:56 | More by germaniac
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die" -- #47 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Either I got a bad batch or this beer has gone downhill or my tastes have evolved -- one of those three -- but I used to like this beer quite a bit at one time. It's not undrinkable by any means, but I have to say nowadays it's a pretty overrated beer.

It gets a couple of things very right. It looks quite convincingly like a tripel, complete with that kind of cloudy gold you come to expect from the style. Things start to fall apart at the nose -- outside of a very mild tropical fruit flavored bubblegum smell there's not much of any nose here. The flavors are assertive, but seem to me rather too oriented toward that yeasty funk that one quickly learns to associate with Belgians. It's a big solid blast of it, with maybe some light fruit/spice overtones outlining it but that's it. It's not exactly unpleasant but its very one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel is the other thing I think they got very right, it's exactly what I would want in a tripel, from the assertive effervescence up front to the strange way tripels seem to linger on your tongue.

More disappointing than the score probably suggests, if you can find this beer in your local store you likely can find better alternatives along the same line as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 01:07:24 | More by dougbassett
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gosurfobx

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy straw color with some good carbination, forms a large foamy head that dissappears into a film after a minute or two. Smells like sweet malt with a little bit of hops (saaz i think). Taste has firm malt backbone, with increasing bitterness as the you drink the beer. The mouthfeel is pretty good, the high carbination dances on the tounge. A fairly drinkable triple, not the best but a good introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 01:28:05 | More by gosurfobx
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle of this with Kels at Fries Cafe for the last beer of the evening. Not overly impressed by the offering... Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice, solid straw color; body is hazy and comes with a very short head that fades to a slight ring and a very thing scum on the surface; no lacing is present; moderate carbonation bubbling up from below.

Smell: Predominantly yeast, some wheaty-like barnyard aspect to it - now typically, I apprecaite the wheaty and yeasty aspects to Belgian styles but I should note that this particular offering came across as a bit rotted and not fresh like nice dry grass/straw/wheat; slight spiciness comes through and it's the typical scent of coriander; there is also some faint malty sweetness that finishes off the nose.

Taste: See smell... No surprises and tastes mostly like it should... Aftertaste is a litle rough and strong of the yeast and rotted grassiness; very mild presence of an alcoholic vapor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty solid carbonation makes it tingly overall, but the finish is a little moister with really no drying of the palate that I feel I typically get, but overall not too bad still.

Drinkability: While it's not bad overall, the rotted grassiness kills this one for me. Typicall I find myself really enjoying these styles but this one did not translate overly well for me. I will still continue to try beers from Victory though as they've done pretty well for me overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 14:11:36 | More by bamadog
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Dogfish head snifter. Golden color with one fingered head and lots of lacing. Smells of strong fruit. Very nice smell. Sweet and fruity taste with a little more hops than others I have tried in this style. Fair carbonation. Seems a little flat after a few minutes in my glass. Not my favorite example of this style, but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 22:58:06 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on Aug 11, 2004. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. Cloudy orange color with a very small head that lacks retention and lacing. Bready malts with light hops and slightly fruity. Very sweet and acidic flavor. Light to medium bodied with a heavy alcoholic finish. Wow, this beer is STRONG! Not a bad offer from Victory, but there are much better examples out there for this particular style, and much better products produced by this brewery as well. Skip over this one and go straight for an authentic Belgian strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 01:36:34 | More by Jacobob10
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rlparker3

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4-Jan-2009 Home

Poured golden with a large, active head. Aroma is soapy and astringent (but good). Flavor is laced with a subtle pepper component. The lingering flavor is a sourness across the roof of the throat. This beer drinks very easily considering the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 19:52:17 | More by rlparker3
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Durge

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy amber color with little evidence of head or lacing. The aroma was a fairly typical clovey wheat blend, not too strong but inviting. The flavor hops out as almost a licorice, some excpected alcohol, fine carbonation for a bit of a bite but not harsh at all. There is biscuit and many of the usual tripel qualities, maybe a bit of cranberry, but it does seem to mask the ABV pretty well, so it's relatively drinkable for the style. It's solid but not highly memorable. Worth a try, I wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 22:07:33 | More by Durge
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first venture into the 'Tripel' style.

A: It is a bright golden color, a tad cloudy. Not much of a head and what was there disappeared quickly.

S: Vague hints of banana, lemons, orange and spices.

T: A good mixture of bananas and citrus. Also has a spicy taste. Some hints of honey and wheat as well.

M: It leaves a spicy and sweet aftertaste on the palate. A little too much alcohol flavoring though.

D: Such a high ABV, makes it a non-session beer. Overall, I enjoy the spicy wheat flavoring, but the taste of alochol was too apparent.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 14:56:14 | More by IronCitySteve
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my tulip glass. Pours a murky light orange/gold with a think off-white head on top. Little retention and lacing. Smells of pineapple, allspice, lemon zest, and tart yeast.

The mouth is well-carbonated and a bit spritzy. This is a pretty sweet Tripel. Nice pleasant citrus fronting, with a spicy bite in the middle, and finishes sweet and clean. This is a pretty good beer. I haven't the greatest experience with this style, but I liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 18:08:18 | More by Onenote81
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-big 2" white head that fades fast. Light golden clear color. As you get to the bottom of the bottle more it gets cloudier.
S- Bananas and maybe some european style hop. Also smell a bit of malt in there.
T-Bananas and european style hops. Not much malt flavor. Bananas are really strong in the taste. Bit of warming from the alcohol in the back of throat. Some spice also. It is fruity just can't really pin point more than the bananas.
M-Medium/full body, medium carbonation.
D- I'm not a big fan of fruity beers so this one was a bit to fruity for me but still was alright. I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 01:04:38 | More by BlindPig
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,087 ratings.