Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,692
Hads: 5,094
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 126
Gots: 1,090 | 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 Metalmonk
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color, almost mead-like in color with an orange tint. Very poor head retention, but good bubble activity. Only sparse lace.

Smell is just as a tripel should be: fruity, floral, spicy, good layer of yeast emitting pungency.

Tastes mirror the aromas, which is to say it's got plenty of depth and is delicious. The fruity and floral aspects just barely dominate the exotic spiciness and warming from the alcohol. Honey and black pepper rise up from the flavor as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very good, and quite right for the style, with a remarkable carbonated zip and a butteriness offsetting any sharpness.

Victory comes through with a solid American version of the Belgian tripel. Despite the high alcohol, this is almost too easy to drink. Be careful with it, but just TRY to not enjoy it! (811 characters)

Photo of VMWhelan
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle. Best by June 2013 / Drank on Dec 06, 2010

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with a little bit of head that quickly dissapates.

Smells spicy with a bit of banana, slight alcohol notes.

Tastes just like it smells: prominent banana and yeast with some spice, but a tad sweeter. Nice warmth from the alcohol going down but nothing too much.

Medium body to it, about what I expected. Not too thin, not too creamy.

Drinkability is very high. It's hard to not go for a second or third, but with 9.5% ABV, you need to be careful.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers from my favorite local brewery and I'd never turn down the opportunity to have one or two of these. (680 characters)

Photo of baiser
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden, orange-tinted and cloudy, with a big head that disappeared quite fast, very thin white lace.

Aroma of peaches, caramel, some floral scents.

This is a smooth, syrupy, full bodied beer. A strong fruity, peachy flavour, very sweet. Hops are very floral and complement the flavour quite well. Alcohol is extremely hidden, but is very warming.

It is quite a tasty beer, and very drinkable, but not your typical tripel. However, still very enjoyable. (468 characters)

Photo of david18
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a growler at Whole Foods on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I think I like this even better than the bottle version. The difficulty is to drink a growler of Tripel fast enough before it goes flat.

Color is a perfect gold, carbonation is good at first but goes flat pretty fast. Flavor and aroma are perfect to the style.

I will get this as an american tripel alternative often.

Highly recommend. (417 characters)

Photo of DarthRadb
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours out a Nice Golden Color, Lots of Carbonation.

Smell - Like a Belgian Style Ale, Sweeter than most, Nice Spice Note mixed with a Yeasty smell.

Taste - Very Pleasant and Smooth for a Triple, you can't really taste the 9.5 ABV, very balanced, slightly on the sweet side, but I dig it, a very nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and Crisp, Leaves a nice spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very Drinkable, but beware these are very Strong 9.5 ABV and a couple of these will go straight to your head. (514 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a semi-cloudy golden orange color with a small white head that recedes within seconds. The aroma is of orange peel, and is huge. The taste is very juicy, with huge orange notes and slight alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice American Beer, and a fine tripel. (332 characters)

Photo of twilight
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Very Heavy Goblet.

It poured a hazy golden orange but without a head. Immediately I was drawn to it by it's color. The smell is fruity, tasty (if that can be a smell) it makes one want to drink it right away. The taste is sweet, not so much malty or like honey, but just sweet. You get the sweet which gives way to the sour and finishes off with an alcoholic aftertaste that isn't bad at all. I would have liked more complex flavors, as the taste was good, but could be improved, perhaps with spices. The taste is smooth, and barring the high alcohol content, I could spend all night with this beer. (609 characters)

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No enjoy by date on the label.
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured to a white, one-finger head that quickly disapated to a single layer of bubbles that lasted until the glass was empty. The brew is a darker shade of golden straw, and there are lots of carbon bubbles raising to the head.

S: The aroma is a sweet type of Belgian yeast funk with a hint of sweet caramel malt, too.

T: The taste has hints of bubble gum that blend with some banana. There is also a bit of sweet, light roasted malt and a solid dose of bitter hops to keep the sweetness in check. There is also some sharp spiciness that helps to focus the Belgian yeast funk.

M: The beer has a medium weight body and plenty of carbonation. It finishes fairly clean and leaves just a bit of an aftertaste of hops bitterness and Belgian yeast funk.

O: Wow. I am wowed by the flavors that explode forth from this beer. The many flavors make it complex, but not too complex to enjoy. The Belgian yeast funk is more bubble gum and banana (as opposed to yesterdays socks and a sweaty t-shirt). It also has plenty of carbonation, but again, not too much. For Belgian yeast funk lovers this should be a "must try." (1,188 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was poured into two glasses: one goblet and one tulip

Pours a nice golden amber hue. For the larger goblet, it poured clear but in the tulip, it was cloudier and slightly spotted.
A strong banana and spice nose emerged from the beer
It tasted medium with a nice crisp feel. Nice banana, wheat, and clove flavor and it tasted better and more rounded with sediment.

Good beer. I would buy it again (401 characters)

Photo of AFHOPHEAD
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe that this is a high powered beer brewed in the Belgian trippel fashion. I received this beer when I told my waitress that I liked American double IPA's . She was way off but this is a great tasting beer light but with a kick. It is perfect for drifting off into oblivion on a hot summer day after a long bike ride or a round of golf. Taste fruity and finishes smooth. Good malt taste at 9+abv. You would expect an alcohol taste yet it is masked quite well. Cheers. (474 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, my first review! No idea why I waited so long, but I had Golden Monkey tonight, and became inspired when it was so much better than I expected.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Poured a very rich, hazy orange with a billowing foamy head. After the head subsided, a 1/4 inch head remained with nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bananas with some Belgian yeast funkiness.

Taste: More bananas, with peppery spice, sugary sweetness and a nice amount of hops (not too much or too little). Can't taste the alcohol.

Feel: Pretty carbonated, but also very smooth with a rich mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is 9.5%? Wow, that's scary. (665 characters)

Photo of Calico
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is liquid gold. Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a good head.

Nose of yeast and slight banana. Some hoppiness (not much) detectible in the nose. A little ester, unidentifiable as of yet, maybe peach?

Gloriously well carbonated, just enough to tingle the tongue. I think the hops in this might be Tettnanger. Malty, sugary taste is clearly apparent. This is a great Belgian, I would put it more in the category of a Belgian strong golden than of a tripel.

Citrusy taste, apricot hits mid-palate. The finish is clean and smooth. Quite drinkable for a beer of this potency. I wouldn't put a 12-ouncer of this down half-finished. (647 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crisp, sparkling golden hue, capped with a gorgeous rocky head. Wonderful aromas of peppery spice, Belgian yeast, honey malt and a hint of barnyard. A deliciously well balanced beer, with hints of citrus, sweet malt, banana, clove and drying alcohol. I could drink a lot of this one, as the carbonation levels make this one go down so smoothly, especially with the 9.5% alcohol content. An excellent buy, at less than $2 a bottle. (438 characters)

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with no head, a beautiful golden body.
Smell is peppery, banana notes, a little spiciness. Belgian yeast is very prevalent in the nose. The taste matches the smell, which is fantastic. A great example of the style. A crisp but slightly warming mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious. (283 characters)

Photo of stacket1
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a dinner overlooking the Baltimore harbor. Paired with such items as foie gras PB&J and cheese sticks.

Appearance: golden, cloudy, no head after the pour

Smell: grassy, hoppy

Taste: strong upfront in alcohol, followed by hops and grassy flavor

Mouthfeel: pleasureable, subtlety of flavors was brought out by slow sipping

Overall: nice belgian triple with obviously high ABV, on the petey side, not as complex as comparable belgian triples, but enjoyable all the same (479 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked and capped 750ml bottle, and dated
11-30-04.

Appearance- A nice seltzer head forms but leaves a good ffoamy film on the surface throughout the entire beer drinking experience. Color was a well suited hazy, cloudy and slightly burnt orange color with no visible lacing.

Smell- Lots of sugary sweet oranges,grapefruits, tamarinds, and even a hint of mango and wheat.

Taste- Starts out with a sugary citrus flavor. This leas to a malty mix of Belgian bitterness and summer fruit sweets and candi sugar. The end is a wheaty zest of citrus and damp earth.

Mouthfeel- Overall a very earthy sweet palate with some damn good carnoation that helps to open up the taste buds to the jovial monkey like flavors of this tripel. (752 characters)

Photo of HopheadEd
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice! 750ml corked bottle, one of four I hid from my wife, for about two weeks. Definitely got better as it warmed to room temp. Nice, big head, slowly fading to a nice collar. Aroma of yeast, fruits, alcohol. Tastes of spices, hops, yeast and alcohol. Clean, dry, spicey finish. Nice triple. Good Ale. (302 characters)

Photo of hdofu
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears golden with a thin white head quickly dissipating. Smell is of peaches, vanilla and cinnamon. Taste begins very sweet and complicated then it has bitterness, almost pepperiness in the finish. It has a wheat taste to it. It has a crisp mouthfeel with just the right amount of bubbles. The alcohol burn you'd expect at a 9.5 isn't there. It wouldn't be my first choice of a six pack to pick up but it isn't bad either. (424 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To compare this to other Triples, it's bad. It's really not a Triple but as a golden, this beer is great!! Excellent yellow color, strong citrus smell, tastes smooth, excellent beer. (183 characters)

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy, hazy, yellow gold color with little head to speak of. This being my first taste of one of Victory's selections I was impressed and the reputation preceding is unmistakable. The smell was apparent as soon as I opened the bottle and the poor brought out all the spice and sweetness. The nose was filled with sweet; like honeysuckle, slight spice, alcohol, and hop notes. Taste was impressive, not aggressive like most tripels. This is sweeter than most and well balanced with (again) honeysuckle, spices (that I can't describe), alcohol is very present but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is smooth and wet with just a touch of slime that sticks to the throat. Yum. This tripel is the top that I've tasted. (715 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a light brown color with lots of carbonation. Head lingers a long time.

Smell- Very fruity, nice esters. Rather banana esque, its nice.

Taste- Sweet and fruity. Slightly wheaty notes too, really jumps off the tongue and hits you. Its quite lovely

Mouthfeel- Not too bad, perhaps a bit on the watery side, doesnt really fill the palate up.

Drinkability- Very good, could sit back and hammer of few of these, which could be dangerous considering the abv. (474 characters)

Photo of rjr8
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have never been a fan of the light yellow beers, I'm a fan of darker beers, pale yellow always reminds me of Coors Light and the like.

The smell is pretty fragrant with subtle hints of citrus.

The taste is quite good, it cops the tripel style well and feels pretty smooth in my mouth.

Overall I really enjoy this beer and as always Victory has not let me down. (367 characters)

Photo of MellowG
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm with Axl, who said:

"I really think price/value should be a rating on here. It matters to most people if a beer is affordable. Golden Monkey is a beer that a Belgian lover on a budget will fall in love with. It's 12.99 a six pack which beats the hell out Chimay. Plus they have a high alcohol content which means you only need a couple to get a little buzz. I highly recommend this beer."

When I've shopped for a good Belgian style Tripel, Golden Monkey (where available) has had an excellent price-to-quality ratio. Certainly with wine, the price to quality ratio is a HUGE factor in one's choice. With good craft beers coming in at higher and higher pricepoints (even if deservedly so) the price to quality ratio, or overall value, is undoubtedly a major consideration.

Unfortunately, I don't have a Golden Monkey in front of me right now, or I would add more specifics. I'm writing this from memory. Good memories... (928 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Monkey pours a light gold color. I gave it a hard, rapid pour and this brew did produce a semi decent head, but it faded quickly. The color is a sight bit hazy. The aroma reminds me of green apples with tones of yeast and citrus hidden. Taste is smooth; there is a bit of a malt flavor with the green apples mixed in with a very slight yeast zing near the end. The flavor does masks the alcohol in this brew. There is always bubbles moving to the top of the glass and it has a very nice creamy smooth mouthfeel. A very enjoyable brew and easy to drink. I could easily enjoy more than one of these, no problems. (615 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi hazy golden yellow light orange color. Two finger white head rises and stays for a short period. Ringing lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice big aromas of clove and banana right off the bat. Light spicey hops in the backend of this. Some sweeter alcohol in very end. Light belgian yeast aroma coming in hints in the aroma.

T- This is well...not hiding anything that wasn't in the nose. Good clove in the front with a light spicey peppery note. Big banana flavor with a hunt of lemon. Alcohol is sweet in the backend but hardly there. Pretty much what you smell is what you get.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little higher than most Tripels I think. Clove stays on the palate with some sweeter alcohol in the aftertaste. Good drying on the palate after each sip. Flavors blend well together and crispness comes from the carbonation I think.

D- This beer is very drinkable. Victory has this problem (in a good way) with making their higher ABV beers so damn drinkable. This makes the beer dangerous but still enjoyable as well! (1,088 characters)

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