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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,084 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,084
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 350 | 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:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of bamadog


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
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


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
Photo of 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
Photo of rlparker3


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
Photo of Durge


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
Photo of IronCitySteve


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
Photo of 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
Photo of BlindPig


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
Photo of bigdeuce


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

This is not a bad version of a tripel and is reasonably priced. The taste is way too sweet. The smell is good, some of vanilla and banana. It pours a nice head and lacing keeps up down the glass. There is a strange, however, aftertaste to the beer. Almost pale and skunky, which I did not care for. If the golden monkey is offered to me at a bar or someone's home, damn straight, I'll drink it again. But not one you'll find in my fridge very often.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 19:12:13 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of Kelpius

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

Clove overtones with a light mouthfeel. Certainly a good bang for the buck beer and good for folks who like a bright tasting beer. Not a palate wrecker, but inferior to the very similar PranQster from North Coast. I consider this a bargain currently.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 05:28:53 | More by Kelpius
Photo of Autoeros


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

Poured into a Unibroue Maudite snifter

L: The beer looks like a wheat field in the fall, with a head that lasts for the first few sips and fades; good lacing up until the bottom quarter of the glass, when the carbonation seems to disappear, and any hint of head along with it. There is a slightly cloudy, very pretty gold—I could stare at it all day.

S: Spices carry the nose, chased by an underlying alcohol, suppressed by the very small notes of banana and grape. Any fruit notes are made secondary to the coriander and pine in the foreground. I would like to see the grape notes come into their own more to mix with the alcohol.

T: The alcohol is held back by the flood gates of those forward spices, and yields to a warmness that is very suited to fall sipping on the porch/balcony/blanket under an oak. The malts hit hard on the front of the tongue, and balance around the rear of the palate where the alcohol comes into the foreground. It turns bitter, not the bitterness of hops, but a slightly unbalanced fruit-and-yeast sourness on the palate, but it manages to stay very pleasant.

F: The beer lingers, giving a yeasty tongue-rubbing-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth-type thickness. Thick and yeasty, but the alcohol is really to feel at this point, as it cuts right into the yeastiness.

O: Good beer for autumn. It is not as complex as a Belgian-style tripel can be, and it makes for a good beer in an unsophisticated setting. Perhaps a picnic and an autumn sunset.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 21:04:33 | More by Autoeros
Photo of drabmuh


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

Currently trying to review every beer on Beeradvocate that has more than 1000 reviews. So this goal brings me to Golden Monkey, never had it before. 12 ounce bottle poured into my DFH snifter. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy. Forms a tiny head with low carbonation and no lacing. Eh.

Aroma is mild but sweet. eh, its OK. Not impressed so far.

Eh, its kind of fruity in the back palate, medium to light in body. Nothing to see here folks. A really mediocre tripel by all measure. I guess the saving grace is that it masks the 9% ABV so well. But overall I'm not impressed. Try again Victory.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 03:46:04 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jlandis


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

I'm following up my St. Bernardus Tripel with a local variety. We'll see how this one does in comparison.

The body is crystal clear straw yellow with a thin white ring of a head. The nose is fruity and very sweet. There is a touch of honey and spice, but the sweetness really dominates. The flavor is full of bananas and a bready character. The finish is spicy and astringent. Floating in and around everything there is a cloying sweetness. Maybe is comes from being so young, but it is really off putting. The body is creamy with high carbonation.

All of the flavors seem muddled together and just don't seem to meld properly. The beer is nice and tasty, but I have had many better tripels. For the price it can't be beat, but the St. Bernardus really shows this beer up. Maybe if I age this one for a few years it could really improve.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 16:23:10 | More by jlandis
Photo of spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

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

Bottle stamped Enjoy by Feb 18, 2014

A- Fizzy head disappated quickly to nothing. orange/yellow in color.

S- alcohol, banana and yeasty bread

T- sharp with carbonation. distinct belgian yeast profile. Fruity

M- Difinite belgian. clean almost non-existenet

O- An ordinary, nothing special tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 16:18:14 | More by spree92
Photo of cswhitehorse


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

The Golden Monkey poured a hazy golden color with no head and no lacing.

The aroma was yeasty Belgian strain with some flowery smell. The taste was spicy with a hint of nutmeg. In the mouth it was spicy and the spice sits in the mouth for a long time. Very cool. Very enjoyable Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 23:21:20 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of exparte


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

Bright golden color with an inch thick white head that fades to a persistent thin cover. Strong aroma that's quite hard to pin down. Herbal and floral for sure but nothing distinct. Flavor is much the same. Strong yeast derived flavors with a substantial bitterness. Fruit and perfume with a crisp bitter finish. Hides its high alcohol pretty well. Fairly thin body and lively carbonation. Smooth enough to get you in trouble if you're careless but complex enough to sip slowly. Good way to satisfy a Tripel craving affordably.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 07:10:22 | More by exparte
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

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

Pours a clear gold with a thick white foam. Good retention, lacing is minimal.

Aroma is predominantly banana, cloves and a strong yeast profile. Taste is similar, the banana balances well with the spice profile. Very yeasty. Bit of boozy bitterness at the finish.

Lighter side of medium, well carbonated. Drinkable, especially for something that is approaching 10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 04:02:37 | More by kshankar
Photo of dasenebler


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

I was expecting more for the hype surrounding this Victory brew, not to mention the price, which is around 11 bucks a sixer. I am also pretty green when it comes to Belgian style brews so bare with me.

Poured a hazy gold. A somewhat fizzy head with a ring that stuck around for the rest of the way. Nose was sweet.

Taste at first is sweet-- like a wheat beer to me. Almost went beyond sweet to sugary. Some bitterness and some sweet malts. A bit of spice makes things interesting. But man, this beer is strong (9.5%) for it's body, which is a bit lighter than medium. You get a sharp (for beer, that is) alcohol taste in the finish. Dangerously drinkable too, given the sweetness and spice, combined with a smooth body.

I found the flavor of this beer interesting but ultimately unsatisfying. Just didn't hang together for me. Too strong and too light. I don't know. I need to try more tripels and understand them better. For me, the golden monkey is not worth it for the price. I am much more a fan of Victory's HopDevil and Prima Pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 04:48:15 | More by dasenebler
Photo of CJfromPhilly


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

12 oz. bottle. Pours a Macro-ish,yellow color with a surprisingly (for a Tripel ) small 1/2 finger head which disappears immediately into a modest lace. What's not unexpected is the level of carbonation..there's a sparkly effervescence. Aroma is dry and somewhat citrusy. 1st sip reveals the dry citrus character with a hint of spice and quite a bit of alcohol. Moutfeel is tingly, and there' a dry finish with a good bit of alcohol heat. It's drinkable, but not sessionable...the alcohol is just too hot to have more than one or two. All-in-all, this is not the best tripel i've ever had. Also, not my favorite offering from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 22:22:32 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of jdhchi


3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Had this one on tap at a local tap house. Poured clear golden color with very little if any head. Smell was sweet but not as present as other Belgians. No lacing to speak of but still and attractive pour in a sniffer glass. I immediately enjoyed the taste and would order another.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2013 00:31:12 | More by jdhchi
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear gold, with a rocky head that leaves a lot of lacing behind

Smell: Banana, fermented honey, clove and acetone

Taste: With a banana bread start, the spices quickly arrive to add a distinct clove flavor; plenty of fusel alcohol also arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the alcohol is rather dominant, too, and overwhelms the more subtle spice flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a lot of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I am not a big fan of many tripels and this beer embodies a number of things I don't like about the style; way too hot and sweet, with a lack of balance; to some, this may be a classic tripel and I can understand their perspective; it is just not the interpretation of the style that I prefer

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 02:17:52 | More by brentk56
Photo of russpowell


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw color with a 1" white head. No head retention or lacing

S: Some yeast, bananas & fruittyness

T: Malt sweetness, banana peel. yeast & slight lemon. Finishes frutty & yeasty

MF: Thick, chunky & effervescent

Too many flavors dominate that I don't care for. Tripell isn't my favorite style, but this is lower echelon compared many others I've had

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 03:42:51 | More by russpowell
Photo of bashiba


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

Poured a nice slightly cloudy golden yellow with a thin white line of head.

Smelled slightly sweet with hints of wheat, yeast, and honey.

Taste is suprisingly mild for a tripel. A nice slightly sweet yeastyness with a little bit of wheaty flavor. A little Underwhelming for a tripel.

Mouthfeel was full and thick with a slight warming.

Drinkability is pretty good as there is no off flavors and not to much of the high abv is noticeable, goes down pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 04:34:27 | More by bashiba
Photo of BoitSansSoif


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

Poured a hazy golden-yellow w/light head. Nice lacing. Nose was primarily spice, light nectarine, and faint apricot. The flavor was rather sweet with very strong spice characters of clove and nutmeg, lemon rind, faint dried apricot on the midpalate, and warming alcohol throughout. The finish was very spicy. Body and carbonation were great, but overall, although I enjoyed this one, I found the spice to be overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 08:43:53 | More by BoitSansSoif
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
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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