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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,069 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,069
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 343 | 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 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
Photo of fitzy84


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

Finished the night with this bottled. It poured with a murky gold appearance with no head. A pretty decent citrus, orange aroma was prevalent in the drink. The taste was also pretty fruity and had that orange flavor to it, but it also had a good hoppy quality to it. Medium body with nothing special there. Overall, this was a pretty tasty, decent drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 14:21:50 | More by fitzy84
Photo of BierFan


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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled on date of December 10 2008.

Appearance: Beautiful bright clear amber colored body with an off-white head.

Smell: At first sniff it reminded me of a pale ale. Upon further investigation the usual tripel aromas were all there. Doughy yeast, flowery hops.

Taste: Hops provide a mellow but lingering bitterness. Nice spiciness from the yeast. Alcohol provides only a little bit of warmth, but is otherwise undetectable. Malt doesn't add a whole lot of taste, just some sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 04:27:44 | More by BierFan
Photo of BeanBone


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

Appearance: A golden-straw body packed with chunky sediment. Up top, two fingers of whitish head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: A mix of golden fruit, pepper, cloves, Belgian yeast, and crisp pale malt. It hits all the right Tripel notes so far.

Flavor: The flavor profile is made up of the same mix of spices, golden fruit, Belgian yeast, and pale malt that's found in the nose. The alcohol content is hidden nicely, with just a hint of spice coming through. Everything is balanced nicely and no single element sticks out. Crackery malt and golden fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly, medium-high carbonation and a drying finish. Just a bare hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: With a full flavor profile and a high ABV, this drinks faster than you'd imagine.

Verdict: A solid Tripel, Golden Monkey is an enjoyable little rascal. Sure, it's nowhere near as refined as the real-deal Belgian beers, but this is a thoroughly impressive American version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 21:44:55 | More by BeanBone
Photo of peabody


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

Pours out a really sudsy wheat straw color with two inches of white foam.
Smell is kinda tight for a tripel. It is cold though. Some banana and clove here but there is a grainy alcohol aroma coming from the back.
Taste is a little dirty at first, just for a second, then the sweetness comes into play. Very sugary slightly spicey carmel with raisin/plum hints.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part. Very refreshing, almost like a soda on a hot day.
With all this sugar I would tend to think that this is not that sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 23:11:46 | More by peabody
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

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

pours a light golden yellow. alcohol smell is immediately apparent though not overbearing. hints of spice and citrus fruit throughout. i guess i have to be in the mood for the style, as i've had golden monkey numerous times and sometimes i can't stand it and sometimes i can't get enough. right now, i can't get enough...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2002 15:24:54 | More by guinness33
Photo of jwhawkins81


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

Aroma - Aromatic hops like a lager with a slight background of Belgian spice notes, not exactly what you expect from a normal tripel

Appearance - Bright golden yellow with good carbonation

Taste - Spicy Belgian tripel with a touch of hops bite.

Notes - Good mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 13:14:04 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of jasonjlewis


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

Pours a decent inital head that fades rather quickly and leaves behind a piss yellow beer that is very effervescent.

The smell is very typical of the style with a lot of banana phenol and coriander. This is complimented by a citrusy twang and a cloveyness.

Taste is of coriander and clove with some banana phenol on the nose that has an effect on the palate. This is again complimented by a citrusy twang. The flavor overally is lacking though. It is somewhat watery and dull compared to other tripels. I don't even notice the 9.5% abv.

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp but lacks the carbonation I would expect from a tripel.

This is a decent stab at the style at best. It is something I could drink if I had to, but there are much better belgians to be had.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 03:01:53 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

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

I've been meaning to try this one for years, although I think Victory as a whole is probably a little overrated. This is also my second monkey themed brew of the year. This one needs to beat out 400 Pound Monkey for the title. Pours golden into my goblet with a finger of white head that reverts to thin cap in about four minutes. Nose is floral hops, yeast, a little spice, sweet malt, and plenty of alcohol. I knew this was 9.5 but it sure smells like it.

A little hops up front, followed by spice and a little citrus. Next it's all booze again clean through to the finish. Maybe a little pepper and grapeskin as well. Still, not nearly as nuanced or complex as I was hoping for. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp with high carbonation but it seems to fit this one well.

This isn't bad at all, just uninspiring. It grew on me a little bit as I drank it so maybe I'd get it again under the right circumstances. Just a little more sizzle than steak but that does seems to be Victory's rep.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 03:25:32 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Estarrio


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

A: Pours a hazy gold with lots of visible sediment. Despite my aggressive pour, what little head there was disappeared in seconds...

S: Sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, pear, white grape and green apple in the nose.

T: Sweet malt, doughy yeast, banana / pear esters, and a touch of coriander and nutmeg. The finish is mildly astringent with very little alcohol presence.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation.

D: The well-masked alcohol and balanced flavors make for a drinkable, albeit underwhelming brew.

There are only a handful of North American breweries to nail the Belgian styles. While Victory gets closer than some, this is still a mediocre version of a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 06:00:21 | More by Estarrio
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,069 ratings.