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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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1,698 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,698
Hads: 5,124
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 133
Gots: 1,123 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Photo of bceagles39
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at home on May 25, 2010.

Brilliant gold color with a great head, white and fluffy. Excellent head retention and above average lacing. A lot of fizz streaming up through the glass.

First whiff was very sweet, almost melon-y sweet. Fairly light and gently floral.

Very nice bite right up front. A lot of banana, especially on the finish for me. You can definitely feel the heat throughout but it's not too over the top.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel cut by the fizz.

I think this would make a good cross-over beer for people. A highly enjoyable tripel, perhaps lacking some of the complexity of a true Belgian. (634 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Rally* Monkey: Big orange color, not much head, but very nice Belgian lace sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is very aggressive, with lots of citrus aromas. The taste is rough and nice: lots of citrus tastes, followed up by a nice bite of hops, and HUGE alcohol warmth. One of those beers that causes you to automatically relax: great taste and smooth creamy mouthfeel. I’m cellaring this thing for the 12 inches of snow I expect next February.

* review made during 2002 World Series. (516 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, I have not reviewed Golden Monkey even though I've enjoyed this numerous occassions. Since NC's Cap's been Popped, this has been a great go to beer. Let me tell you, this one packs a mighty punch . . . my buddy had this over Christmas as his final beer of the night and he was gone. The fruit and spices hide the alcohol and the balance is tremendous. Nice light color to fool any BMG drinker at first. Just a great all around Tripel. (451 characters)

Photo of oxmasterscream
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, this beer appeared a golden orange, much like the color of a a cloudy apple juice, with a 1 1/2 finger head. The Immediate aroma was of overripe bananas (another BA mentioned nail-polish... that's right-on!) with sub-aromas of sweet spices and the expected earthy smells of Belgian yeast. Taste was immediately candy-sweet and cloves and pepper spicy but was followed by a wollop of tangy fruits like green apples and bananas that almost left me forgetting the initial tastes. By the time I swallowed this beer, I was left with a Riesling-like after taste... very cool. It's medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation, with bubbles that blanket your tongue, really accentuating the spicy flavors I mentioned earlier. As the beer warmed, more and more esthery scents were released and if I took a deep enough inhale, I could really detect the alcohol. It seems very drinkable at first but towards the end of the glass, you really start feeling warm and fuzzy (I make it sound like a bad thing) so I'm not sure if I'd go for number two but for enjoying one, it's wonderful. Victory never fails to impress me and this is no exception. (1,163 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. My first beer from Victory and it's really good. Poured out to a golden color with some haziness and a nice head that came down to about 1/8 of an inch. Higher carbonation. Aromas of buttery malt, spices and some breadiness. The taste is full and rich, following the smell; flavors of malt, sweetness that is similar to cider, and some bitterness from the hops. Some buttery like yeast toward the finish. The carbonation makes the flavors very vivid and present. Very nice. Mouthfeel is not too filling, yet not weak or light. This has high drinkability despite the 9.5% ABV. This is a great American Made Tripel. Highly recommended. (638 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange color with a good deal of carbonatation and a small, white head. It also had some sediment.

S - It smelled of citrus, yeast and some spices. It also had some caramel maltiness in the nose.

T - It tasted very spicy and bittersweet. It had some nice hops and of caramel malt.

M - It was very, very shapr and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good tripel. Maybe one of the best American versions of the style. (449 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in PDX. Sadly, it is now available in sacramento. Maybe that's a good thing.

A - Pours golden with 2 fingers of white head and dissipates slow. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Toffee, caramel, light belgian sugar, and breadiness.

T - Toffee, caramel, breadiness, bittering hops and slight to moderate alcohol. As it warms up, the alcohol lessens.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, sweet, light alcohol and slightly bitter. Rich mouth feel, and yet bitterness from the hops.

D - Good overall, this is one of the most complex beers I've had. Alcohol and bitterness stop this well short of a perfect beer. Very impressed though. (630 characters)

Photo of Fugazme
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden... near orange color... slightly hazy. Not much head to speak of... small lacing... some nice, slow legs, however!

Aroma is spicy and sweet... Caramel... alcohol... citrus... coriander... cinnamon... very nice.

Pretty smooth, creamy palate. A touch harsh on the swallow. Very sweet, not overdone in my book. A nice bitterness evens it out on the finish. Fair amount of fruity/peach/orange overtones through the middle.

This one is highly drinkable. (469 characters)

Photo of getgetgettleman
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes of 3/11/11

Received from my friend Orlando in a 6 pack grab.

A = Light amber color. Lager looking in appearance. Good carbonation. 2 finger light froth. Watery lacing.

S = Belgian tripple like aroma. Alcohol aroma present. Notes of corriander and citrus.

T = Noticeable corriander, orange and apple.

M = Very smooth on the front and back end. Apple cider like body.

O = I liked this. Very drinkable. Good approach to an American brewed Belgian. Would go nicely with sushi and sashimi. (511 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a La Chouffe tulip snifter. Beer emerges golden (how weird) with a very tight looking, two finger head. Great retention and generous lacing as well. Beer is slightly cloudy with some yeasty particles floating about.

Aroma is wonderfully fruity. Banana and cloves are huge as well. Corriander spicy and just an overall spiciness to the beer. Black pepper emerges as well.

Spicy tasting as well. As a southerner, I love my spices. Very fruity tasting; light fruits such as banana and maybe coconut. Sweet belgian candi sugar is quite prevalent. Almost becomes cloying but toes the line very nicely.

Sampled this in bottle form and on draft and both are equally impressive, although I think I prefer the draft version overall. (766 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Winking Lizard in Columbus and served in a snifter. This beer pours a lightly hazy orange/gold color with a very thin white head. Thin and quick lacing. Aroma of spices, fruit, wheat and a little alcohol. Crisp body with a nice blend of fruit (apple and banana), spices, warming alcohol and sweet candy. The finish is long and sweet with a pinch of peppery hops. This is a very good Tripel that is immensely enjoyable on tap. (439 characters)

Photo of DBoone
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on draft at Victory Brewing Resturant in Downingtown PA.

Poured in a tulip glass, beautiful golden hue with small white head which dissipated in a short time. A little bit of lacing but it disappears fairly rapidly.

Very nice smell, banana,clove, and spices, maybe coriander. Little to no hops noticed. I really like it.

The taste is the best thing about this beer. Tasty, tasty, tasty! Light malt and slight fruity flavor. Some warming alcohol noticed, but in a good way.

Very nice on the mouth, smooth, silky, and no stickiness on the tongue.

Watch out, very drinkable, 2 or 3 in a drinking session is about right. If you can make it to the restaurant in Downingtown, they limit you to only 2 of these. ENJOY! (733 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color, a little bit hazy due to some yeasties, with a nice pure white head that sticks well and a nice lace. Great aroma of spices (coriander?) and citrusy orange zest. The taste is great, banana, orange, spices and something like grape rind (tartness) in the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth and it is very drinkable. Well this is my favorite style and this is definitely a damn fine example of it. It has all the qualities that I enjoy in the style, light fruit, spiciness, and a little twist in the grape rind. Definitely something to get your hands on if you can. (602 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Monkey is no stranger to me. While I've enjoyed both draft and bottled versions in the past, this review is from a fresh 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Golden orange, fairly clear body with a fluffy and rocky white head. The dissipation was slower and a wonderful retention cap was left behind, along with some sticky lacing. An outstanding looking Tripel, in my opinion.

S: Alcohol esters are constantly lifting from the glass from the beginning of the pour until the last drop. They're not overpowering and allow other flavors to play off nicely. Hints of spicy yeast, clove, wintergreen and a touch of banana in the back end give this a very traditional flavor profile with an American twist.

T: Prickly heat undertones from the alcohol start things off, followed by lots of Belgian yeast and plenty of spice to balance out the initial flavors. A light and sweet malt base is showcased mid palate and finishes with more clove and bubblegum.

M: Higher carbonation but it remains substantially medium bodied in character. It's prickly but smooth at the same time. Some residual heat is left lingering in the throat after the swallow sets in.

Golden Monkey is a true favorite of mine. It has a lot of the characteristics of a traditional Tripel but then completely changes course and takes on an entirely different profile than you're expecting. I applaud Victory for sticking with their guns, as this is truly a standout beer in the category. (1,470 characters)

Photo of ntillemans
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer alot; and despite some opinions I've heard to the contrary, I would say this one's an excellent attempt at a classic Tripel. It could be balanced a little better. It's a little too sweet; and the heavy spice makes it seem a little thin (with the spice overcompensating).

Regardless, I wouldn't pass this one up. (329 characters)

Photo of Poormon79
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. At first pour, it was a very nice looking golden orange color. Very pleasent.

S. Was an intresting smell at first. Had a bit of an apple, malt, hoppy smell. And the alcohol

T. Very pleasent. Has a fruity upfront taste that leads into the alcohol. But isnt overwelming
or unpleasent

M. Seems to hang around the tongue. Full fruity taste

D. Id say sit back and enjoy this one, but be prepaired, a six pack will probably do you in or be pretty close

Final thoughts: A very pleasent, drinkable, fun beer. Very refreshing, fruity tasty beer. A little pricey but im assuming its cause of the alcohol. Price went down id purchase more. TRY IT (647 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Bright white, creamy head that fades after a moment to a thin sheet. Nice layered lacing that holds throughout. Golden/light orange in color with a nice haze.

A very evident banana aroma; some pineapple (maybe coconut) as well. Also a mild, warming clove spice is also present.

Complex in flavor yet all are well balanced and don't overpower each other: banana, corriander/clove, vanilla, and coconut. A nice sweetness that isn't too powerful and very mellow on the tastebuds. Subtle (for a 9.5% abv) alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; coats the palate nicely with no obtrusive bitterness or unwanted overpowering spiciness/sweetness. Very mild given its complexity.

At 9.5% abv this one goes down a little too smoothly. I've had this as a session beer in the past and it definitely did me in. 3 or 4 in a sitting is definitely my limit with this monkey, even though I crave more. (931 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz amber bottle with a clear "best by" date (month, day, year).

This dubbel poured a hazy, golden color with creamy, rich, white foam that left good lace. There was lively, fizzy carbonation. The smell was lightly fruity (pears, bananas), with some citrus and biscuit aromas. The taste was malty (slightly sweet), with the flavors of fruit (bananas, grapes), toasted caramel, candy sugar, and alcohol thrown in. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and warming. The sweetness and light fruitiness lingered. This was a very tasty and drinkable dubbel style ale. Not as full bodied as some from Belgium, but easy drinking nonetheless. (635 characters)

Photo of BT25
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer does not get nearly enough credit for the tripel ale that it is. So many people buy this beer expecting another classic 'Victory' production (hoppy, seedy, earthy, etc) but this is so different and magnificent. Packs a really enjoyable smooth taste. (259 characters)

Photo of elmore
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a Piraat tulip glass. Has a 1cm golden head with but doesn't linger with some mild lacing. Has a beautiful citrusy smell and a light alcoholic taste. There is a somewhat watery mouthfeel that is pleasant, but alcholic. This is the most affordable, widely available acceptable Belgium ale that I have found in OH. This beer makes me happy. It's not Piraat. Chimay or Watou, but it's pretty damn good. Give it a try. (426 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a small head and sparse amounts of lacing.

Smell was intensely spicy and fruity.

Taste was similar to smell. Fruity (peaches were noticeable) along with allspice and honey. At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol was hardly noticeable initially but a nice warming sensation could later be felt in the back of the mouth and the throat. Sweet, short lived aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was syrupy and the beer seemed to turn to a creamy foam once it hit the tongue.

Overall, quite flavorful, easy drinking and refreshing. (537 characters)

Photo of emericanchaos
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first of all this is one of my favorite beers. huge flavor and lots of kick due to the high ABV. always worth your money.

pours with alot of head. i always get bottles and have found the head to be lighter compared to draft. this could be due to the goblet they pour into at the brewpub. hazey gold in color. appears to be a bright yellow around the edges but a deep golden orange in the center, almost like it's glowing. slight carbonation but not overactive like a seltzer.

smells unlike any typical beer. typical for a tripel i'm guessing, this is my first. lots of fruit hits the palette. hints of citrus and possibly banana?

very sweet when it first hits your mouth. sweetness quickly dissipates into a more flat dry taste. aftertaste is long and lingering with an almagomation of all the clues given in it's smell and taste.

feels a touch heavy. almost like a thin syrup much akin to guinness or a bods but is much easier to move around. slight crunchiness to it as well.

after your first bottle you'll feel very warm and possibly light headed. if you've drank high ABV beers before the effects of the alchohol should be nothing but warming. i consider this a big beer because of it's high ABV and the richness of it's flavor. if you're new to belgian ales this would be a good introduction to the style. very easy drink. (1,344 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid golden with a full white head with lots of floating sediment. Fruity (almost orange) aroma with light spicy (black pepper) notes. Very fruity version of the style with a strong malt backing and lots of spice. Medium-full (leans medium) bodied, spicy and strong but hides the ABV well.

Per label: "Tripel Ale - Ale Brewed With Spices"

Per Victory website:
COMPOSITION
Malts: 2 row German malt
Hops: European whole flowers
Yeast: imported, of Belgian origin

Bottled: 10/08/02
Tasted: 12/08/04

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Tasting #2: Aged Bottle (Higher Alcohol version)

A bit more Peach-ish Orange Gold in color. A lot like the above '02' version in aroma and flavor. Hides alcohol very well if it is really 11% as indicated on the bottle.

Per Label: 11% ABV

Enjoy by: 03/24/00 ('98' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 12/02/05 (829 characters)

Photo of dhd1491
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say, I'm diggin' the Golden Monkey.

I usually read what the Bros have to say about a beer, cause they're usually on the money. They weren't too crazy about this one. Got to disagree.

No head, no lace, but an inviting hazy yellow-gold. Floral aroma. Great taste. Sweeter than some of the Belgian Tripels I've had, but also without an unpleasant bite that I find in many of them. Great spices...cloves, nutmeg, allspice...love it. Buttery, but slightly oily, mouthfeel. Alcohol wasn't overpowering, despite high ABV. This was a point of contention in other reviews, but I had no problemo.

At the end of the day, this is a beer I would love to keep in the fridge regularly. (681 characters)

Photo of Cannoneer
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There were no Belgian beers in a local grocery store, so I got a six-pack of this beer, expecting a mediocre pseudo-tripel with too much spiciness and no depth.

Oh, how mistaken was I!

The beer poured an attractive deep tangerine color; minimal lacing; nice, attractive, subdued smell.
The taste is king: very balanced, moderately hoppy, with enough malty chewiness to identify this as a true tripel. It drinks like a solid example of a Belgian style. Not as rich as some of my favorites, such as Affligem Tripel, but more than adequate if real Belgians aren't available.

I'll be coming back to it. (602 characters)

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,698 ratings.