Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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1,692 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,692
Hads: 5,094
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 126
Gots: 1,091 | 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 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)

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

Just an incredible beer from Victory! A golden brew with just a bit of carbonation an white colored head that lingers and leaves behind intense lacing. Aromas of candy, apricots, sour apples, and alcohol come out nicely. The taste is just so rich and delightful for this style. Normally, Tripels can be a bit much to swallow with lighter fruit only slightly masking the alcohol taste (unlike Dubbels and Quadrupels using dark fruits). This beer has the flavor profile of a Belgian Pale Ale with the texture of a Trappist ale. The rich fruits used simply add to the aftertaste in terms of sweetness and bitterness. The interplay of the flavors is what makes this beer so unique and such an excellent beer. (704 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Somewhat opaque, dark, dark orange body, with a haze top that bubbled down from a dry, sticky foam. Nose is wheaty malt with touches of witbier and apples and grapes.

That witbier citrus coriander dominates the palate. Overall sweet, reminding of honey. The 9.5% is imperceptible! And it's not even THAT sweet or spiced or having anything that's blatantly covering up the booze. Cool. An interesting hop texture mixes over the sweetness in the aftertaste, which is also sweet, like candy apple. Lightly spicey. Developed and balanced--and even seemingly light. (563 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Best by 17 February 2013.

A: A clear, straw-yellow beer with cyclonic bubbles swirling madly around the glass. Fine, stark-white head with good retention and clingy lacing.

S: Spicy yeasts. Throw in a banana/fruity twist, and it's a bit akin to a hefeweizen. A mix between a hefeweizen and a tripel, in the final assessment.

T: Delicious! I'm a bit surprised by the low ratings Golden Monkey has garnered. Tropically delicious. Refreshingly spicy. A bit of wheaty/yeasty influence. The merest tinge of alcohol. The maintaste is characterised by a fruitiness -- banana and sweet citrus -- with zesty, bready yeasts and candied malts. The aftertaste is the spiciest (I can't quite pin down which spices these might be, but I like them), lingering in the mouth for a long while; a bit drying.

M: Both creamy and filling, and sharp and spiced. Quite enlivening. Distinctly pleasant. I just plain enjoy drinking this beer.

D: Crazy drinkable, especially considering the ABV. Equally rewarding in draughts or sips. Quite simply a wonderful beer; highly recommended. (1,117 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Appearance - Wonderful golden yellow color with specks of yeast floating about. Inch of head disapates to a thin lace.

Smell - Baked bread and banana, absolutely wonderful balanced aroma with a slightly fruity finish. Can definetly smell the yeast.

Taste - Well balanced with hints of fruit. Lovely beer

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated and light bodied.

Drinkability - I could drink quite a few, but at 9.5 ABV it would sneak up on me.

Notes - I could see a hate against the yeast tsate/smell, but I enjoy both. Overall a well balanced and dangerously drinkable tripel. (615 characters)

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

Bottled June 2004, Sampled December 2004
This beer pours a lightly hazy gold color and is topped by a frothy white head. The aroma is fruity with yeast notes and spice notes too, I get notes of lemon, banana, fresh herbs, and candied orange peel. The aroma is actually quite intriguing, and I definitely like trying to pick out the various components of it.

The beer starts sweet, but finishes with an herbal dryness. This beer has a nice meld of flavors, with none of the spices being too dominant. This beer tastes a bit of orange, but has lots of other flavors going on that I cannot quite pick out; perhaps some vanilla, wild flower nectar, clove, and banana. It picks up some yeasty notes when I pour the rest of the contents of the bottle in.

This is quite a bit more enjoyable than I was expecting, most American interpretations of Belgian beers use too many spices, in fact much of the Belgian character is really derived from their yeast and not spices. That being said I do like the mix of spices and fermentation characteristics found in this beer. (1,066 characters)

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