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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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3,729 Ratings

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Ratings: 3729
Reviews: 1595
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 3,729 | Reviews: 1,595 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of ChiChi


3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not much of a smell to it, and poured it into a snifter no less. Color is a nice golden hue, hence the name. Minimal head, nice mouthfeel with a delightful aftertaste of light hops. I definitely taste the spices it advertises but i'm not going to lie, I can only say what I think I taste and thats basil. Hint of citrus after you have sipped it a bit. The monkey has a whopping 9.5 APV and gives a nice warm buzz, only drink a couple if you don't want to be hammered. Shame on you monkey! You should be spanked! If your new to this beer, drink slightly chilled. I prefer it room temp.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 22:00:48 | More by ChiChi
Photo of PottstownBeerGuy


4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Monkey is a great triple with a perfect balance of spice and maltiness. Very surprised to see so many mixed reviews on this one. Maybe I'm a little sentimental as this was the first beer that got me into this style, but I can't seem to agree with many of the reviews on this one. You'd be hard pressed to convince me that this one isn't an extremely smooth, delicious, and very drinkable triple that hides it's 9.5% abv like a champ. I know there may be better examples of the style out there, but the value, quality, and balance of this one makes it a sure go to for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 21:59:56 | More by PottstownBeerGuy
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A cloudy orangey yellow with a quickly dissipating finger of head. Smells of honey, tea, malty sweet. The flavor is quite herbal, black tea, honey, sweet malt with a grassy herbal overtone.
Medium in body with high carbonation.
Not really impressed by this one. Not a fan of the style in general but I feel like for the amount of excellent beers victory has year round, they should just ditch this one to have a solid lineup

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:18:34 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of BierJager89


3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden with a short, foamy white head.

S: Tripelesque spices and kiwi in the nose.

T: Kiwi, bitter fruit rind, some grassy and floral hop character.

M: Medium bodied, feels like a typical tripel.

O: Definitely not their best beer. It's decent, perhaps worth a try, but given the brewery, it's a disappointment. Victory makes some great ales. This isn't one of them.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:05:52 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Franziskaner


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden hued with a quarter inch of white foam head. Smell that Belgian yeast strain and candy sugar. I also get faint whiffs of pineapple and mango. The mouth is carbonated pretty generously which is true to style. The flavor is predominantly the Belgian yeast strain,Belgian candy sugar,pale malt, with a bit of a salty aftertaste that is slightly distracting,

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 02:09:03 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of Brewtaster34

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving type: Poured into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Light golden brown.

Smell: Fruity almost tropical.

Taste: Unlike any beer I've ever tried. Very fruity with a spicy aftertaste that doesn't last very long.

Mouthfeel: Average at first then it explodes with carbonation and fruit.

Overall: Glad I tried this, very different than any of the many victory beers I have tried. I would get it again because it is so different. Not at the top of my list but its a good change of pace. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 04:03:28 | More by Brewtaster34
Photo of brewskifan55


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ML bomber into a tulip glass

A: Opaque, golden/bronze. A white half-finer head that dissipated rather quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Mangos and apricots abound with a pleasant citrus, floral aroma. Nice.

T: Follows nose with spices and raisins added. Sweet, peppery. The high ABV isn't really noticed. Drinks more like a saison than a tripel. Quite good.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation.

O: A great pass around drink. Light, citrus-y and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 16:07:53 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of Mongrel


3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a hazy honey-gold with a couple fingers of white suds that recedes to a healthy film. Moderate lacing. Looks Belgian and wheaty.

S - smell is cool, almost minty, with a little clove and banana peeking through. Also a hint of pink fruit. Intriguing nose.

T - juniper, ginger, banana, guava, peppercorn, cotton candy, orange peel and honey. Sweet, spicy and herbal. What's not to like? A really nice not-so-restrained take on a traditional Belgian tripel.

M - mouthfeel is medium and buttery, with a tiny rye/wheat bite.

Overall - a boozy treat that hides it's alcohol well and delivers on flavor. Although there are definitely some consistency issues and they should be glad I'm reviewing this bottle and not the last one I had, which was flat and flavorless in comparison, with none of the robust banana-wheat characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:34:16 | More by Mongrel
Photo of beer-princess


2.44/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a bomber into swirly green tulip-like Pier 1 stemware.

A - Poured a rich nicotine gold with a flimsly little Sunday newspaper-thick head. Lacing like ocean spray from te Little merMaid.

S - Very light nose. Bland and malty all in the front, nothing in the back.

T - Apricot, mango, sugar cookie, banana, semen, walnuts.

M - Champagne-like mouthfeel; light, bubbly, airy.

O - Would not buy again. Rides the bench between spicy and fruity. Needs to commit--should hang out with my boyfriend of 3.5 years! Good beer pong beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:46:27 | More by beer-princess
Photo of 57md


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark straw color with more than a finger of white head that enjoyed some retention and left a trace of lace behind. The distinct notes of Belgian yeast are in the nose. This offering is certainly malt forward. It starts sweet and then transitions to a classic Belgian sourness.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 06:23:45 | More by 57md
Photo of NeedBeerHere


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a strange yellow in color for the style with a nice two finger white head with decent retention. Smell is what I would expect with bananas and cloves from the yeast. It smells pretty sweet which is nice but I'm not getting anything from the malt bill. Perhaps the sweetness is from a little malt but I would guess some Belgian candy sugar. Taste somewhat like I would expect from the style with what I sensed from the nose but I am getting an off flavor that I assume is coming from some hops that are a little too strong for the style although they are quite muted. I just really don't expect any hop bill that I can taste in a triple. Mouthfeel is right on for the style -- it's slightly thick but not anything over the top. Overall this is a decent try at a triple but I guess the hops through me off a little. It's not a bad beer but it's a little of for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 05:54:57 | More by NeedBeerHere
Photo of clm9

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Relatively tall head, but it dissipates quickly. Minute amount of lacing. Color is a darkish golden-yellow (not gonna lie my first thought was urine). Cloudy with trace sediment.

S: Spices and bananas come through immediately, followed by a reminder of the abv. Smells like it will be a little too spice/sweet for my tastes.

T: Taste better than it smells. In contrast to many of the other reviews here, I actually like the balance of spices and alcohol. There is definitely a warming effect, but I would say the alcohol is covered up pretty well given the abv.

M: A little slimy, but not too thick and has the right amount of carbonation.

O: As always, a good abv will give a beer a few extra points in my book, so long as nothing else is sacrificed. Not a bad example of the style, I would recommend it to anyone looking to try a new tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 19:22:54 | More by clm9
Photo of aleamericanreject


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: goldish brown. Murky. Fluffy white head

Smell: a very enticing, strong citrus

Mouth feel: smooth. Flavor explodes and explores the mouth. Finishes strong, pleasant linger

Taste: Citrus deliciousness

Overall: very good beer. Recommend

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 14:33:59 | More by aleamericanreject
Photo of a0lbudman


3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-hazy dark gold with a large white head that laced the glass heavy
S-dark fruit smell with some spice
T-spicy with some warming in the aftertaste. The spice seemed to stay with you
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-the spice was the main taste smee, and aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 01:47:19 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light gold color with an off white head that dissipates quickly to a very little lacing.

Smell: Sweet, spicey, banana. You can smell the alcohol.

Taste: Matches the smell, spices, banana, very strong.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and strong alcohol taste.

Overall: One of my favorite beers. I love the taste of this beer. Definitely a go to beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 07:11:59 | More by bgillespie
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 BWED


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

Finally got around to reviewing this one.

A- Beautiful light golden body with a healthy white head. Retention great and lots of lacing. The beer looks fantastic.

S- Strong biscuity malt, with some sweet fruitiness. Booze is there too. Spices and Belgian yeast are also prominent.

T- The taste is what separates this beer from the finer, authentic Belgian Tripels. The sweetness is a little too much, and there is almost a bitterness to it as well, which adds some weight. This style usually carries a really wonderful delicate flavor profile, but Golden Monkey comes off a little heavy, a little harsh.

M- The mouthfeel runs alongside the flavor. A little heavy. Most Tripels disguise their strength, but I can feel it with this one.

O- This is a very solid beer. I would, order this again, of course, especially since I live about 20 minutes from the brewpub. However, ranking it among real Belgians, it is a bit of a long shot. Better than most North American brewers, other than Ommegang and Unibroue, so a job well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 00:31:25 | More by BWED
Photo of Snowman95


2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer has quite a high gravity and is therefore expensive to buy, but I have to say that it isn't worth the money. The beer looks good in a glass and has a pretty good head on it. Comparing it to the Belgian style beers I have had, it lacks in taste. The main interest of this brew seems to be high alcohol content as opposed to an excellent taste. The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for me, but I beer is the only carbonated beverage I drink so this might be something to which I am especially sensitive. Overall, this beer is decent, but I will certainly pick up something else the next time I visit the liquor store.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 03:06:12 | More by Snowman95
Photo of nevillejohn

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Chalice

Pours a light golden color with no bubbles. Little head that dissipates quickly but a little lingers for a while.

Smells like bananas with a little tobacco.

No huge flavors, but the banana smell is carried through. High alcohol content is present. A little hoppy aftertaste that is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is very good at first. Very nice carbonation and "grittiness" but the aftertaste is almost soapy and not good.

I'm a big fan of the beer all in all but it certainly benefits from a colder pour to kill some of the negative aftertaste aspects. As far as beers of this style and alcohol content go, it's one of the better ones but not perfect.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:32:39 | More by nevillejohn
Photo of ryan1788a5


2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy golden color. Bubbly white head settles after a bit. Foamy and spotty lacing.

S: Crackery and biscuity malt base, lots of chalky yeast, pepper and spices, blast of coriander, tangerine.

T: Biscuity malt base, some toast too. Lots of chalky yeast. Oily, floral hop bitterness. Spike of alcohol gets a touch too solventy. Coriander feels out of place. Subtle hints of banana. Pepper. Strongly medicinal. Solvent alcohol is harsh on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O: Frankly this is a mess of a beer, and I have no idea how it has survived in production this long. The base tripel is mediocre at best, the coriander only makes it feel disjointed, and it's just too hot and solventy. Simply not up to snuff for the style, and not a good beer otherwise. But ultimately the market dictates production, and this beer still sells well enough to warrant keeping it around. This is perplexing to me. Who's drinking this?

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 15:23:38 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of ChrisMyhre


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed wineglass from the 12 oz.bottle.

a: straw/ light golden color, one finger head with light lacing.

s: Spicy Belgian yeast/ maybe a little nutmegy.

t: Mildly spicy, no funkyness. Alcohol dominates.

m: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Balanced, but not the most exciting feel.

o: Nice, drinkable American Belgian tripel, decent value.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:17:31 | More by ChrisMyhre
Photo of GPHarris


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

a - poured a one-finger thick, bubbly, off-white head into a tulip glass that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was bright golden. i would have liked a thicker head on this beer.
s - yeasty, bubble gum, floral hops.
t - grainy and bready with some lemon and honey.
m - slick and medium.
o - good beer but far below the classic tripels.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 18:54:45 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Radome


3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Straw to light golden color. Hazy when poured but quickly changes to exceptionally clear. Streams of tiny bubbles rising. Thick white head that lasts. Good Belgian lace.

S - Strong pilsner malt grain mixes with black pepper. Some other spices in the background along with a hint of bubblegum. The finish has assertive hot alcohol. Moderately complex.

T - The overwhelming flavor is cracked black pepper. Grainy malt is underneath. Medium hops bitterness with a grassy flavor.

M - Medium body. Hops bitterness adds to the alcohol burn. Creamy carbonation. Dry finish but the grain note lingers.

O - For me this is a good beer, verging on great. The over-emphasis on black pepper and alcohol heat distract me from the other good qualities. All the aromas and flavors come from the traditional Belgian palette, I just think they could be balanced better.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 04:10:46 | More by Radome
Photo of stacket1


4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:13:32 | More by stacket1
Photo of Jacurdy60


3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep, impermeable golden color with a vibrant white head that dissipates quickly. Foam leaves little to no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-Dark fruits (dates, figs, bananas), a bit of a cheesy yeast type smell typically more pronounced in wits, and a lot of spice.

T-A spice bomb. The flavors noted in the nose are washed out by spices on the palate. Finishes with that funky belgian yeast flavor. Alcohol isn't present at all.

MF- Crisp, light bodied, dry finish. Over-carbonated as well.

O-Mediocre. The nose is pleasant, but everything else disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:11:29 | More by Jacurdy60
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 3,729 ratings.