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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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3,715 Ratings

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Ratings: 3715
Reviews: 1594
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)
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Photo of Wedgie28


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It has a really nice color. Like you melted down your wedding band and made beer out of it. It doesn't smell really good so it's best to drink it in big gulps and not breathe through your nose while doing that. It's got something is in it like cinnamon but I don't know about herbs so it could be arsenic. All in all, it was good. But then again I've never met a beer I didn't like, scratch that, didn't drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 23:29:28 | More by Wedgie28
Photo of JimiO


4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had the GM a few times... and whenever I see it on a list... it usually ends up in my glass

I love this style... and this beer

Preferably served in a snifter... beautiful golden and honey in color... nice white head... looks active

On the nose its nice and spicy but well balanced... rich but not over the top... cloves, tea, dried fruit

On the tongue... yum... yeasty and spicy... dry... a very nice journey... cloves, coriander, tea

In the mouth... slightly creamy... carbonation feels active... just right for the style

I really like this beer... and this style... I am surprised its not rated higher

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 18:10:03 | More by JimiO
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very light yellow in color, wiht a very small white head at the top that left barely any lacing around the glass.

S: Banana and pineapple right away with nice warm bready notes through out, very sweet and subtle nose on this brew.

T: A little spice up front, with lots of banana and pineapple, the hops give it a very tiny bitterness but very subtle, a little bready as well.

M: Light bodied, a good amount of carbonation, and refreshing.

O: This brew was not at all bad, very refreshing and calming. had this with some pizza at a local italian restaurant, this brew was pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 14:58:55 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium gold, with excellent clarity. There was no head to speak of, but I'm inclined to attribute this at least partially to the bartenders' inability to pour or clean glasses.

Smell: The bouquet was disappointingly light. Banana and cloves, as to be expected, but not much else to smell here.

Taste: The phenols and esters taste as light as they smell. Also present is some toasted malt and caramel, making the whole thing taste like a dark lager that got poured into a glass that was holding a hefeweizen a minute ago.

Mouthfeel: Overly light in terms of body, but the carbonation is good. Gives it a dry finish that detracts a little from the bland taste.

Overall: I've had this twice now, since I was convinced that the first time I tried it I was drinking an old batch. But no, big disappointment both times. Wouldn't spend $1.99 on the stuff. Blech/blah.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 19:35:50 | More by BethanyB
Photo of stinkydaddy


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a – clove. spicy. little hop presence. some malt. boozy.

a – golden with thin white head that dissipates quickly. no haze.

f – clove and pepper. reads bitter.

m – medium body. under carbonated. astringency.

o – decent triple. better carbonation and reduction of astringency would improve this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 12:16:16 | More by stinkydaddy
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: A pure gold color with a slighter darker hit, I do love how transparent it is. Heavy bubbles, dissipating quick....but a nice beautiful head (white) maybe 1/4".

Smell: If you like banana you would love this; almost like a hefewiesen. But much better.

Taste: A sweet banana, with the right hit of yeast. It has a mellow spiceyness to it.

Mouth: Jesus Christ this brew sticks, heavy pale taste in the end but sticky like bees on honey.

Overall: Incredible brew. Well above average and to think its from the states it might surprise you. Easily one of Victory's better beers out there. Drinking not knowing anything about it you might think it's from Belgium itself. Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 03:47:29 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of dar482

New York

3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a clear gold color with a bit of orange.

The aroma has Belgian yeast, clove, banana, lots of spice.

The flavor follows, but not exactly. You definitely get some wheat, spice, and watery banana juice. Then the flavor behinds almost medicinal or metallic on the aftertaste.

The body is a bit light on this one, but the aftertaste I had issues with.

This isn’t an undrinkable or offensive beer, just a bit off when comparing it to the highly rated tripels I’ve had. It’s a good entry because it’s so drinkable despite being 9.5% ABV, but still not exactly what I’m looking for in a tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 17:14:35 | More by dar482
Photo of HopsMathias


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap at The Pint Room. Served in a 13oz fluted glass.
Golden pilsner style color with intermittent lacing.
Smells a little sweet.
Taste is slight banana and clove.
Light mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.
Overall pretty good - a mix between Hoegaarden and Stella.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 21:56:46 | More by HopsMathias
Photo of DenverLogan


4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Royal Hilltop Tavern in metro Denver.
Served in a stemmed pokal glass.
Gold with significant head.
Aroma of Belgian candy sugar, banana, anise.
Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel.
Flavors of bitter grapefruit rind, grains of paradise, candy sugar, malts.
Overall tasty and rich with some bitterness and pepper spice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 04:52:16 | More by DenverLogan
Photo of Bernardkowalski

5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of my favorite beers!! honestly can go good with anything, but you are better off enjoying this beer by itself. it has so much too offer, such great combination between the yeast and malt's making this an outstanding brew. you can put this on my list of top beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 23:26:20 | More by Bernardkowalski
Photo of hopheadfred

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

This is one of my favorite beers of all time! I had it on draft the other night and it brought back all the memories from visits to the east coast. I'm reading all these notes on how to "rate a beer" to style. I think this beer is freaking awesome, so I'm giving it a good score. Was it served perfectly with the perfect amount of head? No. I got it in a pint, not a snifter and was psyched because it's 9.5% MOFOs! That makes the score better, because it made me happy!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 06:05:59 | More by hopheadfred
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 dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Willie McBride's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium straw yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. There were light amounts of small visible yeast particles in suspension. The beer has a finger tall dense white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, bananas, and spicy yeast.

T: Moderate flavors of pale malts with some light fruits (white grape, apple, pear) upfront with some slightly stronger notes of banana and spicy/peppery yeast towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol heat and dryness in the finish.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink as the alcohol is noticeable but it is a very enjoyable beer and a great example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2012 02:52:13 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an ommegang chalice at whole foods- pours a clear, bright golden color with 1.5 fingers of creamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is in the styles ballpark- sweet candi sugar, yeast, what seems to me like coriander.

Taste is a little more complex- up front is the sugary taste, followed by yeast and slight bitterness, then a blend of spices (coriander, clove, lemongrass) to finish semi sweet.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- medium to fuller bodied, moderate carbonation, a little bready. This is obviously not really a tripel but is somewhere in steepen that and an American strong ale. I've been drinking it on and off for a few years, never loving it, but never hating it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 21:56:32 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was so excited to finally see a Victory brew on tap, but looking back I am disappointed it was the Golden Monkey instead of one of their other beers. This one looks quite nice. Foamy head with great lacing and retention. But on the smell & taste front it was pretty one-dimensional. A textbook tripel, if you will. Nothing offensive, but nothing terribly exciting either.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 17:49:29 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass at Victory brewery

A - Golden clear with 2 finger white bubbly head with good retention and excellent lacing

S - Banana, clove, pepper, yeast

T - Follows nose, a nice wheat flavor, and a lot of banana esters. A little too potent for my taste.

M - Medium body, moderate-high carbonation, effervescent, crisp.

O - I prefer a little more complexity or some subtlety to my tripels, not bad but I don't think I'd get this on again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 15:04:10 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of DCon


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Mellow Mushroom in Franklin (Nashville), TN for $6. Tapped from the Victory Tap Handle w/ a Monkey on it into a 12oz Snifter Glass.

Aroma- Tons of belgian hops and malt hit the nose firstly. After this, light spices and an evident yeast character comes around. Very distinct as a Tripel nose!

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies very quickly. Has a golden body with good clarity and the lacing is at a minimum with just a few suds.

Flavor- A great deal of tangerine, yeast, and malts hits home for the style at the beginning towards mid drink. Then has a very malty background and a medium bitterness. More of a dryer finish than I've observed in other Tripels.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, Fruity, and a bit effervescent.

Overall Impression- A good overall Tripel by Victory! Especially enjoyed the fruit character and light spices. I'm glad it wasn't too overpowering and held fairly true to style. Would like to see a bottle of this age at some point down the road.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2012 20:59:20 | More by DCon
Photo of kemoarps


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautifully clear amber with a white head that laces the sides of the glass beautifully. It looks much flatter than it feels, making for a clean crisp appearance

The nose is primarily fruit and belgian spices. That banana-esque belgian sweetness with almost a tobacco hint underneath.

Tastes mainly sweet and a touch spicy, like theres a Little white pepper in there. The sweetness is that banana fruitiness that is common in belgians with hints of honey and spice. Maybe some sweet citrus (lemon), but thats about as close to hops as im getting

Certainly a well crafted brew (as is true of most victory beers ive had), and tasty. the pepper spiciness doesnt distract or overwhelm but compliments the subtle lacing well. Certainly a drinkable beer and a good tripple. If you like the style check it out but if youre not big on belgians this probably wont be what youre looking force

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 02:16:57 | More by kemoarps
Photo of Merkur


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a rather clear yellow color with a good amount of white head.

Beer smells very sweet. Almost a bubble gum smell as well as hints of bananna.

Taste follows the nose. Very citrusy and sweet on the initial sip before giving way to some spicy bitterness.

Mouthfell is a bit on the thin side with a good amount of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 15:33:20 | More by Merkur
Photo of CopeTech


2.13/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Calling this a triple is unfair, it is shallow with none of the subtly of a fully fermented beer.
The appearance is clear and golden, so clear it can't even hold head let alone flavor.
It is almost lager like in its lack of gravitas. I have heard of other beers called girlie beers, this is a virtual beer pretty only for a picture. I wish they delivered more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 02:03:54 | More by CopeTech
Photo of thecheapies


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Blonde color. Head is minimal. Lace looks doubtful.

Smells of ripe banana esters, some spicy element to the yeast (black pepper?). Okay, I'm answering my question. Yes, black pepper. Bit of juicy orange.

Spicy yeast yields to fruity esters. Some citrus, some banana, very clean. Not huge, or overly flavorful. The black peppercorn is more of a green peppercorn. Leafy/spicy hops are very complementary. The booze is not entirely idisguised, but this baby is a half-percent shy of ten. Good stuff, and to think that I thought I wasn't a fan. Been awhile since I've last tasted.

Light for a tripel (usually medium bodied), lower carbonation. Suffers a bit on feel.

I thought this would disappoint after having so many delicious Belgians since I've last revisited. But, I was wrong. Kudos!

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 01:55:16 | More by thecheapies
Photo of paulginva


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from the tap into a snifter, produced a 3/4" foamy white head with thin head lacing that dissipated quickly. The body was a cloudy amber color with a lot of fizzy carbonation.

AROMA: A sweet aroma of moderate cereal, bubblegum, and some citrus, along with light alcohol and very light esters greets the nose.

TASTE: Pretty much the same -- light grain and bubblegum, citrus, cloves, coriander and very light alcohol. Seems pretty mild.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium body with a creamy texture, lively carbonation and good body lacing that dissipated somewhat quickly. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, while the medium length finish was lightly bitter.

DRINKABILITY: Repeatable, but not more than two because of the ABV and the fact that the alcohol is so well masked -- kind of sneaks up on you. Good value and easy to drink (maybe TOO easy). The flavors in this one are surprisingly muted, which makes it even more surprising that the alcohol doesn't stand out more. My impression regarding flavor is that there seemed to be inexplicable gaps in it -- like something else was supposed to be there but wasn't. This wasn't bad but I would like more out of a beer that has this kind of an ABV. I probably won't buy another.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 01:09:55 | More by paulginva
Photo of nimrod979


4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Bulls & Bears. Poured a slightly hazy gold. Average white head. Didn't last too long.
Light bready, yeasty banana aromas.
Flavor is a mix of spicy and sweet. Belgian spices mixed with sweeter German0style malts. Banana and clove flavors.
Rather light bodied and carbonated. The alcohol seems to kind of dominate the palate however. Not that I'm really complaining...
Quite an awesome beer. I really enjoy this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 22:07:15 | More by nimrod979
Photo of morebeergood


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

Served on tap at the Millwood Tavern in Gloucester. Arrived in a Duvel Green tulip glass. Dull golden yellow color. A thin white head, but nothing spectacular. Smell was sugary and malty. I enjoyed the flavor a lot though. There was plenty of that Belgian candy sugar taste that I love. Plus, hints of citrus and licorice. Mouthfeel was crisp for a tripel, not bready like other examples. The abv was hidden on the palate, but it sure caught up quickly. Very noticeable after half a glass. For an American version, this tripel is one of the better examples out there for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 23:31:51 | More by morebeergood
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Owl House

A- A clear gold with big bubbles streaming up the glass the whole time. 1/" off white head.

S- Sun tan lotion, grass, crisp green apples, yeast, sweet caramel.

T- At first you get the alcoholic bite but it blends with a fresh cut grassyness, and the suntan lotion I get off Belgians. Rounds out with caramel, wild flowers/hops, medicinal and a wheaty/oaty character.

M- syrupy, yet crisp and juicy with a dry finish.

O-The best format to enjoy this beer is definately on tap, it's an amazing heady brew and a great heavy summer drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 23:44:09 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 3,715 ratings.