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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,393
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 72
Gots: 487 | 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 Skepticalfriend
4.95/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't understand why the bros reviewed this so low. They need to have another.

If you pay really close attention to each sip, the qualities kind of disappear - you have to just drink it and not think too much. You'll realize how good it is. It's got such a nice light (golden?) taste and feel, but it's also rich and flavorful - some spice and floral - especially the afterglow. Sweet the main thing for me. Virtually no hop bitterness.

A - Gorgeous pour.

S - Not strong, but not distracting or bad. I give it a five not because it was a perfect smell, but because for me it's not part of the experience - it's mild/neutral and doesn't detract from the drinking of it.

T - See above.

M - I guess I do like a bit more carbonation, but that's not really the thing with this style right?

O - Again, don't focus on each sip. Just enjoy it.

Skepticalfriend, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Amazing bright orange color with a good-sized head.

Smell – Big, serious yeast aromas immediately fill the nose. There’s some wonderful tropical fruit in there to include orange, peaches, melons, and even a dash of coconut juice.

Taste – This one delivers big time. The bready yeast is strong but balanced. The fruity flavors keep things even and the mild alcohol notes remind the drinker of the 9.5 ABV.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium to full in the body. This one is thick and chewy. It’s dinner in a glass.

Drinkability – This was ideal. It went down like a true Abbey Tripel. It was exceptionally smooth, energetic, and right on style. Awesome!

Update – I revisited this in 2004 and was even more impressed with the way Victory put this one together. After attending the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest and sampling many American efforts at the style I’ve come to reallly appreciate this offering from the V. I was particularly impressed with the Mouthfeel and am raising that score by 0.5.

RoyalT, Oct 08, 2003
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.72/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.96/5  rDev +7.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

The label description on this American mass-produced product made me skeptical:
"rich in the spirited tradition of Belgian-inspired brewing" -- an elaborate euphemism that it wasn't really a genuine Belgian style tripel? But the initial aroma that hit my nostrils and the first sip allayed my fears -- this could have been brewed in Belgium. Something distinctly redolent of Duvel (or perhaps Brookyln Local #1, perhaps the superior example of this genre brewed in America) immediately hit me. Admittedly the head was scant, and not particularly dense,but the lacing lingered plenty long enough.

This brew is immediately reminiscent of Brooklyn Local #1, Duvel, and Fin Du Monde, and maybe objectively lacking in certain respects to all of those (with maybe the exception of Fin Du Monde which tends to be so variable in quality), and yet, absolutely a thumbs up, with an anticipation to buy this beer again. And again. The things I don't like about it -- the taste that lingers on the palate (while writing this review say) is slightly bitter, oily, and vaguely reminiscent of bud lite. Also, this beer when ice cold is better than the dregs.

Someone below commented negatively on the so-so review of the Brothers. Some things I have to agree with the Brothers on:

"a cloudy golden colour topped with a thin white lace, but with pour [sic?] head retention"
"Floral, bready, a bit yeasty in the nose"

"A pleasing herbal flavour stretches the entire tasting experience. Malty sweet and very sugary (like golden syrup from England), with bread and yeast flavours"

"Quite the one dimensional beer actually"

" Is it a good beer? Yes it is, good ... but that's about it"

Well, what else do you want brothers? No question I will buy this again.

I do take exception though to the name "Golden Monkey", as there are no monkeys in North America. How about "Golden Retriever", the perfect dog, though perhaps maybe lacking, but on the label, surrounded by rays of light. I've drinken about 1 and 3/4 of Golden Monkeys now, so, maybe that clouds my judgment.

Slamms, Sunday at 06:43 AM
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3.32/5  rDev -10%

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3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

bcaputo99, Sunday at 01:39 AM
Photo of cambabeer
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

I like this, but the alcohol is a little much. Nice yeast profile and maltiness. The hops are present in the beginning and then fade away to the alcohol bitterness and yeastiness.

cambabeer, Sunday at 01:31 AM
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Carter2469, Saturday at 07:29 PM
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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,393 ratings.