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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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3,710 Ratings

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Ratings: 3710
Reviews: 1593
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:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of BryanRex


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear yellow/orange with plenty of carbonation (compared to the bottle version). Noisy head that disappointed into thin lace.

S - Citrus and bananas with hints of yeast and bread.

T - Pretty much the same as the smell with a slightly disappointing aftertaste compared to other tripels.

M - Incredibly light bodied with no indication that this is a 9.5 beer. Dangerous!

O - Feels like a standard pale ale, and regardless of the other reviews I feel this is an incredibly smooth beer. Definitely one of my favorite American beers along with Weyebacher's Merry Monks. Best bang for your buck on the market.

Serving type: growler

Serving type: growler

09-06-2011 03:56:45 | More by BryanRex
Photo of iRoy

New York

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Golden Yellow, bright and clean with a nice creamy head. I'll be honest, I looked at the BA review as I was deciding weather or not I would buy this brew. I am so glad I did. It's heavily carbonated, which I'm personally fine with and heavily acholated. That's not a word but I'm finishing this growler right now, the carbonation I think hides the alcohol well. Also do smell a light Banana flavor, maybe that's where it gets it's name from. A very very bready, Banana bready taste that I really like. Not too sweet per say, I've definitely had sweeter beers so can't complain about that. I love the aftertaste. I think it is really drinkable and will definitely be going so far as to recommending this to all my friends.

Serving type: growler

02-10-2011 03:50:21 | More by iRoy
Photo of One2Remeber


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first tripel style beer, must say it is my new favorite just edging out 90 minute IPA. Only need one or two beers after a long day at work to help unwind. The brew was from a half barrel keg and stored in a growler. The last beer from the growler had a built-up volume of the wheat and yeast giving the initial pour very attractive. Golden Monkey is where its at.

Serving type: growler

05-18-2010 23:09:21 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of david18

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a growler at Whole Foods on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I think I like this even better than the bottle version. The difficulty is to drink a growler of Tripel fast enough before it goes flat.

Color is a perfect gold, carbonation is good at first but goes flat pretty fast. Flavor and aroma are perfect to the style.

I will get this as an american tripel alternative often.

Highly recommend.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2009 23:00:00 | More by david18
Photo of truknon

New York

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint glass from a recently filled Growler with a beautiful foamy head and strong golden color.
The smell is overwhelming with hints of Fruit, Cloves, Flowers and Yeast and it taste even better!!
There are strong citrus notes in the beginning and a smooth chewy taste of Flowery Hops for the encore.
The ABV is well hidden in this Light Bodied beer and it can sneak up on you fast. Like a Monkey with several arms hitting you over the head with a baseball bat!!

I would definitely buy this again and highly recommend it. Looking forward to finishing the Growler...tomorrow!

Serving type: growler

09-07-2009 00:41:24 | More by truknon
Photo of LennyV

New York

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler from Halftime.

Pours a golden yellow into my Gulden Drak Tulip. Nice creamy head that does not hang around.

Smells of sweetness and flowery.

Taste is intially sweet them some mild bitterness, it finished very dry.

A little to fizzy in the mouth for me but that is not so uncommon for this style.

A nice drinker and a good representitive of a Triple. High ABV does not make this a session beer.

Serving type: growler

02-26-2009 03:52:21 | More by LennyV
Photo of Jerico

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - this beer pours with slightly cloudy, golden honey color. There's a fair amount of puffy head but it fizzles pretty quick. Only slight lacing.

S - the smell is bready and sweet, with some spice. I found it pretty typical of a good triple.

T/M/D - bready, powdery yeast taste, with a good wallop of candy sugar. It finishes nicely, and the alcohol is apparent. This a pretty good beer, but I find it a touch on the ordinary side when compared to some of its Belgian brethren (Karmeliet comes to mind as a good benchmark).

Serving type: growler

07-29-2008 01:23:22 | More by Jerico
Photo of IntriqKen


4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler received via a trade with jonjon...
Poured a golden/yellow/orange with a half finger white head that becomes sticky lacing just like from the bottle except with less carbonation.
Aromas of bread, candy malt, tropical fruits (tangerines, oranges, papayas, bananas) and belguim yeast.
Taste is considerably fresher, cleaner, and brighter than from the bottle (no doubt due to the freshness of the brew) with more dimension and a gentle blending of all of the flavors.
Alcohol is deceptive and surprisingly abscent Aftertaste is very clean.
Unfortunately, if this were on tap in my area I could spend the whole day at the bar...maybe the weekend.

Serving type: growler

10-06-2006 19:01:10 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

smell - ginger, clove, coriander

taste - much like the aroma - ginger, clove, coriander, white grape, lemon peel

mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, a bit of astringency on the finish

Overall - decent American version of the style. worth a shot

Price Point - $2.29 - 12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 19:33:14 | More by keithmurray
Photo of CtephanieCimone


4.51/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium golden body, pretty clear-not too much visable sediment.

Deep floral, hoppy, herbal, scent

Lovely intense golden, malty,yeasty body. Incredible earty, floral notes,quite intense--- but it is a tripel sooo i supposed you'd expect that :p

Crisp and refreshing sipping

Really great beer,enjoyed this so much, can't wait to have it again!

First Had: May 27th 2013

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 18:02:33 | More by CtephanieCimone
Photo of superspak


4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/16/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, clove, pepper, bread, cracker, candi sugar, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, clove, pepper, bread, cracker, candi sugar, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, clove, bread, cracker, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome tripel style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/eartly yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:19:08 | More by superspak
Photo of Metalphanatic


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

Appearance: A Golden ale with white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: pretty fruity. Hints of Banana, orange, and Lemon.

Taste: Fruity at first (banana, orange, and lemon all present) with a somewhat spicy finish (I'm guessing its from cloves). Can be slightly bitter. But overall, I personally think the ABV is masked well.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, goes down pretty easy at 9.5%

Overall: one of my favorite beers. Not my favorite tripel, but for the cost, it can't be beat.

Serving type: bottle (mostly) I've had it on tap tho and the draught version has more citrus flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 06:02:14 | More by Metalphanatic
Photo of SteveB24

New York

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

appearance; hazy gold, lots of carbonation, reasonable amount of white, thin head that settles pretty quickly.

smell; yeasty, faint spice aroma.

taste; belgian yeast, mild spices, strong alcohol, not unpleasant but the components just don't mesh together too well.

mouthfeel; thin/medium body, heavy carbonation, slightly dry in the finish.

overall; not awful, but not great, this brewery should stick to what there good at.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:46:00 | More by SteveB24
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 BoulderBarrovecchio


3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Bright golden color with medium-high carbonation visible, 1/2 inch head.

S: Yeast and some slight hops.

T: Honey and tamed hops.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slight alcohol finish.

O: My first Tripel, and I'm glad it is local and available year-round. A heavy punch for the price, good enough to try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 01:49:20 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
Photo of Givemebeer


3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy orange color small head with little lacing

S: Phenolic alcohol and spices

T: Honey, moderately spicy, lemons, booze, spices

M: Creamy and pretty full bodied.

O: Flavor could be better, but I had no trouble drinking this. Not too harsh considering the high ABV. So close to being great just a little something missing.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 02:32:48 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of TempeBeerMan


3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours...well....golden, with a fluffy two-finger perfectly white head. Not much lacing.

S - Strong aroma of Belgian yeasts, candied banana, clove, white pepper.

T - Clove, banana, pink lemonade, a hint of bubblegum. Spicy in the form of mint and pepper in the mid-palate. ABV not very well hidden in the finish. The spice and ABV combine to make this a little harsh. Flavors are rich and decently complex though.

M - Light bodied and delicate, with prickly almost fizzy carbonation. Slightly creamy which while strange, wasn't unpleasant at all.

O - A little too spicy and not quite fruity enough for my tastes (I guess I like my Tripels more "smooth"), but a decent take on the style for an American brewery. Much better out there, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 04:31:45 | More by TempeBeerMan
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 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
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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 3,710 ratings.