Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,691
Hads: 5,089
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 126
Gots: 1,080 | 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 doktorhops
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory Golden Monkey or Cercopithecus Kandti is a style of Old World Monkey Ale found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, it is brewed by Pennsylvanian-Belgian monks under licence of Victory Brewing Company and each bottle contains at least 0.5% monkey, as stipulated by the Brewing With Monkeys ACT 1988 which states that any brew with the word “monkey” in the name MUST contain monkey or artificial monkey flavouring... anyway that’s enough monkeying around Doc, on to the review.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy tangelo/golden body with a wispy white 1cm head that reduces to a thin lace on top leaving behind some slight protein-filled spider lacing in the glass. Ooo, tasty looking brew! 8/10.

S: Chock full of spice on the nose - coriander, cardamom, clove and green pepper followed by a decent T-Load (Truck-Load) of candi sugar and an orange/grapefruit citrus finish. This beer has bags of aroma and I for one cannot wait to tuck in. 8/10.

T: Flavour is a bit more balanced, sweet does dominate slightly, with a: Orange/clove/cardamom/coriander/candi sugar taste that was expected from the above aroma, along with coconut... yes - coconut - there’s this slight coconut flavour in there that I’m sure I’ve encountered before in Coronado’s Orange Avenue... not sure if it’s intended but it does distract from an otherwise Top-Notch Tripel [initialism: TNT]. Finish is astringent but balanced between sweet/bitter. 7/10.

M: Mid to light, borderline heavy, bodied with a sharp and creamy carbonation, a decent mouthfeel then. 8/10.

D: Plenty going on in the glass to keep the punters entertained, however there is that niggling coconut taste that detracts from the overall Tripelness of the brew, I mean coconut, really?! Coconut should not be making an appearance in a Tripel for reasons too numerous to list, but I will list the main reason anyway: It’s COCONUT FFS! In any case I suspect the off-flavour to be heat/date related - as the Coronado Orange Avenue I previously bought was out of date - I suspect Tripel/Witbiers take on a coconut flavour as they go stale. This brew wasn’t too overwhelming with coconut though and managed to charm me with its other flavours, hence the score: 7/10.

Food match: Big brews call for big foods - Bleu d'Auvergne, Pane Di Casa and Westfälischer Schinken - some of the best of France, Italy and Germany. (2,420 characters)

Photo of Trooper92292
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure how much alcohol I would taste in this beer but I've tasted none. This is an incredible beer. I really like this. For a Belgian style (triple) I really was impressed by this, this is one of those beers that just wowed me (I had this on tap so that's why it's getting a better rating) (297 characters)

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with no head, a beautiful golden body.
Smell is peppery, banana notes, a little spiciness. Belgian yeast is very prevalent in the nose. The taste matches the smell, which is fantastic. A great example of the style. A crisp but slightly warming mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious. (283 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Ever so slightly hazy, golden straw color, 1 inch white head, good lacing down the glass

S: Spice, clove, banana, bubblegum

T: Really sweet, all the flavers mentioned in the smell, that spicy, maltiness at the end

M: Medium to full feel to it, well carbonated

O: Not sure why this beer has taken a beating on here but I think it is fantastic. It has the full flavor that I would expect from a triple and is complex and sweet. Right up my ally. (458 characters)

Photo of CMG-PSU
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It says it is spicey and it is. Not my taste but to be fair it is as advertised.
-update had it again and it is better than I remembered. Def a top 10 beverage. (160 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Thin white head dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation and a good amount of sediment floating around. Bright clear gold.

Smell: Banana esters, slightly peppery. Slightly Belgian yeasty.

Taste: Starts big crushed black peppery and big sweet banana. Pepper goes away quickly and Banana sticks around. Not really picking up much of the alcohol. The sweet malts cover it nicely.

Feel: Light to medium light bodied. Carbonation is nice. Slightly creamish.

Overall: Really solid. Bordering on really good. It's an interesting dilemma trying to decide on this $14 six pack or a $14 bomber of Tripel Karmeliet. Not saying its as good as Tripel Karmeliet, but there are more of these. (686 characters)

Photo of ufellc
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Banana and clove flavors in the aroma and taste. Not much in terms of "added spice". Yeast is dominant flavor. Not a huge flavor and no alcohol noted for a tripel with 8.7% (172 characters)

Photo of BigGeorge860
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was hesitant to rate this beer because 1) This is not my favorite style and. 2) I LOVE Victory and I didn't want to say anything bad about their offerings. But I decided to give my 2 cents because I need to catch up! Basically, this beer is overdone. I've told my friends that I think it tastes like mincemeat pie ale. The spices here don't do it for me at all. Yes, the alcohol is BURIED, but the flavor is a turn off for me. (428 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super weird tripel that tastes like a Belgian IPA. Very sweet, bright and mildly biscuity backbone balances the very aggressive peppery finish, with lemon-y notes of sweet and bitter. Warming alcohol, and still dominantly peppery, doughy, and sharp yeast flavours on the finish. Seems very confused as far as style/balance and overall I think it's just okay, but something about it (the finish?) secretly makes me want another sip... (433 characters)

Photo of 2020Sound
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is highly deceptive. I had to ask the barkeep if what he had given me was the correct beverage because I did not believe a beverage of 9.5% ABV could look this way. After realizing it was in fact the beer I had selected, I began to evaluate its deceptive veneer.

The color was golden, not too dark, not very light, very light head, and the taste wasn't rich but it was not bland either.

If I had a friend who I wanted to introduce to why drinking beer with a big kick is worth the money over bland light beers, without scaring them away with an Imperial Stout, (even if they tend to be the greatest beers) I would introduce them to a beer such as this first.

Simple reasoning behind my plan is because most novices to the world of craft beers put more investment into what the beer looks like than actually tasting it. Plus, let's be honest, beers with high ABV's are not for everyone. However, if you can introduce something to them that is very drinkable, albeit not as full as flavor as I'd like, this is exactly the sort of thing to get them going.

Also, this is a good beer to start a night off with in my opinion. While definitely not the best beer in its class, given the ABV and the solid taste and solid kick, a great beer to introduce to people who need beerducation. Solid 4. (1,308 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Does not carry much of the typical Belgian flavor or feel. Lots of dry grass malt, almost like a pilsner, and feels very watery. Not terrible on its own merit (though not great) it certainly is a bad example of the style. (223 characters)

Photo of EMV
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass

L: Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick white head. Only modest retention.

S: Mild yeasts/bread. Bananas and cloves. Somewhat spicy.

T/F: Nice yeasty esters. Baked banana bread and cloves/nutmeg. Nice alcohol warmth. Only minimal hops. Mild carbonation and easily drinkable.

O: An above average American take on the style. Nothing to challenge the Trappist brews but for a beer that is readily available on the East Coast this is a good pickup. I like it, and think it's better than the overall rating. (557 characters)

Photo of Matthew_Reynolds89
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoy this beer, it has a higher ABV but who doesnt like that?

The taste is nice and smooth and a nice aroma to it.

I shared this with my girlfriend and even she gave it a 8/10

props to the golden monkey! (217 characters)

Photo of pditty1995
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good domestic triple. My favorite triple is still karmeliet. But this is a nice beer for 1/2 the price. Give it a try it does not disappoint. (159 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A- Clear Gold. Thin white lace. Very, very little lacing. Alcohol legs on the sides of the glass when swirled.

S- Lots of belgian yeasty with cloves.

T- Follows the nose well, some sweetness from the alcohol. There's a hint of banana from the belgian yeast. One dimensional for a Tripel, but not bad.

M- Almost syrupy, and not as carbonated as some examples.

O- An interesting take on a Tripel, but it won't be challenging La Fin Du Monde anytime soon. (502 characters)

Photo of iannutter
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: beautiful color, but crappy head retention

Smell: quite delicious actually, very spicy, but still sweet and mellow

Taste: very tasty, but now very complex

Feel: smooth.

Overall: A pretty tasty belgian Trippel, especially if you don't wanna spend too much (I got mine for $6.99/750mL), but be careful! The 9.5% will knock you on your ass pretty quickly! (365 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold (4) with thick white head and good carbonation. Notes of plantains, sour balls and cloves. Clovey start, more fruity than spicy. Medium mouthfeel. There is a heaviness in the body. Malt and cloves hide alcohol. (220 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To compare this to other Triples, it's bad. It's really not a Triple but as a golden, this beer is great!! Excellent yellow color, strong citrus smell, tastes smooth, excellent beer. (183 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From bottle into a tulip, appearance was a light golden with some suspended particulate. Good initial head and retention.

S - firm belgian yeast notes, faint candi sweetness, spice notes of allspice/nutmeg, some leafy notes mixed in with some peppery yeast spice.

T - sweet start then lots of spice coming in with quite a bubbly carbonation. Notes of pepper, nutmeg, leafy, and yeasty, flowery and quite sweet also especially nearer the finish. Good and the sweetness coats the spices into an easy drinking belgian triple.

M - big, very thick with a n aggressive carbonation, and slightly boozy, leading to a very crisp finish but with a lingering spice aftertaste. Perceptible alcohol.

A good beer but its isn't perfect and has its faults. Taste is not but, the spice notes are forced, camouflaging the true yeast character. I think there is also a bit much alcohol presence, essentially it tries hard to be in your face, while maintaining a very sweet character to ease it all down. Lacks the finesse of the style, but it is worth a try. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Wilshade
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Belgian Style Tripel
ABV: 9.5%
Glassware: Oversized wine glass, but brewery recommends a tulip.

Appearance: Translucent dark gold with effervescence, and a thin head.
Smell: Bold spicy aroma
Taste: Strong and rich in spices with herbal and flowery notes.
Mouth feel: A nice kind of bubbly.

Overall, a nice interpretation of a Belgian Tripel. "Nice" and "pleasant" seem to be the best description for this beer. Has some character in that the high ABV is foreshadowed in the taste and feel. You know you're gonna get a good swift kick. Where the "best" Belgians seem more refined and hide their ABV much better. This one has a classically American "Ruffian" character to it. (676 characters)

Photo of Shade1951
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid, though not great Belgian. It has a nice dark amber color and a reasonably spicy fragrance. The flavor is nice, though not as good as some of the imports I've had. Fortunately, there is little of Victory's signature "hops mania" in the flavor. I like hops, a lot, but not too much in a Belgian. Victory has a tendency to go overboard with hops even in beer styles that generally don't warrant it.

Overall, this beer is not a favorite of mine, but it is enjoyable and I would gladly drink a couple every now and then. (533 characters)

Photo of hokieguy95
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: slightly clear but dirty golden orange color if there is such a description. A slightly 1/2 finger head that dissipated quickly. carbonation is underwhelming. Not the prettiest beer in this style; rather average and not inviting.

S: yeast and malty nose upfront, with some hints of citrus fruits in the background as well as some medicinal aromas. Not a very dominant aroma and rather faint.

T: Citrus and spiciness and Malty upfront, with a slight medicinal, bitter and light chalkiness in the finish. Extremely sweet but only boarders on being syrupy. Tastes very similar to the aroma. Alcohol is balanced with the malt and hidden well.

M: moderately creamy and medium bodied. Tingly spice but not overly carbonated to my preferences with a pronounced sweetness. Slightly chalky on the finish.

O: An average but drinkable Tripel. The 9.5% ABV really sneaks up on you after a pint, so watch out! Could be more dry and digestable which tends to be the standard measure of a very good Belgian beer. A little too sweet for my tastes and not enough complexity for the style. I would try again if offered. (1,133 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden orange with a small white head, smells yeasty and biscuity with spicy hops, tastes yeasty with warm maltiness smooth easy hops on the end, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish. (196 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 Lukasbane
4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. Good carbonation, a sour aftertaste, definetly golden look. Sometimes you can taste an alcahol aftertaste is the only downside, but with a 9.5% its good (161 characters)

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.