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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,261 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 4,261
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 68
Gots: 426 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

Cloudy yellow. Invigorating spicy taste. Yeasty, lemony. below average tripel.Crisp and fresh on-tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Thought it might be better in the bottle but was partially wrong:Had a bottle a year and a half later, too yeasty and thinnish. Good level of carbonation.

11-18-2004 01:04:59 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but has a mild smell.

09-01-2012 02:28:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-26-2011 18:55:13 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly dark gold with a white head and a good amount of lace. Nose is spice, alcohol, light fruits, and some grain. Taste adds a bit of clove. Feel is a bit sweet and boozy without the accompanying complexity. I would like to try this aged as it has some potenial when fresh.

10-20-2010 12:03:34 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-25-2011 17:24:57 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

A: The beer is yellow in color and poured with a two finger white head that slowly died down yet consistently covered the surface. The beer is slightly hazy and has small particles floating in suspension. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Aromas of bananas and yeast eliminate from the nose, along with some hints of spices, the latter of which seems to be more prevalent as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is dominated by fruity and spicy flavors, with notes of bananas and yeast standing out in particular.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish and a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The alcohol becomes somewhat apparent in the taste as the beer warms up, although this doesn't detract that much from the beer's drinkability. It's a good beer to sip.

07-05-2010 02:28:51 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

Cloudy, washed-out amber with boatloads of yeast. My first bottle had a soft white head that fell quickly to one finger and resulted in a nice amount of lace. This one has almost no head and barely any lace. Weird.

The nose is fruity and smells like candied banana. On the palate, I can appreciate sugared, ripe banana as well as apple-like notes. The flavor improves as I go deeper into the bottle. Alcohol is noticeable, but not obtrusive, and the 9.5% ABV ensures that the beer is nicely warming. The mouthfeel is medium, with a slightly slick, coating finish.

Initially, I thought I prefered Golden Monkey to New Belgium's tripel, but now I'd have to say that I prefer NB's version. This is pretty good beer, but isn't one I'll look for again.

12-03-2003 21:05:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Pours a clear gold, with a rocky head that leaves a lot of lacing behind

Smell: Banana, fermented honey, clove and acetone

Taste: With a banana bread start, the spices quickly arrive to add a distinct clove flavor; plenty of fusel alcohol also arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the alcohol is rather dominant, too, and overwhelms the more subtle spice flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a lot of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I am not a big fan of many tripels and this beer embodies a number of things I don't like about the style; way too hot and sweet, with a lack of balance; to some, this may be a classic tripel and I can understand their perspective; it is just not the interpretation of the style that I prefer

03-25-2009 02:17:52 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-21-2012 00:12:56 | More by acurtis
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-18-2013 07:58:01 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%

Bottle: Poured a golden hazy beer with a medium head with average retention. Aroma is quite spicy, real funky spices have been added in here. Taste is quite sweet at the beginning with what seems like wheat and then spices kick in providing a nice ending. I must say this is quite spectacular. Body is above average but carbonation is bit weak. Overall, I would say I very much enjoyed this fine beer.

08-09-2004 14:34:59 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev +9.5%

Rarely does the taste of Belgium ring so true by American brewers. But it does so with Victory's Golden Monkey. Just shy of abbey-type dryness or effervescence, the otherwise spice-to-fruit balance is true to form, and with more than just a "kiss" of hops.

Delicate floral tones waft about, just ahead of the initial taste, carrying with it the whimsy of honey suckle and sugar cookie. With a bready-sweet taste, the flavors erupt with the tangy acidity of sparkling white wine.

Then as the ale simply blooms across the middle palate, flavors unfold with the fruitiness of lemon, apple and slightly under-ripened orange and then the simple rebuttal of white pepper and clove. Settling into a more earthen pattern, elements of sod and dry hay come about as its surprising bitterness begins to show.

A quick finish stems from the expressive carbonation, allowing much of the taste to develop after the beer dissolves; leaving behind bracing vinous acidity, pleasant herbal bitterness and a finish of talc. Still, waves of vanilla and mint trail closely behind.

With glimmers of finesse and grace, there's a steadfast demeanor of the ale that doesn't back down- giving it the decoration of candied fruit but with with vinous influence of monastic rigidity.

07-09-2014 20:34:08 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

A - Poured a orange-tan with little to no head and only a slight film of lace on the top, no real carbonation.

S - Smell was somewhat sweet with alot of alcohol and a hint of sour grapes.

M & T - The taste was odd, hard to really pin down. Lots of subtle flavors, dark fruits, grains, and hints of hops with a very noticeable alcohol hint in the back. Smooth, somewhat slick, not enough carbonation for me on this. Would have liked it to have more body to it.

D - Overall this was not bad at all, not my favorite belgian style ale, nor my favorite from victory, put definatly not bad. Will have to give it a secind try, just seems a bit strong for my everyday tastes, definatly unique and one that you should definatly try.

06-09-2007 03:54:19 | More by mikesgroove
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-05-2011 18:45:05 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-14-2011 10:18:45 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-12-2013 13:34:54 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-11-2013 04:41:47 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

A: single finger head with nice retention on a pale golden body.

S: very full and sweet lemon notes dominate the aroma.

T: flavor is both sweet and tart mostly from the lemon flavors. some breads, peppery and grain notes.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I am thinking the genre of this one is either way off or miss labeled. Fairly drinkable but not a tripel I want to try again.

05-08-2012 22:22:50 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.3/5  rDev -37.7%

Alright, folks, I finally did it. Trying a new tripel torments the hell out of me, as its a style I either love or hate entirely, and most tripels ending up lumped into the latter group. I had put off sampling Golden Monkey for as long as possible until yesterday, while at Highlands Grill in Kennesaw, I decided to finally "go for it".

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale golden body with a foamy, white head that went completely flat within a minute or so.

Smell: Spice-driven aromatics, with hints of flowers, mold, bananas, and grains.

Taste: Spicy from the onset, with generous doses of pepper, clove, and corriander. Other weak flavors erratically flash across the tongue: lemon juice, sweetened dough, dusty-dry yeast, and bananas. Lightly bitter finish with just a murmur from the alcohol showing on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied and watery. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: I did not care for this one at all, as its excessive spiciness, as well as its array of weak, uninteresting flavors was a complete turn off for me. Pass.

06-03-2007 19:48:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

10-24-2013 13:09:32 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%

I had a bottle of this at a family picnic. I was really excited to try it because usually the beer selections aren't the best at these things. Someone had gotten a mix and match case of Victory brews. I grabbed a Golden Monkey and poured it out. The color was a bright yellow with a head that comes and goes. The aromas were interesting. Kinda sweet, kinda funky and just overall different than most Tripels I've smelled. This beer tastes like it smells, I'm not sure how much I really enjoyed it. I found it to be kind of strange tasting. I'd try this one again if it came my way but I wouldn't pay for it.

04-15-2011 03:11:51 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +16.5%

Pours a nicy deep yellow color with a nice medium rocky head,the aroma was pretty tart and spicey.The taste was pretty cloveywith a malty sweet background,dangerously drinkable,wow.A very good beer from Victory,impressive maltiness in the ending on this one,pretty complex.

07-06-2003 16:21:47 | More by oberon
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emerge077

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -16%

Bottled on Dec 13 '06.

At 9.5%, I was hoping this would turn out better than it did, but it's not too far off from when I had this fresh (minus the alcohol heat). This particular bottle had zero head, and looked like apple juice. Whiff of fruit, dull dusty bubble gum.

Flavors are alright, ultra sweet juicyfruit gum, drying alcohol in the finish. Body is mellow and carbonation is low. Mild astringency, some floral aspect to the aftertaste. Overall it's not bad, just not something I would return to.

11-03-2008 00:48:57 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%

A - Poured out an orange color with a good deal of carbonatation and a small, white head. It also had some sediment.

S - It smelled of citrus, yeast and some spices. It also had some caramel maltiness in the nose.

T - It tasted very spicy and bittersweet. It had some nice hops and of caramel malt.

M - It was very, very shapr and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good tripel. Maybe one of the best American versions of the style.

04-05-2008 02:39:42 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-11-2012 15:25:09 | More by JAHMUR
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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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