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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,470 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 4,470
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 77
Gots: 518 | 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 brentk56
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BEERchitect, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

GRG1313, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mikesgroove, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ygtbsm94, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

jaydoc, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

kylehay2004, May 08, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Knapp85, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -18.7%

JAHMUR, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

SocalKicks, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

emerge077, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, peach colored with a white head that holds fairly well, and drops to a nice creamy collar but leaves no lace. The aroma is quite full with a soft fruitiness, some orange, a sweet bready malt, a light spice and some alcohol. The body is medium with a very fine & effervescent carbonation that caresses the tongue and fills the mouth. The taste is rich and full, with candyish malt, spice - some coriander is noticeable, and finishing with a lingering spicy sweet malt. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Very well balanced with just enough hop bitterness and spice flavor to keep the big sweet malt from getting out of hand. Not extremely complex, but big. Very rich and highly enjoyable.

NeroFiddled, Sep 18, 2002
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice american spin on a classic belgian tripel. much more spice, cloveyness and yeast characters than its belgian counterpart, but the same smooth feel and bigtime abv. this one pours a haze lemonade color with a decent white head. smells like a belgian, but with some fruit and spice notes too, cant smell the booze, but you can taste it a bit. this one took some time to grow on me but has become one of my favorite victory beers. only the high abv prevents it from being a great session, because the mouthfeel is just right for the style. really nice big beer from victory

StonedTrippin, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man oh man, this is strong @!#$. What a kick, they should have named it after the devil though. Not all Belgian beers are as wild as this, some are just clean, bitter and alcoholic.

Jason, Oct 19, 2001
Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy, golden-orange color with some suspended particles. Pretty weak, one finger of white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

S - Strong, fruity bannana and colve aromas. A little bit of wheat, some musty yeast, and just the slightest hint of hops.

T - Strong, phenolic yeast note, more clove and bannana. A little bit brothy with a good dose of wet, earthy hops through the finish

M - Fairly dry, moderate body and high carbonation.

D - A little bit rough in some of the flavors. Not as drinkable as a triple or strong golden ale should be. Not all bad though; if they toned the alcohol down just a bit and upped the spice it could make a nice saison.

nickfl, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Belgian style trippel that I had toward the beginning of my journey into the realm of beer. Now, I approach the mystic monkey once again a more disciplined deciple. Pours a vibrant drop of sunshine golden with a white highly carbonated, quickly dissipating head. Very alcoholic nose with fruit esters, honey, and cloves contains a sharp sweetness that tickles the nose. Taste is spiced up quite a bit, very unique banana esters in the flavor. A syrupy mouthfeel with a very alcoholic finish, this in my opinion is one of the most unique offerings from Victory. Pretty drinkable for the high ABV, but I would tend to stick with something a little more quaffable.

WVbeergeek, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/4/07 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark yellow color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar and some spice.

T: The flavors of yeast and dark fruits jump out first, with flavors of banana and brown sugar in the background. The after-taste is yeasty and sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and a little sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, it has a good kick to it, however this one wouldn’t be my first choice within the style, even though it’s a pretty decent beer.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazed gold. Lots of sediment floating all over. Nose is subdued with a mild chalky yeast. Flavor is...ack! Sweet! Bitter on the tail end, but nowhere near good enough to save this. Feel is low on bubble, thicker on sticky syrup for the liquid feel. Drinkable? No. Actually...this is pretty damn bad.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured cold into a Chimay chalice from a container bottled on March 29th of 2007
A - A deep golden/light amber with full bone white head that quickly recedes and generates plenty of lace that remains on the sides of the glass.

S - Spicy + malty- a coriander hint as well as a bready, boozy alcoholic character that has an abbey yeast quality.

M - Warming, vinous feel, spiced with a full body and plenty of effervescent sweetness.

T - Strong candy-like belgian yeast flavors saddle up with an immediately apparent alcohol presence. Tantalizing spicy honey-like smooth character gives a clean fruity ale flavor tha is easy to enjoy mouthful after mouthful.

D - A real easy one to return to with all the spice and depth that a tripel has to offer. The golden sweetness w/ strong abv makes it hard to deny, but at the same time only a good rating for drinkability since it's high abv makes it difficult to have more than a few.

Slatetank, May 26, 2007
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,470 ratings.