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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,707
Hads: 5,163
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 138
Gots: 1,178 | 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 emerge077
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden in the tall tulip. Nice foam and plenty of rich carbonation in the mouth. Prickly and a little acidic on the tongue. Interesting aroma of overripe banana and spice cake.

Intense perfume odor and flavor is rather disturbing. So sweet and sugary. Bran muffins. Big spice, like clove and allspice. Not much yeast flavor. Quite sharp, like a hard candy. Very hot with alcohol. All subtlety seems to have been lost here. I think it's a love or hate choice on this one.

From the 12 oz bottle. "Enjoy by Feb 15 2015" according to the label. Sounds optimistic, but maybe it would mellow out a little.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first Belgian I ever tried.. a pretty good one too. Now that I've had others I see it isn't the best interpretation but it's still very good. Very spicy.. I mean like, super spicy. This will turn off a lot of people but I thought it was a good flavor. The taste did seem to vary by bottle but for the most part it was a flavorful beer that really warmed you up.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.17/5  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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Hi-time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California. Expectations are high; I really like this style. My limited experience with Victory Brewing has been positive. I'm hoping to keep the track record going.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor.

A: Pours a three finger fluffy head of white colour, slight cream, decent thickness, and very impressive retention considering the high ABV. Colour is yellow-gold. The head is quite nice, but the colour is lackluster given the style.

Sm: Very fresh aroma of pleasant spices, complex orange citrus, hints of cream, biscuity yeast, clean unobtrusive malts, and fresh fruit peel. Very luscious and inviting. Quite appealing indeed. I'm excited to try this. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Fresh orange peel, lovely clean malts, well balanced spices, lovely floral notes, no real sign of hops (if present, they're seamlessly balanced), hints of biscuity yeast, lemon, and hints of cream. All around an extremely pleasant and refreshing beer that hides any trace of alcohol from its profile. I'd prefer more yeast, but that's nitpicky. Subtle. A lovely tripel. Its lack of complexity prevents it from attaining greatness, but all around it's really nice.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with just enough cream for the style. Thick enough and adequately carbonated.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable for the ABV. Hides its ABV quite well. An impressive brew from Victory. Well priced as part of a build-your-own six pack. Matched my expectations. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from Victory as a result. Give this one a spin if you're a fan of the style.

It could use less of a malt presence.

Pairs decently with pizza. Drank fine out of me pilsner glass, but a tulip or flute might be ideal.

Low B

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Photo of Rifugium
2.06/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First had: bottle from Westgate Pub, Havertown, PA

Not a fan of this. It seems more of a "strong blonde ale" if anything, but not really comparable to a good authentic Belgian tripel. I don't like to bad-mouth Victory, but there you have it.

Pours clear golden yellow with a moderate head that typically displays some decent lacing. Vaguely yeasty aroma, banana and cloves, but on the light side. Tastes a bit chemical-y, biscuity, with banana and spice notes, alcohol is not hidden. Medium-bodied, and not too drinkable in my book, though it seems the ladies tend to like it. ?

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw color with a 1" white head. No head retention or lacing

S: Some yeast, bananas & fruittyness

T: Malt sweetness, banana peel. yeast & slight lemon. Finishes frutty & yeasty

MF: Thick, chunky & effervescent

Too many flavors dominate that I don't care for. Tripell isn't my favorite style, but this is lower echelon compared many others I've had

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight cloudiness; golden color. Nearly no head or lace.

Strong barnyard aromas...very earthy.

The flavor features a creaminess that doesn't show up in the mouth. I notice some bitterness from hop and certainly the alcohol level. High carbonation. Slight sourness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nov o6 02 bottle. Important. The Sept 06 bottles I'd purchased were undrinkable.

Color is clear and a honeyish golden, the white head is sadly short.
Aroma, is out of this world! Gorgeous! Citrus is on top, mingled with more fruit (peach, apricot), honey, spice, straw, a touch of sugar. Ticklish nose, deliriously arousing.
Texture is excellent, balance is perfect. Hops pounce upon the palate, then swiftly fade back. Delicious maltiness! Mouthfeel is utterly unreproachable, warm, yeasty, and giving. Finish is sweet, heavenly, nearly interminable.

Alcohol content is quite sneaky, the fantastic flavor beguiles you so long that you don't notice until the kick comes in. Still, this is one monkey I would love to have on my back! (Label design is also among my all-time favorites!)

Footnote: I was so taken by this brew on our first introduction that I put it on the list at my restaurant/bar. One of the musicians in our Tuesday night band last summer had a serious monkey fetish (tied into the "Hundredth Monkey" concept...on one tune he made monkey sounds...). This was the beer for him! And, when one woman asked a bartender for our "sweetest beer", he chose GM, and she was an instant fan. The furor spread, and for a short time in the summer of '02, Tuesday night was Golden Monkey night at the Blue Nile in Minneapolis. Ah, memories.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank on tap 1/16/10 at the Iron Horse in DC.

a - A nice golden color with a decent amount of while head. Little carbonation.

s - Smells fruity and a little boozy. Also smells of yeast.

t - Kind of taste like it smells. Smooth but kind of hoppy eventually.

m - light to medium body, little carbonation, pretty smooth .

d - It was a decent beer, not the best tripel I've had but I would try it again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Corsendonk chalice.
Golden-peach colored with a white head that has very good retention and leaves the glass well coated.
Aroma: full, spicy and fruity, with some bready malt, but a bit dank and overly floral. [1.75]
The body is medium with good carbonation.
Taste: rich, spicy and complex, but a little too sweet. Also too yeasty for my tastes, The alcohol is noticeable in the aroma, the flavor and the feel.

O: compared unfavorably in about every respect to the Maredsous 10 Tripel that preceded it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled on Oct. 31, '06 (tasted about 2 months later)
Pours clouded orange with no head.

The smell is of banana, ginger, and vague hints of other spices. Bready, with peppery alcohol.

The taste was of banana bread. Some typical Belgian spices were there - but a bit subdued - ginger, coriander - other vague spices blended in. (not so "exotic" as described on label). Bubblegum notes emerge as it warms. Sweet. Peppery alcohol gives it a kick (more than the spices).
A decent apperatif or to accompany creamy cheese or a fruit plate.
Overall, a decent interpretation that doesn't stand up to most Belgian tripels I've had.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Currently trying to review every beer on Beeradvocate that has more than 1000 reviews. So this goal brings me to Golden Monkey, never had it before. 12 ounce bottle poured into my DFH snifter. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy. Forms a tiny head with low carbonation and no lacing. Eh.

Aroma is mild but sweet. eh, its OK. Not impressed so far.

Eh, its kind of fruity in the back palate, medium to light in body. Nothing to see here folks. A really mediocre tripel by all measure. I guess the saving grace is that it masks the 9% ABV so well. But overall I'm not impressed. Try again Victory.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,707 ratings.