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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

4,826 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 4,826
Reviews: 1,684
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 105
Gots: 807 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Photo of Murph
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color, a little bit hazy due to some yeasties, with a nice pure white head that sticks well and a nice lace. Great aroma of spices (coriander?) and citrusy orange zest. The taste is great, banana, orange, spices and something like grape rind (tartness) in the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth and it is very drinkable. Well this is my favorite style and this is definitely a damn fine example of it. It has all the qualities that I enjoy in the style, light fruit, spiciness, and a little twist in the grape rind. Definitely something to get your hands on if you can.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright hazy orange with a thin head that settles into a ring. Aroma is light and sweet with hint of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Flavor is immediately a blend of lemon, yeast and honey. Rich, somewhat bready, very sweet, more fruit tastes like kiwi or mango. Pale sweet malt, like buttered toast for breadfast with orange marmalade. Suggestions of bananas and faint spices as it warms but no trace of the high ABV in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light but slick. Not the greatest tripel I've found but certainly a great attempt. I agree with many others, it is a bit one-dimensional but enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of EStreet20
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip. Nice golden color with a 1 finger white head. Some lacing but not much.

S - Flowery smell, with some sweetness. Could tell it would be a nice warming, hoppy beer.

T - Like it. Nice sweet taste, with some hops. Can taste the malt too, with a candy like kick and some alcohol taste in there, which I never have a problem with.

M - Excellent. Nice amount of carbonation along with the smooth taste. Some alcohol warming at the end, which makes for a very satisfying sip.

D - . Tastes great and leaves you wanting another sip. Not heavy tasting at all and very crisp. Watch it though, a very strong ale that could sneak up and leave you in store for a shitty morning if you let it's extremely drinakable taste take over.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very cloudy gold, with streams of tiny bubles rising to the semi-dense head. Two fingers high, and eggshell in color, it falls rather quickly and leaves spotty lacing. Classic belgian nose of yeast and play-doh, but not much else. Sweet pale malt flavor, with a good phenolic tartness a slight apple ester. The aftertaste is dry with floral hops and a very spicy alcoholic bite. Good example of style, except the bitterness/phenols are low for the very sweet and boozy flavor produced by the fusels and ester. Medium/high carbonation and nearly full body are only tarnishesd by the gin-like finish, which sets the drinkability below average.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale orange color. Has small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves only spotty lacing.

Smell: Has the yeasty smell common to most Belgian-style beers. Also has a considerable amount of spiciness in the nose. It is a little sweet as well with hints of citrus.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front from hops. Develops a spicy, sweet flavor towards the back. It's really heavy on the yeastiness, more so than in other Belgians. All in all, I think the taste falls a bit flat here. It's really one-dimensional and not as full as I'd like.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied with a nice carbonated bite to it.

Drinkability: This one I'm not really impressed with. It's a very one-dimensional tripel and, with all the other choices out there, I really can't see myself getting this again. It's not bad, it just doesn't compare well to others of the style. A miss but only slightly...

Photo of washburnkid
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed in a tulip.

A: A loud, fizzy white head over a pale golden hue. Tons of floaties throughout, despite my best decanting. Almost zero retention or lacing.
S: Very wheaty and spicy. Orange and lemon tart, fresh cut wheat and grain, and a distant clove aroma. Reminiscent of Duvel for me.
T: Similar to the aromas, with a touch of alcohol burning at the back. Emphasis on lemon and orange zest. Wheat and fresh grain and grass.
M: Heavily carbonated. Small sips will do just fine with this one, even with the lighter body.
D: I'm slightly confused with the style choice, but I enjoyed this brew.

Photo of 21Maestro8
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Ken_P
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnofUpton
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%

Photo of Winston3737
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

--Edit: This is one of those beers that you hate but still come back to and find it addictive. I love this tripel and can understand why I hated it to begin with, but fell in love with it in the end. So good....


My first taste of Victory in Wisconsin...so far, I am going to let this one slide as an indication of the rest of their brews.

The appearance is a crisp honey color with a tightly packed pure virgin white head that clings decently to the glass and maintains its shape the entire glass. Smell was heavy on the cloves, orange peel and coriander. Smells like a belgian wit to me. Not as fruity as I hoped for in a triple. The taste and mouthfeel is what turned me off on this beer. The huge alcohol rush overpowers everything and stings the mouth like a bad malt liquor. The spiciness of the alcohol and cloves, make this seem unbalanced. To be honest, I don't think this is necessarily a bad beer, but for a tripel, I think it is a joke. This should be taken off the shelves and re-introduced as the first "double belgian malt liquor wit"!

Photo of Schmoog
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of BierReise
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden ale with an orange hue. White head dies quickly leaving but a disorganized white film. Has a wonderful peppery spicy aroma. Has a creamy mouthfeel that is velvety and smooth. Very nice. This is a very nice Tripel. Terrific flavor that is fruity, spicy and has a good yeasty malty thing going on. It's great to see an American brewer do well at a non-Ameriacan style.

Photo of KingBiscuit
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of sanitarium16
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Barnsley
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of dgallina
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle marked bottled on may 14th 2007.

Pours clear gold with strong carbonation, but nearly zero head or lace. The smell is super sweet, with big honey overtones on alcohol laced peaches and grapes. Some spicy medicinal gin notes in the background as well. The flavor takes some acclimation. Bitter initial medicinal spiciness seques into strong alcohol and sour notes in the finish. Some honey in the center and dry hops in the finish. Becomes smoother, much more mellowed and honeyed as it warms. Body is rich and syrupy, with strong alcohol sting. Pretty agreeable by the end, but i expect that the strength and flavor will make it an acquired taste.

Photo of TripelMark
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of JoeLacy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of 2Xmd
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Johnroby
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an ommegang chalice at whole foods- pours a clear, bright golden color with 1.5 fingers of creamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is in the styles ballpark- sweet candi sugar, yeast, what seems to me like coriander.

Taste is a little more complex- up front is the sugary taste, followed by yeast and slight bitterness, then a blend of spices (coriander, clove, lemongrass) to finish semi sweet.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- medium to fuller bodied, moderate carbonation, a little bready. This is obviously not really a tripel but is somewhere in steepen that and an American strong ale. I've been drinking it on and off for a few years, never loving it, but never hating it.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,826 ratings.