Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,693
Reviews: 1,653
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 86
Gots: 642 | 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:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of BeerZack
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

Orangish golden with very spotty lacing.

Smells like sugars and fruity esters covering alcohol.

A bit of banana and plenty of other yeasty soft fruitiness. Very sweet, lots of sugar to mask the high (9.5%) alcohol that becomes cloying quickly.

While this beer feels soft in the mouth, it feels much less substantial than most Belgian tripels I've tried. While this is not one of my favorite styles of beer, this is definately not one of my favorite tripels- probably on the less complex end of the spectrum and I wish it would finish much drier.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very light yellow in color, wiht a very small white head at the top that left barely any lacing around the glass.

S: Banana and pineapple right away with nice warm bready notes through out, very sweet and subtle nose on this brew.

T: A little spice up front, with lots of banana and pineapple, the hops give it a very tiny bitterness but very subtle, a little bready as well.

M: Light bodied, a good amount of carbonation, and refreshing.

O: This brew was not at all bad, very refreshing and calming. had this with some pizza at a local italian restaurant, this brew was pretty good.

Photo of DLS168
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Jmbbabson
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of King_KongDCO93
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of a0lbudman
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-hazy dark gold with a large white head that laced the glass heavy
S-dark fruit smell with some spice
T-spicy with some warming in the aftertaste. The spice seemed to stay with you
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-the spice was the main taste smee, and aftertaste

Photo of MaxPowers
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BeerAngel
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden honey color with light bubbling making it’s way up to the small white head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving just a thin layer. The smell is a pleasant floral/fruity ester with alcohol being noticeable. The lightly sweetened taste reveals light fruit and yeast combination blended with light hopping and finishes with a strong warming alcohol. This brew has a light bodied mouthfeel and drinks down plenty easy despite the high ABV. Nicely done! Thanks to Rostaruch for sending this to me! Cheers!

Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of PalatePilot
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BDIMike
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light orange color with a tint of redness as well. There is a thick white head with good retention and a lot of yeast floating around.
Smells a very nice mix of things. First smell is almost like a weiss with a good mix of wheat and a strong banana smell. It finishes with a sweeter fruit smell.
The taste is much the same as the smell. A strong banana and honey taste, along with wheat. Also, a good amount sweetness and sugar at the end.
Mouthfeel is a nice smooth thickness.
Drinkability is fairly nice. The smooth beer goes down nice, but I can really feel the alcohol and taste the sweetness, making it hard to drink too many of these.

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of KingBiscuit
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head starts out pillowy and white with at least some lacings as it falls away. It has a golden clear color to it that looks good. The smell is of sour fruit, like that found in Aventinus. There's nutmeg, plum, clove, and fig. The taste is light and nice with fruitiness and a warmth as it falls down the throat and the belly. The taste has a lighter fruitiness and has clove, fig, orange, and a little nutmeg in the finish, but not much. The mouthfeel is ok, but too carbonated and it doesn't have a smoothness I look for. Overall I didn't not enjoy this beer, but wouldn't think of having another right away.

Photo of EFR94
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of thecarster1
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger creamy head that fades pretty quick, clear bright honey coloring, ring around the glass, nice lacing that stays the whole drink, great monkey logo.

s- big nose, super spicy, slight banana, no alcoholy esters, almost like a hefe.

t- big, spicy, banana, huff of alcohol on the backend, not quite as strong as i expected, once again kinda like a hefe.

m- decent medium body.

d- i'm not a fan of big beers like this, but i definately didn't hate it, i'll have it again, just a tad strong though, no session for this bad boy, the monkey will get you..

Photo of BobZ
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow (to style). Built a 1” head that hangs around and left decent lacing.

Smell: A few hoppy notes, also a hint of spice. Nothing spectacular but not bad either.

Taste: A combination of malty sweetness and floral hoppy bitterness up front, the hoppy character remains throughout the beer breaking the “sweet up front and bitter at the finish” tripel style. The malty sweetness does balance the beer nicely as the spice and the phenols come through stronger at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth on the palate, the warmth from the alcohol is pleasant and not overwhelming.

Overall: Nice American example of the Belgian style. All in all an enjoyable beer at a very reasonable price point.

Photo of jjboesen
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle gushes a fizzy froth that quickly dissipates. There is an opaque peach colored body with minimal carbonation bubbles and no lacing, whatsoever.

The nose senses a subtle aroma of orange and coriander while the palate is greeted by lemon with a bitter straw aftertaste. Despite the light body, this tripel is potentially potent to anyone who mistakes for a less worthy opponent. This is highly drinkable, but not overly complex, Belgian-style ale from the good folks up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Photo of roblowther
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw, cloudy, no head showing and a hint of lace. Smell is apricots, oranges, carmel, a little phenol, and a touch of pepper. Very balanced. Taste is very malty at first, then the citrus fruits come on, ending in a pepppery and nutty finish. Very smooth & well blended together but fairly single-dimensional. Afterwards you notice the alcohol & a lingering pepper and candy element. The mouthfeel is silky but a touch cloying. The drinkability is probably the monkey's strongpoint. It masks the alcohol well & if you can get past the predominant pepper, you've got a heck of an afternoon or evening in front of you. At 9.5%, just remember to take water breaks in between to get the monkey off your back for a bit.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden Monkey
Victory Brewing Company
Style: Tripel
ABV: 9.50 %

I have fond memories of enjoying this brew while on travel for business after a long work day. Victory brews are currently not available in my area so I have not had this brew in 2+ years. It has been 2 years and 200+ reviews later before I finally got to step back and time and capture the monkey review. "kstrickler" was kind enough to include 2 of these in a trade, so I now get to formally review this memorable brew. Unfortunatley it is not as great as I once thought, as I have had many tripels since the Golden Monkey helped intorduce me to this style. But I have to give it the honor of being the second Tripel (Chimay was my 1st), and it's still one of my favorite styles to date...


Pale straw in color and more clarilty than most other Tripels. Small head that receded quickly with little to no lace. Visually noticeable carbonation.

Smells is sings a tune of a candy shop tour while hungover... The sugary spiced sweet aromas smell delicious, however it's a bit more boozy in aroma than I would prefer for a Tripel.

Tastes as it smells along with a light Pils like malt base. Noticeable Belgian yeast notes (spiced citrus, cloves) and a bold dash of boozyness. I would prefer the booze notes a bit more hideen in an "excellent" Tripel. This one is not bad, it's just not one of the best IMHO.

Mouthfeel is thin and semi slick. Medium+ Carbonation.

Drinkability is a 4.0. This is a good Tripel with a respectable yeast prescence in taste and smell. It could hide the ABV a bit more, and I would prefer a more interesting appearance, but overall okay rep for the style from Victory.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a golden, slightly hazy color with a thick fluffy white head and some light lacing. It smells fruity; there are some hints of lemon zest in it, some herbs and spices. It has a medium/light body that's mildly sweet when it first hits your tongue, slightly bitter around the side of your mouth and has a mild aftertaste that's semi-sweet and has a dry alcohol feeling to it. It really warms up your mouth; I would definitely buy this one again

Photo of morrowd3
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of sebaastionb
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of cmq103
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,693 ratings.