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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,340 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 4,340
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 69
Gots: 468 | 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 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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

SocalKicks, Mar 22, 2012
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 18, 2001
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 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 russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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

russpowell, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 02, 2003
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
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 drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

drabmuh, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
2.05/5  rDev -44.4%
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. ?

Rifugium, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is of Belgian yeast and spices. It has a very fruity smell and a Belgian pale malt scent. The taste is good. Again, it has the traditional Belgian Abbey flavor, but with a banana flavor from the different spices and the amount of malts. It has an elevated aba (9.5%), but the beer is definately drinkable and enjoyable. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation; a very nice sessions beer.

WesWes, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

mactrail, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mendvicdog, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a huge white head. The aroma is heavy on the oranges and lemons with some bready malt. Overall, the aroma is very fruity with a little bit of alcohol.

The flavor is alcohol, oranges, lemons and a little bit of bubblegum. There is also a little bit of yeast and bready malt mixed in. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

mdfb79, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

jwc215, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +8.4%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

smcolw, May 26, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2004, Sampled December 2004
This beer pours a lightly hazy gold color and is topped by a frothy white head. The aroma is fruity with yeast notes and spice notes too, I get notes of lemon, banana, fresh herbs, and candied orange peel. The aroma is actually quite intriguing, and I definitely like trying to pick out the various components of it.

The beer starts sweet, but finishes with an herbal dryness. This beer has a nice meld of flavors, with none of the spices being too dominant. This beer tastes a bit of orange, but has lots of other flavors going on that I cannot quite pick out; perhaps some vanilla, wild flower nectar, clove, and banana. It picks up some yeasty notes when I pour the rest of the contents of the bottle in.

This is quite a bit more enjoyable than I was expecting, most American interpretations of Belgian beers use too many spices, in fact much of the Belgian character is really derived from their yeast and not spices. That being said I do like the mix of spices and fermentation characteristics found in this beer.

Gueuzedude, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MarkyMOD, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,340 ratings.