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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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1,699 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,699
Hads: 5,128
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 133
Gots: 1,131 | 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 Boggdogg
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a very slightly cloudy golden color with a below average white head fades quickly with no lacing. This is all subjective but not a good appearance.

S-smell is very mild with hints of fruit and unfamiliar spices. Really not much aroma

T-taste is very good. Very well balanced not really bitter at all except the aftertaste. Not really sure what I taste... Belgin yeast? Whatever it is, it's good!

M-good smooth beer light bodied beer. Not dry either which I lke

O-never had this belgin triple ale style beer befor but I really enjoyed this beer. Smooth well balanced beer. Highly recommended. (604 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

This was poured into a borrowed chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing was spotty and somewhat messy.
The smell had an "iced apple" sort of glossed over sweet grapefruit to light coriander spice. Light clove and allspice combined to flavor.
The taste was sweet to light spicy to let in a nice apple-ness to gloss over in the taste.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. If anything, this one really came across in a nice sweet to spicy texture over my tongue.
Overall, yes, I dug this one alot. If Tripels are supposed to taste, smell, and feel like this, yeah, I'm gonna dig these beers in years to come. (776 characters)

Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out golden straw in color that is very translucent with a nice three-finger head that is white in color with OK retention and some decent lacing. There is some nice yeasties floating around. Looks very nice.

Smell is of nice Belgian yeast, bananas, some spices I can't name but they are there. Really smells of a decent Belgian triple.

Taste is that great Belgian yeast one would expect in a similar yeast like a hefe. Really my favorite yeast smell ant taste. Nice banana flavor with some nice spices that are very noticeable and really add to the beer.

Mouthfeel is more than thin but not thick. I guess I would say semi-thick due to the carbonation from the great yeast.

Overall I am a sucker for most Belgian abby beers and this doesn't disappoint. Really tastes like a nice replication of the true thing for an American replication. Really love this beer and highly recommend it. To be truthful... I am just a sucker for any beer that has this nice yeasty taste. I just love these beers. (1,003 characters)

Photo of dougbassett
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die" -- #47 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Either I got a bad batch or this beer has gone downhill or my tastes have evolved -- one of those three -- but I used to like this beer quite a bit at one time. It's not undrinkable by any means, but I have to say nowadays it's a pretty overrated beer.

It gets a couple of things very right. It looks quite convincingly like a tripel, complete with that kind of cloudy gold you come to expect from the style. Things start to fall apart at the nose -- outside of a very mild tropical fruit flavored bubblegum smell there's not much of any nose here. The flavors are assertive, but seem to me rather too oriented toward that yeasty funk that one quickly learns to associate with Belgians. It's a big solid blast of it, with maybe some light fruit/spice overtones outlining it but that's it. It's not exactly unpleasant but its very one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel is the other thing I think they got very right, it's exactly what I would want in a tripel, from the assertive effervescence up front to the strange way tripels seem to linger on your tongue.

More disappointing than the score probably suggests, if you can find this beer in your local store you likely can find better alternatives along the same line as well. (1,319 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is better served at a colder temp- 45°F, which brings out the spice, and balance in the aroma/taste.

In a tulip, the beer poured an attractive golden color with a 1F head.

The aroma was quite good- not as pronounced as other tripels- but light spice, clove, and esters- bubblegum.

The mouth feel wasn't too carbonated which I like in a tripel, and transitions well to the taste.

The taste was spicy and there was an undertone of esters( bubblegum) Very smooth taste.

Finish- lightly bitterness which enchanced the overall tasting.

In general, unlike other tripels- the taste, aroma, mouth feel, and finish are not over pronounced.
It's well balanced and easy drinking. Highly underrated and worth checking out. I will drink it again. (750 characters)

Photo of Tylergross1
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Just tried it for the first time recently and I must say I really did enjoy it. The higher alcohol content drew me in and I wasnt expecting much from the taste standpoint but I really was very good. It was sweet tasting initially and then a little bit spicy with a hoppy feel to it as well. I will definitely buy this beer again. (329 characters)

Photo of SFNC
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one poured a champagne gold with a modest head that retreated quickly with low to modest lacing. The smell is yeasty, spicy and has fruit overtones of banana and lemon. Very nice. The taste follows suit, though as it warmed there was a little bit of a metalic bitterness, otherwise pleasant. The mouthfeel is a highlight, creamy with a spicy tingle that draws you to the next sip. For a 9.0 ABV brew this one did not show it's hand until I had finished the glass (happily). Victory has crafted a fine tripel that hits on most of the style points to make this one a winner. (577 characters)

Photo of MaddestHatter
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack of this purely on a whim because I wanted to try a tripel. I left completely blown away and though I'm saving the last one for a bit of an occasion I cannot wait to buy another. This is the beer that got me into tripels which may now be one of my favorite styles of beer. In my experience, the following are the main characteristics of this excellence in a glass that Victory have made.

Pour- A lovely orange-gold color with about a finger or two of creamy and ever-so-slightly off-white froth for a head

Smell- A strong aroma which reminds me of good bread with sweet hints of assorted fruits given to it by the yeast (I'm a microbiologist, so it is very nice to smell what yeasts are like when not cultured on a laboratory growth medium)

Taste- It is worth noting that when I try a new beer, the first sip is always the best though the rest of the bottle isn't as good as the subsequent ones. This one hit me right from the get go with its rich malt flavor and the very broad array of other flavors brought to it by the spices and yeast. Altogether it tastes a bit like the world's best hot cross bun, bready malts and dark fruits all over with spices in the finish and an alcoholic whollop which is strong yet somehow subdued.

Mouth Feel- Miller High Life calls itself the "Champagne of Beers." If it's got half the carbonation as Golden Monkey I'll eat my hat.

Altogether this is easily one of my overall favorite beers. Drinking one is an occasion in and of itself as it tastes a bit like dessert and is the alcohol content equivalent of two or so "normal" beers. To the guys at victory, keep up the good work. Cheers. (1,649 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 1 pt 9. 4 fl oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Cloudy orange with pale yellow highlights. Half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Yeasty cloves and mild banana. Green grapes.

T - Bread, yeast, banana, and grape notes. Strangely not as much as alcohol presence. Mild tartness at the finish.

M - Mildly sharp but still a touch creamy. Solid.

O - An interesting brew. Tripels have a way of sneaking up on you due the propensity to swill it down swiftly. This is worth trying, even if it seems to be missing something to put it over the top. (565 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

smell - ginger, clove, coriander

taste - much like the aroma - ginger, clove, coriander, white grape, lemon peel

mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, a bit of astringency on the finish

Overall - decent American version of the style. worth a shot

Price Point - $2.29 - 12 oz single (340 characters)

Photo of CtephanieCimone
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium golden body, pretty clear-not too much visable sediment.

Deep floral, hoppy, herbal, scent

Lovely intense golden, malty,yeasty body. Incredible earty, floral notes,quite intense--- but it is a tripel sooo i supposed you'd expect that :p

Crisp and refreshing sipping

Really great beer,enjoyed this so much, can't wait to have it again!

First Had: May 27th 2013 (371 characters)

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. (1,454 characters)

Photo of Metalphanatic
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A Golden ale with white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: pretty fruity. Hints of Banana, orange, and Lemon.

Taste: Fruity at first (banana, orange, and lemon all present) with a somewhat spicy finish (I'm guessing its from cloves). Can be slightly bitter. But overall, I personally think the ABV is masked well.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, goes down pretty easy at 9.5%

Overall: one of my favorite beers. Not my favorite tripel, but for the cost, it can't be beat.

Serving type: bottle (mostly) I've had it on tap tho and the draught version has more citrus flavor. (588 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

appearance; hazy gold, lots of carbonation, reasonable amount of white, thin head that settles pretty quickly.

smell; yeasty, faint spice aroma.

taste; belgian yeast, mild spices, strong alcohol, not unpleasant but the components just don't mesh together too well.

mouthfeel; thin/medium body, heavy carbonation, slightly dry in the finish.

overall; not awful, but not great, this brewery should stick to what there good at. (429 characters)

Photo of Wedgie28
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It has a really nice color. Like you melted down your wedding band and made beer out of it. It doesn't smell really good so it's best to drink it in big gulps and not breathe through your nose while doing that. It's got something is in it like cinnamon but I don't know about herbs so it could be arsenic. All in all, it was good. But then again I've never met a beer I didn't like, scratch that, didn't drink. (410 characters)

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Bright golden color with medium-high carbonation visible, 1/2 inch head.

S: Yeast and some slight hops.

T: Honey and tamed hops.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slight alcohol finish.

O: My first Tripel, and I'm glad it is local and available year-round. A heavy punch for the price, good enough to try again. (316 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy orange color small head with little lacing

S: Phenolic alcohol and spices

T: Honey, moderately spicy, lemons, booze, spices

M: Creamy and pretty full bodied.

O: Flavor could be better, but I had no trouble drinking this. Not too harsh considering the high ABV. So close to being great just a little something missing. (329 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours...well....golden, with a fluffy two-finger perfectly white head. Not much lacing.

S - Strong aroma of Belgian yeasts, candied banana, clove, white pepper.

T - Clove, banana, pink lemonade, a hint of bubblegum. Spicy in the form of mint and pepper in the mid-palate. ABV not very well hidden in the finish. The spice and ABV combine to make this a little harsh. Flavors are rich and decently complex though.

M - Light bodied and delicate, with prickly almost fizzy carbonation. Slightly creamy which while strange, wasn't unpleasant at all.

O - A little too spicy and not quite fruity enough for my tastes (I guess I like my Tripels more "smooth"), but a decent take on the style for an American brewery. Much better out there, though. (794 characters)

Photo of ChiChi
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not much of a smell to it, and poured it into a snifter no less. Color is a nice golden hue, hence the name. Minimal head, nice mouthfeel with a delightful aftertaste of light hops. I definitely taste the spices it advertises but i'm not going to lie, I can only say what I think I taste and thats basil. Hint of citrus after you have sipped it a bit. The monkey has a whopping 9.5 APV and gives a nice warm buzz, only drink a couple if you don't want to be hammered. Shame on you monkey! You should be spanked! If your new to this beer, drink slightly chilled. I prefer it room temp. (584 characters)

Photo of PottstownBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Monkey is a great triple with a perfect balance of spice and maltiness. Very surprised to see so many mixed reviews on this one. Maybe I'm a little sentimental as this was the first beer that got me into this style, but I can't seem to agree with many of the reviews on this one. You'd be hard pressed to convince me that this one isn't an extremely smooth, delicious, and very drinkable triple that hides it's 9.5% abv like a champ. I know there may be better examples of the style out there, but the value, quality, and balance of this one makes it a sure go to for me. (578 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A cloudy orangey yellow with a quickly dissipating finger of head. Smells of honey, tea, malty sweet. The flavor is quite herbal, black tea, honey, sweet malt with a grassy herbal overtone.
Medium in body with high carbonation.
Not really impressed by this one. Not a fan of the style in general but I feel like for the amount of excellent beers victory has year round, they should just ditch this one to have a solid lineup (424 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden with a short, foamy white head.

S: Tripelesque spices and kiwi in the nose.

T: Kiwi, bitter fruit rind, some grassy and floral hop character.

M: Medium bodied, feels like a typical tripel.

O: Definitely not their best beer. It's decent, perhaps worth a try, but given the brewery, it's a disappointment. Victory makes some great ales. This isn't one of them. (372 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden hued with a quarter inch of white foam head. Smell that Belgian yeast strain and candy sugar. I also get faint whiffs of pineapple and mango. The mouth is carbonated pretty generously which is true to style. The flavor is predominantly the Belgian yeast strain,Belgian candy sugar,pale malt, with a bit of a salty aftertaste that is slightly distracting, (361 characters)

Photo of Brewtaster34
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving type: Poured into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Light golden brown.

Smell: Fruity almost tropical.

Taste: Unlike any beer I've ever tried. Very fruity with a spicy aftertaste that doesn't last very long.

Mouthfeel: Average at first then it explodes with carbonation and fruit.

Overall: Glad I tried this, very different than any of the many victory beers I have tried. I would get it again because it is so different. Not at the top of my list but its a good change of pace. Worth a try for sure. (526 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ML bomber into a tulip glass

A: Opaque, golden/bronze. A white half-finer head that dissipated rather quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Mangos and apricots abound with a pleasant citrus, floral aroma. Nice.

T: Follows nose with spices and raisins added. Sweet, peppery. The high ABV isn't really noticed. Drinks more like a saison than a tripel. Quite good.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation.

O: A great pass around drink. Light, citrus-y and sessionable. (479 characters)

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,699 ratings.