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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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1,716 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,716
Hads: 5,213
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 140
Gots: 1,234 | FT: 5
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 leantom
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

The golden monkey. Have heard mixed things about it. Here goes:

A: Very uninspiring. Pours a clear yellow (far clearer than most tripels - was this not bottle-conditioned or something) with a medium-sized head that disappears immediately. Little lacing, especially for a tripel. Not good. 2/5

S: Smell makes up for the appearance somewhat. Clove, banana, white pepper, various spices (extremely spicy beer), etc. However, the bready smell is somewhat lacking. I'm beginning to think that the beer is not bottle-conditioned despite being a tripel. 3.5/5.0

T: Taste is OK, but come on, Allagash, Unibroue and Weyerbacher all make much better tripels. No breadiness, but has banana, candied sugar, clove, coriander and an array of spices. Good on the spices, bad on the breadiness. Really should do a better job bottle-conditioning this beer. 3.25/5.00

M: Just OK. Again, lack of breadiness makes this tripel lacking. 3.5/5.0

O: Just meh. Really disappointing for its style. 3.25/5.00

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Photo of Retroman40
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured a rich golden color with a good lasting head. The aroma is dominated by cloves and other spices I can't quite pick out. The flavor is a decent enough balance of the spices and malt with hops in the background. Very dry finish. Decent carbonation and mouth feel. Overall a good effort if you like this style.

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Photo of sobapan
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

I just picked up a 4-pack of Victory's DirtWolf IIPA only to find that someone had swapped one with a Golden Monkey. This was my first time trying Victory. Based on the reviews, I didn't have much expectation. However, I am very pleasantly surprised. This beer is incredibly balanced for being 9.5% in my opinion. Some reviewers are saying that it tastes very strong, I didn't find that to be the case at all. Sweet and creamy tripel. Paired incredibly well with spicy food.

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Photo of Skepticalfriend
4.95/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't understand why the bros reviewed this so low. They need to have another.

If you pay really close attention to each sip, the qualities kind of disappear - you have to just drink it and not think too much. You'll realize how good it is. It's got such a nice light (golden?) taste and feel, but it's also rich and flavorful - some spice and floral - especially the afterglow. Sweet the main thing for me. Virtually no hop bitterness.

A - Gorgeous pour.

S - Not strong, but not distracting or bad. I give it a five not because it was a perfect smell, but because for me it's not part of the experience - it's mild/neutral and doesn't detract from the drinking of it.

T - See above.

M - I guess I do like a bit more carbonation, but that's not really the thing with this style right?

O - Again, don't focus on each sip. Just enjoy it.

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Photo of fank2788
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright pale gold in the glass the head starts out about a finger thick and then settles to a fine film on the top of the liquid. The smell is quite yeasty at least that is the first thing I notice. Behind that there is a bit of banana maybe some lemon or citrus and finally some bready/wheaty malt. This beer starts out quite sweet, the malt comes through but it doesn't seem much more than a single dimension. There is some bitterness but just a touch and some peppery spiciness but again everything seems kind of muted and like it needs more. Some of the alcohol comes through in this one which I maybe expected for the style but that tied with the sweetness reducing the mouthfeel a bit for me. Overall I'd have to say that this is just so so maybe a nice attempt but I would have expected better from this brewer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow color, fairly large fizzy head that fades at a quick pace but leaves a decent lasting cap afterwards, bubbles constantly rising from the bottom, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a yeasty lemony aroma, touches of banana with a sweet malt backing.

Taste starts out with a strong Belgian candied flavor, lemon follows along with some coriander, carbonation is medium-high but closer to the high side, kind of explodes in your mouth and fills with foam, at first the alcohol is well hidden but with each sip it becomes more apparent.

Got this in a mixed pack, solid budget Tripel.

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Photo of arizcards
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of singles from Total Wine back at the end of April for $2.29 per bottle. Best before 1-31-2017.

Beer poured golden with a thin wispy head that is hanging around.

Nose has classic Belgian esters, hints of apple and maybe some lemon.

Taste is coriander forward to the point where it overwhelms the base beer. Apple and lemon linger in the back.

Overall not a bad beer but no where near a classic Belgian tripel.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours golden yellow with a two-finger head that lasts a few minutes and has a bit of lacing.

S - Quite mild. Aroma of a domestic Pilsner, with a little sweet added.

T - Not much character in this beer. Tastes very mild. A little sweet, a little pine, a little herb. ABV is well-hidden.

M - A little carbonation, but not a rich beer.

O - Belgian Tripels that are actually from Belgium are better than this beer. I was underwhelmed by this beer.

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

This American Belgian pours a luminous clear golden with thick white head that dissipates to thin white bubbles and light lacing. Smell of light fruit, apple, lemon, fresh bread, and sweet Belgian candy sugar. Taste is velvety smooth with tastes of crisp apple, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, a hint of clove, and loads of Belgian candy sugar. Warming and boozy up front and on the sides, sweetness on the aftertaste and throughout with a light white pepper coming through---not overpowering though. SOLID Belgian brewed in an American style. While the notes of this brew from the bottle are somewhat favorable I would challenge naysayers to try it on growler at cellar temperatures. I currently have this in the fridge in bottle form, but wanted to try it on growler before giving a review since I have had it before and loved the growler so much more for it's depth of character.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at one of the local quick marts.

A: Slightly cloudy golden with an extreme amount of head. (too much) Moderate retention.

S: TONS of bread. Yeast and bread. Underlying floral notes and alcohol. Outstanding.

T: Bread, malt and slight fruit. A bit alcoholic as well.

M: A moderate richness that sticks. Fair bit of carbonation and smooth. That said, It's disappointing somehow? Hard to describe.

O: Love the smell. The flavor is also good. The appearance and feel prevent it from being great unfortunately.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rarely does the taste of Belgium ring so true by American brewers. But it does so with Victory's Golden Monkey. Just shy of abbey-type dryness or effervescence, the otherwise spice-to-fruit balance is true to form, and with more than just a "kiss" of hops.

Delicate floral tones waft about, just ahead of the initial taste, carrying with it the whimsy of honey suckle and sugar cookie. With a bready-sweet taste, the flavors erupt with the tangy acidity of sparkling white wine.

Then as the ale simply blooms across the middle palate, flavors unfold with the fruitiness of lemon, apple and slightly under-ripened orange and then the simple rebuttal of white pepper and clove. Settling into a more earthen pattern, elements of sod and dry hay come about as its surprising bitterness begins to show.

A quick finish stems from the expressive carbonation, allowing much of the taste to develop after the beer dissolves; leaving behind bracing vinous acidity, pleasant herbal bitterness and a finish of talc. Still, waves of vanilla and mint trail closely behind.

With glimmers of finesse and grace, there's a steadfast demeanor of the ale that doesn't back down- giving it the decoration of candied fruit but with with vinous influence of monastic rigidity.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a. Clear golden orange color with a 2 finger head that retains rather well when poured into a pint glass.

s. Coriander and cloves - which I do not like.

t. The spices take over this beer as opposed to supporting it. If you do not like coriander, stay away.

m. Has very good mouthfeel with good carbonation - silky texture.

o. I do not like coriander and cloves, so disregard this review if you enjoy them.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type bottle.

Appearance Golden straw with very minimal white head that dissipates into a wormhole of nothingness with lots of tiny bubbles rising and yeast floaters.

Smell is like fruits , the yeast, spice. very pleasant smell very aromatic.

Taste is well , Not bad, my only second tripel style very satisfying , floral almost fruit like taste of a spiced cider, something that would taste good on a fall night. A dry after finish with the spice tingle on the front of my tongue.

Mouthfeel is light , the small carbonation lingers as it goes down ,

Overall not bad enjoyable, Pleasant refreshing, would recommend if you like ciders .

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Photo of mijo2925
1/5  rDev -73%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

... JEESSUUUSS!!! This beer is heinous. No, offense guys... I loved your IPA. I put your IPA right up against my other favs: Magic Hat, Bells 2 hearted, Sweetwater420... ahhhh, miller lite. But this brass monkey is GAWD AWEFUL!!! This beer fails a new un-official standard... The drunk and stoned with no other beer standard.. This shit went down the drain... couldn't do it, I've been drinking and watching world cup soccer all day. This was the beer that made me say: 'Alright, time to cut it off...' Thanks for killing my buzz ass monkey!!!! If I were in prison and it was this or the hooch out of my cellie's butt hole... I would blumpkin him for the hooch.

[Sip]... Yep, I stand by this review/

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Photo of Coagulater
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah the "Monkey". A good a place as any for my first review.
I really enjoy everything Victory has brewed (Dirt Wolf is a personal favorite).
As far as triples go, this one stands out from the crowd because it's unique. Banana seems to be proudly up front...Hense, monkey( I'm guessing) with a nice blend of spices. It's sweet but not too sweet. The 9+ ABV is masked well by all the other flavor going on here.

It pours a clear golden color (be careful not to dump in the sludge from the bottom or you'll have a murky monkey with floaters).

Unique smell and flavor as I mentioned...

Lacing was thin an left quickly.

Mouthfeel is nice ...nice carbonation and not thick and syrupy like other triples. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a very good, different, triple ale.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a light bronze color with a white foamy head when poured. The beer has a popping citrus tone with a small touch of sourness, which is also complimented with hints of creamy, spiced vanilla. Altogether, the scent is subtle and rich with a smooth finish. The taste soon follows with a crisp bite of citrus and spice which relaxes into a creamy vanilla top off. The finish however, is not fully relaxed. It leaves with a slight bite of bitterness, which combines to give a slight fruity banana-like finish. This Tripel Ale is great! It's a refreshing Belgian style beer and appealing to "Hop Heads" looking to branch out.

First review on beeradvocate! Hope everyone enjoys!


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,716 ratings.