Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,691
Hads: 5,091
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 126
Gots: 1,086 | 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 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)

Photo of JimiO
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had the GM a few times... and whenever I see it on a list... it usually ends up in my glass

I love this style... and this beer

Preferably served in a snifter... beautiful golden and honey in color... nice white head... looks active

On the nose its nice and spicy but well balanced... rich but not over the top... cloves, tea, dried fruit

On the tongue... yum... yeasty and spicy... dry... a very nice journey... cloves, coriander, tea

In the mouth... slightly creamy... carbonation feels active... just right for the style

I really like this beer... and this style... I am surprised its not rated higher (616 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a hazy honey-gold with a couple fingers of white suds that recedes to a healthy film. Moderate lacing. Looks Belgian and wheaty.

S - smell is cool, almost minty, with a little clove and banana peeking through. Also a hint of pink fruit. Intriguing nose.

T - juniper, ginger, banana, guava, peppercorn, cotton candy, orange peel and honey. Sweet, spicy and herbal. What's not to like? A really nice not-so-restrained take on a traditional Belgian tripel.

M - mouthfeel is medium and buttery, with a tiny rye/wheat bite.

Overall - a boozy treat that hides it's alcohol well and delivers on flavor. Although there are definitely some consistency issues and they should be glad I'm reviewing this bottle and not the last one I had, which was flat and flavorless in comparison, with none of the robust banana-wheat characteristics. (840 characters)

Photo of beer-princess
2.42/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a bomber into swirly green tulip-like Pier 1 stemware.

A - Poured a rich nicotine gold with a flimsly little Sunday newspaper-thick head. Lacing like ocean spray from te Little merMaid.

S - Very light nose. Bland and malty all in the front, nothing in the back.

T - Apricot, mango, sugar cookie, banana, semen, walnuts.

M - Champagne-like mouthfeel; light, bubbly, airy.

O - Would not buy again. Rides the bench between spicy and fruity. Needs to commit--should hang out with my boyfriend of 3.5 years! Good beer pong beer. (540 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark straw color with more than a finger of white head that enjoyed some retention and left a trace of lace behind. The distinct notes of Belgian yeast are in the nose. This offering is certainly malt forward. It starts sweet and then transitions to a classic Belgian sourness. (285 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a strange yellow in color for the style with a nice two finger white head with decent retention. Smell is what I would expect with bananas and cloves from the yeast. It smells pretty sweet which is nice but I'm not getting anything from the malt bill. Perhaps the sweetness is from a little malt but I would guess some Belgian candy sugar. Taste somewhat like I would expect from the style with what I sensed from the nose but I am getting an off flavor that I assume is coming from some hops that are a little too strong for the style although they are quite muted. I just really don't expect any hop bill that I can taste in a triple. Mouthfeel is right on for the style -- it's slightly thick but not anything over the top. Overall this is a decent try at a triple but I guess the hops through me off a little. It's not a bad beer but it's a little of for the style. (879 characters)

Photo of clm9
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Relatively tall head, but it dissipates quickly. Minute amount of lacing. Color is a darkish golden-yellow (not gonna lie my first thought was urine). Cloudy with trace sediment.

S: Spices and bananas come through immediately, followed by a reminder of the abv. Smells like it will be a little too spice/sweet for my tastes.

T: Taste better than it smells. In contrast to many of the other reviews here, I actually like the balance of spices and alcohol. There is definitely a warming effect, but I would say the alcohol is covered up pretty well given the abv.

M: A little slimy, but not too thick and has the right amount of carbonation.

O: As always, a good abv will give a beer a few extra points in my book, so long as nothing else is sacrificed. Not a bad example of the style, I would recommend it to anyone looking to try a new tripel. (850 characters)

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

Appearance: goldish brown. Murky. Fluffy white head

Smell: a very enticing, strong citrus

Mouth feel: smooth. Flavor explodes and explores the mouth. Finishes strong, pleasant linger

Taste: Citrus deliciousness

Overall: very good beer. Recommend (250 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
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 (270 characters)

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.