Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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5,051 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,051
Reviews: 1,759
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 124
Gots: 1,034 | 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 FranklinPCombs
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky apricot yellow with a huge foamy white head which subsides into the risen bread look. Smell is huge on ground wheat and bananas, with some peppercorn and a small hint of citrius. Hoppiness is small. The taste gives hints of charred wood, and is quite sweet overall. There is a fruity starchiness as well, but I cant quite put my finger on it (bananas maybe?). The taste is a bit too sweet and fruity, and I would love to have had a bit more depth in this beer. The mouthfeel is decent too. The body is medium, a bit syrupy, and has a good amount of small carbonation. A pretty good beer overall, but not great compared to some of the other beers in its class.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow-orange body, topped by a solid three fingers of tight flat-white foam, which rises above the rim, and has a crater where the beer poured.

Nose dominated by lemon and a spice rack full of scents.

Spices hit the tongue from the start, arriving with the initial malt payload, and building to an almost puckering lemon climax.
Spices also leave the aftertaste a little overly dry.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected. It's not big enough for its cargo.

Drinkability: I've been working thru a six-pack and it has become a bit of work.

I expect triples to have more depth. Then maybe it could have stood up to the spices. This could pass for a wit. As is, this is one beer from Victory I'll not be rushing to re-visit.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date of dec. 03. Pours light golden and clear, white, tiny bubble head and leaves some lacing. Nose in lemony, powdered sugar, flowers and a hint of spice. Crisp and a bit prickly on the tongue, flavors are subtle, sweetness evident but not cloying. Fruity, yeasty, spicey. I love this stuff. Nice American Triple style from Victory. If you like the style , this one will be a pleaser.

Photo of nvsblman
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color. What little head there is disappears quickly. There is a grassy aroma with some floral tones. Has a medium mouthfeel, with loads of tiny bubbles that coat the tongue. The taste is somewhat malty sweet, with almost a honey flavor. It is a bit spicey and herby and the yeast flavor is prevalent. Suprisingly smooth and refreshing for a beer with this alcohol content.

Thanks to PSUDREW for sending this my way!

Photo of Quaffer
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The label says it's a tripel and brewed with spices. Should be interesting.

Appearance: Hazy, golden-yellow in color. Fizzy white head rose up and disappeared quickly. A dense layer of bubbles remained to help deposit some light lacing.

Smell: Tons of stuff going on in the aroma. Hay, straw, grass, spicy yeast, light alcohol, cloves, and allspice were all over the place. Underneath these was a solid, sweet malt base. Grassy and spicy were what it was all about.

Mouthfeel: Unbelievably smooth for this style of beer. Light- to medium-bodied, but flowed through the mouth and into the throat with no resistance.

Taste: An odd mix of flavors. Typical sweet malt and spicy yeast that one would expect from this style, but there was a strong grass component to it as well. Plus, the spices seemed stronger than is typical, comfirming the label's claim that this was "brewed with spices." Some alcohol arose in the middle and on the finish, the sweetness gained strength and became the strongest component. After the addition of the dregs, the spiciness lost some strength and the yeast took over.

A good beer. Not your typical tripel, but it's always good to have a beer that goes a little against the grain.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost the color of a hazy BUD I hate to say.Very little head-nice lacing.Nice malty,sweet aroma-somewhat spicy but not too much.Great flavor I cant say enough about it.Citrusy-almost lemony.Malty with a nice lingering sweetness.Theres definately spices in there but they seem to swirl together with none in particular standing out on its own.Nowhere near as phenolic as some Belgian triples can be.Silky smooth mouthfeel-goes down dangerously easy.A great beer from Victory-most Ive had have been great actually.Nice to see an "American" version of a Belgian classic that is just fantastic.

Photo of Foxman
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very hazy golden yellow, glowing in the ambient light (what little there is) at Johnny Brenda's. No more than a finger of white frothy head flowed from under the tap, and it settled out promptly, something I remember from the bottled version. Some spotty lacing remained behind after drinking.

The aroma brought first a firm wave of spice, right out of a pumpkin pie, and then a coyly sweet note of malt. A fruity melange, including apple and melon, rounded out the closing stanza.

The flavor begins almost haltingly with a truncated but serious push of malt sweetness that's abruptly overtaken by the coriander and cinnamon notes promised by the scent. The middle ground abounds with the fruity esters of apple, pear, and mild citrus, and has some room left over for a gentle hint of ginger. A busy blend of fruit, spice, and a rather distant hops essence carries along to the finish, and glows on the palate for some time. It's tough to call the result a true balance of the elements, but despite the business, the overall flavor is rather fetching.

Medium bodied, it coats ably, and lingers long before sliding slickly away.

It was the end of a long evening, and this elixir was not at all a bad way to close things out. The many components work hard to play well together, and the outcome is a busy but entertaining beer. You don't balance all this so much as juggle it, but nothing gets dropped during the performance. Granted, sometimes you find yourself concentrating to discern just what it is you're tasting, but once you get out of "review mode," you can sit back and easily enjoy what it has to offer. Noticeably absent was overt evidence of the muscular ABV, so it bears watching, because it can and will reach out its paws and grip you firmly. Still in moderation it'll go down capably and enjoyably. One more victory for Victory.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy golden honey body, but pours with almost no head and I don't really like that for a tripel. The aroma is pretty quiet which is a shame because what I get seems to be truly pleasant, but I wish it was more expressive. It seems quite yeasty not unlike an apple pie crust and with a deep malt profile (fresh harvest oranges, pears, bananas, melon bubblegum), honeyish and spicy (ginger mostly). There is a restrained alcohol suggestion in the back as well. The first sip surprises by the lively carbonation which is very tongue-cleaning and complements the banana/honey/yeasty palate interestingly to my liking. Very flowery, herbal and appealing taste, with obvious but well contained warming alcohol notes. Oh yeah, the mouthfeel fits the overall experience like a charm, not so thick, but plain clean and silky. Great, if not exceptional, american rendition.

Photo of BadBadger
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Watch out, the buzz will creep up on you at 9.5%. The bottle has bits of what not floating in it which are not really noticeable once the beer is poured. A nice foamy head of about an inch or so emerges and stays around for awhile. There is a nice golden color. Smell is some what fruity but not over bearing. The taste is is also fruity and rather pleasant. contray to some other reviews, I could not taste the alcohol whatsoever. It is certainly there however posseing a problem, cuz I found this rather drinkable...

Photo of Crosling
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty dark for the style. Average Head. Very little lacing. Yawn..

The nose is lovely. Pears, nail polish, lemon and caramel. The nose is very herbal as well.

This is a sharp, fruity and very alive Triple. Very spicy with coriander, orange peel and very fruity with mango, pineapple and green apples. Dry finish. Alcohol hidden very well.

This is a great take on the style.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 750-ml bottle bottled March 6, 2003.

Pours a cloudy golden brew.

Smell is sweet and fruity and a bit spicy. Has a strong herb smell to it.

Taste is sweet with a spiced apple flavor to it. A pleasant brew but it seems a bit rough on the edges might benefit from cellaring for a year or two. Still tasty, has a rough herbal flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty and drinkable brew, mine was only a year and a month old when sampled. Would like to try a 2 and 3 year old specimen.

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden, cloudy with some whitish sediment noted in the bottle. Thin head with some cinnamon stained suds on the top from the yeast.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, cinnamon scents with some yeasty aromas are noticed.

Taste: Sweetness throughout. Hop taste is low to almost unnoticeable. Spicy with lots of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Full, not dry at all. ABV is very well masked for the stated abv %. CO2 level is good.

D&N: Wonderfully tasty with just a bit too much ABV to make this a good session. Still, this is a wonderful offering and should be tasted by everyone.

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 2/13/04
Pours a murky golden color with light carbonation and a white head. Plenty of chunks floating around. Lace is slippery and head retention low. Aroma of fruity esters, bread and light aroma hop. Taste has a fruity start, tart middle and a light hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and effervescent with a lingering hop presence.
A nice warming quality, relatively smooth, however there seems to be nothing exceptional about this tripel.

Photo of necoadam
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't really find Tripel's around my area so when I saw a fresh 6-pack of the Golden Monkey I decided to nab it quickly. Bottled on March 20, 2004. Poured out a nice golden/orange color with a bit of carbonation in it. Smell was mostly sweet. Some malts, grapes, and some spice in there. Taste was pretty much the same. It's like a one-two punch of sweet and spicy. Candy-like sweetness hits first then fades away to a spicy/tart flavors. Some hops can be detected as well. Not a bad beer, maybe just a little bit more balancing may be in order for this to be "out of this world."

Photo of mjohn27603
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bottle on Sept 08 03. Pours with a cloudy yellow color. Cottony white head develops with very fine bubbles of carbonation. Aroma is of candi sugar. Maybe a slight off smell like a hint of vinegar. First sip reveals a lighter bodied drink and less alcohol presence. Drinkability is high more like a refreshing summer drink. I had to check that this actually lists 9.5% ABV on the label. Pretty well hidden. Slight peppery taste. Slight metallic aftertaste. I'm getting a flavor like a watered down version of a good tripel. This is the weakest Victory offering I've tried thus far. Not bad just not that great.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Coming off of the 8 pack of Heavyweight brewery's 'Two Druids', I was more prepared on how to drink this purely artisan beer.

It is not really an Abbey Tripel, in my opinion. Those of you who appreciate subtle Tripels will agree - this is a case of the beer taste not meeting the proposed style expectations.

Pours a cloudy, golden color - lighter than expected. Smells of cider and tangy fruits.

The taste varies from sip to sip. Most consistent are the fruits - a delightful blend of apple, pear, and bourbon mix together with a handful of spices I was unable to distinguish. I am very curious to know what spices were used in this artisan beer - the bottle failed to mentin them.

As I felt with similar beers, this is an excellent beer to try - and that is about it. I wouldn't buy more than one of these -but at the same time, I am glad that I tried it. In concept alone, this beer acheives much.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A colleague delivered this to Moscow - I'm forever in her debt. My bottle says "enjoy by Jun 13 04." I did so, on Apr 3 04.

Poured a cloudy yellow orange (OK, apricot) hue under a one finger off white head that disappeared way, way, way too quickly for a Trippel. Hardly a few sips had passed before the head was nothing but film and collar. Tsk, tsk. The nose is lovely, however, with fruits and spices leaning towards sweet. The mouth is very carbonated and heavy with the spice and alcohol. The taste is sweet - apricots and raisins - and spicey - coriander and a touch of, well, vanilla? There's a very subtle touch of hops in the finish, but this is all about the fruit and spice, plus the alcohol. Not my favorite beer, but it's quite tasty.

Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a milky peach, forming a small white head of fine bubbles and creamy texture despite a vigorous pour. Retention is quite good and lacing is average. Carbonation is moderate despite a heady release of gas when popping the cap. Aroma is very good, immediately reminding me of Unibroue's yeast qualities...definite cloves and bananas with an emphasis on the cloves, clean ferment, green apples, lots of phenols and fruity esters. Mouthfeel is prickly and punchy initially but goes down with a sweet smoothness. Dense body. Taste...wow, this is good...malty but not overly sweet with a well-balanced hop bitterness and alcohol level. The brew is warming with tons of esters and cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors other than a hint of metal towards the middle which is thankfully not very obtrusive. Alcohol is appreciable, but at 9.5%, it goes down like it was 6-7%. The finish is spicy and has some nice huskiness laced with honey and candi sugar. Not picking up on any Belgian wild yeast strain characteristics. As it warms, it gets even better.

A big, impressive brew besting many other triples, this one comes highly recommended. Good job Victory...I'm psyched to try their others!

Photo of Stimack
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this seem to be quite the brew, did not realize that it was 9.5 ABV. The brew poured to a cloudy golden color with a smallish white head that broke down very quickly with hardily any lacing. The essence of this brew is mostly of bananas, cloves, citrus and sweet caramel. Most of these aromas are also entwined in the taste of the brew. As the brew warmed you could also notice a stronger and stronger rummy alcohol taste. Overall this brew has a number of different flavors and smells going on that seemed to spark the senses, I would classify it as more interesting experience than a great brew, but it is worth a try!

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazy, apricot color with a minimal, white head that quickly fades into a slick and some minor, collar lace.
Aroma evokes a Belgian Abbey Tripel, with ripe bananas, bubble gum, and some clove-like spiciness.
Tingly carbonation teases the tongue, and a yeasty mushroon presence jumps in.
Taste is fruity sweet all the way through. Overripe bananas, apricots, coriander, and clove are all over the palate, while a yeasty, woodsiness tries to poke through. The yeast strain doesn't live up to its promise, despite a mild, horse blanket note. Finish is slightly syrupy, with a rum soaked fruit aftertaste.
This turned out to be an excellent tripel, although a little too sweet. Excellent effort here, by one of the best East Coast breweries.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colored beer. Froathy, white head slowly faded to a thin ring. The aroma was mildly sweet, some light fruits and earth smells. The flavor was similar with apricot, light malt, and some yeasty flavors. A smooth, fairly light bodied beer, that coats the tongue with just the right amount of flavor.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lot going on for it. Very zesty. It has a a lot of Belgian esters going on, very much like their Grand Cru. It has a nice peach color with "fruity" smells. While the taste is wonderful and complex due to the yeast used (I'm assuming here), it has a lot of sweet and fruit-like flavors which lower its drinkability. Very good, but in small doses.

Photo of Tballz420
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew comes out a cloudy orange color, with a white head comprised of small bubbles. The scent is grainy, with some citrus notes as well. This beer is quite sweet. Lots of candy/sugar flavors. You can definately feel the alcohol, and its spicy flavor is noticed as the beer goes down. Not a bad beer, worth a taste.

Photo of Ahhdball
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sit back kiddies and let Ahhdball to you on a journey with the infamous Golden Monkey of lore. Few have heard the name and even less have gazed upon it's hazy gold existence. The cloudy effervescent liquid holds a slight ring above the head of this animal. It's smell is a sweet banana, mango, and apricot which is very hard to miss. The flavors of the sweet malts, more fruits and hints of spices that leave no taste bud untouched. As the flavor leaves and we descend away from the monkey, an oily sticky sweet hint of malts and alcohol is left in the mouth to slowly disappear only to return by drinking another. Come hither children, taste the monkey!

Photo of rkhaze
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sept. 9 2002 bottle. Poured a hazy golden peach color with a foamy white head and lots of carbonation. Left beautiful lacing. Aromas of sweet malt, tropical fruit and earthy tart yeast.
Sweet bready malt taste with citrus fruit pith and some baking spices. Mild bitterness and an overly tart/acidic yeast aftertaste led to a really dry finish and threw it out of balance.
Medium bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel with loads of carbonation. The alcohol was hidden real well but the tartness was a bit much to make this very drinkable, although it was refreshing.
This was tart enough to make me think I got a bad bottle, but the fact that I purchased it from a reputable store and it was 9.5%ABV and bottle conditioned sorta ruled that out. I guess it's just a different interpretation of the style, unfortunately one I don't care for.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 5,051 ratings.