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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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1,718 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,718
Hads: 5,214
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 141
Gots: 1,240 | 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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Reviews: 1,718 | Hads: 5,214
Photo of TastyTaste
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold, clear color, lots of active carbonation, big white head that fills out the top of the goblet I am sampling it out of. Smells fruity, almost like champagne, and a hint of alcohol. Not particularily flavorful, has a very sweet flavor that finishes with hops and alcohol. Not up to Victory's other beers, somewhat of a disapointment.

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Photo of Edwin
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange/golden (duh) color with a white head and some lacing left over. Looks similar to butterscotch or an orange Gatorade.

Smell - Very strong fruitiness blasts you from the get-go and not much else. Citrus and some maltiness, possibly?

Taste - Difficult to describe at best. I immediately taste banana on the first sip. Some spices mixed within. Otherwise this one is like a pack of Skittles, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel - This one had a little more carbonation than I thought it would. The sweetness mixed with some bitterness really gets the salivary glands kicking.

Drinkability - At 9.5% ABV, this one is a hazard, but it is light and smooth and ifyou like the sweetness and the spiciness, this is a good try.

Overall - Another triumph for Victory. This is an excellent brew with some good characteristics. Take this one for a dance.

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Photo of Mangus
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poring a glass of golden, cloudy sunshine, I watch the yeasty sediment dance to the rhythm of the fading bubbly white head.

Inhaling an orchard of fruity tones and warm spices makes my mouth begin to water. I can’t wait to taste this exotic smelling brew.

A rich, chewy mouth feel confirms my expectations of a warming, delicately spiced drink. Is there a presence of sweet honey or wheat? Is there a teasing clove in there? These questions fade as I take another mouthful and smile as the warm alcohol falls down my throat and leaves a lingering hint of sweet maltiness and satisfying hops.

I love this beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow body with thin white head. Aromas is light citrus fruits (maybe lemon and peach) with a typically spicy Trippel background and a hint of alcohol. Flavors are is simlar to the nose very citrus like but doesn't have the yeasty, spicy tastes of great Trippels. Mouthfeel was not lively enough to make it a memorable beer.

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Photo of pio
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

orange liquid with golden tint, slight haze, slight activity w/bubbles. the head died to a halo quickly came back to blanket the top and left spotty lace at best.
scents of orange, alcohol, fruitiness like bannana, strawberry and cherry. alot of spice. noteable are butterscotch, earth, roses/perfume and yeast.
flavors had a sweet orange tasting foundation with cherry with some loam-like characteristic. an understated spice helped alot, and i thought there was a hint of mint here. an herbal after palate was appriciated as was the warm belly. the mouthfeel was not very bubbly, was filling, more chunky. not as many changes as i am apt to expect from this style but it was solid and straight ahead. i like this to a degree, i found it to be pretty good, i'd sub this for a trippel or introduce someone with this but if you've spoiled yourself....

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Photo of AaronRed
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Hazy looking beer at first, but evidence that there is a good amount of yeast in it. Nice flowery aroma emerges from the glass. This Belgian style Triple has a smooth, clean taste, imparting citrus like sweetness. Certainly not overpowering in taste, this beer packs a punch with it's alcohol content. The alcohol is hidden I feel, and one must be careful if they plan to have more than one. Overall a decent, easy to find triple, which can be consumed with a variety of foods.

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Photo of mschofield
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy gold with a huge bubbly stark white head. Impressive compared to most any brew, but for an abbey tripel it's only medium. Clumps of yeast floating around the bottom of my chalice.
Floral, banana, clove, orange and spicy aromas, the spices are especially nice.
Floral and spicy taste, with green apples, very malty-sweet. Fully flavored.
Very carbonated, and a medium feel. Drinkability is reduced by the ABV. Spices tend to cloud the pepper taste I'd expect as a warning for strong alcohol. I put some in the cellar to see how time would affect it.

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Photo of edchicma
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite Victory brew. Appearance was ok...but head quickly dissipated....smell was wheat like. Taste was somewhat citrusy and wheaty...not bad for such a high abv. Mouthfeel was puckery and not overly pleasant. Astringency kept drinkability rating down.

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Photo of AbePhroman
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack for $8.99. Little pricy but I support Victory in all their efforts. An excellent brew overall. Poured a cloudy gold, with a pale white head that fizzled down fast. It smelled like most other Tripels but this one kicks you. What a taste! The alcohol is present but it can be subtle with all the spices. One of the more spicier beers I have tried. If you like spice, than this is your beer. This one of the better domestic versions of a Tripel.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden in color with lots of suspended particles. White head that quickly fades to a film.
Aroma of lemon, pepper, spices, yeast and alcohol.

Taste is very sweet. Sweet malt dominates the picture along with spices, lemon, pepper, dough and yeast. Alcohol only shows at the finish.

Lots of carbonation to the mouthfeel.

Overall, a solid offering, although this is still not a favorite style of mine.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, washed-out amber with boatloads of yeast. My first bottle had a soft white head that fell quickly to one finger and resulted in a nice amount of lace. This one has almost no head and barely any lace. Weird.

The nose is fruity and smells like candied banana. On the palate, I can appreciate sugared, ripe banana as well as apple-like notes. The flavor improves as I go deeper into the bottle. Alcohol is noticeable, but not obtrusive, and the 9.5% ABV ensures that the beer is nicely warming. The mouthfeel is medium, with a slightly slick, coating finish.

Initially, I thought I prefered Golden Monkey to New Belgium's tripel, but now I'd have to say that I prefer NB's version. This is pretty good beer, but isn't one I'll look for again.

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

Pours a really hazy light orange with a foamy white head. Smells strongly of bannana.

The taste is very medicinal/fruity. Hard to describe. A very strong beer that doesn't hide it's alcohol, yet remains very complex. You get some bannana, clove, and bitter apple. The hops are pronounced at the end but aren't overbearing. This is a strong beer that requires strong balance.

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Photo of irishmoss
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a golden orange color with cloudiness and tiny floating white specks. Beautiful white head that stuck around to the very bottom of the glass, great carbonation. The aroma was yeasty, bread-like, and some orange rind. The taste was a little musty, great spiciness from clove and coriander. I enjoyed the spicy aspects of this beer a hell of a lot more than the yeastiness. The alcohol level was not as overpowering as I thought it would be, well hidden. But overall, this beer failed to overwhelm me completely.

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Photo of Gump
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Golden Monkey is my first from Victory brewing.

Looks terrific as it pours slightly cloudy yellow, with a terrific, tight, and static head.
Fruity alcohol smell. Strong taste
Hints at sour apple and spice.
High ABV is evident from the after effects. I'll have another, please.

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

Hazy scorched orange liquid with a hissing, virulent head that dissolves quickly.
Aromas of candied orange and tangerine in sugar syrup together with mild, sweet spices. Black pepper, cough medicine and hazelnuts are suggested around the perimeter. Quite a mouthful with tangy, syrupy fruit that plods along nicely.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the few micros that I have had in the bottle that was better than the tap version. The golden hazy color of the bottled version is equal to the draft with a little less head, but just as much lacing. The aroma is superb when you first uncap the bottle. There is a hoppy, citrusy smell that is very enticing. It does have an alcohol aroma with its ABV being over 10%.

The taste of the bottled Monkey is really quite extraordinary. It is remindful of some of the better Belgians such as Kwak. I tasted the hoppy nature of this right away but then there is a wheaty undertone, which could as easily be a different variety of barley. The underflavors are citrus, and possibly cardamon. It is very rich in the mouth with the ability to make you want to savor it longer than is necessary to drink it.

In total, I find that Victory has not over-hyped this beer. I think it has not gotten enough press. The taste is almost addictive. At least, I hate to think that I'm coming back just for the high alcohol content. But no, it really is the definition of drinkable.

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Photo of saltydog
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated July 30, 2003 tried October 29. Appearance: Golden yellow; slightly cloudy. Head fades rapidly. Smell: very spicy, some malt. Taste: Dominated by spiciness. Some malt sweetness, some earthy hops. Mouthfeel: creamy, fairly thick. Drinkability: Good, but would prefer more dryness in the beer, and would be more appropriate to style.

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

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "bottled on" date -- in this case Aug 15 03 -- printed on the bottom label's southwest edge; purchased as part of a ten beer "Winter Brews" sampler pack from Cost Plus for $14.99.

Appearance: Pours an orange-tinged, gold hue with a small but batter-like head; somewhat hazy; a good b-cup's worth of lace, but little in the way of head retention.

Aroma: Sweet and phenolic with notes of bananas and yeast.

Taste: Decicedly like its nose; primarily sweet and spicy; phenolic with notes of bananas, yeast, bubble gum and lemon; slightly floral with a hint of coriander; medium bodied; smooth, prickly mouthfeel.

Notes: A tad aggressive and overwhelming, but nonetheless enjoyable and challenging.

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Photo of ZAP
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Starting to enjoy belgians more and this falls a little short overall..the alcohol is noticable in this one...it is young though (bottled 9/8/03)...today is 10/25/03...the banana is still there in the aroma and taste....A lot of banana...Not as charged up as I remember but the alcohol seems more evident and spicy....a very good beer I'd enjoy again but I wouldn't seek out...
I don't have a lot of experience with the Belgians but this is about what I expected..banana/cloves on the aroma and the initial taste..pretty charged up carbonation wise...tastes like a Belgian...has a high alcohol content but it is not overwhelming on the taste...It has a hint of alcohol/warming effect but doesn't taste real heavy of alcohol...actually pretty smooth and easy drinking....overall a very interesting beer definitely worth trying...not one I would drink a lot of, but a nice change of pace...

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Photo of Elemental
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden copper color with a thin amount of head thought there was a lot of carbonation. Decent armoa but I thought it was a little week. Slightly hoppiness but mainly a spicy type smell. The taste was good with a good balance of malt, spice, and bitternss. Hints of fruit and yeast. Not to strong for such a high alcohol beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden color with a thin head. Nice carbonation in the glass. The aroma was slightly yeasty, but some citrus overtones were apparant. The taste was similiar, very smooth but sporting a nice balance of malt, bitterness, yeast, and citrus. Very dry and somewhat crisp on the tongue. One of Victory's best efforts.

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Photo of Lafe
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a beautiful cloudy, golden liquid. The aroma while pouring was very fruity. It formed a nice white head, probably half-an-inch thick.

The head quickly dissipated, but left a thin lace on the glass. The word to describe this tripel is "fruity". And I mean that in the best way possible. Any description of the taste of this brew should include the phrases "liquid bread", "yeasty", and "fruity" in it.

The yeast esters, maltiness, and hint of warming alcohol in this brew make this a wonderful example of the tripel style of beer. I will relish finishing off this six pack! What higher praise is there?

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Photo of BierReise
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden ale with an orange hue. White head dies quickly leaving but a disorganized white film. Has a wonderful peppery spicy aroma. Has a creamy mouthfeel that is velvety and smooth. Very nice. This is a very nice Tripel. Terrific flavor that is fruity, spicy and has a good yeasty malty thing going on. It's great to see an American brewer do well at a non-Ameriacan style.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Amazing bright orange color with a good-sized head.

Smell – Big, serious yeast aromas immediately fill the nose. There’s some wonderful tropical fruit in there to include orange, peaches, melons, and even a dash of coconut juice.

Taste – This one delivers big time. The bready yeast is strong but balanced. The fruity flavors keep things even and the mild alcohol notes remind the drinker of the 9.5 ABV.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium to full in the body. This one is thick and chewy. It’s dinner in a glass.

Drinkability – This was ideal. It went down like a true Abbey Tripel. It was exceptionally smooth, energetic, and right on style. Awesome!

Update – I revisited this in 2004 and was even more impressed with the way Victory put this one together. After attending the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest and sampling many American efforts at the style I’ve come to reallly appreciate this offering from the V. I was particularly impressed with the Mouthfeel and am raising that score by 0.5.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,718 ratings.