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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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3,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 3726
Reviews: 1594
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light gold color with an off white head that dissipates quickly to a very little lacing.

Smell: Sweet, spicey, banana. You can smell the alcohol.

Taste: Matches the smell, spices, banana, very strong.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and strong alcohol taste.

Overall: One of my favorite beers. I love the taste of this beer. Definitely a go to beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 07:11:59 | More by bgillespie
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to trying this as it has been sitting in my fridge for a few months.

I thought this tasted like a hefeweizen brewed with spice. It poured nicely with a large bright white head. The Belgian yeast is extremely pronounced as is the high alcohol content (9.5% ABV). It almost had a slight sweet taste. The aroma matched the taste, and I'm not sure if that is on purpose. It finished extremely dry with mild carbonation which allowed the intended flavors to mingle nicely.

Not my favorite from Victory but I'm also not an expert on Tripel's. It was good just not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 21:13:28 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of BWED


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

Finally got around to reviewing this one.

A- Beautiful light golden body with a healthy white head. Retention great and lots of lacing. The beer looks fantastic.

S- Strong biscuity malt, with some sweet fruitiness. Booze is there too. Spices and Belgian yeast are also prominent.

T- The taste is what separates this beer from the finer, authentic Belgian Tripels. The sweetness is a little too much, and there is almost a bitterness to it as well, which adds some weight. This style usually carries a really wonderful delicate flavor profile, but Golden Monkey comes off a little heavy, a little harsh.

M- The mouthfeel runs alongside the flavor. A little heavy. Most Tripels disguise their strength, but I can feel it with this one.

O- This is a very solid beer. I would, order this again, of course, especially since I live about 20 minutes from the brewpub. However, ranking it among real Belgians, it is a bit of a long shot. Better than most North American brewers, other than Ommegang and Unibroue, so a job well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 00:31:25 | More by BWED
Photo of Snowman95


2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer has quite a high gravity and is therefore expensive to buy, but I have to say that it isn't worth the money. The beer looks good in a glass and has a pretty good head on it. Comparing it to the Belgian style beers I have had, it lacks in taste. The main interest of this brew seems to be high alcohol content as opposed to an excellent taste. The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for me, but I beer is the only carbonated beverage I drink so this might be something to which I am especially sensitive. Overall, this beer is decent, but I will certainly pick up something else the next time I visit the liquor store.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 03:06:12 | More by Snowman95
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very light yellow in color, wiht a very small white head at the top that left barely any lacing around the glass.

S: Banana and pineapple right away with nice warm bready notes through out, very sweet and subtle nose on this brew.

T: A little spice up front, with lots of banana and pineapple, the hops give it a very tiny bitterness but very subtle, a little bready as well.

M: Light bodied, a good amount of carbonation, and refreshing.

O: This brew was not at all bad, very refreshing and calming. had this with some pizza at a local italian restaurant, this brew was pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 14:58:55 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of nevillejohn

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Chalice

Pours a light golden color with no bubbles. Little head that dissipates quickly but a little lingers for a while.

Smells like bananas with a little tobacco.

No huge flavors, but the banana smell is carried through. High alcohol content is present. A little hoppy aftertaste that is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is very good at first. Very nice carbonation and "grittiness" but the aftertaste is almost soapy and not good.

I'm a big fan of the beer all in all but it certainly benefits from a colder pour to kill some of the negative aftertaste aspects. As far as beers of this style and alcohol content go, it's one of the better ones but not perfect.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:32:39 | More by nevillejohn
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium gold, with excellent clarity. There was no head to speak of, but I'm inclined to attribute this at least partially to the bartenders' inability to pour or clean glasses.

Smell: The bouquet was disappointingly light. Banana and cloves, as to be expected, but not much else to smell here.

Taste: The phenols and esters taste as light as they smell. Also present is some toasted malt and caramel, making the whole thing taste like a dark lager that got poured into a glass that was holding a hefeweizen a minute ago.

Mouthfeel: Overly light in terms of body, but the carbonation is good. Gives it a dry finish that detracts a little from the bland taste.

Overall: I've had this twice now, since I was convinced that the first time I tried it I was drinking an old batch. But no, big disappointment both times. Wouldn't spend $1.99 on the stuff. Blech/blah.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 19:35:50 | More by BethanyB
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy golden color. Bubbly white head settles after a bit. Foamy and spotty lacing.

S: Crackery and biscuity malt base, lots of chalky yeast, pepper and spices, blast of coriander, tangerine.

T: Biscuity malt base, some toast too. Lots of chalky yeast. Oily, floral hop bitterness. Spike of alcohol gets a touch too solventy. Coriander feels out of place. Subtle hints of banana. Pepper. Strongly medicinal. Solvent alcohol is harsh on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O: Frankly this is a mess of a beer, and I have no idea how it has survived in production this long. The base tripel is mediocre at best, the coriander only makes it feel disjointed, and it's just too hot and solventy. Simply not up to snuff for the style, and not a good beer otherwise. But ultimately the market dictates production, and this beer still sells well enough to warrant keeping it around. This is perplexing to me. Who's drinking this?

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 15:23:38 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of ChrisMyhre


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed wineglass from the 12 oz.bottle.

a: straw/ light golden color, one finger head with light lacing.

s: Spicy Belgian yeast/ maybe a little nutmegy.

t: Mildly spicy, no funkyness. Alcohol dominates.

m: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Balanced, but not the most exciting feel.

o: Nice, drinkable American Belgian tripel, decent value.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:17:31 | More by ChrisMyhre
Photo of GPHarris


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

a - poured a one-finger thick, bubbly, off-white head into a tulip glass that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was bright golden. i would have liked a thicker head on this beer.
s - yeasty, bubble gum, floral hops.
t - grainy and bready with some lemon and honey.
m - slick and medium.
o - good beer but far below the classic tripels.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 18:54:45 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Radome


3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Straw to light golden color. Hazy when poured but quickly changes to exceptionally clear. Streams of tiny bubbles rising. Thick white head that lasts. Good Belgian lace.

S - Strong pilsner malt grain mixes with black pepper. Some other spices in the background along with a hint of bubblegum. The finish has assertive hot alcohol. Moderately complex.

T - The overwhelming flavor is cracked black pepper. Grainy malt is underneath. Medium hops bitterness with a grassy flavor.

M - Medium body. Hops bitterness adds to the alcohol burn. Creamy carbonation. Dry finish but the grain note lingers.

O - For me this is a good beer, verging on great. The over-emphasis on black pepper and alcohol heat distract me from the other good qualities. All the aromas and flavors come from the traditional Belgian palette, I just think they could be balanced better.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 04:10:46 | More by Radome
Photo of stacket1


4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a dinner overlooking the Baltimore harbor. Paired with such items as foie gras PB&J and cheese sticks.

Appearance: golden, cloudy, no head after the pour

Smell: grassy, hoppy

Taste: strong upfront in alcohol, followed by hops and grassy flavor

Mouthfeel: pleasureable, subtlety of flavors was brought out by slow sipping

Overall: nice belgian triple with obviously high ABV, on the petey side, not as complex as comparable belgian triples, but enjoyable all the same

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:13:32 | More by stacket1
Photo of Jacurdy60


3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep, impermeable golden color with a vibrant white head that dissipates quickly. Foam leaves little to no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-Dark fruits (dates, figs, bananas), a bit of a cheesy yeast type smell typically more pronounced in wits, and a lot of spice.

T-A spice bomb. The flavors noted in the nose are washed out by spices on the palate. Finishes with that funky belgian yeast flavor. Alcohol isn't present at all.

MF- Crisp, light bodied, dry finish. Over-carbonated as well.

O-Mediocre. The nose is pleasant, but everything else disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:11:29 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very large, just off-white head with very good retention that becomes rocky as it recedes. Leaves a lot of impressive lacing. Beer is a golden peach color with a good deal of floaters and active carbonation. Smells of banana, yeast, and spices (coriander, can't pinpoint the rest).

Taste starts with a slightly grainy yeastiness, then moves on the banana, with a boozy, spicy, bready finish. Booze goes away quickly in the aftertaste and leaves yeasty bread, banana, and a bit of coriander, pepper, and clove lingering. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 21:45:19 | More by JG-90
Photo of horshamguy


4.66/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.
A--Uh...Golden. Hazy, perhaps from heavy yeast. Excellent head with very nice lacing. Looks like you'd want an actual Belgian to look.
S--Yeast, clove, banana, spice. There's two tons of stuff going on here.
T--Absolutely awesome. Spice/clove and banana to start. The yeast is fairly prominent, with some citrus and just a little less maltiness than I would prefer. With a little more malt, it could reach perfection.
M--A bit sticky (not that there's anything wrong with that). Decent carbonation. I wouldn't by any means call it "refreshing" or "quenching", but excellent for what it is.
O--I will confess to a prejudice towards Victory, but I believe that is warranted by their excellence. Golden Monkey is my favorite Victory product. This is everything that American craft beers aspire to. It may not be 100% up your alley (as it is mine), but you absolutely have to appreciate the attempt to be perfection.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 02:29:44 | More by horshamguy
Photo of stinkydaddy


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a – clove. spicy. little hop presence. some malt. boozy.

a – golden with thin white head that dissipates quickly. no haze.

f – clove and pepper. reads bitter.

m – medium body. under carbonated. astringency.

o – decent triple. better carbonation and reduction of astringency would improve this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 12:16:16 | More by stinkydaddy
Photo of bobhits


1.65/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I feel this beer demands getting to the point so here it is.

Clean and simple. That's really all I need to say but to expand the beer is cloudy and hazy from a lot of yeast. It sadly stops with the good stuff there. The flavor is clean and crisp for the style but I'm not thrilled with it. It is simple, boring, and lacks the nuances or character you'd hop for. What is left is everything boring and well bad with the Belgian yeasts.

Avoid, pass on and if you thought this was a well done review this is the beer for you. If you think I was rushing to put together words to score a crappy beer....well you nailed it. Still this is bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:56:14 | More by bobhits
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

My first impression on retrying this beer after an I impressive first taste (history: I have grown more fond of Belgians): it's got some alcohol in it. Alcohol with a twinge of metal notes override an okay beer with some banana and date tastes in the background.

A: Cloudy golden color, some retention but minimal lacing;
S: banana and malt nose
T: see above
O: slightly better than I recalled, but not going to opt for another in near future if other options available (which there more than likely will be)

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 23:36:47 | More by cjgiant
Photo of dwren89


3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: slightly pale gold with fizzy white head, great clarity

Aroma: pale malt biscuitness, coriander, Belgian yeast clove phenols, zesty citrus notes, slight peppery spiciness

Taste: pale maltiness with definite Belgian yeast peppery/cloviness, slight underlying citrus notes that are a little lemony, tangy balanced finish with some residual spiciness

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, a little waterier than Trappist tripels, medium body

Overall Impression: A nice quaff, very drinkable and exhibiting tasty peppery/clovey Belgian yeast notes with medium pale malt biscuitness. Falls a little short of Trappist and abbey tripels by not incorporating quite enough Belgian yeast character and a little too much citrusy ness. Definitely an American interpretation of the Belgian classic.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:10:19 | More by dwren89
Photo of Andrew041180


3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A vigorous pour filled my tulip glass up to the very top with a quickly fading head. The active carbonation maintained a thin film on top of the beer, which I find to be very nice. Not much lacing to speak of. The color is fantastic. It's a bright gold, but depending on the light I see yellow or copper colored highlights. This beer is very clear and particularly nice in mellow sunlight.

S - Spiciness with a bit of clove.

T - Banana and spice up front. A touch of sweetness here, a dab of bitterness there as the beer progresses through the finish. The alcohol is present, but less so than the 9.5% would suggest.

M - Wonderful bubbly carbonation that feels almost pillowy in the mouth, but the finish leaves a bit of a sticky feeling. I wish it finished a little cleaner.

O - Nice beer, very flavorful. I would see no need to have more than one of these in an evening. Nice addition to an afternoon watching golf.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 17:35:26 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light honeysuckle nose and flavor is sweet clove with some bitterness. Higher ABV is hidden. 12oz bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 22:29:50 | More by jdhilt
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: A pure gold color with a slighter darker hit, I do love how transparent it is. Heavy bubbles, dissipating quick....but a nice beautiful head (white) maybe 1/4".

Smell: If you like banana you would love this; almost like a hefewiesen. But much better.

Taste: A sweet banana, with the right hit of yeast. It has a mellow spiceyness to it.

Mouth: Jesus Christ this brew sticks, heavy pale taste in the end but sticky like bees on honey.

Overall: Incredible brew. Well above average and to think its from the states it might surprise you. Easily one of Victory's better beers out there. Drinking not knowing anything about it you might think it's from Belgium itself. Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 03:47:29 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of BSDA


3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Golden, glowing beverage with 1-finger head, slight orange tint. Bubbles rising all throughout the drinking experience

Smell is nothing to write home about, very mild peachy malt.

Tastes more bitter than other Tripels I have enjoyed. Not a fan of bitter beer, but this is still very drinkable. Nutty aftertaste with bananas headfirst.

Not much in the mouth other than a medium amount of bubbly, kind of thin for a Belgian-style beer. After swallowing and allowing it to linger, you can start to really taste the sweets and characteristic "sticky lips" of most Belgian ales.

Overall a good beer, but not anywhere near my favorite. All average qualities aside, I may pick up this beer again just for the amazing color, and for friends who are fans of the more bitter aspect of brewing, maybe to bring in my IPA friends to the world of tripels.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 20:58:38 | More by BSDA
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. A good amount of carbonation. A very large, 3 finger-thich head formed, which stuck around for a while and left a fair amount of residuals.

S - Sweet malts and banana up front. Hints of a general dark fruit aroma afterwards, and perhaps a hint of booze.

T - Touch of malts, a good amount of banana taste, and some dark fruit taste going on. In general, a very sweet beer. A faint hint of alcohol heat at the end. Expected from a 9.5% ABV. Not a bad tasting beer.

F - Finishes clean with some carbonation felt. A little sticky. Fairly refreshing, although I'd hesitate to session this beast, as it'll buzz you up pretty quick.

O - Not a bad beer, but not outstanding. Tripel's aren't my favorite style, but this is a decent representation of the style. It's a little on the sweet side, but overall, it's not a bad beer. Certainly worth buying the Victory 'Variety of Victories' sampler.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 13:39:45 | More by stella77artois
Photo of dar482

New York

3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a clear gold color with a bit of orange.

The aroma has Belgian yeast, clove, banana, lots of spice.

The flavor follows, but not exactly. You definitely get some wheat, spice, and watery banana juice. Then the flavor behinds almost medicinal or metallic on the aftertaste.

The body is a bit light on this one, but the aftertaste I had issues with.

This isn’t an undrinkable or offensive beer, just a bit off when comparing it to the highly rated tripels I’ve had. It’s a good entry because it’s so drinkable despite being 9.5% ABV, but still not exactly what I’m looking for in a tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 17:14:35 | More by dar482
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 3,726 ratings.