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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,005 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,005
Reviews: 1,606
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 57
Gots: 317 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of StoutHunter


2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of Golden Monkey from Victory yesterday for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. Its been a while since I have had a Tripel and since it's another warm summer night in the Michigan this seems like a good choice. It had an enjoy by date of march, 14, 2011. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a goblet.

A- I like the label on this beer, the Buddhist like theme makes it stick out. It poured a slightly hazy golden straw yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time. The appearance is on par for it's style.

S- The two things that stick out the most in the aroma are spices and fruits. As far as the fruits go the banana's seem to stick out the most along with some pear, plus some orange and lemon zest. The spices from the Belgian yeast show up nicely in the aroma with the cloves being the easiest to pin point. The aroma is a little sweeter then I would like, but that doesn't hurt it too much. I also picked up a slight amount of earthy and grassy hops.

T- The taste starts off with some malty sweetness that is a little too sweet for my tastes. The fruits aren't nearly as bold as they were in the aroma, I can only really pick up a little bit of banana and some slight sour apple, I wish the fruit was as nice as it was in the aroma. The spices come through the most, they really show up towards the end and is a little too heavy for me, it's a strong mix of clove and nutmeg that really sticks in you mouth and isn't the most pleasant. I hardly got any hops just a slight bit of grassy hops at the end that was real easy to miss. I picked up a little bit of booze but for the most part the 9.5% was hidden well.

M- Semi dry, medium bodied and a little overly carbonated, pretty effervescent, it could have been taken down a notch.

Overall I would say this is a pretty average Tripel. At first this beer seemed like a pretty spot on attempt at a Tripel but it fell apart when it came to the flavor, it was just a little watery and not flavorful enough. The only flavor that turned out to be bold was the spices and that made for a pretty unbalanced flavor that had too many spices. The price point was good but the more expensive Tripels are much better so I guess you get what you pay for, but it did go down pretty smooth and easy, it just didn't impress me. I don't think I would buy this again, for the same price I can get Final Absolution from Dragonmead and I think that is much better. If you really like Tripels give this one a try but I don't think it will blow anybody's mind. Most of the Victory beers I have tried have been pretty good but it seems like the last two I have had have been lack luster but there is still a couple more of their brews I want to try. There was nothing memorable about this Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:31:26 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of rdilauro


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

Poured a ver light with a hint of a golden overtone. A nice creamy frothy head, could not get it to stop.
The aroma and bouquet were loaded with various spices. I picked up some nutmeg , cardamon and nutmeg.. It also had hints of a strange fruit somewhere between a mango and kiwi fruit or even perhaps a star fruit.

The spice was there throughout the sip.. beginning to end. Not over powered, not too light, just enough to make it enjoyable.
A pretty nice end to this brew.

Overall I still feel that tripels are not my cup of tea

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 23:25:54 | More by rdilauro
Photo of ShanePB


4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Monkey is no stranger to me. While I've enjoyed both draft and bottled versions in the past, this review is from a fresh 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Golden orange, fairly clear body with a fluffy and rocky white head. The dissipation was slower and a wonderful retention cap was left behind, along with some sticky lacing. An outstanding looking Tripel, in my opinion.

S: Alcohol esters are constantly lifting from the glass from the beginning of the pour until the last drop. They're not overpowering and allow other flavors to play off nicely. Hints of spicy yeast, clove, wintergreen and a touch of banana in the back end give this a very traditional flavor profile with an American twist.

T: Prickly heat undertones from the alcohol start things off, followed by lots of Belgian yeast and plenty of spice to balance out the initial flavors. A light and sweet malt base is showcased mid palate and finishes with more clove and bubblegum.

M: Higher carbonation but it remains substantially medium bodied in character. It's prickly but smooth at the same time. Some residual heat is left lingering in the throat after the swallow sets in.

Golden Monkey is a true favorite of mine. It has a lot of the characteristics of a traditional Tripel but then completely changes course and takes on an entirely different profile than you're expecting. I applaud Victory for sticking with their guns, as this is truly a standout beer in the category.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 12:59:54 | More by ShanePB
Photo of Cannoneer


4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There were no Belgian beers in a local grocery store, so I got a six-pack of this beer, expecting a mediocre pseudo-tripel with too much spiciness and no depth.

Oh, how mistaken was I!

The beer poured an attractive deep tangerine color; minimal lacing; nice, attractive, subdued smell.
The taste is king: very balanced, moderately hoppy, with enough malty chewiness to identify this as a true tripel. It drinks like a solid example of a Belgian style. Not as rich as some of my favorites, such as Affligem Tripel, but more than adequate if real Belgians aren't available.

I'll be coming back to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:06:09 | More by Cannoneer
Photo of Aiptasia


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz. brown bottle, iced cold and in a pint glass.

A: Poured a golden hazy hay color with slight white head with only a halo for retention. Lacing was minimal.

S: Faint spicy smell with some lemony citrus on the nose.

T: Definite spice from the hops. Florals are present and welcome on this beer with just enough rich malt to balance the flavor into a dry, tasty slightly banana finish.

M: Smooth drinker, not very high on the bitter scale, refreshing on a warm day but high on alcohol, so watch it.

O: A valiant effort by Victory. This is a nice floral semi-dry American Tripel that succeeds!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 01:16:56 | More by Aiptasia
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Owl House

A- A clear gold with big bubbles streaming up the glass the whole time. 1/" off white head.

S- Sun tan lotion, grass, crisp green apples, yeast, sweet caramel.

T- At first you get the alcoholic bite but it blends with a fresh cut grassyness, and the suntan lotion I get off Belgians. Rounds out with caramel, wild flowers/hops, medicinal and a wheaty/oaty character.

M- syrupy, yet crisp and juicy with a dry finish.

O-The best format to enjoy this beer is definately on tap, it's an amazing heady brew and a great heavy summer drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 23:44:09 | More by GrindFatherBob
Photo of animalchin

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A pale golden body with a slight haze to go along blanketed by a loose half inch head. Gradually breaks apart to leave some spotted lacing.

S - Sweet banana background peppered with slight spice of clove becoming entrapped in wheat that eventually becomes sweet as well.

T - Very modest fruitiness to start out that gets followed by strong spices of what reminds me more of a hefeweizen rather than a tripel. More bold ethanol features take over after the initial taste, but then goes back to the sweet, yet wheat based body.

M - Has a nice condensed carbonation that accentuates the more spicy and complex features in the taste. In general, a very smooth presentation overall.

O - As far as the style goes, not sure how loyal Victory was. I did enjoy it for the taste in itself; bold, ever-offering with continuous body. Certainly something I would try again, and if by some freak chance I find this on tap, will definitely go for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:21:46 | More by animalchin
Photo of BobZ


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow (to style). Built a 1” head that hangs around and left decent lacing.

Smell: A few hoppy notes, also a hint of spice. Nothing spectacular but not bad either.

Taste: A combination of malty sweetness and floral hoppy bitterness up front, the hoppy character remains throughout the beer breaking the “sweet up front and bitter at the finish” tripel style. The malty sweetness does balance the beer nicely as the spice and the phenols come through stronger at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth on the palate, the warmth from the alcohol is pleasant and not overwhelming.

Overall: Nice American example of the Belgian style. All in all an enjoyable beer at a very reasonable price point.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 19:32:05 | More by BobZ
Photo of MrKennedy


4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Huge thanks for this one!! Poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

A hazy appearance with a nice, two-finger head of white foam that grips the edges of the glass and hangs on as a bit more than film. Colour is verging on old gold.

Spicy, yeasty aroma of cloves. Inviting and interesting. A little bit of pear comes through too.

Nice taste, complex, spicy as per the nose. Still very refreshing even for a beer this size. Well balanced. ABV is tucked well away and this avoids the vinous taste that some of the style seem to grab.

Mouthfeel is pretty well spot on. Very well sorted in this regard, a touch of dryness, interesting enough to keep you going back.

Overall, a very good beer, am loving this! Not too many Tripels that i jump at other than Westmalle, but this is impressive!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 10:12:33 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of Tartarus


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&S: Pours a translucent golden color (shocker there, right?) with a healthy amount of head that dissipates quickly. Smell is sweet and I get a slight scent of something like cloves.

T&M: Taste is slightly sweet with a bit of a boozy aftertaste. I get the clove flavor again, although I suppose I might be confusing tastes because I'm not super familiar with this flavor. Mouthfeel has a healthy amount of carbonation, but a very light feel.

O: A pretty good brew, drinkable and has a hefty kick to it with such a high ABV. Not very familiar with the style but I'd be willing to try a few others in this vein.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:52:50 | More by Tartarus
Photo of BeTheBall


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in to a nonic pint glass. Cloudy amber color and much liveliness to the head and foam. Smell was of herbal yeasty goodness. Taste was dry, sharp, very flavorful and refreshing. Loved it; similar to the Westmalle Tripel spicy type of taste. Mouthfeel was very good, nice and carbonated. Will definitely be buying this one more often.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 12:08:50 | More by BeTheBall
Photo of tigg924


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: golden in color, clear, 1 inch head that fades quick, high carbonation

Smell: apple and grass dominate--small banana

Taste: apple, grass, Belgian spices and some banana

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a big bitter spike in the middle and a less bitter end, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A good Belgian tripel that reminds me of a saison. I like the complexity and this makes an excellent summer sipper. I have had better in the style, but this one is certainly good.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 19:16:01 | More by tigg924
Photo of spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped Enjoy by Feb 18, 2014

A- Fizzy head disappated quickly to nothing. orange/yellow in color.

S- alcohol, banana and yeasty bread

T- sharp with carbonation. distinct belgian yeast profile. Fruity

M- Difinite belgian. clean almost non-existenet

O- An ordinary, nothing special tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 16:18:14 | More by spree92
Photo of Sixofsigmas


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light blond, medium foam, good retention.

Sweet, alcohol, orange, clove, brown sugar, caramel, banana in the nose.

Clove, banana, alcohol, orange, dark grapes, grassy taste.

Nice carb for a light-medium bodied ale. Some alcohol warmth, but it dissipates before offending.

Very enjoyable tripel...would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 08:02:53 | More by Sixofsigmas
Photo of Tilley4


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

Finally getting around to trying this one after seeing it forever...

Pours quite cloudy and light golden with a small thing fizzy head.... Nothing spectacular...

Aromas are spicy and yeasty with a slight lemon peel hint to it... I detect the spices here and hope they show up in the taste...

Lots of spiciness here... Slightly boozy with a lemony citrusy finish... The spices almost detract from the flavor profile... A little overdone in my opinion...

Not my favorite from Victory... A decent beer to drink but there are better tripels out there...

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 21:40:11 | More by Tilley4
Photo of jacobseyb


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I always appreciate the Victory Brewing Company offerings, this is another good one. "Golden Monkey" pours a yellowish golden color, with ample, one finger white head that laces nicely but dissipated rather quickly for the style. Smell is initially peppery, with biscuits, and some floral qualities following. "Golden Monkey" tastes quite biscuity initially, with a lemony, citrus flavor following. Still quite a bit of pepper in the taste. The beer feels a bit low in carbonation for the style, yet the oiliness finishes it out quit well. Overall "Golden Monkey" is a good offering as a Belgian Tripel from Victory Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 04:08:36 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of wvbeerdad


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice aroma - definitely hits the spirit of a Belgian. Taste is much lighter than you would expect from a beer in this class and with an alcohol content this high. Almost leads to a bit of disappointment that the initial aroma and taste don't linger.

Overall a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 23:32:38 | More by wvbeerdad
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on June 2, 2011. The pour is straw yellow with a frothy, puffy head and little chunks of sediment floating around. The head settles. There are gentle carbonation bubbles lifting elegantly up the center of the glass. The aroma has plenty of pears and bananas and a light spice note with some malts. But I also get something like wheat. The body is medium to full. The taste is more on the peppery side with a dry hopped ending. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 22:55:11 | More by puboflyons
Photo of jgagne


3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-a see through copper, with creamy white head. Not really what i expect a tripel to look like, not to exciting.

S-Hints of sweet malt and spices

T-a very powerful beer, strong and bitter with light sweetness

M-very spicy with medium body and medium carbonation

O-Love this style of beer but do not like this rendition. Just doesn't compare to other tripel's. Not bad just not good for this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 03:12:54 | More by jgagne
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours golden with a white, long lasting, frothy head. Nose is of yeast, biscuit malt and some citrus fruit. Medium, crisp body. Taste is brown sugar, yeast, peppery, spicy hops and biscuit malt. Long, spicy, peppery finish. Very peppery take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 12:53:14 | More by mikeg67
Photo of kldobbins


4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass from the Victory variety pack.

Light to medium yellow in color with plenty of carbonation.

I didnt pick up much in the aroma dept. Almost like a soil/mud scent with a touch of yeast

Big belgium hit. yeast goodness with a spice touch. some alcohol on the tongue. Has a warming affect to it.

The after taste is mostly spice and lots of yeast

The yeast taste was the big hitter for me. Last time I had this beer at the Victory Brew Co. I dont remember it tasting like it does. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 02:22:21 | More by kldobbins
Photo of snpub540


3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ive had this once before many years ago when I first got into craft beer but it has definately been awhile since I picked one up.

Pours a copper/ orange hue that has got a slight haze to it. A little more carbonated than I'd like for my Belgian styles but not crazy fizzy. Thin amounts of white lace left on the glass.

Smell was of malts, an earthy yeastiness mixed with some spices and some boozey alcohol notes.

Flavor was a crisp malt sweetness upfront with some spice and spicy hop notes. The finish was dry and crisp with some alcohol heat and the earthy yeast notes.

Slightly thin in the body department. Good beer but not something I am going to search out.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 22:20:36 | More by snpub540
Photo of ChugginOil


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden monkey pours a hazy yellow with an inch of white head. The nose is clove, Belgian spice, and banana. The taste follows closely but isn't impressing me too much thus far. Mouthfeel is decent due to a smooth feel that is medium bodied. Nuances are there but not bold enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 20:09:59 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of clickpush


4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to tulip. Clear orange body w tons of bubbles capped by one finger white head. Sticky and inviting. Nose is of Belgian yeast, sweet stone fruit, and a touch of pepper corn. Flavor is similar. Clean finish, not cloying. High alcohol is well masked.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 22:46:36 | More by clickpush
Photo of FattyJLE


3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Hazy pale amber with a white head and excellent lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, coriander, malty, spicy and floral with a slight fruitiness as it warms.

T - More bitterness than I was expecting. Crispy malts with a hard hitting spicy bite. Almost too bitter. The more I drink, the flavor becomes slightly medicinal and harsh. This harshness diminishes slightly as it warms but still intensely bitter and boozy.

M - Bubbly carbonation but still moderate bodied.

O - An interesting brew to say the least. I probably will not seek this beer again, nor could I drink more than one at a sitting. The flavor profile between the overly intense hops and the alcohol level was just too much. If those were toned down a bit, this would be a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 02:49:57 | More by FattyJLE
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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