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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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3,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,996
Reviews: 1,605
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 57
Gots: 312 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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


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

Chilled in snifter.

A: golden; very good carb streams; modest head
S: persistent Belgian-style aroma, but not very distinctive; borders on cloying
T: alcohol-heavy in flavor, distinctively a rich Belgian style; in the genre of the tripel it is neither amazing nor poor; not very complex
M: buttery, syrupy mouthfeel

Overall, a really nice beer, but don't expect an amazing tripel.


Wow, this is amazing; plum/raisin characteristics come out, and an amazing complexity ensues. The result is a beer unlike any I've had before. The lighter Belgian flavors run nicely against the bass notes that emerge from aging. Unusual, amazing.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 15:13:03 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of getgetgettleman


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes of 3/11/11

Received from my friend Orlando in a 6 pack grab.

A = Light amber color. Lager looking in appearance. Good carbonation. 2 finger light froth. Watery lacing.

S = Belgian tripple like aroma. Alcohol aroma present. Notes of corriander and citrus.

T = Noticeable corriander, orange and apple.

M = Very smooth on the front and back end. Apple cider like body.

O = I liked this. Very drinkable. Good approach to an American brewed Belgian. Would go nicely with sushi and sashimi.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 23:16:40 | More by getgetgettleman
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

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

Poured into a snifter. Best enjoyed by February, 2014.

A: Clear, mustard yellow in color, with a two finger solid white head that melted into nothing in no time at all.

S: Extreme on the spice end and then some: coriander, banana, lemon, and many others. I must say, this particular brand of Belgian funkiness was a bit off-putting with Victory's signature profile.

T: Boozy, overly sweet, overly spiced, and cloying as hell. Everything here was pretty much over the top,. It got a bit better once I got into the session a bit more.

M: It's not often that I taste a Tripel that I would describe as syrupy, but this was one of them. The carbonation was low and so was the lacing.

O: I used to like this one when I was first getting into craft beer, but now that ship has sailed.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 22:18:10 | More by Chaney
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow body with a good inch of off-white head. Smells fruity and yeasty with some spice notes. Tastes fruity, zesty, slightly pithy, with spicy notes, slight bit of pepper, and a hint of alcohol warming. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit of a sipper though one sip definitely invites another. A pretty decent Tripel. Better than I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:09:29 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear and golden with a not-so-fluffy looking head. It's gone quickly. Some lacing remains. Is it just me or do Belgian-style ales have difficulty retaining a head?

Smell - Spicy with a distinct yeasty aroma. Smells like a tripel. Nothing really complex. I can't pick out exactly what spices this beer claims to have in it.

Taste - Fresh, clean flavor. Slight funk and other spice notes. Again, nothing complex, but quite enjoyable. A bit bland, I guess, compared to other tripels.

Mouthfeel - Very light body with moderate carbonation. It's dangerously drinkable. I could have put away a lot of these very quickly. The downside is that it's extremely dry in the finish. It's a real turn-off.

Overall - It's good and it's easy to drink. It's nothing amazing, but there isn't anything glaringly wrong with it. I would be happy drinking this regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 03:27:57 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of billab914


3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Founders pint glass. It poured a clear, golden color with a moderate, frothy white head to it.

The aroma has a decent amount of tart and crisp fruity flavor to it that mixes with a modest amount of Belgian yeast spice. I get some sweeter, pale malts to it as well giving it a pretty nice base.

The taste shows a lot of the Belgian yeast spice right off the bat. It's a little overpowering and a little harsh in the finish for the style. Midway I start to get the sweeter, pale malts and the cruis fruitiness, but the yeast spice is a little overpowering. It was also a little too bitter in the finish for me as well.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it wasn't a bad beer but it wasn't a great version of the style in my opinion either. The yeast spice was a little harsh and overpowering for me and i got a little too much herbal bitterness in the finish as well. Decent beer but not nearly as good as some of the best in the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 21:52:44 | More by billab914
Photo of output01x


4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Dated Enjoy By Nov 05 2013) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that quickly bubbles down to a light dusting. The body is a hazy pale golden-color with strong carbonation bubbles. Lacing is slight.

Aromas of green apple, pear, spices, and sweet malt.

Sweet and a little tart, flavors of sour apple and clove are most apparent. A nice alcohol warmth and banana note finishes off each sip.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer washes over your tongue nicely and leaves very little stickiness. Not quite a thirst-quencher but more than a sipper, you wouldn't chug this beer, but a little sip isn't enough either.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 06:24:34 | More by output01x
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

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

Poured on tap at the Yard House in Long Beach. Review is from notes.

A: Pure golden, clear with a hint of bright orange throughout.

S: Malt character comes through strongest. Hint of honey sweetness and a good spice profile.

T: Classic taste of light honeyed/spiced fruits with a touch of yeast and light bread. A hint of melon somewhere in there. Bitter note in the middle that reminded me a bit of Poperings Hommelbier.

O: Nice refreshing beer, very drinkable despite the ABV. A good example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 00:14:18 | More by BucBasil
Photo of zrab11


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This pours a nice Golden color with a nice 1 finger head with little lacing

S- Has a big spicey aroma aroma with alitle hit of bananna and cinnamon coming through

T- Has a very spicey/citrus flavor to it, The alchol comes through alittle bit and finish's with a fint of banna

M-Light to medium body with a nice crisp finish.

D- Overall this beer is one of the gateway beers that got me into craft beer. Im reviewing it as i had it during my 1st impression. Ive since had it in a bottle and feel it to be alittle unbalanced but on draft is it a pleasant beer to drink and with a 9.8% it will sneak up on you fast

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 19:38:43 | More by zrab11
Photo of cjgator3


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice. Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fruity malts (pear, apple), spices and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is fruity malts and spices with some yeast and warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Golden Monkey is a good beer that is worth a try if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 02:02:26 | More by cjgator3
Photo of danielsonc


2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The overall smell of this beer was an overpowering amount of banana smell. After a couple of swishes around the glass and a sniff you could smell way too much sweet banana smell with a hint beligian hops. The appearance was a light opaque yellow with little bits of yeast granules leftover. The taste, for me, was too sweet. There were subtle hints of a typical belgian beer but with overpowering amounts of sweetness. As a blonde tripel I understand that it's supposed to be sweet, but I don't like when the sweetness overtakes the entire beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 00:01:08 | More by danielsonc
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a huge white head. The aroma is heavy on the oranges and lemons with some bready malt. Overall, the aroma is very fruity with a little bit of alcohol.

The flavor is alcohol, oranges, lemons and a little bit of bubblegum. There is also a little bit of yeast and bready malt mixed in. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:43:14 | More by Mora2000
Photo of PintOHops


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Snifter

A - Clear golden color with a very soapy 1-finger head that dissipated rather fast. No lacing was left on my glass but the beer remained looking somewhat lively in my glass.

S - It smells very sweet with lots of candy and banana notes everywhere. I also get clove and cinnamon with notes of banana nut bread. It smells pretty fresh with a bit of alcohol shining through all the sweet aroma's.

T - I get banana and bubble gum flavors upfront and throughout. The clove spice and bitterness seem to be competing with the alcoholic flavors towards the finish, but then some mild bready and very sugary flavors cut between both at the end. Pretty smooth for the amount of ABV but not to the extreme. As it warmed I got a bit more spice like cinnamon, and it even seemed a bit smoother tasting.

M - Soft and smooth with lite crispness and a medium body.

O - Overall this beer was good to me, it's not the best Tripel Ive had but it's good. It seemed to be a bit more sweet than anything else, I would have liked a bit more banana nut bread character in the taste, that I experienced in the aroma. I think I would have it again but probably pay a bit more for another Tripel. Worth a try for Tripel fans though. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 00:01:02 | More by PintOHops
Photo of JosiahS


3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: snifter

Poured a golden orange color with a thin soapy head. Nearly clear (could get to the yeast with a small snifter), plenty of medium bubbles.

Sweat and sugary on the nose. Some orange, faint banana, leather and clove are also present. It also has a bright and lightly dry alcohol presence. Reminds me of banana nut bread meats carrot cake.

Taste is so sweet with not much else to mention except the typical Belgian yeast characteristics, bubblegum, banana, clove. Finishes strong with a blast of clove and alcohol which gives the sensation of menthol.

mouthfeel is medium-high with medium carbonation and a slick and oily feel.

I'm not much a fan for Belgian yeast and i'm definitely not a fan of Belgian yeast in beers that are mediocre. Victory missed the mark on this one, yet blowing me away with their pilsner. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 23:51:05 | More by JosiahS
Photo of ixodus

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear gold in color (appropriately) with a small white head that settles to a haze of foam.

S: Sweet, spicy, and very aromatic. In the nose I get coriander, banana, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and alcohol esters. Smells like a triple..

T: This beer tastes pretty hot compared to some of the other high abv tripels I've had. I taste alcohol upfront along with some spice followed by sweet sugary citrus fruits at the end.

M: Medium to thin bodied and a little on the overcarbed side.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 18:24:42 | More by ixodus
Photo of Knapp85


3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at a family picnic. I was really excited to try it because usually the beer selections aren't the best at these things. Someone had gotten a mix and match case of Victory brews. I grabbed a Golden Monkey and poured it out. The color was a bright yellow with a head that comes and goes. The aromas were interesting. Kinda sweet, kinda funky and just overall different than most Tripels I've smelled. This beer tastes like it smells, I'm not sure how much I really enjoyed it. I found it to be kind of strange tasting. I'd try this one again if it came my way but I wouldn't pay for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:11:51 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jsprain1


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden. Head is neither voluminous or as long lasting as I would like. Some lacing.
S- Banana and some spice. Primarily fruity but there is definitely some spice in there. The banana and the spice seem more in competition than complemention here though.
T- The same problem persists here. It starts with a fruity flavor, but it somewhat gets overwhelmed by the spice character in the finish.
M- Compared to the paragons of the style it is too light and not creamy enough in the carbonation.
O- A decent triple but not one of the better ones out there. A bit disappointing for me considering the level this brewery usually performs at.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 03:20:48 | More by jsprain1
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deceptively strong beer.
Golden in color with some cloudyness.

It has a faint fruity and spicy smell.

The taste is sweet, spicy and yeasty. You sense the alcohol more as the beer warms up.
The flavors come through more as the beer warms too.

It is a good beer. Not something I would want to drink a lot of. Very drinkable considering how high the alcohol content is. Worth mentioning again. This beer is sneaky strong!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:43:49 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (Best by 12/9/13) poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours golden yellow, a little cloudy, just over a finger of white frothy head. Just a little lacing.

S: Banana, clove, lemon, a background noble hop character, sweetness (in a banana bread way), spiced grains.

T: Very clean and creamy, first thing to hit the palate is slightly floral noble hops and sweet banana (thinking banana fosters). Golden malt, spices, and spicy alcohol come in next, the alcohol seems to pop in and out all over the place. There's a little hop bitterness, more so than typical in a triple. Finish is dry, spices and alcohol. It's got a very interested flavor profile, definitely more hoppy than traditional triples and the flavors seem to be all over the place. Alcohol phenols seems to dominate.

M: Medium carbonation, fairly light body, creamy and fairly smooth. Dry finish.

O: A solid beer that I enjoyed, but certainly not your typical triple. A hoppy and somewhat boozy take on what I consider a delicate style.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:43:10 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of wschmit


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

12 oz. bottle into an Ommegang goblet.

A: A bronze-tinged golden body with no trace of cloudiness. Nice, large bubbling belies a fine, bone-white head.

S: A fine, banana-dominated nose, redolent of but not quite as complex as a true Belgian tripel. Still, hints of spice and some nice wheaty character are perfectly palatable.

T: A crisp, dry hit up front actually rounds out into a sweet, bubblegum finish. The booze serves very nicely to blend the entire taste together. Less banana than the nose would suggest, but still pretty strong, and quite nice.

M: For its alcohol and somewhat sweet body, it's pretty light and, as mentioned, crisp. A nice carbonation helps the booze go right down.

O: It's not as complex as the better Belgian tripels, but as an American contender, it would do well against some of the lesser Belgians in this category, which is pretty high praise in my book. And it's a good deal cheaper, which makes it a great value for those looking to get into the style from lower alcohol or less yeasty beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 03:42:07 | More by wschmit
Photo of sholland119


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

A-Pours a clear gold with a frothy cap of white head with some nice lacing.

S-Sweet candy sugar, sugar coated pineapple and some tropical hop aromas. Nice.

T-Sweet with some nice Belgian zing and a good bready malt character. Peppery hops take over the finish which lingers nicely.

M-Medium bodied, tongue coating, fine carbonation.

O-A damn fine beer. I can't believe it took me twelve years to review it.


Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:24:04 | More by sholland119
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

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

Almost looks like a light beer with yeast sediment suspended in the glass. I can smell that typical Belgian yeast smell but with citrus from the hops and some unknown spices and some clove in the smell as well. The taste is just like this with a spicy peppery clove/banana/corriander mixing in with the Belgian yeast which also gives off those same flavors so you get double that flavor. There is some sweetness from the malt and it took me off guard with its creamy mouthfeel. The surprising body of this beer is one of my favorite things about it. You get the hops in the back with the citrus and some bitterness as well. I like that I can actually taste the hops in this unlike some other Belgian beers. I'm not that much a fan of Belgian beers but the creamy body and the hops make for the tastiest one I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:33:09 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of 6thomas3


3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light amber hue with a small head and ample carbonation bubbles

Smell - Floral with faint zesty burst of citrus

Taste - Yeasty with a strong spice finish

Mouthfeel - Light with a kick of zing

Overall - A nice beer with adequete appeal

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 21:46:22 | More by 6thomas3
Photo of LtCracker20


3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my Uncle to toss me a bottle as I tried it once and didn't really want to try it again, but since it was free...

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a weak 1-finger white head that fizzes away to almost nothing. Not too impressive, but not terrible.
S- The normal bready/yeasty aroma of a tripel, but then an overly strong fruitiness that's way too much. A strong cherry aroma stands out in the finish of the aroma. A slight pear aroma as well.

T- A very bland taste. Almost as if it was a very watered down La Fin Du Monde. The Tripel flavors are there, but just in theory almost. There's the breadiness and yeastiness, and the fruit flavors are over the top, even though still mild.

MF- A little too thin. OK, maybe really thin. The body's light and the flavors fade of the palate very fast.

Overall, maybe a good introduction to Tripels, but I wouldn't make a judgement on the style with this one beer, which is sad, because Victory makes some outstanding beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 02:16:52 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of celticfutblclub


2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass (seems to be a theme with me)

A - comes out a pale golden color. very transparent with some light carbonation. i hope there is some yeast in there somewhere. thin head that sticks around well but isn't too inviting not very creamy at all.

S - ah there is the yeast smell so thats a good sign. this gets my hopes back up as citrus yeast give an inviting aroma.

T - yeast and citrus and spice in there but i feel like its lacking just a little bit.

M - carbonation feel is much better than it look goes down easy and has a very light feel to it which i like in this style.

O - not that impressed with this one. its not bad but definitely is not a tripel i would revisit again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 01:29:46 | More by celticfutblclub
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 3,996 ratings.