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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,101 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,101
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 357 | 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 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
Photo of JunkYardJake


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

12oz bottle to tulip glass.
Pours a lovely golden color with a respectable white foamy head. The yeast gives the nose a blend of ripe bananas and spicy clove. The palate follows the nose and is bright and tasty. It does come in a bit hot, however. This would probably benefit from some extended cellaring. No complaints with the mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation and has good body. A nice triple for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 01:38:31 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of yisseroff

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours light gold with a foamy, sticky white head. Visible carbonation.
S- Intensely yeast and brad, almost tangy if that's possible. Some nice floral notes at the end.
T- Just as you'd expect from the smell. Very yeasty, sort of a sweet finish. Appreciably fresh with a snap at the end.
M- Nice full mouthfeel, great carbonation. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 03:28:08 | More by yisseroff
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours out a Nice Golden Color, Lots of Carbonation.

Smell - Like a Belgian Style Ale, Sweeter than most, Nice Spice Note mixed with a Yeasty smell.

Taste - Very Pleasant and Smooth for a Triple, you can't really taste the 9.5 ABV, very balanced, slightly on the sweet side, but I dig it, a very nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and Crisp, Leaves a nice spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very Drinkable, but beware these are very Strong 9.5 ABV and a couple of these will go straight to your head.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 19:37:54 | More by DarthRadb
Photo of sturner26


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first tripel, this is a new experience.
Poured from 12 oz bottle into normal pint.

A: pours a clear golden color with a nice 1-2 finger head. Head remains for majority of the beer.

S: Lots of sweet malts from the elevated abv. Some banana, coriander, and flowers.

T: Unusually sweet to me, but enjoyable and balanced by the hops.

M: Thicker than expected, coats the mouth well.

D- Very enjoyable at first, however the sweetness is overpowering by the end of the beer. A good beer, but not one I would want more than one of in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 15:18:14 | More by sturner26
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy apricot gold with a tight but short-lived head. Smells of banana, honey, ginger. Very yeasty quality to the scent. Tastes a bit off. Not the fermentation, just the whole package is just off. Has a bi of a musty aftertaste, and musty isn't good. eh, not my favorite Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:06:04 | More by gskitt
Photo of stakem


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a goblet. The initial pour reveals a clear golden yellow colored brew that is quite clear. I must not have stopped the pour soon enough because the initial clarity of the brew has given way to quite a mess of particulate floating in suspension. Nearly 2 fingers of fluffy white head appears composed mostly of large sized bubbles that fizz away to a thin film across the top of the brew. A constant stream of carbonation rises to the surface. A webbing of lace is seen as the cap fades and before a sip is even taken.

The aroma is a peculiar mixture of familiar scents all thrown together. Belgian yeast characteristics are abundant smelling of clove and banana with some fruity and spicy aspect that is somewhat peppery before turning mildly sweet and pear-like with notes of grass and sulfur filling out the back. Alcohol makes itself known in the nose with an increased peppery and pear aspect. Once warm there is a mild lemony scent that appears, interesting and unexpected.

The taste is a typical representation of the style and right in line with what the aroma leads you to think you are getting yourself into. Initial flavors of belgian yeast taste of clove and banana with a peppery spiced aspect that warms the throat with an increased awareness of the 9+% abv. It finishes dry with a mild fruit skin flavor somewhat like pear but not as pronounced as the aroma led on. The sulfur aspect that was evident in the nose is quite hidden inside the flavor of this brew and the lemony aspect that only revealed itself when warm in the nose is evident through each sip. This brew lingers inside the mouth with a yeastiness that urges you to continue taking sips encouraged by the flavor of pepper.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation that eventually calms down to an acceptable moderate level. A fair representation of the style with a bold alcohol presence. Overall there was an enjoyable depth to this brew to enjoy but the sulfur aspect I could do without. Overall not bad, I would drink this again. The cryptic dating that victory offers perplexes me, sure the label says best by Dec. 1 2013 but that doesnt tell me anything regarding how old/young this offering is. I would love to have it again with a side by side comparison of a young brew verse one with 3 years or so on it. Give it a try, overall it's not bad. My only gripe is that this brew seems to heavily rely on the spiced aspect/additions of the brew instead of the natural flavors and aromas that the yeast alone can provide.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:53:07 | More by stakem
Photo of CaseyR22


2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a pint glass "Enjoy by Dec. 15 2013" stamped on the front of the label.

Look- Golden color, very clear. I got a huge head on my pour that dissipated quickly and left a little foam and tons of lacing.

Smell- Pear, Bubble gum, cloves and a bit of booze.

Taste- Pretty simple taste for the style, a slightly dull spiced flavor followed by some Belgian yeast and a noticeable amount of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied.You can feel the alcohol going down.

O/A- Not impressed, most beers of this style hide their ABV alot better and have a more complex taste. I probably won't be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 08:06:12 | More by CaseyR22
Photo of Guden


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light gold with very thin white head.

S- Strong yeasty character with spices and fruit underneath. Notes of peach, pear, coriander and clove all come through both from and underneath of the yeast.

T- A weaker version of the nose, the yeast character is still the star but doesn't take on as pronounced a role with a little more of the spice showing.

M- Thin but with a lacking carbonation for my taste. It feels alright on the tongue but not the best part about this beer.

D- Wouldn't mind having a few more of these, but I decided to move on to something else, so it's decent but not great. The high alcohol didn't show through at all allowing it to be an easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 03:51:04 | More by Guden
Photo of ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh the Golden Monkey. A nice Tripel that, thanks to Victory's distribution, is around even in NH. Straw to golden in color with a small head that stays around the edge of the glass. The aroma is pears, alcohol, some honey sweetness and clove. Very nice Belgian clove phenolic, alcohol, sweetness, and subtle tropical fruit in the flavor. Nicely carbonated. Golden Monkey is one of my favorite "go to" American-made Belgian style ales. Well done Victory.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:15:55 | More by ILiveOffHops
Photo of DrDemento456


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

Don't know why I don't have a review for this. Went through a few sixers, a bomber and picked up another one just for this review.

A - Looks good. You get a clear pale yellow with a half inch of head.

S - Slight citrus, a touch of clove and very little yeast in the nose.

T - May not be too yeast forward but I like it. The ABV is noticeable but that's to style with mild citrus mostly lemon and a bit of spiced clove.

M - Medium to heavy my glass went pretty fast.

D - May not be the picture perfect example of a Belgium triple but it drinks rather nice with a low touch of overall yeast. I just wish the alcohol was more masked but its a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 00:25:21 | More by DrDemento456
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2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottled September 2009.

*I once enjoyed this beer in my early days of craft but I am now getting a chance to review it. I realize now I enjoyed it only because its easy to drink a lot for a quick buzz.

One of the most hideous beers I have ever looked at. After popping the cork I saw a terrible display of yeast that does not look appetizing at all. It does however have a nice thick head that stays.

Smells like clove, mixed spices, lemon and bananas. uggh.

Tastes very spicy and clovey and all around not that good. There is some Belgian yeast but it is masked by whatever the hell was added to this beer.

The carbonation is pretty nice and feels great except for the fact that it shoots the yeast up. I have no idea what was up with this.

Overall, this is a fairly drinkable beer for its percent. I personally do not recommend having more than one because too many is a bad hangover waiting to happen, trust me. It is a nice beer for the inexperienced drinker but one I do not plan to touch again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 04:34:19 | More by beerhan
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3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a while ago in Fairfield, CA.

Appearance- golden color, little to no head

Smell- mostly citrus

Taste- citrus, mostly lemon

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was ok but probably won't have it again. But I would have it for free lol

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 22:43:42 | More by jeffjeff1
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3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Enjoy by Jan 19 2014, we are good to go.

A very soap white head pours out that falls fairly quickly on this beer. This doesn't look that great but at least it looks drinkable, Body is incredibly clear and carbonated, very dark gold color. There is no lacing on the glass and very little retention at all. This sure doesn't look like a Belgian style beer.

There's a small lemon, some faint yeast, but also kind of a weak sense of wetness. This smells more like a weak Belgian pale ale than a tripel. Small hints of heat alcohol as well.

Taste is sharp and carbonated. Ridiculously gassy, so much so that all I can really taste is carbon dioxide. Bitter lemon mixed with gas and boozy alcohol. Some small hints of sweetness on the finish but masked often by carbonation.

For a tripel, I would totally pass on this and have something else instead. Way too wet and carbonated for my tastes and for this style for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 20:33:50 | More by smakawhat
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4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle says enjoy by Jan 19 2014. Guessing it was bottled Jan 19 2011.

Appearance: Golden. Hazy from yeast suspension. Long head retention.

Smell: Definitely smells like Belgian yeast. You get those delicious banana/vanilla ester smells.

Taste: Tastes like a spiced Belgian tripel. No off flavors and very drinkable considering the alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than the color suggests but this is a stupid category to consider anyway. Has a good microbew mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A sessionable 9.5% abv spiced Belgian. Enough said. Drink responsibly *wink wink*.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 09:33:14 | More by l33tNinjaPirate
Photo of y2jrock60


3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden in color with a big white bubbly head that dissipates quickly but does slightly lace.

S- Sweet with a hint of fruit, mostly pineapples and melon. I believe I detected noble hop aroma as well.

T- Very unique. Contains a variety of different flavors. The beer is spicy upfront but fades into a fruity mixture of pear, melon, and pineapple. That then fades into noble hop bitterness that lingers mellow on the tongue until the next sip.

M- The high percentage of alcohol can be detected by the warmness. This beer is best sipped.

D- Very drinkable for a big beer, but there's no reason to drink more than three at a time.

This is the first Tripel I've ever had. It reminds me a lot in appearance of a pilsner. It also has hints of noble hops. This beer was very complex and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 06:37:46 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of OlRasputin989


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

Poured into Chimay goblet...

A: pours a pale golden color with a fluffy 2 finger white head. leaves some but very little lacing

S: very spicy, fruity aromas of peaches, pears, bananas, and apples. malt is similar to white bread. no alcohol detected. aroma is very similar to champagne.

T: also very spicy, and the alcohol adds a big peppery kick. more fruity flavors, orange and lemon, also more pear and banana. boozy finish is very peppery and long lasting, with pear skins and lemon peel. The alcohol also makes this one taste minty if you pause from drinks for a couple of minutes.

M: medium light body with a good carbonation. alcohol makes this one very warming, but with a decent creaminess

Overall, this should be called the golden gorilla. the 9.5 abv is quite noticeable and not hidden well at all. However, with this style I can appreciate the extra kick. Worthy attempt and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 03:26:13 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of PorterLambic


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

Pours a clear yellow with a good-sized white head. Little lacing to speak of after it dissipates to a thin film.
Smell is fairly light with notes of banana, malt and bread.
Taste is choppy with citrus and malt lighter.
Fairly effervescent with a dry finish. Medium bodied. Decent, even good though not great.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 02:13:38 | More by PorterLambic
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a globe of goldenrod with a finger of bright white puffy head.

S- Smells yeasty, corny, grassy, lemony, and probably a couple other -ys to boot. Not the strongest aroma, but the complexity of it is there.

T- Ah the taste betrays the tripel. The alcohol pops in my mouth like bubblegum- and not surprisingly there's some candiness to it. A good bit of pale malt heft. And sugary, vodka sweetness with a honey tinge.

M- Like most tripels, this one is pretty hot which isn't really my cup of tea (or glass of beer) but it seems appropriate anyway.

D- I certainly have gotten this multiple times, so it's got to be decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 06:08:40 | More by zdk9
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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served cool in glass beer goblet, on tap at The Yard House

A) Golden brass with modest white puffy head that disappears quickly. Light travels through -- there is no yeasties or sediment.

S) Sweet and spicey, with clove, banana and citrus.

T) Malty sweet caramel, mild peppery spice, apricots and raisons.

M) "Sticky" and a bit flat. This could be the result of the distance from the keg to the tap -- a long way as the beer appears to travel overhead, across the room and faraway

D) The spice, the texture and lack of effervesence (that one expects from true Belgians), put me off. One was enough for me

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 15:47:12 | More by bskrtz
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This cloudy copper colored beer has a fluffy white head that holds on for a while before receding into a thin film. The lace is a tight bubbled wall of cream.

A sweet, spicy aroma of belgian yeast, banana and clove with a hint of cinnomon. A little lemon zest, cookie, and bubblegum going on. Subtle on the hints. Soft for this style.

The taste follows the nose. A nice backbone of light biscuity malt with spices all over it. Cinnomon, allspice, and bold clove. Banana is in the aftertaste with a bubblegum hint and a cookie sweetness. Slightly on the sweet side for a tripel which I prefer. Slightly watery, which makes it more drinkable and it has a nice touch of lemon. Boozy hint in here too, but not too much.

The beer is a soft, silky, creamy beer of medium body. A little on the light side for its style. A slight watery note that makes the entire beer more drinkable than most tripels. It is however a sipper, not just because of bold flavor but its dangerous being so easy to drink and such high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:38:43 | More by JayS2629
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,101 ratings.