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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,000
Reviews: 1,605
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 57
Gots: 316 | FT: 1
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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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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12 oz bottle, enjoy by Sep. 5 2011,

- Nice bright yellow and citrus orange color with a lot of white thick creamy head... semi cloudy, like a light bready west coast IPA... down to a nice bit of lacing.

- Banana, biscuit, breads.. pilsner-like hopping... creamy and sugary...

- Smooth and sweet... light touch of alcohol, but well masked by the banana bread of a yeast.. but overall not too complex... very simple, and mouth watering.. Touch of zest... spice, and clove... overall I like the balance.

- Medium bodied, and not too thick and creamy.... great carbonation for the style, and would age nicely I am sure.

- Quite drinkable and smooth, and certainly hides the alcohol very well. Little bit of a burning spice in the aftertaste... certainly an interesting and strong Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 23:08:03 | More by Docer
Photo of MrDanno96


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with lots of yeast floating around in it. Started with a billowy 2 finger and demonstrated decent retention: still about 1 finger left after several minutes. No lacing to speak of.

S: Pretty sweet smelling and rather floral. Aromas of apple juice, pear, and yeast as well. Reminds me a bit of Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

T: I taste mostly yeast and pear with a slightly bitter finish. Some funk and citrus in there as well. Fairly clean and nothing spectacular, but not bad.

M: Lots of lively carbonation and a medium body. Pretty grainy from all the wheat and yeast in the flavor.

D: This is an O.K. Tripel. Flavors are a little subdued IMO and nothing about the brew really excites. Average representation of style + rather high abv. = not great drinkability. lf I'm going to get a little light-headed from one beer I want it to be damn good.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 06:02:09 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. "This is a bottle conditioned ale." 9.5% ABV, Enjoy by Jan 29 2010.

Thanks to Sweemzander for this bottle!

A - Unfortunately when the cap pried off the rush of carbonation roused all the sediment making it impossible to pour without it. This left me with a partially hazy goldenrod yellow with a one-and-one-half finger, cloud white head. Decent retention and a half collar of lace left around the glass.

S - Crisp, dry wheat and pale malts provide a good base for the aroma. Over the base, a yeasty nose is pretty prominent with a citrusy-lemon squirt and a honey-draped biscuit. A little bit of spiciness is present too. No hops or alcohol on the nose.

T - Again, wheat and pale malts provide a good background for the other flavors. A lot of yeast imparted from the intrusive sediment also gives it a slight funk. The lemony citrus balances well with a low spice flavor that's subtle. An incredibly small hint at warm, spicy alcohol is on the finish.

M - Lively carbonation, responsible for the sediments rousal, is harmonious with the flavors and feel here. The citrus zest and spice give the tongue a treat. While it's lively, it's still a bit medium-bodied.

D - Not a bad triple! The sediment was a bit unfortunate but it's a solid beer that's well balanced and conceals the alcohol nicely.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 21:43:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a white foam head that leaves a bit of lace. Lots of floaties in the beer even with careful pouring.

S- Ripe banana and apple aromas with a huge wave of Belgian yeast and alcohol.

T- Really brash alcohol burn with the first sip that I wasn't expecting. After a few more sips, the sweet banana and yeast flavors were predominate with some light spice and clove.

M- Light/medium bodied with fairly low carbonation for the style.

D- Seems like this brew had all of the right components for a traditional Belgian Tripel. Unfortunately it didn't quite live up to expectations.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 04:39:45 | More by projectflam86
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, light gold/yellow color that forced up about a finger of alabaster head. Much of the head was short lived, though, and didn't leave a lot of lacing. Unfortunately, this kind of looks like the adjunct lager I had tonight. I can't judge it solely on that, though.

The aroma is of candied citrus, honey, bananas and pears, along with some spiciness. Very inviting nose with a strong scent.

Similar to the nose, I can pick out banana and other fruits up front, followed by the interesting array of spices. The alcohol content of the beer is surprisingly well-hidden. A little sweet though, with not a whole lot of complexity, in my opinion.

A light body with a moderate amount of carbonation, the beer starts fairly smooth and tingly on the tongue, then dries out a bit as it finishes. Not too bad.

Overall, a pretty drinkable tripel, my first of the style, though. The only thing that knocks this score down is the relatively high ABV. According to some of the other comments about this beer, there is better to be had, but this wasn't a bad showing for the first one I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 01:53:09 | More by feelmefoam
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured into an Ommegang hennepin type class, golden color with a small white head, bubbles kept rising to the top

S-fruity with some yeast, bread dough, white wine

T-quite good, similar to smell with a slight alcohol aftertaste, has almost a white wine and citrus type flavor

M-good amount of a carbonation, which was nice with the higher alcohol content, i wish it was a little less carbonated, slightly thick texture

D-not a bad beer of the tripel style, it holds up well to chimay and other belgian brands but probably doesn't surpass them in quality, its enjoyable with a nice warming sensation from the alcohol bite at the end

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 22:40:07 | More by scottyb88
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3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As someone who loves Belgian beers and especially triples this beer is disappointing and problematic.

First we can start with the pour, regardless of what glass I've attempted to use I cannot get a good head out of this beer. The dissipation of the head is also very quick. I'm currently reviewing this in a snifter. The color is also alarmingly lighter in color then most triples. The first tripel I had was La Fin Du Monde and it seduced with its almost sensual orange glow. Golden Monkey however is straw colored, but not in the golden way Belgian pales are. Lacing is actually fair and soapy but still falls short for the style at hand.

You'd normally be aware to decant your beer properly to insure yeast sediment doesn't get in, however its hard to with this beer. Instead you get a very fine hazy sediment.

The typical clove and orange peel aroma is there with and a tad of Belgian yeast funk. The yeast, the spices and alcohol create a spicy aroma but one that clashes. Its almost akin to decomposing fruits.

As and mouth feel this beers a little light in the pants. Body is extremely light and flavors are really subdued. Belgian yeast, alcohol, orange peel and clove take center stage upon first sip and fade quickly to notes of grass and straw that shouldn't be as well as a solvent-like alcohol flavor. Those two flavors take the floor more then the spices and yeast.

Overall this beer tastes like more of an attempt to make a Belgian Strong Pale ale rather then a Tripel. Overall a decent beer but its clearly missing its style and not in experimental way. Just mediocre. In your local bottle shop spring for a 4pk or 750 of LA Fin Du Monde or Chimay. You're likely to find those.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 20:35:05 | More by MaxBrews
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden Monkey
Victory Brewing Company
Style: Tripel
ABV: 9.50 %

I have fond memories of enjoying this brew while on travel for business after a long work day. Victory brews are currently not available in my area so I have not had this brew in 2+ years. It has been 2 years and 200+ reviews later before I finally got to step back and time and capture the monkey review. "kstrickler" was kind enough to include 2 of these in a trade, so I now get to formally review this memorable brew. Unfortunatley it is not as great as I once thought, as I have had many tripels since the Golden Monkey helped intorduce me to this style. But I have to give it the honor of being the second Tripel (Chimay was my 1st), and it's still one of my favorite styles to date...


Pale straw in color and more clarilty than most other Tripels. Small head that receded quickly with little to no lace. Visually noticeable carbonation.

Smells is sings a tune of a candy shop tour while hungover... The sugary spiced sweet aromas smell delicious, however it's a bit more boozy in aroma than I would prefer for a Tripel.

Tastes as it smells along with a light Pils like malt base. Noticeable Belgian yeast notes (spiced citrus, cloves) and a bold dash of boozyness. I would prefer the booze notes a bit more hideen in an "excellent" Tripel. This one is not bad, it's just not one of the best IMHO.

Mouthfeel is thin and semi slick. Medium+ Carbonation.

Drinkability is a 4.0. This is a good Tripel with a respectable yeast prescence in taste and smell. It could hide the ABV a bit more, and I would prefer a more interesting appearance, but overall okay rep for the style from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 18:54:00 | More by unclejimbay
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the victory mixed 12 pack. Golden Monkey pours a deep, hazy yellow with a towering head at first that turns into a wispy lace. There are flakes floating throughout the glass, with no settling of sediment whatsoever.

Aroma has a yeasty, orange pulp fruitiness to it as well as a variety of spices. Peppery, coriander, and maybe some other things off the spice rack. A bit of lavendar as well.

Flavor is herbal, warming, and spicy. Dry in the finish with a bit of a medicinal character. Sweet malt flavor, orange fruitiness, and some belgian, floral yeasty flavor. There is also an apple flavor, and combined with the spice of the beer it paired with apple pie really well.

The mouthfeel of this beer is the clear highlight. Dry in the finish with almost nothing lingering. Very more-ish. The alcohol is hidden incredibly well, and this is an enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 00:39:03 | More by jeffthecheff
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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw like color, little to no carbonation, no lacing in glass

S: Hints of Citrus on the Nose (Orange, Lemon) and bannana

T: Slight Lemon taste, a little bitter for a Belgian Style Trippel

M: Smooth

D: Drinkable beer, goes well with German Style Sausages

Another amazing beer by Downingtown, PA's Finest

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 01:29:57 | More by jantonius
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured froma 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Golden yellow with a small but noticeable stream of bubbles coming up the glass.

Bannana notes some spice and alcohol.

Taste of yeasty and low spicey intially. Bannana is there for sure some mellow hop bitterness as well.

Really coats your mouth good carb and medium bodied. Very high alcohol content would't drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 22:57:01 | More by Blitzstyle
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1.65/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured thick and golden, little or no carbonation, opaque. No head. Smelled slighlty sweet/sour with hints of citrus. Tasted like the inside of a homeless person's shoe stuffed full of hops and Lemon Pledge. Worst beer I've ever tasted. After forcing that first one down, I just kept it in the fridge and unloaded it on unsuspecting hop fetishists.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 20:16:16 | More by monkeyrotica
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle gushes a fizzy froth that quickly dissipates. There is an opaque peach colored body with minimal carbonation bubbles and no lacing, whatsoever.

The nose senses a subtle aroma of orange and coriander while the palate is greeted by lemon with a bitter straw aftertaste. Despite the light body, this tripel is potentially potent to anyone who mistakes for a less worthy opponent. This is highly drinkable, but not overly complex, Belgian-style ale from the good folks up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 22:11:27 | More by jjboesen
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a semi clear yellow with a steady stream of bubbles leading to a thinning white head.

Smell is a mellow sweet malt with some light hop.

Taste is pretty bold, spicy. Kind of like a blend between a saison and tripel. Not bad, but not great.

Mouthfeel is right on, but the boldness of each taste make it less than very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 23:36:41 | More by aubuc1
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3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Expected more out of a tripel (one of my favorite varieties)

Poured into a tulip glass. Had a nice gold color, and initial smell was good...

unfortunately beer did not hold up over the entire bottle.

high alcohol negligible... I am sticking with more authentic tripels

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 19:55:29 | More by unseenbyyou
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour from a bottle into a pint glass. Produced a long lasting white head, four fingers deep, with little to no lacing.

Smell is of yeast, spices, and a wee bit of alcohol with a little sweet mixed in. Flavor profile follows the smells, with the alcohol fairly well hidden. Not too complex flavor, which lends itself to increased drinkability. Of course, given the alcohol level of the brew, drinking too many might land you into some trouble.

if tl;dr, a good if simple tripel that has always has a space reserved for it in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 02:58:03 | More by Ghenna
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3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is just ok. It's a virtually clear and yellowish gold, which surprised me. Head is sudsy but weak and dissipates rapidly.

It smells like how gold might smell. I smell a faint rust, as well as a tea leaves, and a little aged citrus at the back.

Taste - Floral hops are there, along with a bready flavor. There is some sweet lemon at the end as you swollow.

Mouthfeel is smoother than I thought it would be. I expected crispness because of its looks, but was pleasantly surprised by its full body.

Drinkability is very good given it's 9% ABV. I find Victory is good at hiding the taste of higher alcohol content in their beers. Bravo.

For a Belgian style, this beer is a little tame. Although is it good in its own right? Absolutely. Makes a good intro to the Belgian style for someone unfamiliar with it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 01:18:53 | More by jbertsch
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden monkey is one of the more drinkable 9.5s I have had.

A: bronze with mountain of head with average lacing on glass
S: Only complaint on this one. It was a rush of alcohol with some spices.
T: Comes through sweet with hoppiness. Alcohol makes it appear spicier.
M: Good carbonation with a medium body.
D: Its 9.5, It will beat you into submission

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 04:03:36 | More by cagocubs
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle that I held onto for almost a year.
deep golden color with a one finger head that falls fairly quickly.
It smells sweet, maybe caramel.
The taste is sweet and sugary with a bitter finish.
Very light and nicely carbonated almost champagne like.
This beer is very drinkable. I have had it on tap at the brewery and now again in the bottle. Both version are delicious. I will buy a few more bottles for cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 03:03:20 | More by confer
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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two inches of head, nice bronze color, head retention is lacking, leaving some nice lacing. Unintentionally poured some yeast sediment into the beer as well, contributing possibly to some sour/off flavors.

Smells of alcohol, spice and sour flavors. Almost like a saison.
Sweet yeasty and spicy initial kick combined with bitterness and alcohol following up together. Leaves a sweet, warm aftertaste. Possible flavors of lemon and pepper. Too boozy in my opinion.

Definitely has a mouth coating, biscuity feeling which is pleasant.
Drinkability is hindered by the alcohol. An enjoyable sipper but not one to drink multiple times in a session.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 15:34:13 | More by TheJollyHop
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3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on April 18, 2007. Purchased at Ray's Liquor in Paradise, CA over the summer.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: This beer was quite clear until I accidentally dumped some yeast into it. As it stands, the beer is hazy and the color of golden wheat. A thin, creamy, white cap sits on top and retains very well.

Smell: Smells a lot like apple cider. Apple cider, cinnamon, creamy banana, and an assortment of spices. Meh...

Taste: Sour malt, clove, banana, and peppery alcohol. I remembered this being better; this time around it's kinda dull.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, prickly and dry. Moderate warming and lots of mouth-numbing. Medium-bodied with velvety carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Not a very exciting tripel, but certainly a drinkable one. For the right price, I'd buy it again. (I bought this 750mL at Ray's for only $3.00!)

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 03:00:51 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is a cloudy pale golden with a small white head that dissipates into a thin cap.

Smell is floral and quite yeasty. A hint of malt in it as well as the alcohol. Overall a fairly light aroma.

Taste is floral at first followed buy a nice spicy finish with the alcohol giving a nice warming towards the end. Overall a sweet and pleasing flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. It is pretty smooth and has a dry finish.

Drinkability is good! It goes down fairly easy and is pretty tasty. I'm not sure that its that best example of the style but not too bad either. I wouldn't mind having a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 03:30:20 | More by MrStark
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3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

There is a ton of sediment in this bottle and it got really mixed up even on a really gentle pour, I had like 3/4oz left that was all sediment, so be careful.

Pours a golden wheaty color thats very cloudy with a very thing but creamy head. Nose is sweet, spicy and a bit boozy.

Woo... taste is also boozy, very sweet and sharp. Lots of spices and a bit of earthy hoppiness and a little malty. It's ok but not nearly as good as say a Westmalle tripel. Worth trying but not the best example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 02:10:11 | More by kingcrowing
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: This is a light looking beer. I mean it is a hazy straw color with a finger of white head.

Smell: Its aroma is almost completely dominated by yeast, like I have learned to expect from Belgian beers. A bit of malt sweetness and a tiny bit of alcohol are present in the aroma. Lightly floral, and a bit of clove spiceness.

Taste: There is a great deal of alcohol in the flavor, especially towards the back end. The finish pretty clean, with a crisp almost champagne like finish. The actual taste is a bit floral, but mostly yeasty with some of the spice from the nose. When you brew an almost 10% beer I, expect that you do a little more with it than golden monkey brought to the table. I mean this really lacked complexity and almost seemed to be alcoholic for the sole purpose of being alcoholic. If it wasn't for the really great finish, I would be truly hating upon this beer.

There is a tiny bit of a weird aftertaste of sweet malt mixed with some of spicey yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and nice bit of carbonation. Between this might have been my favorite part of the beer.

Drinkability: The beer itself was very drinkable, but I really didn't love the product. I mean 9.5% and really lacking in complexity? It was really refershing and would have been great for the summer or as as session beer, that is if it was half the abv it currently is.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 22:03:09 | More by OnThenIn
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3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle. Label has crazy golden monkey. Snifter.

A: Pours a golden color with a large white head which does not last. Yeast is seen in glass. Lacing is minimal.

S: Yeasty, warm and light floral aroma.

T/M: Taste is a little bland. Alcohol is present and gives a warming feel. Full bodied and smooth with a little bit of a dry aftertaste. The hops and malts that are used seem to be on the light side and are not very noticeable. Sugars are noticeable however. Yeast is the strongest taste.

D: Good brew. Enjoyable but kind of on the bland side. Alcohol has a nice warming effect. Very yeasty and smooth. I will be cellaring a few bottles to see how it benefits from some time in the dark.


Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 19:46:50 | More by mnrider
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,000 ratings.