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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,327 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 4,327
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 69
Gots: 459 | 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 Shaw
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a pale golden in color with a big, white head.

Nice Belgian yeast aroma with hints of clove, banana, and lemon.

The taste is also quite good. It's spicy, but not in a hot pepper way. Lightly sweet, with a dry finish. Noticeable alcohol. Just like a tripel should taste.

Smooth body no doubt thanks to the high alcohol level.

Overall this is a fine tripel, one that sticks close to its Belgian roots.

Shaw, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

This was my first tripel.I had it for the first time at Creation in Charlotte,NC.

A-Pours a hazy,yellow with a fleeting,modest white head and some lacing.Some active carbonation is visible.

S-Ripe bananas,custard apple,cloves and Belgian yeast.White pepper spice and pale,toasty malt.ABV is hinted at in the nose.

T-Sweet,spicy and fruity.Spice and fruit keep ABV in the background until the finish.

M-This beer is crisp and medium bodied with a dry and warm(ABV) finish.

D-I've found that the this beer's drinkability can be a problem,in the sense that I can drink 3 or 4 without considering the ABV.

StlHopHead77, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%

I am a big fan of Belgium Tripels. (Dulle Teve from de dolle brouwers is my favorite) This does not taste like any Belgium Tripel I've had. GM is a very unique brew. Not a ton of hops, which is correct for the style and it is highly well-spiced and very sweet with a ABV that will knock you on your ass! You need to share a 6 pack. I recommend sharing with your beer drinking female friend because these are the equivalent of wine coolers to a teenager! They are very drinkable.

It is almost like a bottle drinking tripel because their is really not much head when you pour it in a glass, but there is lacing.

Make no mistake this is a quality brew and one of my favorite US beers. And this is definately a distictive US beer in a Belgium style. Bravo!

OttoPeeWee, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

12oz bottle, served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours with about a third of an inch of bubbly white foam...settles quickly. the beer is pale yellow in color and a bit hazy.

S - grains amped by lightly sweet fresh fruits, green apples and pears. light clove-like spiciness. some alcohol in the end. pleasant if not a little soft.

T - again, very heavy on the grains...takes a few sips to get acclimated and pull out some other stuff. apples, some banana, quick but sharp peppery bite, and then a big amount of alcohol.

M - light body and tight but slightly overdone carbonation. finishes prickly and dry.

D - not bad, curious to see what some time does to this - a bit of calming and melding might do wonders compared to fresh.

Stigs, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.58/5  rDev -3%

Appearance: A golden-straw body packed with chunky sediment. Up top, two fingers of whitish head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: A mix of golden fruit, pepper, cloves, Belgian yeast, and crisp pale malt. It hits all the right Tripel notes so far.

Flavor: The flavor profile is made up of the same mix of spices, golden fruit, Belgian yeast, and pale malt that's found in the nose. The alcohol content is hidden nicely, with just a hint of spice coming through. Everything is balanced nicely and no single element sticks out. Crackery malt and golden fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly, medium-high carbonation and a drying finish. Just a bare hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: With a full flavor profile and a high ABV, this drinks faster than you'd imagine.

Verdict: A solid Tripel, Golden Monkey is an enjoyable little rascal. Sure, it's nowhere near as refined as the real-deal Belgian beers, but this is a thoroughly impressive American version of the style.

BeanBone, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of garbercury
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Decided to get this in a post 4th sixer with the day off. It is hot as hell but still wanted something with a little more punch. Golden Monkey seemed to fit the bill...

A--Decent lacing, with some retention. Golden hue almost straw colored.

S--Black Pepper, spice, pear, apple...

T--At first sip, lots of black pepper and pears, does have some of the classic flavor of a tripel

M--Gotta say this has a decent mouthfeel, a little more to this one in this one than expected, pretty silky actually, especially for the style.

D--Eh, not a bad version and lets face it, Belgian Tripels and Belgians in general, tend to be pricey. This is a bang for the buck kind of beer, and certainly a nice choice on a 95 degree day...

garbercury, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

A: The beer is yellow in color and poured with a two finger white head that slowly died down yet consistently covered the surface. The beer is slightly hazy and has small particles floating in suspension. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Aromas of bananas and yeast eliminate from the nose, along with some hints of spices, the latter of which seems to be more prevalent as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is dominated by fruity and spicy flavors, with notes of bananas and yeast standing out in particular.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish and a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The alcohol becomes somewhat apparent in the taste as the beer warms up, although this doesn't detract that much from the beer's drinkability. It's a good beer to sip.

metter98, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of webmanspidey
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottle poured into a pint glass, clear golden yellow with almost no head. Smell is slightly skunky but with a nice mix of cloves and other spices present. Cloves are initially prevalent in the flavor, fading very quickly. There isn't as much going on here as some other tripels but it is pretty decent and very drinkable. Goes down very easily for nearing 10% ABV.

webmanspidey, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.95/5  rDev +7%

Golden monkey poured a bright yellow color, with a head that disapated quickly. It smellt of various spices, typical of Belgian Tripels. It had a nice smooth, spicey taste; again typical of a belian tripel. Very easy to drink. Overall I felt this beer was really good. It is a bit lighter and easier to drink then a real belgian tripel.

vette2006c5r, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of batsdc
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%

A friend highly recommended this beer to be but in the end I was disappointed. The color was a nice light yellow color, with a nice white head on top which soon disappeared. The taste was what turned me off the most, almost too strong of a wheat taste for me.

To me the more subtle fruity flavors were overpowered by the wheat taste, which while not a huge problem also left me wishing it had a more even taste overall. At the same time it isn't a bad beer, the ABV is nice and it is decent overall it just could be better.

batsdc, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a clear lemon yellow with a thick fluffy white head that disspates leaving little lacing.

Aromas of lemongrass, light fruits, bready malts and spices.

Taste follows suit with bready malts and light fruits (green apple, apricots, pineapple), faint pepper, stronger clover and coriander. A sweet finish that is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and crisp with moderate carbonation,

Overall, a nicely balanced brew that hides the high ABV well.

ThreeDimesDown, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of bonkers
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. It is a pale clear yellow with a mamoth white head. The head quickly recedes. It has a floral aroma, spicy, tropical fruit. The flavor is very floral and spicy, and sweet. Pineapple and pears are presen. It has a dry lingering finish. It is light in body and highly carbonated. A solid triple.

bonkers, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Evocatus
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a off color yellow, like a pear in color. Head was white and foamy, but also really thin. Aroma had a mix of fruits and spices. The taste was a little too much on the spice side for a tripel. I was looking for more fruit. Good body, well carbonated. Not a bad beer, but i've had better tripels.

Evocatus, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

A - Three fingers worth ultra fluffy and creamy slightly off white colored head with a slightly rocky top... Stellar retention... A golden orange color... Bursting at the seams with small bubbled moderate paced carbonation... Loads of foam cling to the sides of the glass... A little bit of sediment found its way into the glass...

S - Pineapple... Belgian yeast... Bubble gum... Wheat... Apple juice... Pears... Lightly candied sugars... A touch of spice... Slight floral presence... Delicate and wonderfully complex...

T - Touches of sweet light colored fruits up front... Yeasty... Cloves and assorted spices... A touch of bubble gum... Slightly medicinal finish with a strong alcohol presence...

M - Medium bodied... Lush... Creamy... Perfect levels of carbonation... Highly enjoyable...

D - Not a traditional Tripel by any means... However, this is a very interesting and complex offering from the folks at Victory... I would gladly drink again in the future and even invest in six pack form... Interesting and enjoyable...

philbe311, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. Slightly off-white head quickly turns to a film. Slight bit of a visible carbonation.

Smell: Pineapple aroma with a bit of yeast.

Taste: More pineapple, plus other tropical fruits. A hint of banana (not so much of the phenol), and some clove. Really minimal yeast flavor - mostly at the finish. There's some bitterness in the aftertaste that isn't particularly pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with quite noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: High ABV but the taste is hidden.

I thought this was actually a pretty nice tripel - it lacks some of the yeast flavor, but makes up for it in being pretty tasty. Fairly refreshing too.

mithrascruor, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of ebby82
4/5  rDev +8.4%

True to its name, the Monkey pours a golden hue with a bit of head. Smells of both fruit and spices. The taste is spicy yet sweet. Its definitely a Belgian style, but doesn't taste quite like any Belgian I've had. I like this beer, but even after the many I've drank in my life, I wouldn't want to buy a six pack of it. There is something missing that makes me enjoy it, but not love it. Of course, there's also the matter of its high ABV, making it difficult to drink more than one or two at a time. Certainly an enjoyable beer.

ebby82, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of pretibrwneyez
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Had this beer on tap during Philly beer week 2010.

Exceptional color and taste. The smell was exceptional. I liked it so much, I had two and tuned my friends with me onto it.

I am going to buy a few cases of this and share with only the friends I like who could savor the flavor and respect the beer.

pretibrwneyez, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of drxandy
3.95/5  rDev +7%

750ml corked/caged bottled sept. 17th 2009 to tulip glass

not the first time i've had golden monkey, but the first corked and caged bottle of it i've bought

pours a golden shade with a light tinge of red, creamy white head retains nicely

smells of spicy yeastly goodness, malt

taste is of heavy yeast esters, malt is very dry, light hops in the background have mostly faded out but the bitterness shows a little in the finish, alcohol makes itself known in the finish and the aftertaste as well

mouthfeel is a good weight, alcohol makes it slick and a little hot even with almost a year on it - carbonation is good and perfect for style

drinkability is sneaky, the alcohol doesn't show it's self too much and its quite tasty - a great meal beer

paired it with peppercorn cheddar (if you havent tried a saison or triple with peppercorn'd cheese you owe it to yourself, they pair amazingly), nom nom nom

drxandy, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of jpoder
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

Though not great, it is a go to for me when I want an inexpensive tripel that is not bad.

a: golden yellow...slight haze, good white head when poured, but quickly fades

s: clove and banana with a floral tone as well

t: more clove/banana, spicy (pepper? Coriander?) sweet, but with alcohol burn slight

m: pretty even body

d: pretty good...again, a go-to cheap tripel

jpoder, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%

12 oz bottle from the 2009 vintage. I am very disappointed Victory stopped putting freshness dates on the bottles, I have not bought a Prima Pils since. GM pours a hazed, particulate infused gold color with a fast fading white foam and does not leave much lacing. Floaties along with the lack of retention is a bummer.

Nose is full of fruity yeast esters; green apples, muscadine grapes and pears. Alcohol is evident as is a grainy malt presence. Some grassy hops is there if you look for it.

Belgian yeast comes through pretty nicely in here and it tastes like a pretty good strain. I like the nice mix of hop flavor and bittering; a tripel with a decent hopping schedule is a good thing. Grainy malt is there and has just enough sweetness to balance things out well. This might be the best American tripel that is available in six-packs. I seem to pick up a sixer of the monkey at least once a year. Drinkability is high as it is a very balanced tripel. Solid stuff.

twiggamortis420, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

A- Golden in color that has a noticeable lingering haziness. Less than a finger of thin white head that does not retain well with moderate to little lacing on the walls of the glass.

S- Sweet malt that transforms into a slight spicy hop smell as well as a yeasty phenol and fruity ester smell. Slight breadiness throughout, nothing too overpowering, but also nothing to memorable as well.

T- An immediate sharp taste of spicy and floral hops that only eases its grip towards the end of the beer as a sweet malt becomes apparent as well as a small amount of the fruit esters one would expect from a Belgian. The beer is rounded out with an enhanced alcohol taste and slightly bitter finish.

M- Medium body with slight amount of carbonation, not too bad.

D- Easy to put down, some rough spots in the taste profile bring down the rating in this category.

Notes: Seems like a hopped up American version, not bad, but simply trying to add hops to another style won't make this the best of its style.

Lolli1315, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi hazy golden yellow light orange color. Two finger white head rises and stays for a short period. Ringing lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice big aromas of clove and banana right off the bat. Light spicey hops in the backend of this. Some sweeter alcohol in very end. Light belgian yeast aroma coming in hints in the aroma.

T- This is well...not hiding anything that wasn't in the nose. Good clove in the front with a light spicey peppery note. Big banana flavor with a hunt of lemon. Alcohol is sweet in the backend but hardly there. Pretty much what you smell is what you get.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little higher than most Tripels I think. Clove stays on the palate with some sweeter alcohol in the aftertaste. Good drying on the palate after each sip. Flavors blend well together and crispness comes from the carbonation I think.

D- This beer is very drinkable. Victory has this problem (in a good way) with making their higher ABV beers so damn drinkable. This makes the beer dangerous but still enjoyable as well!

alleykatking, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of speter
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a two-finger white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Malt and Belgian yeast, with a floral accent.

T: A sweet front rapidly turns clovey/peppery in the center. The finish is surprisingly clean, but the aftertaste is highly peppery/bitter. Throughout is the warm glow of ethanol.

M: Lighter than one might expect for a beer of this strength; the alcohol is nicely warming, and the carbonation lightens the overall palate sensation.

D: Ignoring the aspects of sessionability of a 9.5% beer, the pepper is a tad too strong on this.

speter, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a lemony citrus yellow with a thin frothy white head made up of lively carbonation. Not very impressed by the head retention on this one.
S: Very sweet and fruity with powerful Belgium spices, as expected. Notes of pear, clove, banana, green apple, bready yeast and alcohol. Some faint medicinal notes as well.
T: Fruity sugary sweetness hits the palate first, but is quickly overpowered by very spicy and peppery flavors. Alcohol warms the throat and rounds out the finish with a doughy spicy aftertaste.
M: Carbonation hits the palate sharp but then melts smoothly into velvet and alcohol that softly coats your mouth. The body is rich enough and slightly oily.
D: Not a spectacular tripel but a pretty decent and drinkable beer. The high alcohol is noticeable but masked fairly well. The flavors could use a bit of polishing, but one the whole it's not bad.

scottfrie, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4/5  rDev +8.4%

A- Clear gold with a bubbly, white head.

S- Pineapple, banana and tropical fruits with faint spice and Belgian yeast aromas.

T- Tropical fruits, lots of clove and coriander, and a minerally bitterness with the Belgian yeast flavors.

M- Medium body and nice bubble carbonation.

D- Not an outstanding triple, but certainly not a bad one either.

TommyW, Jun 02, 2010
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,327 ratings.