Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,694
Reviews: 1,653
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 86
Gots: 642 | FT: 2
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 BeTheBall
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of spree92
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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...

Photo of jacobseyb
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of wvbeerdad
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of jgagne
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of kldobbins
4.28/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of snpub540
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of clickpush
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of FattyJLE
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of inthebeeraisle
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a normal pint glass.

A: Some significant lacing from not much head, and quite active carbonation. A deep golden color.

S: Floral spice aroma that is got a little bit of an off putting adjunct lager aroma. Still a lot going on though.

T: Warming alcohol with a bit of bitterness. Definately a belgian yeasty flavor there. Lacks much of any spice characteristic.

M: A denser mouthfeel then some other Tripels I've had. I'm fine with a boozy beverage as long as there is something else there. This misses.

O: Not a beer I'll be going back too. I've loved some other Victory Belgian style beers before, and this one didn't match my expectations.

Photo of jester5120
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in snifter

A-light straw color with thick white head that quickly disapeared.

S-sweet spicy smell with a slight fruitiness to it.

T-sweet taste to it spicy flavor with strong presence of candy sugar.

M- Medium bodied with a lingering sweet flavor

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A. A deep gold colored beer that poured a two finger head. Doesn't retain much, but does have decent lacing throughout the journey.

S. The smell is a complex mix of dark fruits, slightly overripe bananas, malt and spices.

T. It starts out on a bitter hop note, and goes into a banana bread flavor. This is followed up with a a spiciness and ends with alcohol.

M. About average carbonation, it's a medium bodied brew that ends with an alcoholic bite.

O. Overall an interesting brew that doesn't seems as well balanced between hops and malt as other tripels. The post-hop flavor is enjoyable and the spice finish is appreciated though, and I did warm up to the alcohol finish after it warmed a bit.

Photo of pratyk
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

Appearance: Cloudy Golden Yellow with a soapy head that is 3 fingers deep

Smell: Banana with Cloves. Maybe a little bit of vanilla

Taste: Banana flavor with a spicy clove bite when the beer touches the tongue. A sweet malty flavor profile overall.

Mouthfeel: A spicy brew with high carbonation. Maybe a little bit too carbonated for all the flavors to come through.

Overall: A pretty decent Tripel but not as good as some of the oth

Photo of Sneers
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best-by 10 March 2014

Pours a fairly clear rich orange-gold, capped by a moderate white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

The aroma is of soft, sweet banana, spicy phenols, a bit of warming alcohol, and a hint of butter.

As far as tripels go, this one is on the hoppy side of things. The bitterness and the spicy characteristics give this one some bite. The sweetness is appropriately assertive and stands to round off the edges. A light fruitiness of apples or pears makes it way in before the swallow. The alcohol is well-masked and is most present on the finish, which is also faintly bitter. The Golden Monkey would find its home more along the likes of Chimay and Westmalle than La Fin and Karmeliet.

The mouthfeel is big, rich, and creamy, without too much carbonation. It gets a little thinner with warming.

This is my second go at Golden Monkey, and the first time I really wasn't a fan; now, I think I can see why, but I also find it far more favorable. This beer is big and complex, but lacks the panache, so to speak, of my favorite tripels.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Enjoy by Feb 2 2014!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a THICK doughy head.

Smell: Sweet white wine alcohol smell. Yeasty banana aroma of a hefeweizen.

Taste: Again, yeasty banana hefeweizen flavor - only much sweeter and not nearly as sour. Alcohol presence is definitely noticeable. A heavy malt-forward ale. I cannot seem to taste the "exotic spices from the East."

Mouthfeel: A thick, heavy brew made for sipping. Some spicy carbonation.

Overall: My first foray into the Tripel category. I look forward to trying some Belgian examples of the style.

Photo of chugalug06
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Quickly builds a nice head. Mildly soapy with quite a bit of foam. Very little foam sticks to the sidewalls. Brew is very nice golden-yellow color; slightly foggy.

S - Banana scent is very forward along with cloves. Vanilla and ginger are also prevalent. Very nice scent.

T - Quite a bit of alcohol bite. Bitter due to the alcohol heat... Aside from the heat the brew drinks very nice with wonderful clovey-ness.

M - Very interesting Mouthfeel... Overly carbonated with great yeast flavor. However the over carbonation draws me away from from the wonderful flavor buried inside this brew.

O - A bit too much for me, not quite what I expected form the scent. Wonderful scent with a bit rough of a drinkability. Super glad I finally got to try this one! Good brew in a great trade!

Cheers brendaniel!

Photo of jamescain
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a sniffer, to be honest I bought this beer to try it in a blondie recipe, which turned out really tasty.

Appearance: Pale yellow with orange hues. Initially there was a white head about two fingers worth and then fades to a thin lacing.

Aroma: Orange peel, citrus, yeast and coriander dominate.
Taste: To be honest, not really a fan. It seems to be muddled together; it is hard to distinguish between the flavors. It’s kind of messy, there is a little orange, a lot of yeast, a little bready, but nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Very interesting mouthfeel, it’s relatively carbonated and yet it is still somewhat chewy. I can’t say that I’m a fan.

Overall: Not my favorite beer. I haven’t had much experience with tripels but the one’s that I have had I preferred to Victory’s offering. It’s too bad because I’m a big fan of their stuff.

Photo of birderbeerer
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, golden, with huge frothy white head that lasts. Decent lacing.

Pretty potent aroma. Spicy yeast leads cloud of bread and flowers.

Taste is more hoppy than bready or spicy. Good. Hops are piny and floral. Spice comes in behind then a dry finish. Slightly bready but a little thin. The pine hops just don't blend well with the yeast and spice, but the beer is still good and enjoyable. Feels like it's on the brink of becoming very good, but currently seems incomplete.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,694 ratings.