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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,683 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,683
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 86
Gots: 627 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of TheGarvenator
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours into a clear light golden color with a full foamy head

S - smells very citrisy and malty

T - a bitter taste with malt which tries to be Belgian white...

M - leaves an after taste that just doesnt sit right with me, almost forcing myself to deal with it

D - pretty drinkable i'd say, that after taste is kind of bothering me as i drink it though....to avoid it, you must drink more...

the idea behind this beer was the Belgian white style brewing....they kind of did it but not too well i think...very malty with citris and other spices that accumulate into an aftertaste for the tasteless....ok well maybe not that bad, but still its different...I can still drink it and enjoy it to some point and i think the fact that its like a Belgian white that i can stand it...in conclusion, its alright, just alright..

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The day after the madness...My house has no roof on it....

Pours a roiling and super carbonated light amber with hint of orange. Some sediment from the bottle conditioning. A two-three fingers of rocky head persists and leaves nice lacing. This is a great looking ale. Aromas are robust and as expected, showing yeasty spice like clove, some citrus, and a clean, fresh scent like grass in late Spring...Flavor is wonderfully yeasty and spicy. Very rich and full in the mouth, with a touch of sweetness but not over the top. Some bitterness from the bottle conditioning near the late middle carries into the finish, but it's a welcome bitterness rather than off putting. Very nice beer. It was a gift so no idea how expensive. Worth tracking down as it is quite flavorful and refreshing, but not super unique for the style. 9.5% ABV, wow, is well masked. Actually I just now realized they call this a tripel and I totally had it pegged as a Golden Ale...Now I understand the low ratings...

What I like most: The nice rich and refreshing flavor profile.

What I like least: The lack of originality.

Verdict: awesomely representative of the style (if it were trying to be a Golden Ale) and worth tracking down, but not unique.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drink by date is 12/9/15

Pours a rather boring yellow/light-orange with almost no head or lacing. Aromas and taste of malt and spice sweetness come through, but with too much carbonation.

A medium body that relies too much on carbonation. The 9.5% ABV is very well hidden.

This is the first Tripel I have had, so I can't say how well it captures the style,having had no others to compare it to. Just a little too sweet for my liking. But a good brew nonetheless.

Photo of bfree
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden and translucent with a 1 inch thick lingering head and bubbles swirling throughout the glass, it looks like a storm
S: bubblegum, some citrus fruits also, almost reminiscent of belgian whites and even the german style weisse, but much milder and kind of boring
T: not as much bubblegum as in the nose but it is sweet and i can definitely taste the cloves and some maltiness, and due to the high ABV it has a strong alcohol flavor that sits on the back of my tongue
M: a good amount of carbonation that moves quickly from the front to the back of my tongue, sits for a moment and stings a little, and is gone as quickly as it came
D: overall a good tasting beer, and at such a high alcohol content (9.5% ABV) it is pretty easy to drink. I think it is a decent beer...not the best from Victory (which I love) but in a variety pack it is a good change of pace

Photo of haazer
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into chimay chalice.

A- Pours about one finger of effervescent white head, recedes fairly quickly to a ring around the glass. Bubbles racing up to the surface indicate a well carbonated brew. Color is a beautiful gold and lemon blend.

S- The complexities of tripel aroma's are there, although kind of faint. The more dominant aroma is bubble gum, clove and the famous victory yeast strain. Almost smells more like a hefeweizen then a tripel.

T- Again the complex flavors of a tripel are present like in the nose, but weak. Apple, vinegar, and some sourness is there but not stand out. Does have a bubble gum taste to this also. Lastly, wait for it...Bananas!! Although towards the back of the flavor profile, fitting for the beers name of course. The booze could be masked a little better.

M- Highlty carbonated but I don't mind all that much. Does cause air pockets to build up and induces some burping. Light to medium bodied. Seems to get thicker as you roll this in your mouth, not a lot but some viscosity.

D- An ok Tripel. Give me Westmalle any day of the week! But a good attempt from victory, their V-12 Quad hit the style waaayy better but the Tripel is harder to do. I wouldn't turn one of these down, but wouldn't down too many as you'll be on your ass. Interesting section of the Victory website is "Respect the Monkey". I think that should say something about its drinkability.

Photo of Jimmys
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: bright gold without any haze. im actually surprised that there is no haze here. carbonation is crazy. a multitude of different sized bubbles. finer bubbles pushing around larger. fluffy white head sits proudly on top.

S: soft fruit and cracked black pepper. trying hard to discern more complexity, but cant get anything distinctive.

T: some of that same soft fruit sensed in the nose. a little bit of banana and pear. a touch of alcohol. the finish dissipates relatively quickly, especially for the style.

M: gentle carbonation on a body that is a little bit too light. spicy tingle on the finish.

D: a good brew, but im struggling to draw a significant amount of similarities to a tripel.

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

A cloudy golden yellow color pour with a 3 finger full white head. Aroma is very nice a grainy,yeasty,spicy mixture that begs you to take a drink. Flavor is more complex than I had expected, quite malty,slightly sweet,wheaty,a big spicy profile of clove, ginger, corriander,and peppercorns,some bananna and a hint of lemon peel, a dry,grainy crisp mouthfeel,with a long dry finish,very tasty.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - frothy white head, amber. Slight lacing.
S - Green apple, pear, slight cheesy funkiness
T - Grain, clove, banana, spicy slightly, alcohol. Very sweet, moreso as it warms. Bitter aftertaste
MF - Fairly bubbly, clean.
DB - 1 and done.

Quick review, have to go.
On tap at Market Cross Pub.

Not a great beer, missing a lot of complexity that other strong belgian-style beers tend to have. Too grainy and sweet in my opinion. Good, not great.

Photo of slick0ne
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

One of the worst beers ever made....Way to sweet. More like a first timers beer. Very disappointing. For the price your better off getting a chimay tripple. For the taste... your better off with a bud lite. I like the lable though. Wish it tasted at least as good as it looked.

Photo of polyester
2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This isn't a bad beer, exactly. It's just... difficult to justify purchasing.

The color is nice, a pretty translucent golden, and the bottle is on the sexier end of the spectrum. pours nicely, smells decent (very fruity, especially banana) and has a good sticky head.

But the taste. It's... not right, somehow. Too sweet, cloying and almost overwhelmingly sticky. Oddly the alcohol isn't covered up at all by this mass of fruity odor; it combines with it to hit you over the head. Let it warm up a little and you can't take a sip without that involuntary head-shiver going on.
Not smooth at all, plus it *burns* going down, and not in a good warming way.

Hard to describe, but this beer almost feels like a grouping of separate parts that don't work together. Not a coherent mix at all, and not a good representation of the style either.

That said, I'll still occasionally drink this stuff if it's there, and if I've already had a beer or two (of another kind) so my judgment has been impaired slightly. But I always regret it afterward.

Also, without fail this stuff will give me a massive headache when I wake up the next morning - way out of proportion to the actual amount of beer consumed. So there's that.

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle has a nice description of the beer, an "enjoy by" date and the abv% (9.5) on the label.

Appearance: The body has a hazy pale golden color with lots of yeast sediment and effervescent bubbles. The head is tall and light in color. It quickly settles to a very thin wisp layer. It still makes a few nice lace rings before fading though.

Smell: There are nice fresh fruity banana and orange juice like esters in the nose along with light bready yeast notes. I also get a slight fruity/citrus hop like note the background.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue the flavor matches the nose with estery and bready yeast and maltiness. This is followed up with some citrus hop notes blending in with spice and a touch of abv. The hop notes dry out the yeast and malt in the finish and then a slow fading bitterness takes over. The palate is well carbonated and lively.

Notes: I enjoyed this beer and felt that it was quite easy to drink for a 9.5% beer.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in my authentic DT snifter from a 12 oz bottle. The ABV and 'best-by' date on the label. Hazy golden/orange in color.
Thin head that persists, with good carbonation. Lots of tiny bubbles forming at the surface.
Aroma is high on spices (cloves and coriander), actually it is too spicy for my liking. Hints of bread/yeast, sweet fruity esters coming through.
Taste is very fruity with the spice coming through intermittently.
Slightly watery mouthfeel. Definitely warms the insides with every sip. This is not the best tripel, but worth a try. Not sure I would be going out of my way looking for this one again.

Photo of jsanford
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear, glowing gold with a lusciously creamy white head that refuses to dissipate. Sheets of lace are left as the glass is swirled, and there's lots of visible carbonation.
S - Sweet banana, bready malt, lemon zest, and spices (coriander, cloves, and Grains of Paradise). Very crisp and clean.
T - Banana dominates the flavor, with more bready malt, citrus, and strong spices. Surprising amount of hop bitterness in the finish, along with a noticeable amount of alcohol.
M - Smooth and creamy with a medium body, crisp carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - While I have in the past drank a number of these in a sitting, it's not something I'd recommend. The ABV sneaks up quickly, so beware!

Photo of Robertgc
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

POured a 12 oz bottle at about 48 degrees. Little or no head. appearance is clear/golden. Not much cloudiness, not much sweetness. Maybe a few spices, but they add to it's tartness rather than sweetness. Maybe a better cold beer drinkers beer. Flavors could have been more layered or defined.

Photo of bastardface
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have heard of this beer before but never had the opportunity to try this beer. Got it in a bottle and was pretty impressed with it. It reminded me of a dark beer but wasn't filling. The taste was rather hoppy without a strong after taste. I like this beer but you have to be careful because it does have a high alcohol content.

Photo of Dan3279
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, hopefully I its not too bad.

The first time I had this beer I had it on tap at a local bar and enjoyed it very much. I am a huge fan of Belgian style ales and this one is favorite. Even with a high abv of 9.5 it is very easy to drink without having a strong alchol taste. The drinkability is great and its easy to drink more than one in a single sitting.

Photo of Neecee513
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass.

A: gold, slightly cloudy, decent head and retention

S: Orange, fruity

T: Subtle orange, spice

M: Low carb, dry finish, low body

D: Perhaps I'd have a second, but no guarantee. There was some malt character and spiciness coming through.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A clear golden color. Decent head retention. Not much lace on the glass. Alot of bubbles rising through the beer.

S - Faint sweet aromas. The aroma is the weakest link, as it is not a strong aroma.

T - Excellent. Sweet malts and honey flavors. Spices round out the mix.

M - Drinks smoothly. Highly carbonated.

D - Very drinkable for such a high ABV beer. I could drink several of these. A very good beer that I will be buying again.

Photo of bnes09
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden, transparent brew with floating yeast. Creamy white head with nice lace mountains.

Smell of bananas, cloves, yeast and pine. Interesting.

Flavor is a bit of a disappointment, however. Nice banana and lemon flavor. Piney and leafy hop. Grains overwhelm the profile mid-drink. Finish is sour and puckering, and not in a good way. Alcohol character is a bit too pronounced.

Medium thickness with lots of bubbles.

Overall, its descent. Definitely not the worst beer in the world but there is lots of room for improvement. The sour aftertaste is really what ruined it for me.

Photo of danriverbrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank for a snifter.

Apperance- A nice cloudy deep straw color with a good head that sat a about 1/2 inch and stayed around for a bit.

Smell- Did not have a very overwhelming aroma to it but I did quickly notice some hints of spicey notes and a little bannana perhaps.

Taste- I was not ready for this. Strong clove and bannana tast with a nice hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel- An enjoyable mouthfeel however it didn't hang around very long. I had to keep sipping so I didn't forget how it tasted.

Drinkability- Over all I enjoyed Golden Monkey. I hadn't ready the lable (other than the name) untill I had first tried it. My first impressions during my pour where Pils. I had not long before finished Prima from Victory. So when I took my first sip I enjoyed how much character this beer came with.

Photo of spinrsx
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some very faint lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - breads/grains, oranges, bananas

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and feels slightly creamy yet dry on the tongue. I can taste lots of breads/grains, light bananas and a touch or orange. I also picked up on some citrus zest and some cloves. The alcohol is not hidden and it finishes with a sour/bitter aftertaste.

Drink - The beer has a harsh taste to it and seems like it lacks balance. It did get better as the beer approached room temperature, but it was still just an average tasting beer. I wouldn't seek this one out again.

Photo of Beertinez
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet glass. Pours a cloudy, gold with a 1 finger head. Quickly dissolves into a very thin head. Less than half a finger.

Aroma is somewhat lacking, in my opinion. Fruity. Alcohol comes through a bit... Picking up some floral notes.

Taste is more of the same. A little too fruity up front. Kind of like drinking some fruit juice. Can't really pick up the types of fruit, but definitely a blend going on there. Finishes with floral hops and a touch of spice. I also get a little alcohol taste in the finish too.

Surprising light mouthfeel for a brew of this ABV. Deceptively drinkable.

Overall, a decent brew, I guess. For me, its a type of brew I pick up to taste, don't enjoy it to the point where I get more but don't hate it to the point of a drain pour.

Photo of Ty1erC
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.*

a: the beer is golden yellow with lots of sediment suspended throughout. it also has lots of head, but it dies off quickly.

s: it smells sweet, flowery, citrusry, spicy...

t: immediately, the beer is sweet and fruity-tasting. the finish is slightly bready and bitter. it's a good combination of a lot of subtle flavors.

m: medium-bodied, a good amount of carbonation.

d: this is incredibly drinkable for a beer with 9.5% abv.

Photo of GatheringBrews
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and slightly hazy in color, this beer pours a big, frothy white head that holds very well. The aroma is citrus with hints of banana and clove. It has a medium body mouthfeel, which means it's not heavy, but it's not a light beer; it has real body. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming, almost a background note of heat. The flavor is a pleasant balance of mild maltiness and slight hops, and it finishes with just a touch of hop bitterness that's nice. This is a beer that develops more character as it warms in the glass as well. It's not as spicy as other examples of this beer, and suffers just a touch from the lack. Overall, this is nice example of the style, and folks who haven't had this style could easily enjoy and be introduced to the world of Belgian ales.

Photo of fbone
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:medium straw color,head left quickly,nice carbonation.

S:great fruity,yeasty smell.reminds me of banana & subtle spice.

T:This brew is extremely well balanced.everything comes together as you drink it.Tastes very similar to the Belgian brew delirium tremens.

M:perfectly medium body smooth finish.

D:this brew goes down fast!somehow it hides the alcohol content!I love this beer,it is one of my new favorites.I consider this beer to be a work of art.An american beer that that competes with Belgian craft beers,with a cheaper price.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,683 ratings.