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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,885 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,885
Reviews: 1,704
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 111
Gots: 868 | FT: 4
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Ratings: 4,885 | Reviews: 1,704
Photo of danielsonc
2.56/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The overall smell of this beer was an overpowering amount of banana smell. After a couple of swishes around the glass and a sniff you could smell way too much sweet banana smell with a hint beligian hops. The appearance was a light opaque yellow with little bits of yeast granules leftover. The taste, for me, was too sweet. There were subtle hints of a typical belgian beer but with overpowering amounts of sweetness. As a blonde tripel I understand that it's supposed to be sweet, but I don't like when the sweetness overtakes the entire beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a huge white head. The aroma is heavy on the oranges and lemons with some bready malt. Overall, the aroma is very fruity with a little bit of alcohol.

The flavor is alcohol, oranges, lemons and a little bit of bubblegum. There is also a little bit of yeast and bready malt mixed in. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of PintOHops
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Snifter

A - Clear golden color with a very soapy 1-finger head that dissipated rather fast. No lacing was left on my glass but the beer remained looking somewhat lively in my glass.

S - It smells very sweet with lots of candy and banana notes everywhere. I also get clove and cinnamon with notes of banana nut bread. It smells pretty fresh with a bit of alcohol shining through all the sweet aroma's.

T - I get banana and bubble gum flavors upfront and throughout. The clove spice and bitterness seem to be competing with the alcoholic flavors towards the finish, but then some mild bready and very sugary flavors cut between both at the end. Pretty smooth for the amount of ABV but not to the extreme. As it warmed I got a bit more spice like cinnamon, and it even seemed a bit smoother tasting.

M - Soft and smooth with lite crispness and a medium body.

O - Overall this beer was good to me, it's not the best Tripel Ive had but it's good. It seemed to be a bit more sweet than anything else, I would have liked a bit more banana nut bread character in the taste, that I experienced in the aroma. I think I would have it again but probably pay a bit more for another Tripel. Worth a try for Tripel fans though. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: snifter

Poured a golden orange color with a thin soapy head. Nearly clear (could get to the yeast with a small snifter), plenty of medium bubbles.

Sweat and sugary on the nose. Some orange, faint banana, leather and clove are also present. It also has a bright and lightly dry alcohol presence. Reminds me of banana nut bread meats carrot cake.

Taste is so sweet with not much else to mention except the typical Belgian yeast characteristics, bubblegum, banana, clove. Finishes strong with a blast of clove and alcohol which gives the sensation of menthol.

mouthfeel is medium-high with medium carbonation and a slick and oily feel.

I'm not much a fan for Belgian yeast and i'm definitely not a fan of Belgian yeast in beers that are mediocre. Victory missed the mark on this one, yet blowing me away with their pilsner. Oh well.

Photo of ixodus
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear gold in color (appropriately) with a small white head that settles to a haze of foam.

S: Sweet, spicy, and very aromatic. In the nose I get coriander, banana, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and alcohol esters. Smells like a triple..

T: This beer tastes pretty hot compared to some of the other high abv tripels I've had. I taste alcohol upfront along with some spice followed by sweet sugary citrus fruits at the end.

M: Medium to thin bodied and a little on the overcarbed side.

Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at a family picnic. I was really excited to try it because usually the beer selections aren't the best at these things. Someone had gotten a mix and match case of Victory brews. I grabbed a Golden Monkey and poured it out. The color was a bright yellow with a head that comes and goes. The aromas were interesting. Kinda sweet, kinda funky and just overall different than most Tripels I've smelled. This beer tastes like it smells, I'm not sure how much I really enjoyed it. I found it to be kind of strange tasting. I'd try this one again if it came my way but I wouldn't pay for it.

Photo of jsprain1
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden. Head is neither voluminous or as long lasting as I would like. Some lacing.
S- Banana and some spice. Primarily fruity but there is definitely some spice in there. The banana and the spice seem more in competition than complemention here though.
T- The same problem persists here. It starts with a fruity flavor, but it somewhat gets overwhelmed by the spice character in the finish.
M- Compared to the paragons of the style it is too light and not creamy enough in the carbonation.
O- A decent triple but not one of the better ones out there. A bit disappointing for me considering the level this brewery usually performs at.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deceptively strong beer.
Golden in color with some cloudyness.

It has a faint fruity and spicy smell.

The taste is sweet, spicy and yeasty. You sense the alcohol more as the beer warms up.
The flavors come through more as the beer warms too.

It is a good beer. Not something I would want to drink a lot of. Very drinkable considering how high the alcohol content is. Worth mentioning again. This beer is sneaky strong!

Photo of Satchboogie
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (Best by 12/9/13) poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours golden yellow, a little cloudy, just over a finger of white frothy head. Just a little lacing.

S: Banana, clove, lemon, a background noble hop character, sweetness (in a banana bread way), spiced grains.

T: Very clean and creamy, first thing to hit the palate is slightly floral noble hops and sweet banana (thinking banana fosters). Golden malt, spices, and spicy alcohol come in next, the alcohol seems to pop in and out all over the place. There's a little hop bitterness, more so than typical in a triple. Finish is dry, spices and alcohol. It's got a very interested flavor profile, definitely more hoppy than traditional triples and the flavors seem to be all over the place. Alcohol phenols seems to dominate.

M: Medium carbonation, fairly light body, creamy and fairly smooth. Dry finish.

O: A solid beer that I enjoyed, but certainly not your typical triple. A hoppy and somewhat boozy take on what I consider a delicate style.

Photo of wschmit
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into an Ommegang goblet.

A: A bronze-tinged golden body with no trace of cloudiness. Nice, large bubbling belies a fine, bone-white head.

S: A fine, banana-dominated nose, redolent of but not quite as complex as a true Belgian tripel. Still, hints of spice and some nice wheaty character are perfectly palatable.

T: A crisp, dry hit up front actually rounds out into a sweet, bubblegum finish. The booze serves very nicely to blend the entire taste together. Less banana than the nose would suggest, but still pretty strong, and quite nice.

M: For its alcohol and somewhat sweet body, it's pretty light and, as mentioned, crisp. A nice carbonation helps the booze go right down.

O: It's not as complex as the better Belgian tripels, but as an American contender, it would do well against some of the lesser Belgians in this category, which is pretty high praise in my book. And it's a good deal cheaper, which makes it a great value for those looking to get into the style from lower alcohol or less yeasty beers.

Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.


Photo of thebrood1987
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of 6thomas3
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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

Photo of LtCracker20
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of celticfutblclub
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.7/5  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.

Photo of yisseroff
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of DarthRadb
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of sturner26
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of gskitt
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.6/5  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.

Photo of CaseyR22
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of Guden
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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