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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,339 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,339
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 69
Gots: 467 | 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 beveritt
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a goblet. The label describes this as a "Tripel Ale" and an "Ale Brewed With Spices." The purple label has a yellow (golden) monkey with an eye in its stomach, doing the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil gestures. And, apparently, flashing the shocker. Enjoy by Apr 22 11.

Appearance: Well, I guess I had better pour the damn thing, because after popping the cap and writing about the label, foam is creeping out the top of the bottle. Pours with about half a finger of nearly white foam, less than expected from a typical Belgian. This settles quickly into a ring around the glass and some thin islands of foam. The beer itself is a very pale, hazy yellow, with lots of floaties. Some activity.

Smell: Sweet candy sugar aroma with hints of clove and banana. Slight metallic smell.

Taste: Actually bitter upfront, with a tangy sweetness that you feel in the back of the throat. Some spiciness, but not as evident as in the smell. All in all, more bitter than the typical aged hops Belgian I am used to, and lacking some of the character.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level, as I would expect for this style. Body is okay, a little watery, but once again, kind of typical of this style.

Drinkability: Having heard so much about Victory in general and this brew in particular, I was expecting something a little more. The flavors don't seem to blend well, and there are several which I would not normally associate with this style. Not bad, but I'll stick to some of the other brewers for Belgian ales.

beveritt, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of Chodite
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ahh the tripel that got me started on tripels. My favorite style. I used to think this was the pinnacle. King of all kings. Until I found out about that country called Belgium.

BUT, it still stands up. Not as good as the quality Belgian tripels, but probably the best American style that I've had.

Poured from a bottled into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. Pours a somewhat cloudy golden color with a nice head for the first few minutes but quickly fades leaving some lacing.

Smells a bit like bubble gum and banana bread.

Tastes much more fruity than the average tripel. Lots of flavor though and not a whole lot of alcohol taste, considering it's 9+% ABV. Also tastes a bit like banana bread.

Still one of my sentimental faves and one of the absolute best values around. I still go back to the Monkey every few weeks.

Chodite, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of sstackho
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Six 12oz bottles purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston for $13. Best before date of February 2011. Pours a nice cloudy gold with a fluffy white head and lots of carbonation. Light wheaty, lemony aroma that wouldn't be out of place for a witbier. First sensation is a tangy mouthfeel from the carbonation and some light spices. Some bubblegum flavours with the yeast. Medium to full bodied, and a bit hot going down the throat. This one didn't stand out in a rash of similar tripels I've had lately.

sstackho, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vivid orange color, with not much of a head to speak of. Lots of yeast floating around the glass getting stirred around by the carbonation.

The smell is a of a waning orange-apricot sweetness with some spice and mild alcohol after a good inhale.

The taste is that distinct sweetness of a Belgian, or a want-to-be Belgian, candied, slightly bitter with orange citrus, date, fig and refined alcohol.

This beer is thinner than I would have expected and leaves off dry.

Better on tap, but very good all around.

phantomwyse, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of BirdFlu
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden Monkey is a pretty good display of the tripel style. I have had tripels that I loathed before, and I must say this one is pretty enjoyable. The aroma and flavor are both very tripel-like. The spice is present, but not overbearing. Aroma has a bit of banana, as well as orange creamsicle, a bit of orange peel, and a bit of wheat. These carry over to the taste, citrusy orange, lemon zest, wheat, and some sweet maltyness that is present in the back of your throat. Mouth ahs a lot of carbonation and a light to moderate body. A crisp bite and the flavor sets in as it moves over your tongue leaving a faint, sweet aftertaste. It definitely excited all of your taste buds. Pours an amber-yellow with a thin frothy white head. Easily drinkable, and, again, a nice display of tripel style

BirdFlu, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Head quickly fades and leaves very little lacing.

S - Strong bready and yeasty aroma. Lots of banana with light lemony hints.

T - Sweet banana with a slight bready characteristic as well. A very strong yeast taste as well. Somewhat tart giving you a little bit of a puckering sensation.

M/D - Light to medium bodied. Alcohol is not string in the taste at all but you can quickly feel it hit you.

ckeegan04, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Buebie
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip.

Appearance is a hazy unfiltered wheat like visual. 2 finger fluffy white head.
Smell is chemical bleac? Fruity overtones with a sweet bread like smell.
grassy hop aroma, spices, cinnemon?

Taste is sweet upfront with a floral hoppieness, orange peel, hops, strange over powering spice.
Carbonation overload.
Mouthfeel is thin and carbonated.

Interesting brew that packs a punch, but the smell is chemically and really turned me off.

Buebie, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy yellow orange with no head

S - Belgian yeast with citrus and bananas.

T - Belgian yeast with some spices and a little hot. Hint of biscuit flavor on the end.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Light burn which I guess is to be expected at 9.5%

D - Pretty decent tripel

midaszero, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I still am not quite sure what to make of this beer even after I have finished it. Poured a surprisingly rich golden color. This beer appeared somewhat dense as the carbonation slowly made its way up to a nice frothy head that left good lacing. The aroma is very complex with scents of banana, clove, pepper, and sweet malts. The alcohol could also be detected easily by the nose, which is no surprise since this tripel boasts a sturdy 9.5% abv. Crisp mouthfeel but nothing out of the ordinary. The flavor was an intense concentrated version of the aroma that was given off. Overall I can't say this is a great beer and I can't say I hated it either. I don't think the overall flavor is quite my style but It is interesting to say the least and worth a try. The funny thing is that my insides are still warm all over from this one.

kinger, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of pearljam118
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a bottle into a glass, cloudy golden yellow in color with slight head that settles quickly

S: fruity with a hint of spice

T: light mouthfeel with a very sweet then spiced after taste

D: this is a 1 or 2 beer due to its high abv and strange after taste

pearljam118, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Jerico
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - this beer pours with slightly cloudy, golden honey color. There's a fair amount of puffy head but it fizzles pretty quick. Only slight lacing.

S - the smell is bready and sweet, with some spice. I found it pretty typical of a good triple.

T/M/D - bready, powdery yeast taste, with a good wallop of candy sugar. It finishes nicely, and the alcohol is apparent. This a pretty good beer, but I find it a touch on the ordinary side when compared to some of its Belgian brethren (Karmeliet comes to mind as a good benchmark).

Jerico, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of brushtachio
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a solid beer that suffers only when compared to the many stellar brews in it's style. Appearance is average. Nose is where it begins too fall short. Very little scent outside of a vague floral aroma. Taste is heavy on alcohol, light on spice. Nonetheless a very refreshing, surprisingly drinkable (for as blatantly string as it is)

brushtachio, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first venture into the 'Tripel' style.

A: It is a bright golden color, a tad cloudy. Not much of a head and what was there disappeared quickly.

S: Vague hints of banana, lemons, orange and spices.

T: A good mixture of bananas and citrus. Also has a spicy taste. Some hints of honey and wheat as well.

M: It leaves a spicy and sweet aftertaste on the palate. A little too much alcohol flavoring though.

D: Such a high ABV, makes it a non-session beer. Overall, I enjoy the spicy wheat flavoring, but the taste of alochol was too apparent.

IronCitySteve, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of MinorThreat
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-No head, yeast suspended throughout a golden clear beer. Chunks of yeast clouding an otherwise crystal clear brew.

S-Sharp, pears and apples. Pretty typical of Belgian yeasts

T-Sweet malts, pepper and spice, bready yeast green apples

M-Oily crisp but leaves a residue

D-Decent considering the ABV

MinorThreat, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of dasenebler
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting more for the hype surrounding this Victory brew, not to mention the price, which is around 11 bucks a sixer. I am also pretty green when it comes to Belgian style brews so bare with me.

Poured a hazy gold. A somewhat fizzy head with a ring that stuck around for the rest of the way. Nose was sweet.

Taste at first is sweet-- like a wheat beer to me. Almost went beyond sweet to sugary. Some bitterness and some sweet malts. A bit of spice makes things interesting. But man, this beer is strong (9.5%) for it's body, which is a bit lighter than medium. You get a sharp (for beer, that is) alcohol taste in the finish. Dangerously drinkable too, given the sweetness and spice, combined with a smooth body.

I found the flavor of this beer interesting but ultimately unsatisfying. Just didn't hang together for me. Too strong and too light. I don't know. I need to try more tripels and understand them better. For me, the golden monkey is not worth it for the price. I am much more a fan of Victory's HopDevil and Prima Pils.

dasenebler, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of AChamberlain
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at Flying Saucer in Austin. Served with no head, but the color is pretty...orangish gold. Sweet and alcoholic smelling, not bad, just strong. Tasty "tripel" flavor. Fizzy as it hits the tongue and zesty going down. I am liking this beer, but it is quite strong and could effect the overall drinkability. A nice tripel to sit back and take your time with.

AChamberlain, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of micahgoldfus
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured an attractice, hazy, thick, golden color, but with a bit of a small, dull head. The smell was pleasant: plenty of sweetness, with orange, honey, maybe even some berries in there, plus yeast, spice, bready notes, and a touch of light hops. I was excited to give it a try, but the taste dissapointed. There was the usual cast of character: the yeast, orange peel, banana, pale malts. But the tastes that I took away from the beer were the alcohol and the sweetness. The beer did not do a good job of masking the alcohol, making it as the dominant flavor, leaving a dry, metallic aftertaste in my mouth with each sip. If anything, they tried to mask it with sugary and fruity flavors, but the beer just came off as syrupy, especially with its pseudo-thick mouthfeel. I usually enjoy triples, and I think that there are plenty of better examples of this beer out there.

micahgoldfus, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of krukster
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden color, not much lacing

Smell: Definately malty and a decent hint of fruits

Taste: Can taste the friuts and spice. Just the right amount of hops. Even though you can taste the fruits and spice, you can also taste the high alc %.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but if you more than one in a session, watch out :)

Overall: A better than average Tripel. Couldn't be the case price at $32, woohoo!

Serving type: bottle

krukster, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of dhd1491
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say, I'm diggin' the Golden Monkey.

I usually read what the Bros have to say about a beer, cause they're usually on the money. They weren't too crazy about this one. Got to disagree.

No head, no lace, but an inviting hazy yellow-gold. Floral aroma. Great taste. Sweeter than some of the Belgian Tripels I've had, but also without an unpleasant bite that I find in many of them. Great spices...cloves, nutmeg, allspice...love it. Buttery, but slightly oily, mouthfeel. Alcohol wasn't overpowering, despite high ABV. This was a point of contention in other reviews, but I had no problemo.

At the end of the day, this is a beer I would love to keep in the fridge regularly.

dhd1491, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety pack I picked up a few months back. Dated best before Nov. 12, 2012. That's a long way off so it should be fresh.

Pours a hazy orange color with very little head, no lingering, no lacing.

Smell is strong but not all that pleasant. Mostly yeast with some sweetness and maybe some banana.

Taste is overly strong for what I consider a good tripel. Strong in every respect but especially alcohol. I feel that this is a perfect example of how "americanizing" a classic european style goes too far. It's too dark, too strong, and it loses the delicate nature of the style in the process.

GilGarp, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of TCadillac
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a ripply bottomed wine glass, because I cracked 2 Duvel tullips in the dishwasher. Pours somewhat smooth with a foamy white head and orange/copperish body, think the color of orange sucker at the doctor's office. Smell = orange peel, grapefruit, vanilla extract, clove, and nutmeg. Taste = pear, light caramel, light citrus, butterscotch, and pudgent spice. As you let the beer sit in your mouth you can feel and taste the alcohol warm the sides of you gums. Your cheeks will tingle after you take a swish and swig. I am a huge fan of Belg. style Tripels, this is definately recommendable. Cool Hindu/Buddist Monkey Idol on bottle is a sweet logo.

TCadillac, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of luvGoldenMonkey
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As my name entails, I love this beer, and always get it when visiting VBC. I seem to pick out new subtle nuances with ever glass of this 'complex' brew. Drinkability is the biggest surprise with a beer with such a high abv %. Can easily finish 2 or 3 without problem. (Which unfortunately means the end of the drinking for the evening.)

luvGoldenMonkey, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy peach-orange body capped with a thin finger of white head that dissipated fairly quickly but leaves a bit of lacing on the Ommegang glass; nice color, but only decent aftermath on the presentation. Robust nose, full of orange, apricot, and some spice that warms my heart. Equally good is the taste, in no small part because the aroma is realized in the taste. So often, what one detects in smell goes unrequited in the actual consumption. Not so here. Lots of fruit--apricot, orange, banana, pepper, hints of clove--all wrapped in a smooth texture. If there is anything I'd critique in the mouthfeel, it's the relative dearth as a Tripel in carbonation. It's one of the best features of, for example, Westmalle Tripel--the lush effervescence that co-mingles the flavors. Here, the flavors protrude somewhat in spite of the imbalanced texture. Smooth, yes; yet a tad flat late in this beer's life, alas.

However, this more than a game effort at a Tripel, all the more because it masks the high ABV. Although not on par with its other contributions such as the brilliant Hop Wallop, Victory has done itself and its devotees proud with this delicious Tripel. Well worth trying, a fine Tripel.

Gehrig, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of daftafne
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Went to the a little release party for victory in Indiana at Rich O's tonight in New Alabany and had a flight of Prima Pils, Hop Devil, and Golden Monkey.

Had a hay/golden color and smelled of fresh fruit, spices, and herbs. The first flavor to hit my palate was a biting spicy hop followed by sugars. Fairly well hidden alcohol - surprising light mouthfeel - just a little sticky. Really from the beers I have had of Victory's (which is only the three listed above), they are a very conservative brewer. That is, they stay true to form of the style and dont venture to far out with experimentation. This was not a very remarkable tripel.

daftafne, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of coalcracker
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fizzy, active carbonation with the pour. Medium gold color.
Smell: Sweet malts, Candi sugars perhaps? Some whiffs of fruits.
Taste: Malts predominate with barely enough balance from the hops. Dark fruits and spices can be tasted- has a slight sweet quality. Alcohol warmth very evident.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied feel. Alcohol warmth omnipresent.
Drinkability: The ABV will limit quantity, but this is nontheless a drinkable tripel.
Overall: A worthwhile tripel. The alcohol presence could have been better disguised- thus better served as a sipper.

coalcracker, Jul 05, 2008
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,339 ratings.