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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,393
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 72
Gots: 487 | 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 xenolithic
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Eyes: Pours with a 2 finger palish white head into my pub glass. The beer itself is a cloudy golden amber with significant carbonation.

Smell: Smells faintly of cloves with a little graininess to it. Slightly sweet, but not too much so.

Taste: Distinct clove and spice taste, nice and mellow, I'm glad I let this sit for a little bit.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery with a mild yet lasting bitter finish.

Drinkability: This bomber should be shared amongst friends, split at dinner. Two people can easily finish this together, or one determined person alone.

xenolithic, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/20/2006 (12oz bottle from Spec's):

Pours a golden yellow color body, with a good sized head. Has an aroma of flowers, some perfume, and some alcohol in the nose. A nice taste of flowers, some raisin, fizzy palate, and a medium-strong alcohol taste.

jujubeast6000, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/29/08. Bottle. Poured a mango orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus fruits, mango, cantelope. Taste of the same fruits, some spices, finish of bitter rind. Heavy mouthfeel for a tripel. Ehh, I just didn't really like this one. The flavors didn't mesh together very well. 7/4/5/3/13 (3.2/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a quicky dissipating white head. Aroma is very spicy with hints of yeast and citrus. The golden flavor of this beer is beautifully balanced with a generous amount of spices and hint of hops. Very underated tripel from Victory. I loved this beer a lot more when I first sampled it.

corby112, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks cookin420 for this one.
Small capped bottle poured into a goblet.

Hazy bright golden brew, very nice color but little head to crown its top, and whatever white head is there disappears in a minute or so; very little lacing for the style.
Aroma is nice, if a bit too sweet to the point of getting annoying over time; fruity, mostly bananas, and candy sugar.
Firm on the palate, it is not nearly as sweet as the nose suggested; although fruity and candy like notes abound, alcohol and a bitter bite come and go to provide some balance. It lacks depth, and over time the sweet stuff just overpowers. I am a big fan of both sweet beers (which this one was not supposed to be)and belgian style ales, unfortunately this one does not please me a lot on either aspect.

brdc, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of beresnaub
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a long way from Pennsylvania. We are happy they shipped a box to Henry's in Temecula.

Kevin drank from a wine glass.
Kevin said "This looks like reddish honey. I enjoyed this beer after a long and hardy Thanksgiving Day. The smell is malt driven, easy on the hops. This would be delicious with a bowl of curry."

Brandon enjoyed this Tripel Ale from a pint glass
Brandon said "The bottle is poorly designed. The so-called 'mystical monkey' is more of art than artwork. I don't think they gave any thought to who, or what, was on the bottle. The color of this beer ranges from neon yellow to a warm yellow. The head is substantial and gives off inviting scents. The smell is mellow, for a tripel, and tastes good. I would buy it again, should I see it in a store - I recommend it."

Have fun.

beresnaub, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of DanielClouser
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A local liquor store found some stray beer in a recent renovation, including a six pack of Golden Monkey, bottled 4/25/07. Being one of my favorites fresh, I needed to try the aged version.

Poured into my Chimay goblet, the appearance was GM's typical lovely orange-gold. However, head retention was only hurt by age, and this is already a problem for this brew.

The nose is not the same in the aged version of Golden Monkey. The light malts come out more, with esters and spice taking a backseat. A little musty character from the Belgian yeast comes out that wasn't there before.

Taste-wise, the iso-amyl acetate (banana ester) has pretty much disappeared, and the malts and mustiness--much like an aged cheese--from the nose show up. Alcohol, strangely, seems more present but not unpleasantly so.

Mouthfeel is nice; the perhaps somewhat overcarbonated GM is now very smooth. Drinkability--for a 9.5% beer--remains high, but the alcoholic presence tempers it very slightly.

Overall, this brew is much more well-balanced than the young version, but I really miss the esters. I think I really love Victory's off-balance brews: they bring certain great flavors to the forefront. While the aged Golden Monkey is quite great (rivaling many Belgian Trippels I've had), it's not the same as the crazy young beer that got me into Belgians to begin with.

DanielClouser, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of ohiohophead
1.2/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

appearance: cloudy with a golden straw color

aroma: Beer has a very uninviting spiced aroma with no noticeable hops. Prior to drinking, I was hoping the aroma wasn't too much of an indicator of flavor. I was wrong.

taste: An overwhelmingly spiced flavor that had hints of banana. Completely horrible taste that was too much to handle

drinkability: Completely undrinkable.

Overall: Horrible. One of the worst beers I have ever consumed. I had to pour the remaining third of the beer down the drain and rinse my repeatedly with the closest beer I could find. I will never buy this one again.

ohiohophead, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of irishman06
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Cool artwork.

Nice cloudy golden color, nice lacing but little head retention.

Faint aroma at first, but becomes peppery and yeasty.

Extremely strong. Very alcoholic. Yeasty and spicy, settles nicely in the mouth if you're one who enjoys a challenging brew.

This stuff is strong, real strong. Drink responsibly. I have a buddy who drank four of them in a night without remembering they were 9% and he ended up in bad shape. Drinker beware.

irishman06, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of saradad
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12oz glass from the bottle forming a cream colored head over a yellow-gold body, very slight haze and a good bit of visible carbonation. The head disipates to a thin cap on the top of the beer that nicely laces the glass. The smell is quite sweet and somewhat alcoholic in nature, too damn complex for me to describe, maybe grains and sugar and nutmeg??? The taste is equally complicated, malt up front then a light floral hops taste with an overall spice bite with a light alcohol presence. Hell, let's make this simple, it tastes and smells real good. It's real creamy too, slightly dry finish with a sweet aftertaste. I think this is a very easy drinking beverage but the high ABV kicks it out of session beer category most of the time. Sayonara!

saradad, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on Dec 13 '06.

At 9.5%, I was hoping this would turn out better than it did, but it's not too far off from when I had this fresh (minus the alcohol heat). This particular bottle had zero head, and looked like apple juice. Whiff of fruit, dull dusty bubble gum.

Flavors are alright, ultra sweet juicyfruit gum, drying alcohol in the finish. Body is mellow and carbonation is low. Mild astringency, some floral aspect to the aftertaste. Overall it's not bad, just not something I would return to.

emerge077, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lots of floaters in this one. Poured with a foamy white head that formed then settled quickly to a thin skim of foam across the beer. The beer itself was a clear golden color, but suspended sediment speckled the entire glass.

The aroma was pleasant and spicy. A good deal of fruitiness was apparent as well.

Taste was quite interesting and spicy. You were immediately hit with the different spices and then a burst of fruit flavors. Berries and perhaps a tropical note or two.. A bit of a white pepper hit was there the entire time. As it finished, you sensed some floral hops and then the Belgian Yeast. You can detect the higher alcohol level in this bad boy.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. There is a warming effect due to the alcohol.

Very drinkable. This is a great beer to have when starting to investigate the Belgian styles. I'm not saying it's as good as some of the classics, but it's very interesting and a nice introduction to the style.

Reagan1984, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of bort11
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mymngjckt and the BA Secret Halloween 08

750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on Jan 10 06. Poured into a St Bernardus goblet. Mild off white head quickly recedes. Speck of filmy lace stick to the surface. Color is a mildy hazy apricot. Some carbonation activity is visible.

Smell is mixture of apples, apple skins, pears and some spices like cumin, a bit of clove, and maybe some orange zest. The fruit flavor in the taste has a caramelized quality. Not quite smoky, but maybe grilled or baked apples. Spice picks up in the taste. There is some white pepper there.

Mouthfeel is very clean and goes down very easy. Maybe a little too easy for a 9.5%.

bort11, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Fin's Raw Bar pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger head of sudsy foam which left almost no lace.

S: Smell filled with a bit of clove and other herbal spices, followed by a bready malt aroma and a light fruitiness.

T: Taste is a little crazy; sharp, alcoholic herbal bitterness with a spicy bread malt flavor behind it. A very sweet brew which is thinned by flavors of clove, mint, banana and melon soaked in alcohol.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sugary, with an alcohol induced crispness.

D: The strong alcohol content and sweet herbal flavors would likely make this a good beer to try, but not one to session. I'd share this with my beer enthusiast friends, but wouldn't keep it around for consumption all the time.

A very big beer, and not as typically clear and refined as true Belgian tripels. A good beer, but not one for the light-hearted.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber murky tone. Very active carbonation bubbling throughout. Retains a nice 1-two finger head for quite some time.
Smells of ripe pears, bananas foster(bananas/caramel/sugar) applesauce, some floral grassy notes. quite sweet smelling.
Taste is very much a liquid profile of the smell. Sweet, fruity, slightly grassy.Overall, too sweet for my taste. Really lacking in the Belgian spiciness and yeasty complexity. This is what happens when American do a "Belgian Style"---Belgian without Belgian complexity--good, but not graet. If you are new to Triples, definately try this one. If you can appreciate the finer points of Westmalle Triple or De Dolle Du Teve---stick to what you know

czfreeman, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of ncbeermonger
1.6/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

not one I will have again, as much as it pains me to say this, I would rather have an over produced American Lager, light Lager or pilsner than the Golden Monkey

It pours well, and is a golden style with some hints of orange

The smell is of wheat, and no obvious hops

The taste is not a pleasant one, I had a couple of more sips just to make sure it was as bad as I had remembered. IT WAS, I am an admitted IPA, and stout fan, this wheat beer is simply not good. I will not buy this beer ever again, but I will be back to Victory for plenty of the Prima Pills, and Hop Devil!

ncbeermonger, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of DIPAbrewer
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy Golden color with a sparce head. Spicy hops and Belgian yeast dominate the aroma. The flavor is full of warming alcohol, sweet fruit, and Belgian spiciness.
An interesting beer but not my favorite Ameri-Belgian brew. Victory's other beers are full of flavor and delicious, this one is just a little funky and boozy. Go for Hop Devil instead!

DIPAbrewer, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light yellow with a quickly faded head and no lacing.

First aroma is a hoppy fruity fragrance.

Interesting flavor, tastes like a tripel mixed with an IPA. A dry hop taste with fruity undertones. Surprising for a 9.5% ABV, only a slight alcohol presence. Quite sweet.

Medium bodied with light carbonation, crisp finish.

A very enjoyable beer, quite an unusual balance even though the sweetness kind of takes over about half way through. Deceptively high abv makes you think twice about having too many.

Zadok, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big "snap" of carbonation as I popped open the bottle.
Light, golden in color/. True to style. Big white head leaves an ample trail of lacing.
Yeasty in the nose...Belgianesque? Appples and pear noted and very sweet in the malts.
Wow was the initial reaction upon tasting.Very full mouthfeel, sweet on the palate. Feeling the alchohol here....warms the inners.
Good beer, although I think some aging will do it wonders!

dmamiano, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer a few (probably 4 or 5) years ago in college in PA. Wasn't familiar with BA then so now is the perfect time to review. Got this Bomber in a BIF and felt it needed to be reviewed.

A-If a monkey were golden in color, this would be it. Clear yellow/gold in color. 1 finger of head that dissipates. No lacing.

S-Sweet and fruity, like a good belgian. Very sweet.

T-There is nothing that discerns this from a typical tripel/belgian. Everything I expected and remembered.

M-Sweet and smooth. Flavor lingers temporarily.

D-Careful with this one. Victory is known, or should be, for making high ABV beers that sneak up on you.

TasteTester, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a light brown color with lots of carbonation. Head lingers a long time.

Smell- Very fruity, nice esters. Rather banana esque, its nice.

Taste- Sweet and fruity. Slightly wheaty notes too, really jumps off the tongue and hits you. Its quite lovely

Mouthfeel- Not too bad, perhaps a bit on the watery side, doesnt really fill the palate up.

Drinkability- Very good, could sit back and hammer of few of these, which could be dangerous considering the abv.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory has arrived in Maine, and I am very happy to see it. This beer is a great tripel. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head. It had a fruity (banana) and spicy (clove) aroma. Fruit and spice in the taste, some biscuity malt. Warming alcohol. A very smooth, drinkable beer. I was tempted to drink more of the 6 pack, but stopped after two.

lordofthewiens, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Joker2008
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had quite a few tripels over the years. For the price and the taste you can't beat this. Sweet yet sour. You can be tricked into drinking more of these than you should.

They go down smooth and very quenching.

Very similar in taste to Piraat or Moinette.

This is one beer which is always on my to buy list. It many ways reminds me of the Degarre in Bruges.

Joker2008, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of notafood
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a barely cloudy golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that quickly dissolved. Visible carbonation

Sweet, spicy and yeasty. I can smell a bit of alcohol, esters, and a little pepper.

More spice than sweetness. Dry, and crisp and bready. Deliciously bitter,

Pretty carbonated, light and very dry.

Well do it again, but next time, I'll buy the whole six instead of a single. Pretty strong stuff, so I'm not sure I'd have more than two 12ozs at a time.

notafood, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminded me of Duvel but with more spices and less carbonation. Me like

A- Nice transluscent gold color with carbonation present but a weak head with no retention

S- Smells like spices with bubblegum clove leading the pack. I also detect spearmint and that classic yeasty beer smell

T- Taste is good and does an ok job of conquering the alcohol. Mostly herbal spices in place of hops. Has a very distinct Belgian yeast, sweet fruity character to it.

M- Feel is just about the best part of this beer. Low carbonation and a light body make it a quick delivery.

D- Too spicy to be chuggable but it is very pleasant in slow consumption

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 06, 2008
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,393 ratings.