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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,579 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,579
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 82
Gots: 572 | 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 MisterClean
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in PDX. Sadly, it is now available in sacramento. Maybe that's a good thing.

A - Pours golden with 2 fingers of white head and dissipates slow. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Toffee, caramel, light belgian sugar, and breadiness.

T - Toffee, caramel, breadiness, bittering hops and slight to moderate alcohol. As it warms up, the alcohol lessens.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, sweet, light alcohol and slightly bitter. Rich mouth feel, and yet bitterness from the hops.

D - Good overall, this is one of the most complex beers I've had. Alcohol and bitterness stop this well short of a perfect beer. Very impressed though.

MisterClean, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of rootbeerman
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

corked and caged bottle poured into the best clean glass available the sam adams lager glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow, 3 finger head good retention and lacing

S: Spicy, i guess grains of paradise, sweet malts, slight honey too
T: Slight spice, great malt sweetness, and good hop bitterness. fruity with a good after taste.

M: Almost chew-able, lightly coating, good carbonation

D: Defiantly a sipping beer

rootbeerman, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of mikel52588
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very transparent yellow-gold, 1.5 finger length head that dissipates really fast and leave no lace with lots of sediment floating around making it look like a yellow snow globe.

Smell: Straight up metallic, reminds me of Magic Hats odd notion summer 09, I cant really get to far past the metallic but it does seem to have some citrusy scent beneath

Taste: Taste is still very metallic, very similar to the Odd notion I mentioned. I'm not too big a fan.

Mouthfeel: Bitter metallic, leaves a long lasting after taste

Drinkability: Not my cup of tea (or beer for this matter), may need to just warm and open up a little, but its very metallic; interestingly its 9.5 abv, something you would not expect. I wouldn't say its very drinkable and I'm not one to recommend this.

mikel52588, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a translucent piss yellow with what starts out at a 2 finger length that dissipates in about 10 seconds to leave no tracing lace behind.

Smell: Big pungent aroma of bready yeast with a hint of honey citrus and even a bit of banana.

Taste: The nose is really spot on, its a belgian bready yeast that opens up into some clove and banana. Theres some honey grains and toasted notes but they are hiding in the background, there's some metallic aftertaste but not too offsetting.

Mouthfeel: Very light and heavily carbonated that doesn't really hang around afterward.

Drinkability: So its a light bodied brew with a big boy abv, thats a deadly combination and this monkey will go apes#@! on you and have you floored after a session; the only problem is that massive attack means you'll be tasting something that tastes like apes@#! for its category.

Overall: Subtle flavors, high drink-ability and decent abv equal tasty but the hype and award winning title might be stretching it unless they are awarding their chaotic chemistry to incorporate such a combination.

craftaholic, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden orange in color, fluffy white head, good lacing

S: Bready and yeasty, nice notes of banana and some citrus

T: Bready and yeasty... notes of banana, orange, corriander and clove. Booze kick at the back end.

M: Medium bodied, fully carbonated, dry finish, not quite as smooth as i had hoped.

D: Pretty high ABVs and heavy body means just one for me

rfgetz, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice Tripel at a reasonable price. The beer pours a bright, pale banana yellow with a smallish white head. It's mostly clear with a slight haze. The aroma is primarily spice and malt. It's a blend of coriander and other Belgian-style spicing with a sweet, honey-ish grain note. The flavor is similar. There's plenty of spicing, a touch of hops and a strong malt backbone. The malt isn't nearly as sticky as I expected from the relatively high 9.5% abv. Despite the sweet malt flavor, it's actually a fairly dry beer, refreshing for the style. The mouthfeel is full and round, while maintaining a certain crispness. It's dangerously easy to drink.

popery, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a hazy lemon honey gold with a thin white head that dissipates to lacing and then to nothing.

Smells citrusy like lemon and malty, along with fresh grainy notes and a hint of honey sweetness.

Tastes like estery grains. A bit of banana in there. Mostly lemon tartness with grainy malts though. A hint of alcohol on the aftertaste.

Feels moderately full and a little tingly all the way down.

A pretty decent trippel. There are lots better though. But not bad and worth a try. Too strong to session.

Cylinsier, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of bbeane
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a 12oz goblet... Straw colored beer with a 1/4 to 1/2 inch fizzy white head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing. Some sediment. Light to medium activity

S- Sweet smelling like nectar or honey with some citrus and malty overtones

T- Pretty sweet and spicy, maybe some cinnamon and/or corriander, the whole way through with a bit of hoppiness somewhere in there

M- Pretty light bodied with light carbonation... taste a tiny bit of alcohol burn

D- Very tasty and dangerous considering how easy to drink it is and how high in alcohol it is


bbeane, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of truknon
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint glass from a recently filled Growler with a beautiful foamy head and strong golden color.
The smell is overwhelming with hints of Fruit, Cloves, Flowers and Yeast and it taste even better!!
There are strong citrus notes in the beginning and a smooth chewy taste of Flowery Hops for the encore.
The ABV is well hidden in this Light Bodied beer and it can sneak up on you fast. Like a Monkey with several arms hitting you over the head with a baseball bat!!

I would definitely buy this again and highly recommend it. Looking forward to finishing the Growler...tomorrow!

truknon, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big White Head, beautiful yellow color. Like the golden monkey sitting under the bodhi tree. A goooney goonga.

Crisp citrus, passionfruit, spicy and candied smell. Points to nose "nose"

Very tasty, like a cable car that's not sour.

Excellent beer, will drink any day of the week.

Murchmac, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of apbarwood
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color with a respectable white head that fades to a nice layer of bubbles that cling beautifully to the side of the glass. Subtle spice aromas with a firm backbone of hoppy citrus. The carbonation greets the palate nicely and clears the way for the zesty, citrus flavor in the middle. Then it finishes with a sharp dryness that lingers for some time. The spicy notes do a nice job of balancing out the hops. The high ABV is a bit more noticeable than I would like it to be on the finish and it has an overly sugary quality that I didn't find appealing. Otherwise though, a good beer but certainly not great. Somewhat disappointing to be honest.

apbarwood, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of mirish72
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/yellow. Nice one finger head with some decent carbonation. Smells of full bodied Belgian farm funk. Lots of spices, citrus fruits, maybe some banana and clove for good measure.

Tastes clean with sweet citrussy aftertaste. It hides the booze pretty well and is very drinkable.

Probably not the best tripel I have ever had, but all in all not bad. Considering a bottle of Chimay White is about $6, the $12 for the six pack makes it more enjoyable.

mirish72, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden/deep yellow with a decent white foamy head and some lacing.

Spice and yeast mostly in the nose, with clove, yeast, and chemical alcohol.

Sweet grain, light sweet malt, clove, bread dough, some raw grain, and a big punch in the mouth from the alcohol. The chemical alcohol flavor is a bit to get past with this one, so much so that it affects the overall flavor/experience.

Some decent body, and appropriate carbonation.

Overall, just ok. Not tough to drink, but has some harsh edges. I can think of others of the style that I'd go to first. Try it but don't think this is a typical Belgian tripel.

OtherShoe2, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my tulip glass. Pours a murky light orange/gold with a think off-white head on top. Little retention and lacing. Smells of pineapple, allspice, lemon zest, and tart yeast.

The mouth is well-carbonated and a bit spritzy. This is a pretty sweet Tripel. Nice pleasant citrus fronting, with a spicy bite in the middle, and finishes sweet and clean. This is a pretty good beer. I haven't the greatest experience with this style, but I liked this one.

Onenote81, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of jimiv73
4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is good beer anyway you look at it and you cant beat the price either!!! the guy at the grocery store reccommended this and i cant stop drinking it!!! six packs cost 11.99 and a tall boy is 6.99 and this kicks in at a heaping 9.5% also oh yeah!!!

jimiv73, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Honey yellow, and slightly cloudy, with a small head. Medium carbonation.

S - Sweet sugars, with a mild spiciness, possibly cloves.

T - The alcohol is clear initially with a sweetness that quickly fades, leaving a clinging bitterness. The spiciness from the aroma comes through, with a peppery tang. The aftertaste is bitter, with a slight burn in the back of the throat.

M - Medium bodied but feels like it's trying to be more. The carbonation is well balanced and not too strong.

D - The aftertaste is a bit abrasive for my liking, and the ABV seems to overpower the flavours. I would personally prefer a Belgian tripel.

PartyBear, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Pours a very clear gold (who'd have thought?) with a small white head. Smells quite sweet, with notes of citrus and banana, as well as a bit of spicy yeast. Tastes very sugary, with a lot of lemon and other fruit. A bit peppery. Warming finish. Light-medium body. Over the top and too sweet for a tripel.

philipquarles, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of diamondc
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.99 12 oz bottle. Enjoy By Jun 24 2012.

I've had this on tap one time before and didn't really enjoy it. I remember the taste being just a bit TOO boozy that really overshadowed the Belgian-style ale flavors. Saw a single at the local liquor store and decided to re-evaluate.

Not that much head or lacing when this beer landed in my Duvel glass, but this beer was alive with plenty tiny bubbles (def. a sign of bottle conditioning) and a bright, golden hue.

The aroma of this beer is godly. Banana, passion fruit, mango, white grapes, some pumpkin pie spices, but the main aroma that stuck out was bubblegum straight outta Bazooka Joe.

The taste is classic Tripel. Banana, cloves, yellow apples, more of the nutmeg pumpkin pie spicing, and a slightly medicinal cherry flavor. Some moderate hopping at the end. This beer can give LFDM a run for its money.

The mouthfeel is perfect due to the bottle conditioning. The aftertaste is a bit dry due to the more than usual amount of hops. The high abv limits consumption to one or maybe two bottles in one session. One of the best American made Tripels.

diamondc, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow color with a nice one finger head. There are a lot of carbonation bubbles presence. The smell is of spices and bread malts, with a hint of banana and clove present. The taste is of bread malts with spice for sure present, there is also clove, banana, and maybe another fruity note present. The mouthfeel was a little syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I thought the mouthfeel distracted me a little from drinking more of these, I thought that it had a good taste and aroma for a tripel, but the mouthfeel threw me off.

goblue3509, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky honey, near white head dissipates fast. Leaves to ring. Some sudsy lace near surface and cascading bubbles when tilted.

S - Sweet malt, citrus and banana, a little peppery.

T - Banana, some spice, apples, apricots and caramel. Candied Juicyfruit with small alcohol burn at finish.

M - Creamy, fine carb, good balance and coating.

D - Very appealing... pleasant and not overbearing.

srandycarter, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of joepais
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into its proper glass produced a large three finger white head that lasted the whole time the brew lasted. The body of the brew was a clear golden yellow with wonderful small carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

It has some nice Belgian yeast aromas coming from the glass sweet banana was one of them that come to mind.
The flavor was a nice fruity banana with a light spice bitter. I did not notice the alcohol at all as I consumed my glass. It had a nice medium feel in my mouth with great carbonation for the style.

A dangerously drinkable Tripel you could easily get into trouble drinking these the go down that well.

joepais, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of parkeak0
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

A: Dark golden, hazy, perhaps a bit darker than typical for the style. While foamy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Tart/funky yeastiness, spice. A good bit of alcohol in the nose and a nice, slightly skunky hop twang.

T: On the sweeter side. Plenty of spice, as indicated on the label. Cloves? Coriander? Pale malt, champagne. Understated (though definitely present) hoppiness. The beer definitely opens up a good bit as it comes to room temperature.

M: Medium body, crisp. Medium carbonation. About par for the course for a tripel, in my opinion.

D: At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol is pretty well hidden in this brew. Pretty drinkable for a tripel, but probably a bit too strong to be a session brew for me.

This is a nice tripel, even if it isn't the most traditional interpretation of the style. A nice offering from one of my favorite breweries on the east coast.

parkeak0, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Cloudy, dull golden yellow color with 2 finger head.
Sm. Spicey first, maybe cloves? and citris
Ta. Spicy, sweet and a little citrisyfruity, red grapefruit, with a sweet finish. A slighty sweet spicy beer. I remember not liking it the first time a couple years ago, but it's quite good. Third try a few months later and I don't like it so much.
Mf. Good carbonation and a little sticky?
Dr. Very easy to drink despite the high ABV.

deaconoflove, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs goblet.

Best by Jan 9, 2012

Pours of half finger of dirty white head. Fades down very quick. No lace. Color is a clear golden straw color. No carbonation bubbles in the glass.

Aroma: Mainly a lot of spices here. There are also so fruits, such as orange peel and bananas mixed in as well. I also get some cloves near the end.

Taste: Very spices. Reminds me a lot of the spices in a saison. Orange peep, some pepper, some yeast. Cloves bananas. At the very end I get a touch of alcohol, but other than that, the abv is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp with a good amount of carbonation, which I hadn't expected because of the appearance. Light to medium bodied. Ends with a spiced, dry aftertaste.

Overall, I really think this beer is drinkable, despite the high abv, which is hidden fairly well. Not something I would drink too many bottles of, however.

mothman, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden yellow color with a small head for a tripel but had some nice lacing and a fresh ring til the end the smell was clove bananas melon and some spice..the taste was the same it was not overpowering on the clove it was easy on the mouth a little tart and very refreshing the clove and bananas balanced together with the belgian yeast and coriander to make a delicious tripel i was impressed with this one i enjoyed and will recommend for sure

gatornation, Aug 01, 2009
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