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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

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 johannasclimacus
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't sure what to expect because this is my first sampling of the style. I found Golden Monkey to be pretty spicey, in the nose and the taste, almost overpoweringly so.

The flavor profile was quite interesting to me, and was what kept me drinking the beer, because I wasn't very fond of the taste or mouthfeel. It comes across with slight bitterness at first, then the spices a very prevalent, and finally it finishes sweet and almost dry.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this new style, and will eventually drink this beer again. I've had a darker Belgian before, and my initial reaction is that I enjoyed the darker one more (although it is unfair to compare different styles, obviously). So, for now, I consider this to be an ok beer that has me interested enough to revisit sometime in a few months.

johannasclimacus, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a golden, slightly hazy color with a thick fluffy white head and some light lacing. It smells fruity; there are some hints of lemon zest in it, some herbs and spices. It has a medium/light body that's mildly sweet when it first hits your tongue, slightly bitter around the side of your mouth and has a mild aftertaste that's semi-sweet and has a dry alcohol feeling to it. It really warms up your mouth; I would definitely buy this one again

vickersspitfire, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden orange color with a silky beige head that shows good activity.

The nose quite fruity with some sweet alcohols and spicy yeasts.

The taste is also nicely balanced with citrus fruits, Belgian candies, peppery alcohol and musky hebal yeasts.

A full body is well carbonated and goes down well. Another very nice drinker from victory. Quality example of the style.

rye726, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

golden yellow ith almost no head.

smell is typical belgian yeasty ester and slightly over-ripe bananas.

Typical run of the mill belgian bready yeast with some banana, clove, and maybe even some strange coriander type spice to it. the finish is slightly peppery with a slight alcohol burn.

medium bodied mouthfeel but not carbonated enough for me.

This was easy to drink but too sweet, likely due to lack of carbonation in part, and I could not drink more than one at a time.

Would not seek this one out again.

tayner, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 06/29/08. No freshness date on the bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with about a half finger of off-white head. The head disappeared quickly and left no lacing. Aroma is very citrusy (orange, tangerine) with some banana and yeast also, with a noticeable alcohol presence.

Taste follows the aroma. More banana and bready yeast though, with some pineapple and a bit of citrus (orange and tangerine) and some spices. Very cloying sweetness to it, almost no bitterness at all. The alcohol is also present in the taste.

Feel is decent. Full body with medium carbonation. Fairly smooth. The drinkability is low for me though. The alcohol is very noticeable and the sweetness just kills it for me. I won't even be able to finish this bottle.

I'm really not impressed at all by this beer. There are so many better tripels out there.

bkilpatr, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a snifter.

A - Just as the name implies, it's a golden yellow color. Very cloudy with a thin white head that disappears quickly.

S - Very fruity, orange peal and lemons. Some spices also. I can't put my finger on which ones.

T - Awesome, this is one of my favorite beers from Victory since the first time I had it on draft at the brewery. Very smooth sweet flavor. Some wheat taste also.

M - Medium to light bodied with good carbonation.

D - I love this beer. It has a high alcohol content and the monkey will bite if you drink to many too quickly.

jeffmonarch, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of lostwars
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought in a case. Many of the bottles were missing labels??

Appearance - Beautiful golden color with slight cloudiness. Looked great in the sunlight.

Smell - Slight smell of bananas and spices.

Taste - Overpowering alcohol taste. Slight alkaloid taste that left my tongue numb.

Mouthfeel - Numb tongue made the 2nd and 3rd bottle go down much faster.

Drinkability - As soon as I got to #3 I passed out.

lostwars, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a bottle at winking lizard in mentor, ohio

A one inch head. yellow cloudy body.

S Sweet spice, pleasing

T Blonde, high alcohol, complex, interesting

M moderate to full, biting mouthfeel

D fair due to high alcohol content.

NOtes: A really great beer to have one or two in a sitting. Certainly a sipping beer, not to be drunk over and over in a session.

adamette, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light orange color with a tint of redness as well. There is a thick white head with good retention and a lot of yeast floating around.
Smells a very nice mix of things. First smell is almost like a weiss with a good mix of wheat and a strong banana smell. It finishes with a sweeter fruit smell.
The taste is much the same as the smell. A strong banana and honey taste, along with wheat. Also, a good amount sweetness and sugar at the end.
Mouthfeel is a nice smooth thickness.
Drinkability is fairly nice. The smooth beer goes down nice, but I can really feel the alcohol and taste the sweetness, making it hard to drink too many of these.

BDIMike, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of albern
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is not an excellent tripel, but it isn't a bad beer nevertheless. It pours a very thick, syrupy, cloudy, orangy yellow, with decent carbonation, some head that retains around the edges. The aroma is the high point. There is a very nice sweet malty, almost bubblegum quality, banana and clove aroma. The smell is quite pungent and is indicative of things to come. The taste of the beer is compromised by the strong alcohol content, too strong in fact, and it gets in the way of the flavors. There is a decided rum soaked banana and pineapple taste, there is clove and other tart spices, there is also a tad bit of lemony tart citrus in the beer too. The finish is very acerbic and it leaves a mouthfeel as though the alcohol content in the beer is sucking the saliva out of the glands. The beer is medium to full bodied and quite syrupy. The mouthfeel is the low point. This is a sipping beer, way too strong, with the warming alcohol notes, surpassed by the strong alcohol that causes problems in the mouthfeel, finish, and aftertaste.

albern, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of halfP1NT
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, pale golden color with a nice, white head. There's lots of carbonation and some sediment throughout.

Aroma is delicious yeasty fruit; pear, grape, apple and some alcohol. There is also a bready quality to the smell.

Taste is sweet fruit; grape, apple, a little orange zest and a little tartness. It finishes with a huge alcohol bite.

Nice amount of carbonation, medium bodied, although the sweetness is very dominant. This is a very enjoyable beer, but the sweetness and higher abv make it a slower sipper.

halfP1NT, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of hopheadsal
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed. Poured a little darker then a lot of belgians...very nice golden color. The spices are what make the beer. Hints of clove and orange peel, even a little bit of cinnamon in the finish. The beer is so balanced that the higher abv is almost undetectable.

hopheadsal, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of engisch
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle sold me the beer. The name and picture on the bottle are genius.

Poured it is a dark golden color. The smell is a delightful sweet floral fruity smell that is associated with Belgians. The taste is of a well brewed Belgian Tripel style with a pleasant bitter hops finish. The most notable flavor that makes it semi-unique is the hops flavor and aroma.

Golden monkey is a nice beer to have on a relaxing evening. It is a decently strong ale at 9.5% ABV, which is definately tasted and has a nice kick. Way to go, Victory!

engisch, May 23, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

appearance: rushing carbonation, light golden colour and very little head, no lacing.

smell: nutty yeast and sweet malt, definately some banana there and some clove

taste: is as the nose with a light bitter hop finish

mouthfeel: medium light body, plenty of carbonation and a hit of astringence on the finish

drinkability: It's light enough and inoffensive to the point that this stuff could be chugged, also it tastes good.

I approve!

Donnie2112, May 22, 2008
Photo of tankg
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If you like this style, that is ,belgian tripel, you will like this brew. It is definitely a sipping beer, I found it heavier in alcohol and lighter in drinkability than my drinking companion, fellow beer advocate bert haley...I prefer the golden carolus and the leffe blonde better - but not bad for the keystone state... salud'!!!

tankg, May 17, 2008
Photo of BigMike
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 12 oz. bottle

Appearance: Pours with a golden color and about an inch of creamy head that disappears in about 30 seconds.

Smell: Had a faint floral/fruity smell to it.

Taste: The first thing that hit me was the sweetness of the beer. Also it has a malty yeasty flavor to it.

Overall review:
Its a decent american tripal. I expected to taste the 9.5%alc. more than i did. Very drinkable considering.

84/100

BigMike, May 15, 2008
Photo of Taffle
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Now that's a pretty sweet lookin' bottle if I might say so myself.
Pours a cloudy gold with a temporary head that falls quick.

Smells a bit sweet and fruity. Some spicey aromas too.

The taste has some zest to it with a range of mixed fruit and quite a bit of spice. The alcohol definitely swims on the tongue on the way down. Tons of flavor in this tripel.

Seemed to have some hearty body to it. Carbonation was mild and balanced well with the flavors.

An enjoyable brew to sip on, however somewhat strong. Kinda like that about it though. Surely not a pussy brew.

Taffle, May 13, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden Monkey pours a deep golden color with an apricot tinge, and a modest sized fuzzy white head that doesn't quite match up to belgian standards.

The nose is sweet malty banana bread, with soft apple fruitiness and some sweet spices.

Pleasant medium-full body has soft creamy carbonation with a smooth, soothing, coating mouthfeel. Sweet banana bread maltiness holds the most weight in the flavor. Light fruity overtones with a nice amount of coriander and black pepper spiciness that shows in the finish.

Golden Monkey is a pretty good american attempt at a belgian but doesn't come close to the real deal. Still a good beer though.

Slynger, May 12, 2008
Photo of Ben4881
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden Monkey
Victory Brewing Co.

Appearance:
The Golden Monkey pours out hazy yellow/orange golden color with a bright white head that dissipates quickly with slight traces of lace. There is tons of sediment floating around, gives the appearance of a speckled egg. As it drains, the lace is thick, but it falls fast.

Smell:
A sweet yeasty smell with spicy banana notes creeps into my nose. What can I say, it smells like a Belgian ought to smell.

Taste:
A fine yeasty flavor like bread or even cheese is the Monkey. Very subtle and a little spicy up front. Then the yeast character takes over and the warm sweet flavor of alcohol accompanies the warm feeling down the esophagus. The aftertaste is rather mild. The alcohol flavor remains and a very slight bitterness is detectable. It is a rather clean finish with traces of yeast and spice.

Mouthfeel:
As the haze would indicate, this beer has some body to it. There is also quite a bit of carbonation as well. It does not take over, but it is certainly there, making its presence felt. The sediment balances with the carbonation to give this beer a chunky mouthfeel.

Drinkability:
9.5% ABV means I won't be drinking a whole sixer in one session. However, this is a great beer to share, so long as the sediment doesn't drive anyone away. This is a great beer for a cool crisp evening.

Ben4881, May 12, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle of the Golden Monkey. Yellow to orange hazy liquid with a modest head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is yeasty spicy and orange citrus. Slightly creamy and coats the palate. Bitterness present throughout but balanced nicely by a slightly spicy fruitiness. The sweetness builds while drinking the bottle as does the warming from the deceivingly high alcohol. Good brew, drinkable brew, but if you drink to much it will knock you out.

BeardedBoffin, May 11, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finished the night with this bottled. It poured with a murky gold appearance with no head. A pretty decent citrus, orange aroma was prevalent in the drink. The taste was also pretty fruity and had that orange flavor to it, but it also had a good hoppy quality to it. Medium body with nothing special there. Overall, this was a pretty tasty, decent drink.

fitzy84, May 09, 2008
Photo of Hokies
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange color, cloudy with some head and no lacing.

S: Light fruit smell with yeast and cloves.

T: Strong upfront with some clove flavor that finishes dry with some peppery taste to it and alcohol burn at the end.

M: Carbonated and dry.

D: Nice to have only a few.

Overall not my favorite style but still a nice version of a tripel.

Hokies, May 09, 2008
Photo of Twerknasty
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft orange, with little bubbles and very little head. Coriander completely dominates, with a slight bit of grass and possibly honey. Taste is again coriander, yet the taste is a bit more like hot dog coriander. Spices are noticed, but not on the forefront at all. Pepper is incredibly present at the finish. A weird attack by a sourness that I'm not sure exactly where it comes from. My least favorite brew by Victory, from a producer I respect quite a bit.

Twerknasty, May 06, 2008
Photo of roblowther
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw, cloudy, no head showing and a hint of lace. Smell is apricots, oranges, carmel, a little phenol, and a touch of pepper. Very balanced. Taste is very malty at first, then the citrus fruits come on, ending in a pepppery and nutty finish. Very smooth & well blended together but fairly single-dimensional. Afterwards you notice the alcohol & a lingering pepper and candy element. The mouthfeel is silky but a touch cloying. The drinkability is probably the monkey's strongpoint. It masks the alcohol well & if you can get past the predominant pepper, you've got a heck of an afternoon or evening in front of you. At 9.5%, just remember to take water breaks in between to get the monkey off your back for a bit.

roblowther, May 04, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours mild yellow with a small head that fizzles to nothing. It has a very mild aroma and it smells like fruits,yeast,citrus and some clove notes. The alcohol smell is present . The taste is light caramel,some hops and sweet yeast with alcohol. I do detect some herbal notes with malts and spice. Every sip is spicy.
The feel is smooth,dry and bitter-spice. The carbonation is a tad bit high,but not a distraction from the overall feel. It has a bitter feel that balances the sweetness.

Notes: No disrespect,not that this is cheap brew,but this is a poor man's tripel and nothing for the poor man to be upset about. It is somewhat a cross between Hefe and Tripel,yet it is not bad at all. It packs a punch,if you had a really bad day at work or someone pissed you off then have two or three of these and call me in the morning. It is after all an imitation of the style and I buy it to give me some ABV kick with a good taste. Not for sessions,yet easy to enjoy.

Extra notes:Jan.17th.2009-I had a bottle from 2007 that I tried today and the main difference was that the carbonation seemed to be toned down and the sweetness seemed to take over on the spice kick. The hops were also toned down and the cloves/herbs were more dominant. I would grade it a B.

Lexluthor33, May 01, 2008
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,339 ratings.