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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,195 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,195
Reviews: 1,613
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 68
Gots: 400 | 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 enfield249


2.68/5  rDev -27.2%

A - Medium golden color, no head, slight particulate matter floating about, not cloudy.

S - Spicy, not much else.

T - Very much a medicine flavor. Plenty of alcohol warming on the back end.

M - Fine I guess, not too cloying.

D - Overall, not very good in my estimation. Not worth your time.

07-29-2007 00:53:10 | More by enfield249
Photo of dustylong


2.53/5  rDev -31.3%

Pours a light amber color with little carbonation (poured from a bottle into a snifter). Almost no head, little retention and virtually no lacing. Has a fairly "spicy" smell to it, with some hints of banana. Smells very alcoholic (with good reason, I guess). Fairly mellow taste, considering the style. Bread-like. Spicy, and banana tastes to match the aroma. Very malty. A pretty heavy mouthfeel. Again, very alcoholic. Definitely a sipping beer. Overall, a decent beer, but not very impressive, especially for the style.

07-26-2007 05:43:11 | More by dustylong
Photo of jackorain


2.95/5  rDev -19.8%

A-pale yellow and a little cloudy. Loose 1/4 inch head from a vigorous pour. Fell quickly to mothing but a tiny collar in no time.

S-Fruity, floral and spicy, also yeasty and bready. Fumy alcohol. No hops can be found in the aroma.

T-Sweet fruity and floral. Some corriander and clove come through, Alcohol is all over this one.

M-medium body, highly carbonated.

D-not for me.

Overall-I always want to review my locals well but alas I could not this time. It made a nice plate of mussles from the recipe on the victory website though

07-21-2007 18:27:27 | More by jackorain
Photo of MiguelMandingo


3/5  rDev -18.5%

I have mixed feelings on this brew. I love Victory Brewing Company. HopDevil and Stormking are amazing beers, and Golden Monkey was one of the beers that got me into Tripels in the first place. I used to really like this beer - I drank it all the time. However, after having Tripel standards like Westmalle and St. Bernardus, and unique intrepretations like Tripel Karmeliet, I don't see how Golden Monkey can be classified as a Tripel that is representative of the style. The last time I had a Golden Monkey was several months ago, but I picked up a single bottle from Grapevine Market last night so that I can review it.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange-yellow in color. The appearance is perhaps where the beer falls short the most. A good tripel should have at the very least a one finger head, a ton of lacing, and a constant stream of bubbles rising to the top of your chalice. Golden Monkey has...none of those things. This beer has perhaps the worst head retention of any Tripel that I have ever seen. There is no lacing at all, and no stream of bubbles. This is not limited to this one bottle, but every bottle of Golden Monkey that I have ever tried.

Smell - The initial smell is of bready yeast and floral grassy hay with the slightest touch of honey. Cloves and hops make an appearance toward the end of the scent. Smells enticing.

Taste - The taste is very yeasty, very bready in front and has a lemony citrus hop backend. It tastes good, but when measured against others in the style, it tastes too spicy and not sweet enough for a tripel - too much clove, and not enough candi sugar.

Mouthfeel - It needs more carbonation. The carbonation is present in the mouthfeel, but there is virtually none in its physical appearance. But it does go down smooth.

Drinkability - I used to be able to drink two or three of these in a night over several hours. There is no way I could finish a sixer in one day. Not really a session brew at 9.5 ABV.

Golden Monkey tastes okay, but it is one of the worst American interpretations of a Tripel that I have sampled thus far. If you want to sample a good American Tripel, pick up some Allagash - that stuff is delicious and highly representative of the style. That said, Golden Monkey is still a good brew - it tastes pretty good and goes down smooth, but when compared to others in the same style, it falls short. Really short. It is worth sampling for the experience, and I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me, but I doubt that I will ever buy it again.

07-10-2007 16:38:20 | More by MiguelMandingo
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Another solid brew from the boys in Downingtown. On first pour this brew was gold with almost no head, a subsequent pour, after the brew had warmed, produced a good head. Aroma is fruity, but mostly citrus and a little dry, some biscuity malts in the background. Taste has a little bite, but not too distracting. Goes down smooth. A fine brew for the style, but there are better out there.

07-03-2007 05:50:20 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of cracgor


3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

Appearance is pretty terrible. The first two I poured out had no head retention at all. I gave the third a fair chance and a different glass. No help at all. It's a golden beer with absolutely no head. Smells like sweet alcohol at first. A second smell gives it a fruitier almost grassy smell which is pretty good. The taste is quite similar to the smell, if perhaps more grassy. Not bad, just not all the hype I've heard about it. It has a nice full body and a hint of alcohol warmth, which is probably the nicest feature of this beer. Nothing would really stop me from drinking this beer, except that it's 10% alcohol and the crappy appearance.

06-28-2007 00:51:29 | More by cracgor
Photo of ArrogantB


4/5  rDev +8.7%

I split this bottle with a friend and I was glad. The monkey is deceptively strong as you cannot taste the alcohol. The color is a cloudy golden yellow with a white head. The smell is yeasty and spicy. The taste was fruity, yeasty, spicy and delicious. I would have drank the whole bottle but I am glad I didn't given the high ABV. This is a solid beer from Victory and if you like the style, give it a shot.

06-18-2007 15:46:11 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of tempest


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Its nice and fairly smooth, but tastes like its missing the candi sugar. There;s a sweet complexity missing here, the flavor is all on the golden grains. Still, this beer really hides the alcohol to the point of being a little dangerous. Just remember it's not a session ale. It's tasty and smooth enough to put you on the floor.

06-15-2007 02:13:04 | More by tempest
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

well, my 100th beer review is already here... looks like the golden monkey is next out of the fridge...

A- Light golden color with two fingers of head that settle to a ring quickly. Clear and pretty, but for a tripel, a bit BMC looking... the biggest problem here is no lacing whatsoever, a necessary component of tripels.

S- Strong caramel malt, honey, and alcohol. A hint of pepper, and not much else. Not complex enough.

T- Initial very sweet malt, followed by honey, some pepper, a bit of banana and clove. Better than the nose... more complex. good, but not world-class.

M- Medium-high carbonation and a medium body that make for a smooth tripel.

D- Trying to compare against tripels and their guidelines, this isn't special. Of course it's better than the average beer... but I
d reach for an Allagash any day against this. Disappointing.

06-10-2007 00:44:01 | More by khiasmus
Photo of bosco7


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

Golden color with a fizzy head that quickly disappears.

Not much in the way of smell. Some bananas, spices, and soap.

Sweet upfront with lots of banana and yeasty spice notes. Some herbal hop flavors. Nice flavor nothing mind blowing herel

Fizzy with a mineraly finish. Well attenuated and overall a pretty good tripel.

06-09-2007 03:59:01 | More by bosco7
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

A - Poured a orange-tan with little to no head and only a slight film of lace on the top, no real carbonation.

S - Smell was somewhat sweet with alot of alcohol and a hint of sour grapes.

M & T - The taste was odd, hard to really pin down. Lots of subtle flavors, dark fruits, grains, and hints of hops with a very noticeable alcohol hint in the back. Smooth, somewhat slick, not enough carbonation for me on this. Would have liked it to have more body to it.

D - Overall this was not bad at all, not my favorite belgian style ale, nor my favorite from victory, put definatly not bad. Will have to give it a secind try, just seems a bit strong for my everyday tastes, definatly unique and one that you should definatly try.

06-09-2007 03:54:19 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of jeffjfindley


4/5  rDev +8.7%

Beautiful golden color with ample carbonation, yet a bit of a lackluster head for the style. Smell is honey and fresh flowers. The peppery flavor is a fine example of the style, if not overly complex. Alive with fruity esters, coriander, and the usual suspects in a well-crafted triple. Mouthfeel is luxurious and crisp at once. Having consumed more than my share of botched attempts at Belgian beers by micros, I shied away for awhile, but now having tried it I'm very impressed by this, and will definitely buy again. Where else can you get a sixer of a triple for $10, anyway?

06-08-2007 04:59:05 | More by jeffjfindley


4.3/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours a heavy, hazy, yellow gold color with little head to speak of. This being my first taste of one of Victory's selections I was impressed and the reputation preceding is unmistakable. The smell was apparent as soon as I opened the bottle and the poor brought out all the spice and sweetness. The nose was filled with sweet; like honeysuckle, slight spice, alcohol, and hop notes. Taste was impressive, not aggressive like most tripels. This is sweeter than most and well balanced with (again) honeysuckle, spices (that I can't describe), alcohol is very present but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is smooth and wet with just a touch of slime that sticks to the throat. Yum. This tripel is the top that I've tasted.

06-05-2007 20:04:49 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
Photo of boelker62


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

A - a hazy, murky, deep straw yellow with virtually no head from the bottle. Bottle conditioned with average density.

S - deep aromatics of spice. Intersing to add this level of soiceing to a Belgian Tripel, IMO. Nevertheless, an enticing aroma you want to dive into.

T - An intensely spicy sweet initial flavor which makes way to the light bitterness and alcohol tinge to balance this thing out.

M - medium to heavy body with a dry texture, an odd combination if you ask me. Still, lets you eant more, cause the taste does as well.

D - 9.5%...Just watch it. I just fell asleep on my in-law's couch after four of these and dinner. Not a great idea to advertise my "hobby."

06-05-2007 02:59:42 | More by boelker62
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.3/5  rDev -37.5%

Alright, folks, I finally did it. Trying a new tripel torments the hell out of me, as its a style I either love or hate entirely, and most tripels ending up lumped into the latter group. I had put off sampling Golden Monkey for as long as possible until yesterday, while at Highlands Grill in Kennesaw, I decided to finally "go for it".

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale golden body with a foamy, white head that went completely flat within a minute or so.

Smell: Spice-driven aromatics, with hints of flowers, mold, bananas, and grains.

Taste: Spicy from the onset, with generous doses of pepper, clove, and corriander. Other weak flavors erratically flash across the tongue: lemon juice, sweetened dough, dusty-dry yeast, and bananas. Lightly bitter finish with just a murmur from the alcohol showing on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied and watery. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: I did not care for this one at all, as its excessive spiciness, as well as its array of weak, uninteresting flavors was a complete turn off for me. Pass.

06-03-2007 19:48:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6%

Bottle: fresh ..less than 3 weeks from racking.

A re-rate after a terrible first taste of a 2 year cellared sample

Pours a clouded gold ..fair cap fair retention. decent lacing.

Aroma..wow! freash this stuff smells like a good heffeweizen...bubble gum, fruits, honey-banana, spice, thick malts...more like a spiced custard.

Taste: When fresh, this stuff is like drinking a liquid banana custard or an imperial hefeweiss...long finish...alcohol hides very well.

Decent brew...don't know how well this follows trappist style but I like it because when FRESH..it's a great 'big" beer..like liquid custard with massive kick and decent drinkability.

06-02-2007 01:23:22 | More by pootz
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3/5  rDev -18.5%

Honey mustard color with a heavy, frothy white top.
The end yeast barely drips through, leaving a sprinkle of what looks like cinnamon atop a freshly drawn cappuccino.

I smell spiced apricots & pineapple, wrapped inside a light pie crust.

Tastes of sweet fruit preserves & candied ginger. Slippery, with a bit of a hard alcohol burn going down; the carbonation has trouble making an impact. Sweeter & sweeter as it warms, to the point of being too much to differentiate flavors. It coats & chokes. Burps up lovely though. :)

05-31-2007 00:04:22 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of smcolw


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Slight cloudiness; golden color. Nearly no head or lace.

Strong barnyard aromas...very earthy.

The flavor features a creaminess that doesn't show up in the mouth. I notice some bitterness from hop and certainly the alcohol level. High carbonation. Slight sourness in the aftertaste.

05-26-2007 21:25:03 | More by smcolw
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

First off I do not like Triple's, I find them sour, sickly sweet, and dry, generally speaking it's to imbalanced.However, this offering from Victory, bottled on April 13, is wonderful.

Nicely balanaced, bananas and biscuty body. This balalnced doesn't stop there; doesn't fall in to the sour/sweet category. Slight estery notes sandwiched nicely in in between and unbelieveably well hidden 9,5% ABV.

05-26-2007 11:24:18 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%

12 oz bottle, 'bottled on Dec 18 / 06', served in a goblet.

L -clear, gold color with a really fast fading white head, no trace of lace.

S - rich yeasty smell and alcohol aroma.

T - sip, sip... first sip, actually it was a 'gulp' that made me realize that this is a 'sipping beer'.
Sweet, sugary malt and yeast, warming of alcohol, sweet aftertaste.

F - lighter body than I expected, lightly carbonated, pleasant to sip on.

O - decent for the Victory take on the style.

Additional Comments: This beer isn't for everyone, it's not your typical tripel... way to go Victory!

05-26-2007 02:03:23 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Slatetank


4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

poured cold into a Chimay chalice from a container bottled on March 29th of 2007
A - A deep golden/light amber with full bone white head that quickly recedes and generates plenty of lace that remains on the sides of the glass.

S - Spicy + malty- a coriander hint as well as a bready, boozy alcoholic character that has an abbey yeast quality.

M - Warming, vinous feel, spiced with a full body and plenty of effervescent sweetness.

T - Strong candy-like belgian yeast flavors saddle up with an immediately apparent alcohol presence. Tantalizing spicy honey-like smooth character gives a clean fruity ale flavor tha is easy to enjoy mouthful after mouthful.

D - A real easy one to return to with all the spice and depth that a tripel has to offer. The golden sweetness w/ strong abv makes it hard to deny, but at the same time only a good rating for drinkability since it's high abv makes it difficult to have more than a few.

05-26-2007 00:38:30 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.68/5  rDev 0%

Pours an hazy golden orange color with a below average head for a tripel. I actually needed a hard pour to get a decent head. The smell is a bit metallic, Belgian yeast, tropical fruit, not as pronounced as most tripels. The brew makes up for the lack of smell with its taste. It is a solid tripel but not as complex as those from Belgium. The taste is of the Belgian candi sugar, clove, a bit of corriander, and a light light hop finish. The feel is a bit too crisp for a tripel, well carbonated, and a tad boozy. Overall, a decent American tripel. The appearance is pretty sad for a tripel but it does have good taste and is quite drinkable.

05-24-2007 23:43:18 | More by Gmann
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Got this one in a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at the Fox and the Hound tonight. Tasty beer. Pours a nice fairly light copper color, although the head is pretty weak and dissolves really quickly. Nose is nice, lots of malt and dried fruit. Taste is solid as well; lots of molasses, brown sugar, some spices as well, and a little bit of fruitiness too. Feel is full and tasty, quite good overall. Not a bad beer; it's kind of a stereotypical tripel, embodying a lot of the characteristics I imagine in the style. It's good, just not great, and there a lot of great tripels out there (although maybe not quite as cheap as this one).

05-22-2007 03:15:18 | More by soupyman10
Photo of athensbeermaster


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

hazy gold color with small head retention. Good caramel and fruit esters on the nose. Tropical fruit, blends well with the yeasty fresh bread quality. Good burst of honey that quickly turns into a dry chalky finish. Considering there are not many triple's in a six pack.
This is a fair version of a triple. Love the price.

05-20-2007 02:26:01 | More by athensbeermaster
Photo of BMoney575


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Sampled on 5-18-07
Bottled on 1-31-07

Pours a nice golden color with no head, no lacing, and a million little floaters.

Smell is very Belgian, though complex and fruity.

Taste is good, sweet with pleasant spice flavors. No bitterness, with a nice warming alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is very thick, could use more carbonation.

Drinkability is good, though the sweetness could be better balanced.

Overall a good beer, more like a Belgian strong pale ale. Very sweet and thick, but still quite enjoyable.

05-19-2007 01:13:59 | More by BMoney575
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,195 ratings.