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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

4,682 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 4,682
Reviews: 1,648
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 86
Gots: 627 | 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 glid02
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pears and bread-y sweet malts. Also present are mild amounts of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front have a bread-like heft backing them up. Midway through the sip light fruit flavors come into play - mostly pear but with hints of banana. Very mild spices enter into things right before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid tripel but nothing to write home about, good for fans of tripels that are malt-dominant, as opposed to those dominated by fruit flavors and spices. Worth a shot if you see it around.

Photo of huxcrunner
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a-this is a nice light golden color with a low white head

s-smell of various spices give the beer a nice aroma

t-I did not care for the taste it was a little strong with to many flavors to really really enjoy

m-good feel to the beer not to light or heavy

d-if you like Belgian style beers this would be a good one to drink for a while but if not this might be one that you just have to experience for yourself and have one

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my Chimay goblet, golden (a little more cloudy than Prima) with a two finger white head. Very pleasant smell, mostly of bananas with a slight touch of alcohol. Tastes a lot like it smells...though with more alcohol than banana. I actually dry heaved a little bit as I held it in my both. I'm about 2/3 of the way through with my bomber and feeling a little woozy, so I don't drink I could drink more than one bomber in an evening, though it is a pretty decent tripel.

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Bright lemony yellow body with one finger of quickly receding white head. Minimal lacing. A lot of suspension in a clear body, rather offputting.

S - Strong banana smell. Slightly yeasty and a little alcohol smell. Overall pleasant.

T - Banana taste dominates this beer. Very spicy, possibly ginger or maybe cinnamon. Fruity sweetness. Not much hop bitterness, although the slight alcohol taste gets stronger as it warms up and may even become a sipper for some.

MF - Nothing special, feels decently heavy but doesn't have much body to it besides that.

D - As it warms up, the alcohol taste starts getting overpowering. Rather hard to finish and want to grab another. Probably fair for such a high ABV.

Photo of zoso1967
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a nice white head that dissipates into a thin layer and leaves little lacing. Aroma of sweet bready malt, some banana and a hint of clove and spice. The taste is quite complex. A very nice, very German malt background supports banana, clove, white pepper, ginger, apple and grape notes. This beer definitely has some bitterness, but is sweet overall with the alcohol showing through some, but not dominating. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel, this beer does not strike me as being the most drinkable with the alcohol showing through a bit too much, but it is still pretty decent. A creative American take on a Belgian style.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a very carbonated bubbly golden yellow color. A little pale, with lots of bubbles rising to the top. The head is thinner and bubbly and dissipates quickly without a trace left.

S-a light toasted bready malt comes in up front. Light phenols come in next followed by a nice sweetness of banana and pear come follow the bready malt, clove and a touch of peppery spice finish off the aroma.

T-the taste brings much more spice and phenols. Caramel malts and notes of toasted biscuit set in up front. The peppery spice and clove follow and are quite strong. Banana and pear add an underlying sweetness with a light hop bitterness at the finish

M-this is medium to full bodied and extremely creamy. The carbonation is high and gives it a nice crisp finish. Its wet throughout and I can't get over the creaminess

D-this has a fantastic feel to it and very solid tastes. It is quite malty forward and lighter on the sweetness; but it is pretty solid.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Golden Monkey Ale... Tripel style at 9.5% alcohol. Nice clean look of bottle style with quad armed monkey and one eye in belly label. Poured into tulip glass from 12oz.

A- Pours a beautiful golden fluid with thick and thin yeast floating suspended animation. Nice fluffy white head stays an inch thick with clinging lacing on rim.

S- Straight up Belgian yeast are upfront with light farmhouse scent appearent. Scents of alcohol are dominate with mild nose of floral hops.

T-M- Taste is heavy alcohol esters and fresh tangy hops in the front. Second is a more pronounced yeasty sweetness that is followed by a thin carbonated yeast mouthfeel. Smooth but bold with heavy alcohol presence and bite from hops. I like this one... but for the style a little off.

D- I'd buy again but with a knowing of the fact i'm buying the alcohol not the style beer.

Photo of maltlikker
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, glowing yellow with ample floaties and a substantial off-white head which dissipates quickly leaving foamy lacing; a great looking beer.

Yeasty aroma with banana, citrus, clove, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is sweet, with clove, citrus, yeast and malt, finishing with sort of a grapefruit peel/alcohol tingle.

I actually thought I was picking up a six-pack of Prima Pils, but discovered my mistake when I got home. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm guessing I won't finish the rest for awhile. Can something be crisp and cloying at the same time?

Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice american beer i drank as a prelude to the pretty things tasting @ the stag's head last wednesday.

Nice opaque but shiny golden to orange pour. frothy white head, also very clean and bright.

Spicy smell, with a considerable citrus feel and a certain yeast alcohol feel at the back of the nose.

Taste is somewhat medicinal, I'd say it's tasty though, malty and sweet, however blunt and strong rather than the more subtle nature of these belgian flavours. Perhaps a bit too strong which makes me give it less than it might deserve.

full bodied, refreshing but thick nonetheless. very worthy beer by victory.

Photo of backfat
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i had an expired one of these in chicago about three years prior, which greatly affected my view of this beer and style. glad i got out of that funk.
pours a clear golden with a one finger white head. not as lively as expected. smells strong of coriander, with backrounds of flora and citrus. the coriander kind of runs a muck over the other pleasant/fainter smells. the taste is heavy. sweet beginning with clove, yeast, and grain. finish is a strong, peppery spice. crisp with high carbonation on the tongue. completely masked alcohol. leaves a bit of a grassy taste on the palate. im glad i got to try a nicer version of this brew, but a bit too much coriander, clove, and pepper for me to even enjoy it.

Photo of antoines15
2.1/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I'm not even going to break this down. I will admit that I am not super familiar with the belgian tripel style, but I do know when something does not taste good and I don't even want to finish the glass.

It had the typical look of an average tripel, as well as smell, and a good collar and lacing, but that's about it. It tasted awful and got worse with each sip. I thought maybe it needed to warm up a bit, but that didn't help.

Spend the extra few bucks and get yourself a St. Bernardus and enjoy a quality beer, because this one is far from it. Cheers!

Photo of BeerGodz
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Bright golden color, medium head with low retention, and little to no lacing

Smell: Booze, Belgian yeast, citrus

Taste: Up Front: Alcohol, orange and lemon. Finish: Malt, typical spices from Belgian yeast

Mouthfeel: Light/Medium body, high carbonation

Drinkability: It's Crisp...perhaps too much so. That plus the alcohol bite, makes this just average in this department

Overall Impression: This is a great starter Tripel for Newbeez, but those already familiar with the style may find it to be average at best. It IS a great value, and it is from one of our local breweries, so give it a shot.

Photo of Kulyboy
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light golden color, some carbonation, very little retention.

Smell was neutral, somewhat malty or toasty.

Taste- the clove spicey alcohol taste is out of the bottle and on your tongue before you can say golden Monkey.

Mouthfeel-dry and bitter after taste on back of tongue along with the spice effect.

Drinkability- would buy it again, the 9.5 doesn't take much get you comfortable.

Photo of drperm
2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First, a disclaimer: I LOVE Tripel, as a style. One of my favorites, actually.
Second disclaimer: I was feeling rather generous with these numbers.

A: Looks promising -- hazy apricot with ample foam.
But no, it's all downhill from the looking stage...

S: Nasty. Sulfur to the extreme. What happened here? Underneath the sulfur (no small feat there) I get highly metallic mineral water. The more I smell it, the more I am reminded of gastric acid.

T: Getting past the sulfuric aroma (again, no small feat), I encounter a bouquet of....shellac, second-rate crafts store potpourri, peppercorns, bananas, cotton candy, and bell peppers. Lots of flavours, but unfortunately they're not good ones.

M: All fizz with no roundness or bite, and a sticky sweetness left behind.

D: I wonder if I got a faulty bottle here, but after perusing some of the other reviews, perhaps this is how it is supposed to taste. As it is, I find it hardly fit for human consumption. I usually trust the Victory name to the extreme (Prima Pils, anyone?), but I'm seriously considering a sink-pour, although at this point it would be akin to flushing $2 down the drain.
Not good at all. In the words of the Boys of Python, "This is not a [beer] for drinking. This is a [beer] for putting down and avoiding."

Postscript: the thought occurred to me that allowing the beverage to warm in the glass to cellar/room temp. would help its profile some. It did, to be sure, but unfortunately not enough to inspire me to change my numbers. Or buy this beer ever again: it simply saved it from going down the drain.
If you want a Tripel, get one brewed by monks (Or, at the very least, one that comes from Quebec or Maine). Seriously, the good people at Victory need to add a caveat to the label: "Warning! Do NOT drink this beer directly out of the refrigerator!"

Photo of jmfc8237
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like the bottle. Very detailed instructions on pouring and aging possibilities. Neat back story as well.

A- poured a golden semi clean colour with lots of head. Bone white head with very nice retention. Moderate lacing and a nice active carbonation.

S- Very spicy as it warmed. Nice clove and cinnamon notes with a high level of belgian yeast aroma. Something wasnt quite right about the backdrop on the nose though.

T- nice belgian yeast profile with very strong spice notes. Fruity and malty at the same time. Aftertaste didnt overwelm of alcohol but deff. had the warmth going on in the back of the tongue.

m/d- It took me awhile to get into this one. The mouthfeel was great, nice warmth and very smooth. Dont think I will be getting this again though..just not my speed.

Photo of BetterDarker
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Impressive billowy and fluffy white head with great lacing. Pours a clear golden color; very nice looking beer.

S - Aroma has that classic Belgian hop profile, slight tart and earthy. Some biscuit like malt aroma as well. Despite it's 9.5% ABV, no booziness in the nose.

T - So far it looks like a triple, smells like one, and wouldn't you know, it tastes like one too. It has that distinctive Belgian yeast flavor, coupled with earthy hops and a sweet finish. Alcohol is well masked.

M - Medium body, smooth with good carbonation.

D - A good, solid beer, ABV is masked well, this was included in a mix pack, glad a have a few more, but I probably will not buy a six pack of just this.

Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a golden monkey tulip.

The beer pours a cloudy gold with a decent sized white head. Good lacing and retention.

The aroma is pretty light which is a good thing, but its not to great. It starts off showing some nice floral notes you welcome in a tripel but then finishes with a definite note of skunk.

The taste is also floral but skunky in the middle and finishes floral again.

For me victory is really up and down, and this one is definetely down. Not a tripel I will be having again.

Photo of goldbot
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by 12/18/2012 printed on the label.

A very pale yellow color with medium white, bubbly head. A few streams of active carbonation. The head is lively but dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell is clean and malty, with a strong Belgian yeast aroma. Strong clove spiciness and subtle apple and citrus aromas. Taste is very yeasty and spicy, with a slight bitterness present. A very muddled flavor between spice, malt, and yeast flavors. A slight funk is present. Powdery and somewhat dry, with a fair alcohol warmth toward the end.

Light body and a bit of sweetness. Finishes a bit drier and mostly clean.

This beer seemed kind of jumbled up as far as flavors go. Everything kind of competes on the tongue for the spotlight. A bit on the hot side as well.

Photo of subs
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this on the shelf of the local store about a month ago. I hadn't heard of it before, so I thought I would give it a try. Glad I did!

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass.

Color is light honey and a little cloudy with yeast particals. Has a typical tripel head. Smell & taste are a nice blend of yeast, fruits, spices, and alcohol. Pleasant and very drinkable-nice flavor, with a solid hint of alcohol at the end.

Overall, a very attractive and affordable tripel.

Photo of runner72
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - golden, blonde ale. 2 finger head which laces the glass. for the most part, clear with lots of carbonation. Some remnants floating in the beer.

S - Nice smell. Yeasty and earthy. You can smell the alcohol slightly

T - Good taste. A little phenolic. Some spices.

M - Good mouthfeel. You can feel the carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. You can taste the alcohol a little too much but overall pretty nice.

Photo of wknight167
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a one finger white head, little retention.

Nose- Not very imposing. The dominate aroma is banana, followed by yeast, clove and some breadiness.

Palate- Spicy (mainly clove) and fruity (banana and apple), sweet through till it finishes dry. Very straight forward and not too complex. Alcoholic warming is in line with the style.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body and medium-high carbonation.

Overall- Not my favorite tripel, but not a bad one either.

Photo of tone77
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits and spices. Taste is a good mixture of spices, fruits, and alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a very solid brew.

Photo of dstc
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a decent white head. Head falls to a small one. Thin lace.

Nice spiced nose flavored with Belgian yeast.

Has a familiar Belgian Triple taste. Nicely spiced. Slight bitter aftertaste and a bit boozy.

Medium bodied and smooth with a slight alcohol bite.

Decent Belgian triple out of PA. Easy drinking and I would have one again.

Photo of fastsrt
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle to tulip
A: solid head, color is a bit lighter than most tripels, clear with bits of sediment, where most are opaque.
S: candi sugar, booze, sweet breads
T: triple all the way, nothing out of this world but, right on point
M: good body finishing light and sweet. true to style good stuff.
D: This shines here its cheap for the style represented, and tasty 9% abv is no slouch, could easily save half a six pack for another time, overall a solid beer to enjoy anytime you crave this style but dont want to break out that 10 dollar bottle.

Photo of MellowG
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm with Axl, who said:

"I really think price/value should be a rating on here. It matters to most people if a beer is affordable. Golden Monkey is a beer that a Belgian lover on a budget will fall in love with. It's 12.99 a six pack which beats the hell out Chimay. Plus they have a high alcohol content which means you only need a couple to get a little buzz. I highly recommend this beer."

When I've shopped for a good Belgian style Tripel, Golden Monkey (where available) has had an excellent price-to-quality ratio. Certainly with wine, the price to quality ratio is a HUGE factor in one's choice. With good craft beers coming in at higher and higher pricepoints (even if deservedly so) the price to quality ratio, or overall value, is undoubtedly a major consideration.

Unfortunately, I don't have a Golden Monkey in front of me right now, or I would add more specifics. I'm writing this from memory. Good memories...

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,682 ratings.