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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,048
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 332 | 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 HoustonTX


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden yellow, small cream white head, and small trails of lacing.

S - Sugary malt.

T - Taste is very sweet, small amount of hops and sugar coated malts are present. Over the top sweetness for a triple, with a slight hop bitter aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is decent, due to near perfect carbonation.

D - Drinkability is average due to the way over-sweetness of this brew.

In my opinion, much too sweet for the style. However, if you are new to tripels, this will suit you well. Would be interesting to see how these would age. If I can say one great thing about this beer, it's how well it hides its alcohol content. It may be sweet, but the 9.5% will knock you to the floor. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 22:41:55 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: Mar 09 06

Bright honey color with a thick creamy white head settles down to a milky cap. The aroma is fresh and sweet...belgian style. Bold candied, spiced fruit esters and doughy sweet malts enter the nose. First sip is big and flavorful - citrus fruits, spices, and light phenols; finishes sugary sweet. Slick and medium bodied mouthfeel ends a little creamy. Hides all that alcohol real well too.

Not as crazy as I remember it being, maybe my tastebuds have just adjusted some. Just a well-rounded, sweet tripel and a pretty tasty one. I'd like to see what some aging would do to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 04:20:59 | More by wedge
Photo of geexploitation


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden Monkey served as something of an introduction to the tripel style for me years ago, but I haven't had it in a while. Pours a cloudy, bright and light amber with a big head that fades to nothing. The nose is highly alcoholic, with a lot of fruit: pears, melons, and some berries make appearances. Taste is big and bright and sweet. Sugar cane sweetness competes with white fruits here. The mouthfeel is insubstantial, with a huge alcoholic burn. Overall, this one used to seem a lot better. It's still OK, but there are many, many better tripels out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 03:14:46 | More by geexploitation
Photo of hanco005


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only bought a single, 12 oz bottle, indicating it was bottled on Sep 07 05, poured into my St. Bernardus glass

A—pours golden yellow and cloudy, no head at all…I poured it very slowly to avoid the floaties, no lacing either

S—spicy, over ripe fruit such as banana and melon, mild hints of pepper, a little perfumy as well

T—the ripe fruits and spices come out immediately, the alcohol is hidden well at first, but starts to come out more as it warms, a little bit sweet, overall flavors are balanced very well

M—fizzy, medium bodied, medium/high carbonation

D— good. I ‘d have this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 13:57:08 | More by hanco005
Photo of BeerRun13


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden. A small white head that keeps bubbling up from below provides little to no lacing. Still a nice looking beer.
Malty citrus notes and a sort of raisin quality wafts up.
Good beer. A little spicy corriander and citrus.
Medium to full body. Maybe a bit syruppy at first, but the good carbonation cleans it up nicely making for a very pleasant mouthfeel.
A very tasty refreshing Tripel. Not overly spiced. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 22:36:08 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of JohnnyM2002


4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The most amazing part of this beer is the smell; almost cinnamon and dry fruit (on a sidenote..my wife has a candle that smells exactly the same..it's called Kitchen Spice). Pours a cloudy golden color.
Tastes spicy (not hot) with a lingering sense of wheat. I enjoyed this beer over a reuben sandwich and it complimented the spicy pastrami very well.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 00:25:07 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of germaniac


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Golden Monkey. Not seen in these parts for a couple years, since Victory's aborted attempt to distribute to central CA. This bottle was one of a mixed sixer hauled up from Hollyweird by BA and sometimes fellow beer tourist SkunkleDunkel. I Enjoyed the hell out of the GM back then, but I think I 've come across to many exemplary tripels since to really call this brew a winner.

Pours tawny gold, with a generous pour rendering a massive pillow of head. Smells sugary sweet, with a spicy clove-like aroma. A little yeasty.

A mouthfeel on the thin side yields a muted hoppiness, with a mellow sweetness. A little added zest from the spices added gets covered up by a subtle but pungent clove taste. As everything warms up, hints of bluberries and tropical fruit juice arise.

Not a bad beer, and a nice trip down memory lane, but I'd rather stick to drinking the California brewed Belgian styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 04:12:56 | More by germaniac
Photo of AaronHomoya


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle purchased in Ithaca, NY. Thanks Frank.

Appearance is a somewhat cloudy golden color, head is decent sized and lasts pretty nicely.

Aroma is strong of sweet malt, spicy Belgian yeast and hops with a bit of cloves and alcohol.

Taste is also sweet and spicy, alcohol is hid well. Cloves in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium body and not much carbonation.

A drinkable beer, especially at 9.50% ABV, but the strong spicy-clove flavors make it something I wouldn't want too terribly much of.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 21:03:30 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of macpapi


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden Monkey pours a nice pale yellow-orange color. It is slightly hazy, with small white head. Minimal lacing.

Smells fruity and yeasty. Banana, clove and other spices are present on the nose. This is a biting whiff.

Taste is spicy right off the bat. There is a definite clove presence--almost overwhelming really, followed by yeasts and a fruity pull. Feels a bit unbalanced and somewhat astringent.

In the mouth, this beer is biting, full and highly carbonated. A strong presence.

Overall I would say that for a tripel this is not the easiest beer to sip and enjoy. Its sharp and somewhat unpleasant taste really hurts its overall appeal. Most damaging is its lack of balance. It has some good qualities, but too many flaws.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 02:31:33 | More by macpapi
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - cloudy amber color; very small white head that retreats quickly leaving only a thin bead around the edge

s - fruity and yeasty, some spices also, perhaps clove

t - sweet and fruity at first, then the hops become evident, the finish is a return to a tropical fruit flavor which just sits on the tongue; the alcohol was pretty evident to me, as was the warming effect

m - creamy and oily, as another reviewer put it; coats the mouth very well

d - this is a bit too sweet to drink more than probably two bottles of, but very drinkable nonetheless for a 9.5% abv.

I think this is a very solid beer overall. Very respectable American tripel. I actually enjoyed it equally, if not more than, the St. Bernardus I had about a week ago. For my dollar, a good alternative when you don't want to dish out for a Belgian tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 01:30:05 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, I have not reviewed Golden Monkey even though I've enjoyed this numerous occassions. Since NC's Cap's been Popped, this has been a great go to beer. Let me tell you, this one packs a mighty punch . . . my buddy had this over Christmas as his final beer of the night and he was gone. The fruit and spices hide the alcohol and the balance is tremendous. Nice light color to fool any BMG drinker at first. Just a great all around Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 00:53:47 | More by Backer2004
Photo of phisig137


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 24k gold color, with a blanket of foam on top, and a constant flow of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Smells sweet, tropicla fruits, and wheat. Very fruity yeast profile.

Flavor has an odd amount of wheat for a triple, but it's very nice. Malt sweetness is present but not cloying. The yeast definitely takes center stage here, and it's a beautiful strain of yeast.

Mouthfeel is slick, and the carbonation is very pleasant on the tongue. Finish is a bit dry, which constantly begs for another sip. Due to this, drinkability is really dangerously high. It would be really easy for a couple of these to disappear in no time at all, leaving you staring at the eye on the bottle like a moron.

Chalk up another winner for Victory. I've yet to be disappointed with them, and this is no exception. Very nice american interpretation of a belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 00:12:09 | More by phisig137
Photo of scooter231

New York

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy strawberry blonde color, with some white bubbly head and pretty lacing around the glass. Smells spicey and lemony, barely vanilla-y. Tastes quite spicy- corriander, clove, black pepper. Belgian. Mouthfeel is a tad watery but still a bit bubbly. Sneakily, sneakily drinkable. 9+ percent? Never saw it coming. Great bang for your buck.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 06:52:21 | More by scooter231
Photo of DaPeculierDane


1.95/5  rDev -47%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The multiple taps of Golden Monkey I’ve consumed over the past several weeks in an attempt to understand why so many people enjoy this beer were a complete waste of space in my belly where better beer could have been. Golden Monkey could be appropriately renamed Sugar Monkey. It’s main aroma and flavor is sugar. The yeast works and so does the appearance but other wise I am done trying this beer. The syrupiness churns my stomach. Way, way too much sugar. Blech!

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2006 19:38:16 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass

Poured a rich gold with slight amber/orange hues creeping in. clear with bubbles of carbonation suspended throughout the liquid and occasionally rising to the surface. A small fizzy head arose and quickly left with no trace remaining. This beer has great legs though and slowly creeps down the wall of glass after each sip.

A wonderful and complex nose emitting scents of honey, corriander, some sweet fruits and other spiciness.

Very spicey and active on the tip of the tounge with a gainy/ bready start this beer gets sweeter the further back it moves on the pallate bringing in some fruity and bubble gummy flavors with a clean and freshing finish, with just a bit of spicey kick to the after taste.

Went great paired with some creamy blue cheese and priscutto.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 20:56:07 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of crass751


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Cloudy amber, looks almost thick.

Various spices, some fruits, a bit of grain. I can pick up something that almost smells like apples.

First the spices come, and then a bit of malty sweetness. Slightly alcoholic punch at the finish. Sweet aftertaste with a slight hop bitterness.

Relatively carbonated. Feels thick in my mouth, almost coating.

This is one of those beers that I can drink about one of a night. While it tastes great and contains an amazing cacaphony of tastes and smells, it's too much beer to drink a lot of at a time.

Overall I like this beer. It's always a treat to curl up with the Monkey. This beer is very warming and reminds me of cold nights at my favorite college hangout which had this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 03:52:37 | More by crass751
Photo of ultralarry2006


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left less than a finger of pure white head that quickly receded to surface skim, but the surface skim did remain until the end. Not much lacing. Medium yellow gold color with ever so slight haze.

Aroma - spices, mostly cloves, and bready malt, a little sugary, even. Smells good, like some sort of sweet bread from a bakery.

Taste - mostly as promised by aroma, but the cloves actually come on stronger than nose indicates. A lot stronger, actually. There is bread, and a little bit of sugar, and a faint non-offensive hint of alchohol. Not really any thing in the way of hop bitterness, but this is very balanced nonetheless- all the elements seem to come together in a unified whole, and you have to think about the elements seperately to detect them ( except the cloves, they are prominent, but not abusively so to the other elements ((also, I do not know for certain if cloves are the secret exotic spice they use in this, but that is quite unmistakeably what I taste here, so I think with a high degree of certainty that cloves are in fact it. ))). The alcohol I mentioned is very slight, and may really just be an aftertaste of the spices; it is certainly nothing like the distinct taste, and slight burn of alcohol I've found in Victory's Storm King or Old Horizontal (both of which I do like very much, but find very rich, at least in freshly released form (( i.e. not cellared, but rather newly minted)). At any rate this is deliciously spicy from spices, not hops, with a mildly sweet malt backbone, although the hops must be there quietly counterbalancing the sweetness, otherwise this would be sickly sweet, which it certainly isn't, in fact it's just like I alluded to before - that is, a sort of bakery sweetish bread (certainly not a danish, but not a baguette either, but something bready with cloves).

Mouthfeel - full but light at the same time, even a little chewy, the lightness comes from the somewhat high carbonation. Very slight hop oil slickness coating. Does not leave you dry.

Drinkability - I could easily drink one of these after another, after another, etc., which is okay if you're not driving, because of the almost 10% abv., but watch in any case, this goes down easy and the abv is not obvious from taste ( much like decent wine, where you don't taste too much alcohol, so you keep drinking, thinking you're okay ,but then, bam!, seemingly out of nowhere you're buzzed real hard). Good stuff, that I as a hophead can see enjoying frequently as break from hops, and of course, another great offering (of so many other great ones) from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 21:12:05 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of goochpunch


1.43/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours out a hazy golden orange with a thin head that leaves quickly. No lace to speak of. Smells really grainy with a wealth of yeast and booze. Actually, the more I sniff this, the more I realize that this smells like vomit. This is gross. This is really overly sweet with a too strong alcohol presence. This is grainy as all hell. I'd rather some malt liquor. Mouthfeel is sticky and gritty, but not too heavy, thankfully. I would drain pour this, but I just spent all my IRS refund check. Word.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 02:46:26 | More by goochpunch
Photo of trep

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 24th, 2005. Almost a year old.

As the Monk' leaves the bottle it graces my Hard Rock Cafe: Key West hefe glass. Huge chunks of suspended yeast dance throughout the brew and eventually settle to the bottom. Golden yellow with a frothy head, this beer looks okay.

Highly carbonated, tiny bubbles make their way to the surface. Head dissipates into a half inch of merangue looking goodness.

Smells of light fruits and hardly any alcohol. The year this one has been sitting has mellowed it out a great deal. A nice tart tang hits you as you swallow, followed by a very clean aftertaste.

Victory's Golden Monkey would always be welcome in my glass, but I dont think i'd ever go out of my way to get some more. A better than average brew, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 01:34:45 | More by trep
Photo of bjohnson


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber from Blanchard's JP $9.09 poured into my glass goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with orange and yellow hues and a small white fizzy head that dissipates pretty quickly.
S: Aromas of wheaty yeast with accents of floral and fruits, especially bananas, with spicy undertones that tickle the nose.
T: Tastes of wheat are the strongest with some hoppy fruits that round the flavor out well. Carbonation and fizzyness kicks in first then gives way to the banana fruit flavor. Not as flavorful as I was hoping, but a bit of spicyness that leaves an interesting taste.
M & D: Mouthfeel is slick and oily as if its coating your mouth. Bold and heavy handed with a high abv that's slightly noticeable in your nose after a gulp. Slight burning sensation in the back of the throat. Smooth finish with flavors of bananas and other soft fruit. Pretty drinkable beer from Victory and a nice try at a tripel, although there are better tripel's out there for cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 22:27:52 | More by bjohnson
Photo of pvsob


3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a pale gold/yellow color with a small head that fades rather quickly. It had some carbonation and was somewhat hazy. The first smell was slight hoppiness followed by an aroma of banana and a big yeasty smell at the end. It has a moderate to heavy mouthfeel with flavors that follow the aroma characteristic in order and strength. There is a slight bite of alcohol towards the end, but it is quickly masked by the yeast. The yeast holds on and will stick with you long after you swallow. All in all a decent Tripel. Another good beer by Victory...not their best, but still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 00:46:18 | More by pvsob
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. In the way of tripels, it's pretty "par for the course". The appearance looked nice. About like any other tripel of any decent quality. Slightly pale yellow with a big white foamy head. Nice sticky lacing. Smell is sweet with lots of yeast in there. A bit of alcohol trying to come through as well, as well as the usual banana / clove characteristics. I liken this to a industrial strength hefeweizen. Pleasant taste with a moderate amount of spice. Not too weak, not too powerful. Just right. This is a good tripel. Perhaps even more enjoyable than a few Belgian examples. Something else note worthy about this one, is that just before you're certain that the alcohol is really going to come through and lay siege to your throat, it doesn't, and it's just nice and smooth. Even at 9%+, I feel I could handle 2 of these, perhaps three, in a sitting. Another nice one from Victory.
Ah yes! I nearly forgot...I'd like to thank my dear friend and fellow BA Ding, for affording me the opportunity to sample this fine beer.
Blessed Be

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 03:46:49 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle bottled on May 25, 2005. Purchased in March 2006 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. Price not listed (about $3.00)

Pours a moderate golden with almost no carbonation into my brand new Westmalle goblet (what a beautiful glass). A thin ring of small white bubbles circle the rim of the beer, otherwise no head at all.

Aroma is not all that well developed. I mean, yes, it smells tripel-like, but there's not much to grab.

Flavor is mostly honey, peaches, apricots, nicely sweet with a hint of black pepper and other spiciness. Spices much more subdued than other tripels.

Mouthfeel- A tingle on the lips and the bottom of my tongue are the only indications of the 9.5% ABV- incredibly well hidden. The sweetness and the mouthfeel combine to make this an easy drinker, rather than a sipper.

Overall, a good beer, but rather simple.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 02:43:20 | More by Dukeofearl
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The monkey poured a brilliant golden color from a 12oz bottle(w/ 'before Feb. 7th 2009 on the label) into a beer mug. The head was about a 1/2 inch and was a bright white that left a thin white bubbly lace around the sides of the glass.
Smell: Was very much of citrus fruit, herbs and spice, but these things were not over powering. Very pleasant. It actually kinda reminded me of a German wheat.
Taste:the first thing that I noticed was the citrus fruit at the front of the body. it was definitely there but not very prominent. The body of the beer had the slight sweetness of malt, but that quickly was diminished by the a powerful resiny spiciness(and some herbal characters). The finish was of spicy/citrusy alcohol, and it lingers for quite a while.
Drinkability/mouthfeel:the taste is very strong. This was my first triple(as well as my first Victory beer). I waited until the second bottle of the six pack to review. The alcohol was not as hidden as I expected it to be, but that was not a bad thing(the first bottle that I drank about a week ago seemed to have the alcohol more hidden). The carbonation was mid to high. For the abv being 9.5% this beer is very drinkable. I've found that the drinkability increases slightly as the beer warms.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 06:44:16 | More by jameaterblues
Photo of Shovelbum


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin dense bubbly head over a clear golden body. Head recedes rapidly. Aromas of sweet pale malt and a slight nip of coriander and pepper spice. Rounded malt sweetness upfront. Coriander and to alesser extent pepper providee nice complements along with a touch of citrus. A nice spicy hop bitterness in the finish as well. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy smooth upfront with a nice bitter crispness and clean finish at the end.

A great American Tripel. Big smooth malt presence balanced by the hops and spice. Complex and nice depth of flavor. The alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 01:56:46 | More by Shovelbum
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,048 ratings.