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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,599 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,599
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 84
Gots: 582 | 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 chickencoop
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited to have my first Victory, found it in Texas. On a side note, Texas has completely blow me away with there beer selections and local micro's. I was always under the assumption that they only had Lonestar and Shiner, but they seem to get a lot of solid east coasters in their better beer stores.
Anyway...the beer poured a deep gold, little head for a bottle conditioned. Smell was a bit boozy, but also fruity sweet.
Taste was a pretty smooth, somewhat boozy but pretty tasty. Starts a little light but finishes off strong. Mouthfeel on this was not neccesarily something that I would continue to crave, leading to my drinkability remark. This is a very fine beer, but just for one, it's to sweet to have a few and too boozy to stand up after a few, but overall, get one, have one, and move on.

chickencoop, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasty and reliable US craft interpretation of a Belgium Tripel.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Playful cartoonish design, around an image of a monkey god like doing the triad and watching through a mystical eye in his belly. Quick and playful-pretentious narrative on the side, noting greatness, main ingredients, and style. Show beer freshness date (Jun 24, 2012) but lacks any other info other than Alc. by Vol (9.5%). Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pale gold bubbly haze, with a quick carbonated head that fades rapidly leaving no lacing and a minimum ring and surface trace.

S - Sweet faint floral aroma with a recognizable Belgium yeasty touch.

T - Floral sweetness with a thin hoppy note and a spiced-herbal finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with sizable carbonation and a smooth finish.

D - Works well as a tripel. Alcohol is well integrated and for such a hefty brew it can go down too easily.

Notes: It´s a nice tripel and while it might not be a great example for the style I sure am glad it exists and will be pleased to find it as a choice on any given pub. Having said that, and not being a huge fan of the style, it is not a brew that I will seek often and particularly not at home. But a good brew in any case...

Daniellobo, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one that took a long, long time to grow on me. It was for a long time my least favorite entry in the Victory lineup, of which I am otherwise a huge fan. But grow on me it has. Still not my favorite, but now one I will enjoy occasionally.

Pours a sunny, slightly hazy golden, with a big, dense, billowy head that drops slowly. The aroma is sharp and fruity - pear, apple, persimmon, some clove and allspice. The flavor is very fruity and spicy, like a spiced pear. There is some apple, even a little banana in the mix, with a fair bit of spice, though not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is thin but well carbonated.

Seanibus, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big 2 finger white head. Body is golden yellow in color with lots of bubbles rising. Lacing is average and head retention is decent but nothing special especially for a Belgian style beer

First smell I pick up is of pale straw malt. Then I get the peppery hay smell of a Saison. No hop aroma but there is a weird metallic smell

Taste is pretty spicy, mostly pepper. There is a bit of alcohol detected that adds a warming effect. Malt has a hay taste to it and yeast adds a taste of sour apple to it. After taste has a bit of astringency

Mouth feel is light and well carbonated. Head retention isnt good enough to add any creaminess to beer. Finish is a bit dry.

Drink ability is above average but not the best from this style. Most tripels I've had were highly drink able and light but this one was rough around the edges. It's a decent beer but nowhere near the top in it's style

angelmonster, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Victory Golden Monkey purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga. Poured into a crystal snifter.
appearance- hazy golden. not much head.
smell- fruit (maybe apple?), subdued spice.
taste- blander than I expected from the nose.
mouthfeel is creamy with a good bit of carbonation.

cindyjeffsmith, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of docfmf
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, I was pleasantly surprised with the overall quality for the price. I'm a "big beer" snob, drinking beers over 8.0%, but the price taf on a case of Golden Monkey was well below the average for my other endevours.

The bottle labeling in a little "busy", but interesting. It pours into a glass and show a nice hue off rich enough but not too dark.

I had mine chilled in fridge for a day and tasted great, No after taste or secondary taste that one might expect from a "bigger beer". It was a very good tasting, easily repetitive drinkable beer.

Smell from bottle was light and alluring. I am anxious to try other Victory beers if they are like this one.

docfmf, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of jamiesessions
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a nice amber colour, lots of yeast, and i nice looking head that quickly fades. Smells fruity, but with an underlying content of alcohol, it's pleasant, but lets you know that there is a true beer lying underneath. Taste is beautiful, a full bodies feel and the spices really come through, tastes great without letting the abnormally high alcohol content hit you, hoppiness is also a very big plus, like drinking a fruity tree. As previously stated, the feel is tremendous, and the drinkability is also exceptionally high, especially for a Tripel, which usually leaves me feeling like a it's a little strong to keep drinking, while i could drink this all day, and love it. This is easily one of the best beers I've ever had, and I cannot recommend it highly enough

jamiesessions, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of ScubaStevebcd
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look: Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass: light amber color, mostly transparent but a bit cloudy from a very high amount of yeast floating around. Big head, but it dissipated very quickly, and not much lacing.

Aroma: Smells fruity, with a very strong note of spice. Just a little bit of hop can be sensed as well.

Taste: Smooth right off the bat, but that ends very quickly. A fair dose of hop hits you pretty quickly. Not overpowering, but enough to let you know it's there. Definitely a little spice, but then you can start to note the alcohol. Its masked better here than with some tripels I've had, but it's still definitely there. Kind of a harsh beer overall, and not in the good "damn that has a lot of flavor" way. More like the "damn whats the ABV on this?" kinda way.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but not a very good one either. Drinkability's fairly poor, and it definitely didn't live up to my own expectations. As sipping beers go, its just ok, but I don't see myself drinking more than one or two in a night.

As far as drinking it again: I've had better tripels. I'd probably try to find those first.

ScubaStevebcd, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Shamgar
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a bright yellow goldish color. Okay head at first, but it disipates quickly. No lacing. The beer itself looks murky. Even after it settles it looks like there is some yeast particles floating around.

smell- couple of different fruit notes here. Bannana is definetly present. I can faintly pick up some alcohol in there.

taste- Alcohol is well hidden. There is a sweet sugar taste which I would assume should be present in the style. Some fruity notes. Yeast is definetly present. It's rounded out by some spice which isn't pleasant (to me) at first, but it grows on me throughout the experience.

mouthfeel- light/medium bodied. Nothing bad about it. Nothing super about it

drinkability- Not my style of beer. Maybe with a meal, but certainly not sessionable. I think I might like it with a Cajun dish. 9.5 ABV will catch up to you real quick if you session these. The only upside is you only need three or four to catch a pretty strong buzz and call it a night.

Not my favorite beer from Victory. Definetly not my favorite style of beer. I'm sure there are better ones out there in the style as well.

Shamgar, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fairly good tripel, but not great, with some character but ultimately a bit bland and one-dimensional with clear alcholic spiciness.

Deep straw-gold, it has a big off-white head, but not huge or out of control, steadily shrinking to a thin foamy ring and leaving essetially noe lace.

The aroma is banana, yeast, hay, hints of golden raisin.

The taste is spicey alcohol, clear but not overly strong or rough, somewhat raisiny (golden raisins) and lightly sweet with hints of banana, hay, yeast, and mineral water. It has a slightly dry, spicey finish with a gently spicey aftertaste with very faint yeastiness. It has a pretty good feel, a bit zesty but firm, yet is very one-dimensional and rather bland. For the most part, it is just spicey alcohol in character, if not actually harsh or rough, with only a very faintly fruity-yeasty element. Ultimately, it is fairly pleasant but very boring and gets somewhat tiresome with the strength.

Offa, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of drizzam
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a clear pint glass, clear straw color with a good two finger fluffy head that retained well. As this is a bottle conditioned ale, I could see lots of sediment floating around in the brew. The bottle claimed the brew was best by December 4, 2011.

S - Spicy nose with overtones of orange peel and pineapple.

T - Heavy on the clove and coriander...I thought the ABV was pretty well masked in comparison to some other beers I've had that were 9.5%, but you can definitely tell it's there. I had another Belgian Tripel with nearly the same ABV right before this one and this seems weak in comparison (I had Three Philosophers first). Seems to get hoppier as it warms.

M&D - Creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. I wouldn't rate it high on the drinkability scale just because of the high ABV...other than that, this is a solid brew.

drizzam, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden/orange with a bright white head, but not long-lasting or very lace-worthy. The smell was blood orange, orange peel, pineapple, lime, and a very dominant alcohol factor. The flavor yielded all of these flavors and then some, but it was all upfront, with very little dissolve, and a very strong alcohol finish. Very imbalanced. The texture was nicely carbonated and medium-bodied, but the combination of super-sweet and strong alcohol essence was not pleasant.

donniecuffs, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The pour was cloudy light orange/yellow with 1 finger white foam. Somewhat opauqe, but very picturesque.

Smells lightly fruity. Some bubble gum.

Belgian taste. Some raisins. Bitter aftertaste. Warming alcholo throughout, letting you know the 9.50% that lurks beneath. Well carbonated in the mouthfeel.

Good drinkability, well made in the style.

KTCamm, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/4/09
This beer pours a hazy golden yellow with an ample amount of sediment dancing in the glass. A one finger of sudsy head capped this beer, receded relatively quickly and left nice streaks of lacing on the glass. Nose is yeast, banana, and clove. Taste is starts slightly grainy with a malt balance, the middle is filled out by a yeast flavoring with a touch of clove and nutmeg, citrusy flavoring, pear and banana fill out the finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation, starts off rather light and crisp, but has a thicker more dense finish to it. Wrath of the Golden Monkey on this one - it's a highly drinkable Tripel with a barely distinguishable ABV. Careful with this one!

Jayli, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of sociallooter
1.68/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I did not think this was a good beer. I read about this beer in a myrtle beach news paper reporting about how craft beer is a "new thing". I still can not figure out how they report crafting beer is a brand new outta the box kinda thing. They recommend beers such as Newcastle and blue moon.(craft beers?) I like both of those beers there almost nostalgic to me growing up. New castle was the first beer I actually bought as a 21 year old in upstate NY.

SO, Golden Monkey. The name sounds cool and the label looked makeshift. i like that kinda thing. Do you remember the labels on old TV sitcoms when they drank beer before widespread sponsorship from major corporations? It made me think of that.(I had a few beers before so I was kinda abstract.If ya know what I mean.) It did not look like a Fancy "Fear and loathing", label on a beer bottle. I poured it into a pint glass. A pretty good head. I was quite dark in the bar so i can"t really describe the color. The smell was bananas strait up bananas!. The Taste was not! it was very bitter, too bitter, way too bitter. I told my girlfriend it was like eating a pound of bananas and swiging orange peel flavored Mr. Boston charcoal filtered vodka. Then puking that all up and the after-taste left in my mouth would have been Golden Monkey. I wanted to buy some Golden Monkey and give it to my friends and pretend it was a quintessential item to my existence. Then see the look on there faces as they coughed up some pure banana bile. I was purely disappointed because that was the only beer in that news paper article the seemed to be intriguing to me. You live and learn. I do not recommend this to beer to most people but i know there are people that think this is the greatest achievement since the cell phone. Hey was was made for Christ sake.

sociallooter, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of deapokid
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reevaluating an old favorite:

Pours a hazy, golden color with heavy bubble activity and a creamy two-finger head with unbelievable staying power. A very good looking beer that can physically stand alongside its Belgian forefathers.

Scent of banana, a sweet booziness and cinnamon spice can be detected in the peculiar dessert aroma of this brew.

This is a very boozy take on the triple. Not that the ABV is higher than most of its kin, but this one seems to rely on it as a flavor characteristic. It seems to be missing the blueberry finish I distinctly remember from previous tries, instead packing a grainy dryness at the finale.

It gets much better as it warms, but the sting of alcohol seems to overwhelm the pleasant banana esthers and a nice subtle, muskiness.

The liquid itself is quite soft and smooth, but can occasionally shock the taste buds with a jolt of hard liquor strength, which also affects the drinkability considerably.

Although not a bad effort, it doesn't really stand up compared to the profound flavor profiles of La Fin Du Monde or Mad Bitch. It is sad that a beer I once cherished has fallen out of favor, but I guess it's a testament to all of the amazing brews I've had in the past couple of years.

deapokid, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Natural510
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color, with light amount of carbonation bubbles which quickly fizz away into virtually nothing. Flat appearance.
Smells like a tripel, with high yeast, coriander and lemon all in the mix.
Tart yeast up front with a bitter kick toward the back. Eventually a fruit sweetness does come through, coupled with honey and the spices to round out the flavor. Alcohol content well hidden.
Tart, dry, bitter, crisp in the mouth. Fairly pleasing.
Doesn't compare with the Belgians of the style, but I'm not sure that is their attempt (it does come in sixers, after all). Though not particularly innovative, not bad on its own, either.

Natural510, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

That s a pretty good beer and very true to style in every respect which is good. However, one little difference it is a bit sweeter which is.... a good thing actually. It is a really nice sweet taste of honey, fresh honey that is but it still has some hop bitterness nd strong floral notes. REALLY GOOD. I will have this again soon!

DerBayer, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of cavedave
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A one finger, almost pure white head tops this golden, semi-cloudy gem. The head relaxes to a cap of bubbling beauty.

The smell is a bright blend of sweet and tart yeasty goodness, bounded by notes of herbosity, and florality. There is a fruitiness in there that balances it all, maybe peach or ripe plum. Wonderful bouquet.

The taste is bright and bold like the nose, and as full of yeast, herb, and floral. Alcohol is not in the profile here. You can sense it but there is no heat, it is more like the sweet backing that leads to a juicy, fruit and floral finish. As it warms earthy and herbal notes kick in. Very clean tasting for a tripel.

Mouthfeel is average. Just a bit too much carbonation, and not quite enough cling.

Due to the wonderful flavor, and the lack of alcohol presence, it is extremely drinkable.

cavedave, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Buffalo Billiard's in Austin.

A: Poured a cloudy, well, golden color with a substantial orange tint to it. The bartender poured it to the line in the Golden Monkey snifter, which looked pathetic because it had only the slightest ring of foam swirls (leaving the headspace mostly empty). Retention was mostly in the donut, which didn't leave any lacing. Kind of a flaccid look for a tripel.

S: Yeast, substantial yeast. Bananas and a dry, earthy hop note.

T: Yeast and earthy hop soup. I was hoping the banana esters and malt would be stepped up a bit, but it's fairly restrained, letting the body roam toward a semi-dry side. Peppery near the finish. This is pretty weak in flavor for a tripel, to be honest.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation (could use quite a bit more). Semi-dry finish. But very well hidden ABV. I was surprised to find out in retrospect that this was nearly 10%.

D: I wasn't too enthusiastic about finishing this, and moved onto something else afterward. Not something I'll have again.

Arbitrator, Sep 17, 2009
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
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,599 ratings.