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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,886
Reviews: 1,704
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 111
Gots: 869 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Ratings: 4,886 | Reviews: 1,704
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know why I don't have a review for this. Went through a few sixers, a bomber and picked up another one just for this review.

A - Looks good. You get a clear pale yellow with a half inch of head.

S - Slight citrus, a touch of clove and very little yeast in the nose.

T - May not be too yeast forward but I like it. The ABV is noticeable but that's to style with mild citrus mostly lemon and a bit of spiced clove.

M - Medium to heavy my glass went pretty fast.

D - May not be the picture perfect example of a Belgium triple but it drinks rather nice with a low touch of overall yeast. I just wish the alcohol was more masked but its a good beer.

Photo of beerhan
2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottled September 2009.

*I once enjoyed this beer in my early days of craft but I am now getting a chance to review it. I realize now I enjoyed it only because its easy to drink a lot for a quick buzz.

One of the most hideous beers I have ever looked at. After popping the cork I saw a terrible display of yeast that does not look appetizing at all. It does however have a nice thick head that stays.

Smells like clove, mixed spices, lemon and bananas. uggh.

Tastes very spicy and clovey and all around not that good. There is some Belgian yeast but it is masked by whatever the hell was added to this beer.

The carbonation is pretty nice and feels great except for the fact that it shoots the yeast up. I have no idea what was up with this.

Overall, this is a fairly drinkable beer for its percent. I personally do not recommend having more than one because too many is a bad hangover waiting to happen, trust me. It is a nice beer for the inexperienced drinker but one I do not plan to touch again.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a while ago in Fairfield, CA.

Appearance- golden color, little to no head

Smell- mostly citrus

Taste- citrus, mostly lemon

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was ok but probably won't have it again. But I would have it for free lol

Photo of smakawhat
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Enjoy by Jan 19 2014, we are good to go.

A very soap white head pours out that falls fairly quickly on this beer. This doesn't look that great but at least it looks drinkable, Body is incredibly clear and carbonated, very dark gold color. There is no lacing on the glass and very little retention at all. This sure doesn't look like a Belgian style beer.

There's a small lemon, some faint yeast, but also kind of a weak sense of wetness. This smells more like a weak Belgian pale ale than a tripel. Small hints of heat alcohol as well.

Taste is sharp and carbonated. Ridiculously gassy, so much so that all I can really taste is carbon dioxide. Bitter lemon mixed with gas and boozy alcohol. Some small hints of sweetness on the finish but masked often by carbonation.

For a tripel, I would totally pass on this and have something else instead. Way too wet and carbonated for my tastes and for this style for me.

Photo of l33tNinjaPirate
4.82/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle says enjoy by Jan 19 2014. Guessing it was bottled Jan 19 2011.

Appearance: Golden. Hazy from yeast suspension. Long head retention.

Smell: Definitely smells like Belgian yeast. You get those delicious banana/vanilla ester smells.

Taste: Tastes like a spiced Belgian tripel. No off flavors and very drinkable considering the alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than the color suggests but this is a stupid category to consider anyway. Has a good microbew mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A sessionable 9.5% abv spiced Belgian. Enough said. Drink responsibly *wink wink*.

Photo of y2jrock60
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden in color with a big white bubbly head that dissipates quickly but does slightly lace.

S- Sweet with a hint of fruit, mostly pineapples and melon. I believe I detected noble hop aroma as well.

T- Very unique. Contains a variety of different flavors. The beer is spicy upfront but fades into a fruity mixture of pear, melon, and pineapple. That then fades into noble hop bitterness that lingers mellow on the tongue until the next sip.

M- The high percentage of alcohol can be detected by the warmness. This beer is best sipped.

D- Very drinkable for a big beer, but there's no reason to drink more than three at a time.

This is the first Tripel I've ever had. It reminds me a lot in appearance of a pilsner. It also has hints of noble hops. This beer was very complex and delicious.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Chimay goblet...

A: pours a pale golden color with a fluffy 2 finger white head. leaves some but very little lacing

S: very spicy, fruity aromas of peaches, pears, bananas, and apples. malt is similar to white bread. no alcohol detected. aroma is very similar to champagne.

T: also very spicy, and the alcohol adds a big peppery kick. more fruity flavors, orange and lemon, also more pear and banana. boozy finish is very peppery and long lasting, with pear skins and lemon peel. The alcohol also makes this one taste minty if you pause from drinks for a couple of minutes.

M: medium light body with a good carbonation. alcohol makes this one very warming, but with a decent creaminess

Overall, this should be called the golden gorilla. the 9.5 abv is quite noticeable and not hidden well at all. However, with this style I can appreciate the extra kick. Worthy attempt and worth a shot.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a good-sized white head. Little lacing to speak of after it dissipates to a thin film.
Smell is fairly light with notes of banana, malt and bread.
Taste is choppy with citrus and malt lighter.
Fairly effervescent with a dry finish. Medium bodied. Decent, even good though not great.

Photo of zdk9
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a globe of goldenrod with a finger of bright white puffy head.

S- Smells yeasty, corny, grassy, lemony, and probably a couple other -ys to boot. Not the strongest aroma, but the complexity of it is there.

T- Ah the taste betrays the tripel. The alcohol pops in my mouth like bubblegum- and not surprisingly there's some candiness to it. A good bit of pale malt heft. And sugary, vodka sweetness with a honey tinge.

M- Like most tripels, this one is pretty hot which isn't really my cup of tea (or glass of beer) but it seems appropriate anyway.

D- I certainly have gotten this multiple times, so it's got to be decent.

Photo of bskrtz
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served cool in glass beer goblet, on tap at The Yard House

A) Golden brass with modest white puffy head that disappears quickly. Light travels through -- there is no yeasties or sediment.

S) Sweet and spicey, with clove, banana and citrus.

T) Malty sweet caramel, mild peppery spice, apricots and raisons.

M) "Sticky" and a bit flat. This could be the result of the distance from the keg to the tap -- a long way as the beer appears to travel overhead, across the room and faraway

D) The spice, the texture and lack of effervesence (that one expects from true Belgians), put me off. One was enough for me

Photo of JayS2629
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This cloudy copper colored beer has a fluffy white head that holds on for a while before receding into a thin film. The lace is a tight bubbled wall of cream.

A sweet, spicy aroma of belgian yeast, banana and clove with a hint of cinnomon. A little lemon zest, cookie, and bubblegum going on. Subtle on the hints. Soft for this style.

The taste follows the nose. A nice backbone of light biscuity malt with spices all over it. Cinnomon, allspice, and bold clove. Banana is in the aftertaste with a bubblegum hint and a cookie sweetness. Slightly on the sweet side for a tripel which I prefer. Slightly watery, which makes it more drinkable and it has a nice touch of lemon. Boozy hint in here too, but not too much.

The beer is a soft, silky, creamy beer of medium body. A little on the light side for its style. A slight watery note that makes the entire beer more drinkable than most tripels. It is however a sipper, not just because of bold flavor but its dangerous being so easy to drink and such high ABV.

Photo of beerdepartment
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appears light gold. A golden monkey i would have expected to be a bit darker, like a Buddha statue.

Smells like a subdued wheat/banana/fruit profile. Good because I don't like the heady fruit smells of the wheat type, but this might be considered a very light aroma for its class. Still, some other stuff (tiny spice) in there beyond straight wheat. Props for that.

Tastes like a wheat beer. With maybe too much bitterness and sweetness for the smells going on.

Mouthfeel pulls through. Like the other wheatbeer taste of the night, this has a great body. Silky, mouth-filling texture.

Drinkability, to me, is low. Something about this is a bit rough. But there would be others who dig this.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet... it's a cloudy beer. Gold color, befitting the "Golden Monkey" moniker, with a small white head. Not much lacing or retention to it.

It has a floral and honey smell to it, hints of coriander... pretty tasty. Typical for the style but right on point with how a good tripel should smell. In my opinion at least.

The taste is a great reflection on the smell... maybe a little more floral and slightly bitter with a little hop hit in there. I'm really enjoying this one, for an American brewed tripel it's one of the best I've had in recent memory.

The mouthfeel is a little harsh, with a slight hint of the alcohol content in the aftertaste.

I'd still go for another one of these... I wish Victory was available in Louisiana, but for now I'll jus thave to pick them up when I can.

Photo of Btrue121
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very golden, but cloudy. finger size head with lacing throughout my experience of drinking it. The appearance tells you to try it.

Smell - Comes off as almost ginger. Banana with a crisp lemon/type sour smell.

Taste - Very nice carbonation, with a sweet full flavor. Taste the smell with a peppery but slight hoppy ending.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable, maybe a few would suit me for a night, only because of the sweetness is thick. Not a heavy beer, but very sweet. Very enjoyable and if you enjoy a fruity flavor, this may be your A+

Drinkability - I may buy this beer again, just to enjoy one or two through the week. Not my type of beer, but very good. I recommend trying it. I enjoyed the beer very much so.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden yellow, bright white head that dwindles to a fild and mild laces. Lots of streaming bubbles.

Aroma is spicy, citrus, bready, with a hint of heat.

Citrus taste, belgo-yeasty, slight sweetness, and a pronounced amount of booze that is somewhat lingering.

Somewhat crisp, but slick in texture, lighter bodied.

The lingering heat and somewhat overall unbalanced features doesn't lend much in the way of drink ability.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice balaned golden color. Good thickness and foam. Nice carbonation as well.

Smell: Good combination of pepper and banana. Some sour lemon as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel doesn't quite balance flavor, but a nice alcohol feel helps. Banana and pepper with some lemon hops in the background. Nice subtly.

Drinkability: The initial appearance makes this very enticing, the flavor doesn't live up to the appearance, but that's hard to do, so it's still good.

Overall: Not quite La Fin Du Monde good.

Photo of goalie33
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. No freshness date on the bottle.
A) Hazy gold with one finger of white head. Doesn't leave much lacing. Lots of carbonation.
S) Clove, some lemony, citrus notes. A bit of hops.
T) Sour/bitter taste on the tongue as soon as it hits the mouth. Pleasant, spicy and slightly citrusy middle and then that sour/bitterness returns in the finish. Bad bottle?
M/D) Very soft mouthfeel. Not very carbonated at all. This beer is not undrinkable, but I am not enjoying this.

It could be that I got a bad bottle, but I did not like this beer. It looked and smelled great, and the taste had potential, but that sharp sour/bitterness that greats you when it enters and says good-bye before it leaves ruins the beer. I would like to try another bottle of this just to find out if the problem was this particular bottle or if it's the beer in general.

Photo of Mit
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a lot of belgian styles this season so far. Was very happy to realize that this was also a belgian style.

a-pours a clear golden colour with a very nice lasting head. This thing lasted for like 10 min or so...LOL

s-nice belgian flavous coming through in the bouquet. Coriander, sweet malts from the elevated abv. Some banana.

t-Sweet but it's balanced by the hops. Couriander shines through, but it tastes like a muted tripel compared to an actual from Belgian tripel.

m- kinda light for a high abv beer. Drinks like a 5 or 6%.

d- real drinkable...actually dangerous. Def doesn't drink like an almost 10% beer. I would have 3 or 4 and realize that walking is difficult.

Photo of SteelerNation
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: OK lacing and head retention. Bright golden color with some suspension.

S: Malt sweetness and fruity yeast. Smells like banana and spice. At 9.5% abv, I can start to smell the alcohol.

T: The yeast hits hard with this one. The fruityness is so strong at the beginning that I can barely make out any flavors. There is a super fruity bubble gum, banana, and spice flavor. The hops don't interfere with the yeast and make a brief appearance and quickly fade away. The aftertaste is surprisingly wet for being so alcoholic. Moderate alcoholic warmth. Tremendously balanced sweet fruityness, light hops, and alcohol. Earthy aftertaste.

M: Not bad at all for a trippel. Dextrins make their presence, but don't give off a syrupy character.

D: Probably the best single aspect. It drinks like a 6.5% abv. The aftertaste is mild and it ends wet. This would sneak up on me FAST at the bar.

I'm not as crazy about the Belgian beers, but this one is both complex and balanced. A great all around Belgian brew that stays true to its roots.

Photo of Thanby
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a huge foamy head that sticks in clumps.

Big banana smell typical of Belgians, clove, coriander, some ginger. Nice spicy bouquet, fairly sweet.

The taste is big on the spice bouquet. Ginger is much more apparent, backed by clove and the Belgian malt and yeast. Sort of a brown sugar sweetness around the whole thing.

Mid to light body, a little spice from the carbonation, aftertaste is lingering malt sweetness, a little sticky, the ginger is left as things fade.

Overall a nice spiced tripel, a little off the beaten path but not too much. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale orange color. Has small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves only spotty lacing.

Smell: Has the yeasty smell common to most Belgian-style beers. Also has a considerable amount of spiciness in the nose. It is a little sweet as well with hints of citrus.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front from hops. Develops a spicy, sweet flavor towards the back. It's really heavy on the yeastiness, more so than in other Belgians. All in all, I think the taste falls a bit flat here. It's really one-dimensional and not as full as I'd like.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied with a nice carbonated bite to it.

Drinkability: This one I'm not really impressed with. It's a very one-dimensional tripel and, with all the other choices out there, I really can't see myself getting this again. It's not bad, it just doesn't compare well to others of the style. A miss but only slightly...

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, this beer is a bright, clear straw-gold color with a frothy, foamy white head about a quarter of an inch thick. Much lighter and brighter than most Tripels. The smells are a bit muddled, but definitely some coriander and light sweetness. The beer is very sweet in mouth, and the spices help to balance that flavor. The coriander is still present, but subdued under the sweet flavors of banana bread. Very smooth and creamy in mouth, yet the aftertaste is extremely abrupt. Only the slightest hint of coriander lingers in the aftertaste, and not for long at all. Very palatable, but a little on the short side. The flavors were decent enough that a little longer linger wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Best by 17 February 2013.

A: A clear, straw-yellow beer with cyclonic bubbles swirling madly around the glass. Fine, stark-white head with good retention and clingy lacing.

S: Spicy yeasts. Throw in a banana/fruity twist, and it's a bit akin to a hefeweizen. A mix between a hefeweizen and a tripel, in the final assessment.

T: Delicious! I'm a bit surprised by the low ratings Golden Monkey has garnered. Tropically delicious. Refreshingly spicy. A bit of wheaty/yeasty influence. The merest tinge of alcohol. The maintaste is characterised by a fruitiness -- banana and sweet citrus -- with zesty, bready yeasts and candied malts. The aftertaste is the spiciest (I can't quite pin down which spices these might be, but I like them), lingering in the mouth for a long while; a bit drying.

M: Both creamy and filling, and sharp and spiced. Quite enlivening. Distinctly pleasant. I just plain enjoy drinking this beer.

D: Crazy drinkable, especially considering the ABV. Equally rewarding in draughts or sips. Quite simply a wonderful beer; highly recommended.

Photo of JLeege
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best by 1/12/14 ~ poured into a goblet

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light golden color, with a very thin white head. Quickly fades to about nothing. A little splotchy lace.

Smell- Strong phenols, banana, light spiceing.

Taste- Very mild flavor and very boozy. Light banana, some belgian yeast, very phenolic again. Sugary & Sweet. There is not much complexity to this. The alcohol pretty much over rides everything else.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, low carbonation, slick.

Overall- This is supposed to be a triple??? I have had this beer multiple times and have never been impressed. Not sure why I keep revisiting it... Its a "hot" mess.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#89. Found this in a grocery store in Lilburn. Since I've had nothing but great experiences with Victory Brews in the past, I was quick to purchase this beer.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Beer pours a fizzy head that recedes rather quickly, but slows and condenses near the surface, then dissipates to a thin film. Lacing is lacking. Color is one of most true forms of standard yellow I have ever seen in a beer and is a slightly hazy gold, bringing some really nice visual characteristics to this beer when light hits the glass. Carbonation feverishly boils in clusters. One of the most interesting things is the tone of color of this beer. It is really interesting, and Golden monkey suits it quite well. The head could use some work, but otherwise this beer has a nice look to it. 3.5

(Smell) Some nice balance in here. Wheat-like light malts linger at the surface with a banana aroma and a slightly spicy aromatic arrangement joins in. Smell is real similar to a common Belgian Witbier, such as Hoegaarden White, but the aroma is slightly more dense and less airy with a more pronounced smell. A touch of honey and citrus peel is also notable in the scent, neither one immediately perceived but certainly could be in there. Hops are nearly absent, but such is common for the type. Aroma has a medium potency, not too weak for my nose but a boost wouldn't kill the quality. Overall, the smell is on the sweet side. Considering I enjoy a lot of Belgian-based light beers, I'm impressed by and ready for this. 4

(Taste) Light bready malts paired well with citrus, banana, honey and some prickly spice keep this beer interesting without being exhaustive. Slight alcohol tones peek through the flavor in big swigs. Personally, I could have preferred more pronounced malt flavor and a more dominant arrangement of flavoring spices rather than the bitter tones that dominate this one. What is here is plentiful in flavor, but unlike the nose, the beer is more bitter and less sweet. There's that characteristic Belgian white finish complete with a slight touch of coriander and citrus peel which is amongst my favorite finishes on any beer. Unfortunately, the flavors aren't as well pronounced throughout the majority of this beer. It seems like the depth of the flavors are about 3/4 of where they need to be. My thoughts on this is probably the high yeast content which likely casts over the other flavors somewhat, but you need abundant yeast for a high ABV, so beggars can't be choosers! All-in-all, there's certainly room for improvement, but this beer is closer to perfect than imperfect. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) A few things are interesting about the mouthfeel. There's a crisp spicy front from the spices and carbonation that border becoming draining on the tongue followed by a smooth but thin midsection of sweet malt and not much else. The finish is distinctly desert dry with some bitter tones. I'm really unsure about how much I enjoy the mouthfeel in this beer. It seems that the carbonation and the spices might be too bold and controlling for the other potentials this beer has. Body is light-medium and alcohol is for the most part well hidden. This might be the area that needs most improvement. 3

(Drinkability) Strangely filling. That's good news too considering the high ABV. The flavors aren't quite as pronounced as I had hoped, and what was promised in the smell didn't quite carry over like I had hoped. The end result was something quite different; a largely bitter and frail taste, more than expected. The beer is far from bad. I would not mind having another two in a sitting. The filling tendencies of this beer are what would most likely shut me down. It's likely to impress a bitter wheats audience. 3

Verdict: This may not be the best beer Victory has to offer, as I found the flavor profile lacking, but the appearance and smell were spot on, if only they could be reproduced in what I tasted and felt. Not a bad buy, but I probably wouldn't get it often, as I'm sure there are better options for Tripels as well as ones that are more characteristic of Tripels (I found this one played it's cards close to a yeasty Belgian White with a high ABV). Worthy of a try, but equally worthy of some sprucing up. B- (3.5)

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,886 ratings.