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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,760
Reviews: 1,670
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 95
Gots: 732 | FT: 2
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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Photo of pretibrwneyez
4.71/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap during Philly beer week 2010.

Exceptional color and taste. The smell was exceptional. I liked it so much, I had two and tuned my friends with me onto it.

I am going to buy a few cases of this and share with only the friends I like who could savor the flavor and respect the beer.

Photo of drxandy
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottled sept. 17th 2009 to tulip glass

not the first time i've had golden monkey, but the first corked and caged bottle of it i've bought

pours a golden shade with a light tinge of red, creamy white head retains nicely

smells of spicy yeastly goodness, malt

taste is of heavy yeast esters, malt is very dry, light hops in the background have mostly faded out but the bitterness shows a little in the finish, alcohol makes itself known in the finish and the aftertaste as well

mouthfeel is a good weight, alcohol makes it slick and a little hot even with almost a year on it - carbonation is good and perfect for style

drinkability is sneaky, the alcohol doesn't show it's self too much and its quite tasty - a great meal beer

paired it with peppercorn cheddar (if you havent tried a saison or triple with peppercorn'd cheese you owe it to yourself, they pair amazingly), nom nom nom

Photo of jpoder
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Though not great, it is a go to for me when I want an inexpensive tripel that is not bad.

a: golden yellow...slight haze, good white head when poured, but quickly fades

s: clove and banana with a floral tone as well

t: more clove/banana, spicy (pepper? Coriander?) sweet, but with alcohol burn slight

m: pretty even body

d: pretty good...again, a go-to cheap tripel

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the 2009 vintage. I am very disappointed Victory stopped putting freshness dates on the bottles, I have not bought a Prima Pils since. GM pours a hazed, particulate infused gold color with a fast fading white foam and does not leave much lacing. Floaties along with the lack of retention is a bummer.

Nose is full of fruity yeast esters; green apples, muscadine grapes and pears. Alcohol is evident as is a grainy malt presence. Some grassy hops is there if you look for it.

Belgian yeast comes through pretty nicely in here and it tastes like a pretty good strain. I like the nice mix of hop flavor and bittering; a tripel with a decent hopping schedule is a good thing. Grainy malt is there and has just enough sweetness to balance things out well. This might be the best American tripel that is available in six-packs. I seem to pick up a sixer of the monkey at least once a year. Drinkability is high as it is a very balanced tripel. Solid stuff.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden in color that has a noticeable lingering haziness. Less than a finger of thin white head that does not retain well with moderate to little lacing on the walls of the glass.

S- Sweet malt that transforms into a slight spicy hop smell as well as a yeasty phenol and fruity ester smell. Slight breadiness throughout, nothing too overpowering, but also nothing to memorable as well.

T- An immediate sharp taste of spicy and floral hops that only eases its grip towards the end of the beer as a sweet malt becomes apparent as well as a small amount of the fruit esters one would expect from a Belgian. The beer is rounded out with an enhanced alcohol taste and slightly bitter finish.

M- Medium body with slight amount of carbonation, not too bad.

D- Easy to put down, some rough spots in the taste profile bring down the rating in this category.

Notes: Seems like a hopped up American version, not bad, but simply trying to add hops to another style won't make this the best of its style.

Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi hazy golden yellow light orange color. Two finger white head rises and stays for a short period. Ringing lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice big aromas of clove and banana right off the bat. Light spicey hops in the backend of this. Some sweeter alcohol in very end. Light belgian yeast aroma coming in hints in the aroma.

T- This is well...not hiding anything that wasn't in the nose. Good clove in the front with a light spicey peppery note. Big banana flavor with a hunt of lemon. Alcohol is sweet in the backend but hardly there. Pretty much what you smell is what you get.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little higher than most Tripels I think. Clove stays on the palate with some sweeter alcohol in the aftertaste. Good drying on the palate after each sip. Flavors blend well together and crispness comes from the carbonation I think.

D- This beer is very drinkable. Victory has this problem (in a good way) with making their higher ABV beers so damn drinkable. This makes the beer dangerous but still enjoyable as well!

Photo of speter
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a two-finger white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Malt and Belgian yeast, with a floral accent.

T: A sweet front rapidly turns clovey/peppery in the center. The finish is surprisingly clean, but the aftertaste is highly peppery/bitter. Throughout is the warm glow of ethanol.

M: Lighter than one might expect for a beer of this strength; the alcohol is nicely warming, and the carbonation lightens the overall palate sensation.

D: Ignoring the aspects of sessionability of a 9.5% beer, the pepper is a tad too strong on this.

Photo of scottfrie
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a lemony citrus yellow with a thin frothy white head made up of lively carbonation. Not very impressed by the head retention on this one.
S: Very sweet and fruity with powerful Belgium spices, as expected. Notes of pear, clove, banana, green apple, bready yeast and alcohol. Some faint medicinal notes as well.
T: Fruity sugary sweetness hits the palate first, but is quickly overpowered by very spicy and peppery flavors. Alcohol warms the throat and rounds out the finish with a doughy spicy aftertaste.
M: Carbonation hits the palate sharp but then melts smoothly into velvet and alcohol that softly coats your mouth. The body is rich enough and slightly oily.
D: Not a spectacular tripel but a pretty decent and drinkable beer. The high alcohol is noticeable but masked fairly well. The flavors could use a bit of polishing, but one the whole it's not bad.

Photo of TommyW
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear gold with a bubbly, white head.

S- Pineapple, banana and tropical fruits with faint spice and Belgian yeast aromas.

T- Tropical fruits, lots of clove and coriander, and a minerally bitterness with the Belgian yeast flavors.

M- Medium body and nice bubble carbonation.

D- Not an outstanding triple, but certainly not a bad one either.

Photo of capaneus
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(A) this tripel pours hazy with visible clumps of yeast floating around (i'm a pour/swirl/pour kinda drinker). there is a decent head, though i would expect a little more from a tripel. very little lacing sticks to the glass as it goes down.

(S) the smell remind of me of fresh fruit - quinces perhaps - with a noticeable phenolic yeasty character and no malt on the nose.

(T) sweet. a little sweeter than expected. strong, slightly medicinal phenols and booze. hop bitterness is mild but slightly more distinct than most BELGIAN tripels and taste mostly of flavoring hops as opposed to bittering.

(M) very well balanced mouthfeel. a medium body gives way to a nice and distinct prickliness. refreshing and filling. leaves you with a really nice level of heat from the alcohol.

(D) not my favorite tripel - it's a bit too sweet and this aggravates the medicinal character. that being said, "not my favorite tripel" still equates to "damn good beer". I'd gladly drink two of these on a drinkin' night... at nearly 10% ABV, they catch up on you quick. for the price, this is a great example of BELGIAN style beer and i will certainly seek this affordable little gem out again.

Photo of Sam21
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

Appearance - Slightly hazy with an orangey yellow body. Healthy head recedes quickly to a nice white cap. Quite effervescent. The head seemed to lack that distinct rocky billowy aspect that is characteristic of so many Belgian beers.

Smell - Clove, fresh banana, and some subtle spicy hops. Not picking up any alcohol.

Taste - Matches the nose nicely. Fresh earthiness, spicy clove, and some fruity esters, mainly banana and lemon, rounding out the spiciness. Dry finish with a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden for 9.5%abv. Sneaky would be a good way to describe it.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and highly carbonated without being fizzy. Crisp. The carbonation gives this beer a nice creamy smoothness.

Drinkability - This is going down very nicely in this 85 degree heat and high humidity. A nice balance is struck between the spicy and sweet sides of this brew. The lively carbonation helps round the beer out with a dry finish. This beer strikes a nice balance between simple and complex and presents itself as such. A nice interpretation of a Belgian Tripel and a highly enjoyable beer. I will definitely be returning to this beer many more times as it is affordable and delicious.

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

pours a clear copper orange color with large white creamy head and lacing, and lively fizzy carbonation. lots of spices in the flavor with hints of citrus, and staw. medium body, thin oily texture. astringent bitter finish. short flavor duration. decent brew but nothing special. had quite a few times and have always enjoyed.

Photo of bceagles39
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at home on May 25, 2010.

Brilliant gold color with a great head, white and fluffy. Excellent head retention and above average lacing. A lot of fizz streaming up through the glass.

First whiff was very sweet, almost melon-y sweet. Fairly light and gently floral.

Very nice bite right up front. A lot of banana, especially on the finish for me. You can definitely feel the heat throughout but it's not too over the top.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel cut by the fizz.

I think this would make a good cross-over beer for people. A highly enjoyable tripel, perhaps lacking some of the complexity of a true Belgian.

Photo of alli4051
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a hazy somewhat darkened golden color. Produces a thick head that recedes pretty quickly leaving virtually no lacing. Had a weird experience with this one, opened the bottled, turned to toss the cap in the garbage, turned back around and found it foaming all over my counter. Thought maybe I banged it around a bit on the way home but the other varieties in the sampler pack didn't do this and 24 hours later the Golden Monkey still did, I don't know. The strange part is it really doesn't seem overcarbonated, anyway moving on. Scent is spicey and yeasty but a little underwhelming. Taste is definitely Belgian inspired but not quite Belgian. Floral hoppiness up front with some spiceness in the finish that becomes more potent as it warms. Alcohol is well hidden, I was actually shocked when I looked at the label and saw 9.5%. That being said it's pretty easy for the booze to sneak up on you, which takes away a bit from an otherwise very drinkable brew. I would drink several of these but I'd start getting sloppy after the first few.

Photo of mjurney
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Bright golden color, hazy, tons of carbonation, very little head, leaves no lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Spice, a little banana, grainy, perfume.
[Taste]: Sweet malty up front, I could taste a little cloves and banana, peppery in the mid-palate, hint of lemon peel, alcohol bite at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Medium-light bodied, carbonation is about medium, strong alcohol warmth, rough finish.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is pretty low, this beer is kicking my butt.

Photo of rdub
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yikes. After one of these and a HopDevil I wasn't able to concentrate. Reading the Tripel description it would seem Victory hit this one true to form but not necessarily Belgian. It's Belgian style like American Chinese food is Chinese. Surprisingly light golden color and sweet smell. I really couldn't get a sense of what I was actually smelling. Taste was strong and mouthfeel was light. Drinkability was pretty high.

Photo of One2Remeber
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first tripel style beer, must say it is my new favorite just edging out 90 minute IPA. Only need one or two beers after a long day at work to help unwind. The brew was from a half barrel keg and stored in a growler. The last beer from the growler had a built-up volume of the wheat and yeast giving the initial pour very attractive. Golden Monkey is where its at.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: golden with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: some fruity aromas, some banana

taste: not on par with style. a decent belgian triple. not my fav from then at all. some alcohol burn too.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: average belgian, not horrible, might drink again.

Photo of skullsplitter
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been on a Belgian kick lately. I haven't had this beer in years and I recalled not liking it. So I figured it was time to give it another go.

The appearance looked pretty decent. It had the look of a typical Belgian. My only real gripe was the poor head retention. There wasn't much of a head and what little there was dissipated quickly. It was a pleasing and hazy golden blond color that was heavily carbonated.

The aroma is light, floral, and yeasty. A little too light I found. Definitely the low point of the drink.

The taste was quite good. The floral and yeast hit me right away. I detected some banana notes that added to the sweetness of the drink. I was a little surprised that the beer didn't taste stronger. For almost 10% I expected it would be a little more present. This added to the drinkability. I am glad I didn't have a six pack of these guys. That might have been dangerous.

I definitely enjoyed this more the second time around. Would I go out and buy a six pack? No, probably not. Victory is a great brewery but so far this is my least favorite of their offerings. I agree that there are way better Belgians out there.

Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a goblet with a clear with a little haziness. About one finger of head that thins out and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Aroma: Phenolic acidity with a citrus hop. Hints of apricot, clove and apple skin. The malts give off a brown bread aroma.

Taste: A crisp hop bite to start. A little bit of apple skin and clove. A breadiness from the malts with a twinge of cinnamon.

Notes: This is a solid triple a nice sweetness from the malts and a decent amount of hopiness. A good one to pick up. Cheers.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear golden with a thin white head with good retention, mild lace.

S: Has some interesting yeast esters (heavy pear and yellow apple), but has a faint hint of pickles which was off-putting.

T: Acrid, bitter pepper type spice, bitter melon/hops form the initial attack which was not enjoyable. Some OK fruit notes in the end try to save it, but it's not happening. That minor pickle note is here too.

M: Perfectly fine. Quite smooth, medium/full-bodied with a hint of ethanol.

D: I tried this a few years ago and didn't like it, I thought I'd try it again to see if my tastes have changed since I'm on a Tripel kick as of late. They haven't, I still don't like it. Having Allagash Tripel recently to compare, it's like night and day. I'm still a big fan of Victory, they make great beer across the board, so it's all right to have one stinker.

Photo of Echosolace
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My taste buds have changed through time, and they usually happen when coming across great beers. Despite this, I've never grown to like maltier beers, like this one. Although this one could have come close to turning me on to that wonderful world of Belgian triples because of the stranger taste which I wasn't expecting. It probably has something to do with the spices they put in there.

A: 2 finger head, long lasting, pretty color.

S: My left nostril is a bit clogged for some reason, so, taken with a grain of salt, I think that the smell is pretty light, with that usual malty smell, and shoot me down if you want but some apples maybe?

T: It caught me by surprise. Yum, especially for a malty beer. It must be the spice. I don't really know what to call out on it though...

M: Reminds me of flatter champagne.

D: It does seem pretty appropriate for summer. It is refreshing.

Photo of Chico1985
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to a flute glass. Pours translucent golden, lots of carbonation and some sediment. Nice big fluffy white head retains well. Stays at pinky-size the whole time and leaves some lacing. Smell is lots of banana, spice and yeast. Overall sweeter smelling than your average tripel. As soon as it hits the tongue I can detect some sort of off-taste. I can't really put a finger on it, maybe it's those exotic spices from the East. Definitely lots of banana. Caramel sweetness, white pepper, yeast. Alcohol is definitely there and warm going down the throat. I truthfully do enjoy the sweetness of the taste a little, but it seems messy and one-dimensional. Someone in another review said banana creme brulee, I'll agree with that. Mouthfeel is a too carbonated and boozy, has a decent creaminess. Drinkability suffers from that and the sweetness, I am pretty tolerable when it comes to sweetness in a beer so I didn't mind this too much but I know this would be a turn-off for others. Overall interesting effort, the taste wasn't bad, just wish it more balanced somehow.

Photo of chefkevlar
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden straw color pour with a good layer of thick head

S: Some peaches and grapefruit on the nose along with a yeast smell

T: There is a tropical fruit flavor to this beer, like some people have mention bananas and I also detect some orange and honey as well. There is also some heat from the high abv but not as much as some might expect from a 9.5% beer

M: Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation, very refreshing

D: Highly drinkable, with good fruit flavors and a bit of sweetness to balance the heat from the alcohol

Photo of jeddsp
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lemony yellow, decent head. Have to be careful of the pour as you can easily pour a lot of the sediment from the bottle into your beer. Sweet smell....very fruity. This is a very drinkable beer, especially in the summer. I can see myself enjoying more then a few of the while the BBQ is heating up.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,760 ratings.