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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,589 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,589
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 84
Gots: 577 | 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 PartyBear
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Honey yellow, and slightly cloudy, with a small head. Medium carbonation.

S - Sweet sugars, with a mild spiciness, possibly cloves.

T - The alcohol is clear initially with a sweetness that quickly fades, leaving a clinging bitterness. The spiciness from the aroma comes through, with a peppery tang. The aftertaste is bitter, with a slight burn in the back of the throat.

M - Medium bodied but feels like it's trying to be more. The carbonation is well balanced and not too strong.

D - The aftertaste is a bit abrasive for my liking, and the ABV seems to overpower the flavours. I would personally prefer a Belgian tripel.

PartyBear, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Pours a very clear gold (who'd have thought?) with a small white head. Smells quite sweet, with notes of citrus and banana, as well as a bit of spicy yeast. Tastes very sugary, with a lot of lemon and other fruit. A bit peppery. Warming finish. Light-medium body. Over the top and too sweet for a tripel.

philipquarles, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of diamondc
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.99 12 oz bottle. Enjoy By Jun 24 2012.

I've had this on tap one time before and didn't really enjoy it. I remember the taste being just a bit TOO boozy that really overshadowed the Belgian-style ale flavors. Saw a single at the local liquor store and decided to re-evaluate.

Not that much head or lacing when this beer landed in my Duvel glass, but this beer was alive with plenty tiny bubbles (def. a sign of bottle conditioning) and a bright, golden hue.

The aroma of this beer is godly. Banana, passion fruit, mango, white grapes, some pumpkin pie spices, but the main aroma that stuck out was bubblegum straight outta Bazooka Joe.

The taste is classic Tripel. Banana, cloves, yellow apples, more of the nutmeg pumpkin pie spicing, and a slightly medicinal cherry flavor. Some moderate hopping at the end. This beer can give LFDM a run for its money.

The mouthfeel is perfect due to the bottle conditioning. The aftertaste is a bit dry due to the more than usual amount of hops. The high abv limits consumption to one or maybe two bottles in one session. One of the best American made Tripels.

diamondc, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow color with a nice one finger head. There are a lot of carbonation bubbles presence. The smell is of spices and bread malts, with a hint of banana and clove present. The taste is of bread malts with spice for sure present, there is also clove, banana, and maybe another fruity note present. The mouthfeel was a little syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I thought the mouthfeel distracted me a little from drinking more of these, I thought that it had a good taste and aroma for a tripel, but the mouthfeel threw me off.

goblue3509, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky honey, near white head dissipates fast. Leaves to ring. Some sudsy lace near surface and cascading bubbles when tilted.

S - Sweet malt, citrus and banana, a little peppery.

T - Banana, some spice, apples, apricots and caramel. Candied Juicyfruit with small alcohol burn at finish.

M - Creamy, fine carb, good balance and coating.

D - Very appealing... pleasant and not overbearing.

srandycarter, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of joepais
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into its proper glass produced a large three finger white head that lasted the whole time the brew lasted. The body of the brew was a clear golden yellow with wonderful small carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

It has some nice Belgian yeast aromas coming from the glass sweet banana was one of them that come to mind.
The flavor was a nice fruity banana with a light spice bitter. I did not notice the alcohol at all as I consumed my glass. It had a nice medium feel in my mouth with great carbonation for the style.

A dangerously drinkable Tripel you could easily get into trouble drinking these the go down that well.

joepais, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of parkeak0
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

A: Dark golden, hazy, perhaps a bit darker than typical for the style. While foamy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Tart/funky yeastiness, spice. A good bit of alcohol in the nose and a nice, slightly skunky hop twang.

T: On the sweeter side. Plenty of spice, as indicated on the label. Cloves? Coriander? Pale malt, champagne. Understated (though definitely present) hoppiness. The beer definitely opens up a good bit as it comes to room temperature.

M: Medium body, crisp. Medium carbonation. About par for the course for a tripel, in my opinion.

D: At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol is pretty well hidden in this brew. Pretty drinkable for a tripel, but probably a bit too strong to be a session brew for me.

This is a nice tripel, even if it isn't the most traditional interpretation of the style. A nice offering from one of my favorite breweries on the east coast.

parkeak0, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Cloudy, dull golden yellow color with 2 finger head.
Sm. Spicey first, maybe cloves? and citris
Ta. Spicy, sweet and a little citrisyfruity, red grapefruit, with a sweet finish. A slighty sweet spicy beer. I remember not liking it the first time a couple years ago, but it's quite good. Third try a few months later and I don't like it so much.
Mf. Good carbonation and a little sticky?
Dr. Very easy to drink despite the high ABV.

deaconoflove, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs goblet.

Best by Jan 9, 2012

Pours of half finger of dirty white head. Fades down very quick. No lace. Color is a clear golden straw color. No carbonation bubbles in the glass.

Aroma: Mainly a lot of spices here. There are also so fruits, such as orange peel and bananas mixed in as well. I also get some cloves near the end.

Taste: Very spices. Reminds me a lot of the spices in a saison. Orange peep, some pepper, some yeast. Cloves bananas. At the very end I get a touch of alcohol, but other than that, the abv is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp with a good amount of carbonation, which I hadn't expected because of the appearance. Light to medium bodied. Ends with a spiced, dry aftertaste.

Overall, I really think this beer is drinkable, despite the high abv, which is hidden fairly well. Not something I would drink too many bottles of, however.

mothman, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden yellow color with a small head for a tripel but had some nice lacing and a fresh ring til the end the smell was clove bananas melon and some spice..the taste was the same it was not overpowering on the clove it was easy on the mouth a little tart and very refreshing the clove and bananas balanced together with the belgian yeast and coriander to make a delicious tripel i was impressed with this one i enjoyed and will recommend for sure

gatornation, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of cvaypai
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to snifter. Bottled Apr. 25 07, been cellared for over 2 years.

This is an aged review.

Appearance - Beautiful golden orange with yeast floating throughout, nice 1 finger head that recedes quickly.

Smell - Smells really bready and yeasty, hints of different kinds of fruits, banana, cherries and a bit of tart in the nose.

Taste - Yeah this is a triple. Has that belgian yeast funk to it, definitely good though, very bready and delicious with lots of fruit underneath. I am also picking up coriander and clove. Very nice spiciness to it.

Mouthfeel - A bit overcarbonated and bites the tongue, over all just not very smooth, its passable though.

Drinkability - There is 9.5% in here? I cannot taste a bit, seriously its boggling my mind, they hide the alcohol too well in this, I could drink too many.

Pretty good with some age.

cvaypai, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm gonna say that this one was spoiled from the tap. However, I'll still review it, b/c maybe it's not.

Had this at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours a light golden, clear color. Very small head that didn't stay around long. Not a good start.
The smell of sweet corn calls out DMS spoilage. Some coriander and orange peel, but not much. A flat feel to it, too bad. Nothing else going on with this beer. The DMS is in the nose mostly, some in the taste. I didn't finish this one and left it downstairs.

Mebuzzard, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of originalsin
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Adventures with the all-seeing eye...

Pale Yellow appearance with armies of bubbles marching to the top--little head forms tho, but lacing is alright. What little head there was quickly faded to a ring around the glass.

The smell is spicy and bready- nothing out of the ordinary for a belgian style beer.

The taste isn't at all overpowering- there's some banana and clove in addition to the spice and bread that came through on the nose. Altogether solid yet unimpressive nonetheless.

Light to medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation to go around. I initially didn't notice the high abv on this brew and wasn't really struggling with it but, to be perfectly honest, drinkability takes a hit on this beer as a result of it.

Not a beer I'll seek out but certainly one I'll be drinking again.

originalsin, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger creamy head that fades pretty quick, clear bright honey coloring, ring around the glass, nice lacing that stays the whole drink, great monkey logo.

s- big nose, super spicy, slight banana, no alcoholy esters, almost like a hefe.

t- big, spicy, banana, huff of alcohol on the backend, not quite as strong as i expected, once again kinda like a hefe.

m- decent medium body.

d- i'm not a fan of big beers like this, but i definately didn't hate it, i'll have it again, just a tad strong though, no session for this bad boy, the monkey will get you..

thecarster1, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of cnally
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decent hazy orange-yellow, maize even coloring...very slight white head falls down quick.

floral, orchard fruit aroma. overripe apricots and apples, fermented plums, scented well.

the flavor borders between sour yeasts and a slight bitter hop. the apple flavor is very evident, with a taste of clove hiding behind there.

frothy feel, not very slick. not overdone on the carbonation. I would have liked a touch more body.

not one I would seek out again, strictly because it is hoppy enough to pass for a poor belgian pale ale, but soulless for a tripel.

cnally, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle vigorously into a goblet...

A: Head appeared thick and pillowy, but disappeared fairly quickly leaving behind some pretty decent lacing. Burnt, golden orange in color. Remaining head is thin and whispy, lace remains.

S: Sweet banana, spicy yeast and mild hops and alcohol.

T: Sweet malt, hops, ripe fruits, bananas and maybe some apricot.

M: Light and nicely carbonated...

D: Scary drinkabilty, this is a very good locally brewed triple.

ujsplace, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a Macro-ish,yellow color with a surprisingly (for a Tripel ) small 1/2 finger head which disappears immediately into a modest lace. What's not unexpected is the level of carbonation..there's a sparkly effervescence. Aroma is dry and somewhat citrusy. 1st sip reveals the dry citrus character with a hint of spice and quite a bit of alcohol. Moutfeel is tingly, and there' a dry finish with a good bit of alcohol heat. It's drinkable, but not sessionable...the alcohol is just too hot to have more than one or two. All-in-all, this is not the best tripel i've ever had. Also, not my favorite offering from Victory.

CJfromPhilly, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

A- The head fizzes up noisily but the retention is poor. Golden Monkey is a slightly hazed golden color.

S- The nose is pretty faint. Im getting some sugaryness as well as pear.

T- Malty mostly throughout. Bitterness is only faintly present on the finish. The middle is quite juicy, like pears.

M- Somewhat sticky and sugary. Medium bodied.

D- The alcohol began to effect me quickly. There is some residual stickiness, but other than that this is fairly drinkable.

MbpBugeye, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of gatorbreath
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow to browish/burnt orange with minimal head with remarkable lacing for such a small head.

Smell: Lots of spice, thats mostly what i'm getting, maybe a biscuity bready note or 2.

Taste/MF: Sharp, spicy i am getting much carbonation on the tasting. The grain and spice flavors are very evident..alcohol is "hidden" well i guess u might say.

Drinkability: Very strong brew, drank on recommendation of a friend because of the ABV but was very surprised at the let down. The alchol is noticeable and a minor hurdle. I guess i could palate this some times, but prefer others over it..plus the 1st one i drank had me crooked, then asleep afterward.

gatorbreath, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drinking a toast to my kitty who just got home from the vet today after fracturing his hip following his daredevil-like leap from the top of our cabinets, because he's kind of my Golden Monkey...It's good to have him home! :)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish-orange with a quarter inch of white bubbles that dissipates quickly leaving a light ring around the edge of the glass. The lacing looks awesome as you take a drink, but disappears as the beer settles.

Smell: Smells like a Belgian beer. Lots of yeast in the nose. Some hints of grains and breads. A hint of sweetness along with some slight phenolic scents.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy. Hints of bananas and some toasted grain flavors meandering through as well. Lots of alcoholic punch. There's little wonder why these beers are meant to be aged.

Mouthfeel: Initially, the first tastes are creamy and crisp, sitting lightly on the tongue. However, the end result is more of an alcoholic bomb that coats the tongue and palate.

Drinkability: This is a beast of a Tripel. The beer is quite yummy, but it packs enough of a punch that I wouldn't (and probably shouldn't) have more than 1 in a sitting.

COBeerBuff, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of FickleBeast
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into an Ithaca Beer Company pint glass

A - pours cloudy radioactive yellow with two finers of foam that dissipates slowly. After a few minutes only a sticky rim of foam remains.

S - spicy, phenolic yeast aroma

T - mediciney, some banana/clove flavor, lingering harsh bitterness on the back of the tongue

M - warms the tongue as it hits your mouth, as I swirl the beer in my mouth to determine the flavor, it makes me pucker and cringe.

D - bleh. Hot and boozy, I'll have trouble even getting through just this one.

I just don't like the style of this beer. I'm overwhelmed by the yeast and phenolic flavors.

FickleBeast, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of halfhorsefilms
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at a new shop on a whim along with five other mix 'n' matches.

Vibrant yellow pour with a little cloud, very little head but the bubbles keep coming. Significantly noticeable carbonation that makes it feel like a 7up.

Smells sweet & yeasty, but a little faint for my taste unless you really shove your nose in it.

Tastes extremely refreshing, light, as it should be and the tag-team of carbonation + 9.5% ABV leaves a brief bite at the finish. A bit of fruity sweetness. It's a tame liquid sweet tart.

Nice for the finish of a hot afternoon and definitely shareable.

halfhorsefilms, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of david131
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy yellow liquid with a few floaters. The white head is thin but fairly creamy looking.

S- Some cooked vegetables, funk, honey, and chamomile. Rather enjoyable.

T- Sweet honey, chamomile, and vegetables. Efficient and clean.

M- Clean and smooth with a very dry aftertaste.

D- A tasty beer that drinks better than most 9.5% ABV beers. A unique taste on the style.

david131, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of VTaler
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chalice
A - Cloudy yellow color with hints of honey color. Bright white head that goes away quickly
S - Banana esters with some nice flowery hops. Also hints of yeast and bread
T - Strong classic Belgian taste. Sweet, fruity, with hints of wheaty malt. Alcohol is definitely present. The spices go nicely with this beer but might be slightly too overpowering. Hops are there but don't add too much bitterness. Overall a very complex beer with very many flavors: some great some not so good.
M - Nice feel, there is a slight burn from the alcohol though.
D - surprisingly drinkable for this high of alcohol content. It easy to drink down a few of these with out noticing.

VTaler, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of bamadog
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle of this with Kels at Fries Cafe for the last beer of the evening. Not overly impressed by the offering... Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice, solid straw color; body is hazy and comes with a very short head that fades to a slight ring and a very thing scum on the surface; no lacing is present; moderate carbonation bubbling up from below.

Smell: Predominantly yeast, some wheaty-like barnyard aspect to it - now typically, I apprecaite the wheaty and yeasty aspects to Belgian styles but I should note that this particular offering came across as a bit rotted and not fresh like nice dry grass/straw/wheat; slight spiciness comes through and it's the typical scent of coriander; there is also some faint malty sweetness that finishes off the nose.

Taste: See smell... No surprises and tastes mostly like it should... Aftertaste is a litle rough and strong of the yeast and rotted grassiness; very mild presence of an alcoholic vapor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty solid carbonation makes it tingly overall, but the finish is a little moister with really no drying of the palate that I feel I typically get, but overall not too bad still.

Drinkability: While it's not bad overall, the rotted grassiness kills this one for me. Typicall I find myself really enjoying these styles but this one did not translate overly well for me. I will still continue to try beers from Victory though as they've done pretty well for me overall.

bamadog, Jul 05, 2009
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