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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,683 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,683
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 86
Gots: 627 | 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 MellowG
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm with Axl, who said:

"I really think price/value should be a rating on here. It matters to most people if a beer is affordable. Golden Monkey is a beer that a Belgian lover on a budget will fall in love with. It's 12.99 a six pack which beats the hell out Chimay. Plus they have a high alcohol content which means you only need a couple to get a little buzz. I highly recommend this beer."

When I've shopped for a good Belgian style Tripel, Golden Monkey (where available) has had an excellent price-to-quality ratio. Certainly with wine, the price to quality ratio is a HUGE factor in one's choice. With good craft beers coming in at higher and higher pricepoints (even if deservedly so) the price to quality ratio, or overall value, is undoubtedly a major consideration.

Unfortunately, I don't have a Golden Monkey in front of me right now, or I would add more specifics. I'm writing this from memory. Good memories...

Photo of Chambic
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01.27.10 at City Beer

A: golden, wtih lots of bits, like candy or sugar; thin, concentrated head

S: sweet citrus, like honeyed tangerines, some wheat and spice

T: like the way it smells, sweetness up and back of the mouth

M: frothy upfront, dissipates nicely

D: really nice tripel style

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

Bottle with about a year of age on it.

Very light orange but surprisingly viscous. No head.

Nice aroma: apple, banana bread, clove, vanilla - age has added to the complexity.

Somewhat unpleasant medicinal and metallic notes on top of basic fruit flavors. Palate (esp. alcohol) mellowed a bit with age.

Carbonation is nearly non-existent. Otherwise, feels good.

Overall, not offensive, but fails to distinguish itself. Hard to ignore the slight off flavors.

Photo of Dster
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was about to grab some Victory Hop Devil and switched gears and bought this.

This is a solid Belgium style beer, just not in the top 5 or anything for me.

The smell is faint for this style but is of citrus and yeast.

The first thing you notice when you sip it is the sparkle on the tounge, then you get an unexpected taste of alcohol and then a lemony grapefruity tase.

You can feel the result of the alcohol before your end of the first one. But that is not what takes away from the drinkibility; it is the alcohol aftertaste.

But I am a big fan of Victory, and these American made Belgiums are neat because they haven't had to journey as far.

Photo of Axlrose
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden Monkey has become one of my favorite beers.

A: Golden in color with bits of yeast floating around. Looks real cool if you hold it up in a bright light.

S: Smells like a great Belgian tripel

T: Very complex taste. Fruity and spicy.

M: Crisp with just the right amount of carbonation

D: Great, not too heavy, so you can have a few.

I really think price/value should be a rating on here. It matters to most people if a beer is affordable. Golden Monkey is a beer that a Belgian lover on a budget will fall in love with. It's 12.99 a six pack which beats the hell out Chimay. Plus they have a high alcohol content which means you only need a couple to get a little buzz. I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out a bright glowing golden yellow with lots of suspended little flakes of yeast. Head ain't that big, about a quarter of an inch that does not leave much lacing.

S: Bright, light fruitiness, bits of banana and clove mixed in with a subtly citrusy fruitiness, pineapple being the most apparent of these.

T/MF: A bit of a Chimay White charter which is to say a complex yeasty character coupled with the bright fruitiness that was apparent in the aroma. Really quite refreshing for as big as this beer is and without a trace of alcoholic heat. Feel is substantial, wraps around your tongue and fills your mouth with beery goodness.

D: This six pack was a delight, a fine substitute for a Chimay if your are on a budget. Brings just about as much as a Chimay does to the party, though it could stand to look at little prettier.

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank on tap 1/16/10 at the Iron Horse in DC.

a - A nice golden color with a decent amount of while head. Little carbonation.

s - Smells fruity and a little boozy. Also smells of yeast.

t - Kind of taste like it smells. Smooth but kind of hoppy eventually.

m - light to medium body, little carbonation, pretty smooth .

d - It was a decent beer, not the best tripel I've had but I would try it again.

Photo of exparte
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with an inch thick white head that fades to a persistent thin cover. Strong aroma that's quite hard to pin down. Herbal and floral for sure but nothing distinct. Flavor is much the same. Strong yeast derived flavors with a substantial bitterness. Fruit and perfume with a crisp bitter finish. Hides its high alcohol pretty well. Fairly thin body and lively carbonation. Smooth enough to get you in trouble if you're careless but complex enough to sip slowly. Good way to satisfy a Tripel craving affordably.

Photo of washburnkid
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed in a tulip.

A: A loud, fizzy white head over a pale golden hue. Tons of floaties throughout, despite my best decanting. Almost zero retention or lacing.
S: Very wheaty and spicy. Orange and lemon tart, fresh cut wheat and grain, and a distant clove aroma. Reminiscent of Duvel for me.
T: Similar to the aromas, with a touch of alcohol burning at the back. Emphasis on lemon and orange zest. Wheat and fresh grain and grass.
M: Heavily carbonated. Small sips will do just fine with this one, even with the lighter body.
D: I'm slightly confused with the style choice, but I enjoyed this brew.

Photo of irishking1977
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Bright golden blonde with a giant white head that leaves some decent lacing. Some yeast floaties present as well.

S: Alcohol, Belgian yeast, and some candi sugar dominate the smell.

T: Mildly sweet candy sugar with a massive alcohol kick in the end. At 10%, that should be expected, but a really good tripel is highly alcoholic but also hides that alcohol well.

M: Somewhat flat with little carbonation. No real discernible character.

D: There are better authentic/original tripels out there, and still even better craft made belgian style tripels as well. With that said, this isn't a bad brew by any means, just lacks the ability to stand out from the myriad of real good ones out there. For the price of ten bucks for a six pack, however, it's pretty good value for that price. Not a good introduction to the tripel style, however.

Photo of mgbickel
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes from a tasting on 01/09/2010

Formed a fizzy two finger white head which dissipated quickly leaving no signs of lacing. The body is clear and the color of golden straw.

The aromas are what I would consider common for a triple...grains, sweet malts, yeasts and fruits (apples, citrus).

The taste is similar to the nose...malts, and yeast esters dominate. There undertones of fruits (orange peel) present as well. Warming alcohol finish. The hop character fades as the beer warms.

Mouth feel is light with average carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkable, but I would pick up other examples of this style first.

Photo of BTPete
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Victory Golden Monkey

tripel, tap @ savannah's - albany, ny

A: golden, perfectly see through with little to no head. What little head was there dissipated away as I drank from DFH snifter.

S: a little earthy, citrus, slight banana.

T: this one seems smooth but not as complex or inviting as I'd like. Good, not great.

M: a little thin, wishing for more carbonation on this. Complex style, not mastered here.

D: I drank it and might sample again, interested in tap v bottle. I found it hid the alcohol decently well and gave me a nice smile on lunch break, didn't invite me back for more though. Lunch on the other hand was excellent.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ivory colored frothy head is produced after a hard pour over a hazy golden body.

THe scent is soapy and medicinal, with pepper, clove, musty hops, saltine crackers and bruised apple.

The taste is very spicy and dry. i believe that this brew would benifit from more candied sugar and more pronounced fruity-esters.

Golden Monkey is sharply carbonated and medium bodided.

This is an okay domestic Tripel, not the best but worth a go.

Photo of epicness
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Unbelievable how fluffly the head is. It's about 5 minutes after pour and it's still a huge fluffy head. The lacing is just stuck all over the glass. Wow. It's a nice golden color. Maybe that's why they named it Golden Monkey and not Brown Monkey. Looks like your typical Witbier in my opinion but with a fluffier head.

S - Disappointed might be a bad way to say this, but when I saw 9.5 ABV I was expecting this beer to reek of alcohol upon opening. It didn't. Not even the slightest hint of alcohol. I'm hoping the taste duplicates that. Can't really put my finger on the smell that good. Smells a little like pears and apples. Also it smells like it will have a sour bitter taste.

T - Oddly enough, it tastes like it smells. It has a really smooth taste to start with and then it gets a little tart and hoppy. Definitely a hint of alcohol front loaded on the taste but the hoppiness contrasts well with it and it's a little hard to notice. The alcohol definitely warms up the mouth/throat/stomach but it doesn't feel like it's going to burn a hole anywhere. After the alcohol goes away there is a pretty pleasant grassy taste along with hints of the pear/apple. I wouldn't say the taste blows me away, but I was expecting it to disappoint me and be terrible.

M - Very smooth and very bubbly in the mouth.. no other way to really describe it.

D - Dare I say that even though this beer is 9.5% ABV it's shockingly drinkable? Seems like this compared with the smoothness overall of the beer could cause problems. It could easily creep up on you if you don't have self control and sip it. After all, a beer this high should be sipped.

Photo of jjanega08
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A= pours a nice golden color typical of a tripel. Really nice big head on it. Climbs to the top of the glass and forces me to take a break before pouring the last few ounces of the beer. Great retention on the head of this beer. The head forms a nice crater in the middle that is from the last few ounces that I poured and stays there throughout the enitre drink which is pretty impressive in my opinion.

S= This pretty impressive as well. Nice pungent aroma on this one. Good tripel smell to it. I suppose that's the best way to say it. Nice yeasty esters from it. Green apple smell and a little bit of booze.

T= Pretty much like the smell. This time I'm a little more dissapointed however. Well done but nothing really blows me away. Nice yeasty esters again. Good pear notes. A little hot in the throat and belly but nothing overpowering or bad. Nice apple taste and belgian spices.

M= quite bubbly which I enjoy in a good tripel. Really a quite dry finish.

D= Pretty good. Not the worst tripel but far from the best as well. Really a middle of the road sort of tripel. I really like it but I really like tripels and I'm gonna rate this one based on tripels in general.

Photo of Minotaur
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the name implies a pure liquid gold poured into the Golden Monkey goblet from a 12 ounce.

The head is abundant and fluffy, pouring up 1/3rd of the goblet. It quickly fades to a pretty white skim atop the pils-colored beer and settles there with little lacing. Bubbles continue to emanate up the goblet to the beer surface through out the drink.

The aroma is a burst of hops sour bitterness, some sourdough bread, a bit of dry maltiness with a hint of wine-like pear.

The taste is amazingly similar to the flavor: it starts of completely dry and somewhat one-dimensional with the tart Belgian yeast, dry caramel malt, and pronounced hops. The bitterness of the hops blends well with a prominent alcohol taste. As the beer warms the hops release a floral scent and taste which becomes rosy, grassy and hints at a tangy citrus (almost tomato sweet-sour). The dryness continues but a bit of sweetness does balance out the sharpness. The hop character provides a distinctly American profile overlaying the Belgian underpinning.

The mouth-feel is very smooth and effervescent, warming, bubbly and soft on the back of the tongue. The smoothness of this beer is in fact deceiving as it does creep up and hit strongly. The pils and soft yeast character make the beer dangerously drinkable. Especially with heavier food it goes down quite easily.

As a beer it stand strongly on its own; I believe it is most representative of an American take on the Belgian beer due to the keynote Victory use of hops. "Belgian Inspired" reflects it accurately.

Photo of DLReeves
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would have to say that this stuff is what would make the wicked witch of the west's monkeys fly pretty well...Strong stuff. Might as well be wine..but fun anyhow

I bought it with an open mind,given it was a holiday period and I wasn't going anywhere. Served with a good pasta dinner and went down quickly..too much so given the abv of 9+

When I woke up, everyone had gone home..

Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Seems about normal for the style.

Aroma is full of spice, light citrus and candi sugar. Pretty tame for the style.

Taste is full of spice and citrus with a good hint of alcohol warmth. Not bad. A bit sweet as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus and spice. Simple and elegant at the same time.

Not bad. Certainly more drinkable than a few other domestic triples I've had. Not the best though.

Photo of Axic10
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Maudite snifter.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow, a little hazy with minimal head. Has some nice lacing.

Smell: Banana, malt and spices.

Taste: Banana, belgium yeast at first followed by a slightly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice finish.

Drinkability: Definitely could drink more than one of these in a sitting and then have it creep up on me. Very good offering in this style by Victory. Might get the growler filled with it the next time I go to the brewery.

Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a wine goblet
Sunny/orange in color, with a rather thin head of foam, however, beer is very effervescent
Aroma-Subtle spices
Taste-Almost saison-like. A bit peppery and fruity-Belgian-esque
Overall, very tasty and very drinkable. Alcohol only slightly noticeable in a slightly warming finish. I had to purposely slow down while drinking this beer so as to not get "bitten by the Monkey" This beer deviates from the style a bit, but is a tasty offering in its own right.

Photo of david18
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a growler at Whole Foods on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I think I like this even better than the bottle version. The difficulty is to drink a growler of Tripel fast enough before it goes flat.

Color is a perfect gold, carbonation is good at first but goes flat pretty fast. Flavor and aroma are perfect to the style.

I will get this as an american tripel alternative often.

Highly recommend.

Photo of kidhatesyou
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into one of those fancy Sam Adams glasses.

Appearance - Nothing to complain about but nothing special either. I was expecting more for the price I paid but then again this is my first tripel. Barely any head, but I don't know if that is normal. It had beautiful lacing while drinking. But that lacing went away as quick as i drank it.

Smell - Definite banana smell from the head. The aroma is making me happier. After letting it sit, I still really liked the smell. It was subtle, but complex. Hints of bananas and nuts mostly. Everything was so intricate though. Judging the smell was hard for me.Trail mix would be the best way I could describe it. Pleasant, but not strong. Enjoyable although subtle. Very pleasant.

Taste - Very nice and good/strong wheat on the first small sip. Barely any hop-taste at all. I'm not sure if this is typical of this particular brew, but I liked it. Banana and citrus sweetness followed by brandy warmth without the burn. Very Agreeable considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel - As far as I know, I would call this thin to middle-bodied. When I drank it, I felt like I could chew on it, but only for a second. To me, it improved the flavor by being somewhat thick. Not enough to be called thick-bodied, but just enough. The carbonation was great. Not too carbonated, but just enough to enjoy. The beer sparkled in the glass and on the tongue, without being too carbonated.

Drinkabiliy - I would suggest bringing a 6-pack to split amongst friends, unless(!!!) if they don't like craft beers. This beer is more for the "snobs" than the Budweiser/Corona/Miller light crowd. I will surely make light work of this 6-pack, but I also like good beer. Cheers!

Photo of meeekyh
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice of adequate size.

Head was small and a dark off-white leaving no lacing. Color is slightly orange-golden and clear.

Smell is cardamom, a bit of anise, bubblegum, orange and bread. Very well balanced such that no one scent is overwhelming.

Taste is like a strong pilsner. Bitter hops and sweetness with all of the scents carrying through. A nice full mouthfeel and heavy carbonation is the impression.

Very drinkable and reminiscent of the Sam Adams Hallartau Imperial Pilsner.

Photo of Popkas
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a golden orange with a thin head.

S: Interestingly nothing jumping out at me. Maybe a little sweetnees followed by a touch of alcohol.

T: A little malt, apple and clove.

M: Crisp and dry with a fair amount of bubbling.

D: Not my cup of tea.
Overall this is not one of my favorite styles and not one of my favorites from the style.

Photo of flagmantho
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light, slightly hazy golden color with lots of apparent effervescence and a three-finger large-bubbled head. Head has very little persistence and relatively little lace.

Smell: sweet malt, pear, chalk and sour cherries. An interesting blend; quite intriguing. Can't wait to drink it.

Taste: taste is mostly of malt. There's a sourness to it which doesn't quite work in a tripel. Fruity notes are very subdued. It's not bad, but it's not what I'm looking for in a tripel.

Mouthfeel: medium body with some creaminess, but merely OK.

Drinkability: not a bad beer overall, but there are so many better tripels out there.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,683 ratings.