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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,832 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,832
Reviews: 1,686
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 105
Gots: 812 | 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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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

Served in a pint glass, it's all I had on hand. Pours pale straw yellow with a moderate white head that leaves a bit of lacing. There was a bunch of sediment in the bottle which I was able to keep out of the glass, the resulting beer was nice and clear.

The aroma is fragrant with banana, Belgian yeast and lemon zest. The flavor begins slightly bitter with a pleasant and mild vegetative hop flavor. It continues with smooth belgian yeast flavor and finishes with just a little bit of alcohol heat and spice. Overall just what you'd expect from a tripel.

Carbonation is high and mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth. Very drinkable.

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

Tulip glass from 12oz bottle. Served cold. Poured a clear golden yellow with rapid bubbling white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is of ripe banana and pepper with lighter hints of coriander and lemon zest. Ripe banana and citrus notes hit your taste buds first with a the rest of the profile taken up by spice (pepper, coriander, cinnamon), yeast, bread. The finish is pleasantly bitter with a good bit of alcohol burn on the throat. Mouthfeel is syrupy with an average carbonation. Heavy body. I love the balance between the malt, yeast, spices and hops in this beer. A good tripel

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours a glowing golden-yellow color with a half-finger of egg-shell-white head.

S: It is quite doughy with banana, pepper, and a lovely yeast character.

T: It shows notes of lemon, banana, coriander, and tons of spicy/earthy Belgian yeast.

M: The doughy flavor resonates as this has an oily and slick body. This is a decent tripel that hides the alcohol very well. I remember it being much better though.

Photo of shand
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a golden-white color with a massive head that escaped the glass I poured it in. Head retains and laces wonderfully.

Smell: Spices and bready yeast, overall a very sweet smell.

Taste: There's definately banana here. Banana, spices, and bready yeast. It's all a very sweet affair, even the spices seems sweeter than they'd usually be. This leads it to be just a little cloying. It's pretty good, but there are better Tripels for sure.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty thick (perhaps too thick for how sweet it is) and does it's best to dry the mouth out. Luckily, there's not a super-sweet aftertaste as I'd expect from the initial sip, so that's OK.

Drinkability: Masks it's ABV very well, but the sweetness can make it a bit hard to drink.

This isn't the greatest Tripel but I could see why it'd have it's fans. It's a different take on the style that could be a major hit for people who love their beers sweet. And the ABV doesn't hurt if you're on a budget - this'll get you drunk cheaper than a lot of macro lagers.

Photo of jlandis
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm following up my St. Bernardus Tripel with a local variety. We'll see how this one does in comparison.

The body is crystal clear straw yellow with a thin white ring of a head. The nose is fruity and very sweet. There is a touch of honey and spice, but the sweetness really dominates. The flavor is full of bananas and a bready character. The finish is spicy and astringent. Floating in and around everything there is a cloying sweetness. Maybe is comes from being so young, but it is really off putting. The body is creamy with high carbonation.

All of the flavors seem muddled together and just don't seem to meld properly. The beer is nice and tasty, but I have had many better tripels. For the price it can't be beat, but the St. Bernardus really shows this beer up. Maybe if I age this one for a few years it could really improve.

Photo of nhindian
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A - Pours a very light, pale straw color which gradually builds and builds until it culminates into a 3-fingered, snow-white, foamy head that has relatively decent retention given the ABV. There are some yeast floaties that linger around in the glass, but it is also pretty clear given that. Spotty lacing around the glass and there is little note of carbonation.

S - Just one smell gives the impression that this beer is heavily spiced. The nose is dominated by cloves, peppery spices, and tons of banana, to the extent that I've never really experienced this much banana in a tripel before. The Belgian yeast makes an appearance near the end of the nose, and surprisingly there's not much alcohol at all to be noticed.

T - Just like the nose, the taste in this one is spice-dominated. Very spicy notes that are prominent in the front-end as well as in the finish, and banana and other fruits are readily apparent. As in the nose, almost no alcohol finish as the spice, fruit, and bitterness keeps this relatively cool. Finish is crisp and dry, but also spicy and bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is light and not very carbonated. A bit too thin and watery for my tastes, and as mentioned earlier, the finish leaves a rather unpleasant bitter and spicy aftertaste that doesn't refresh the mouth.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Given the high ABV, the alcohol in this beer is almost non-existent which is quite the feat, but the unfavorable finish keeps the one more on the sipping front.

Photo of TheBrewo
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour gives us a resilient fizzy, two finger head, crowning a bubbly, dark straw colored brew. A whiff reveals notes of clove, sweet citrus, and a nice balance of malts and hops. As we taste it begins with a spiced bitterness that quickly flattens out to a surprisingly dominant hop flavor. There are also some well masked fruity notes, maybe mango or something else tropical. It is moderately creamy, but not coating. It actually leaves the mouth a bit dry with an astringent aspect wiping out any trace of an aftertaste. The high abv and heavy carbonation make you want to take your time with this one.

Overall, this is not a bad brew. As huge fans of Tripels, this does not disappoint, but it certainly is different than more traditional Belgian varieties.

Photo of SassyBootblack
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local Old Chicago, bless their hearts. I feel like this stands taller in my memory than when I had this in the bottle ages ago.

Appearance: A crystal clear gold color. Thin white head.

Smell: Phenols and, I'm guessing, some sort of noble hop.

Taste: Big pepper and phenol taste. Sweet pilsner flavor to counteract dryness.

Mouthfeel: Approriately thin for a tripel.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable, like all good strong Belgians.

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

A: Cloudy yellow with an orange hue. Medium head, some lacing.

S: A combination between a very floral aroma and a heavy malty/bocky/yeasty character. Peppery and pretty hoppy.

T: The initial sip is very fruity and rolls into more of a bready and malty taste. Apples are a big part of the flavor, and coriander is what i was getting the peppery scent from. Not very spicy, and more on the sweet side. Clove also plays a critical part in this brews flavor. A great dry hoppy finish.

M: Medium-to-light body, high carbonation, ABV isn't that noticeable.

D: Easy drinker. Doesn't really pack a punch, but it's a quality beer.

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

A: Golden slightly hazy. Big white fast fading head.

S: Pilsner Malts, Spicy Yeast Character. Peppery

T: Pilsner Malt, Slight Munich Character. Spicy mid flavor.
Good bitterness. Slight hop flavor.

MF: High Carbonation, Dry Finish

D: Excellent Tripel. Slightly Warming but isn't that the point? good beer.

Photo of jadpsu
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: average ... a cloudy golden colour topped with a thin white lace, that has less than average head retention.

Smell: Aroma is not to my liking as I am getting gloves, and when I get cloves, it seems that nothing else comes through.

Taste: OUCH! Does the brewmaster have a love affair going with gloves! Man that is not good.
My dislike of cloves probably means I should just disqualify myself from rating this beer.

Sorry, I will do it anyway and since I can't get past the heavy cloves I will just say the rest of the beer is not up to average.

Hey, it may not be fair but I can not believe the brewmaster leaned so heavily on the clove spice. Gives me a headache.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spices. They don't mention which, but we'll see how we go with it anyway. Head is crackling and large and almost more white than I've seen from any other beer. It's really quite bright, light and blank, made up of large bubbles that sizzle themselves into oblivion. Body is a very pale and clear yellow colour, and the carbonation speeds through the thin body, trying in vain to keep the loose-bubbled head alive.

Funky nose, big on Belgian notes, but extremely phenolic. Meatiness, a little clove, sandalwood incense, crushed grass and something even more organic comes through. It's quite a classic Belgian nose, obviously brewed with a genuine yeast strain. They've done a reasonably good job of it as well - I feel as though something's missing, but I have a hard time working out what it might be, and as a result I think it ends up pretty good on the nose.

Taste is also pretty true for a Belgian styled ale. Quite light on the body, but that's to be expected, slightly phenolic flavours throughout, with spice reaching up to abrade the palate, and a pleasant bitter almond character on the finish. Feel is surprisingly flat for a beer with such lively carbonation, but the lightness in the body compensates for the somewhat sharp flavour profile.

It's an interesting brew, but not something I'd necessarily seek out again. There are better Tripels out there, especially from the Belgians themselves, and while this is a fair representation, it's also something that doesn't need to exist.

Photo of claspada
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aromas are of sweet malts that transform into a slight spicy hop smell as well as some yeasty phenols and fruity esters. Slight breadiness throughout, nothing too overpowering, by far the highlight of this beer for me.

The tastes begin with spicy and floral hops which then lend to the sweet malts. Small hints of fruit esters one would expect from a Belgian. The beer is rounded out with an enhanced alcohol taste and slightly bitter finish. Most alcohol I have tasted in a triple to date. Leads me to believe it was not crafted with the same care as it's Belgian counterparts.

Overall this beer has some spots in the taste profile bring down the rating in this category. Much better examples exist, even many US examples. It's only main redeeming fact is that it comes in a 12 oz bottle vs most tripels that you have to buy in huge 750 ml bottles.

Photo of jettjon
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. bottle marked "Enjoy by Sept 15 2013" into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). It's a bright golden color with a few yeasties and lively carbonation. Thick creamy white head fueled by lively carbonation remains solid all the way to the bottom. Nice looking brew! Nose of spicy coriander and clove, as expected. No real alcohol on the nose, which is somewhat surprising considering 9.5% ABV. In the mouth, it's crisp and clean with spicy hops up front, balanced only slightly against a malt backbone. The whole deal is quickly overshadowed by assertive alcohol, biting, boozy, and slightly astringent. Mouth is bubbly and crisp, which mainly serves to intensify the alcohol burn. Very high carbonation doesn't detract unless you have a problem with that sort of thing. Drinkability is OK but sadly the strong alcohol presence detracts.

Overall: Decent taste overall, overly boozy for a tripel. Certainly a far cry from the best of the style.

On a side note, I made the mistake of not checking the ABV on these before drinking five. As a general rule, it's always nice to know what you're up against in the alcohol content department before embarking upon a "session."

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly dark gold with a white head and a good amount of lace. Nose is spice, alcohol, light fruits, and some grain. Taste adds a bit of clove. Feel is a bit sweet and boozy without the accompanying complexity. I would like to try this aged as it has some potenial when fresh.

Photo of Buggabeer
1.45/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This was deffinetly not my style. After seeing other reviews I thought this would be a great beer. I was wrong this missed the mark for me on many levels. I thought the smell was not good and the taste was an assult on my taste buds. Again I am only giving my opinion and yes they are like A- holes we all have one and the usually stink. I think I would not like to have another one of these beers again. My friend thinks this beer is great. His taste buds must be off : ) If you are a fan of Trippels you may like this. I haven't gotten to that level yet. However I do like Quads.

Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated best by Feb 2013, so it's 8 months old.

color is a hazy orangish straw color. nice bright white head. decent lacing.
smell is out of wheat, with herbal spice aroma. tastes is again wheaty, with big yeast flavor. same spices are in the taste, but can't quite identify, but tasty.

crisp mouthfeel, higher carbonation. clean. it's got high drinkabibilty for it's strength.

gonna throw a couple in the cellar and see about that "best by" date.

Photo of RRoeb1123
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A cloudy orangish yellow, with a decent head that forms and disappears quickly. Pretty nice looking beer!

Smell: Coriander comes through, with hints of banana, and cloves, and a bit of other spice. A bit floral also.

Taste: The coriander comes through a bit, and the hops come through in a nice balanced way. You can pick up other spices as it warms slightly. Hints of banana come through on the palate, which I quite liked. Very pleasant to drink. Finish is a bit on the dry side, but it's quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is high, pleasant medium body on the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, would make a good session beer, but the 9.5% says otherwise.

Verdict: A monkey with a bit of a punch!

Photo of lovetranquillity
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pretty average looking, looks like any other Belgian style. Hazy yellow with about and inch of head that quickly goes away.

S - Slightly floral ,bread , artificial banana, slight hop aroma.

T - Spices, clove, bubble gum, bread, yeast, alcohol. Hard hitting at first with the spices and alcohol as primary flavors. Slightly burns then calms down to leave a slight lingering spiciness.

M - A little bit dry, medium bodied, high carbonation.

It is a good beer and I respect Victory for making this but I do not think it is anywhere near the best of the style. It seems too unbalanced overall and not exactly a Belgian, I guess that is why they call it "Belgian inspired" on the bottle.

I would drink this if offered and will probably by it again but I will not buy it often since there are so many better.

Photo of gopens44
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

O.K., here's the thing. I don't like this style of beer, but I accidentally picked it up. Apparently while ticking, I grabbed what I thought was two bottles of Hopdevil, but Golden monkey was actually hiding behind the first devil in it's row of bottles. My bad for not checking...

With that said, I drank it anyway (why not? It is beer after all) and decided to review it based on the merits of a Tripel and not my own preferences in a beer. With that said...

A - Very impressed with the calm, hazy yet bright yellow appearance of this craft. No real head to mention, but a real treat to look at.

S - I was happy to smell a nice balance of honey, hops and barley. Very nice indeed.

T - This is where I get judicious. Knowing that the qualities of a Tripel is what bothers me, I must say that the balance of the coriander (?) and citrus along with the barley made this a very well crafted Tripel. No discernible alcohol taste despite the high ABV, and a nice bitter finish.

M - A tad dry adn once again, bitter.

D - If you enjoy Tripels, this one must be high on your list. It is a high quality Tripel with no bad or unintended tastes whatsoever.

Photo of DoppleJock
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip glass.

A: Poured a cloudy citrus lemon bursting with carbonation. One-finger foamy head with lots of lacing. Great looking tripel.

S: Mix of coriander, clove, yeast, and citrus notes. Pleasant.

T: Citrusy-grains up front. The high-ABV is only slightly noticeable on the back side along with some peppery-sour notes. Not bad, but doesn't live up to the scent. Wish it was a little spicier.

M: Crisp and refreshing.

D: Looks great, smells good, tastes pretty good. A decent session beer, although you'll be buzzing after two of these. Would have this again.

Photo of blivingston1985
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Yellow with some suspended particles. Kind of looks like a pee sample from someone with a UTI. But that's gross so I digress. This is no lively beer coming from this bottle. There is plenty of carb. but not much head and it very quickly disperses to just the thinest ring around the glass. Smells of menagerie of spices, but it is hard for me to pick them out individually. Lots going on there though. Very light scent, but very busy. Alcohol is up front on this one, but it doesn't disagree with me. Citrus, spices, and a little yeastiness. Quite good, Quite drinkable. Not a very notable Triple, but well worth trying. Another worthy beverage from Victory.b

Photo of homebrew311
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: appears a bright gold, slightly hazy- mostly clear, foamy white head, some retention

S: funky yeast, toasted bread, cloves, and honey

T: the clove character hits heavy on the front with a little bit of bitterness to balance it out, the Belgian yeast comes through and gives the beer a spicy finish

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: this is a nice American Belgian style brew- very authentic tasting, however I have had some that are done better (Allagash comes to mind)

Photo of Elimination
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Look is a pale to clear yellow, thin white head, little else than a classic looking tripel

Smell is sweet sugar, butter, a bit of spice, coriander, slight lemon and citrus. a bit of fruit, maybe banana.

Taste is super sweet belgian candy sugar, sweetness also has a spicy side as well a bit of light pepper. The banana comes out a little bit as well. very good overall. Competes taste wise with quite a bit true belgian tripels I have had.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but expected, a good carbonation.

Drink is very good even with the 9.5 wish I could find this more on a regular basis, very good beer.

Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin white head. Smells of dextriny malts, and a hint of molasses. Taste is very sweet cane sugar flavors up front, with a tart acidic middle, and a dry grainy finish. Very little detectable alcohol, nice! Mouthfeel is rather rich, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is really great for the ABV. This beer can trick you with its smooth drinkability, yet devilishly high alcohol! Highly reccomended.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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