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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,108
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 360 | FT: 1
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 Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer many months ago, after a trade with another BA member. Now that I have moved south I'm finding how common place this beer is, although it’s not changing my opinion of it at all. Pours a hazy golden color with a head the diminishes quickly. The smell is just what a Tripel should be, with hints of spices and many sweet notes. The taste is huge! Very sweet and spiced as it goes down, with almost a honey finish to it. The taste and mouthfeel are just what they should be… dangerously easy to swallow, especially with 9.5% ABV!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 23:37:13 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of OStrungT


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden yellow coor with a slight orange tint. It has a thick fluffy off white head, with a slight orange tint. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a grainy aroma. It smells slightly spicy. Cloves, coriander, and maybe orange peel. It has a slightly citrusy aroma. The alcohol content is slightly present in the aroma.

This beer tastes a lot like the aroma. It has a grainy flavor. It has an earthy yeast flavor also. The alcohol in quite present in the flavor. Spices and some citrus flavors are also present.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a grainy aftertaste. This beer is highly carbonated.

I doubt this beer would make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, so you would need to limit your self. The flavor is quite aggressive also. Too many would not be great. One, however, is good. I will definately drink this beer again. It is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 00:04:41 | More by OStrungT
Photo of dansm


3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Nice, hazy golden yellow color with an average fluffy head.

S-This being my first foray into this type of beer, the smell took me by surprise. Sort of a flowery, spicy aroma hit, followed by a fruity hop smell.

T-Starts with a slightly sweet malt taste, which gives way to a spicy, fruity taste. Then it leaves off with just a hint of bitter hops, and a bit of alcohol.

M-Nice medium body which has a nice dry feel.

D-Not exactly the smoothest drinker, its not that bad either. You can tell its a bit higher in ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 05:23:55 | More by dansm
Photo of DaveFL1976


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer on tap and in the bottle. And both times I've thought the same thing: Duvel.
This is the best Duvel clone I've ever tasted. The only variance is a slightly thicker and spicier mouthfeel. Other than that, I's a toss-up. I'd drink either -- or both!

And I like Duvel. Much like Duvel.
So when I'm feeling like a Duvel and want to give my money to an American brewer, I buy a Golden Monkey. The triple do you good.

...and this is my "monkey tale"

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 20:21:16 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of badbeer


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty nice golden color with a nice white head that stays for the whole glass. Smell has banana, some clove, lots of breadiness, there seems to be some pepper-like spices. As it warms more, the smell has a sour apple and overripe fruit smell to it as well. Taste starts out with a combination of apricot and banana, moving into some clove and a spicy bread finish. Medium carbonation and medium to full body. Pretty nice, I would probably have this once and a while, worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 04:24:38 | More by badbeer
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United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the UTOBEER stall in the Borough Market. BB 19/02/2006 (oops!!), consumed late by 6 months... Served lightly-chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: hazy, dark orangey+honeyish golden in colour, using a force pour the beer head builds up to 1cm thick cap but rather frothy, slowly retreating and leaving very fine lacing; gently bubbly body.
S: fruit-estery fragrance upfront, showing mixed exotic fruits like pineapple+banana+tangerine+apricot, while an overwhelming flow of candy-sugar, cane-sugar juice, and sweet and dense, almost honeyish pale malts follow up and overwhelm the aroma; a strong hoppy scent of flowery hops, a deeper banana-oily yeastiness and coriander's refreshing spicy edge float in the air after a good swirl, adding more complexity to the slightly overly sweet forenote. The longer I smell it, the less sweet it becomes and a pleasant sour edge comes forward to take over. Nice!
T: lots of rounded-textured melted sugar, orange-candy, sweet lemon and dried apricot are coupled with a flow of ve...ry smooth, candyish pale malts, ensued by a faintly dryish-bitter edge of aromatic hops... quietly, a warming aftertaste takes over, slightly ginger-tea-ish and spicy at the same time while rediating heat-waves deep down the throat, just like what a liquor could do... although my palate craves for a longer after-taste instead of after-heat...
M&D: so...ft in texture and rounded in mouthfeel, the full-flavoured beer benefits from a relatively light body and an overall balance... well-crafted! This is the first Tripel I've tried that's made-in-USA, and not bad at all it is. Yet somehow the yeastiness hasn't been able to create a deeper complexity that is THE key to the success of this beer style. Even so I'm quite satisfied that I've tried it and feel really impressed with what this great brewery could achieve...

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 03:50:07 | More by wl0307
Photo of neenerzig


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer for a Belgian style tripel brewed in the U.S. Pours a sort of cloudy, hazy golden color with a decent sized head and decent lacing too. Has a spicy and fruity smell. The taste is also spicy and fruity, but also sweet. The alcohol can also be tasted. Has a very nice smooth, frothy mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Especially drinkable especially when one considers the 9.5% ABV. Not the best tripel I have ever had, but pretty damn tasty indeed!


Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 19:10:48 | More by neenerzig
Photo of albertmdh


2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had heard many, many good things about this beer from multiple people, and having tried and thoroughly enjoyed other Victory offerings, I decided to try it on tap at Cobblestones in York.

Served in a stemmed glass, honey colored, with a half inch of fizzy head, which stayed along for the ride. The smell was fairly inviting, crisp and fruity. With the first sip, the front of the mouth really lit up, and I thought for a moment I would really enjoy this one. A strong rotten peaches aftertaste followed, along with alchohol. I don't see myself buying this one again, as I had a hard time finishing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2006 15:16:35 | More by albertmdh
Photo of Damian


4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a small head and sparse amounts of lacing.

Smell was intensely spicy and fruity.

Taste was similar to smell. Fruity (peaches were noticeable) along with allspice and honey. At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol was hardly noticeable initially but a nice warming sensation could later be felt in the back of the mouth and the throat. Sweet, short lived aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was syrupy and the beer seemed to turn to a creamy foam once it hit the tongue.

Overall, quite flavorful, easy drinking and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2006 06:28:18 | More by Damian
Photo of ampzilla


4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did not produce the typical "Tripel" pour I expected. I lackadaisically coaxed a two inch head into my Belgian tulip. It was golden straw with a fair haze. The head did not last, nor did it leave any lacing. A beautiful stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, however, did continue to the last sip.
It smelled aggressively spicy, a quality that I dig. The first taste hits me with its sugary sweetness. As it continues to warm, it grows ever more spicy and I don't know, tangy? After reconsidering my "favorite style" designation, I return to drinking. This will not be my last Golden Monkey.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 04:40:52 | More by ampzilla
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Victory brewpub. The beer was served in a chalis and poured a hazy straw color with a substantial white head that left solid lacing on the glass. The aroma of the beer has some strong yeast notes along with lemon peel and other citrus tones. The taste also had a strong yeasty presence but was also complimented by the citrus tones and a hot burn of the abv on the tongue. The body is medium to full and makes for a drinkable triple.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2006 03:17:56 | More by ggaughan
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New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy straw yellow with a monsterous foamy white head. Clumps of sediment float in the brew. They are small but easily visible. No lacing.

S - Banana, lemon and allspice. Not too shabby.

T - Citrus (lemon), sweet (fuji) apples, coriander, cloves and white pepper. The aftertaste is mostly sweet and short lived.

M - A little harsh, slightly refreshing, thin bodied.

D - Drinking more than one of this would make me ill. It is a bit too spicy and sweet for sessioning. This is a fairly odd Belgian, but it tastes alright. I've had it before, but it's nothing I'll seek out. I will drink it if available though. Among those beers from breweries that don't specialize in a Belgian style brew, Golden Monkey is an above average Belgian, but when compared to the totality of Belgians, I'd say it is mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 18:40:44 | More by mrasskicktastic
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle with a Buddha like gold monkey with 4 hands, two legs and with a big giant eye in the center of his big belly. Above the Gold Monkey is the word Golden written in weird italics and below him is the word Monkey written in just regular italics. Like most of the Victory labels, there is not back label because all of the information is one the front. govt. warning to the right, information about the beer on the left, and a Born on date near the center. My Golden Monkey was born on February 23, 2006. This is another Victory bottle label you need to see for yourself.

Appearance: When poured into a Snifter, the beer was a golden-copper color (not as golden as the Buddha monkey on the label) with just a skim of white foam. The head of foam dissipated away too fast leaving behind a tiny amount of rings and barely no lace at all around the glass.

Smell: To me it smelled like a Belgian Tripel, but not as good. When I swirled it around this weird aroma that I couldn't put my finger on came out. What else was there was the sweet malts, some spices, a nice mixture of fruits (apples, oranges, lemons), and with a hint of yeast in the background. Maybe it was all those ingredients combined that made that funky aroma.

Taste: This is where is made up after the appearance and smell. The taste was delicious in sweet fruits (apples, oranges, lemons), plenty of different spices, hint of sweet malts and hops, Belgian yeast, and all of theses flavors ended with only a slight taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Even though this beer clocks in at a 9.5% ABV, I still found it to be medium bodied and very smooth. I definitely couldn't feel the 9.5% ABV go to work on me. Very slick the Golden Monkey is!

Drinkability? I sure wouldn't mind another one. Very slick and a great American Tripel. Another winner from Victory!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 19:10:32 | More by AltBock
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass from a corked bomber [ed. 750 ml, actually). Creamy/cloudy amber; thick, fluffy head. Good Lacing.

Light malted wheat aroma. Mildly hopped.

Crisp flavor with mild astingency. Alcohol asserts its presence towards the end of a sip, and more so as it warms. Good, solid drinkability.

Not a big Tripel fan, but this one is coo' with me. I won't get it reguarly but will definately try it again. Perhaps in a Victory mix case.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 02:05:03 | More by rabsten
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug 23 2005

Pours a opaque orangey-gold with a dense ivory head. No lacing to speak of. Smell is fruity, apples and plum. Spicy too, sweet Indian spice. Saffron and mace.

Taste is the same but alot more of that fruitiness. Big fruit, apples and raisin. A more delicate sweet spice. Some alcohol in the mouth. Much less pronounced alcohol profile witha year on the bottle. A smooth brew with a quite sticky mouth. Builds as it goes. Sticky fruitiness lingers long. Pretty good tripel with a year on it. I was not that impressed with this brew fresh but it smooths out nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 20:02:21 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color, almost mead-like in color with an orange tint. Very poor head retention, but good bubble activity. Only sparse lace.

Smell is just as a tripel should be: fruity, floral, spicy, good layer of yeast emitting pungency.

Tastes mirror the aromas, which is to say it's got plenty of depth and is delicious. The fruity and floral aspects just barely dominate the exotic spiciness and warming from the alcohol. Honey and black pepper rise up from the flavor as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very good, and quite right for the style, with a remarkable carbonated zip and a butteriness offsetting any sharpness.

Victory comes through with a solid American version of the Belgian tripel. Despite the high alcohol, this is almost too easy to drink. Be careful with it, but just TRY to not enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 23:29:18 | More by Metalmonk
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tripel Ale brewed with Spices - 9.5%

This beer pours medium gold in color with a thick white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is nice - sweet and citrusy with a hint of spice. On first tasting, you get a lot of spice up front - more than I expected, kind of peppery with moderate bitterness. The carbonation level is fairly high in this one. Medium body with a slight creaminess. While drinking you can feel a slight alcohol warmth creeping in, and it finishes fairly dry. You don't feel as though you're drinking a 9.5% ABV beer.

Very nice overall, definitely one to try again, but not in large quantities...

- Dan

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 19:42:35 | More by cartdan
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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light golden color, with half a finger of pure white head, there is also moderate carbonation rising to the top

S - mmm, those typical tripel aromas, malty sweetness with a lemon wheatiness to it, the sweetness resembles like twizzlers, i sense a tripel trend there

T - the lemony wheatiness is very pronounced and well-balanced, very nice, one of the best tripel ive ever had, its starts off subtle and as the wheatiness disspiates the lemony flavor comes into full force, and presisting for minutes after the sip has made its way down my gullet, very nice flavor

M - smooth and balanced, a well built beer

D - easy to put back, sweet and wheaty and balanced a great tripel, easily one of my favorites

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 03:18:49 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of Vancer


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, how ‘bout that monkey? A very nice cut at a Belgium golden ale – I bet it was a lot cheaper too!

A nice clear golden ale greeted me upon the pour. A fizzy white head would pop up with an aggressive pour, some lacing.

Winter spice and hints of Belgium yeast in the aroma and quaff. Also noted the ol’ coriander and orange peel, nice fruity/sweet start, but a tad harsh (alcohol) in the finish. In fact, that was the one drawback to an otherwise fine brew.

Sharp and tangy, a fine sipper – and a big saludos to BeerBeing for the brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 17:06:37 | More by Vancer
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first experience with the Tripel style. I really can't tell the difference between a Tripel and a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Anyhow...

A: Nice deep golden color (as "Golden" Monkey shold be). Minimal initial head with low retention and no lacing.

S: Very aromatic. Sweet malts, citrus, spices, and something hits my nose in a sour way. Not sure what the sour is from.

T: Very similar to smell. Sweet, citrus, sour, and slightly bitter. The sourness starts to get to me after a few sips. not quite enjoyable to me, but I can appreciate the complexity.

M&D: Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. A bit to sweet for my taste, but a good beer none-the-less. I may try another Tripel just to get a better idea of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 15:23:50 | More by JBStith
Photo of andrewmartin


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML bottle, bottled on November 30, 2004.

A: Hazy apricot, huge white head gives way to delicate lacing

S: Citrus, yeast, notes of brandy or fruitcake

T: Malty, quite spicy with a pleasent lingering alcohol taste, very warming

M: Slightly acidic, but quite smooth

D: Very drinkable for a higher alcohol brew, or any beer for that matter

This beer is about a year and a half old and definately benefits from aging. Large yeast deposit in the bottle that adds a lot to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 23:59:45 | More by andrewmartin
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monkey's color is a hazy golden orange. Head is creamy and of medium height. The aroma is a combination of sweet and spicy smells. Candi sugar and malt combine with a peppery spice. The smell of orange peel overides the other aromas. All in all, a very fresh and inviting mixture of smells. A sip starts with a strong, tart combination of citrussy orange peel and spices. Candi sugar and bready malt flavors provide an excellent base here and work hard to subdue the powerful peppery spice. Midsip everything comes together to provide a complex, layered taste. Finish provides a strong coriander flavor than is accompanied by a tiny hint of alcohol. One downside, perhaps, the amount of coriander in the finish is just a bit to high for my tastes. I really enjoyed this one, lots of full, strong flavors come together to make a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 00:05:04 | More by Gagnonsux
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
Enjoy by Feb 07, '09.
9.5% abv.

Fizzy white head..clear straw colored body. Aroma of thick cloves, pepper, and a virtual spice rack.. Belgian spices dominate the flavor, with orange peel, lemon juice, and light pale malts coming into the picture as well. A definite warming effect on the stomach, even though the alcohol is only barely noticeable in the flavor.. This damn monkey could take down many a Belgian Tripel.. another solid brew from Victory.

Thanks go to ski271 for hooking me up with this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 01:14:50 | More by hero27
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear gold, not as much carbonation as many other Belgian-styled beers.

Smell: Yeasty with some sweetness.

Taste: Somewhat complex. Started sweet with Belgian yeast flavors and spices, some alcohol can be detected. (sidenote: when I drank this after a hoppy IPA, I got a weird grape juice taste!)

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as other tripels.

Drinkabilty: Definitely a sipper.

When I first got into craft beer I started with Belgian styles, and I always thought this was a good beer, but a step or two below the Belgian imports. After a couple years I still have that opinion. Still pretty good, but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 16:45:20 | More by Mdog
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with an impressive 1/2 inch head that lasts five to seven minutes; lingering lacing across the top of the beer and the sides of the glass. Medium clarity, light/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Nearly no aroma at all, probably owing to the temperature of the beer, despite snorting the beer harder than a line of coke. Light lemon and lemongrass notes, with honey and sour notes developing as the beer warms up, but throughout the course of a glass there was still little nose to it at all.

Taste: Deceptively mild, with little front or middle palate development at all - it certainly wasn't as sweet as I remembered it being from the bottle. Malt and alcohol finish, with an aftertaste of pine, anise, and lemon. Honey and lemon rind notes develop on the middle palate. The lack of immediate flavor detracts a little from this beer, particularly given its designation as a belgian golden ale (stick with Duvel or DT if these beers are your thing).

Mouthfeel: Smooth enough, owing to medium body and light carbonation. The booze is a little too present in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable, and Golden Monkey definitely tastes like a well brewed beer. Check it out on tap, or pick up a six, but this beer may not stand up well to strict comparison with beers like La Chouffe, La Fin Du Monde, Duvel, or Delirium Tremens. A little too sweet and one-dimensional.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2006 03:51:47 | More by expatsteve
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,108 ratings.