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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,340 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,340
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 69
Gots: 468 | 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 Lexluthor33
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours mild yellow with a small head that fizzles to nothing. It has a very mild aroma and it smells like fruits,yeast,citrus and some clove notes. The alcohol smell is present . The taste is light caramel,some hops and sweet yeast with alcohol. I do detect some herbal notes with malts and spice. Every sip is spicy.
The feel is smooth,dry and bitter-spice. The carbonation is a tad bit high,but not a distraction from the overall feel. It has a bitter feel that balances the sweetness.

Notes: No disrespect,not that this is cheap brew,but this is a poor man's tripel and nothing for the poor man to be upset about. It is somewhat a cross between Hefe and Tripel,yet it is not bad at all. It packs a punch,if you had a really bad day at work or someone pissed you off then have two or three of these and call me in the morning. It is after all an imitation of the style and I buy it to give me some ABV kick with a good taste. Not for sessions,yet easy to enjoy.

Extra notes:Jan.17th.2009-I had a bottle from 2007 that I tried today and the main difference was that the carbonation seemed to be toned down and the sweetness seemed to take over on the spice kick. The hops were also toned down and the cloves/herbs were more dominant. I would grade it a B.

Lexluthor33, May 01, 2008
Photo of umtox
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep yellow orange with an unfiltered/textured appearance. Small head with very little retention.

S: Yeast, allspice, honey. Overall a developing nice increasing sweet/spice balance.

T: Viscous upfront with little yeast flavor, but a crisp dry finish followed by increasing sugar and spice and alcohol afterburn.

M: Viscous at first and a very pleasant crisp finish and increasing flavor after its long gone. A nice ride.

D: Nice, the 9.5% is not all that noticeable. Great with peanuts.

umtox, May 01, 2008
Photo of jspruit
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 12oz bottle from my brother while in Florida and drank it back in Ireland.

Nice cloudy orange pour with a 1 finger head with some light carbonation-looks really nice.

Light citrus aroma from the pour that smells clean and smooth with some floral notes and some spices.

Spices and floral hints come through in the taste with some malts, light hops, and some yeast too. Pretty complex but well balanced overall. I can detect the alcohol a bit though I think.

Goes down pretty smooth for something with all of these flavors, but I could do with a bit less carbonation.

I'd like to drink this one all day long as overall it's very nice, but with an ABV this high I think that I can only have one (or two) in a session. I'd definitely recommend this to others.

jspruit, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Cloudy with some residue. Poured from a large 750ml bottle.

S. Apple and dark fruits with some spiciness. I pick up a bit of orangey citrus. Belgian yeast is also prominant.

T. Sharp granny smith apple zing, faint clove and some clean alcohol taste found throughout. Sweet yet balanced enough, herbal hop on the back end rounds everything out.

M. Light and very much a belgian. Dry finish.

D. Dangerously drinkable. I once drank a six pack of this in my early beer drinking days, I was rendered useless on my couch.

Stinkypuss, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of HereticDivine
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A few friends recommended this beer, so I thought I would give it a whirl. This beer poured a nice deep gold(hence Golden Monkey). I only drank this beer about 6 ounces at a time. It smelled of citrus and spice. Very fruity!! At first sip, I thought the alcohol really pierced through. After that, it was "game on". The more I drank, and the warmer the beer got, the more that strong spicy citrus flavor started coming out. I would recommend this to anyone, regardless of style preference. As far as Belgian styles go, I think it is unique(and good).

HereticDivine, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of RixBeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured quick and hard. Orange in color. 1/4" Head fades quick into nothing just a super thin rim on one edge.

Looks like a beer with to much action. too much carbonation.

Very spicy, orange, peppery. A lot of flavors going on swirling around each other. You wonder if it will calm down before the glass is gone. Then you wonder if it will calm down in a few years of cellaring.

The carbonation is way too active for this beer. Again this beer needs to really settle down!

It's too much right now. This beer needs to settle down. A lot going on with a lot of popping of flavors made even more intense by the carbonation.

I can have one maybe two of these. But this beer will F you up. I recommend this one as a night cap. It's mine tonight!

Still a really great beer that will only get better!

RixBeer, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light-tan gold body that had a two finger head that died quickly and didn't leave much lacings.
I got a big whiff of citrus and spices, especially some orange, but not much else. Unbelievable smoothness and spicing in this beer, as it is medium-bodyish. The spiciness hits first, then it smooths over the tongue with some caramel and the citric flavors kick in, like orange, and then there is a peppery backbite. To be honest, after the first sip I thought that maybe the bartender gave me the hefe beer next to this, but I checked the bottle to make sure. Not too much malt, but it did have a little breadiness to it (I think). I don't know, I thought this beer tasted real good and I'd have another (I wouldn't session it). People who have had it told me it isn't that good, but I disagree. I don't know, I'd say give it a shot and let your taste buds form their own opinion. (Note: Like stated before, it tasted like a hefeweizen and I love hefe's, so maybe that's why I like it)

clayrock81, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of gmfessen
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, wheat-gold color with a two-finger, glistening head that dies down relatively quickly. Nose is heavy with spicey phenols and yeast; alcohol is well hidden. The taste is spicey also, almost hefe-like with the banana/clove flavor coming out strongest. The hops are not really percievable but they balance the beer nicely. Mouthfeel is medium in body and has a light mouthburning carbonation and a dry alcohol finish. Decently drinkable for being as high of an ABV beer as it is. Overall, not a bad beer but if you're looking for a good Belgian tripel, this is not what you want. Decent American take on the style, but not what I was hoping for.

gmfessen, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent inital head that fades rather quickly and leaves behind a piss yellow beer that is very effervescent.

The smell is very typical of the style with a lot of banana phenol and coriander. This is complimented by a citrusy twang and a cloveyness.

Taste is of coriander and clove with some banana phenol on the nose that has an effect on the palate. This is again complimented by a citrusy twang. The flavor overally is lacking though. It is somewhat watery and dull compared to other tripels. I don't even notice the 9.5% abv.

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp but lacks the carbonation I would expect from a tripel.

This is a decent stab at the style at best. It is something I could drink if I had to, but there are much better belgians to be had.

jasonjlewis, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at Whistle Binkies on the lake. Straight from the tap into a chalice. Strong, malty, spicy, sweet, a slightly bitter. Nice interpretation of a tripel, but can't quite compare to other good Belgians out there. Would drink this one again.

BTW: I was quite intoxicated when I had this and wrote the review. I will not posthumously edit this review, but I have a bottle of this in the fridge, and will give a more thorough review of the bottled Golden Monkey soon.

KeefD, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from underdog bar and grill.

A- Pours a thick cloudy opaque yellow orange color. Not too much head from this pour but i have seen the head reach up about a half inch before. I can see some great carbo rising through the glass.

S- A lemon type or citrus malty aroma reaches the back of my nose and actually lingers there for a bit.Someother floral andspices are also present. more strong/spicy type floral.

T- Can taste the alcohol on the forefront and then the aftertaste follows up with the floral spices. I can get the malt taste aswell but it isnt present as much as the alcohol.

M- Thick and potent in alcohol in the mouth as it lingers. Even after being down the alcohol vapors remain in the mouth.

D- This is a hard beer to put down but it is very tasty. This is a beer you might have one or two a week justtosit and relax after you had a bad or stressful day. This is potent beer and will mess you up if you drink this like bud light.

Dodo2step, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, it pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow. Aroma is not strong, but crisp and wheaty with a strong citrus component. Flavor is richly wheaty with a strong lemon overtone and some surprisingly strong hoppy taste. It goes down smoothly but with some pizzazz and leaves a satisfying hoppy aftertaste.

Cyberkedi, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured poured an opaque yellowish orange with a fluffy single-finger head. The smell is some sweet malt with hints of fruit and spice. The taste starts off with some sweet malt that gives away to banana and apricot fruitiness that finishes off with some nice spice. The mouthfeel is fairly thick with some nice warming from the alcohol. It's a very tasty beer, but it might sit a little heavy to have more than one of at a time.

TheTrevor, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear pale golden body under a white two-finger head. Pretty.

Smell is spot on for a Tripel: spicey, malty, a little yeasty funk. Mmmm

Taste is malty solid with sharp fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is round and full.

Drinkability is pretty good, despite the 9.5%.

Hmmm. There is nothing extraordinary about this beer. Just a solid, good Tripel.

ColoradoBobs, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange color with a good deal of carbonatation and a small, white head. It also had some sediment.

S - It smelled of citrus, yeast and some spices. It also had some caramel maltiness in the nose.

T - It tasted very spicy and bittersweet. It had some nice hops and of caramel malt.

M - It was very, very shapr and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good tripel. Maybe one of the best American versions of the style.

zeff80, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice golden blonde pour, though the head is a little quick to dissipate. Quite fizzy, but leaves a little trim.

S: Some sweet, soft malt scents rounding out a rather full aroma of yeasts and spiciness. This is serving perhaps a little warm, and that seems to open it up quite a bit.

T: Quite a huge sweet collection of flavours going on here... citrus, and quite spicy... maybe a little too much so.

M: About right for the style, though the finish is a touch harsh. If it smoothed out just a bit, it would be pretty much bang on for my own palate... a Belgian with an attitude.

D: The above mentioned would be the only points that would hurt drinkability, along with the fact that the ABV is up there, but that's expected when going with a Tripel. A little smoother and it would possibly be a bit nicer... maybe I'll use it as a 'cellaring experiment.'

Proteus93, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy gold with a little bit of white head. It smelled of honey and apricot with some hops. It tasted sweet through and through, with a smooth aftertaste. It was watery and carbonated, but had an unbalanced flavor with almost no bitterness. Overall it was pretty good but too sweet for my likings.

Pencible, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of rowew
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, bottled date is marked clearly. This has been in my fridge quite a while, but well cared for the whole time.

Appearance: Bright golden color, average head with good retention. Last little bit had quite a bit of sediment, I ended up pouring some but not all.

Smell: Some belgian yeast notes, and a bit of spice - maybe coriander, but I'm not sure.

Taste: Medium bodied, very smooth mouhtfeel. Nice balanced flavors with the same belgian yeast notes coming through here, and a nice malt backbone.

Overall impression: Hard to believe the ABV of this one, it is dangerously drinkable.

rowew, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- warm sunny and bright, the color of mango flesh. cloudy and translucent, i can still see bubbles zippin up the sides of the glass. big crown is creamy airy and light, like whipped egg whites, and settles to a landscape of snowdrift covered hills and curtains of lace on the glass. poured in a tulip glass for max effect, i've had it in a goblet and snifter and it just isn't the same.

S- light citrus and banana candy, clove, and maybe some coriander and a little pepper or grains of paradise, some other spices, allspice? cardamom? i don't know but the aroma is dominated by yeast and spices, no noticeable malt or hops.

T- there's alot going on in here. coriander for sure, banana popsicle, candy sugar, and a little bubblegum. immediately after it gets floral and spicy, then a crisp noble hop bitter kicks in and the citrus flavors come out, orange, lemon, tangerine, apricot, mostly orange peel. essential oils from lemon peel are also pretty bold, imparting a perfumey lemon blossom floral type taste. as for the spices, i don't know but they sure as hell taste exotic. the finish becomes extremely floral like white lilies skippin hand in hand with german hops, then... you start to taste the alcohol. the tripel do you good.

MF- surprisingly full but i've come to learn not to judge a beer by its color. heh. it feels alcoholic, medicinal, and the intense flavor does a number on the taste buds that could rival many ipa's. for the added sugar, this one doesn't seem to cloy at all (i hate cloying) and it's pretty dry at the finish while still imparting those floral citrus peel flavors. prickly carbonation fizzles and stings and that 9.5 definitely keeps ya warm.

D- dangerously drinkable? yes indeed. if you delve too deep lookin for spices you might find yourself with a near empty glass in only a few minutes which can lead to screwed up dinner plans, lack of ambition, and nap. fortunately for me i already took a nap today and have lacked ambition for quite some time so since dinner's on the stove i'll have another monkey and pick apart this golden s.o.b.

hustlesworth, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a Victory sampler pack.

Poured a golden hazy yellow into a tumbler. Head was pretty decent, 'bout 2 fingers, and lasted to the end.

Smelled sweet, a bit tangy, definately some citrus notes in there with something spicy.

Taste wasn't what I expected, but great all the same. Sweet and tangy, pretty smooth, with a mild alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel was bubbly, a bit heavier than I expected with the flavor, but it balanced well.

Drinkability here is average. I'd drink it again for sure, but as a session beer I don't think I could do this, not because of the ABV, but because of the aftertaste.

LumpyGuitar, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of jyeast101
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is orange in color with a white head. You can spot the yeast in the head. Smells of candy sugars, clove and spice. All the familiar smells of a Belgian style ale. Tastes of citrus and spice. Slight taste of hops, sweet and tart. A drinkable beer. Well balanced.

jyeast101, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden with a fizzy white head an inch thick. Small sediments make their way through the beverage. The head has good retention as it laces the glass nicely as I consume this beer. Aroma is spicy. Orange peel/orange curaco. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. Very nice. This beer has some taste. There's a bit of alcohol. There's a bit of hard candy. There's some spice, including cinnamon and pepper. A bit lemony. Tangy. All of this backed up with a nice belgian malt backbone. Very complex beer. Has a light-to-medium body I would say. Very drinkable for a beer with this much alcohol.

mltobin, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle into a pint seidel, dumped with an aggressive pour produces a bright golden, slightly-hazy body with a fluffy, rocky, 3-finger head that diminishes to a solid sheet

Smell is full of bitter citrus, a light, almost corn-syrupy sweetness and spice;

The first taste is surprising...smooth, sweet, some notes of bitter citrus... surprisingly mild, deliciously spicy with a little tartness and a pleasant warming at the finish. My only real complaint is that the drink is too soft and mellow, lacking the crisp and fruity snap that makes me love Tripels.

Considering the ABV, I guess you can't grade this tasty elixir as very drinkable, but it sure goes down dangerously easily. I didn't realize it was packing so much heat while drinking the first one... then I saw the % on the bottle. Wow.. smooth!

cvstrickland, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden-yellow w/light head. Nice lacing. Nose was primarily spice, light nectarine, and faint apricot. The flavor was rather sweet with very strong spice characters of clove and nutmeg, lemon rind, faint dried apricot on the midpalate, and warming alcohol throughout. The finish was very spicy. Body and carbonation were great, but overall, although I enjoyed this one, I found the spice to be overpowering.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice glean golden color with a white head. I hate to say it, but this beer smells much better than it tastes. It has a great sweet sugary aroma. The taste leaves me a little disappointed because I was expecting a little more. It has a nice sweetness to it but I think it could be smoother, given its style. It is a nice try, but not my favorite.

Douglas14, Mar 21, 2008
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,340 ratings.