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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,597
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 84
Gots: 581 | 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 dmamiano
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big "snap" of carbonation as I popped open the bottle.
Light, golden in color/. True to style. Big white head leaves an ample trail of lacing.
Yeasty in the nose...Belgianesque? Appples and pear noted and very sweet in the malts.
Wow was the initial reaction upon tasting.Very full mouthfeel, sweet on the palate. Feeling the alchohol here....warms the inners.
Good beer, although I think some aging will do it wonders!

dmamiano, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer a few (probably 4 or 5) years ago in college in PA. Wasn't familiar with BA then so now is the perfect time to review. Got this Bomber in a BIF and felt it needed to be reviewed.

A-If a monkey were golden in color, this would be it. Clear yellow/gold in color. 1 finger of head that dissipates. No lacing.

S-Sweet and fruity, like a good belgian. Very sweet.

T-There is nothing that discerns this from a typical tripel/belgian. Everything I expected and remembered.

M-Sweet and smooth. Flavor lingers temporarily.

D-Careful with this one. Victory is known, or should be, for making high ABV beers that sneak up on you.

TasteTester, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a light brown color with lots of carbonation. Head lingers a long time.

Smell- Very fruity, nice esters. Rather banana esque, its nice.

Taste- Sweet and fruity. Slightly wheaty notes too, really jumps off the tongue and hits you. Its quite lovely

Mouthfeel- Not too bad, perhaps a bit on the watery side, doesnt really fill the palate up.

Drinkability- Very good, could sit back and hammer of few of these, which could be dangerous considering the abv.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory has arrived in Maine, and I am very happy to see it. This beer is a great tripel. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head. It had a fruity (banana) and spicy (clove) aroma. Fruit and spice in the taste, some biscuity malt. Warming alcohol. A very smooth, drinkable beer. I was tempted to drink more of the 6 pack, but stopped after two.

lordofthewiens, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Joker2008
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had quite a few tripels over the years. For the price and the taste you can't beat this. Sweet yet sour. You can be tricked into drinking more of these than you should.

They go down smooth and very quenching.

Very similar in taste to Piraat or Moinette.

This is one beer which is always on my to buy list. It many ways reminds me of the Degarre in Bruges.

Joker2008, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of notafood
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a barely cloudy golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that quickly dissolved. Visible carbonation

Sweet, spicy and yeasty. I can smell a bit of alcohol, esters, and a little pepper.

More spice than sweetness. Dry, and crisp and bready. Deliciously bitter,

Pretty carbonated, light and very dry.

Well do it again, but next time, I'll buy the whole six instead of a single. Pretty strong stuff, so I'm not sure I'd have more than two 12ozs at a time.

notafood, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminded me of Duvel but with more spices and less carbonation. Me like

A- Nice transluscent gold color with carbonation present but a weak head with no retention

S- Smells like spices with bubblegum clove leading the pack. I also detect spearmint and that classic yeasty beer smell

T- Taste is good and does an ok job of conquering the alcohol. Mostly herbal spices in place of hops. Has a very distinct Belgian yeast, sweet fruity character to it.

M- Feel is just about the best part of this beer. Low carbonation and a light body make it a quick delivery.

D- Too spicy to be chuggable but it is very pleasant in slow consumption

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first Belgian I ever tried.. a pretty good one too. Now that I've had others I see it isn't the best interpretation but it's still very good. Very spicy.. I mean like, super spicy. This will turn off a lot of people but I thought it was a good flavor. The taste did seem to vary by bottle but for the most part it was a flavorful beer that really warmed you up.

oriolesfan4, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of eljefe21
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color. Poured to an almost 1 finger head that quickly dissipated.

S: A strong spicy, yeasty smell.

T: A warming spice, yeast and slight alcohol flavor. At 9.5% it's a big drink, but the alcohol, while present, is hidden nicely.

M: A slight sharp feel up front that flows into a warming yeast and alcohol flavor over the middle of the tongue and down into your belly, warming your chest and stomach.

D: I like this one for when I want to get my Belgium on at a really reasonable price from a relatively local brewery. Kicking back with 1 of these before bed is a perfect end to the day.

Served: in an oversized wine glass

eljefe21, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful golden color with a little cloudiness to it, small head.

S - A blend of fruits and spices and hops, big on the spices.

T - Taste is the same as the smell. I got a nice smooth sip with tastes of cinnamon and a nice malt flavor.

M - Light in the mouth, smooth as well.

D - At 9.5 it's pretty potent, I enjoyed two of them and was very happy. The taste of cinnamon stopped me from having a third.

thain709, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to New Hampshite Victory!! I got a sample bottle from my friends at The Blue Trout Grill. Thanks guys!

I put this one in a Stella glass, the color is totally golden, crispy appeance, excellent carbonantion and a rather silky, pillowy all-white head that keeps it's retention very well.

The nose has a wonderful spiciness, you can smell white pepper, herbs and spices in this lively yeast. The malt is actually a really big factor here, it's sweet scented and buttery. It's pretty boozy at 9% and the Stella glass keeps it concentrated. The hops add further earthiness in the nose.

The flavor is much like the aroma, very spicey and herbal, the yeast is not at all sour, but peppery and zesty and the added spices actually add to that effect in a very positive way. The malt is crispy, clean and classically sweet, but also provides a very smooth feel, the malt is hefty enough to provide great balance. I will admit to enjoying the sweeter Tripels a bit more than the classic, more hoppy Belgian versions. Allagash Tripel reserve is another excellent verison that strays away from the style guidlines slightly. The hops pop out right at the end and are earthy and only mildly bitter. Overall, the ballance is unique...American style but it toally works.

This is a crispy medium body with a light look, crispy from potent yeast which provides a nic bite, it then mellows from the smooth malt and creamy head, finishing refreshingly dry.

The drinkability of this 9% brew is scary, it is easy to polish of three bottles but you better not drive home after!! (trust me) Take your time and really enjoy this one.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of RJLarse
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up a couple of these at a specialty shop to taste and review. I poured this beer into an over sized wine glass.

Pours a pale gold color and is a little cloudy. A small fizzy head is quite sticky and adheres to the sides to the glass.

The smell is fairly strong and remarkable. It smells of soft fruits, pears, melons and peaches.

The taste is also fairly fruity and sweet and sour at the same time. There is a faint taste of liquor.

Mouth feel is a little heavy, full bodied and cloying.

This is a drinkable beer, with complex and appealing aromas and flavors. The flavors are very well balanced. The ABV is a bit high to be sessionable, but a couple at a time is nice.

RJLarse, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of JakeSuperior
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: hazy gold color, only gives about 1/2in of head that fades quickly into slight lacing with ring around the edge
EDIT: lacing fades quickly leaving nothing but a small ring

s: sweet, spices, fruity, bread

t: starts out sweet with undertones of caramel malt; fades into a more fruity/banana taste into a bitter bready/alcohol finish, banana lingers

m: dry, pretty imposing carbonation, one of the lighter tripels i've had

d: One or two at most.

There is plenty to taste, just not that great of a taste. There are better tripels, but def. worth a try.

JakeSuperior, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a nice white head that stuck around. Smelled of... everything!.. citrus, spices, hops, and earthy malts. There was literally pupl floating the the beer. The taste broke free of of the smell, with and upfront sweetness followed by smooth finish. My friend put it best and I completely agree with him, he said,"a slight malty hefeweizen taste with a clean smooth spice finish." Bottom line, try it, this a good fackin' beer.

nrpellegrini, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a dark golden color with a one inch off-white head produced by lots of cascading carbonation. Sinks down to a thin cap on top, but doesn't hold up all that well and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is sweet like candi sugar, some peppery spice, notes of coriander, and some fruity esters.

Taste begins with a burst of sweetness that quickly becomes fruity, reminiscent of banana and pear. After that some peppery spice comes out and then a pounding of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a touch on the light side, but it's appropriate. Smooth on the palate.

Not the best tripel I've had but it's certainly worthy of a try. I probably wouldn't get it again, but I would recommend giving it a shot.

roadhouse, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Slightly clouded gold color. Poured a coarse two inch slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly. Lacing was thin and inconsistent.

S: Strong bready. Sweet light fruits and some citrus.

T: Light fruits and maybe caramel with foundation of big bready flavor. Yeast was detectable with a slight sour sensation. Warming alcohol.

M: Light to medium bodied. Balance carbonation. Hot alcohol finish

D: High ABV not well-disguised. Unique tripel as its malt and yeast flavors not as complex as some but still interesting.

Haybeerman, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of mtbbaboon
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle was marked "Best by May 2011." Pours a light blonde with little carbonation. A moderate head that fades quickly. A bit of lacing that hangs on for a while. Smells of cloves and spice with a hint of citrus. Not a very powerful aroma. Light bodied with a touch of fizziness. Not a very strong taste for a tripwl, but well balanced. I'm surprised to see this is 9.5% abv. I don't taste the alcohol at all. Drinks well but I've certainly had better tripels. I'd buy this again though.

mtbbaboon, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of drpimento
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle marked: BOTTLED Mar 15 07. Poured with a medium head and a little lace. Some precipitate in suspension. Color of polished brass. Aroma of bread dough, yeast, crackers, and a little spice. Flavor is sweet overall but bitter highlights. Good carbonation and body. Boozy going down. Warm finsih. Good effort for the style.

drpimento, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of oneeye
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow. Looks a little thick with little carbonation. Very little head retention and vey little lace.
The aroma of yeast and spices. Smells sweet of bananas and lemon.
The taste of cloves and biscuits. A bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. A hint of lemon and floral hops.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery. A bit dry and puckering.
Drinkability is average at best. when finishing the Golden Monkey it does not ask you coming back for more. Not bad.

oneeye, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The slightly over-carbonated character of this beer is apparent upon first pour, as it produced a thick but quickly dissipating bubbly head that overflows if you're not careful. This Belgian-style spiced Tripel ale is yellowish rather than golden as the name implies. Cloudy from the sediment, this unfiltered brew is modestly appealing to the eye. The nose is very assertive, drawing your attention and anticipation. This is a complex ale, with a wave of gustatory impressions parading across your palate as you slowly draw it in, which is the only way to drink such a robust brew. For a tripel, the mouthfeel is a bit thin, but bites a bit from the carbonation. The sweetness and spice follow all the way to the finish, but graciously step aside to leave a nice bitter after. The strong spicy flavor combined with the nearly 10% ABV keep this off the most-drinkable list, but it's a nice brew for cool weather.

jushoppy2beer, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of ReadyFireAim
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an oily-looking gold color. The only way I can describe the head of this beer is... nonexistent. There is no cap or lace - just a body of slick straw-colored haze. The nose is pretty much a yeasty banana bread, with a lot of the floral and spice scents backing it. It's got a decently enjoyable aroma to it. The spice and alcohol give it a warming aroma, too. It wasn't until after I'd poured the beer that I had read the ABV on its label. Despite being a strong beer (and at 9.5% ABV it definitely deserves that title) the heat is fairly well hidden in its body, which comes through with similar characteristics - yeasty; bready; banana-ish; subtle prods of citrus flavors. That being said, the taste really is quite shallow; there's not much to it, other than that tangy banana heat.

It's not a bad beer, per se; it's just a little boring. I could have a few of these, though I wouldn't recommend too many since I'm sure this beer could wreck you pretty quick.

ReadyFireAim, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a new belgium snifter
pours a straw yellow, decent one finger white head.
smells like banana, yeast, spices
taste is smooth, starts off with a slight taste of banana which reminds me of fransiskaner hef. banana waltzes into a spicy middle which fizzles back into a nice banana finish.
mouth feel is good. very smooth. not a whole lot of carbonation. nice flavor, very drinkable. a very good beer for a hot summer day/night. i would say this is worth a shot

Mauerhan, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of BrewskiBanks
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this Brew is marvelous.

It has a fruity scent of mostly pineapples and mangos. With a hint of yeast.

The taste is an unusual one, yet not a surprise coming from Victory.

The brew has an elegant smooth texture dripping through the esophogal lining of my throat.

The drinkability of this brew is fairly smooth but with the amount of alcohol in it, I don't reccommend drinking more than a six pack.

BrewskiBanks, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Cresant
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Chimay glass. Best by date: May 12 2011. The body was a murky golden color. The off white head quickly sizzled to nothing.

Smell was mangos and pineapples.

Taste was sweet but not cloying. Spicy. Tropical fruits. Light tartness. Citrus flavors bloom as it warmed. There was a lingering light bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium in body. Mild carbonation and a bit of a alcohol zip.

Cresant, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a straw color with a white fluffy head.

S: The aroma was a delightful blend of spices, floral, banana and cloves.

T: The taste was subtle but delicious.

M: The mouthfeel was thin to medium, but seemed appropriate for the beer.

D: This is one smooth, easy drinking brew.

barefootbrewer, Sep 02, 2008
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,597 ratings.