Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,693
Reviews: 1,653
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 86
Gots: 640 | 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:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of jlb307
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: A hazy gold. Some sediment haze. About a one-inch head which didn't leave much lacing after it was gone. Was very fizzy at first.

S: Fruity and spicy with little alcohol nose. Kind of sweet smelling with a LITTLE bit of hops.

T: You can really taste the 9.5% ABV. Flowery and spicy like most Belgian styles, but I was surprized how much the alcohol came through.

M: Could use more balance. A bit much carbonation for the style. Tingles the gums a bit more than I was expecting.

D: Got better as it warmed, which is it's saving grace and why it's above average. I would still have it again, but I wouldn't necessarily go looking for it.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass. I have not had this in years and decided to pick up a bottle to see what is what.

A- Golden monkey pours out a cloudy yellow color with golen highlights. Not exactly "golden" but i see where they are coming from. A sturdy pour lead to 3 fingers of frothy white head that looked bubbly. It died down eventually leaving spots of lace.

S- Getting some breadyness from this monkey along with some fruit essence with orange peel apple and banana. A hint of spice is also detected. The biggest killer for me though is the alcohol which you can't get around.

T- Starts off with a lot of fruits( apple, banana, orange) mixed with alcohol & alot of it. This was my biggest problem with GM years ago and nothing has changed. Some yeast initially as well. I'm sure hops are used but no direct taste for them in this. Spices such as clove and the like come forth with warming.

M- With the alcohol taking center stage this is not very drinkable. To bad because I believe that this has the ability to be a great triple if the alcohol was masked better. Medium bodied with some sweetness from the malts. Carbonation is ok. The fruit mixed with alcohol leaves for a weird aftertaste.

D- Not so much, the high ABV does not scare me, it's just that GM is difficult to drink. A nice warming from the heat on this cold snowy day so GM has that going for it. This seems to be pretty popular on the whole but it is not for me. So maybe I'm missing something?!?? I will try this again in another 4 years to again, see what's what.

Photo of woodske1
1.93/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a B+ on BeerAdvocate? I really don't know how. With beer that has such a high ABV you need to do things to mask the alcohol taste.

This has a strong cutting taste that reminded me of something...something not good. The appearance is actually pretty nice but the party ends there. If you can finish one, there is no way you can finish another...

Cool bottle though.

Photo of rasta16ry
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden yellow with a moderate head, pretty similar to a standard Belgian tripel. There is some obvious carbonation to it.

The smell is fruity and spicy and has a little alcohol in it. Up to this point there is very little complexity in either the sight or the smell of the thing. Actually I thought the smell was a little funky and not very pleasant.

I didn't find the taste particularly pleasant either. It's very light tasting, with nothing overpowering, with mild hints of the scents: fruit, spice, especially citrus-y in the fruit department, and I can taste the alcohol more than other reviewers have said.

Overall I don't think the Golden Monkey is really worth drinking with the ABV. I usually like Victory's beer, but I really haven't liked drinking the it in the three or four times that I've had it.

Photo of LennyV
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler from Halftime.

Pours a golden yellow into my Gulden Drak Tulip. Nice creamy head that does not hang around.

Smells of sweetness and flowery.

Taste is intially sweet them some mild bitterness, it finished very dry.

A little to fizzy in the mouth for me but that is not so uncommon for this style.

A nice drinker and a good representitive of a Triple. High ABV does not make this a session beer.

Photo of iceball585
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright yellow color, semi-cloudy, two finger thick fluffy white head that faded slowly, lots of tiny bubbles rising

S- Lemons, yeast, bready, floral, hint of wheat

T- Floral hops, spicyness, herbal, yeast, sugary, bready, light malts

M- Light body, medium/heavy carbonation, bite of alcohol, dry finish, slightly fizzy

D- Worth trying

This is a bit more fizzy than I was hoping for but interesting flavors to say the least. Not an instant classic but still worth mentioning.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.25/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours translucent gold. Lots of sediment lazily floating around and mutliple pillars of bubbles quickly ascending from bottom to top. Large bubbly white head with great retention and lace aplenty.

Strong apple juice and sparkling cider aroma at first pour. Settles into banana and clove scent.

Jumbled taste of sourdough bread tart versus lemon, banana sweetness all held together under the loving arms of yeasty clove spice. Pleasant alcoholic warming with finish. Mouthfeel is thick but ruined by snappy, abrasive carbonation.

I don't have a problem with the lack of complexity in this beer (relative to other Belgian tripels): I'm ok with a simple tripel. What bugs me is the lack of any real lingering flavors. All the flavors seem to come and go without leaving a lasting imperssion.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color, and has ample carbonation. An aggressive pour produces a white head.

Has a very sweet and Belgian like aroma. There is a strong spice and clove portion, that matches the intensity of the citrus and fruit portion. There is also a slight warming scent, from the alcohol.

For some reason, I don't think the taste does the aroma justice. In my opinion, this beer has a great aroma, and just a good taste. It is just off what you would expect from the aroma, fruity and spicey, cloves and citrus. There is an earthy tone that I wasn't expecting. There is also a strong warming presence of the alcohol.

Crisp and light mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. I can definitely see room for improvement here. I imagine the best are much different.

Definitely easy to drink, which could spell bad news for the unsuspecting drinker. The 9.5% ABV could easily catch up to you after a few of these. Still a good beer, just not one of my favorites.

Photo of Riccymon
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an apple-juice orange from the bottle with very little head resulting from an aggressive pour. The smell and taste are also full of apple on top of a pleasant tripel funk. In the finish is sugary malt, caramel, and light hops. The beer is medium-bodied and finishes dry. While the alcohol doesn't come through -too- much in the taste, I felt it to some extent. Overall, I enjoyed Golden Monkey more and more as I sipped on it.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet.

2.0 A: Opaque yellow orange like a wheat. However, there is nasty coagulations present throughout the beer. One finger of loose head that leaves in a heartbeat. A little lacing.

3.0 S: It kind of smells like a macro blended with a decent tripel. Macro pungency with a tripel's attention to spices and clove. Then some yeastiness and some sugary malts.

2.5 T: Clove manifests itself well, but there is a strange discourse in this beer. First of all, it is way to bitter for a tripel. Caramel fails to mix into the brew well. Very strange take on the style. Alcohol is bity. Terrible lingering aftertaste.

3.0 M: Medium-heavy body. Not very smooth at all. Alcohol bites hard.

2.5 D: Easily the worst tripel I've ever had. What the hell is Victory doing? All of their other beers have been great or better.

Photo of cjl1209
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Gold and shiny with noticeable suspended particles; head only comes with a hard pour after that it dissipates quickly, lace is nonexistent.

S - An unpleasant sweet grass smell with notes of caramel.

T - Grass and caramel, maybe hints of toffee. Definite alcohol. There's a lingering taste like you just mowed the lawn.

M - Very light, average carbonation

D - Rather harsh considering the lingering taste and heavy alcohol notes. Only 2 of these max.

Photo of tlinner
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orangish golden. Fluffy head that dissipates way too quickly and didn't leave behind as much lace as I would have liked.

Smell - Honey, flowers, and the familiar Belgian-style yeast strains

Taste/Mouthfeel - Slightly hoppy, honey, banana, and that familiar Belgian spice. However, this all fades away much too soon. There's not much depth to it.

Drinkability - A good beer that goes down easily. The profile is hardly complex, but friendly. A bit over-hyped, but not a failure.

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

Pours golden/honey with a fluffy head that dissipates quickly, little to no lacing.
Smells of strong yeast and spice
Quite bitter with a lasting sour yeast and malt. Not too complex...
I had this for the first time a few weeks ago and thought it might be a new favorite; this time around I'm pretty disappointed. Seems it would be good with a hefty meal but the limited drinkability keeps it pretty low on my list as there are many better in this genre.

EDIT: It's growing on me the more often I try it. Not bad stuff...

Photo of WalrusJockey
2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, dated "Jan 07" poured into a Delerium Trimens glass.

Appearance- golden: hazy, cloudy, full of particulate. Head pours weakly, and falls quickly.

Smell- alcohol, yeast, spice and fruit, in that order, to my nose. Very much alcohol and yeast, really.

Taste- sweet, very surprizingly sweet. Malt and fruit flavors join under a broad banner of "sweetness," and after a while are joined by the spices, which eventually become quite strong indeed. Swallow is yeasty, with a slight watery flavor, and the aftertaste is a medicinal alcohol flavor. The flavor profile is much more varied than I expected, based on the nose.

Unquestionably, the taste is better than the smell, but for my money, the flavors are far too segregated, fruit is there and so is spice, but never the twain to meet. This also results in the beer being fairly unbalanced at each flavor-stage. The alcohol flavor is also distractingly strong. I know this is a 9%, but it doesn't hide it well at all, especially not for a beer that has been aged for 25 months. Over-all, the taste isn't *bad,* if I had made this at home I would certainly drink it, but compared to others of the style, it fails to impress.

Mouthfeel- unexpectedly heavy for the style, which combines with incredibly low carbonation, to make a beer which is far heavier on the palate than it really should be.

Drinkability- very low. I bought this as a loose bottle, and I don't plan on following it up with a 6-pack purchase. The NyQuil flavor that builds up over time goes along with the syrupy texture, and the unbalanced-up-front sweetness to make me wonder if a bottle of Tussin wouldn't get the same job done in the same way.

Note- I planned on giving Victory a pass on the carbonation issue, but almost every review on the front page mentioned the light amount of carbonation in their own, fresh bottles. If this had been a side effect of the aging of the beer, I wouldn't have marked down for it, but it seems to be more a side effect of the beer itself. Also, for the record, between my wife and myself, we didn't make it through a full half of the bottle before we DP'd it.

Photo of LordofTime25
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy yellow with floating particles and a thin head that laces nicely.

A spicy aroma was present and also something kind of off putting a bad smell.

It was kind of earthy and citrusy. Mellow with a hint of alcohal.

Medium thick brew that coats the mouth slightly.

Not big on this brew.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When Golden Monkey is poured a nice centimeter head appears, but quickly dissipates to a ring with some foam in the middle. Golden Monkey has an orange tint with a bit of yellow shining through. Tons of esters come through, some citrus and spicy yeast notes also come through, and there is also a slight bit of bready yeast character. While drinking this beer a huge carbonation bite hints your tongue, but a quite smooth estery flavour comes through; however, there is a bit of alcohol warmth coming through at the end, which is to be expected. While lingering around in my mouth, I get a lot of a fruity flavours; oranges and almost an apricot flavour are the most prevalent. Only a bit of Phenolic characters come through though, and there also isn't much malt to the beer. The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be; the beer isn't outstanding, but a solid example of a tripel.

Photo of bobsy
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey coloured body with lots and lots of yeast suspended in the liquid, and an aggressive carbonation that threatens to bubble over after opening. The aroma is pleasantly fruity, with nice touches of spice, and this is reflected in the flavour. There's something resembling peach and orange, with a pleasant dry malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation. I didn't realise at the time that this was 9.5%, so big kudos to Victory for concealing the alcohol so well.

Thanks to Shawn for sharing!

Photo of PBoegel
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by 2011 into a duvel tulip.

Golden with light orange lights, faint and quickly falling white head, fairly good clarity save for the dregs getting roused in the bottle.

Aromas present some bready malt, lemon, orange, some graininess. Very clean, well hidden alcohol, creeps out as spicy and rose like as it warms

Flavor is slightly chalky, sweet bready malt, citrus and sugar sweetness. Again very clean and well hidden alcohol. Somewhat reminiscent of Duvel Golden Ale with more body.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation could be higher, finish is dry and tangy/peppery.

Excellent drinkability,

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden-orange color with a two-finger white head. The head subsided pretty quickly. Left surprisingly little lacing.

Smell: Honey vanilla, a slight hoppy presence. Mostly sweet smelling, but a bitterness cuts through it.

Taste: A honey/vanilla sweetness...and not much else. A slightly bitter kick afterwards that doesn't really taste like anything in particular. Both the sweetness and the bitterness linger for quite some time. There's almost a dry champagne-esque character to it...

Mouthfeel: I felt like this was too highly carbonated - I almost felt like I was drinking a champagne, the carbonation was so high.

Drinkability: I think this is one of those beers where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Overall, it was enjoyable. It was not your typical tripel, and felt almost like a champagne. It's a beer I'd have to be in the mood to drink.

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

Served up at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA. 12 oz. bottle with freshness date clearly printed poured into a pint glass. Bottle-conditioned goodness gives a freshness date two years off.

Pours rich and golden in color. A nice thick froth issues forth, retaining well and holding on to the sides of the glass. Lots of yeast particles in suspension, taking away from the appearance a bit.

Smells mostly of yeasty spiciness, along with some honeyed sweet notes.

Nice, medium body with a middling level of carbonation. Some sweet malt flavor showing up in the front, with a middle full of yeasty clove spiciness; other spice notes abound, most likely not sourced by the yeast but rather the spices that the beer is brewed with (according to the label); ginger, cardamom, anise, and other spice notes seem apparent. A rounded honey flavor levels things out, and the beer finishes somewhat dry and spicy.

A definite sipper; sadly, I was forced to down this rather quickly. Alcohol is formidable, and there's a bit too much going on to make the beer fully drinkable, but for a nice take on the style, this is certainly a good pick.

Photo of optiontwo
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured as a mistake after ordering a Hopslam at Bryant Lake Bowl

Appearance: Clear goldish orange.

Smell: First caramel then a lot of biscuit malt and banana.

Taste: Very sweet banana and caramel right away with some dried pinapple and bready malt background with some slight grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, which makes this brew pretty refreshing, and a clean crisp finish.

Drinkability: Medium. You probably could drink three or four but I wouldn't recommend it.

Overall: This is a decent interpretation of a triple and seeing as I'm not that big of a Victory fan (or a tripel fan for that matter) I'm surprised that their Belgian style ale turned out to be one of my favorite offerings from them.

Photo of spanky167
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was very excited to try this beer. I heard some good reviews and was told it had the price tag to go along with it. After trying it I was let down. The taste was very bold but muddy. The flavors sort of jumbled together. I struggled to finish the bottle. It could just be my palate, but this one will go in the "once is enough" category.

Photo of bum732
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy hazy yellow. Not much head, but could be from the glass. Smells of heavy clove up front, with a light funkiness that isn't very pleasing. Also some sweet bread and tropical fruit aromas. Tastes of sweet bready malt followed by faint fruity flavors. Ends with a relatively strong clove bite and extremely faint hop bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with a clove aftertaste and some alcohol.

A decent tripel, doesn't compare to the monastaries. The funkiness in the aroma wasn't very pleasant and i thought the clove was a little heavy in this beer. Nonetheless, a solid effort.

Photo of schellsbeer
2.15/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Love Victory but not the Golden Monkey.

Picked up in a mixed 6 pack with 5 other Storm King Stouts which I love. Just thought I would try one to refresh my memory....I was correct....I don't like the Golden Monkey.

A - Average at best. Looks like a cloudy Macro beer with not much going for it. Specks of "stuff" floating in the beer...all over it. I know that it is probably yeast but usually settles to the bottom over time after poured. Not this one. Small white head with little lacing.

S - Wild flowers. Earthy. Straw. Tall DRY summer grass. Wheat is very present. Some spices but overall Wheat.

T - Not impressed. Tastes like a strong summer wheat beer that is very high in alcohol. When I think of a wheat beer, I think crisp...thin...refreshing. Not thick and made for winter. Some alcohol burn in the back of the nose. Alcohol is not covered up well in this Tripel.

M - Thicker than I like my golden ales. If this is a golden monkey, he has sure added some extra weight. It should be called the golden "fat" monkey.

D - Very low considering I have all of the other Victory Hop and Stout beers to choose from. Also, with 9.5%, give me an imperial stout any day. No question asked. This review will remind me to always stay away from the fat monkey.

Photo of FrothyBeverage
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very herbaly spiced beer. The Apperance is a very golden sunlight color. The taste is of a traditional german malt with whole flower european hops with definate tones of yeast of a belgian orgin. There are also sutble aftertones of peppermint and exotic worldly spices from the far corners of the earth. It has a very delicate mouthfeel, lets leave it at that. The overall drinkability is sub par. I like other vitory beersz better.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,693 ratings.