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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,760
Reviews: 1,670
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 95
Gots: 732 | 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 rkcrozier
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A-cloudy golden color with thin white head that disappears quickly
S - flowery hops, yeast, fruits
T - a little bite but thinned out as I got closer to the bottom of the glass; very sweet with nice mix of carbonation
M - very good, I really liked the burn that I got from the first sips but would have loved if it stayed and not disapperead
D - very good; I like Victory and this is one of my favorites

The 9.5% was a bit much but had no problem downing one sitting on my porch watching the world pass by.

Photo of ATPete
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours, whaddiya know, a golden yellow color with a small white head even with an aggresive pour. Nice aroma, clean Belgian yeast and strong pale malt, a slight wave of alcohol plays with the subtle bitterness nicely. Hot beer, its unfortunate actually, it also feels a bit thin mid palate, it kind of just fizzles out with a drying alcohol feel. Spices and bitterness are left on the tongue followed by some lemony/fruity yeast esters all and all leaving a final coating feeling on the mouth. Eh.

review #999 for Golden Monkey...fyi

Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled on date of December 10 2008.

Appearance: Beautiful bright clear amber colored body with an off-white head.

Smell: At first sniff it reminded me of a pale ale. Upon further investigation the usual tripel aromas were all there. Doughy yeast, flowery hops.

Taste: Hops provide a mellow but lingering bitterness. Nice spiciness from the yeast. Alcohol provides only a little bit of warmth, but is otherwise undetectable. Malt doesn't add a whole lot of taste, just some sweetness.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy yello golden color with some apparent sediment. 2 finger head that faded to a ring in about a minute. just a touch of lacing.

the aroma is that of bannana, yeast, clove, phenols, bread, sweet malts, and a toch of solvent alcohol.

nice belgian yeast flavors going on. as in the smell. some candied sweet malts as well. some definate alcohol as well.

creamy mouthfeel in the begining that turns dry in the finish. good carbonation. pretty good american tripel, but not my favorite. ive bought this a couple times and have one aging in the cellar.

Photo of damienblack
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a clear, tinkley golden. Nothing at all in the way of sediment, almost completely transparent. A lot thinner than I remember, also, almost like a golden vinegar. Smells like a sweet barnyard, a bit of harshness that is also enhanced by a very boozey smell. I do love the smell, though. Taste is... complicated. This is not a by-the-book tripel, the guys from Victory are trying to throw as much at you as possible. It is sweet and very syrupy despite the thin appearance. Has kind of a honey texture or smoothness behind it, and you can tell it tastes a bit nutty. As it warms, there's a good bit of sharp spicing that becomes more and more prevalent. A bit earthy, a bit cough syrupy, and a huge alcoholic bite. It's pretty boozey, and can make for a tough drink. There's a ton of flavours, but they don't always do the best job of melding all together. It is pretty crisp though, carbonation is a little on the low side but it fits pretty well. Basically, this is a bastard Americanized tripel. It is interesting, but not the most true to style, and very busy. I have a soft spot for it, though.

Photo of Stunner97
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- beautiful thick thick foam white head such great retention so pretty, great yellow golden color with high carbonation as bubbles stream up the glass,

Smell- sweet, spicey, sugar malts, yeast and even slight hops a full boquet of aromatic smells, very nice smell, apples peaches,

Taste- very smooth, great after taste, slightly sweet, slightly spicey, apples , yeast peaches, great full flavor, very sweet and warming, nice flavor for sure

Mouthfeel- thick creamy and syrupy, very full thick feel

Drinkability- scarily drink able and delicious, long crispy refreshing finish, alcohol is extremely hidden and the beer is fine american example of the style, a good beer and one that i will definitely be trying again, great value for the price check it out

Photo of NewGeneric
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Philly airport. It poured a fair golden color, just slightly hazy, with a thin white head and almost o lacing. Smelled spicy with some fruity undertones. Tasted similar, some different fruit tastes (fig, plum?), and a little sweet. A little bit overcarbed but otherwise smooth. I could easily have put a few more back had I not wanted to try some other beers in the vicinity.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin, foamy white head, which quickly dissipates leaving very little lacing behind while the lively carbonation continues to dance up from the bottom of the glass.

An abundant aroma of cloves, coriander spice, yeast, and fresh hops drifts from the glass.

The flavor resembles the aroma mirroring the clove, spice, and prominent yeast flavors. The hops are more floral or piney, and there is also a slight citrus zest.

The Golden Monkey is medium in body, and fairly high in carbonation with a pleasant palate full of just enough character to take the bite out of the abv.

This is a great Tripel and one of my favorite Victory brews. Tons of flavor to sample and way too easy to enjoy.

Photo of IceTrey9785
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at the Victory Brewery.

A: Pale straw color, very dense and cloudy. A lot of white lacing around the edges, but it doesn't last long.

S: Cloves, spices, maybe a subtle hint of hops, but nothing overpowering. The yeast really steals the show out of everything, but at 9.5% the alcohol will burn if you inhale too deeply.

T&M: Nice and rich -- very complex. Layers of bread, cloves, allspice, honey and wildflower. This could easily be any hefeweizen with a little bit of mead thrown in. As it warmed, I got hints of candied ginger too. A lot going on as far as complexity, but the alcohol is always the lasting impression.

Overall -- not a bad beer. There are better tripels to be found (most definitely from Belgium), but for an American "try" -- not too bad. The alcohol really shows on the nose and palate and overwhelms what could be a great beer. I definitely couldn't have more than one (God forbid I ever try...). Victory usually does great stuff, but this is a little over-done. A simple decrease in alcohol from 9.5% to maybe 8% or 8.5%, would make a world of difference.

Photo of Jeremym27
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pours a light golden color with decent head the fades quickly and leaves little lacing

s: lots of sweetness and candi sugar with some belgian yeast and some alcohol

t: similar to the nose with a lot of sweetness and some spiciness from the yeast

m: smoothness and carbonation leave a good feeling in the mouth

d: a little too drinkable for a 9.5% tripel the sweetness hides the booze very well

Photo of BenSelf
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to admit I am a fan of this style, one of the better of the Belgians. However, I feel this beer somewhat misses the mark. The body is good, with a big yeast and hop profile and close to 10% alcohol. The aroma is clove and banana ester, with some flowers from the hops. I think this beer has too much bitterness. Why not let the yeast run free? Dial back the bitterness and maybe some of those wonderful banana esters will come out in the flavor, not just the aroma. All in all, this beer is good. Enjoy it as you would a big, young chardonnay. I really hope they'll tweak this brew a bit in the future... could be a great one.

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

A - light yellow color with minimal thin head, slight lacing down the glass

S - Malty, with a light spice note and minimal hops smell. Slight fruit

T - Bready, malty with sugary tones and light fruity notes. Slightly spicy and phenolic. Would have been more balanced with more floral hops notes, but overall pretty good.

M - Average here, with decent carbonation and feel.

D - Drinkable tripel, while not totally to style. A good, solid beer but not the best example of the style. Definitely worth a try though, if available to you.

Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a recent tasting...

The color is a cloudy yellow-gold. Head retention is unimpressive and there's not much lacing to speak of. While the rest of the characters speak better of this brew, the appearance is average.
The nose has some caramel, some clove, an interesting mix of fruits and a spicy, peppery tickle. There's a note of alcohol as well.
Initially, this brew is malty with a bold sweetness. Hops character is evident early on as well. The pepper adds bite on the tongue, and underlying crisp fruits mingle with banana. There are nice earthy and herbal elements as well.
There's a moderate to full body on this one. It's smooth and creamy as well.
This one's got a kick to it, and that ABV's going to hold down the drinkability. It's also not exactly to style, so take it as you will.

Photo of sevopie
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly cloudy golden color with a small white head.

Smells of apples, clove, slight peppery smell, and a touch of banana. Almost hefe-like in its aroma.

Taste is intriguingly different from the aroma, favoring the sweet side. Bananas, sugar, and some citrus on there, with some of the spices really hitting your palate right up front, and then again on the finish.

Fairly oily with an assload of carbonation.

Fairly easy drinking, this is very solid for a 12oz tripel. It hides the 9.5% fairly well, and has a good enough complexity to leave you wanting more.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml corked bottle poured into my Selin's Grove chalice. Bottled on May 12th, 2006. The monkey appears a hazy bright golden straw color with about a finger of quickly fading bone white foam. Aroma consists of bananas, clove, tart green apples, sweet malts. Tastes of toasted wheat bread slathered with orange marmalade, spicy, peppery yeast, mild banana, more sweet than bitter. At over 3 years in the bottle, the alcohol has become quite tamed down. Carbonation is rather high, bubbly, tingling. Crisp and dry with a somewhat oily finish. The monkey shines with a little age on it.

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a golden orange colour. Slightly off white head poured big and foamy and faded to thin layer... decent amount of carbonation... some light lines of lacing.

Aroma - Sugary sweetness, quite floral, orange marmalade, pears, floral honey notes, quite yeasty, banana loaf, vanilla, caramel and bready malts, peppery spices, some clove and anise....

Taste - Spicy / peppery hops, caramel sweetness, bready, yeasty, again some light banana bread, nice fruitiness (pear, apricots and oranges), light candied peel, some ginger and clove, caramel malts, light anise...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light / medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A top notch Belgian Tripel... recommended...

Photo of mphopkins99
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mikereaser for passing this one on.

A - Pours cludy yellow. Thick head that disappates quickly

S - Very hoppy, hint of cloves and banana

T - The hops hit first, followed by a definite banana aftertaste. The alcohol warms the back of the throat. I found the banana to be more pronounced as it warmed.

M - Dry mouthfeel, good carbonation.

D - A little too spicy and hoppy for me to have more than 1. The ABV limits its use as a session beer.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle:

Best buy May 2, 2011

Appeared a very nice yellow orange, opaque with particles seen in the beer. Active carbonation. Nice white head that had decent retention.

Aroma is almost like a good hefe with a nice fruit aroma, spicy as well. Maybe a faint hint of alcohol, but certainly does not detract from the overall smell.

Overall, a very good flavor to the beer. Taste is very much like a Belgian, sweet Belgian sugars and yeast and fruity with some spice. No bitterness to note. Alcohol is not noticeable while drinking. Really well done.

Medium body, rich, smooth, drinkability takes a hit due to the richness, but it has really good carbonation to it. Overall a really good brew.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Clear dark gold/light amber. A shade darker than apple juice. Though clear, there's quite a bit of sediment floating around. The white head tops out at about half an inch with very short retention. No lacing.

S - Chalky, but with a very nutty backbone. For whatever reason Golden Monkey smells a lot like opening a fresh can of peanuts or cashews. Spices dance in and out, and though I can't pinpoint them exactly, coriander, ginger, and pepper come to mind. Slight overtones of apple and pear are evident as well.

T - Wow. Apple-esque notes fade in and out of the background. Moderate, sweet chalkiness kicks in almost immediately but is subdued by an almost salty spice profile; coriander, pepper, and suggestions of ginger are noticable. Slight phenolic character brings in a modest bitterness with notes of orange and lemon peel. An integrated and complex flavor profile, if not low on some of the traditional Belgian aspects of the style.

M - Light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Very appropriate for the spice at hand, though I wouldn't mind seeing the fruity shine through a bit more.

D - Man, I've had a hard time rating this beer. Stylistically, it's far from the exceptional Belgian tripels such as Westmalle and Karmeliet, but on it's own it's a fucking fantastic beer. The "brewed with spices" on the label had me weary at first, but this is an extremely well constructed beer and by far one of, if not the best, offering from Victory I've had thus far.

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle pours a purty golden-orange with a very bubbly white head. I bucked my usual routine and left the dregs in the bottle. I generally like to swirl the yeast into anything and everything Belgian, but decided I would do things differently. The sediment that made it into the glass is dancing in the bubbles. Sweet.

Smells like a boozy loaf of banana bread. Very sweet nose on this puppy.

The flavor is also sweet in its own right. The banana flavors come through and meet up with some apple as well. The flavor's not as boozy as it smells. Don't be fooled -- however -- as it's still got a bit of alcoholic punch in the flavor department.

Mouthfeel is crisp with really lively carbonation. The finish is my kinda dry.

All in all, this is one of the better American tripels that I've had. It's pretty sweet, but it's also pretty damned tasty. It's no Allagash, but it's also only $5.99 for a 750 ml. This is one hell of a budget tripel. Victory has quickly become one of my staple breweries.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a goblet. "Enjoy By: Jan 13 2012" on front of the label.

A- Pours nearly clear, golden. Fizzy white head, which disappears almost instantly upon pouring. Essentially zero retention.

S- Fruity sweetness, and a spicy, slightly alcohol infused Belgian yeast twang.

T- Fruity and fairly malty sweet. Fairly spicy. Very mild "Belgian yeast" characteristic. Bitterness is moderate-low. Alcohol is incredibly blended / concealed.

M- Fairly crisp with moderate carbonation. Medium feel.

D- OK. Flavor, smell and appearance are all just OK, but not tremendously compelling. ABV is almost extremely well concealed.

Future outlook: This was a decent beer, but other clearly better, easily accessible, reasonably priced alternatives would prevent me from buying this regularly.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful maize pours with a fluffy white
head and sparse lacing. A lot of sediment
floating around amongst the bubbles On of
the more active and beautiful beers

S: Smells intensely sweet of alcohol and berries

T: Very sweet as advertised very with a hint of
banana. The flavor is easier to appreciate
by the sip rather than the mouthful

M: Thick and bit syrupy as it runs past the
sides of my tongue. Not as vibrantly
carbonated to the pallet as it is to the eye
A little thick leaving a slight coating on
the tongue

D: Good drink probably better with food but
totally able to stand up without it.

Photo of SirDrinxAlot
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange with 1 finger head and some sudsy lace.

Smelled of wheat/spice/ and banana

Tasted spicey, bready, with light banana

Mouthfeel was crisp with high carbonation. Very drinkable, I'd have a few more. Decent beer with a good flavor profile.

Photo of chaswisler
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised for how high the alcohol content that the beer was so drinkable. Little bits of carbonation. Head doesn't last long.

T - It's good, hint of apple. Crisp. It needs something though

A - Nice, but lacks depth.

D - Very drinkable.

I'll have another, someday.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange color with a good amount of white foamy head.

The scent is of light citrus, yeast, and sugar.

The taste is very sweet, flavors of banana, pears, citrus, and sugar.

Medium-bodied, very crisp with lively carbonation.

Very easy to drink a few of these even with a higher ABV, also quite refreshing.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,760 ratings.