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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,499 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,499
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 78
Gots: 528 | 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 jbphoto88
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, unclear honey yellow with a large off white head. Appears to have above average carbonation as evident by the turbulent bubbles cascading up through the golden brew.

Smells of citrus and coriander and a very doughy yeast scent.

The taste is a spicy orange flavor with yeasty overtones that merge well with each other. The beer gives a nice coating to your mouth and is silky almost chewy while the 9.5% warms the pallet.

I like this beer, it reminds me of a true Belgian white. A nice incorporation to the victory lineup.

jbphoto88, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of ChillMike
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale gold color that is slightly cloudy with a nice frothy head that recedes quite quickly, although it does leave some nice lacing around the glass.

S:Sweet smells of bubblegum, bananas, spices and malts.

T: Stars out a tad bit hoppy (nice surprise), then gets very sweet, very spicy tasting tripel. Nice tasting beer.

MF: Spot on in this department, very balanced in both carbonation and feel.

D: A bit more tame than a lot of tripels I've had, but that makes it pretty easy going down, only some points off (and it's really not that bad) is the high ABV prevents you from drinking too many :)


ChillMike, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

A slightly cloudy golden orange in color with a good amount of carbonation. Head bubbled up and faded quickly, no retention at all. It was a bone white head.

Smells of citrus, apples, yeast, spice, honey, and sugar. Intriguing.

Taste is of candied malt, alcohol, sour citrus, and spice. This one gets better as it gets warmer. Definitely more of a fruity taste as the bottle goes down. Overall, very friendly to the tastebuds. A definite warming sensation is left behind.

Feels light on the tongue and leaves a nice coating behind.

A pleasant experience that can leave a serious punch. Not the best triple out there, but enjoyable nonetheless.

ColForbinBC, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light gold in color. Plenty of haze and some yeasty chunks suspended in the glass. Smell is belgian yeast a good amount of spice there to help. The belgian yeast, not surprisingly, is dominating. Very smooth and easy drinking. Packs a hefty punch thanks to the ABV. Decent beer to have once in a while.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of mellocello2003
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I used to think this was a good beer until I became more interested in beers. Now I realize that this beer is quite pitiful in comparison to most tripels out there

A - decent. Little to no lacing and practically zero head retention.

S - A hefty nose of hops and citrusy flavors - orange, paprika? I don't know, something spicy is there. A lot of this is unfortunately overblown by the alcohol.

T - Upon initial pouring, this beer displayed a huge range of flavors that resulted in a very unbalanced display. However, after a few minutes of sitting in my glass, it softened and smoothed out significantly, but by that point I was already gunshy from the initial taste... If I remember correctly, the taste went like this: very very spicy --> citrusy --> cold --> ethanol --> thin barley and ethanol --> (swallow) --> woah ethanol!

The most disappointing thing about this beer is how it tastes near the end of a sip. It kicks you in the face with ethanol (presumably, the cause for the "thin" taste). Once I finished taking a sip, I felt unsatisfied and gunshy.

As the beer softened, the end taste was much more pleasant - a nice spicy dryness that lasted quite long after you sipped it.

M - Nice. Nothing to complain.

D - Well, once this beer smooths out, you're able to drink it.

mellocello2003, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Junnila
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a slightly off white head. Very good carbonation. Smells a bit spicy and yeasty (is that a word?). Complex taste, medium bodied mouthfell, and good drinkability for the ABV. Solid American Tripel and one I would love to have again.

Junnila, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Golden Monkey poured a hazy golden color with no head and no lacing.

The aroma was yeasty Belgian strain with some flowery smell. The taste was spicy with a hint of nutmeg. In the mouth it was spicy and the spice sits in the mouth for a long time. Very cool. Very enjoyable Tripel.

cswhitehorse, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Lazy Boy.

A:Cloudy golden color with white head and some lacing.

S: Yeast and hops. Almost smelled more like a wild ale than anything else.

T: Again I got a wild ale vibe here more than a tripel.The yeast is very prominent and it has that funky taste. Very sweet as well.

M: Med body with a slightly syrupy body. Low carbonation but works.

D:Not very drinkable. Between the sweetness and the funk. Could not pick up the ABV though. Much better examples of tripels out there.

aerozeppl, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of ntillemans
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer alot; and despite some opinions I've heard to the contrary, I would say this one's an excellent attempt at a classic Tripel. It could be balanced a little better. It's a little too sweet; and the heavy spice makes it seem a little thin (with the spice overcompensating).

Regardless, I wouldn't pass this one up.

ntillemans, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck. Poured into my Sam Adams pint, the beer is indeed golden with a smallish bone white head. There is a slight haze to the beer.

Spicy, grassy nose. I get some white pepper and maybe coriander. Malts underneath.

The taste is slightly fruity (apple) with more spices. The spice levels are not overly aggressive and allow the slightly sour malts to come through. There is a hint of over ripe pear lurking in the aftertaste.

The mouth is pleasantly sharp. I can see having this one every once in awhile.

Redrover, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another top-notch sample from Victory... been waiting a long time to sample this brew, and it was worth the wait... an awesome American depiction of a Belgian style... pours a hazy, cloudy, golden, straw-colored appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon was gone... Nice citrus and floral aroma with a sweet presence certainly noticeable... taste is bombarded with sugars, candy, vanilla, slight caramel, and pears... very sweet flavor that tackles the tongue... good job by Victory for creating a true-to-the-style brew that is really pleasing... Nice mouthefeel with a good drinkabiliy that took a little bit of a hit due to the hefty 9.5% ABV and the slight alcohol that is noticeable in the taste... otherwise, a very good brew, worthy of praise and recognition... good stuff... Recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being a fan of Belgian Abbey styles and Trappist Tripels, I was looking forward to trying this one. As I was pouring into a large goblet style glass, the floral aroma hit me quickly with a strong pungeant flare. The initial sip was interesting as it was a little more striking than I was expecting. I tasted the spicy warmth immediately with the hops coming through just afterward. The finish was somewhat dry with lingering hops and spices. The high alcohol level of this ale contributed to the lingering warmth as well.

I know this isn't a true trappist tripel but it seemed a little rough around the edges for me. This is not to say that I didn't enjoy this ale thoroughly but I think there are others in the style that I would pick up first. As for domestic Tripels - I like it.

SIRIUS2, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a decent "golden straw color" with almost no head affter 30 seconds...interesting
S: i loved this, it had a great sweet fruit aroma, very floral and pleasing.
T: somewhat plain with the effervescent fruit type taste. its got some yeasty almost wheat beer type flavors and finish. a little banana... not super impressed compared to others in this style, that said its not bad. its a good beer that you can def understand the style its in, however its not the best example. try and enjoy

Redwood21, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of bboven
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium yellow body with a slight haze and not too much of a head. Not that much lacing.

A lot of fruitiness from the yeast and some citrus, either from the yeast or hops. A tinge of alcohol on the nose.Can't tastye the alcohol at all, until it starts warming your stomach you wouldn't know it was there. Again, very citrusy, sour-but-in-a-good-way flavor.

Mouthfeel could be a bit more mellow on the carbonation, but there's a great, medium-coating property here that's quite a nice companion to the sour citrus.

Great beer, there may be others I would choose, but this is a great example of the style and a great buy as far as price and availability are concerned.

bboven, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of JonathanL7890
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving On Draft in an 8 oz snifter glass
1 finger head of foam.

A: Medium golden. Slightly cloudy.
S: Spicy, Hoppy.
T: Herbal, fruity, spicy. clean.
M: Good for a beer as high gravity as it is.
D: Very easy to drink . Spicy aftertaste.

Overall, this was a very nice Trappist ale. It's hard to imagine that it is 9.5%.

JonathanL7890, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of NolateM
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

1+ year old bottle, aged surprisingly well.

Pours orangey gold, slightly hazy, with a dissipating head.

Aroma of yeast, sweet oranges, and alcohol.

Dominating yeasty flavor, as to be expected for the style, somewhat wheat-beer-like, with lots of sweet orange and honey flavor. Slightly peppery, lingering anise-ish finish. For some reason, I keep thinking "this might be good with Indian food." Alcohol presence is not overpowering at all. Well masked. Medium carbonation.

The first time I tried this, I wasn't so into it, but a year actually did this beer surprisingly well. Very unexpected. I dunno if I'd call it the most authentic-tasting tripel around, but not too shabby if you're in the mood for that kind of that kind of thing (which to be honest, I'm usually not, but I'm trying to be un-biased here).

NolateM, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of BeerLover729
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Orangey golden beer with moderate frothy head.

S: The smell is very fruity with a pilsnerish malt aroma.

T: Wow. Way different then the smell. This is a malty tripel. It tastes strongly of dark fruits; grapes, plums, figs, a little apricot, maybe even some black liquorice. Nice flavor profile.

M: A heavier medium body. I mean its nothing crazy but Victory obviously didn't go crazy with the candied sugar to get the 9.5% abv. This beer has a softer carbonation.

D: This beer goes down alright for a beer with its high alcohol. The body slows down the process but thats probably a good thing.

Notes: Good American tripel. Good flavor profile. Nice beer overall.

BeerLover729, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of Hoppington
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden goodness

S: Sweet malt nose

T: Creamy malt with banana/vanilla notes

M: Cream soda mouthfeel

D: Smooth with an exotic feel to it

A decent attempt at a Belgian tripel, but invariably sweet due to the high alcohol. Could have used a bit more balance with bitterness, IMO. Still, a nice drinkable beer with a fruity exotic creaminess to it. I would try it again but only as an occasional treat.

Hoppington, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of bebopkola
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours a mellow orange color with a small head. The beer is very very fragrant; malt yeast and fruit aromas alcohol does not come through at all. Tastes of more malts and finishes smooth with some melon and bannana after tastes. This beer has a nice carbonation that makes it refreshing to drink.

bebopkola, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Close to 10% alcohol, the bang-for-the-buck effect is in play here. Pours with a nice head and an unmistakable aroma, this is like an extreme Belgian. The alcohol content can be noticed, but it is mostly well rounded into the flavors. There was no sweetness to this beer at all, which was unique but left me hanging a bit. A sharp wild yeast bite to it in the aftertaste quickly followed by a lingering sourness & bitterness that didn't play too well together, but probably helped to hide the alcohol bite. Pretty clear beer with mild haziness. Like I said, bang-for-the-buck, but not at the top of my list for tripels.

BeaBeerWife, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initial impression is a bit lackluster. Puny head over cloudy peach liquid. Haze is mostly of small chunkies. Aroma is medicinal with some spiciness and citrus. Flavour is an initial hit of yeastiness and moderate bitterness and some orange peel. There's some coriander (I think) and a bit of a wheat-like character as well. Body is fairly light with a creamy touch, and drinkability is quite good. Aside from the appearance, I would say this is a bright, fresh, light interpretation of the tripel.

allergictomacros, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of esch
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It’s got a nice soft yellow color, almost that of straw. You might mistake this for a macro-lager from across the room. Get this baby anywhere near your face and any case of mistaken identity will be resolved real quickly. The strong yeast smell you get on first whiff is nothing compared to the rich flavor on the palate. There’s not much to separate this beer from the hundreds of other tripels on the market, but this one is a bargain at ~$12 per 6pk instead of $10+ for a 750ml.

esch, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a Duvel glass.

A: pours a dark, golden body with a solid white head with good retention. Head reduces halfway through the beer, but there is good lacing throughout the rest of the beer until the finish.

S: A slightly sweet, malty smell. Slight hints of banana esters. Alcohol was not that prevalent.

T: A crisp, malty taste with a sweet aftertaste of banana esters. Slight alcohol burn on the back of the throat, but nothing of great significance. Well-rounded taste; alcohol is not too evident on the tongue.

M: Smooth and crisp. Nice, full-bodied feel with silky carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable for a tripel. Alcohol is not that evident in the taste. Easy to drink and good tasting. Definitely worth the try.

maddogruss, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Morey
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a unique Belgian inspired tripel. Poured out of the bottle extremely yellow in color (not gold, but YELLOW) and with very little head which faded to almost nothing rather quickly. Appearance is cloudy with lots of sediment floating around.

The aroma of this ale is very strong with apricot,lemon/citrus, and rock candy coming to mind.

The taste is just as unusual as the smell if not more so...but not in a bad way. I really like this beer. I find it really easy to drink despite it's high alcohol content (9.5%).

Morey's Bottome Line: An interesting beer for sure. Not one I could have very many of, but a nice choice if you're in the mood for something different.

Morey, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazed gold. Lots of sediment floating all over. Nose is subdued with a mild chalky yeast. Flavor is...ack! Sweet! Bitter on the tail end, but nowhere near good enough to save this. Feel is low on bubble, thicker on sticky syrup for the liquid feel. Drinkable? No. Actually...this is pretty damn bad.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,499 ratings.