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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 joeskirkie
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In this instance I've decided to enjoy Golden Monkey from a snifter.

A cloudy dark blonde with hints of orange that show in the light. It sparkles and has a thin white head.

It smells of apple juice and yeast, with a citrusy tartness to it.

It tastes of apple juice as well, but has hints of pineapple juice there too.

It's very light on the tongue. Not much in the way of carbonation or alcohol if you ask me.

Would I want another one? Well I'm enjoying the second of the night as a write the review from the first of the night, so yeah.

joeskirkie, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bill and Ron encourage me to enjoy this sometime before January 2009 and I figured I'd be happy to one tired evening, November 2006.
Opening of the cap would make a great sizzle, poured into a tulip glass and a storm of bubbles would stir up. Head forms and thins out into a white crown. Plenty of yeast particles suspended, crowding the body, leaving it clouded. A golden apple colour. A light, bready malt aroma. I get some over ripened fruit - pear, apple - some lightly floral hops. Lightly spicy! A nice, soft touch of malt on the aftertaste. I taste both standard German malts and the Belgian yeast. Some sweetness. Body is well rounded, seems a little compromised though. I could use more spice in the taste. Some faint alcohol as it goes down. A little too neutral/dull for my taste. This was good, but it wasn't exactly like other tripels.

biegaman, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of pavandal
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a wonderful apple juice color. No head even as I poured straight into the middle.

I smell apples in this one. Actually, that's the only smell that I can detect!

Taste is of apples as well. Alchohol isn't masked in the flavor, but it is smooth, not bitey. No distinguishable hop flavors, but there is a good amount of spice in here as well.

A little tough on the mouth, due to the alchohol. It is light in texture though. Warms the throat slightly as it goes down.

A high ABV and the presence of the alchohol flavor really don't make this a sessionable beer. It's not bad though, give it a shot if you wanna try it!

pavandal, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of gmcfarre
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled immediately after a Prima Pils during my "New to Colorado" celebration of Victory's arrival.

A - Clear with a moderate off white head. Color is slightly orange gold. Head is not as rocky or dense as it should be. This beer almost looks like a light colored lager.

S - Sweet sugary yeast with mild complexities going on (think floral and citrus fruit). Alcohol is slightly noticable upon warming.

T - Despite the less than stellar appearance, this is actually one of the better American tripels that I've tasted. Spice and yeast content is spot on and the alcohol is well disguised. That being said, I find most Belgians to offer more in the way of complexities.

M - Spicy phenolic tingling upon first sip, more a result of spice than carbonation. Mid and aftertaste are sweet and smooth.

D - A good choice if price and or availability exclude you from a better Belgian option.

gmcfarre, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of tcfishler
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange-golden color, hazy. Short-lived head but a small amount of long-lasting lacing. Exotic, deep nose...definitely get the spice character on this one. Palate is full and warm. Finish is long. Drinkability decreased as the beer neared room temperature.

A good strong Tripel for my tastes, and at $2 for a 12 ounce, an outstanding bargain as well.

tcfishler, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of Nipitato
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep gold color. Pours with a massive white head, which dissapates to less than a quarter of an inch. Hazy.

S: Great banana ester aroma predominates. Slight peppery/clove character as well. Alcohol backround underscores.

T: Malty sweet with banana ester character less noticeable. Finishes very clean. No hop flavor. As beer warms peppery phenols begin to predominate. Alcohol taste noticeable.

MF: Very smooth. Alcohol warmth present. Medium medium and medium carbonation. Probably not enough carbonation for its style.

D: Score another hit for Victory. A very good domestic tripel.

Nipitato, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a standard pint. The label states "bottled May 12, 2006".

Hazy gold, semi transparent body. Pure white, fluffy head.

Full nose of sweet fruits. Cold apples, some banana. Rich malts.

A crisp bitterness gives way to sweet and tart fruits. Apples and apricots. Lots of malt, with subtle spices. A bit of alcohol edge to the flavor develops as it warms.

HugoGrim, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool label. Pours a lively golden straw with a slight haze. Off-white, rocky head laces nicely. Yeast, banana baby food, pepper, fruit cocktail and some alcohol on the nose. A little too yeasty? Spicy alcohol and peppery hops up front. Fruity (banana and passion fruit) candy sweet malt follows and swells. Warming, peppery, long, yeasty finish. A bit hot. Full body, syrupy feel. Decent, but not one of Victory’s top offerings.

alexgash, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
1.83/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into a big tulip glass,a light golden color.Not a lot of head just a white covering of foam.Massive amounts of particles floating in the beer, could not even see the carabination.Very cloudy.
The aroma was yeasty,spicey,clovey,some different spices,don't know what they are.
The taste was clovey,yeasty,breaddy,spicey,taste of alcohol.Sour and tart flavor arise at the end.
A medium body,slighly cloying,a prickley alcohol finish.As for drinkabilty,I just couldn't finish this beer. A disappointing beer from
Victory for me,one my favorite breweries.

jcdiflorio, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aww man. This already is one GREAT tripel. I sang its praise in a previous review but it's even better on tap!! Finally got to have it on tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. It's the same ol' Golden Monkey but even more fruity tones are up front. I was surprised at how it was even more complex than it is in the bottle. Great beer got even BETTER.

Doomcifer, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of boulevard2
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle 10-16-06

Pours a peach colored beer with a thick head that quickly disapates to a thin lacing. Scent of apricots and peaches are present.Very sweet and refreshing with some alcoholic overtone and no aftertaste. A great Triple to go along with the long line of great beers. Cheers to Victory

boulevard2, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler received via a trade with jonjon...
Poured a golden/yellow/orange with a half finger white head that becomes sticky lacing just like from the bottle except with less carbonation.
Aromas of bread, candy malt, tropical fruits (tangerines, oranges, papayas, bananas) and belguim yeast.
Taste is considerably fresher, cleaner, and brighter than from the bottle (no doubt due to the freshness of the brew) with more dimension and a gentle blending of all of the flavors.
Alcohol is deceptive and surprisingly abscent Aftertaste is very clean.
Unfortunately, if this were on tap in my area I could spend the whole day at the bar...maybe the weekend.

IntriqKen, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of JWFokker
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first time I had this beer, I hated it. The yeast and spices were overpowering and I didn't enjoy it at all. Seven months later, it's considerably better. I can't be certain, but either my taste has changed considerably or the bottle conditioning did this beer a world of good.

It pours a nice golden color with about 1cm of white head. For those value such things, the lacing is pretty good. The nose is milder than the first bottle I had seven months ago. The smell of yeast is much milder and mixes decently with the spices. The flavor even better several months down the line. It starts with sweet malts and a touch of yeast and and finishes with spices. Much better balanced than the first bottle I had. All in all, when it's had some time to age, it's a rather drinkable beer. If you don't like it at first, give it some time. It does get better.

JWFokker, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served between fridge and cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip. Bottled on April 17, 2006... this should be drinking well right about now.

Appearance- Pours a clear, "nuclear" gold... I say that because there's an interesting yellow-green thing happening here. The white, two finger head settles to a mess of various sized bubbles that wander aimlessly on the surface. Aside from the quiet stream of fizz lifting from the etched "D" in my glass, this is just average.

Smell- Spices and Belgian hop aromas abound... I get traces of vanilla and coriander amongst some other notes I can't identify. This is smelling more and more like a witbier, with some parallels to Allagash's flagship beer... but without the orange peel. The alcohol is just now rearing its head. After adding the sediment, a fuller richness adds complexity and smooths out the aromas.

Taste- This is going to hurt... Golden Monkey is all about spices and flavor, but it's just too much. Too much bombastic, tongue-lashing flavor. It begins slightly sweet, then it goes deep into the spice cabinet and dumps a few shakes into your mouth... without the little white plastic thingies with the holes so you don't overspice your food. I love tripels, but at 9.5% the alcohol is a detractor. Way overdone spicewise.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I like the medium, slick carbonation very much... it feels right for this beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't give me more of a reason to go back to the fridge and enjoy another one... drinkability is hindered previously. I would suggest finding the right culinary match for this beer and giving it a chance to shine, because it could use some balancing.

yelterdow, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
2.2/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light gold. It has a very fizzy white head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is vegetal funky yeast. As it warms, some sweet corny malts comes out.

The flavor is heavily sweet, corny malts followed by a little funky, spicy yeast. As it warms, clove, banana and alcohol come out. The mouthfeel is medium to full with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, this is not a very good tripel. It tastes like an amped up macro (malt-liquor-y) with a little spicy yeast funk.

Beaver13, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of therica
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very golden-honey yellow with a nice white foamy head that stayed for about a minute in my nice clean glass stein.

Smell-- intriguing, yet nothing overpowering.

Taste-- too much sweet honey, mild hops bitterness and flower hints, some very subtle spice or pepper, overall a bit imbalanced on the sweetness versus full flavor for me. Slight flat alum-feeling on the tongue. I'm actually a beer-drinker who prefers beer over beer-concoctions with high alcohol content and various flavors, so this is definitely "not my style" in preference.

Mouthfeel-- about the same as the taste-- nothing that put me off, except maybe the alum-flat feeling, yet nothing that sang of much more than over-sweetness, afterwards.

Drinkability-- a very vague term on this beer at its 9.5%ABV which caught me off guard as I found myself zig-zagging through the hallway afterwards. Rather drinkable if you're into the mood for a very honey-sweetish beer. Drinkable in whatever quantity your blood ABV can tolerate. I'd probably move on to a more balanced experience, however, given the opportunity. Very drinkable in whatever quantity you might enjoy, considering the hefty ABV%.

therica, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color, with a large white head, which retains quite well, moderate slow-rising carbonation, and scattered, thick lacing.

Aroma: Rich aroma of cloves, ripe bananas, and bready yeast.

Taste: Sweet, warming alcohol at the open, accompanied by a fairly strong note of herbal hop bitterness. Throughout the taste the sweet flavors and the mild hop bitterness vie for supremacy, neither yielding, neither vanquished, rather striking a truce of necessity. There are also mild notes of light tropical fruit, and a mild peppery spiciness throughout, but these are very much the lesser.

Mouth feel: Smooth rich, soft, and very full.

Drinkability/notes: A simple, but well crafted Tripel, quite worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of Pooba001
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to snifterish glass. Color is a rich golden hue with a slight orange tint. Quite hazy. Carbonation looks quite good, but head dissipates more quickly than expected. Belgian yeast aromas dominate, alcohol is present, as is clove, coriander, and a little juicy cirtus scent. Smell is close to a 4.5 rating, alcohol holds it back.

Taste isn't as bold as I would've guessed, but has banana, clove, apricot, lemon, and some alcohol. Flavors are subtle, but don't come together as well as one could hope. Finish is sweet and tart, but overall this is actually a pretty smooth tripel.

Mouthfeel is slightly harsh due to alcohol, about what's expected for a 9.5% ABV beer. Drinkability is good, I could have a couple more, and would like to, but a 6 pack would have me stumbling.

Pooba001, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head starts out pillowy and white with at least some lacings as it falls away. It has a golden clear color to it that looks good. The smell is of sour fruit, like that found in Aventinus. There's nutmeg, plum, clove, and fig. The taste is light and nice with fruitiness and a warmth as it falls down the throat and the belly. The taste has a lighter fruitiness and has clove, fig, orange, and a little nutmeg in the finish, but not much. The mouthfeel is ok, but too carbonated and it doesn't have a smoothness I look for. Overall I didn't not enjoy this beer, but wouldn't think of having another right away.

Erdinger2003, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of dfried
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw orange in color, smaller off white head lasts as a partial film. Spicy aroma of coriander and pepper, it almost smelled a bit like corn. Some fruity aroma like apple juice, maybe a bit medicinal, and alcohol stings the nose. Spicy flavor, coriander and quite peppery, almost grainy as well. Strong alcohol in the taste as well, a bit too much, made the beer coarse going down, mouthfeel was not smooth at all, though it was a bit light and sparkling. A fair amount of fruity flavor and some yeasty/bready flavor, but not enought to smooth the beer out.

dfried, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-big 2" white head that fades fast. Light golden clear color. As you get to the bottom of the bottle more it gets cloudier.
S- Bananas and maybe some european style hop. Also smell a bit of malt in there.
T-Bananas and european style hops. Not much malt flavor. Bananas are really strong in the taste. Bit of warming from the alcohol in the back of throat. Some spice also. It is fruity just can't really pin point more than the bananas.
M-Medium/full body, medium carbonation.
D- I'm not a big fan of fruity beers so this one was a bit to fruity for me but still was alright. I'm glad I tried it.

BlindPig, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of jmatthew
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated Jun 20 05 from my cellar.

Poured a cloudy golden amber with two-finger head that rapidly subdued to a thin sticky film on top. Smell was minimal, but had hints of musty fruit. Taste was very sweet tropical fruit and raisins, with a nice alcohol warmth carrying through to the finish. Presence of hops was all but gone. Full syrupy mouthfeel. Preferred this cellared considerably more so than fresh.

jmatthew, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a thawed out chilled glass (the bar did not have a single glass not frosted). Appearce is what I expected, decent head retention and a good amount of bubbles from carbonation. Smell is malty sweetness but with some spice. Taste starts sweet, but soon turns quite herbal and some nice spiciness. Mouthfeel is pretty good, enough carbonation but I could have probably done well with slightly less. Drinkability was docked a point because the taste was a bit harsh near the middle. Some alcohol quite noticable in the taste as well as effect. I may go for this if no other belgian is around, but only if it's on special. It's probably not worth what most places ask for it. At 2.25 down the street, I will probably try it again.

rtratzlaff, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Yardhouse in Glenview, Illinois. Served in a chalice.

Pours a slightly hazy golden, thick white head forms, great retention and sticky lace all over the glass. Smell is sweet, caramelly, alcohol and citrus through the middle, yeast, wheat, some honey as well. Taste is more or less the same, very sweet up front, wheat and alcohol, lots of citrus, yeast, very flavorful. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some significant heat going down. Not bad, pretty different, not as subtle as most tripels, but enjoyable.

Viggo, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw color with a 1" white head. No head retention or lacing

S: Some yeast, bananas & fruittyness

T: Malt sweetness, banana peel. yeast & slight lemon. Finishes frutty & yeasty

MF: Thick, chunky & effervescent

Too many flavors dominate that I don't care for. Tripell isn't my favorite style, but this is lower echelon compared many others I've had

russpowell, Aug 22, 2006
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,340 ratings.