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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,606 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,606
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 84
Gots: 587 | 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 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
Photo of CrellMoset
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at McGrady's Irish Pub in Charlottesville, VA. Served, inappropriately enough, in a traditional American pint glass. That's a lot of Golden Monkey.

Appearance: An average amount of slow carbonation, a foamy white head with average retention, relatively clear and bright golden body. Almost no lacing.

Aroma: Orange zest, bananas, a few light spicy notes, and roasted malts - very sweet.

Taste: Very malty - more so than most tripels - with caramel and toffee overtones. Lots of banana esters and Belgian spice, but a lack of all those other good tripel notes - citrus zest, spice complexities, dry malt intricacies, etc.

Mouthfeel: Way too thick and syrupy, and not nearly bubbly or light or crisp enough. Carbonation has left this one too quickly, and there's not a lot of body left. Perhaps the keg was bad.

Drinkability: A pretty disappointing tripel, and one I should perhaps give another try to at a place other than McGrady's Irish Pub (not the best location for keg quality control, from past experience). Seems like a lot what makes a tripel a tripel was absent, and a lot of notes that seemed, while not bad, definitely out of place. All that being said, the 9.5% abv was very well hidden amidst all that malt sweetness, so I do give 'em some credit for that.

CrellMoset, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a 16 oz pint glass.

A - Apricot colored with a short, dense head that hangs around. Very thick and opaque beer with nice consistent carbonation. Very appealing.

S - Sweet grapefruit smell comes through with almost no bitterness or astringency in the nose. Also some nice strawberry/kiwi notes as the beer warms up. Very pleasant, and I think above average for the style.

T - Very "warm" beer - Victory takes up a lot of the beer noting that the beer is breked with "exotic spices" and I definitely can taste them. Nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, curry, and similar flavors all come through well. Even at 9.5% there is very little heat here, even on the finish. Most of the flavor is on the finish - I don't get much while the beer is actually in my mouth. But the finish is so long and so delicious I still think this is a nice and unique beer.

MF/D - 4s for both of these - a nice feel and supremely drinkable for such a high octane beer.

This is a great beer to be sipped on a cool fall night.

FuzzyGuy84, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a dense yet short-lived head, leading to very light lacing.

Smells of some ripe tropical fruits in the sweetness department. Lacking of any overwhelming candi sugar scents, and I find that welcoming in the style as it is frequently overdone.

Taste is pleasantly sweet, with notes of fruit displayed on the nose. ABV is surprisingly disguised without being overly malty, and in fact I find the beer to be rather highly hopped. The body is light to moderate for the style and offers a carbonation level that is appropriately high given the lighter body, and thus yielding a good drinkability given the strength of the beer.

A decent 'American' tripel that is a bit lacking in body and feel compared to the stalwarts of the style.

HalfFull, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter. Bottled Feb 22 08.

Pours a hazy orange. White head, but be quick the head does not stay around too long. Almost zero retention.

Yeast and sweet malt are picked up right away. Some fruitiness is there underneath. Floral aromas hiding as well.

Bitterness of the hops is noticeable up front. Not overly bitter just easy to pick up. Sweet malt back and definite warming alcohol.

Very full rich mouth feel. Smooth though. Finishes rather dry.

One and done on the drinkability. This is not the beer you want multiples of in a night.

Good beer but disappointed. I was hoping for more from it.

kzoobrew, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of becktone
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 8-12-08

Eye: Hazy straw yellow-orange. It is a few shades lighter than orange juice. Head formation was nice, but it quickly dissipated to a creamy blanket that isn't all that thick. Poor lacing as well.

Nose: Spicy notes and sweet malt are huge here. Nice balance of spice and sweetness. Bits of fruitiness also come through, mainly orange/curacao/citrus. Sweet candy type aromas here. Not much more, smells good but more complexity would be nice.

Tongue: Alcohol is noticeable, the taste of the alcohol helps to give this one some balance. Dry finish. As in the aroma those citrus characters come out as well as the spiciness. In my opinion the flavor is kinda fleeting, it just doesn't last very long, its there then it leaves. Floral notes are apparent after the beer has been swallowed. Malt sweetness is more forward than in the aroma. Overall this is an average tripel, not really impressed with it.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As said before this has a dry finish. Body is light with delicate carbonation that suit the beer. This isn't one that I'd be quick to pick up again, it just doesn't do it for me in the way of tripels. Nothing really special about it.

becktone, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of bbeerman
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this for the first time because it was 9.0% ABV. Despite the high ABV, it did not disappoint.

I was not overly impressed with the appearance. The beer poured a light golden hue. I was personally hoping for something a little darker.

Smelled above average. A bit sweet as I remember from the first scents. Somewhat inviting.

I was pleased with the taste, especially considering some high alcohol content beers that tend to sacrifice flavor for intoxication (this is certainly not one of those).

The beer was easy on the mouth and very drinkable (again considering the high ABV). I've been able to have two or three in a session and not get terribly intoxicated. I would recommend keeping consumption to one glass per hour, perhaps every 45-50 minutes maximum. Beyond that, who knows what might happen.

Overall a very good, high ABV beer. I've enjoyed a six-pack on multiple occasions.

bbeerman, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of daythree16
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey/copper color. Relatively clear, but there are some chunks suspended in the beer. Not much head at all on this one.

Smell is a bit floral and spicy. Taste is spicy and a little bit piny. Familiar Belgian yeasty aromas and flavor. There is a slight alcohol burn as well.

Very carbonated mouthfeel that burns the tongue a bit. Pretty good drinkability.

daythree16, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of crayphish
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Grabbed a few of these in a recent mix sixer. This tripel pours a radiant golden hue, with a big fat head that didn't last as long as I would have liked. Smell is sweet candy, with a heavy spicy floral note as well. A strong yeast element hints at something bigger ahead. The taste is again sweet Belgian candy, with hints of honey induced sweetness as well. The yeast comes through here as well. Along with the 9.5% alcohol it almost starts to burn a bit. Mouthfeel was almost a bit cloying. In the end I really enjoyed this beer and would like to see it in my local store again some day.

crayphish, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of jhu1995
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a thick head that dissipates rather quickly. Well-carbonated and slightly hazy. Smell is spicy with some mustiness. Taste is peppery with some mild fruitiness. Lightbodied and easy to drink. Barely notice the alcohol in this one. A solid beer.

jhu1995, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy light amber color with slightly golden hues. Thin white head quickly fades away.

S: Sweet candy sugar and honey with fruity esters of banana and dried apricot. Some light bready roasted malt aroma. Strong belgian yeast aroma but not much for hops just slightly herbal.

T: Again, sweet candy sugar with a twist of bitter orange and herbal hop flavors. Mellow malt presence with this tripel. Some clove spice. Estery yeast imparts big flavor. Not a lot of complex flavors. Alcohol is a bit cloying.

M: Medium body decent carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth.

D: Good drinkable beer but in my opinion not one of Victory's best offerings.

scottbrew4u, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a goblet. The label describes this as a "Tripel Ale" and an "Ale Brewed With Spices." The purple label has a yellow (golden) monkey with an eye in its stomach, doing the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil gestures. And, apparently, flashing the shocker. Enjoy by Apr 22 11.

Appearance: Well, I guess I had better pour the damn thing, because after popping the cap and writing about the label, foam is creeping out the top of the bottle. Pours with about half a finger of nearly white foam, less than expected from a typical Belgian. This settles quickly into a ring around the glass and some thin islands of foam. The beer itself is a very pale, hazy yellow, with lots of floaties. Some activity.

Smell: Sweet candy sugar aroma with hints of clove and banana. Slight metallic smell.

Taste: Actually bitter upfront, with a tangy sweetness that you feel in the back of the throat. Some spiciness, but not as evident as in the smell. All in all, more bitter than the typical aged hops Belgian I am used to, and lacking some of the character.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level, as I would expect for this style. Body is okay, a little watery, but once again, kind of typical of this style.

Drinkability: Having heard so much about Victory in general and this brew in particular, I was expecting something a little more. The flavors don't seem to blend well, and there are several which I would not normally associate with this style. Not bad, but I'll stick to some of the other brewers for Belgian ales.

beveritt, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of Chodite
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ahh the tripel that got me started on tripels. My favorite style. I used to think this was the pinnacle. King of all kings. Until I found out about that country called Belgium.

BUT, it still stands up. Not as good as the quality Belgian tripels, but probably the best American style that I've had.

Poured from a bottled into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. Pours a somewhat cloudy golden color with a nice head for the first few minutes but quickly fades leaving some lacing.

Smells a bit like bubble gum and banana bread.

Tastes much more fruity than the average tripel. Lots of flavor though and not a whole lot of alcohol taste, considering it's 9+% ABV. Also tastes a bit like banana bread.

Still one of my sentimental faves and one of the absolute best values around. I still go back to the Monkey every few weeks.

Chodite, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of sstackho
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Six 12oz bottles purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston for $13. Best before date of February 2011. Pours a nice cloudy gold with a fluffy white head and lots of carbonation. Light wheaty, lemony aroma that wouldn't be out of place for a witbier. First sensation is a tangy mouthfeel from the carbonation and some light spices. Some bubblegum flavours with the yeast. Medium to full bodied, and a bit hot going down the throat. This one didn't stand out in a rash of similar tripels I've had lately.

sstackho, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vivid orange color, with not much of a head to speak of. Lots of yeast floating around the glass getting stirred around by the carbonation.

The smell is a of a waning orange-apricot sweetness with some spice and mild alcohol after a good inhale.

The taste is that distinct sweetness of a Belgian, or a want-to-be Belgian, candied, slightly bitter with orange citrus, date, fig and refined alcohol.

This beer is thinner than I would have expected and leaves off dry.

Better on tap, but very good all around.

phantomwyse, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of BirdFlu
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden Monkey is a pretty good display of the tripel style. I have had tripels that I loathed before, and I must say this one is pretty enjoyable. The aroma and flavor are both very tripel-like. The spice is present, but not overbearing. Aroma has a bit of banana, as well as orange creamsicle, a bit of orange peel, and a bit of wheat. These carry over to the taste, citrusy orange, lemon zest, wheat, and some sweet maltyness that is present in the back of your throat. Mouth ahs a lot of carbonation and a light to moderate body. A crisp bite and the flavor sets in as it moves over your tongue leaving a faint, sweet aftertaste. It definitely excited all of your taste buds. Pours an amber-yellow with a thin frothy white head. Easily drinkable, and, again, a nice display of tripel style

BirdFlu, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Head quickly fades and leaves very little lacing.

S - Strong bready and yeasty aroma. Lots of banana with light lemony hints.

T - Sweet banana with a slight bready characteristic as well. A very strong yeast taste as well. Somewhat tart giving you a little bit of a puckering sensation.

M/D - Light to medium bodied. Alcohol is not string in the taste at all but you can quickly feel it hit you.

ckeegan04, Aug 03, 2008
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,606 ratings.