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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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4,068 Ratings
THE BROS
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okay

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Ratings: 4,068
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 342 | 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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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lightly hazy gold color with a thick white head. tangy fruit smells like sour apple and lemon dominate, with some mild clove, bubblegum and bannana. some grassy hoppyness and yeastyness. very interesting spicy taste, the apple pineapple and citrus take a bit of a back seat to the clove, ginger and peppery characters, along with other baking spices, but come back stronger towards the end. i taste caramel malts with some balancing herbal hops. the alcohol is very well concealed almost not noticable except for the light warming. very smooth with a good middle of the road mouthfeel and light but plentiful carbonation. refreshing despite it's complexity, a beer that can be picked apart and analyzed, but i think works better when you don't think too hard about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 21:17:55 | More by kmo1030
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wyllder

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First review of a tripel for me.

Pours out a cloudy gold with big, frothy white head that settles down to small head as you go, leaving a sticky lacing along the inside of the glass.

Nose is banana & cloves with some medicinal smelling hops in the background.

Taste is smooth on the front of the palate with the banana being the first flavor out of the gate. This is quickly covered up by a hoppy, medicinal midsip that peters out to a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, with the malt giving it a smooth and slightly creamy texture.

For 9.5% by volume this is surprisingly easy to drink.

I will have to sample more tripels, but while nice, this one didn't impress me enough to get me excited about the style.

Wyll-

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 01:25:07 | More by wyllder
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euskera

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a golden, murkly blonde color. Semi-fluffy white head that dissipates in its own time. Smell is pure tripel; Yeasty and a bit citrusy. Taste is good, but not the "wow" of a Duvel or a Val Dieu. Some nuts (almonds?), a nice bit of spice in there, with your usual fruit overtones.

All in all, a good Tripel. This would probably be something I'd drink readily, but not in the class of the Belgian Masters. This would be, though, a great way to introduce someone to the style who's used to tamer beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 23:55:53 | More by euskera
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml, bottled on Jan 03

Pours with a pale yellow body, slightly cloudy, decent inch head forms, fairly good retention and lacing

Aroma is spicy. Quite aromatic, almonds coming through, similar to duvel only slightly chemically

Taste, smooth, heavy and creamy. Spice and nuts, almonds especially, the alcohol is disguised pretty well, although there is a nice warming aftertaste

A good effort

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 15:55:16 | More by cypressbob
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12-ounce Chimay glass, this beer was a burnt orange in color. A thin head clung to the glass. The hops came through as sweet and fruity, with a (almost inconsequential) bite of bitters. The finish was of kiddie fruit juice. Overall, quite a good beer, but rather rich in flavor and the taste buds might be on sweetness overlaod after a couple of these.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2004 23:43:34 | More by MuddyFeet
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MattFrenzy

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Complex beer, probably on purpose to mask the 9.5% ABV. Full aroma of spice, fruit, malt, bit of hops and some alcohol. Taste is deep, medium body with hints of many things floating around the palette. Spicy, sweet, malt, carbonation, fruit, etc etc. You just have to try it. Another beer that can sneak up on you if you're not paying attention and go through a few bottles... but its oh so worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 03:02:47 | More by MattFrenzy
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halfpgl

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A bright white head that doesn’t stick around for the finish. This clear bright pale brew has a nose to excite the taste buds. The spicy aroma pulls you in. The taste is as bright as the color. Spices abound and delicately balance out the alcohol that has the potential to do damage when you’re not expecting it. This beer is DANGEROUS, it can easily become a session beer and at 9.5% it will floor you. Dangerously good!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 22:35:39 | More by halfpgl
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kegerator

Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another outstanding offering from the boys at Victory.
pours a hazy yellow golden color with a nice head that diminishes fairly quickly and leaves some lacing as you drink it down.
I wasn't able to pick up much from the scent on this beer for some reason so i wasn't sure what to expect when i tasted it.
taste, banana and spice hit up fron bigtime with a little citrus in the background, very nice and refreshing for a big abv beer
i drank this 6er fairly quick and have since bought more and more. great beer! it would have gotten all 5's but i just wasn;t getting any smell off this one. its just smelled like beer, weird.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 20:47:24 | More by kegerator
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BrewMan82

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a piddly white head that thins down to a modest sheet in no time - poo. Aroma is fruit, some lime and pear, with a spicy hop character and some caramely malt notes. Intense fruit flavors are first, with a spicy hop-centered middle and a creamy smooth finish. Aftertaste finds the alcohol, as well as smoothness and a bit of drying as well. Mouthfeel is complex (and the best part about this brew!) - full of variations in feel, thin and fruity, then rich and creamy.

Subsequent larger gulps bring out an easy-drinking character that reminds me of a sweet, well done wheat. A bit of lacing. Carbonation is an afterthought . A delicious brew that I cannot ever find up here!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 05:27:10 | More by BrewMan82
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FranklinPCombs

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky apricot yellow with a huge foamy white head which subsides into the risen bread look. Smell is huge on ground wheat and bananas, with some peppercorn and a small hint of citrius. Hoppiness is small. The taste gives hints of charred wood, and is quite sweet overall. There is a fruity starchiness as well, but I cant quite put my finger on it (bananas maybe?). The taste is a bit too sweet and fruity, and I would love to have had a bit more depth in this beer. The mouthfeel is decent too. The body is medium, a bit syrupy, and has a good amount of small carbonation. A pretty good beer overall, but not great compared to some of the other beers in its class.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 21:37:27 | More by FranklinPCombs
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow-orange body, topped by a solid three fingers of tight flat-white foam, which rises above the rim, and has a crater where the beer poured.

Nose dominated by lemon and a spice rack full of scents.

Spices hit the tongue from the start, arriving with the initial malt payload, and building to an almost puckering lemon climax.
Spices also leave the aftertaste a little overly dry.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected. It's not big enough for its cargo.

Drinkability: I've been working thru a six-pack and it has become a bit of work.

I expect triples to have more depth. Then maybe it could have stood up to the spices. This could pass for a wit. As is, this is one beer from Victory I'll not be rushing to re-visit.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 05:51:42 | More by RonfromJersey
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date of dec. 03. Pours light golden and clear, white, tiny bubble head and leaves some lacing. Nose in lemony, powdered sugar, flowers and a hint of spice. Crisp and a bit prickly on the tongue, flavors are subtle, sweetness evident but not cloying. Fruity, yeasty, spicey. I love this stuff. Nice American Triple style from Victory. If you like the style , this one will be a pleaser.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 01:14:54 | More by Billolick
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nvsblman

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color. What little head there is disappears quickly. There is a grassy aroma with some floral tones. Has a medium mouthfeel, with loads of tiny bubbles that coat the tongue. The taste is somewhat malty sweet, with almost a honey flavor. It is a bit spicey and herby and the yeast flavor is prevalent. Suprisingly smooth and refreshing for a beer with this alcohol content.

Thanks to PSUDREW for sending this my way!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 02:48:42 | More by nvsblman
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Quaffer

Nevada

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The label says it's a tripel and brewed with spices. Should be interesting.

Appearance: Hazy, golden-yellow in color. Fizzy white head rose up and disappeared quickly. A dense layer of bubbles remained to help deposit some light lacing.

Smell: Tons of stuff going on in the aroma. Hay, straw, grass, spicy yeast, light alcohol, cloves, and allspice were all over the place. Underneath these was a solid, sweet malt base. Grassy and spicy were what it was all about.

Mouthfeel: Unbelievably smooth for this style of beer. Light- to medium-bodied, but flowed through the mouth and into the throat with no resistance.

Taste: An odd mix of flavors. Typical sweet malt and spicy yeast that one would expect from this style, but there was a strong grass component to it as well. Plus, the spices seemed stronger than is typical, comfirming the label's claim that this was "brewed with spices." Some alcohol arose in the middle and on the finish, the sweetness gained strength and became the strongest component. After the addition of the dregs, the spiciness lost some strength and the yeast took over.

A good beer. Not your typical tripel, but it's always good to have a beer that goes a little against the grain.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 02:33:52 | More by Quaffer
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost the color of a hazy BUD I hate to say.Very little head-nice lacing.Nice malty,sweet aroma-somewhat spicy but not too much.Great flavor I cant say enough about it.Citrusy-almost lemony.Malty with a nice lingering sweetness.Theres definately spices in there but they seem to swirl together with none in particular standing out on its own.Nowhere near as phenolic as some Belgian triples can be.Silky smooth mouthfeel-goes down dangerously easy.A great beer from Victory-most Ive had have been great actually.Nice to see an "American" version of a Belgian classic that is just fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 01:10:35 | More by lackenhauser
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very hazy golden yellow, glowing in the ambient light (what little there is) at Johnny Brenda's. No more than a finger of white frothy head flowed from under the tap, and it settled out promptly, something I remember from the bottled version. Some spotty lacing remained behind after drinking.

The aroma brought first a firm wave of spice, right out of a pumpkin pie, and then a coyly sweet note of malt. A fruity melange, including apple and melon, rounded out the closing stanza.

The flavor begins almost haltingly with a truncated but serious push of malt sweetness that's abruptly overtaken by the coriander and cinnamon notes promised by the scent. The middle ground abounds with the fruity esters of apple, pear, and mild citrus, and has some room left over for a gentle hint of ginger. A busy blend of fruit, spice, and a rather distant hops essence carries along to the finish, and glows on the palate for some time. It's tough to call the result a true balance of the elements, but despite the business, the overall flavor is rather fetching.

Medium bodied, it coats ably, and lingers long before sliding slickly away.

It was the end of a long evening, and this elixir was not at all a bad way to close things out. The many components work hard to play well together, and the outcome is a busy but entertaining beer. You don't balance all this so much as juggle it, but nothing gets dropped during the performance. Granted, sometimes you find yourself concentrating to discern just what it is you're tasting, but once you get out of "review mode," you can sit back and easily enjoy what it has to offer. Noticeably absent was overt evidence of the muscular ABV, so it bears watching, because it can and will reach out its paws and grip you firmly. Still in moderation it'll go down capably and enjoyably. One more victory for Victory.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2004 19:31:25 | More by Foxman
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy golden honey body, but pours with almost no head and I don't really like that for a tripel. The aroma is pretty quiet which is a shame because what I get seems to be truly pleasant, but I wish it was more expressive. It seems quite yeasty not unlike an apple pie crust and with a deep malt profile (fresh harvest oranges, pears, bananas, melon bubblegum), honeyish and spicy (ginger mostly). There is a restrained alcohol suggestion in the back as well. The first sip surprises by the lively carbonation which is very tongue-cleaning and complements the banana/honey/yeasty palate interestingly to my liking. Very flowery, herbal and appealing taste, with obvious but well contained warming alcohol notes. Oh yeah, the mouthfeel fits the overall experience like a charm, not so thick, but plain clean and silky. Great, if not exceptional, american rendition.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2004 19:27:52 | More by Rastacouere
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BadBadger

New York

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Watch out, the buzz will creep up on you at 9.5%. The bottle has bits of what not floating in it which are not really noticeable once the beer is poured. A nice foamy head of about an inch or so emerges and stays around for awhile. There is a nice golden color. Smell is some what fruity but not over bearing. The taste is is also fruity and rather pleasant. contray to some other reviews, I could not taste the alcohol whatsoever. It is certainly there however posseing a problem, cuz I found this rather drinkable...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 19:28:19 | More by BadBadger
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Crosling

Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty dark for the style. Average Head. Very little lacing. Yawn..

The nose is lovely. Pears, nail polish, lemon and caramel. The nose is very herbal as well.

This is a sharp, fruity and very alive Triple. Very spicy with coriander, orange peel and very fruity with mango, pineapple and green apples. Dry finish. Alcohol hidden very well.

This is a great take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 06:22:52 | More by Crosling
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 750-ml bottle bottled March 6, 2003.

Pours a cloudy golden brew.

Smell is sweet and fruity and a bit spicy. Has a strong herb smell to it.

Taste is sweet with a spiced apple flavor to it. A pleasant brew but it seems a bit rough on the edges might benefit from cellaring for a year or two. Still tasty, has a rough herbal flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty and drinkable brew, mine was only a year and a month old when sampled. Would like to try a 2 and 3 year old specimen.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 02:10:25 | More by Zorro
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden, cloudy with some whitish sediment noted in the bottle. Thin head with some cinnamon stained suds on the top from the yeast.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, cinnamon scents with some yeasty aromas are noticed.

Taste: Sweetness throughout. Hop taste is low to almost unnoticeable. Spicy with lots of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Full, not dry at all. ABV is very well masked for the stated abv %. CO2 level is good.

D&N: Wonderfully tasty with just a bit too much ABV to make this a good session. Still, this is a wonderful offering and should be tasted by everyone.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 21:26:00 | More by JackTheRipper
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 2/13/04
Pours a murky golden color with light carbonation and a white head. Plenty of chunks floating around. Lace is slippery and head retention low. Aroma of fruity esters, bread and light aroma hop. Taste has a fruity start, tart middle and a light hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and effervescent with a lingering hop presence.
A nice warming quality, relatively smooth, however there seems to be nothing exceptional about this tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 01:33:15 | More by SeanChouffe
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necoadam

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't really find Tripel's around my area so when I saw a fresh 6-pack of the Golden Monkey I decided to nab it quickly. Bottled on March 20, 2004. Poured out a nice golden/orange color with a bit of carbonation in it. Smell was mostly sweet. Some malts, grapes, and some spice in there. Taste was pretty much the same. It's like a one-two punch of sweet and spicy. Candy-like sweetness hits first then fades away to a spicy/tart flavors. Some hops can be detected as well. Not a bad beer, maybe just a little bit more balancing may be in order for this to be "out of this world."

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 02:19:09 | More by necoadam
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mjohn27603

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bottle on Sept 08 03. Pours with a cloudy yellow color. Cottony white head develops with very fine bubbles of carbonation. Aroma is of candi sugar. Maybe a slight off smell like a hint of vinegar. First sip reveals a lighter bodied drink and less alcohol presence. Drinkability is high more like a refreshing summer drink. I had to check that this actually lists 9.5% ABV on the label. Pretty well hidden. Slight peppery taste. Slight metallic aftertaste. I'm getting a flavor like a watered down version of a good tripel. This is the weakest Victory offering I've tried thus far. Not bad just not that great.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 04:01:36 | More by mjohn27603
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Coming off of the 8 pack of Heavyweight brewery's 'Two Druids', I was more prepared on how to drink this purely artisan beer.

It is not really an Abbey Tripel, in my opinion. Those of you who appreciate subtle Tripels will agree - this is a case of the beer taste not meeting the proposed style expectations.

Pours a cloudy, golden color - lighter than expected. Smells of cider and tangy fruits.

The taste varies from sip to sip. Most consistent are the fruits - a delightful blend of apple, pear, and bourbon mix together with a handful of spices I was unable to distinguish. I am very curious to know what spices were used in this artisan beer - the bottle failed to mentin them.

As I felt with similar beers, this is an excellent beer to try - and that is about it. I wouldn't buy more than one of these -but at the same time, I am glad that I tried it. In concept alone, this beer acheives much.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 06:59:37 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,068 ratings.