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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,684 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,684
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 86
Gots: 629 | FT: 2
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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 guinnessfan
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass
My first Tripel.

A: Even with an aggressive pour, no head at all. No lacing with lots of little chunks of yeast.

S: Sweet clove.

T: WOW, this is good. Spicier than I expected. No astringency. Alcohol is hidden in the taste. Somewhat sweet. Really good, except maybe slightly too much spice.

M: Slightly thick, no carbonation, leaves a pleasant stinging reminder after it is consumed.

D: Very good, but powerful.

Good unique beer that reminds me of the few Belgians I have tried, but on steriods. This almost seems like they forced the flavor into it. Not that it's a bad thing.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was not what I expecting, but I thought it was excellent. I've yet to have a beer from Victory I haven't enjoyed immensely. For some reason, when I picked it up, I thought it was a pale lager, and was not especially looking forward to drinking it. My beer was packaged 2 Oct 2006; hooray for brewers who date their beers!

When I poured it into a glass (like I would pour a lager), I was promptly corrected by a stream of sediment from secondary fermentation, and I re-looked the bottle to determine its real identity. This beer pours a palish yellow with fairly minimal head.

Aroma is yeasty, spicy, and slightly sweet. It really does smell like you'd imagine a tripel should smell.

Taste is a slight alcohol sourness, a yeasty sweetness, with a high degree of spiciness (coriander?). It is delicious.

Mouthfeel/carbonation was appropriate for the style, and I thought this beer to be fairly drinkable.

Photo of dherling
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a murky yellow orange color with zero (see:none) head. The nose gives big spice, yeast, alcohol, orange, and something woody. The taste is at first malt, then alcohol and yeast, countered by orange and spice. Has a peppery dry finish. airly drinkable for a big full bodied beer, nicely flavored and balanced.

Photo of BeerSox
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter.

Ultra clear bright golden with a fizzy thin white head that doesn't last long. No lacing.

Spicy phenols mixed with a light fruitiness. A bit of alcohol works its way in.

Sweet malt base along with the same spicy phenolic characteristics. Plenty of green grape fruit flavor. A little bit of grain comes in here and there. Medium bodied with high carbonation, giving it a sharp feel. The finish is filled with a fruity twang and some drying and warming alcohol.

A good attempt at a Triple, but there are better examples out there from American breweries.

Photo of kenito799
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle poured into tulip glasses. Bottled on 3/6/03, "it should be enjoyed within 5 yrs. of the bottling date."

Requires a vigorous pour to raise a head; even then it recedes quickly leavng a rim.Tawny orangey hazy brew. Lots of floating yeasties. Swirling raises some foam but not much. Lace doesn't stick. Generally I would say it's showing nearly four years of age.

Aroma is sweet, ripe apricots, Belgian yeast. Some warm cinnamon notes. These come through in the taste, this is a warm rich sweet brew, you feel and taste alcohol as well. It's not too complex for the style tasty in some ways, but essentially unbalanced. High alcohol limits its drinkability, and too sweet.

1/10/08 edit: Fresher bottle, actally liked it less. Too sweet, became cloying after a while, alcohol just too high. Knocking down my ratings a bit.

Photo of jhollick
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a...wait for it...golden...straw color with a fluffy white head. This one had excellent lacing throughout the glass. Smell is of candied sugar, citrus, and clove. This beer is of average heft; nothing out of the ordinary for the style, though there is an extra bit of tingle in the mouth.

Honestly, this tasting of the Monkey is much better than I remember. I recall lots of banana flavor before for some reason, but this tastes more like a traditional Belgian Tripel to me. The candied sugar and spicing rules this beer, with the phenolic flavor being present througout. There is some drying from the considerable alcohol at the end. The taste is quite good, but at the same time it is one-dimensional when compared with the heavy hitters of the genre. Chimay or St. Bernadus this is not, but then again, this does not cost as much as those beers.

This is a Tripel. Be careful and no one gets hurt. This really is a yummy beer, wich actually seems to have gotten better in recent years. It is no substitute for the true Belgian Tripels, but this beer paints the broad strokes of the style, and could be a very nice introduction for the uninitiated.

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

I'll say it up front: I am a fan of Belgian Tripels. Okay.

Bottled date of 9/18/06. Pours a very golden yellow color with a white head, but only decent retention. Almost no lacing. A nice color though. Sediments of yeast hang out and are visible.

The aroma is fruity and accurate for a Tripel. The bubble-gum and banana are a dead give-away, and notes of clove, ginger, citrus and yeast are obvious. Has a faint barn-yard aroma. The alcahol is not noticeable.

Pretty thick and smooth mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation, and crisp.

This American Belgian mimics its target pretty well, but it's just not as complex as I would like. Soft hops and a psuedo-sour yeast layer, and a rich, light-honey sweetness. Tastes much different than the fruity, sweet aroma. There's some ginger, clove and spice coming through, but not exactly "exotic". The 9.5% ABV hides very well, but by the end of the glass is as strong as Hogan's fist. Very strong.

Not quite on par with the best Begians, but basically this interpretation mimics well. It drinks like a Blonde Ale, but kicks like a friggin barley wine. It needs cellaring time IMO to improve.

Good job Victory, but not quite a victory.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another great example of how much Victory rocks. This was the best American shot at a Belgian tripel without putting any yeast in the bottle. It was right up there with the best of them. Smooth, sweet, balanced, bold, and it sure packs a punch. Great job Victory. You are maintaining a great standard with me.

Photo of jdg204
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from Victory, these guys rock and are a PA treasure!

Appearance - Thick golden color with a lovely head.

Smell - The fruit and spice aromas come through very, very strong, it's a lovely warm fragrance. The spices are very unique and may come through just a bit too strong.

Taste - Wonderful tripel ale flavor. Nice balance on the sweet fruit flavors, the alcohol, and the warm spices (bad tripels seem to struggle with this). Might be a bit too sweet, but this is a pheneomenal flavor.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat thick consistent texture, definetly a sipping beer due to the strength, but quite lovely.

Drinkability - Really enjoyed this brew, the Victory guys score a big winner here with a great change of pace, when you're in the mood for something strong and sweet brew. Glad I gave it a 2nd chance after initially being turned off by a sample at the Victory brew pub (chalk it up to beer immaturity on my part).

Photo of Riggo
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: very clear golden with a delicate white head that falls to a thin cap and retains well.

smell: yeasty, fruity (pears, peaches, apples, lemons), musty. like a basket of fresh fruit.

taste: very well-balanced fruity and sweet yet citrusy and clean with the high alcohol evident on palette. pear and lemon seem to come to mind most with a bit of a citrusy hop, long finish.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy. carbonated but not harshly so. nice.

drinkability: for a 9.5% beer, pretty high.

victory proves that they can not only excel at german-style pilseners and hoppy apa's but belgian tripels as well.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled on Oct. 31, '06 (tasted about 2 months later)
Pours clouded orange with no head.

The smell is of banana, ginger, and vague hints of other spices. Bready, with peppery alcohol.

The taste was of banana bread. Some typical Belgian spices were there - but a bit subdued - ginger, coriander - other vague spices blended in. (not so "exotic" as described on label). Bubblegum notes emerge as it warms. Sweet. Peppery alcohol gives it a kick (more than the spices).
A decent apperatif or to accompany creamy cheese or a fruit plate.
Overall, a decent interpretation that doesn't stand up to most Belgian tripels I've had.

Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright golden color, with a nice looking head.

Smells bright, with bubblegum, sweet notes, and a bit fruity.

Tastes a bit sour, banana like, and bright tasting. A pretty tasty tripel.

Mouthfeel is very nice, round tasting with a good finish.

Very drinkable for a 9.5% abv beer. I think I'll have another!

Photo of jaxon53
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a hazy golden color with about a finger of frothy white head. Left little lacing on the glass. Had a sweet , fruity aroma with a little alcohol present. Lots of strong smells coming from the glass. Tasted very belgian actually, with a nice smooth malty taste. Some ginger and other spice flavors. Lots of alcohol up front. This beer was a little overwhelming on the taste buds, with more alcohol in the finish. Not the most drinkable, but with a year or two of age it would be great. Very complex but needs mellowing to reveal all the flavors.

Photo of terrabyte
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a large white head.

Aroma is bold and strong (which I like), but smelled like sour wheat with floral hops (which I didn't like).

Flavor is not lacking in any respect. Very strong flavors. I found it to contain a very sour wheat flavor. It seemed quite grainy, giving it a harsh aspect. It also tasted boozy, but after finding out the ABV I don't find it out of line.

Mouthful was difficult for me. It was quite thick, and the graininess made me feel like when I'm on the first of a cold and the back of my throat itches. The slight booziness added to the thickness of the beer.

I didn't find this a very drinkable beer. It should be noted that I'm not a fan of most tripels, but I try to keep this in mind when reviewing. The slight booziness, the thickness, the sour wheat, and definitely the graininess really slowed down my enjoyment of this beer. By the end of this beer, however, it started to grow on me. However, not enough to seek it out again. Fans of tripels may have better luck.

Photo of bennetj17
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this 12oz bottle. Lightly hazy, with a yellow/orange glow. Sadly there is only a thin head on this Tripel which quickly dissolves leaving only a ring. It appears a bit dull on the carbonation. The aroma has plenty of melon and citrus spice, but also some funky, raw, corn-like and unfermented malt notes. I also get some herbal notes and a touch of cinnamon. Overall the nose is subpar for the style.

At the first taste it finally seems more like a real Tripel. Citrus spice followed by a sweet, bready and alcoholic ending. Nice, but lacking the true complexities. The alcohol is a bit noticible, but not bad. The body runs a bit thin, with adequate carbonation.

If you disregard the style, what we have here is a decent enough strong beer. If you like Tripel and have tried some of the good ones, this will not stack up to well. Worth a try...

Photo of shadow1961
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's Golden Monkey is their take on the Belgian Triple Ale style.
It pours out a thin head over a cloudy dark yellow brew. Carbonation
is pretty active, and the nose is sharp with yeast and malt. The flavor is
malty and spicy with lemony notes. Aftertaste is herbal, and mouthfeel is
crisp. Victory has doen a fine rendition of a Belgian with a dash all their own.
If you're in a mood to experiment with Belgian or Belgian-style ales, by all
means add the Golden Monkey to your list! Alcohol by volume, a tingly 9.5%
by volume.

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

A: Light tangerine on the dull end with what looks like a good amount of suspended sediment. Head is just a touch off white and only a few wisps and a ring remain.

S: Fresh and vibrant aroma. Bubble gum, yeast, grass clippings and bone dry hay.

T: Begins with a little bit of butter, little bit of citrus. Tickling of spicy yeast passes across the tongue allowing farmhouse expressions to take place. Sweet but not overly so with honeysuckle making the primary statement. Some peach, apricot, pineapple and banana help round out the base sweetness. Finishes with a light dryness and a light alcohol bite.

M: Medium body and a bit fuzzy....but smooth over

D: Not a huge fan of triples but this one wasn't so bad. Lacked a lot of the dryness and over the top sweetness that can turn me off from the style. I'd drink it again but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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

The aromas come over very strong in this brew- overly sweet malts, with a fruity finish. Taste was more of the same- sweet malts with tones of bananas, and sweet flower honey dominate without mercy. No other profiles to mention, aside from the slick oily finish, sweet burning alcohol mouthfeel. Decent, but some other flavors to balance this brew could help a lot.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden honey color with a very thin head that dissipated quickly leaving little colonies of carbonation hanging around. Little lacing to it.

S: Yeasty and sugary aromas come to the forefront, with maybe a slight floral scent, perhaps some natural smells of fruit as well.

T: I could taste the candy sugar up front, very Belgian in style obviously, with a hop and spice twinge. A strong abv makes the alcohol somewhat noticeable in the taste, but makes for an enjoyable dry tripel.

M: Carbonation was fairly generous, adding to the way the flavors run across the palate. Still, it leaves a slight oily texture and makes for an interesting smooth and creamy feel. Interesting.

D: This one's pretty good, but with an abv at 9.5%, I'd probably have to love it to go another round. Still, would definitely crack this one open at another time.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle, dated May 26 06. Label shows a freakish, multi-armed monkey with a huge eye on its belly. A Tripel Ale brewed with 'exotic spices from the East' and 'Belgian-inspired'.

A: Cloudy and blonde. Loads of floating yeast particles with a one-finger white head which quickly melted away.

S: Spicy "Belgian' yeast aroma -spicy nose with lots of dry pepper.

T: Intensely spicy with a sharp medicinal finish, like pepto-bismol chalkiness. Tastes more "Belgian blonde" than "Tripel" - sweet, malty and yeasty. Notably alcoholic finish.

M: Syrupy thick mouthfeel. Slightly gummy stickiness with a surprising fullness. Finish is medicinal and a little herbal. Alcohol is pretty well masked but detectable.

D: Would I drink this again? Yes. Would I go out of my way for it? No. A good tasting US version of a Tripel, but it pales in comparison to its 'authentic' counterparts. Worth a try, if only to have a basis point for tasting a truly delicious Belgian Tripel...

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,684 ratings.