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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,886
Reviews: 1,704
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 111
Gots: 870 | FT: 4
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Ratings: 4,886 | Reviews: 1,704
Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a chalice. Had a nice amber color, with a typically thick texture. Not a lot of head when poured, though the lacing does stick around.

Had a good citrus smell, with some yeast mixed in.

The taste was solid, with some light fruits, yeast and a little malt coming out. That being said, there was a somewhat unpleasant, sour aftertaste about this. Too much of an edge.

Had a decently high rate of carbonation for a good mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer, but it's not as gripping as its Belgian cousins. With those beers, there's a nice mellowness about it. With the Victory, the bite that's added is somewhat off-putting. Still, not a bad beer at all.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden color with a moderately lasting white head.

S: fruity, with spices, higher alcohol phenols, sweet malts and aromatics of musky bananas, dough and pears.

T: For flavor there was a nice spiciness and peppery nature with some spicy high alcohol notes. The palate was doughy with a good alcohol warming and fruitiness to heat and finish things up.

M: warming, with a nice alcohol exocite spices a thin body and a touch of floral hopping.

D: Drinks bigger then its 9.5% alcohol but is crisp with a good warming sensation that is fairly easy to handle.

Photo of churchillps
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith's Imperial Pint Glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: Golden on top, brighter yellow towards the bottom and outskirts. Nice looking beer, except for pour head retention, carbonation coating the sides of the glass, and poor lacing after the head quickly subsides.

S: This really got me. I thought this beer would be amazing because the smell was overwhelmingly magnificent. I poured at about waist height and could still smell the beer as it rushed into my glass. Bananas, varieties of citrus, and a slight caramel malt were all very detectable. It was bananas and "bananas is good".

T/M/D: Mediocre at best. For all that I could smell, the flavors just didn't translate. Very carbonated, almost stinging my tongue. Didn't go down smooth, but it felt alright in my mouth after the carbonation subsided. Strong alcoholic flavor too -- something I like when it comes from a lot of hops, but here it feels unnecessary and detrimental to the overall flavor.

I thought this would be great, ended up decent. Glad I snagged a bottle from my roommate and didn't buy this myself.

Photo of jdoncbus
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-gold, very carbonated, thin head, with moderate lacing.

Pretty faint aroma overall, nose is yeast and a bit grainy. Can make out some honey-lemon zest and a few earthy notes.

Crisp on the tounge with the carbonation. Palate is hit with the lemon flavor and a massive sweet bomb; from what few tripels I've had, this one carried much more sugar. Some pepper and hop notes made out as well. Mouthfeel was oily and light at the same time, left dry and tart.

I really enjoyed this beer, much more then I expected. I have a number if tripels (Belgian and North American) and found this to be one of the more pleasing, probably agrees with my palate and favoring American spins. Recommended.

Photo of wchesak
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz into a Abbaye du Val-Dieu chalice

Appearance - nice coppery color, about 2 inches of carbonated white head, dissipated quickly

Smell - lemony, citrus with a touch of "exotic spices from the East", alcohol presence not very noticeable

Taste - citrusy notes are present - like lemon cookies rather than biting into a lemon; the spices also show their presence throughout; honey is a balancing taste to the spices (clove??)

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth with some substance to it however

Drinkability - definitely could have a few of those (and only a few with the 9.5 abv), it goes down so well without a alcoholic bite at the end like many beers in this style

will have to try from the 750 mL

Photo of argock
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass goblet

A: Hazy gold with orange hues at the edges. Fairly impressive initial head which fades with a little lace left behind

S: Estery and yeasty with plenty of spicy, fruity notes including orange, lemon, candy, caramel, and cloves. Alcohol and phenol aromas are present but not dominating.

T: Taste follows the smell very closely with sweet malt backbone with lemony tangy middle and gentle herbal hops finish with clove and cinnamon spice notes especially noticeable in the aftertaste. Alcohol is not as evident as in the aroma but warming nonetheless.

M: Very crisp but a little sticky and pasty feeling on the palate. Carbonation is even and the body is medium to full.

D: A pleasant blend of tangy sweetness and spice with a hidden but high alcohol content. Would be a great early summer, out on the porch with nothing to do tomorrow beer.

Photo of WillieMoe
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites and at 9.5%ABV it packs a punch. It pours a nice sort of orange-yellow (more orange than yellow) with a thin head and some mild lacing. Has a solid nice citrusy scent with a hint of spice. The taste is much the same, as you are hit with the spices and then the strong citrus. Has an above average carbonation to it, but still goes down smooth and has a nice, crisp finish. Like I said, one of my favs.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, it's time to relax with a Belgian-styled beer in my chalice. On to the beer:

The sound of carbonation fizzes loudly inside my chalice where the beer itself is hazy blonde. The head on this one rises nicely as one might expect, but is fizzy and retains poorly. The aroma is pleasantly spiced with a sprinkle of yeast. This is a good sign for the taste.

But something's off in the taste. By now the head has completely dissolved and the appearance looks dull. Carbonation is thin on the palate, as is the peppery kick for balance, and the taste is mostly sweet sticky candied sugar. A touch of honey and spice (cloves) floats around in there too. How about pumping some carbonation in this puppy? It seems thin for the style. The good news? The alcohol is hidden nicely.

The bottle has a best-by-date of "Nov 05 12" printed on the label for you skeptics who think I simply got a bad bottle. Sorry Victory, but I sense defeat in this beer. Back to the drawing board on this stuff.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow-gold with a surprisingly small one and half finger head of crisp white foam. The beer is slightly hazy, and leaves some wet spots of lace on the glass. When in the light, the color becomes much more brilliant and almost highlighter yellow. The small head fades quickly to a thin collar and some flimsy smoke over the brew.

S - Lemon infused tea, wheaty twang, and a gentle suggestion of honey. The hops are floral, I can appreciate lots of coriander and other spices, and there are tons of citrus notes...predominately lemon rind. This smells much more like a witbier than a triple.

T - This tastes much more sweet and assertive than it smells. Big time fresh honeycomb straight from the hive, green apple, lemon cake, and some crisp lemon cookie like nuances. This looks and smells pretty boring, but the taste is really nice. Quite a surprise actually.

M - Medium to full bodied with an oily texture and prickly fine carbonation. This is pretty cool because it's at once aggressively carbonated and super slick. The alcohol is not detectable in the flavors, but you sure can feel it warm your throat from the inside. Nice.

D - Not a bad tripel at all. This has a lot of characteristics that remind me of a wit, but with tons more alcohol and sugar. Sort of reminds me of Celis Grand Cru.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml with cork and cage. Bottled on Oct. 4 '07.

Poured a hazy yellow, gold with a thin fizzy white head. A lot of lacing and a lot of effervescence bubbling up throughout. Smelled of fruits, apricot and grapes jumped out. Taste was mostly a tart grape like a light white wine but with a sour and a spiciness that compliments the sweetness. The mouthfeel was sticky yet smooth with a high carbonation. Not too much alcohol present for a 9.5 and definitely no burn. This was a great offering from Victory and I will definitely be getting some more to stick in the beer "cellar."

Photo of jeremy13586
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This particular bottle had an Enjoy By date of late 2012. Poured a very nice dark amber with a white head that quickly fell leaving a nice ring of bubbles on the side of the glass.
The smell was very floral, with hints of apricot and citrus. Also a tad clovey.

The first taste is that of clove and spice, with some fruitiness that quickly follows. It is finished with the warmth of the alcohol which stays on the tounge. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes much more apparent.It was very bubbly, but was also very smooth. The monkey also had a very crisp finish.

I now pick up a bottle whenever I go to the singles shop. This stuff is absolutely delicious.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of ChillMike
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 :)


Photo of ColForbinBC
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of mellocello2003
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of Junnila
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of ntillemans
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of Redrover
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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...

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Redwood21
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of bboven
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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