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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,587
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 83
Gots: 577 | 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 willgro
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great beer for all kinds. It is a spicy, clear beer, but it goes down very easy. It has an interesting, complex flavor, leaning toward a hoppy edge. It is a tripel ale, which i have no idea what it means. i love the head on it, but its not great. I think overall the beer is dynamite, considering its high alchohol content (10%) for an ale. Overall, very impressed, but you might not wanna down a twelve pack.

willgro, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking this ale from my old standby Chimay chalice in the range of 45-55 degrees.

Appearance: This is a golden ale, very clear with a great deal of yeast suspended in the glass. The ale poured with little head that did not stick around long.

Smell: Malty notes and spices dominate the smell. The significant alcohol content also peaks its head in the smell, providing a hint of what is to come.

Taste: Curacao jumps out at me as a spice in this ale. The pleasant orange tones taste very well in the ale. There is also a pronounced pepper taste (as I've come accustomed to with tripels). The tastes, which one would expect to be in conflict meld nicely together.

Mouthfeel: The spices create a very nice mouthfeel. The curacao, which gradually makes itself known throughout the glass, provides a clear sweetness that make the ale and its ABV much more palatable. This is an excellent primer for those just beginning to learn of the tripel.

Drinkability: This ale is surprising drinkable. At 9.5%, one would expect the alcohol to dominate and prevent a drinker from having more than one. This ale defies that stereotype and gives a drinker a very pleasant experience.

akorsak, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-23-05- Purchased at Plumpjacks in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- Bottled in March 2003. Has been again in my cellar for a good year. More than 2 1/2 years laid down. 750ml caged and corked bottle poured into my La Chouffe tuilp.

Appearance- Light golden cloudy color. Lots of fine yeast particles floating around. Furious amounts of foam jump out of the bottle after being de-capped. Lost a good 2oz probably. Left decent lacing in my tulip.

Smell- Tart and sweet at the same time. Lots of hop scent as well as lots of spices. Noticable alcohol nose as well.

Taste- Did not expect the hops to play as big a role as they did in this beer. Almost tasted like saaz hops. Tart, almost a sour aspect at first, which went to sweet and then back to sour. Kinda like having some grapefruit juice and then taking a hit of powdered sugar. Lots of corriander in the finish. Alcohol kicks in relatively fast.

Mouthfeel- Tart on the tongue, heavier mouthfeel with a higher carbonation level.

Drinkability- Odd and potent tripel, but still very good and would and will try again since I have another in the cellar. Maybe another year of rest will calm this one down.

GClarkage, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first Tripel I have sampled so I have nothing to compare it to WRT the style. Golden Monkey poured a hazy golden color with very little head. The aroma: citrus and astringent qualities was fairly pronounced. The taste remined me of the Delirium Tremens I had last week but without the head or the stronger aroma. The alcohol taste was more pronounced that the DT. I don't think I would take this one for granted if I didn't know the ABV. The taste was better and more complex as the beer warmed up, but this is probably not my style of beer. Golden Monkey was ok, but for this hop head, if I was going for something similar in taste to Golden Monkey, I would opt for DT instead.

JayQue, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a crystal clear dark gold with a fluffy white head and a nice field of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smelled of sweet pungent malt, a little banana and alcohol. There was also a green grape skin dry yeast with a citrus hop.

Tasted very dry. There was a neglected honey and barley malt base that was over shadowed by a celery, green pepper and green grape dryness along with a bit of banana and dry wheat.

Mouth feel was light with lots of carbonation.

Not too much going on here. I must say that Golden Monkey in a bottle lacks the unifying sweetness that is found when its on tap.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I sometimes wonder what some American brewers think a Tripel is. This beer reminds me of a similar experience I had with Southern Tier's Tripel.

Comparing this to the other tripels I liked (Allagash and St. Bernardus) this just doesn't stack up. This is a cloudy orange/yellow. Not bad looking, but meh to me. Smell is very alcoholic with a hint of sugar. Taste is fairly sweet, with a chalky spice to it at the end. Not really bold enough to classify it as unique, it relies mostly on the alcohol to get its flavor. I dunno, this one is a good beer, but it doesn't really do it for me when I know there are much better examples of the style out there.

Litterbean, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Certainly a belgian style brew but not quite as drinkable as i would have expected. It poured a very hazy light gold color with no lacing and a tiny head. Very small bubbles rising at amazing speed! Unfortunately this smell contained way too much essence of steel reserve which is fuckloads of apples and alcohol. It has sort of a weird cidery taste to it. The taste follows a similar road but the clove at least makes it beliganny. The mouthfeel was fizzy and light. Drinkability low to medium. I still might be able to reccomend this one i just need to have a few more(another day). and Jesuss, let it warm up first.

kbnooshay, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of bahumutx
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Poured a golden yellow with a nice head that is dissipating slowly.

Smell: I can pick out a sweet fruit smell, spices, and bready yeast.

Taste: Begins sweet with citrus taste and ends with coriander. There are also hints of alcohol and a breadiness from the yeast. When I breathe air over my mouth I can feel warming from the alcohol which is not overpowering. As the beer warms the coriander and pepper taste becomes more pronounced but not over powering.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth Mouthfeel. This beer goes down easy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the amount of alcohol that is in this beer. I could see myself drinking 3-4 of these with no problem.

This is another good beer from Victory. This is my first beer of this style so I can not compare this to others and am not sure how it fits in the style.

bahumutx, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of acrawf6
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a beautiful deep cloudy yellow. Fluffy white head about 2 fingers thick. Very attractive so far.

Smell: bready yeast. small fruity smell of weak apricots that give it a sweetness.

Taste: fruity like the apricots. Still some bread it it. as let it sit in my mouth i can taste a bit more fruitiness like i have a fruit roll-up in my mouth (tropical flavor). Alcohol is slightly present. i taste the hops come out too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and good. carbonation is medium. alcohol gives it a full mouthfeel, but isnt that present.

Overall a great beer, i think. I could choose this over some belgiums, or be fooled this is a good belgium in a blind taste, but at the same time, i would choose many others of this style. very drinkable though. The alcohol is way too hidden in this one as i feel i could down a six pack of this in one night.

acrawf6, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my trusty pub glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a hazy golden yellowish color. The head was short lived off white. Speckles of lacing slide down my glass.

Smell: The beer has a spicy sweet bready smell.

Taste: The beer does taste good. The beer has a intial hoppy bite that is extended due to spices. There is a malty breadyness that makes this beer sweet.

Mouthfeel: This beer is full bodied. The alcohol plays nicely with over taste and smell.

Drinkability: This is not bad on the nose or palate. I just think there are better tripples available for the price.

nlmartin, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of BillyB
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale -yellow orange color. Not too much head.
Citrussy, alcohol aroma (grapefruit?). Fantastic deep, rich, complex belgian taste.
Light carbonic mouthfeel. Sweet hint of candy sugar.
Even leaves some nice lace on the glass. Overall very good replication of the style.

BillyB, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of buckiflyer
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of victory beers so the Golden Monkey had to be sampled even though not my favorite style of beer. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Cloudy orange color. Spice smell, not sure that spiced I am picking up. Very spicey taste and orange flavored finish. OK, but no my favorite Vicory offering.

buckiflyer, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of SwillinBrew
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy sun-burnt lemon rind yellow and amber with a iight head that quickly disolved. It was a strange haze, not cloudy per se but rather bubbles caught in a gelatinous auger. The nose was of a light candy sugar, sweetness, bananas and spice notes.

I detected a Rothchilds butterscotch taste that evolved into bananas and holiday spices that finished on a dry note. Nice and quite yummy. The feel was nice on my palate with a medium/light mouthfeel on nice carbonation. A solid brew.

SwillinBrew, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a creamy, stark white head that only makes a brief appearance. Powerful aroma of coriander and allspice, along with some nice Belgian ale yeast and light sweet malt. Palate is held down by a backbone of sweet, treacly malt, accented by the aforementioned spices and some fruity hops. Notes of peach and treacle are around in there, too. Body is a tad thin for a high-gravity beer, but still serviceable. A nice interpretation of an old-world style.

ElGordo, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is this Goldfinger’s (as in 007, Bond, etc.) money? Pours a golden yellow color with good clarity. The head retention poured thick but quickly dissipated. Although note that a thin white head remained until the end.

The smell has sweeter malt aroma with Belgium qualities. The malt is the more dominate smell but other aromas such as orange and banana fruity smells, are present as well. Some lighter tones of phenol and spice. Overall a good aroma.

The taste is Belgium all the way. A very noticeable sweeter malt with lighter Belgium pale is well represented. Some bready qualities as well. As it warms, the Belgium tastes become more noticeable as does the phenol taste. Good representation of an orange-banana taste and lighter spice such as cloves and coriander. The hops are light and not really noticeable.

The carbonation is light and the body is around medium flavor. Overall the beer is a great experience, but could use a little more balance from the stronger phenol and fruity/sweeter taste.

Oxymoron, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a 1 finger white head that quickly fades to a thin cap, with pretty good lacing.

Smell; cloves, orange peel, bananas and hay. It smells like what you would expect from a Belgian style Tripel. It's one of those smells I've really come to like over my years of beer drinking.

Taste; pretty much follows how it smells, with the cloves, oranges, bananas, and those Belgian yeasts. There's just a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish. Mouthefeel is just a little thin for a Tripel. Overall this is a good beer that I will drink again.

RedHaze, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of joedon
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold with a white head. Very tiny bubbles and nice lacing.
The smell is very Belgian: malt, fruit and hay.

Powerful taste with a lot of residual sweetness. Extremely malty. Body could be a little heavier for a tripel. I like this beer but it is very sweet which lowers the drinkability score. Could have used a little more bitterness to offset the malt.

joedon, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lacking anything inviting in the apperance it goes down as well below average. Minimal Head and no lacing to speak of combined with a chill hazed meat. Smelled ultra sweet and fruity.

Taste was the best part of this offering although it comes up short with no balance to speak of. This is a punch/juice with carbonation and alcohol added. Reviewing within the style this is the lowest tripel I've had at this point. Carbonation was mellow and did nothing to counter the sweetness. Cotton candy and corn syrup creep into the equation at the end. This is obviously what they were shooting for as Victory is an awesome brewery overall. Just a blip on the radar screen.

Edit: One year later November of 2006 and I still feel the same way if not a bit worse. This beer is so fricking candied sweet even for a triple. Huge alcohol flash and hard to enjoy. I've heard this is better with even more time in the cellar and will hopefully re-review it over the next five years but for now even with a year on it. Avoid.

DogFood11, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of wcudwight
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Yellow with golden hues. Awsome head that last a long time.
Nose is ok. Can smell the alcohol some spice and tartness.
Complex taste. First I taste the alcohol. After getting that out of the way I taste some spice. Parsley. Taste a little like a good rum. Nicely bitter at the end.
Feels good in the mouth. Has a bite.
Not very drinkable as it could hide the alcohol better.

wcudwight, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of NClifestyle
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

an interesting beer, quite strong, lots of zip and punch. more than i expected, but they do say there is added spice!
pours a cloudy yellow, medium white head, leaves quickly with some lace.
smell of wheat, lemon and a belgium like scent.
tastes of very strong beer, spicy and almost harsh, but tastes pretty good. bitter in the end.
pretty full in the mouth, burns a bit, lots of bubbles, exciting all over the place.
a neat beer to try, but probably wouldn't have more than one, but i would do it again later.


NClifestyle, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of burnstar
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden Monkey pours a hazy gold color with a nice big head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very yeasty with hints of citrus. Taste is very sweet and malty with some nice fruit complexities- I detect some banana and apple flavors. There is definitely some alcohol evident here as well. This beer has a great medium to full mouthfell with some very nice carbonation and pleasant dry and warming finish. This one can be a little rough due to the alcohol flavors but it is quite tastey and quite good overall.

burnstar, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a semi-cloudy golden orange color with a small white head that recedes within seconds. The aroma is of orange peel, and is huge. The taste is very juicy, with huge orange notes and slight alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice American Beer, and a fine tripel.

KarlHungus, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of palma
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden. Decent white head with a lot of Belgian lace being produced. Aroma consists of cloves, banana, hits of grapes and apples and a lot of yeast. Taste is sweet malt upfront followed by a good amount of spices. Cloves. YEASTY. Nice balance of hops. Aftertaste is semi dry with some green apple. Taste reminds me of Duvel just a little bit.

A very good triple IMO. One that I would look out for.

palma, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This monkey is a hazy golden color with hints of yellow and orange. The head is a one inch layer of white foam.
The aroma is a wonderful blend of yeast, citrus and spice.
Its flavor matches the aroma quite nicely with an added flavor of alcohol. It is like a juiced up version of their whirlwind wit bier. There is also a bit of citrus and clove near the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit heavy due to the alcohol warming sensation and is mildly carbonated.
For such a high ABV, this brew is quite (dangerously) drinkable.

Naes, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of jakester
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is from Victory's sampler case. The bottled on date is clearly stamped on the label, and the expiry date is clearly marked on the case. YAY!

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 1/2 finger head of bubbles and foam. The head quickly drops to islands and a ring, with small pieces of lacing here and there.

Aroma is phenolic-y, with hints of citrus, cloves, black pepper, honey, and faint banana. Also smells of light bready malts, sugary, with a pretty strong aroma of alcohol.

First flavor is hot alcohol, followed by sweet malt, honey, and spices. Seems a little out of balance. I think it could use more hop bitterness to balance the almost cloying sweetness, and maybe a more attenuative yeast. Faint citrusy/spicy hops are way in the back. Aftertaste is sweet and hot.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, with medium to high carbonation. This beer just doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. On one hand, it's cloyingly sweet. On the other, it's alcohol hot.

This beer has been around for a long time. It's not a bad beer at all, but I'd be willing to bet that Victory is at least slightly embarrassed by this offering. It is a good selling beer, and if I were Victory I wouldn't change it, but I find it hard to believe that Victory Brewing Co. can't make a really good Belgian ale.

jakester, Oct 14, 2005
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,587 ratings.