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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,838
Reviews: 1,688
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 106
Gots: 815 | 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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Triple Karmeliet glass. I thought the head was small for a tripel. It was white and fizzy. Body was lightly cloudy and dark yellow. Hardly and lacing around the glass.

Aroma was light malt, straw, herbs, flowers, cloves and light fruits. Particularly apple and pear.

Taste was spicy with pepper and cloves, but also some banana flavor as well.

Long finish and easy drinking, but not as complex as most tripels out there.

Photo of DIM
2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a: Clear, somewhat pale golden in color. Pours with almost no head. I left lots of sediment in the bottle.

s: Some sugary malts and sour cloves are the most noticeable smells. Some alcohol and apple notes also.

t: Sweet apples and some sour cloves. Has a very dry yeasty finish that leaves a lingering sour taste. Doesn't taste bad but it does seem off style.

m: This beer is almost flat.

d: This was the last bottle from a 6 pack I bought a year ago. I thought maybe a year would help, it didn't (bottled Sept. 06). The worst offering from a great brewery IMO.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of January 31, 2007

Victory’s Golden Monkey has a light golden body and produced a small white head that dissipated rather quickly [most likely due to the 9.5 ABV]. Aroma is of herbs and fruit note. Taste is rich and FULL, candy, sweet bread and peppery spice is also noted with a noticeable [enjoyable] alcohol warming. Mouth feel is a little creamy and rich with fine effervescent carbonation.

This is a BIG strong flavored triple that is very enjoyable.

Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/28/2007 - Served in an American Pint glass.

Presentation: Poured with a pale gold color, small head that dissipated quickly into a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Thin, inconsistent lacing during the tasting.

Smell: Belgian yeast, cloves and spice.

Taste: Similar to nose, along with cloves, honey and subtle flavors of banana.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat vibrant due to the carbonation; surprisingly so considering the lack of a head and minimal lacing. Finish was somewhat spicy.

Drinkability: A pleasant tripel, but I don't think I could have more than two in a sitting.

Photo of morimech
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I see this is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned beer. Better pour carefully. It appears a light, hazy golden with a small white head that settles to a cap. Plenty of activity in the beer after the pour.

The smell is very spicy. Cloves and a little yeast. I don't get any of the expected fruit smells.

The taste is likewise spicy. Cloves and pepper. It has a slight sweetness that I like. Just a hint of alcohol which is surpirsing considering its high ABV. No sign of hops. It feels thin and actively carbonated which makes this beer go down really fast which might not be a good thing if you have a 6-pack unless you want to be drunk in a hour or two.

I expected a bigger beer. Just too thin and has a lack of depth considering the style. It tastes good and drinks easy but there are better.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a color that reminds you of apple juice but slightly darker. Very minimal head that dissipates before you set the bottle down after the pour. Absolutely no lacing at all.

S: Holy spicy smell! One of the most bold smells I can recall in a beer. For me the smell was very inviting.

T: Not much of a flavor when in the mouth, but the aftertaste is quite enjoyable. A spicy flavor with quite a bit of alcohol warmth. It leaves the mouth dry.

M: It seems rather thin in the mouth. There is no carbonation at all even when you swish it aggressively.

D: The alcohol kick is pretty strong, but its very short lived. Since it leaves the mouth dry it makes you want to take another swallow as soon as you finish one.

I would definitely have this one again.

Photo of mjc410
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my old 75 cL stash, bottled 11/30/04. Reviewed with my darling wife!

The pour into my Chimay glass raises only the slightest of glass rings (I was decanting carefully). A few large particles of yeast managed to slip in, floating in the translucent golden copper brew. Very sparse streams of bubbles.

The nose is flowery, with touches of honey, apricots, and citrus. Not too potent, but nice.

The flavor still manages to be sweet, but also with definite bready notes. Otherwise, it reflects the nose. Not spectacular, but tasty.

The mouth is quite carbonated, but really pretty thin.

This is still kind of fun, but I think it may have passed its prime.

Photo of Durge
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy amber color with little evidence of head or lacing. The aroma was a fairly typical clovey wheat blend, not too strong but inviting. The flavor hops out as almost a licorice, some excpected alcohol, fine carbonation for a bit of a bite but not harsh at all. There is biscuit and many of the usual tripel qualities, maybe a bit of cranberry, but it does seem to mask the ABV pretty well, so it's relatively drinkable for the style. It's solid but not highly memorable. Worth a try, I wouldn't turn it down.

Photo of ohoove
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A cloudy pale gold starts with apromising head but quickly succombs to the busy bubbles of carbonation.
Mouthfeel to me was thin and crisp.
Smelled of cotton candy, clove and apricot and sweet malts.
Taste , see above.
Alchohol right out of the gate but does seem to mellow through the sitting. This monkey will knock the ape shit out of you. Not one of the best i've had from this style BUT, I'm loyal to Victory and i do like this enough to purchase again. Give it a try.

Photo of ksbrainard
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This is a pretty yellow-orange color. It is actually a bit dark for this style. Is this beer carbonated? There were bubbles when I poured it, but they're all gone now. I would sort of expect a big foamy head, or at least something.

Smell: First smell is grainy. Then I get a whiff of sugary green apple. Ooh, is that a metallic smell I can pick up? Hmm... I smell a bit of some spice - maybe corriander? But no bananas or any sort of a typical "Belgian" smell.

Taste: Green apple is dominant. I can actually taste clove in there. It is mildly hoppy upfront, and then more present after. It has a fizzy feeling bite, accentuated with alcohol burn. It is not smooth, and it is really very tangy and full of bite. Maybe it's yeast character that's lacking?

Mouthfeel: It is dry from alcohol and hops, yet a bit sticky from perhaps corn sugar used in brewing. It is super fizzy and sharp. The carbonation does not serve to round it out.

Drinkability: It is so-so. The harsh alcohol bite sort of mellows out by the end of the glass. But I think I'll let the rest of this six pack mellow out for a few months before I go for another.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

Appearance: Golden yellow, w/ a light creamy head.

Smell: Complex with aromas of spice, sweetness, esters and even a bit of alcohol. No hoppy bitterness. Just light sweetness.

Taste: Also quite complex. Sharp initially, w/ a subtle sweetness. Can definitely taste the esters in this one. A little floral and spicy. There is some hoppiness, but not overly bitter. Some yeasty tones. The beer is overall rich, strong and somewhat thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly light and crisp. Pretty easy to swallow for a higher alcohol beer.

Drinkability: This is a pretty solid beer. It is a little sweet however. My wife loves this one. I enjoy it, but cannot see myself ordering it with other belgian beers available. It is in my opinion a good call.

Photo of BWH3
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden Monkey Victory Brewery
12 oz bottle in Pint Glass at 50 degrees F
Appearance: Golden as advertised. Head dissipates far too quickly. (3.5)

Smell: Wonderful effervescent aroma. Clover and banana esters just blossom up to greet the nose well before you bury it in the glass. Appropriately, little hops aroma. Unfortunately, no malty sweetness to the scent. (4.0)

Taste: The monkey is a bit skunky. The bitterness is not pleasing either. Good banana and clove. Luckily the taste does not linger. (3.0)

Mouthfeel: Too thick. The body needs to be lighter for the style. (3.0)

Drinkability: For an Amerrican micro, this is not a bad attempt. But you can’t make a great Trippel without bottle conditioning. My stance is that if it is not bottle conditioned it is not worth drinking again. (3.0)

Photo of Overlord
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly non-complex for a supposed tripel, I still enjoyed the heck out of this beer. It actually really doesn't fit into any style that comes to mind ...

Pours a hazy yellow/amber color. Big off-white head. Smell is malt, coriander, some spices, and citrus. Big, big citrus taste (unusual for a tripel). Orange, some tropical fruits, spices (coriander and ... cloves?)

Very drinkable, quite good.

Photo of mat5175
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

i actually like this quite a bit. Other reviewers are right though, this is a poor example of the style. But i don't really drink it as an exmple. Weak head, that certainly doesn't last, and the lacing is weak when it's there at all. Very full and silky mouthfeel however. The flavor may not be rich and complex, but i really like it's basic profile; not too sweet and not as bitter or alcoholic as others of the style. In an odd way this reminds me of Midas Touch from DogFishHead. Not as sweet or complex, but far more economical. A great strong beer for a Friday night at home if you can get it easily.

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

12 oz bottle that was part of the variety of victory case, purchased for $28 at Tanczo's in Bethlehem. Pours a hazy gold with just a little head that disappears without a trace. Too bad. I like my belgians with big fluffy heads that have staying power.

Smell is fruity esters from the yeast, some spicy hops, malt, and alcohol. Taste is similar. Not very subdued and not as balanced as a true belgian (of any quality, at least). Definately an American version. I can and do drink this occasionally. Good, but not worth the effort if you can't find it easily and for a good price. As part of a variety pack paired with HopDevil, V Lager and Prima Pils, though, this is hard to beat. I love victory for what they are (local, cheap, ballsy) but there are certainly better tripels out there.

Photo of mcmidc
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer in a 750 ml bottle. Right before popping the cork the bottle caught the sunlight just right and I noticed a nice cloudiness from the beer. Upon pouring the the beer was a slightly cloudy golden color with a a white head that dissipated fairly quick. There was a good aroma with orange peel and belgian yeast dominating. The taste was good, what I would of expected out of the tripel with some hints of fruit with a slight alcohol finish. The mouthfeel on this beer was of a fairly high carbonation and good density. The finish was a little sharp and you knew you were drinking a 9.5% beverage. Overall I'm a fan, I'd drink again.

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

Appearance - Cloudy straw colored, white head that dissipated quickly

Smell – Belgian yeast, orange, caramel, light malts

Taste – slightly sweet and with caramel, light alcohol, slight bitter finish

Mouthfeel – fairly high carbonation, but still has a moderate mouth feel

Drinkability – quite drinkable, I would have another.

Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was put off at first by this beer. It had NO head as it dissipated instantly. It was clear gold, like an American Macro Lager. The smell was nice, definitely a Belgium wheatish taste.

Once you tasted it, you can see they were going for the Belgium style. Victory does a good job of mimicking the style, but I guess the question is, why not just buy an authentic, better tasting Belgium.

It is quality, but not one that I will be buying again anytime soon.

Photo of number1bum
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mmmm...Golden Monkey for breakfast. Hell yeah!

12 oz bottle pours into my tulip glass a rich, thick looking golden color, with pretty good clarity, lots of bubbles and about one finger of off-white head. Retention is pretty poor, without much lace or stick.

Smells of sweet malt, with some fruity and floral notes, along with a peppery spiciness and yeast.

Taste is quite sweet but balanced by plenty of spice. It's also bready, with a floral hop character going on, and a yeasty twang. There's quite an alcohol bite to this, as well, but it's not a burning one and it's not overly obtrusive. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and quite creamy, with a good level of carbonation which I wish was a bit more tame.

I love tripels and Golden Monkey is a widely available, really solid local version. It's not the best out there, but it's damn good and I always smile when I see it on tap.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy lemon yellow leaving a thin white head and no lacing.

Aroma is light malt, some spice, pepper, and some earthy yeast notes.

The taste is sweet and warming. Lemon, spice, and a good bit of alcohol greet the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light and slick with a warm zing to the tongue.

The punch of the alcohol keeps it from being easy to drink. It's easy to enjoy but one or two should suffice.

Photo of HombreWing
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just got done with a review of Troeg's Scratch #3...Miles down the road you'll find Victory. For those of you lucky enough to find yourself in Belgium at some point in time and experiencing a triple here and then there in a day ...well, I consider myself lucky to be stuck in the center of some well made tripels with in driving distance here in Central PA.

Bottle date: 5/22/07

Eyes: Beer is clear as day and golden ...head arrives early and leaves early.
Nose: Pepper ! and then upon some breathing time ...mild spices only
Tongue: Sweetness ...with a subtle drying finish...nice
Texture: watery with mineral notes
Mouth-happiness : 8^D ...I've conditioned myself to finish several in a night only to want more.

Ron and Bill ...thank you ! A gem of a tripel for the price !

Photo of elmore
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a Piraat tulip glass. Has a 1cm golden head with but doesn't linger with some mild lacing. Has a beautiful citrusy smell and a light alcoholic taste. There is a somewhat watery mouthfeel that is pleasant, but alcholic. This is the most affordable, widely available acceptable Belgium ale that I have found in OH. This beer makes me happy. It's not Piraat. Chimay or Watou, but it's pretty damn good. Give it a try.

Photo of ericj551
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden Monkey pours a bright cloudy gold with a bubbly head that doesn't linger. The aroma is dry chalky yeast and light fruity esters, with some sweet light malts. The flavor is sharp and crisp at first with a sour/tart flavor. More chalky yeast with some nice spicy hops, plenty of bitterness to go around. The alcohol is certainly apparent, not quite as well hidden as I would like, there is a slight solvent taste in the finish. I'm curious about the spices, maybe some citrus or coriander, but I'm not picking up a whole lot.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden, light and non transparent. Head is small with light lace.

S- Honeylike, but with nice citrus aroma as well.

T- Easy through the lips, then hits you hard mid-stream! Citrus: oranges, lime, lemons. Tastes of spices and ginger throughout. Little strong aftertaste, but pleasant.

M- Light tingle at first, and not too tangy. Very nice, but not much carbonation.

D- Very drinkable beer. Not quite an all nighter, but 2 or 3 sets the mood right!

Photo of nickfl
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy, golden-orange color with some suspended particles. Pretty weak, one finger of white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

S - Strong, fruity bannana and colve aromas. A little bit of wheat, some musty yeast, and just the slightest hint of hops.

T - Strong, phenolic yeast note, more clove and bannana. A little bit brothy with a good dose of wet, earthy hops through the finish

M - Fairly dry, moderate body and high carbonation.

D - A little bit rough in some of the flavors. Not as drinkable as a triple or strong golden ale should be. Not all bad though; if they toned the alcohol down just a bit and upped the spice it could make a nice saison.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,838 ratings.