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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,500 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,500
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 78
Gots: 528 | 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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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Higravity and Secret Bunny '05

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Pure white head. Retention is lacking as the already small head vanishes almost as quick as this one is poured. The collar, however, is nice.
Smell is fruity (plums, peaches, grapes, green apples) with a spicy background (coriander, slight nutmeg and cinnamon). Yeastiness, a slight musty aroma, and an alcohol presence round this one out.
Taste is pretty much similar to the smell. It is a little sweeter than I had imagined, but the fruitiness makes up for this (see above) and the spicy hops, breadiness, slight yeast character, and massive spices balance this one out. Alcohol doesn't really factor into the flavor, it's there, but it's not really noticable.
Overall, this is a bit too slick for me, as I like my tripels to be a bit more heavily carbonated. Nevertheless, the flavors are solid and this is certainly a beer that I enjoyed.

LuckySevens82, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden (yellow with shades of amber-orange) color with a uninspiring wispy head. Lots of suspended matter in this brew. For sure, it’s not particularly pretty. Aroma of alcohol, yeast, malt, and a wild background of sour-spiciness. The smell is actually pretty nice. There’s a big, intense malty sweetness. That, coupled with a sharp alcohol warming are the centerpieces of this beer. They don’t particularly blend well with the aroma. It’s a thick, syrupy brew. It’s certainly a Belgian style beer, but it doesn’t meet the bar set by the style. Generally, I’ve been very happy with Victory. Unfortunately, this one is way off the mark.

Suds, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 4, '05

Pours a deep golden yellow color with a decent white head which dissipates within a minute.

Aroma- a nice blend of malt, spices (particularly coriander), fruity esters, some candi sugar and a slight amount of alcohol. These items are in good proportion to one another but the overall impression should be more pronounced than it is.

Nice body, but the alcohol tends to dominate the palate. Bitterness is also out of balance- a bit high.

This is a good beer, though I'm not sure I'd call it a Tripel- it is almost too cautious in its approach. A stronger aroma and flavor profile would help balance out the alcohol presence.

TongoRad, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Recieved as part of Secret Bunny. Pours a slighty hazy straw color, into my big wine glass. Good head to start, but it seems to fade rather quickly. Minimal to moderate lacing as well. Aroma and taste go together. Fruity, I get a slight peach/tangerine taste here.
*Rant On*
My favorite part of this beer though is the carbonation level and mouthfeel. I've had too many belgian beers that are overcarbonated and drier than death valley. This beer is well carbonated, but not annoyingly so. The flavor hits you and then goes away, but it doesn't leave a mouth puckering dryness behind. This beer gets very high marks from me for that.
*Rant Off*

Another winner from Victory.

deejaydan, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of Crotor
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'd seen a lot of hype for this East Coast beer, and I have to say I'm disappointed...

Pours a beautiful, lucidly clear, pale straw, but it pushed up a scant one finger of soapy head that rapidly dissipates.

The aroma is of lemon, grass, and some slight spice (pepper?) Overall, it's really very saison-esque.

Initially the alcohol seems apparent, though it fades. Coriander is prominent, and the hopping is noticable (in a tripel?!) There's a slight lemon tartness, continuing the saison parallel. It's not an unpleasant flavor profile, but ultimately it's rather simplistic and boring, and woefully out-of-character for a tripel.

The mouthfeel is one of the weirdest aspects of the beer. Tripels are supposed to be dry, but this is *vacant.* It just feels thin, but also somewhat rounded, as would a beer with residual sugar. I can't make any sense of this...

Ultimately, this is a good beer. Good enough that I could see myself drinking a lot of it. However, it's a drastic failure as a "tripel." Rating it against the style, I can't help but slam it a little...

Crotor, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a golden honey color into a tulip glass, it pours with a 1/4 inch head that is rather thin with some decent cling to the glass- maybe a slight haze to this one. Aroma is some hops along with a strong sense of white grapes, vanilla, and spice (cloves/nutmeg). Alcohol burns the nostrals a bit also. Taste is mainly of cloves (spice), which was nice, along with the grape flavor and a slight hoppy finish. The alcohol comes through on flavor at the end as well with a nice drying effect. The carbonation plucks the tip of your tongue, but then gets very smooth throughout in the middle with a drying alcohol finish. Overall, I love Victory and find anything they produce fun to drink! Yes have some!!!

Fish113d, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of jsinnott
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden, near honey color. Smells spicy but with a hint of sweetness as well. Strong alcohol aroma. Tastes sweet, but also very strong alcohol flavor. Unlike other beers I've had. Mouthfeel is good, fairly thin. Drinkability not bad, not the best thing in the world but decent if you want something different. Tasty for what it is.

jsinnott, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of Schwarzbart
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark gold in color with little head which dissipated almost immediately. Lacing is there as you sip, but falls rather quickly. Smell: Spicy with hints of orange and definitely yeasty. I'm starting to smell the bouquet now as it warms. Taste: Yeasty and a strong alcohol aftertaste. Not as malty as I expected. Yeah, definitely lots of alcohol as my stomach is warming up after that sip. Very sweet with herbal spice flavor. Mouthfeel: Rather nice the way it rolls off the tongue, but the alcohol aroma which comes up through the nose is a little annoying. Drinkability: Almost like a good champagne, it tastes good at first but you can't drink a lot of it.

Schwarzbart, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of TheDeuce
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Final sampling out of the Victory variety pack...

Appearance-solid golden color, not that much of a head but exceptional carbonation and clarity.

Smell-lots of different smells going on, belgian sugar smell along with berry malt and spicy hop, a little bit of honey mixed in as well.

Taste-amazingly sugary sweet, layers upon layers of fruit flavor and berry, some hops and malt but a quite overwhelming sugary sweetness trumps all comers.

Mouthfeel-strong on the palette and way too sweet, not that unpleasent just too sweet to let everything balance out.

Drinkability-too sweet for many there are a lot of complexities and different flavors going on here yet too sugary sweet for the most part. A one time try for most.

Overall- I can certianly appreciate Victory trying this style, yet this is too sweet and thrown together for most connoisuers of this style and it is BRUTAL on those who've never tried the style before (like my father for instance) so while I give props to Victory for trying the style I can honestly say I wish this would be replaced in their variety pack. Not a bad beer in any respect, just not great for the style, although I would still love to try this on tap sometime. Drink this at room temp, it's much better than cold

TheDeuce, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange/gold pour with a small white head that is pretty foamy but disappears in a snap. Smell is yeasty and spiced, maybe with a bit of anise I wasn't expecting. Taste is also yeasty with a nice touch of hops and some spices. The only way to describe the taste is "rich." It's very sugary, but the aftertaste is pleasant and leaves some lingering orange flavors which I prefer to the actual taste of the beer. The mouthfeel is creamy. For its ABV, this is a pretty drinkable beer, as it's not really all that boozy. For me, though, it's just not as good as the rest of Victory's offerings. I wish they would pull this one out of the Variety of Victories sampler case and replace it with one of their other brews. Not terrible, but I won't be seeking it out anytime soon.

whartontallboy, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy honey colored with little head, nice lacing. Smell consists of yeasts, sweet malts, and some hops. Taste follows with nice rich yeasts, mildly sweet malts, and medium hops to round it out to a nice robust flavor. Just a bit of kick at the end. A very decent brew.

aquatonex, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Bottle states that it was bottled on October 21, 2004. I really dig it when bottles let you know when they were born as opposed to "freshest if drank by..." Just a style preference though. Nothing to hang your hat on...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a bright white head. Has cool little yeasties floating in it. The head quickly disappates which is kind of a bummer but it rings the glass nicely.

Smell: Very spicy. I pick up whiffs of clove and coriander. Also, the yeast seems to be pretty up front.

Taste: Very spicy up front. It follows with some wheat bread, coriander, a little bit of pine and orange (from the hops I'm assuming), some apples and pears, with a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with up front carbonation. Coats the palate and throat on the way down. Leaves a pleasant orangey aftertaste.

Drinkability: I could easily see having a couple of these. The alcohol definitely makes an appearance as it warms up so I wouldn't drink more than two.

Notes: I'm not a big fan of Belgians and from what I've read, this is the exception and not the norm. An enjoyable beer but I still prefer my American hop bombs or my Russian Imperials. I would definitely recommend this to all.

mattcrill, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of brewQ
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Oct21 04

My first Monkey- a warm yellow-gold color.
Exceptionally fluffy white head with tenacious cling.

An interesting amalgam of spices and aroma, though I couldn't id them all. The taste was incredibly full. Sweet and yeasty, with a silky finish.

Drinkable and deceptive at 9.5%.
(The bartender told me she tries not to recommend this beer to younger beer drinkers!)

brewQ, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey color w/ decent fluffy white head. Lacing was thin but had nice cling to my glass.
This baby smells real nice w/ spice up front...a touch of lemon and citrus. I can actually smell the carbonation on this baby, but I don't feel it will taste too carbonated.
Nope...definitely not too carbonated. This is a bit sweeter than I was expecting...certainly not surprised to taste some hops in a Victory brew.
Its aftertaste is a touch dry due to the alcohol, which becomes a bit more present as it warms up.
Despite the high ABV%, I could throw down a few of these in an evening...another keeper from Victory!

warriorsoul, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of BruceBeerman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You gotta be ready for this one. After a few sips, your mood has been mellowed. This is a very pale light in color. But don't let that fool you, you silly monkey. There was plenty of carbonation and mouthfeel in my bottle. The lacy beads clung to the sides of the glass very nice. Some bottles I had were a little hazy. Not this one, it was crisp and clear looking. Very nice. Nice Belgian yeast and hops, although not too many hops. Or were they over powered by the pure amount of Belgian Candi added? I think it's true Belgian counterparts aren't as potent (close but not quite). It drinks very smooth for that much alcohol. Makes you want to reach for another, if you can find it.

BruceBeerman, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly clear gold color. Some lace, but not much. Smells a bit spicy, with a little clove especially. Tastes of orange, with some spiciness, such as clove.

This is a pretty good little beer (although perhaps one best enjoyed infrequently). Very potent, with a warming quality that's perfect on a cold night here in the nation's icebox.

skybluewater, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of walleye
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. poured a cloudy golden to honey with a white head. aroma,spicey, lemon orange rinds, cinnamon, yeast, whet, musty, and hints of alcohol. flavor, fruity, orange, dryness, some sourness, honey, spices. lemon. not to bad but I think I should of had this earlier was bottled july 20th of 04

walleye, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of CBFanWish
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A belgian style tripel is one of those beers that often is an aquired taste. The complexity is often too sophisticated for the average joe six pack. I'm not saying that the average guy is unsophisticated, I'm saying that one really has to train his or her taste buds for something of this caliber. It's like going from a Daisy bb gun to a .50 cal. It just doesn't work. But once you have learned to appreciate one of these beers, it's love.
Golden Monkey, by Victory is an excellent example of one of these beers. Pouring a orange hue with flakes floating through it and a slight, modest head, this appears to be a specail treat.
The aroma is that of banana and white grape juice along with mild floral accents. It really gives the sences something to look forward to.
The taste is super complex. Banana, sugars, grapes, with a mild bitterness that really brings things together.
I am in love.

CBFanWish, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of ggroller
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle.

The beer in the glass looks like a cross between orange juice and apricot juice with pulp dispersed throughout. The head is a little on the weak side with little lacing as I drink. The beer smells inviting and seems true to a Triple but the taste tells otherwise. This is too sweet for a triple in my opinion but yet a good tasting beer. You can definitely taste the alchohol in this one. Mouthfeel is not true to a Triple either. It's too thick and sweet but yet very drinkable in my opinion. I gave this one a 4 based upon it's merits as a beer, not because it is true to it's style.

ggroller, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of ism
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3-month old 12oz pours a deep apricot, cloudy. A sunshine-hued head has abundant carbonation jumping, subsiding with very little little lace after a good retention. Aromatics released were a mix of various things -- fruity, spicey, mostly. Initial carbonation in the mouth is teasingly fizzy, subsiding slowly to the fullness in the mouth. Malt up front, with hops to balance, releasing fruits and spices on the way down. Alcohol is just noticeable, but well-masked by the flavor. Smooth going down, with unique candylike flavors. Definitely a unique brew, and the amazingness is due to that. Seems to be a great choice for those seguing late winter/early spring months. I must have one more. But just one more.
10-month old 750mL with cork. Pours golden, yeasty cloudy, leaving decent spotty lace. Good fruity, yeasty, spicey flavor, like I remembered. This remains a unique brew that makes each time I drink it a special time, but doesn't encourage me to drink it more often than a truly special brew does. Age doesn't seem to improve it as much as other tripels, but it's hard to imagine how much better it could be. It deserves the original rating I gave it more than 1 year ago.

ism, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of barknee
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled the 750 ML bottle, (bottled on 10/10/02) to proper temperature and poured to produce a vigorous head (as instructed on the label.) Its color, a warm mocha almost as fluffy as meringue. This brew is slightly cloudy, the color of clover honey and has a light carbonation. The nose offers up essences of honeyed oranges and malted milk chocolate augmented with a malty-nuttiness-absolutly delicious! The yeast is fresh, young and clean on the nose. There is a pleasantly complex citric element to the taste, akin to key limes, but not overstated, definitely subdued as this acidic element makes this brew crisp, bright, and refreshing. The after taste lasts easily for several minutes! For a brew with some weight and character, it is quite drinkable en-mass. Never noticeable, the alcohol is buried well beneath the massive flavors imbedded well within this brew. The mouth feel is a tad lean for the style, but this is by no means a criticism whatsoever, as this is the only thing that I could find even remotely debatable. A fantastic, glorious, blockbuster beverage!! Bravo Victory!! Again!!

barknee, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of bashiba
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice slightly cloudy golden yellow with a thin white line of head.

Smelled slightly sweet with hints of wheat, yeast, and honey.

Taste is suprisingly mild for a tripel. A nice slightly sweet yeastyness with a little bit of wheaty flavor. A little Underwhelming for a tripel.

Mouthfeel was full and thick with a slight warming.

Drinkability is pretty good as there is no off flavors and not to much of the high abv is noticeable, goes down pretty good.

bashiba, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of Bones54
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours golden in color, a bit cloudy, with a very thin white head. The head has poor retention, but the beer does have considerable carbonation.
The Golden Monkey has an unimpressive, yet refreshing bouquet smell.
This trppel has a hoppy taste, yet not as strong as on might expect. The alcohol content definately makes its way through the taste. The beer however is not heavy on the palate, and goes down rather smoothly.
There are a lot of othrs in this category that I would buy before this one, however for the price I would buy Victory's trippel again when strapped and looking for a trippel.

Bones54, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a seriously rich beer. Very sweet and malty. Actually a little too sweet and malty for me, and that's saying a lot. Anyone who reads my reviews would notice I like my beers big, malty, and somewhat sweet. This was was just too much for this guy. Had a nice head to it, with good retention in it.

JISurfer, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whoa this is a big, thick triple. Kind of odd. Pours a brilliant golden color with a medium bubbly head and lots of bubbles rising to the top. Smell is a bit odd, with spices and yeast along with a funk kind of smell that hits after a sec. Taste is really sweet in the malt department. Spices hit, and they seem different that other spices I have experienced in beers. There might have been some pepper and maybe some Belgian candi sugar, but there are other spices in there that I couldn't put my finger on. The spices seem too step too far and mask any delicacies this triple might have. The sweetness from the malts is also overbearing. Gets cloying after a while. The yeast notes toward the finish are the only thing saving this beer but its almost too late. Dont get me wrong, this beer wasn't horrible, im kinda not in the best mood right now and coming from Victory I was expecting more.

still much thanks to felonius phil for the sample

granger10, Dec 17, 2004
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 4,500 ratings.