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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,757 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,757
Reviews: 1,669
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 95
Gots: 727 | 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 PittBeerGirl
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear pale yellow in color with plenty of bubbles. white head initally but it fades quickly.

S- nice mix of bananas and spices.

T- wow. This stuff is good. initial taste is both fruity and spicy. The spices are very interesting/different and balance with the fruit perfectly. The aftertaste a little bitter bite and its amazing. A sweet malt aftertaste lingers and makes you long for more.

M-heavy carbonation and medium weight body.

D- hey this is very drinkable and enjoyable. Great example of a belgian triple with a twist. I will definately buy this one again.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have enjoyed the Monkey many times over the years, so I'm glad to finally review it.

Poured a beautiful, opaque golden color. I could actually hear the bubbles of carbonation, however it produced very little head which dissipated quickly.

Has a fruity smell, dominated by ripe banana, with hints of apricot and spices, and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste is similar, with a little clove and sweet plum also coming through. Alcohol content is more apparent as it warms, but still doesn't seem anywhere close to the 9.5% packed in this tripel.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with only light carbonation. Leaves a bit of film on the back of the tongue.

Understandable why this tasty tripel falls in Victory's year-round rotation.

Photo of hammer09
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw-colored and clear, head development was minimal despite vigorous signs of carbonation rising to the surface. Smell is mildly sweet and peppery with the distinctive yeast aroma typically associated with Tripels. Taste is sweet and alcoholic with a bit of citrus. While good, flavor is a little too sweet for my taste and the alcoholic warmth a little too biting. Mouthfeel is warming and very carbonated with a good crisp finish. Overall, a very good, drinkable beer.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a golden color with thick white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing on the glass, along with very active carbonation bublles throughout the entire drink. Aroma is a spicy clove-coriander, blended with a faint scent of honey. Flavor is more of the same, with the accednt on the spices, and at mid-glass, the 9.5% alcohol creeps in to blend nicely. Mouthfeel is tingly, and the finish is smooth and tasty.

This is one of the best American "Duvel wannabes" that I’ve tasted.

Photo of sleazo
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Victory golden monkey. Dark golden yellow. Thickish head. Excellent lacing. Smell very clean and mild. Taste. Very weizen esque. Typical peppery banana notes. Kind of like la fin du monde light. Not much carbonation. Thick on the tongue. Ends up with a dryness.

a little too sweet in the end. I would much rather have a La fin Du Monde.

Photo of kajerm
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at Clark St. Alehouse. Gold and slightly cloudy with a thick but moderate head. The aroma is very faintly estery. Tastes like malt with some sugar and a weird flavor that tasted a little like corn. Alcohol comes through slightly but is fairly well-hidden by the sweetness. Not awful, but not much going on here, especially compared to other tripels.

I seriously doubt that there are actually adjuncts in this beer, but I'll have to try again to be sure. The mouthfeel is fairly light, similar to Westmalle. The sweetness is nice in small doses, but it's just on the edge of being cloying; it'd be hard to drink a lot of these.

Photo of EPICAC
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden-amber with a sudsy white head that quickly fades to a patchy film.

Smell: Spicy and peppery with a bit of banana fruitiness and some sweet tropical notes.

Taste: Bananas upfront, peppery spice in the center, followed by a mildly bitter taste that mingles with lingering fruitiness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability: Flavorful and nice though the alcohol is noticeable.

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

Appearance - Nice golen color with a nice head, that later dissolved.

Smell - Lots of fruit and spices in this aroma.

Taste - Sweet, fruity, spices, and a strong taste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth beer, nice texture.

Drinkability - Nice beer, a sipping beer this is. Enjoyed this one.

Photo of sethmeister
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into chimay chalice at just below room temperature

Pours a cloudy straw-gold color with a creamy white head that retreats to a ring around the glass leaving no lace.

Nose is vinous with notes of pear and apricot, fresh bread, and belgian sugar sweetness.

Flavor is first apricots and sweetness. Then spice (nutmeg?, allspice, cloves) and orange. A bit of alcohol warming which takes a a few moments to register. Were it not for the delayed heat in the throat the high abv would be completely unnoticeable. There's a touch of hop
bitterness at the finish.

Medium mouthfeel is rich and velvety. Slight tingle but low carbonation.

Drinkability is very good considering the abv.

My first tripel so I'm hardly qualified to judge based on style but I definitely enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying more examples of the style. Another delicious beer from Victory.

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

I bought this on a whim, having never had a tripel before. I tried it, and then forgot about it in my fridge with all of the other beer in there. When I had originally tried it, I didn't have the proper glassware... now I do.

Poured into a glass that I got with the Tripel Karmeliet, the head did not last very long, which was a bit disappointing, but had an extraordinary orange hue to the body, exactly the color of the orange fruit, The head literally disappeared. The spices are very evident throughout, especially at the end of the bottle pour.

The smell is pretty nice, definitely Belgian. Not a whole lot of aroma, due to the lack of head, but what is there is nice. Sweet.

The first thing you notice when you taste it is the alcohol. The 9.5% abv is very evident. Nice, sweet, and a bit fruity. The spices are a bit jumbled, but nonetheless a nice touch.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice... smooth. Rolls around on the tongue, and never lets go. I like it.

Drinkability is a little lower that I would normally have rated, simply because the alcohol burns a little on the way down. Two a night at the very max.

All in all... I like it. I recommend it.

Photo of beeragent
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this a while back, and didnt like it, being new to the style, so I thought I would try it again, and see if my taste has changed since. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a snifter. The beer poured a light gold, forming a white 1 inch head, that slowly faded, leaving light rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is of sweet dark fruits, a hint of alcohol, and maybe some sweet malt. The taste is great!! Sweet dark fruit flavors up front, a little malt thickness in the middle, and a light sharpness from the hops in the finish, along with a little alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, I can safely say that my taste has changed, and my appreciation improved. This is a very delicious beer, and one to be savored, but that said, I think I could still drink a few in one night. Very enjoyable!

Photo of cabsandking
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with zero head to speak of. The nose is vinous with sharp floral alcohol esters, sour fruit, pear, and apple. Richer malt character is more evident on the first sip and a honey and cane sugar sweetness is plenty. Pretty substantial alcohol burn towards the end might hinder some of its nuances. Yeast tones are nice with a straw, biscuity taste. Medium carbonation and a full body leaves a descent mouthfeel that is fizzy on the palate. The finish starts with a big alcohol tinge but mellows out to expose herbal notes, grain, and sweet bread.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried this on tap tonight at the Draft House in Austin.

This brew is a very deep golden color with a good amount of head.

The nose is sweet malts and alcholol.

Very sweet flavors dominate this brew up front and all throughout. A hope bitterness kicks in just in time to balance everything out, but this brew is still just too sweet to be highly drinkable. One very good thing about this brew...it does a damn good job of hiding its high ABV.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/4/07 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark yellow color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar and some spice.

T: The flavors of yeast and dark fruits jump out first, with flavors of banana and brown sugar in the background. The after-taste is yeasty and sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and a little sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, it has a good kick to it, however this one wouldn’t be my first choice within the style, even though it’s a pretty decent beer.

Photo of billybob
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden color a minimal head almost no lace. smell is of fruit and herb and spice. taste is same but can't really pin point what type of fruit also very sweet on the palate. mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body and warms you up going down. very drinkable but with a 9.50 abv it might bite you back.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this 23 ounze on tap pour at the Fox and Hound in King of Prussia, Pa.
Appearance: It poured a very gold color, if my memory serves me correct, it was the exact same color as on bottles I have had perviously. I didn't get much head, maybe about a finger, and it disappeared fast. The lacing was nonexistant.
Smell: There wasn't to much of a smell, for a beer which such strong tastes, I was quite frankely expecting something more powerful.
Taste: It was fruity, malty, hoppy, all over the place. At points, it reminded me of a Lambic, and at other times or a Spiced brew. The taste certainly did make you think.
Mouthfeel: All I have to say is that Golden Monkey goes down easy.
Drinkability: This beer has moderate to high drinkability (only one at a time though)
Don't drink and review.

Photo of Neehan
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When this entered the glass it appeared as the perfect line between straw- and gold-colored, hazy with a thin head and no retention. The spices come through heavily in the smell and entice you before the first sip. The taste is also heavy in the spices and becomes smooth and mellow in the swallow. Good, but a boy amongst men in the Tripel genre.

Photo of 484dan
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance of this beer is a pale cloudy yellow... smelling sweet yet mild... the taste has a little bite to it yet suprisingly sweet, kinda fruity,,, the mouthfeel you get a little back lash of the alcohol but thats expected... drinkability goes down smooth... all in all its good beer worth a try...

Photo of jhicks12
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, straw yellow

Smell: Notes of clove, and citrus.

Taste: Citrus, clove and a peppery, alcohol finish

Mouthfeel: Nice warming, creamy feel

Drinkability: Overall I enjoyed this as it warmed up a little seemed to take the alcohol edge off a bit.

Photo of srrn
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into challice looked a murkey straw amber. Faint smell of clove and spice. I did a yeast pour but apparently this is not bottle conditioned? No yeast or sediment of any kind. Taste of cloves and maybe pepper in the finish. I felt the alcohol in the first bottle. Not a session brew. All in all a good beer but far from a great triple.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Appearance - Wonderful golden yellow color with specks of yeast floating about. Inch of head disapates to a thin lace.

Smell - Baked bread and banana, absolutely wonderful balanced aroma with a slightly fruity finish. Can definetly smell the yeast.

Taste - Well balanced with hints of fruit. Lovely beer

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated and light bodied.

Drinkability - I could drink quite a few, but at 9.5 ABV it would sneak up on me.

Notes - I could see a hate against the yeast tsate/smell, but I enjoy both. Overall a well balanced and dangerously drinkable tripel.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a wide mouth wine glass.

Murky golden yellow body with a small white head.

yeast "Saison" smell to it.

Yeast taste with a hint of orange and some spices in the aftertaste.Its also a bit syrpy

Easy going down and very warming.easy on the carbonation as well.

Good tasting beer,jusy on qualm, its the yeast taste to it,im not fond of it.Other then that its very solid and worth seeking out

Photo of jmc44
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz brown bottle a hazy golden color. Very fine white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.
Aroma is sweet, with a background of clove and fruit character.
The beer is sweet, creamy, smooth, with spicy flavors and a clove-like finish. Hops are somewhat prominent at first, but are quickly dominated by the spice and the malt.
Despite its high alcohol content, the beer is easy drinking, which could lead to problems down the road. Quite a good beer.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,757 ratings.