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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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3,722 Ratings

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Ratings: 3722
Reviews: 1594
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%

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 FLima


3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, caramels, Cointreau, cloves, cinnamon and bready malt. Hints of piney hops.
Taste mostly follows nose, sweet flavor malt, caramels, condiments, Belgian yeast and tangerines. Also, hints of apricot soaked in liquor, guaraná, pineapples and lemongrass. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a residual medicine taste.
Medium body with medium effervescent carbonation. Incredible how they were able to hide the 9.5% ABV in the palate.
Decent hoppy Tripel, though it felt to me more like a Saison. That would be better rated if consider as such.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:30:31 | More by FLima
Photo of KYGunner


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright Golden color, almost glowing in the glass, the head white white and fluffy.

The scent is yeasts, clove, some big banana notes at times and an earthy malt aroma.

The taste was deceiving as I caught more wheat, clove and metallic banana. Advertised as a Tripel it seemed to be missing some elements.

The feel was medicinal, almost sour vinegary. Left an aftertaste of metal and band aids. Those with me did not express the same opinions so there may be personal issues at play but I was disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 23:31:09 | More by KYGunner
Photo of VictorWisc


4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yet another bottle from a mixed pack poured into a 10-oz goblet.

Pours golden yellow, a bit lighter than expected. Lot's of white, lumpy but very soft head that goes down quickly, leaving a thin film of fine foam on the surface, plus the collar. Moderate lacing. Visible carbonation continues piping for a while.

Bottle nose is pure Belgian yeast, eventually yielding a slight malt note. A bit more malt in the glass, but still opens very floral, bready, with a nutmeg and raisin note coming later. No leafy or grassy aromas, but booze is clearly showing through after the initial hit of yeast.

Flavor profile is yeast and dry fruit--perhaps dry apricot or golden raisin. Fairly strong yeast punch (not always present, but clearly higher with temperature increase). Candied orange peel, which appears to be a common Victory mark. Spice notes include coriander, nutmeg and allspice, with clove the strongest (sounds like I'm mixing a curry powder), with a hint of licorice. Spice notes and dry fruit linger while yeast turns into heat in the finish.

Medium body with noticeable carbonation. A bit boozy, especially at higher temperatures. Unlike most tripels, this one is best at somewhat lower temps--perhaps 42-48F (normally, I drink tripels slightly above cellar temp ~58-60F). This can also mellow with age, which is a bit deceptive in a 12-pack that also has IPA, Pils and PA and has a short expiration date.

I like this beer a lot, although not as much today as I did with the last bottle (I let it warm up a bit too long). This is a perfect 12-pack mix for my money (HopDevil, Headwaters, Prima and Golden Monkey) and I keep going back to the well, so Victory is clearly doing something right. But I'm not sure I would buy this beer by itself, especially in quantity. It's a good alternative to Victory's heavy hand with hops in the other three. But I wish the booze was less pronounced in this otherwise very nice Tripel. The spice notes are stronger than in traditional Tripels, but I like this flavor profile, which is reflected in my well-above-average rating.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 07:41:59 | More by VictorWisc
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a spirited four fingers of soft foamy head. Recedes slowly leaving behind lots of clinging lace.This tripel is down to brass tacks with a sweet yeast nose, sweet fruit, banana and some floral and spice from the understated hops. A little alcohol as well. On the nose it lacks brightness and elan. Malt is subtle and doesn’t over contribute leaving an earthiness underneath. On the palate it’s smooth and buttery but leaves a touch bitter and with more of an alcohol taste than there really should be. It’s a good strong tripel but it felt like it was lacking in refinement and luster.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 14:59:58 | More by utopiajane
Photo of apants007

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice afterwork relaxer.

I poured it from a bottle into a pint glass.

appearance: honey gold with some light flakey sediment. Large bubbled 1/4 in head goes away in a minute or two.

smell: A little bit of peach cobbler. Fleshy fruit and white bread.

Taste: Very peachy with a bit of nut skin bitterness. Nicely balanced sweet v bitter. Kind of like what I always want sweet tea to be.... The high alcohol does start to come out on the finish... but it stays in your mouth with out starting to burn your nose... more of a brandy than a whiskey...

mouthfeel: It's a bit thin for a belgian... the carbonation seems more "fizzy" than "velvety". Not a deal breaker by any means, but worth noting.

overall: a really nice, easy to find, reasonably priced beer that will not disappoint

comments: After reading other reviews I dug my bottle out of the recycling.... mine doesn't have a drink by date....

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 22:30:06 | More by apants007
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy golden yellow with lots of bubbles and a one-and-a-half finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Sweet, Banana, clove, citrus, Belgian yeast.

T: Moderate to high sweetness and light bitterness. Sweet malt and spice. Lacks depth.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and slightly astringent. Slightly warm going down.

O: Good budget Tripel. Nothing really wrong with it, but not one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 20:32:55 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of json83


4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

La Fin Du Monde is one my favorite beers. I wanted to test it with another Tripel Ale for comparison and the Golden Monkey the choice. Most of the factors where similar except for the aftertaste - which seemed a small notch below the La Fin Du Monde which might be because of the aging. The best factor to consider is probably the cost. You the same amount of money you can get one of the other and not be disappointed.

La Fin Du Monde
4-Pack $11
9% ABV
270 CAL

Golden Monkey
6-Pack $12
9.5% ABV
285 CAL

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:09:36 | More by json83
Photo of Rick5150

New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 12oz brown bottle.

Appearance: is just about average ... a cloudy golden color with not much head, but I draink it out of the bottle.

Smell: Aroma is pleasant and a bit sweet.

Taste: A smooth, full-bodied beer. Again, I was surprised by the sweetness - not in a bad way though. Nice balance of malt / slight hop bitterness and a bit of bread flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is, good... but not great. The spices are nice on the back of the tongue and the after taste is both sweet and bitter.

Notes: I grabbed two of these without realizing that it was 9.5% alcohol! I have had this twice and both times had diarrhea within 6-8 hours. I have two left and will try again with this knowledge and go a little easier and see if it causes intestinal issues this time to rule out the "coincidence factor."

Overall, I thought it tasted pretty good and it sure packs a surprise wallop.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 15:55:48 | More by Rick5150
Photo of thegodfather1076


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Awesome label with eye-catching colors and graphics. Label give ABV info, brewery info, a small description of the beer, web info, enjoy by date(1-11-18). Neck label has Victory Logo.

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 15min before pouring from 12oz bottle in to a 16oz Snifter. Pours out a hazy golden honey color with a 2 finger white foam head of a light airy density. Lots of sediment floating around. Head retention was 1min 37sec before fading to a thin foam coating and ring. Light lacing was left behind.

Smell/Aroma: Smells very fruity with hints of clove, banana, citrus, and light fruit. An herbal tone can also be detected. Nose is very complex and interesting. Alcohol is masked very well.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very sweet with hints of orange, honey, and bubble gum. Also has slight hints of clove and banana with a slightly floral taste. Finishes yeasty and fruity. Alcohol is masked very well.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Drinkability is medium.

Overall/Comments: This was a good offering that was very intense with an interestingly complex nose and flavor profile. The alcohol became more pronounced as this warmed. Def worth trying out. Classified as a Tripel at 9.5% ABV. Consumed 3-18-13.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 14:10:41 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of dancaplette


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a chalice glass.

appearance is a bright, but slightly hazy gold, with a white creamy two finger head that disappears quickly but, leaves a thin white layer. this beer also has a light carbonation.

smell- the first sense is of a weak saison with banana in the forefront. a deeper smell unveils a fresh clove aroma. and sweetness with the malts.

taste- the banana and clove come through, with some hops also as it warms up. the high alcohol is hidden well. and a sticky sweetness flavor from the hops.

m- has a heavy bready feel as you swirl it in your mouth, along with the carbonation that last through this pour. feels thick and syrupy as you swallow

o- a nice effort. I expected a little more though with the high abv. a good beer to take your time with

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 20:59:54 | More by dancaplette
Photo of MistahBeah


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear copper. Thick two finger head that sticks around for a while. Lots of tiny bubbles and a good amount of sediment floating around. Good amount of lacing. Looks tasty enough but a little too clear for the style (in my humble opinion)

Aroma: Very sweet smelling. Fruity esters. Sugary toasted caramel. Herbal notes take a backseat here - very faint but hops are detectable. Cloves become more apparent as it warms. Smells inviting

Taste: Surprisingly not as much going on as I would have liked. Biscuity up front. Some toastiness. Banana and clove towards the finish. Alcohol is apparent but not overbearing. A little disappointing. Hop bitterness comes out a little more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Pretty smooth. Creamy at times, watery at others. Medium bodied.

Overall: I remember liking this beer a lot more the last time I had it. Maybe got a bad bottle or tastes have changed. By no means bad just not great

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:36:02 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of toshiromifune69


4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I found this at a small local market with a nice craft beer selection in Lowell, a little pricey at $14/six pack but the quality has had me come back and buy it at least 8 times since I first tried it. It's a spice-laden ale with some nice mouth feel that hides it's fairly high ABV well--great for sipping at the end of a hectic day and feeling it slowly unravel your overtaxed mind.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 00:50:10 | More by toshiromifune69
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow and clear with a half finger head and pretty good lace. Normally I'd expect more head on a tripel, but it ain't bad looking.

Cloves and yeast dominate the smell, along with a little banana.

Flavor is very banana and clove, with a good portion of Belgian yeast. It's very sweet and has a bit of fruitiness too.

Body is medium and less carbonated than I'd expect from the style. It leaves a sweet and yeasty aftertaste.

I don't think it's on the short list of tripels for me, but it's still a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 19:08:55 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a globed glass

A- Poured a very clear dark golden color with soapy white head with big bubbles. Lots of visible streaming carbonation and some spotty lace left behind.

S- Dominant chalky yeast and clove notes, some banana and citrus notes, lots of candy sweetness

T- Big honey and candy sweetness, big chalky yeast notes, candied mandarin oranges, some clove and alcohol notes on the finish

M- Fuller bodied, big alcohol warming, slight alcohol burn, finishes very dry, and effervescent carbonation

O- Really nice tripel with a lot of sweetness but the alcohol really helps cut it from being too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:47:47 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of Lemke10


3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear, golden yellow color with a slight, white head. The aroma is yeasty with banana and citrus. The taste is sweet and refreshing with lots of yeasty banana flavor. It drinks very smooth and clean leaving behind a yeasty after taste. Not to bad, but doesn't begin to compare to a real Belgian made Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 06:16:38 | More by Lemke10
Photo of PhantasIPA


4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a golden colour that holds a lot of sediment in it. The head poured fairly thick and the lacing on the glass was average. I expected a heavier, thicker head and lacing...

The smell of the brew is candy sweet up front, followed by pungent alcohol, followed by the spices (cloves and pumpkin spice).

The taste of this beer took me by surprise at the beginning, but once I became accustomed to it (maybe 6 drinks from the first glass) the taste really grew on me. The taste is a strange combination of nutty followed immediately by the candy-like sugar of the malt. Then the cloves and pumpkin spices show up just in time to let the subtle banana flavour into the party. Really complex, not necessarily balanced but absolutely original! Oh yeah, the final flavour on the palette is a heavy, full attack mode alcohol...just to add another note to every drink.

Mouthfeel is good - very smooth given all of the flavours. The carbonation is minimal, which I prefer, so it makes it even easier to drink.

Overall this beer has a VERY unique and ORIGINAL taste and smell. It is complex but not balanced, which would normally make me rate the beer lower, but because of the myriad of flavours that this beer produces and the high alcohol content (9.5%) I can see past the lack of balance. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 21:37:21 | More by PhantasIPA
Photo of MisSigsFan


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a thick white head. Smell is very unique. Yeast, spice, and fruitiness stand out right away. Taste is similar but has a strong alcohol taste following. Surprisingly easy to drink given the 9.5% ABV, much like other Victory brews with high ABVs. This being the only Tripel I've had, I'm very impressed and look to try others in the future.

Re-review 4/16/2013

Pours a light gold/yellow color with a two finger white head. Smell is of banana, spice, and some other sweetness. Taste is much of the same. Quite spicy with a boozy kick at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with below to average carbonation. Still very drinkable for a 9.5% ABV. A good tripel with spices, but there are much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 03:42:21 | More by MisSigsFan
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- poured into goblet. Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces and completely dissapears quickly, not as much head as I would expect from a tripel

S- typical, yet slightly subdued tripel aromas; powdery yeast with some fruit esters, peppery with a touch of clove, finished with some grainy malt

T- woah, they certainly aren't trying to hide the booze here, as it attacks the palate right away. Once I get past the alcohol, I pick up some faint banana with peppery spice, herbal notes, with a strong boozy finish that is slightly bitter and dry

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish with some alcohol burn at the end

O- the best examples of Tripels are the ones that masterfully hide the high ABV in the beer, this one does not. The alcohol overpowers the traditional tripel flavors and makes it a bit of a boozy mess. I'll stick with the Belgian's.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 01:56:56 | More by Treyliff
Photo of tviz33

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours with one finger of soapy white head over top of a clear golden body.

S- The Belgian spice surely doesn't jump out to me, but it's there in the background. It smells really sweet, but nothing else that really sticks out.

T- This thing is very sweet. The taste is quite off for the style, but still not totally off-putting. The Belgian yeast taste is there but it does leave me with that crisp spice I expect from a tripel.

M- The mouthfeel is actually pretty good. Medium-full with great carbonation.

O- Not an outstanding representation of the style by any means, but not terrible. I'e tried it once before the review, but I will most likely not visit again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 03:12:38 | More by tviz33
Photo of HopsMathias


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap at The Pint Room. Served in a 13oz fluted glass.
Golden pilsner style color with intermittent lacing.
Smells a little sweet.
Taste is slight banana and clove.
Light mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.
Overall pretty good - a mix between Hoegaarden and Stella.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 21:56:46 | More by HopsMathias
Photo of Rope


3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The truest thing about the beer, it is a nice golden yellow with a white head.

Honey and malt, but really struggling to find the Belgian notes.

Starts with a slight lemon, but the honey malt from the nose overpowers. Once again struggling to find anything Belgian.

Well Carbonated, aftertaste lingers a little.

A good beer, but it doesn't strike me as a Tripel Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 16:38:45 | More by Rope
Photo of Bauzen

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color is a misty pale yellow and foam laces beautifully in the glass, but dissolves quickly.

Aroma is potent. Hints of banana and candied ginger round out the bouquet.

An aggressive ABV punches up the all the flavors you take in from the initial aroma, though I found it a little too aggressive for a beer of this genre. The potency won't deter most beer enthusiasts, but it makes for a very 'beefy' tripel - a genre that generally lends itself to Belgian finesse. This beer does not. It wants you to hit you hard, and I don't feel it does the genre justice. The 'higher-rated' tripels out there are lighter and smoother.

That being said, it's a 'good' beer, flavorful and pleasant but deceiving as that 9.5% ABV hits you and you're left wondering what did it. I wish Victory could have let the flavors speak for themselves in this beer. They're certainly using quality ingredients and they know what they're doing.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:22:23 | More by Bauzen
Photo of NateEmz


3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank this straight from the bottle.

Smell was very powerful and almost overwhelming. Taste was very intense and perfume-like. Strong alcohol flavor with intense herbal tones. Too much for my liking. First beer was very strong and potent. After the initial bottle my pallet embraced the beer and I enjoyed it more.

Would like to try this beer on tap, but don't think I will be buying in a store again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:00:34 | More by NateEmz
Photo of DenverLogan


4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Royal Hilltop Tavern in metro Denver.
Served in a stemmed pokal glass.
Gold with significant head.
Aroma of Belgian candy sugar, banana, anise.
Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel.
Flavors of bitter grapefruit rind, grains of paradise, candy sugar, malts.
Overall tasty and rich with some bitterness and pepper spice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 04:52:16 | More by DenverLogan
Photo of deeznuts420


3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a chimay goblet. pours a hazy almost straw like color with sediment floating around and carbonation streaming from the bottom.smells fairly floral with bready and caramel notes. taste and mouthfeel - fairly medium to full body with some bitter hops up front and bready almost funky maltiness. overall a middle of the road tripel that would be alright for newbies to the style to try, but if you've had any of the belgian ones like westmalle, chmay white, or a ton of others it definently doesn't hold a candle. not half as complex as those.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 11:52:36 | More by deeznuts420
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83 out of 100 based on 3,722 ratings.