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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,698
Hads: 5,124
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 133
Gots: 1,125 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Photo of Slamms
4/5  rDev +7.8%

The label description on this American mass-produced product made me skeptical:
"rich in the spirited tradition of Belgian-inspired brewing" -- an elaborate euphemism that it wasn't really a genuine Belgian style tripel? But the initial aroma that hit my nostrils and the first sip allayed my fears -- this could have been brewed in Belgium. Something distinctly redolent of Duvel (or perhaps Brookyln Local #1, perhaps the superior example of this genre brewed in America) immediately hit me. Admittedly the head was scant, and not particularly dense,but the lacing lingered plenty long enough.

This brew is immediately reminiscent of Brooklyn Local #1, Duvel, and Fin Du Monde, and maybe objectively lacking in certain respects to all of those (with maybe the exception of Fin Du Monde which tends to be so variable in quality), and yet, absolutely a thumbs up, with an anticipation to buy this beer again. And again. The things I don't like about it -- the taste that lingers on the palate (while writing this review say) is slightly bitter, oily, and vaguely reminiscent of bud lite. Also, this beer when ice cold is better than the dregs.

Someone below commented negatively on the so-so review of the Brothers. Some things I have to agree with the Brothers on:

"a cloudy golden colour topped with a thin white lace, but with pour [sic?] head retention"
"Floral, bready, a bit yeasty in the nose"

"A pleasing herbal flavour stretches the entire tasting experience. Malty sweet and very sugary (like golden syrup from England), with bread and yeast flavours"

"Quite the one dimensional beer actually"

" Is it a good beer? Yes it is, good ... but that's about it"

Well, what else do you want brothers? No question I will buy this again.

I do take exception though to the name "Golden Monkey", as there are no monkeys in North America. How about "Golden Retriever", the perfect dog, though perhaps maybe lacking, but on the label, surrounded by rays of light. I've drinken about 1 and 3/4 of Golden Monkeys now, so, maybe that clouds my judgment. (2,070 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

I like this, but the alcohol is a little much. Nice yeast profile and maltiness. The hops are present in the beginning and then fade away to the alcohol bitterness and yeastiness. (179 characters)

Photo of Brackh
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Nice orange and yellow color. Has a weird smell but I like it. Smells like a hefeweizen. Nice and smooth. Spicy and good. Not my normal style but I like it.

Wife's Review: "More mild than I expected. I like it, but probably wouldn't have more than one." (254 characters)

Photo of buzzarooski
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank You Victory Brewing Company for creating this smooth golden concoction with a kick! NOT to sound like a total "LUSH" but it is nice to drink 2 or 3 bottles of Golden Monkey and still get the same "BUZZ" as you get from 6 or 7 regular beers. How did they get a beer with this much Alcohol (9.50% ABV) to taste this good? (325 characters)

Photo of weirdohappy
4.75/5  rDev +28%

This beer! Pours the dankest golden yellow to ever fill a glass. Much like the color of urine when you're extremely dehydrated and perhaps have taken some Aleve or ibuprofen. Following the instructions and giving a vigorous pour to raise a foamy head , the aromas really opened . I also allowed it to slowly warm as I was mopping and bleaching the kitchen floor since my dog has some kind of bladder issues that make her eat dog food that makes her pee more, which is good for her but bad if you happen to have to work all day. One word: linoleum. Linoleum floors everywhere. And the taste is great . Very smooth. (613 characters)

Photo of PVMT
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having tried Dirtwolf and really liking this, I gave this a try. Poured out of a bomber, the color and aroma were awesome. A very flavorful beer -- very smooth, not a lot of bite and really tasty. I don't understand the overall BA rating at all. Much better than advertised. (274 characters)

Photo of Shadar
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Very tasty and cheap Belgian Style Triple. It's no where near the level of a Trappist Ale, but it's very good and strong for the $1.40 I can get it for at World Market during their 30% off Build Your Own Six-Pack sale. (219 characters)

Photo of jefftuck47
1/5  rDev -73%

I guess this is one of those beers that proves that different people can taste things very differently. I took one sip of this and couldn't believe how bad it was. I came here and looked it up and was surprised that it had so many good reviews. Maybe I got a bad bottle. I may try it again but I won't be going out of my way to find it. (340 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

The golden monkey. Have heard mixed things about it. Here goes:

A: Very uninspiring. Pours a clear yellow (far clearer than most tripels - was this not bottle-conditioned or something) with a medium-sized head that disappears immediately. Little lacing, especially for a tripel. Not good. 2/5

S: Smell makes up for the appearance somewhat. Clove, banana, white pepper, various spices (extremely spicy beer), etc. However, the bready smell is somewhat lacking. I'm beginning to think that the beer is not bottle-conditioned despite being a tripel. 3.5/5.0

T: Taste is OK, but come on, Allagash, Unibroue and Weyerbacher all make much better tripels. No breadiness, but has banana, candied sugar, clove, coriander and an array of spices. Good on the spices, bad on the breadiness. Really should do a better job bottle-conditioning this beer. 3.25/5.00

M: Just OK. Again, lack of breadiness makes this tripel lacking. 3.5/5.0

O: Just meh. Really disappointing for its style. 3.25/5.00 (1,010 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured a rich golden color with a good lasting head. The aroma is dominated by cloves and other spices I can't quite pick out. The flavor is a decent enough balance of the spices and malt with hops in the background. Very dry finish. Decent carbonation and mouth feel. Overall a good effort if you like this style. (319 characters)

Photo of sobapan
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

I just picked up a 4-pack of Victory's DirtWolf IIPA only to find that someone had swapped one with a Golden Monkey. This was my first time trying Victory. Based on the reviews, I didn't have much expectation. However, I am very pleasantly surprised. This beer is incredibly balanced for being 9.5% in my opinion. Some reviewers are saying that it tastes very strong, I didn't find that to be the case at all. Sweet and creamy tripel. Paired incredibly well with spicy food. (474 characters)

Photo of Skepticalfriend
4.95/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't understand why the bros reviewed this so low. They need to have another.

If you pay really close attention to each sip, the qualities kind of disappear - you have to just drink it and not think too much. You'll realize how good it is. It's got such a nice light (golden?) taste and feel, but it's also rich and flavorful - some spice and floral - especially the afterglow. Sweet the main thing for me. Virtually no hop bitterness.

A - Gorgeous pour.

S - Not strong, but not distracting or bad. I give it a five not because it was a perfect smell, but because for me it's not part of the experience - it's mild/neutral and doesn't detract from the drinking of it.

T - See above.

M - I guess I do like a bit more carbonation, but that's not really the thing with this style right?

O - Again, don't focus on each sip. Just enjoy it. (846 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright pale gold in the glass the head starts out about a finger thick and then settles to a fine film on the top of the liquid. The smell is quite yeasty at least that is the first thing I notice. Behind that there is a bit of banana maybe some lemon or citrus and finally some bready/wheaty malt. This beer starts out quite sweet, the malt comes through but it doesn't seem much more than a single dimension. There is some bitterness but just a touch and some peppery spiciness but again everything seems kind of muted and like it needs more. Some of the alcohol comes through in this one which I maybe expected for the style but that tied with the sweetness reducing the mouthfeel a bit for me. Overall I'd have to say that this is just so so maybe a nice attempt but I would have expected better from this brewer. (852 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow color, fairly large fizzy head that fades at a quick pace but leaves a decent lasting cap afterwards, bubbles constantly rising from the bottom, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a yeasty lemony aroma, touches of banana with a sweet malt backing.

Taste starts out with a strong Belgian candied flavor, lemon follows along with some coriander, carbonation is medium-high but closer to the high side, kind of explodes in your mouth and fills with foam, at first the alcohol is well hidden but with each sip it becomes more apparent.

Got this in a mixed pack, solid budget Tripel. (602 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of singles from Total Wine back at the end of April for $2.29 per bottle. Best before 1-31-2017.

Beer poured golden with a thin wispy head that is hanging around.

Nose has classic Belgian esters, hints of apple and maybe some lemon.

Taste is coriander forward to the point where it overwhelms the base beer. Apple and lemon linger in the back.

Overall not a bad beer but no where near a classic Belgian tripel. (433 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours golden yellow with a two-finger head that lasts a few minutes and has a bit of lacing.

S - Quite mild. Aroma of a domestic Pilsner, with a little sweet added.

T - Not much character in this beer. Tastes very mild. A little sweet, a little pine, a little herb. ABV is well-hidden.

M - A little carbonation, but not a rich beer.

O - Belgian Tripels that are actually from Belgium are better than this beer. I was underwhelmed by this beer. (451 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American Belgian pours a luminous clear golden with thick white head that dissipates to thin white bubbles and light lacing. Smell of light fruit, apple, lemon, fresh bread, and sweet Belgian candy sugar. Taste is velvety smooth with tastes of crisp apple, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, a hint of clove, and loads of Belgian candy sugar. Warming and boozy up front and on the sides, sweetness on the aftertaste and throughout with a light white pepper coming through---not overpowering though. SOLID Belgian brewed in an American style. While the notes of this brew from the bottle are somewhat favorable I would challenge naysayers to try it on growler at cellar temperatures. I currently have this in the fridge in bottle form, but wanted to try it on growler before giving a review since I have had it before and loved the growler so much more for it's depth of character. (877 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at one of the local quick marts.

A: Slightly cloudy golden with an extreme amount of head. (too much) Moderate retention.

S: TONS of bread. Yeast and bread. Underlying floral notes and alcohol. Outstanding.

T: Bread, malt and slight fruit. A bit alcoholic as well.

M: A moderate richness that sticks. Fair bit of carbonation and smooth. That said, It's disappointing somehow? Hard to describe.

O: Love the smell. The flavor is also good. The appearance and feel prevent it from being great unfortunately. (520 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rarely does the taste of Belgium ring so true by American brewers. But it does so with Victory's Golden Monkey. Just shy of abbey-type dryness or effervescence, the otherwise spice-to-fruit balance is true to form, and with more than just a "kiss" of hops.

Delicate floral tones waft about, just ahead of the initial taste, carrying with it the whimsy of honey suckle and sugar cookie. With a bready-sweet taste, the flavors erupt with the tangy acidity of sparkling white wine.

Then as the ale simply blooms across the middle palate, flavors unfold with the fruitiness of lemon, apple and slightly under-ripened orange and then the simple rebuttal of white pepper and clove. Settling into a more earthen pattern, elements of sod and dry hay come about as its surprising bitterness begins to show.

A quick finish stems from the expressive carbonation, allowing much of the taste to develop after the beer dissolves; leaving behind bracing vinous acidity, pleasant herbal bitterness and a finish of talc. Still, waves of vanilla and mint trail closely behind.

With glimmers of finesse and grace, there's a steadfast demeanor of the ale that doesn't back down- giving it the decoration of candied fruit but with with vinous influence of monastic rigidity. (1,257 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a. Clear golden orange color with a 2 finger head that retains rather well when poured into a pint glass.

s. Coriander and cloves - which I do not like.

t. The spices take over this beer as opposed to supporting it. If you do not like coriander, stay away.

m. Has very good mouthfeel with good carbonation - silky texture.

o. I do not like coriander and cloves, so disregard this review if you enjoy them. (410 characters)

Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type bottle.

Appearance Golden straw with very minimal white head that dissipates into a wormhole of nothingness with lots of tiny bubbles rising and yeast floaters.

Smell is like fruits , the yeast, spice. very pleasant smell very aromatic.

Taste is well , Not bad, my only second tripel style very satisfying , floral almost fruit like taste of a spiced cider, something that would taste good on a fall night. A dry after finish with the spice tingle on the front of my tongue.

Mouthfeel is light , the small carbonation lingers as it goes down ,

Overall not bad enjoyable, Pleasant refreshing, would recommend if you like ciders . (647 characters)

Photo of mijo2925
1/5  rDev -73%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

... JEESSUUUSS!!! This beer is heinous. No, offense guys... I loved your IPA. I put your IPA right up against my other favs: Magic Hat, Bells 2 hearted, Sweetwater420... ahhhh, miller lite. But this brass monkey is GAWD AWEFUL!!! This beer fails a new un-official standard... The drunk and stoned with no other beer standard.. This shit went down the drain... couldn't do it, I've been drinking and watching world cup soccer all day. This was the beer that made me say: 'Alright, time to cut it off...' Thanks for killing my buzz ass monkey!!!! If I were in prison and it was this or the hooch out of my cellie's butt hole... I would blumpkin him for the hooch.

[Sip]... Yep, I stand by this review/ (701 characters)

Photo of Coagulater
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah the "Monkey". A good a place as any for my first review.
I really enjoy everything Victory has brewed (Dirt Wolf is a personal favorite).
As far as triples go, this one stands out from the crowd because it's unique. Banana seems to be proudly up front...Hense, monkey( I'm guessing) with a nice blend of spices. It's sweet but not too sweet. The 9+ ABV is masked well by all the other flavor going on here.

It pours a clear golden color (be careful not to dump in the sludge from the bottom or you'll have a murky monkey with floaters).

Unique smell and flavor as I mentioned...

Lacing was thin an left quickly.

Mouthfeel is nice ...nice carbonation and not thick and syrupy like other triples. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a very good, different, triple ale.
Cheers! (782 characters)

Photo of AyeMito
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a light bronze color with a white foamy head when poured. The beer has a popping citrus tone with a small touch of sourness, which is also complimented with hints of creamy, spiced vanilla. Altogether, the scent is subtle and rich with a smooth finish. The taste soon follows with a crisp bite of citrus and spice which relaxes into a creamy vanilla top off. The finish however, is not fully relaxed. It leaves with a slight bite of bitterness, which combines to give a slight fruity banana-like finish. This Tripel Ale is great! It's a refreshing Belgian style beer and appealing to "Hop Heads" looking to branch out.

First review on beeradvocate! Hope everyone enjoys!

Mito (683 characters)

Photo of Boggdogg
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a very slightly cloudy golden color with a below average white head fades quickly with no lacing. This is all subjective but not a good appearance.

S-smell is very mild with hints of fruit and unfamiliar spices. Really not much aroma

T-taste is very good. Very well balanced not really bitter at all except the aftertaste. Not really sure what I taste... Belgin yeast? Whatever it is, it's good!

M-good smooth beer light bodied beer. Not dry either which I lke

O-never had this belgin triple ale style beer befor but I really enjoyed this beer. Smooth well balanced beer. Highly recommended. (604 characters)

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,698 ratings.