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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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3,997 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,997
Reviews: 1,605
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 57
Gots: 313 | 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 pmcadamis


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow-gold with a surprisingly small one and half finger head of crisp white foam. The beer is slightly hazy, and leaves some wet spots of lace on the glass. When in the light, the color becomes much more brilliant and almost highlighter yellow. The small head fades quickly to a thin collar and some flimsy smoke over the brew.

S - Lemon infused tea, wheaty twang, and a gentle suggestion of honey. The hops are floral, I can appreciate lots of coriander and other spices, and there are tons of citrus notes...predominately lemon rind. This smells much more like a witbier than a triple.

T - This tastes much more sweet and assertive than it smells. Big time fresh honeycomb straight from the hive, green apple, lemon cake, and some crisp lemon cookie like nuances. This looks and smells pretty boring, but the taste is really nice. Quite a surprise actually.

M - Medium to full bodied with an oily texture and prickly fine carbonation. This is pretty cool because it's at once aggressively carbonated and super slick. The alcohol is not detectable in the flavors, but you sure can feel it warm your throat from the inside. Nice.

D - Not a bad tripel at all. This has a lot of characteristics that remind me of a wit, but with tons more alcohol and sugar. Sort of reminds me of Celis Grand Cru.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 16:03:41 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of Elemental


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

Pours a nice golden copper color with a thin amount of head thought there was a lot of carbonation. Decent armoa but I thought it was a little week. Slightly hoppiness but mainly a spicy type smell. The taste was good with a good balance of malt, spice, and bitternss. Hints of fruit and yeast. Not to strong for such a high alcohol beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 18:02:23 | More by Elemental
Photo of Minotaur


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

As the name implies a pure liquid gold poured into the Golden Monkey goblet from a 12 ounce.

The head is abundant and fluffy, pouring up 1/3rd of the goblet. It quickly fades to a pretty white skim atop the pils-colored beer and settles there with little lacing. Bubbles continue to emanate up the goblet to the beer surface through out the drink.

The aroma is a burst of hops sour bitterness, some sourdough bread, a bit of dry maltiness with a hint of wine-like pear.

The taste is amazingly similar to the flavor: it starts of completely dry and somewhat one-dimensional with the tart Belgian yeast, dry caramel malt, and pronounced hops. The bitterness of the hops blends well with a prominent alcohol taste. As the beer warms the hops release a floral scent and taste which becomes rosy, grassy and hints at a tangy citrus (almost tomato sweet-sour). The dryness continues but a bit of sweetness does balance out the sharpness. The hop character provides a distinctly American profile overlaying the Belgian underpinning.

The mouth-feel is very smooth and effervescent, warming, bubbly and soft on the back of the tongue. The smoothness of this beer is in fact deceiving as it does creep up and hit strongly. The pils and soft yeast character make the beer dangerously drinkable. Especially with heavier food it goes down quite easily.

As a beer it stand strongly on its own; I believe it is most representative of an American take on the Belgian beer due to the keynote Victory use of hops. "Belgian Inspired" reflects it accurately.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 01:27:59 | More by Minotaur
Photo of avylover


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

June 02 03 bottling. Looks like a belgian triple should. It's a straw/hazy yellow with a decent frothy white head, and decent carbonation to boot. Nothing to write home to mom about, but it loooks like what I paid for.Smell of sweet & fruity esters along with some slight maltiness and barely detectable hoppiness. Taste is excellent. I remember trying this in the past and being a little unimpressed..it seemed a bit "all over the place". Not this time. Taste is quite good with apples, oranges, grapes detected in the the taste. A bit sweeter than most triples, but the carbonation helps balance this a bit, but not quite enough..this beer after a few sips tends to be a bit too sweet. Decent mouthfeel that's crisp at first but turns a bit syrupy. Alcohol is masked well. I'm impressed. Victory seems to get better & better. A good attempt at a tough style.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 00:13:55 | More by avylover
Photo of Kisejohn

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Victory - Golden Monkey

Appearance: Honey color with slight chill haze. An aggressive pour almost lead to disaster. Five fingers of head, with some nearly on the table.

Aroma: Yeast fruitiness predominates. Some malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol as the beer warms.

Taste: Belgian yeast flavors take center stage. Fruit, spice, and hints of banana. Malt sweetness from beginning to end. Little to no hop flavor detected.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with very high carbonation. Pour gently or risk disaster.

Overall: This is a fruity sweet beer, well within style. This would beer the perfect beer to pair with desert.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 20:40:03 | More by Kisejohn
Photo of endincolorado


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

Appearance- Hazy straw color with thick white head, good retention, bits of yeast floating around.

Smell- Fragrant yeasty aromas, light fruitiness, citrus and crisp bready malt.

Taste- Dry, crisp flavor, followed by sweet fruitiness, crackery malt, strong yeast-spice, followed by dry, grapefruit-bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, nice carbonation, slight tingle from alcohol.

Drinkability- High ABV is the only thing holding this back from being a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 22:02:05 | More by endincolorado
Photo of twbrewer


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

A-Served in a tulip,it pours a light golden color with a 2" white head that stuck to the glass the entire time.

S-Apples,sweet ones at first then making way to a light alcohol scent and I think I can smell bubblegum.

T-A spicy and peppery sweetness with a tiny hop bite.Finishes with a nice soft malt.

M-plenty of carbonation create a creamy mouthfeel that at first seems prickly.

D-Easy to drink but be careful with the abv,it can sneak up on you.The smell reminds me more of a wit or a hefe,but otherwise no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 05:49:29 | More by twbrewer
Photo of superdedooperboy


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

Served up at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA. 12 oz. bottle with freshness date clearly printed poured into a pint glass. Bottle-conditioned goodness gives a freshness date two years off.

Pours rich and golden in color. A nice thick froth issues forth, retaining well and holding on to the sides of the glass. Lots of yeast particles in suspension, taking away from the appearance a bit.

Smells mostly of yeasty spiciness, along with some honeyed sweet notes.

Nice, medium body with a middling level of carbonation. Some sweet malt flavor showing up in the front, with a middle full of yeasty clove spiciness; other spice notes abound, most likely not sourced by the yeast but rather the spices that the beer is brewed with (according to the label); ginger, cardamom, anise, and other spice notes seem apparent. A rounded honey flavor levels things out, and the beer finishes somewhat dry and spicy.

A definite sipper; sadly, I was forced to down this rather quickly. Alcohol is formidable, and there's a bit too much going on to make the beer fully drinkable, but for a nice take on the style, this is certainly a good pick.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 16:40:48 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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

Another top-notch sample from Victory... been waiting a long time to sample this brew, and it was worth the wait... an awesome American depiction of a Belgian style... pours a hazy, cloudy, golden, straw-colored appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon was gone... Nice citrus and floral aroma with a sweet presence certainly noticeable... taste is bombarded with sugars, candy, vanilla, slight caramel, and pears... very sweet flavor that tackles the tongue... good job by Victory for creating a true-to-the-style brew that is really pleasing... Nice mouthefeel with a good drinkabiliy that took a little bit of a hit due to the hefty 9.5% ABV and the slight alcohol that is noticeable in the taste... otherwise, a very good brew, worthy of praise and recognition... good stuff... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 00:01:31 | More by dsa7783
Photo of neonbrown82


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

This is pretty spot-on for a tripel, but it fails to be anything truly special in my opinion. Pours to a hazy golden yellow with a nice fluffy white head on it. A decent carbonation rises from the bottom of the goblet.

The smell is of banana and yeasty, musty, barnyard funk. Smells very belgian.

The taste is on the drier side of sweet with a huge graininess and banana. A nice subtle candi sugar flavor peeks out in the finish. A bit of clove. Quite funky. Good, but doesn't seem to blow me away.

The mouthfeel is spicy and slightly carbonated. The mouth becomes parched after a while. Not something I would want to drink more than one of, but glad I was able to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 06:53:17 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of dude


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh how I love to hate the golden monkey! The first time I tried this beer was also my first belgian experience. Hated it. I got back on the horse because the S-I-L raves about the stuff and I got hooked on it at their wedding. Now I hate it for an entirely different reason.

It pours golden yellow, slightly cloudy but less than expected. No lacing whatsoever. Where are the hop oils, man? Aroma is light, herbal and floral with an underlying sweet smell. Taste is initially sharp with an ETOH flavor kick that disappears almost as quickly as it came and the lingering flavors are very pleasant -- candy sugar, bready and malty, spicy hop notes as well. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with crisp carbonation level. Finish is dry and the drinkability is devilishly good for such a potent potable. Its a shame the name duvel was already taken.

The only downside is that I am, almost, completely worthless the day following consumption. And yes its happening again. Drink with caution and have nothing strenuous planned mentally or otherwise. Putting on my sweatpants correctly followed by successfully microwaving a pizza is the best possible outcome for tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 01:23:18 | More by dude
Photo of gabedivision

New York

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Duvel glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, almost a burnt orange in the right light with a HUGE head that levels off to a nice bubbly head that stays with the glass. High lemon citrus on the nose nice spice on the fall back, with fresh scents of apples, pears, and grapes. Spicy lemon taste with hints of fruit also coming out, lemons, oranges, grapefruits, some alcohol, lots of bittering hops to close on the finish. The feel is light, crisp, smooth, warm on the tongue and bitter. Overall this beer is ok, i cant slam it and i cant praise it, it very much has (to me anyhow) more of a BPA sort of feel then it does a Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 02:26:22 | More by gabedivision
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 05:32:30 | More by Neehan
Photo of BeerCon5


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

Pours a nice orange color with a good amount of white foamy head.

The scent is of light citrus, yeast, and sugar.

The taste is very sweet, flavors of banana, pears, citrus, and sugar.

Medium-bodied, very crisp with lively carbonation.

Very easy to drink a few of these even with a higher ABV, also quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 20:25:53 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of plaztikjezuz


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

pours a hazy straw color with a slight lacy head.

aroma is a little skunky, sweet, slight spice.

the flavor is great fruity, spicy, hopsack, carmelized sugar.

the mouthfeel is a little watery but that is to style.

beer is very drinkable can be enjoyed or a cold night or a hot day,

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 23:44:36 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of onehomesickalien

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really liked this beer overall, but due to a fairly intense and odd spice addition, I can see why some may not.

Appearance: Nice golden color with minor lacing.

Smell: Not much. A mix of fruit, spice and alcohol.

Taste: Excellent. I love the fairly strong taste of clove, cinnamon and something else I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: The body is not very thick, but there is a film that sticks around a little too long.

Drinkability: The taste wins over everything else making this one well worth the effort. Twos the limit however.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 00:18:12 | More by onehomesickalien
Photo of Paincane


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

A: Golden straw colored poured into chalice with white head and mild lacing.
S: Yeast, coriander, alcohol
T: Spices and herbal flavor abound. Yeast and warmth of alcohol are readily apparent.
M: Medium-Bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Clean finish. Crisp.
O: Very nice, enjoyable beer. I would definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:16:31 | More by Paincane
Photo of bsend


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Leffe Goblet.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep golden color remeniscent of BMC style lager. Small white head forms that doesn't retain for very long. Not bad looking but for the stlye a little unimpressive.

Smell: Sharp smell of bananas, spice (corriander, clove), and other aromatics. Both pleasing and bold. Big plus for this style.

Taste: Good definitive flavor. Large amounts of spice, followed by small hops to end off the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Dry like champagne, and definitely more heavily carbonated than some brews of the same style.

Drinkability: 9.5% abv, and large amounts of spice don't stop this from going down easy enough. Overall, several of these can be had during a session.

Final Thoughts - A decent entry into the world of Tripels. Not my favorite of the style but a good effort for Victory. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 18:42:41 | More by bsend
Photo of Junnila


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

Pours a nice golden color with a slightly off white head. Very good carbonation. Smells a bit spicy and yeasty (is that a word?). Complex taste, medium bodied mouthfell, and good drinkability for the ABV. Solid American Tripel and one I would love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 01:32:50 | More by Junnila
Photo of IrishRedRock


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

Wow, this stuff is strooong! A good strong Belgian-style, but I still prefer other beers over this of similar style. I am re-reviewing this beer now, almost 2 years the day...my how far I have come. Today is July 9, 04. Anyway, back to the beer. Looks beautiful with a huge pillowy head, and is very smooth despite the 9.5 abv. Needs more oomph in the nose to back up its big-beer profile. Aroma is nice, citrusy, spicy, mildy hoppy and alcoholic, but more reminiscent of a Belgian Wit moreso than a Tripel. It's a smooth Tripel as well, which is a bit of an oxymoron. Where's that spicy carbonated bite? I don't know if I should complain or not on that front. One that is quite quaffable but could use some more "tough-guy" character.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2002 21:12:10 | More by IrishRedRock
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a beautiful deep cloudy yellow. Fluffy white head about 2 fingers thick. Very attractive so far.

Smell: bready yeast. small fruity smell of weak apricots that give it a sweetness.

Taste: fruity like the apricots. Still some bread it it. as let it sit in my mouth i can taste a bit more fruitiness like i have a fruit roll-up in my mouth (tropical flavor). Alcohol is slightly present. i taste the hops come out too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and good. carbonation is medium. alcohol gives it a full mouthfeel, but isnt that present.

Overall a great beer, i think. I could choose this over some belgiums, or be fooled this is a good belgium in a blind taste, but at the same time, i would choose many others of this style. very drinkable though. The alcohol is way too hidden in this one as i feel i could down a six pack of this in one night.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 06:10:08 | More by acrawf6
Photo of beeragent


3.9/5  rDev +6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 06:56:05 | More by beeragent
Photo of mvanaskie13


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

Pours from the bottle a hazy yellow orange with slight head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing on the glass.

Smell is fruits and spice with a mild yeast scent, not overpowering but intriguing.

Taste is a mellow fruitiness and a little yeast with a kick of spices. Strong lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, a good presence with the spices hitting the sides of your tongue.

Not my type of drinkable beer, but definitely enjoyable for one.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 00:28:34 | More by mvanaskie13
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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 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
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