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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,048
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 332 | 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 Slynger


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden Monkey pours a deep golden color with an apricot tinge, and a modest sized fuzzy white head that doesn't quite match up to belgian standards.

The nose is sweet malty banana bread, with soft apple fruitiness and some sweet spices.

Pleasant medium-full body has soft creamy carbonation with a smooth, soothing, coating mouthfeel. Sweet banana bread maltiness holds the most weight in the flavor. Light fruity overtones with a nice amount of coriander and black pepper spiciness that shows in the finish.

Golden Monkey is a pretty good american attempt at a belgian but doesn't come close to the real deal. Still a good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 02:29:34 | More by Slynger
Photo of mltobin


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden with a fizzy white head an inch thick. Small sediments make their way through the beverage. The head has good retention as it laces the glass nicely as I consume this beer. Aroma is spicy. Orange peel/orange curaco. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. Very nice. This beer has some taste. There's a bit of alcohol. There's a bit of hard candy. There's some spice, including cinnamon and pepper. A bit lemony. Tangy. All of this backed up with a nice belgian malt backbone. Very complex beer. Has a light-to-medium body I would say. Very drinkable for a beer with this much alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 04:24:31 | More by mltobin
Photo of Vancer


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, how ‘bout that monkey? A very nice cut at a Belgium golden ale – I bet it was a lot cheaper too!

A nice clear golden ale greeted me upon the pour. A fizzy white head would pop up with an aggressive pour, some lacing.

Winter spice and hints of Belgium yeast in the aroma and quaff. Also noted the ol’ coriander and orange peel, nice fruity/sweet start, but a tad harsh (alcohol) in the finish. In fact, that was the one drawback to an otherwise fine brew.

Sharp and tangy, a fine sipper – and a big saludos to BeerBeing for the brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 17:06:37 | More by Vancer
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 18:50:26 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of clayrock81


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light-tan gold body that had a two finger head that died quickly and didn't leave much lacings.
I got a big whiff of citrus and spices, especially some orange, but not much else. Unbelievable smoothness and spicing in this beer, as it is medium-bodyish. The spiciness hits first, then it smooths over the tongue with some caramel and the citric flavors kick in, like orange, and then there is a peppery backbite. To be honest, after the first sip I thought that maybe the bartender gave me the hefe beer next to this, but I checked the bottle to make sure. Not too much malt, but it did have a little breadiness to it (I think). I don't know, I thought this beer tasted real good and I'd have another (I wouldn't session it). People who have had it told me it isn't that good, but I disagree. I don't know, I'd say give it a shot and let your taste buds form their own opinion. (Note: Like stated before, it tasted like a hefeweizen and I love hefe's, so maybe that's why I like it)

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 14:47:32 | More by clayrock81
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminded me of Duvel but with more spices and less carbonation. Me like

A- Nice transluscent gold color with carbonation present but a weak head with no retention

S- Smells like spices with bubblegum clove leading the pack. I also detect spearmint and that classic yeasty beer smell

T- Taste is good and does an ok job of conquering the alcohol. Mostly herbal spices in place of hops. Has a very distinct Belgian yeast, sweet fruity character to it.

M- Feel is just about the best part of this beer. Low carbonation and a light body make it a quick delivery.

D- Too spicy to be chuggable but it is very pleasant in slow consumption

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 02:12:16 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Head quickly fades and leaves very little lacing.

S - Strong bready and yeasty aroma. Lots of banana with light lemony hints.

T - Sweet banana with a slight bready characteristic as well. A very strong yeast taste as well. Somewhat tart giving you a little bit of a puckering sensation.

M/D - Light to medium bodied. Alcohol is not string in the taste at all but you can quickly feel it hit you.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 02:58:33 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of jeddsp


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lemony yellow, decent head. Have to be careful of the pour as you can easily pour a lot of the sediment from the bottle into your beer. Sweet smell....very fruity. This is a very drinkable beer, especially in the summer. I can see myself enjoying more then a few of the while the BBQ is heating up.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 19:33:30 | More by jeddsp
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear medium gold and produced await bubbly head about one and a half fingers high. It dissipates rather fast and leaves little Toni lacing.
The smell is of fruit, honey and yeast.
The taste is quite nice and the tart fruit and honey notes are up front. The middle is very malty with a good dose of yeast. Banana flavors are present. In the finish is a little more hop present.
Nicely balanced medium bodied beer, very drinkable, but there are better contenders in this category. But I liked it very much!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 05:27:41 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of SassyBootblack


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local Old Chicago, bless their hearts. I feel like this stands taller in my memory than when I had this in the bottle ages ago.

Appearance: A crystal clear gold color. Thin white head.

Smell: Phenols and, I'm guessing, some sort of noble hop.

Taste: Big pepper and phenol taste. Sweet pilsner flavor to counteract dryness.

Mouthfeel: Approriately thin for a tripel.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable, like all good strong Belgians.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 17:59:32 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of CHADMC3


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin, foamy white head, which quickly dissipates leaving very little lacing behind while the lively carbonation continues to dance up from the bottom of the glass.

An abundant aroma of cloves, coriander spice, yeast, and fresh hops drifts from the glass.

The flavor resembles the aroma mirroring the clove, spice, and prominent yeast flavors. The hops are more floral or piney, and there is also a slight citrus zest.

The Golden Monkey is medium in body, and fairly high in carbonation with a pleasant palate full of just enough character to take the bite out of the abv.

This is a great Tripel and one of my favorite Victory brews. Tons of flavor to sample and way too easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 01:28:00 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of Mongrel


3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a hazy honey-gold with a couple fingers of white suds that recedes to a healthy film. Moderate lacing. Looks Belgian and wheaty.

S - smell is cool, almost minty, with a little clove and banana peeking through. Also a hint of pink fruit. Intriguing nose.

T - juniper, ginger, banana, guava, peppercorn, cotton candy, orange peel and honey. Sweet, spicy and herbal. What's not to like? A really nice not-so-restrained take on a traditional Belgian tripel.

M - mouthfeel is medium and buttery, with a tiny rye/wheat bite.

Overall - a boozy treat that hides it's alcohol well and delivers on flavor. Although there are definitely some consistency issues and they should be glad I'm reviewing this bottle and not the last one I had, which was flat and flavorless in comparison, with none of the robust banana-wheat characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:34:16 | More by Mongrel
Photo of badbeer


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

Pours a pretty nice golden color with a nice white head that stays for the whole glass. Smell has banana, some clove, lots of breadiness, there seems to be some pepper-like spices. As it warms more, the smell has a sour apple and overripe fruit smell to it as well. Taste starts out with a combination of apricot and banana, moving into some clove and a spicy bread finish. Medium carbonation and medium to full body. Pretty nice, I would probably have this once and a while, worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 04:24:38 | More by badbeer
Photo of brewQ


3.9/5  rDev +6%
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!)

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 14:13:57 | More by brewQ
Photo of BetterDarker


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

12 ounce bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Impressive billowy and fluffy white head with great lacing. Pours a clear golden color; very nice looking beer.

S - Aroma has that classic Belgian hop profile, slight tart and earthy. Some biscuit like malt aroma as well. Despite it's 9.5% ABV, no booziness in the nose.

T - So far it looks like a triple, smells like one, and wouldn't you know, it tastes like one too. It has that distinctive Belgian yeast flavor, coupled with earthy hops and a sweet finish. Alcohol is well masked.

M - Medium body, smooth with good carbonation.

D - A good, solid beer, ABV is masked well, this was included in a mix pack, glad a have a few more, but I probably will not buy a six pack of just this.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 13:21:58 | More by BetterDarker
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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