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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,099 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,099
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 357 | 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:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of cartdan


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

Tripel Ale brewed with Spices - 9.5%

This beer pours medium gold in color with a thick white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is nice - sweet and citrusy with a hint of spice. On first tasting, you get a lot of spice up front - more than I expected, kind of peppery with moderate bitterness. The carbonation level is fairly high in this one. Medium body with a slight creaminess. While drinking you can feel a slight alcohol warmth creeping in, and it finishes fairly dry. You don't feel as though you're drinking a 9.5% ABV beer.

Very nice overall, definitely one to try again, but not in large quantities...

- Dan

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 19:42:35 | More by cartdan
Photo of burnstar


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden Monkey pours a hazy gold color with a nice big head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very yeasty with hints of citrus. Taste is very sweet and malty with some nice fruit complexities- I detect some banana and apple flavors. There is definitely some alcohol evident here as well. This beer has a great medium to full mouthfell with some very nice carbonation and pleasant dry and warming finish. This one can be a little rough due to the alcohol flavors but it is quite tastey and quite good overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 03:42:32 | More by burnstar
Photo of oriolesfan4


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

The first Belgian I ever tried.. a pretty good one too. Now that I've had others I see it isn't the best interpretation but it's still very good. Very spicy.. I mean like, super spicy. This will turn off a lot of people but I thought it was a good flavor. The taste did seem to vary by bottle but for the most part it was a flavorful beer that really warmed you up.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 22:39:29 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey coloured body with lots and lots of yeast suspended in the liquid, and an aggressive carbonation that threatens to bubble over after opening. The aroma is pleasantly fruity, with nice touches of spice, and this is reflected in the flavour. There's something resembling peach and orange, with a pleasant dry malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation. I didn't realise at the time that this was 9.5%, so big kudos to Victory for concealing the alcohol so well.

Thanks to Shawn for sharing!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 14:46:45 | More by bobsy
Photo of Brewzzle


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really want to like Belgian beers but I am having a hard time getting used to them. This tripel however is going a long way to getting me into the style.

It is a beautiful golden colour with minimal head. The aroma is still very Belgian, kind of the skunky yeast aroma that is a bit of a turn off. However things get better when tasted, it is a warm, full bodied ale, very sweet and tempered with various spices I can't put a name to. The aftertaste has only minimal musty yeast like flavours, more emphasis on the sweetness and alcohol. It is a very soft beer, very mellow.

I really enjoyed this ale. Definitely one for those who think they don't like Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 12:35:24 | More by Brewzzle
Photo of Meerkey


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very white, frothy head. Clear, golden, some bubbles.

S: Spices, yeast, and some fruit.

T: Bready yeast. Spicy. Citrusy fruits. Ends grainy.

M: Creamy and carbonated. Refreshing. Very nice.

O: Pretty good beer, I like it. Drinkable; Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:38:22 | More by Meerkey
Photo of Radome


3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Straw to light golden color. Hazy when poured but quickly changes to exceptionally clear. Streams of tiny bubbles rising. Thick white head that lasts. Good Belgian lace.

S - Strong pilsner malt grain mixes with black pepper. Some other spices in the background along with a hint of bubblegum. The finish has assertive hot alcohol. Moderately complex.

T - The overwhelming flavor is cracked black pepper. Grainy malt is underneath. Medium hops bitterness with a grassy flavor.

M - Medium body. Hops bitterness adds to the alcohol burn. Creamy carbonation. Dry finish but the grain note lingers.

O - For me this is a good beer, verging on great. The over-emphasis on black pepper and alcohol heat distract me from the other good qualities. All the aromas and flavors come from the traditional Belgian palette, I just think they could be balanced better.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 04:10:46 | More by Radome
Photo of Metalphanatic


3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A Golden ale with white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: pretty fruity. Hints of Banana, orange, and Lemon.

Taste: Fruity at first (banana, orange, and lemon all present) with a somewhat spicy finish (I'm guessing its from cloves). Can be slightly bitter. But overall, I personally think the ABV is masked well.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, goes down pretty easy at 9.5%

Overall: one of my favorite beers. Not my favorite tripel, but for the cost, it can't be beat.

Serving type: bottle (mostly) I've had it on tap tho and the draught version has more citrus flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 06:02:14 | More by Metalphanatic
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


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

July 2003: Happy American Beer Month!

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with a "Budda-ish"-looking monkey on the label (who sees no evil, hears no evil, and speaks no evil). Bottled on date of 1.10.03.

Appearance: Poured a hazy orangish-yellow. *Lots* of "floaties" in the glass. Impressively thick white head boils and gurgles at first, but settles down to a respectable and tame thin ring. Patchy and persistent lacing.

Smell: Very faint. Strange...Notes of bready yeast and lemons. Nothing easily discerned. You have to work at it.

Taste: Starts off with a peppery orange rind flavor, with a firm malt background. Ends with just a brief cameo appearance by the alcohol, followed by a slight bittering effect on the palate. Nothing that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Hefty body. Good amount of carbonation. Actually, it's pretty smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Beware this monkey! the 9% ABV is well-hidden. Quite easy to empty the glass in a heartbeat. Great combination of flavors and sparse aftertaste make for a well-crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 17:32:40 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours a hazy orangish-yellow with a mountain of dense, thick, foamy white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of spice, yeast, straw, and mild fruit. The taste is spicy with clove and coriander, there are notes of white grapes and banana, there's a little bubblegum, and some straw-like maltyness. There is a little booze that comes through as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm, and well carbonated.

This is a big tripel. It's occasionally boozy, but the flavor profile and mouthfeel make up for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 21:53:45 | More by tdm168
Photo of ElGordo


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

Pours a bright golden color with a creamy, stark white head that only makes a brief appearance. Powerful aroma of coriander and allspice, along with some nice Belgian ale yeast and light sweet malt. Palate is held down by a backbone of sweet, treacly malt, accented by the aforementioned spices and some fruity hops. Notes of peach and treacle are around in there, too. Body is a tad thin for a high-gravity beer, but still serviceable. A nice interpretation of an old-world style.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 05:28:46 | More by ElGordo
Photo of MattFrenzy


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

Complex beer, probably on purpose to mask the 9.5% ABV. Full aroma of spice, fruit, malt, bit of hops and some alcohol. Taste is deep, medium body with hints of many things floating around the palette. Spicy, sweet, malt, carbonation, fruit, etc etc. You just have to try it. Another beer that can sneak up on you if you're not paying attention and go through a few bottles... but its oh so worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 03:02:47 | More by MattFrenzy
Photo of Sixofsigmas


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

Light blond, medium foam, good retention.

Sweet, alcohol, orange, clove, brown sugar, caramel, banana in the nose.

Clove, banana, alcohol, orange, dark grapes, grassy taste.

Nice carb for a light-medium bodied ale. Some alcohol warmth, but it dissipates before offending.

Very enjoyable tripel...would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 08:02:53 | More by Sixofsigmas
Photo of saltydog

New York

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

Bottle dated July 30, 2003 tried October 29. Appearance: Golden yellow; slightly cloudy. Head fades rapidly. Smell: very spicy, some malt. Taste: Dominated by spiciness. Some malt sweetness, some earthy hops. Mouthfeel: creamy, fairly thick. Drinkability: Good, but would prefer more dryness in the beer, and would be more appropriate to style.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 03:12:23 | More by saltydog
Photo of avaldivia


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

Poured 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Golden hay color. Very hazy with a decent size head. Little retention or lacing.

S: Very citrusy and spicy. Some really good yeasty notes.

T: Same as the smell. Very nice spice notes. I know it is at least decent when my roomates taste it and turn away in disgust saying, that is too flavorful.

M: Very light and crisp. Very well carbonated. Very refreshing.

O: No!!! I spilled the majority of it while trying to catch a football. I as really liking it and now it is gone. Good crisp beer to drink when it is hot out. I will have to pick up a sixer of this next time.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 04:42:22 | More by avaldivia
Photo of hanco005


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

Only bought a single, 12 oz bottle, indicating it was bottled on Sep 07 05, poured into my St. Bernardus glass

A—pours golden yellow and cloudy, no head at all…I poured it very slowly to avoid the floaties, no lacing either

S—spicy, over ripe fruit such as banana and melon, mild hints of pepper, a little perfumy as well

T—the ripe fruits and spices come out immediately, the alcohol is hidden well at first, but starts to come out more as it warms, a little bit sweet, overall flavors are balanced very well

M—fizzy, medium bodied, medium/high carbonation

D— good. I ‘d have this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 13:57:08 | More by hanco005
Photo of parkeak0

District of Columbia

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

Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

A: Dark golden, hazy, perhaps a bit darker than typical for the style. While foamy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Tart/funky yeastiness, spice. A good bit of alcohol in the nose and a nice, slightly skunky hop twang.

T: On the sweeter side. Plenty of spice, as indicated on the label. Cloves? Coriander? Pale malt, champagne. Understated (though definitely present) hoppiness. The beer definitely opens up a good bit as it comes to room temperature.

M: Medium body, crisp. Medium carbonation. About par for the course for a tripel, in my opinion.

D: At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol is pretty well hidden in this brew. Pretty drinkable for a tripel, but probably a bit too strong to be a session brew for me.

This is a nice tripel, even if it isn't the most traditional interpretation of the style. A nice offering from one of my favorite breweries on the east coast.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 03:14:22 | More by parkeak0
Photo of RedHaze


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

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a 1 finger white head that quickly fades to a thin cap, with pretty good lacing.

Smell; cloves, orange peel, bananas and hay. It smells like what you would expect from a Belgian style Tripel. It's one of those smells I've really come to like over my years of beer drinking.

Taste; pretty much follows how it smells, with the cloves, oranges, bananas, and those Belgian yeasts. There's just a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish. Mouthefeel is just a little thin for a Tripel. Overall this is a good beer that I will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 00:53:45 | More by RedHaze
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
Photo of ckeegan04


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
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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