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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,077 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,077
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 347 | 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 Burt

Rhode Island

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

Served in a chalice.

Orange yellow that is slightly hazy, big off white and thick head that disperses slowly and leaves light lacing.

Yeasty spiciness, light banana with some alcohol.

Banana with some spiciness and bitterness finishes almost dry with a light alcohol burn.

Good beer that is 9.5%, could barely taste the alcohol. Very easy drinking that goes done very smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 21:07:57 | More by Burt
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North Carolina

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

The beer poured a crystal clear golden and then I inadvertently let the yeast chunkies spill into the glass. The head was white and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and alcoholic with a slightly vinous aroma.

The flavor was slightly sweet with a slight spice and nicely accomplished flavor that dries quickly. Some yeasty flavors were present. No real complexity

The finish was just dry with a slight spice that remains into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a definite alcohol presence.

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on Nov 11, 03.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 22:16:59 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, effervescent yellow. Thin head that stays for a while. Quite a melange of aromas: yeast, bread, lemon, butterscotch. Sweet and sour taste. The high alcohol content is apparent but not overpowering or distracting. Nice rich, creamy mouthfeel. This is quite a summer quaffer although you couldn't pound down very many of them. If you want to tie one on, this is your baby. Another accomplished brew by one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 17:35:29 | More by mickstepp
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy, brilliant gold topped with a 2-1/2 finger white head that dissipated slowly. Decent lacing left behind throughout.

S- Slightly sweet. Hint of honey and clove.

T- Hint of honey and fruit. Clove spices.

M- Light and fizzy carbonation. Slightly warm on swallow. Somewhat creamy. Clean and crisp.

O- Never had a bad beer from Victory. I'd almost call this a light summer beer...except the ABV punches you in the head when you least expect it.
ABV is dangerously deceptive. Will definitely seek out more!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 21:31:46 | More by capeannbass36
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Bottled on what appears to be July 22, 2009. Comes in at 9.5%.

A-Pours a semi-opaque straw yellow. It has a one finger crackling off white head that does not shrink a lot. It leaves some nice lace.

S-Aromas of Belgian yeast, sparkling apple cider, banna, clove, spice and candy sugar.

T-It begins with a variety of fruit aromas. Apple is the strongest, but there is also lemon and banana flavor. It has plenty of Belgian yeast character. The clove used is noticeable, but not distracting. There is a touch of booze at the end. It is a little grainy in the back. I enjoyed it more when it was at a cooler temperature.

M-It is thicker bodied and well carbonated for the style.

D-A pretty good beer that masks most of the abv.

I haven't tried this one in over two years. I enjoyed it enough but would not let it warm up too much. Not a bad deal for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:21:21 | More by mjl21
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Bottle states that it was bottled on October 21, 2004. I really dig it when bottles let you know when they were born as opposed to "freshest if drank by..." Just a style preference though. Nothing to hang your hat on...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a bright white head. Has cool little yeasties floating in it. The head quickly disappates which is kind of a bummer but it rings the glass nicely.

Smell: Very spicy. I pick up whiffs of clove and coriander. Also, the yeast seems to be pretty up front.

Taste: Very spicy up front. It follows with some wheat bread, coriander, a little bit of pine and orange (from the hops I'm assuming), some apples and pears, with a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with up front carbonation. Coats the palate and throat on the way down. Leaves a pleasant orangey aftertaste.

Drinkability: I could easily see having a couple of these. The alcohol definitely makes an appearance as it warms up so I wouldn't drink more than two.

Notes: I'm not a big fan of Belgians and from what I've read, this is the exception and not the norm. An enjoyable beer but I still prefer my American hop bombs or my Russian Imperials. I would definitely recommend this to all.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 19:38:18 | More by mattcrill
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on-tap at Victory, this Tripel pours a pale golden hue with some lighter yellowish highlights. The decently full pure white head recedes quickly to nearly nothing and leaves no real lace.

The aroma consists of lots of bright but rather yeasty fruits and wheat. Citrus, cherry, apricot, apple, honey, and caramel malt. A bit of spice is there as well; primarily coriander. Sweet, tangy and starchy.

Bright and very yeasty wheat. Again lots of fruit: citrus, apricot, cherry. The grain lingers well with some honey sweetness, more fruit, and some citric tartness. The flavors meld well but aren't terribly complex (and that's not necessarily a bad thing).

Heavy on the palate but clean. Bright with a yeasty warmth that lingers with a fruity vinous quality. The texture/flavor is a surprise after observing the appearance. I really expected something lighter and bubbly. Tasty and complete, a very solid selection. But beware because this stuff will sneak up on you fast with a relatively well hidden 9.5% abv.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2007 18:24:43 | More by letsgopens
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden color with a large white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Strong yeasty aroma upfront with some banana and cloves.

Similar to the aroma, the taste delivers with the same yeasty notes along with fruity notes of banana and pear.

Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Not a favorite of the style overall, but for an American made Tripel, this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 17:51:30 | More by Vengeance526
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a murky yellow orange color with zero (see:none) head. The nose gives big spice, yeast, alcohol, orange, and something woody. The taste is at first malt, then alcohol and yeast, countered by orange and spice. Has a peppery dry finish. airly drinkable for a big full bodied beer, nicely flavored and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 02:06:16 | More by dherling
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange/golden (duh) color with a white head and some lacing left over. Looks similar to butterscotch or an orange Gatorade.

Smell - Very strong fruitiness blasts you from the get-go and not much else. Citrus and some maltiness, possibly?

Taste - Difficult to describe at best. I immediately taste banana on the first sip. Some spices mixed within. Otherwise this one is like a pack of Skittles, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel - This one had a little more carbonation than I thought it would. The sweetness mixed with some bitterness really gets the salivary glands kicking.

Drinkability - At 9.5% ABV, this one is a hazard, but it is light and smooth and ifyou like the sweetness and the spiciness, this is a good try.

Overall - Another triumph for Victory. This is an excellent brew with some good characteristics. Take this one for a dance.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 22:51:10 | More by Edwin
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3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A vigorous pour filled my tulip glass up to the very top with a quickly fading head. The active carbonation maintained a thin film on top of the beer, which I find to be very nice. Not much lacing to speak of. The color is fantastic. It's a bright gold, but depending on the light I see yellow or copper colored highlights. This beer is very clear and particularly nice in mellow sunlight.

S - Spiciness with a bit of clove.

T - Banana and spice up front. A touch of sweetness here, a dab of bitterness there as the beer progresses through the finish. The alcohol is present, but less so than the 9.5% would suggest.

M - Wonderful bubbly carbonation that feels almost pillowy in the mouth, but the finish leaves a bit of a sticky feeling. I wish it finished a little cleaner.

O - Nice beer, very flavorful. I would see no need to have more than one of these in an evening. Nice addition to an afternoon watching golf.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 17:35:26 | More by Andrew041180
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in a trappist glass...intriguing aroma of grapefruit with yeast to spare....balanced hops/malts too...the body is an attractive orange, though only a rim of head exists...carbonated malt explodes at the back of the mouth, while a fleeting sizzle creases the tongue...for a triplel, this shows softly by mid-finish...another victory for Victory.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 02:52:01 | More by dacrza1
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District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Chalice

Pours a light golden color with no bubbles. Little head that dissipates quickly but a little lingers for a while.

Smells like bananas with a little tobacco.

No huge flavors, but the banana smell is carried through. High alcohol content is present. A little hoppy aftertaste that is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is very good at first. Very nice carbonation and "grittiness" but the aftertaste is almost soapy and not good.

I'm a big fan of the beer all in all but it certainly benefits from a colder pour to kill some of the negative aftertaste aspects. As far as beers of this style and alcohol content go, it's one of the better ones but not perfect.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:32:39 | More by nevillejohn
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally decided to own up and make an account to start reviewing. This is my first review, hopefully of many - but sadly i've missed out on a lot of beers by not taking notes. Oh well, from here on out I hope to be a pretty full-fledged member to BA.

Poured into a snifter. Best by October 2013.

A - It pours a hazy golden orange color with about a one finger head that dissapates fairly quickly but leaves an almost endless amount of carbonation.

S - I like the smell of this beer, it is big on bread, spice, banana, hops and most of all clove.

T - They've done a really good job hiding the ABV on this one, as there isn't as much alcohol taste as I expected by looking at the label. Banana and cloves dominate this beer, with other spices, and a hint of lime before the hops kick in. The clove lasts forever, well after I finished the bottle.

M - This is a bit dry, with a decent hoppy presence but the overabundance of carbonation isn't a winner in my book.

D - This beer is suprisingly easy to drink, considering the high ABV and they've picked a good slogan in "Respect the Monkey" because this can sneak up on someone. A good beer considering the price tag. If you're big on tripels, like myself, you will enjoy this beer - but there are plenty better out there when you've got the money to spend.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 06:11:09 | More by dfclav
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from underdog bar and grill.

A- Pours a thick cloudy opaque yellow orange color. Not too much head from this pour but i have seen the head reach up about a half inch before. I can see some great carbo rising through the glass.

S- A lemon type or citrus malty aroma reaches the back of my nose and actually lingers there for a bit.Someother floral andspices are also present. more strong/spicy type floral.

T- Can taste the alcohol on the forefront and then the aftertaste follows up with the floral spices. I can get the malt taste aswell but it isnt present as much as the alcohol.

M- Thick and potent in alcohol in the mouth as it lingers. Even after being down the alcohol vapors remain in the mouth.

D- This is a hard beer to put down but it is very tasty. This is a beer you might have one or two a week justtosit and relax after you had a bad or stressful day. This is potent beer and will mess you up if you drink this like bud light.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 23:48:26 | More by Dodo2step
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - cloudy amber color; very small white head that retreats quickly leaving only a thin bead around the edge

s - fruity and yeasty, some spices also, perhaps clove

t - sweet and fruity at first, then the hops become evident, the finish is a return to a tropical fruit flavor which just sits on the tongue; the alcohol was pretty evident to me, as was the warming effect

m - creamy and oily, as another reviewer put it; coats the mouth very well

d - this is a bit too sweet to drink more than probably two bottles of, but very drinkable nonetheless for a 9.5% abv.

I think this is a very solid beer overall. Very respectable American tripel. I actually enjoyed it equally, if not more than, the St. Bernardus I had about a week ago. For my dollar, a good alternative when you don't want to dish out for a Belgian tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 01:30:05 | More by WeisGuy
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden cloudy color with alot of particulates,also very thick white heading. An immediate smell of hops and alot of it a decent amount of honey also. With the 9.5% ABV you can't really taste too much of it. The hoppiness a bit overpowering for me but all and all a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 03:36:02 | More by TheFightfan1
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with tons of foamy white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

On the nose I can pick up on some bready yeast, nothing special or unique here. Can't pick up on any booziness either which is surprising given the 9.5% abv.

Flavor wise I pick up on more yeast and some subtly sweet flavors followed by a bite of hops and an earthy aftertaste. Alcohol not really a big factor which is surprising.

Its got a nice light crispness to it, but I would say it has more of a wet finish than a dry one.

Overall, pretty good. Exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 23:09:08 | More by bens0n
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District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "bottled on" date -- in this case Aug 15 03 -- printed on the bottom label's southwest edge; purchased as part of a ten beer "Winter Brews" sampler pack from Cost Plus for $14.99.

Appearance: Pours an orange-tinged, gold hue with a small but batter-like head; somewhat hazy; a good b-cup's worth of lace, but little in the way of head retention.

Aroma: Sweet and phenolic with notes of bananas and yeast.

Taste: Decicedly like its nose; primarily sweet and spicy; phenolic with notes of bananas, yeast, bubble gum and lemon; slightly floral with a hint of coriander; medium bodied; smooth, prickly mouthfeel.

Notes: A tad aggressive and overwhelming, but nonetheless enjoyable and challenging.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 06:58:25 | More by Mustard
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1-20-05 bottling.

Cloudy yellowish orange with no head. Very urine-like in appearance. Smell is faint, but inviting. A bit of sugary sweetness with some phenolic character lets you know this is a Belgian style beer. Also some toffee which doesn't show up in the taste. The taste is a well merged blend of peppery spiciness, sugary sweetness, and some yeasty breadiness. If one aspect dominates, it's definitely the spices though. Finishes a bit dry with barely perceptible alcohol and lingering sweetness. Hardly any bitterness here at all. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, but a tad grainy - the spiciness doesn't help. Definitely not bad, but it takes a lot for a tripel to impress me these days, and this doesn't live up to some of the better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 00:35:49 | More by PatYoda
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Unbelievable how fluffly the head is. It's about 5 minutes after pour and it's still a huge fluffy head. The lacing is just stuck all over the glass. Wow. It's a nice golden color. Maybe that's why they named it Golden Monkey and not Brown Monkey. Looks like your typical Witbier in my opinion but with a fluffier head.

S - Disappointed might be a bad way to say this, but when I saw 9.5 ABV I was expecting this beer to reek of alcohol upon opening. It didn't. Not even the slightest hint of alcohol. I'm hoping the taste duplicates that. Can't really put my finger on the smell that good. Smells a little like pears and apples. Also it smells like it will have a sour bitter taste.

T - Oddly enough, it tastes like it smells. It has a really smooth taste to start with and then it gets a little tart and hoppy. Definitely a hint of alcohol front loaded on the taste but the hoppiness contrasts well with it and it's a little hard to notice. The alcohol definitely warms up the mouth/throat/stomach but it doesn't feel like it's going to burn a hole anywhere. After the alcohol goes away there is a pretty pleasant grassy taste along with hints of the pear/apple. I wouldn't say the taste blows me away, but I was expecting it to disappoint me and be terrible.

M - Very smooth and very bubbly in the mouth.. no other way to really describe it.

D - Dare I say that even though this beer is 9.5% ABV it's shockingly drinkable? Seems like this compared with the smoothness overall of the beer could cause problems. It could easily creep up on you if you don't have self control and sip it. After all, a beer this high should be sipped.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 01:53:21 | More by epicness
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, a clear, light, lemon yellow with lots of particulates floating around. Thick, fluffy white head that receded quickly to little lacing.

Smell is mostly banana and bubblegum, with just a little bit of sweetness.

Tastes pretty much as I expected from the nose. A little sweet, but overall pretty well balanced. Got a little of the 9% ABV as the beer warmed.

Nice feel overall, medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

Probably a little too easy to drink given the ABV. I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 23:56:23 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear pale golden body under a white two-finger head. Pretty.

Smell is spot on for a Tripel: spicey, malty, a little yeasty funk. Mmmm

Taste is malty solid with sharp fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is round and full.

Drinkability is pretty good, despite the 9.5%.

Hmmm. There is nothing extraordinary about this beer. Just a solid, good Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 04:14:23 | More by ColoradoBobs
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District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it's a world tour beer at the winking lizard

it tastes golden. and, in fact, is golden. the head didn't put up a fight against its destiny, leaving only an oblong foam in the middle

the aroma is sweet and malty. nice continental malts, a little spice and a touch of hop. mostly malt, though (along with the fine, belgian yeasty aroma)

hops play a much more significant role in the flavor category. more lager malts, though and a hint of cinnamon and coriander

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 02:30:32 | More by bruachan
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Yard House in Long Beach. Review is from notes.

A: Pure golden, clear with a hint of bright orange throughout.

S: Malt character comes through strongest. Hint of honey sweetness and a good spice profile.

T: Classic taste of light honeyed/spiced fruits with a touch of yeast and light bread. A hint of melon somewhere in there. Bitter note in the middle that reminded me a bit of Poperings Hommelbier.

O: Nice refreshing beer, very drinkable despite the ABV. A good example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 00:14:18 | More by BucBasil
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,077 ratings.