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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,690
Reviews: 1,653
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 86
Gots: 635 | FT: 2
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 Gilly1980
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my trusty pint glass.

A- Straw yellow with 1/2 inch of bone-white head that disappears quickly with no lacing.

S- Smells like a light IPA. Hoppy with a strong clove aroma and moderate astringency.

T- Tastes better than it smells. Clove is obvious but coriander and citrus are less overpowering. Hints of bread in the aftertaste.

M- Aggresively carbonated. Somewhat oily mouthfeel and astringent.

O- Quite a powerful brew at 9.5% ABV. Less of a Tripel and more of an IPA in my lowly opinion. Unremarkable for its price but thoroughly decent overall. I don't think I will reach for this one again.

Photo of tankg
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If you like this style, that is ,belgian tripel, you will like this brew. It is definitely a sipping beer, I found it heavier in alcohol and lighter in drinkability than my drinking companion, fellow beer advocate bert haley...I prefer the golden carolus and the leffe blonde better - but not bad for the keystone state... salud'!!!

Photo of BrewskiBanks
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this Brew is marvelous.

It has a fruity scent of mostly pineapples and mangos. With a hint of yeast.

The taste is an unusual one, yet not a surprise coming from Victory.

The brew has an elegant smooth texture dripping through the esophogal lining of my throat.

The drinkability of this brew is fairly smooth but with the amount of alcohol in it, I don't reccommend drinking more than a six pack.

Photo of a0lbudman
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-hazy dark gold with a large white head that laced the glass heavy
S-dark fruit smell with some spice
T-spicy with some warming in the aftertaste. The spice seemed to stay with you
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-the spice was the main taste smee, and aftertaste

Photo of facundoCNB
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A cloudy orangey yellow with a quickly dissipating finger of head. Smells of honey, tea, malty sweet. The flavor is quite herbal, black tea, honey, sweet malt with a grassy herbal overtone.
Medium in body with high carbonation.
Not really impressed by this one. Not a fan of the style in general but I feel like for the amount of excellent beers victory has year round, they should just ditch this one to have a solid lineup

Photo of jmutoml757
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A- hazy golden color, 2 finger head that dissipated quickly leaving heavy lacing all around the glass.
S- definitely has a peppery scent; there is also a slight floral note and a heavy yeast aroma. toward the end of the bottle there is a citrus hint as well.
T- the pepper/spices definitely come through as well as the malt or yeast. as the bottle comes to an end there is a heavier alcohol note.
M- the malt coats your tongue and the alcohol lingers long after the beer is gone.
O- The variety of flavors and spices that sit on your tongue make this beer fun to try; however, this beer is too malty/yeasty to be all-occasion choice. In addition, the high ABV makes it one with which you have to be careful!

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a while ago in Fairfield, CA.

Appearance- golden color, little to no head

Smell- mostly citrus

Taste- citrus, mostly lemon

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was ok but probably won't have it again. But I would have it for free lol

Photo of cwguy5
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tulip. Sampled on 10.24.10. Reviewed from notes.

A - clear, light yellow/golden color; one finger head quickly faded
S - light, sweet with herbal notes
T - spicy and herbal tripel bodering on medicinal; long, acutely bitter finish
M - nicely carbonated and thin bodied; crisp; bitter, herbal linger lasted way too long
D - not my favorite domestic tripel; too much bitter taste and too many herbs and spice

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Westmalle chalice at fridge temperatures.

A: Pours a hazy dark straw color. No head whatsoever. Moderate to high carbonation, with very large bubbles. Not a good looking tripel.

S: Aroma is somewhat muted. Generally, a light bready/yeasty aroma, with some tropical fruit and an herbal note, like chamomille.

T: Flavor is a light toffee, supported with a fruity note and some well balanced spice. Carbonation provides a nice counterpoint. Lingering finish that reminds me of banana.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, appropriate for the style.

D: Fairly drinkable, although nothing unusual for the style.

Overall: This is a decent tripel, and a beer I would certainly drink again. However, its appearance is a disappointment, and there are many other examples of the style on the market that are superior.

Photo of Suds
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden (yellow with shades of amber-orange) color with a uninspiring wispy head. Lots of suspended matter in this brew. For sure, it’s not particularly pretty. Aroma of alcohol, yeast, malt, and a wild background of sour-spiciness. The smell is actually pretty nice. There’s a big, intense malty sweetness. That, coupled with a sharp alcohol warming are the centerpieces of this beer. They don’t particularly blend well with the aroma. It’s a thick, syrupy brew. It’s certainly a Belgian style beer, but it doesn’t meet the bar set by the style. Generally, I’ve been very happy with Victory. Unfortunately, this one is way off the mark.

Photo of mellocello2003
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I used to think this was a good beer until I became more interested in beers. Now I realize that this beer is quite pitiful in comparison to most tripels out there

A - decent. Little to no lacing and practically zero head retention.

S - A hefty nose of hops and citrusy flavors - orange, paprika? I don't know, something spicy is there. A lot of this is unfortunately overblown by the alcohol.

T - Upon initial pouring, this beer displayed a huge range of flavors that resulted in a very unbalanced display. However, after a few minutes of sitting in my glass, it softened and smoothed out significantly, but by that point I was already gunshy from the initial taste... If I remember correctly, the taste went like this: very very spicy --> citrusy --> cold --> ethanol --> thin barley and ethanol --> (swallow) --> woah ethanol!

The most disappointing thing about this beer is how it tastes near the end of a sip. It kicks you in the face with ethanol (presumably, the cause for the "thin" taste). Once I finished taking a sip, I felt unsatisfied and gunshy.

As the beer softened, the end taste was much more pleasant - a nice spicy dryness that lasted quite long after you sipped it.

M - Nice. Nothing to complain.

D - Well, once this beer smooths out, you're able to drink it.

Photo of JayCheG
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of robinson31a
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jpoder
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Though not great, it is a go to for me when I want an inexpensive tripel that is not bad.

a: golden yellow...slight haze, good white head when poured, but quickly fades

s: clove and banana with a floral tone as well

t: more clove/banana, spicy (pepper? Coriander?) sweet, but with alcohol burn slight

m: pretty even body

d: pretty good...again, a go-to cheap tripel

Photo of nandemo1
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a uniformly hazy school bus yellow with a finger of white head that hangs around awhile. carbonation is good a

Yup, smells like a Belgian (the beer, not the person), with a hint of funky banana. Tastes funky, wheaty, and bitter with some spiciness. Very dry finish. Bitter and dry, not very pleasant. despite the 9+% alcohol, dont get any heat.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly.

I've had a sample of this on tap once and think it was much better than this bottle. I'll have to ty it again when I'm out one night to double check.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden/deep yellow with a decent white foamy head and some lacing.

Spice and yeast mostly in the nose, with clove, yeast, and chemical alcohol.

Sweet grain, light sweet malt, clove, bread dough, some raw grain, and a big punch in the mouth from the alcohol. The chemical alcohol flavor is a bit to get past with this one, so much so that it affects the overall flavor/experience.

Some decent body, and appropriate carbonation.

Overall, just ok. Not tough to drink, but has some harsh edges. I can think of others of the style that I'd go to first. Try it but don't think this is a typical Belgian tripel.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange/gold pour with a small white head that is pretty foamy but disappears in a snap. Smell is yeasty and spiced, maybe with a bit of anise I wasn't expecting. Taste is also yeasty with a nice touch of hops and some spices. The only way to describe the taste is "rich." It's very sugary, but the aftertaste is pleasant and leaves some lingering orange flavors which I prefer to the actual taste of the beer. The mouthfeel is creamy. For its ABV, this is a pretty drinkable beer, as it's not really all that boozy. For me, though, it's just not as good as the rest of Victory's offerings. I wish they would pull this one out of the Variety of Victories sampler case and replace it with one of their other brews. Not terrible, but I won't be seeking it out anytime soon.

Photo of DIPAbrewer
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy Golden color with a sparce head. Spicy hops and Belgian yeast dominate the aroma. The flavor is full of warming alcohol, sweet fruit, and Belgian spiciness.
An interesting beer but not my favorite Ameri-Belgian brew. Victory's other beers are full of flavor and delicious, this one is just a little funky and boozy. Go for Hop Devil instead!

Photo of deapokid
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reevaluating an old favorite:

Pours a hazy, golden color with heavy bubble activity and a creamy two-finger head with unbelievable staying power. A very good looking beer that can physically stand alongside its Belgian forefathers.

Scent of banana, a sweet booziness and cinnamon spice can be detected in the peculiar dessert aroma of this brew.

This is a very boozy take on the triple. Not that the ABV is higher than most of its kin, but this one seems to rely on it as a flavor characteristic. It seems to be missing the blueberry finish I distinctly remember from previous tries, instead packing a grainy dryness at the finale.

It gets much better as it warms, but the sting of alcohol seems to overwhelm the pleasant banana esthers and a nice subtle, muskiness.

The liquid itself is quite soft and smooth, but can occasionally shock the taste buds with a jolt of hard liquor strength, which also affects the drinkability considerably.

Although not a bad effort, it doesn't really stand up compared to the profound flavor profiles of La Fin Du Monde or Mad Bitch. It is sad that a beer I once cherished has fallen out of favor, but I guess it's a testament to all of the amazing brews I've had in the past couple of years.

Photo of PantherLightning
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow, and hazy with 2 fingers of white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Fruity, smells strongly of apricot. Hints of spices as well.

T/M- Light and crisp with the apricot coming through along with some of the alcohol. A bit of spice in the finish. Not a whole lot of complexity develops. I feel like this needs either some sweetness in the front of the pallet or a bitterness in the finish to give it more dimension. But overall, not bad. Light mouth-feel with a bit of a slick, oily texture.

D - Overall, this is fairly light and simple for a stronger beer. This is very drinkable, and I feel like I would be able to put away a few in a sitting.

Photo of kenito799
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle poured into tulip glasses. Bottled on 3/6/03, "it should be enjoyed within 5 yrs. of the bottling date."

Requires a vigorous pour to raise a head; even then it recedes quickly leavng a rim.Tawny orangey hazy brew. Lots of floating yeasties. Swirling raises some foam but not much. Lace doesn't stick. Generally I would say it's showing nearly four years of age.

Aroma is sweet, ripe apricots, Belgian yeast. Some warm cinnamon notes. These come through in the taste, this is a warm rich sweet brew, you feel and taste alcohol as well. It's not too complex for the style tasty in some ways, but essentially unbalanced. High alcohol limits its drinkability, and too sweet.

1/10/08 edit: Fresher bottle, actally liked it less. Too sweet, became cloying after a while, alcohol just too high. Knocking down my ratings a bit.

Photo of mat5175
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

i actually like this quite a bit. Other reviewers are right though, this is a poor example of the style. But i don't really drink it as an exmple. Weak head, that certainly doesn't last, and the lacing is weak when it's there at all. Very full and silky mouthfeel however. The flavor may not be rich and complex, but i really like it's basic profile; not too sweet and not as bitter or alcoholic as others of the style. In an odd way this reminds me of Midas Touch from DogFishHead. Not as sweet or complex, but far more economical. A great strong beer for a Friday night at home if you can get it easily.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a wide mouth wine glass.

Murky golden yellow body with a small white head.

yeast "Saison" smell to it.

Yeast taste with a hint of orange and some spices in the aftertaste.Its also a bit syrpy

Easy going down and very warming.easy on the carbonation as well.

Good tasting beer,jusy on qualm, its the yeast taste to it,im not fond of it.Other then that its very solid and worth seeking out

Photo of lostwars
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought in a case. Many of the bottles were missing labels??

Appearance - Beautiful golden color with slight cloudiness. Looked great in the sunlight.

Smell - Slight smell of bananas and spices.

Taste - Overpowering alcohol taste. Slight alkaloid taste that left my tongue numb.

Mouthfeel - Numb tongue made the 2nd and 3rd bottle go down much faster.

Drinkability - As soon as I got to #3 I passed out.

Photo of 6thomas3
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light amber hue with a small head and ample carbonation bubbles

Smell - Floral with faint zesty burst of citrus

Taste - Yeasty with a strong spice finish

Mouthfeel - Light with a kick of zing

Overall - A nice beer with adequete appeal

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,690 ratings.