Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

5,061 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 5,061
Reviews: 1,762
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 124
Gots: 1,048 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Ratings: 5,061 | Reviews: 1,762
Photo of BearAdvokate
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very smooth and very potent. Once you get used to it; just one bottle is enough to make you feel good

Photo of SF_Posse
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice malty backbone on thos one. I relly like this beer. Glad i gave it a chance.

Photo of Buzogine
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To be honest I like it

Photo of GMan310
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great beer. nothing to eye opening just good. strong at 9.5% Alc. By Vol.

Photo of RossiDaMan
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 750 ml at Costco in Indy for around $6. I wasn't expecting much but really enjoyed it. Just a tick below La Fin du Monde and a great beer for the price.

Photo of beerbully
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into Cuvee

L-slightly cloudy straw colored yellow, some carbonation rising from the glass, 1/2 inch head with little retention, small white cap settling on beer

S-Belgian Yeast.......bananas, cloves, some spiciness, peppery, candi sugars

T-Follows the nose........good mix of the candied sugars and spices.......yeast is showing thru............sugary sweetness at first, followed by the spices then pepper and finishes with a slight alcohol burn

F-light to medium bodied, some warmth from the alcohol, typical tripel carbonation

O-fine representation of style

Photo of gnats
4.86/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had no idea it was 9%, hidden very well. Great body, aroma. Taste is incredible, definitely one of my favorite Tripels.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad . . . Finally glad to tick it. Aromas and appearance are nice. However, taste, feel and overall impression are mediocre in my opinion . . .

Photo of doktorhops
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory Golden Monkey or Cercopithecus Kandti is a style of Old World Monkey Ale found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, it is brewed by Pennsylvanian-Belgian monks under licence of Victory Brewing Company and each bottle contains at least 0.5% monkey, as stipulated by the Brewing With Monkeys ACT 1988 which states that any brew with the word “monkey” in the name MUST contain monkey or artificial monkey flavouring... anyway that’s enough monkeying around Doc, on to the review.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy tangelo/golden body with a wispy white 1cm head that reduces to a thin lace on top leaving behind some slight protein-filled spider lacing in the glass. Ooo, tasty looking brew! 8/10.

S: Chock full of spice on the nose - coriander, cardamom, clove and green pepper followed by a decent T-Load (Truck-Load) of candi sugar and an orange/grapefruit citrus finish. This beer has bags of aroma and I for one cannot wait to tuck in. 8/10.

T: Flavour is a bit more balanced, sweet does dominate slightly, with a: Orange/clove/cardamom/coriander/candi sugar taste that was expected from the above aroma, along with coconut... yes - coconut - there’s this slight coconut flavour in there that I’m sure I’ve encountered before in Coronado’s Orange Avenue... not sure if it’s intended but it does distract from an otherwise Top-Notch Tripel [initialism: TNT]. Finish is astringent but balanced between sweet/bitter. 7/10.

M: Mid to light, borderline heavy, bodied with a sharp and creamy carbonation, a decent mouthfeel then. 8/10.

D: Plenty going on in the glass to keep the punters entertained, however there is that niggling coconut taste that detracts from the overall Tripelness of the brew, I mean coconut, really?! Coconut should not be making an appearance in a Tripel for reasons too numerous to list, but I will list the main reason anyway: It’s COCONUT FFS! In any case I suspect the off-flavour to be heat/date related - as the Coronado Orange Avenue I previously bought was out of date - I suspect Tripel/Witbiers take on a coconut flavour as they go stale. This brew wasn’t too overwhelming with coconut though and managed to charm me with its other flavours, hence the score: 7/10.

Food match: Big brews call for big foods - Bleu d'Auvergne, Pane Di Casa and Westfälischer Schinken - some of the best of France, Italy and Germany.

Photo of AdamB39
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer with you would never guess it's abv is 9

Photo of gardengurl71
4.99/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

really loved this beer. has the full body feel that I love and is delicious. is pricey tho.

Photo of That_Beer_Lover
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the taste of the exotic spices and they give off a pleasant aroma. Plus, being 9% ABV doesn't hurt!

Photo of Tadweezy
4.98/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the nicest triples i had in a while

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice and bright, refreshing and crisp.

Photo of JonasD
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

good stuff I highly recommended

Photo of Trooper92292
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure how much alcohol I would taste in this beer but I've tasted none. This is an incredible beer. I really like this. For a Belgian style (triple) I really was impressed by this, this is one of those beers that just wowed me (I had this on tap so that's why it's getting a better rating)

Photo of ejwright02
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Why do i have to justify my high rateing. Im not a big belgiun fan but i liked this one a lot

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with no head, a beautiful golden body.
Smell is peppery, banana notes, a little spiciness. Belgian yeast is very prevalent in the nose. The taste matches the smell, which is fantastic. A great example of the style. A crisp but slightly warming mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious.

Photo of Jtburns777
4.83/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The best American made tripel I've had. Got me hooked on the style :)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Ever so slightly hazy, golden straw color, 1 inch white head, good lacing down the glass

S: Spice, clove, banana, bubblegum

T: Really sweet, all the flavers mentioned in the smell, that spicy, maltiness at the end

M: Medium to full feel to it, well carbonated

O: Not sure why this beer has taken a beating on here but I think it is fantastic. It has the full flavor that I would expect from a triple and is complex and sweet. Right up my ally.

Photo of 50marathons
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice tripel. Very nice body and flavor balance

Photo of CMG-PSU
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It says it is spicey and it is. Not my taste but to be fair it is as advertised.

Photo of Dikfour
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Thin white head dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation and a good amount of sediment floating around. Bright clear gold.

Smell: Banana esters, slightly peppery. Slightly Belgian yeasty.

Taste: Starts big crushed black peppery and big sweet banana. Pepper goes away quickly and Banana sticks around. Not really picking up much of the alcohol. The sweet malts cover it nicely.

Feel: Light to medium light bodied. Carbonation is nice. Slightly creamish.

Overall: Really solid. Bordering on really good. It's an interesting dilemma trying to decide on this $14 six pack or a $14 bomber of Tripel Karmeliet. Not saying its as good as Tripel Karmeliet, but there are more of these.

Photo of Naz-Barman
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Steaming some crabs and clams on a rainy vacation day. This goes nicely. Life is good.

Photo of ufellc
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Banana and clove flavors in the aroma and taste. Not much in terms of "added spice". Yeast is dominant flavor. Not a huge flavor and no alcohol noted for a tripel with 8.7%

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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