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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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3,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 3726
Reviews: 1594
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%

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 Denali


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Spanked the monkey with Davo and slander at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn, New York. malto couldn't make it.

Appearance: Opaque pale yellow color with thick off-white creamy head. Impressive lacing.

Smell: Bready, yeasty, and sharp tangy aroma.

Taste: Nice bitter flavor first hits the palate. Then follows a very sweet candy-like flavor that mixes really well with another tangy flavor. Quite delicious, with nice balanced flavors and not as over-poweringly sweet as some other trippels I've had.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, mine lasted like 10 minutes tops. Wow is this drinkable. But be careful - the alcohol went straight to my brain.

Comments: Served at room temperature which was just perfect. Quite a nice and dangerous brew. It is incredibly drinkable but also very strong. Watch out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2003 10:59:20 | More by Denali
Photo of Morris729


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with a foamy white head that soon settles into a good amount of lace. Nose is sweet cake-like malt, floral hops, and lots of spice. Medium to full in body with a very soft carbonation. Taste is sweet candied fruit and lots of spice at first followed by notes of bready malts and coriander. Some lemony citrus and peppery alcohol are present towards the end leaving a dry finish. A complex and thoroughly enjoyable brew. Thanks to francisweizen for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 19:53:21 | More by Morris729
Photo of jcalabre


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The flavor reminds me a bit of a white beer, like Celis, but it is a strong ale & it hides the alcohol very well. I am sure glad that it is now readily available in southern california. Another fine beer from Victory. For such an elegant beer, it could be easily used to convert the BMC fool to great beer

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 07:56:26 | More by jcalabre
Photo of Mangus


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poring a glass of golden, cloudy sunshine, I watch the yeasty sediment dance to the rhythm of the fading bubbly white head.

Inhaling an orchard of fruity tones and warm spices makes my mouth begin to water. I can’t wait to taste this exotic smelling brew.

A rich, chewy mouth feel confirms my expectations of a warming, delicately spiced drink. Is there a presence of sweet honey or wheat? Is there a teasing clove in there? These questions fade as I take another mouthful and smile as the warm alcohol falls down my throat and leaves a lingering hint of sweet maltiness and satisfying hops.

I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 21:36:56 | More by Mangus
Photo of Hibernator


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle served in a tulip glass. Label clearly reads that this beer was bottled on 4/15/04.

The apperance is a cloudy and hazy yellow with a nice head on top. Sticky lacings are present.

This beer smells fruity and peppery.

Taste is very sweet and sugary with that classic Belgian yeast flavor. Some of the flavors remind me a piece of Juicy Fruit gum. Spicy with a citrusy bitter finish. There is an alcohol presence on the finish, but nothing too much.

This is very drinkable at 9.5% ABV. Very good American interpretation of this style. Another great offering from Victory Brewing in PA.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 22:56:40 | More by Hibernator
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A belgian style tripel is one of those beers that often is an aquired taste. The complexity is often too sophisticated for the average joe six pack. I'm not saying that the average guy is unsophisticated, I'm saying that one really has to train his or her taste buds for something of this caliber. It's like going from a Daisy bb gun to a .50 cal. It just doesn't work. But once you have learned to appreciate one of these beers, it's love.
Golden Monkey, by Victory is an excellent example of one of these beers. Pouring a orange hue with flakes floating through it and a slight, modest head, this appears to be a specail treat.
The aroma is that of banana and white grape juice along with mild floral accents. It really gives the sences something to look forward to.
The taste is super complex. Banana, sugars, grapes, with a mild bitterness that really brings things together.
I am in love.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 18:16:41 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of ITK4ever


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite all-around beer. Good pour, nice golden color, good head. A friend turned me on to this directly from the Victory Brewery. I will always have this in my fridge.

Malty taste and good balance of hops. You can tell from the first taste that this is a well-crafted beer.

WAY TO GO VICTORY!!! Keep up the good work and keep those Monkeys coming!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 18:12:58 | More by ITK4ever
Photo of rabbitdeath


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: looked nice, had a decent head and a dark yellowish tint that drew me in hook line and sinker

smell: smelled sweet with a citrus kick and some alcohol throw in

taste: i gotta say, this is one of my favorites when it comes to taste. its smooth and quite delicious with its fruity, citrusy flavor and a large dash of alcohol thrown in.

drinkability: i think i could drink this one all night and to be honest, im pretty sure i have. i am sucker for tripels, and this one is up there as one of my american favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 07:51:48 | More by rabbitdeath
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory has arrived in Maine, and I am very happy to see it. This beer is a great tripel. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head. It had a fruity (banana) and spicy (clove) aroma. Fruit and spice in the taste, some biscuity malt. Warming alcohol. A very smooth, drinkable beer. I was tempted to drink more of the 6 pack, but stopped after two.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 12:52:24 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- beautiful thick thick foam white head such great retention so pretty, great yellow golden color with high carbonation as bubbles stream up the glass,

Smell- sweet, spicey, sugar malts, yeast and even slight hops a full boquet of aromatic smells, very nice smell, apples peaches,

Taste- very smooth, great after taste, slightly sweet, slightly spicey, apples , yeast peaches, great full flavor, very sweet and warming, nice flavor for sure

Mouthfeel- thick creamy and syrupy, very full thick feel

Drinkability- scarily drink able and delicious, long crispy refreshing finish, alcohol is extremely hidden and the beer is fine american example of the style, a good beer and one that i will definitely be trying again, great value for the price check it out

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 02:02:21 | More by Stunner97
Photo of diamondc


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.99 12 oz bottle. Enjoy By Jun 24 2012.

I've had this on tap one time before and didn't really enjoy it. I remember the taste being just a bit TOO boozy that really overshadowed the Belgian-style ale flavors. Saw a single at the local liquor store and decided to re-evaluate.

Not that much head or lacing when this beer landed in my Duvel glass, but this beer was alive with plenty tiny bubbles (def. a sign of bottle conditioning) and a bright, golden hue.

The aroma of this beer is godly. Banana, passion fruit, mango, white grapes, some pumpkin pie spices, but the main aroma that stuck out was bubblegum straight outta Bazooka Joe.

The taste is classic Tripel. Banana, cloves, yellow apples, more of the nutmeg pumpkin pie spicing, and a slightly medicinal cherry flavor. Some moderate hopping at the end. This beer can give LFDM a run for its money.

The mouthfeel is perfect due to the bottle conditioning. The aftertaste is a bit dry due to the more than usual amount of hops. The high abv limits consumption to one or maybe two bottles in one session. One of the best American made Tripels.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 05:41:05 | More by diamondc
Photo of BeerDawgs


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A clear golden color. Decent head retention. Not much lace on the glass. Alot of bubbles rising through the beer.

S - Faint sweet aromas. The aroma is the weakest link, as it is not a strong aroma.

T - Excellent. Sweet malts and honey flavors. Spices round out the mix.

M - Drinks smoothly. Highly carbonated.

D - Very drinkable for such a high ABV beer. I could drink several of these. A very good beer that I will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 03:55:02 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of Btrue121

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very golden, but cloudy. finger size head with lacing throughout my experience of drinking it. The appearance tells you to try it.

Smell - Comes off as almost ginger. Banana with a crisp lemon/type sour smell.

Taste - Very nice carbonation, with a sweet full flavor. Taste the smell with a peppery but slight hoppy ending.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable, maybe a few would suit me for a night, only because of the sweetness is thick. Not a heavy beer, but very sweet. Very enjoyable and if you enjoy a fruity flavor, this may be your A+

Drinkability - I may buy this beer again, just to enjoy one or two through the week. Not my type of beer, but very good. I recommend trying it. I enjoyed the beer very much so.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 03:32:41 | More by Btrue121
Photo of json83


4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

La Fin Du Monde is one my favorite beers. I wanted to test it with another Tripel Ale for comparison and the Golden Monkey the choice. Most of the factors where similar except for the aftertaste - which seemed a small notch below the La Fin Du Monde which might be because of the aging. The best factor to consider is probably the cost. You the same amount of money you can get one of the other and not be disappointed.

La Fin Du Monde
4-Pack $11
9% ABV
270 CAL

Golden Monkey
6-Pack $12
9.5% ABV
285 CAL

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:09:36 | More by json83
Photo of JimiO


4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had the GM a few times... and whenever I see it on a list... it usually ends up in my glass

I love this style... and this beer

Preferably served in a snifter... beautiful golden and honey in color... nice white head... looks active

On the nose its nice and spicy but well balanced... rich but not over the top... cloves, tea, dried fruit

On the tongue... yum... yeasty and spicy... dry... a very nice journey... cloves, coriander, tea

In the mouth... slightly creamy... carbonation feels active... just right for the style

I really like this beer... and this style... I am surprised its not rated higher

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 18:10:03 | More by JimiO
Photo of beertravel

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've seen this wonderful golden brew fermenting in their open tanks. What a beautiful sight it is! The perfume in the nose carries over to a fruity flavor on the tongue. The alcoholic content is well hidden and is very drinkable which is scary. This brew is another example of Bill and Ron's desire for quality and responding to what the people want in a beer. Distinctively in the Belgian style, this is made in a small town in PA giving the imports a run for the money. Don't miss this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2002 14:59:43 | More by beertravel
Photo of bmills1608


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep golden color, with a fluffy white head, about 2 inches thick. Carbonation bubbles present and steady traveling up the glass. Smell is clean dry and spicy, herbally with a touch of sugary malt.

The taste is strong and up-front right from the start and hits you with a banana and clove taste early. This is followed by and almost candied malt sweetness that while noticeable is not at all over the top and melds beautifully with the early spice. Overall the taste is quite delicious and mouth filling. One of those special brews that as soon as the glass hits the table, you're wanting more. Great overall flavor. The high alcohol level to me was hardly noticeable, which makes for a dangerous beast, but is a real testament to the character of this beer. While high in alcohol, so well built it is, you don't even notice it. The finish is clean but lingers, and ends dry and a bit yeasty.

I feared the Belgian styles. I was afraid that I could be opening a Pandora's box of great beer that I would then have to go and try. They got me. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 06:20:26 | More by bmills1608
Photo of maxpower


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a thin white head that doesn't last very long, not much lacing either. Flowery yeasty aroma, sweet and malty, thick and creamy full mouthfeel, warming alcohol taste and an awesome, spicy clove flavor,a big and beautiful trippel, I need more.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2002 17:55:16 | More by maxpower
Photo of rugbycritic

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the one that put us over the top and into the clouds. This fine American interpretation of the quintessential Belgian abbey style was one of the heaviest hitters in our tasting. Our fine local (Monty's Krown Lounge, Rochester, NY) served up a legendary assortment of Victory selections for us, and they were all wonderful.

The color was a spot on deep gold, little to no aroma, stiff malt backbone with delicately balanced hopping, a bit of cloviness, plus a significant (but not overbearing) alcohol contribution that just made you want to dance. Drink my monkey.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2003 10:57:49 | More by rugbycritic
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale -yellow orange color. Not too much head.
Citrussy, alcohol aroma (grapefruit?). Fantastic deep, rich, complex belgian taste.
Light carbonic mouthfeel. Sweet hint of candy sugar.
Even leaves some nice lace on the glass. Overall very good replication of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 21:10:04 | More by BillyB
Photo of ultralarry2006


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left less than a finger of pure white head that quickly receded to surface skim, but the surface skim did remain until the end. Not much lacing. Medium yellow gold color with ever so slight haze.

Aroma - spices, mostly cloves, and bready malt, a little sugary, even. Smells good, like some sort of sweet bread from a bakery.

Taste - mostly as promised by aroma, but the cloves actually come on stronger than nose indicates. A lot stronger, actually. There is bread, and a little bit of sugar, and a faint non-offensive hint of alchohol. Not really any thing in the way of hop bitterness, but this is very balanced nonetheless- all the elements seem to come together in a unified whole, and you have to think about the elements seperately to detect them ( except the cloves, they are prominent, but not abusively so to the other elements ((also, I do not know for certain if cloves are the secret exotic spice they use in this, but that is quite unmistakeably what I taste here, so I think with a high degree of certainty that cloves are in fact it. ))). The alcohol I mentioned is very slight, and may really just be an aftertaste of the spices; it is certainly nothing like the distinct taste, and slight burn of alcohol I've found in Victory's Storm King or Old Horizontal (both of which I do like very much, but find very rich, at least in freshly released form (( i.e. not cellared, but rather newly minted)). At any rate this is deliciously spicy from spices, not hops, with a mildly sweet malt backbone, although the hops must be there quietly counterbalancing the sweetness, otherwise this would be sickly sweet, which it certainly isn't, in fact it's just like I alluded to before - that is, a sort of bakery sweetish bread (certainly not a danish, but not a baguette either, but something bready with cloves).

Mouthfeel - full but light at the same time, even a little chewy, the lightness comes from the somewhat high carbonation. Very slight hop oil slickness coating. Does not leave you dry.

Drinkability - I could easily drink one of these after another, after another, etc., which is okay if you're not driving, because of the almost 10% abv., but watch in any case, this goes down easy and the abv is not obvious from taste ( much like decent wine, where you don't taste too much alcohol, so you keep drinking, thinking you're okay ,but then, bam!, seemingly out of nowhere you're buzzed real hard). Good stuff, that I as a hophead can see enjoying frequently as break from hops, and of course, another great offering (of so many other great ones) from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 21:12:05 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of HombreWing


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just got done with a review of Troeg's Scratch #3...Miles down the road you'll find Victory. For those of you lucky enough to find yourself in Belgium at some point in time and experiencing a triple here and then there in a day ...well, I consider myself lucky to be stuck in the center of some well made tripels with in driving distance here in Central PA.

Bottle date: 5/22/07

Eyes: Beer is clear as day and golden ...head arrives early and leaves early.
Nose: Pepper ! and then upon some breathing time ...mild spices only
Tongue: Sweetness ...with a subtle drying finish...nice
Texture: watery with mineral notes
Mouth-happiness : 8^D ...I've conditioned myself to finish several in a night only to want more.

Ron and Bill ...thank you ! A gem of a tripel for the price !

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 04:16:56 | More by HombreWing
Photo of Joker2008


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had quite a few tripels over the years. For the price and the taste you can't beat this. Sweet yet sour. You can be tricked into drinking more of these than you should.

They go down smooth and very quenching.

Very similar in taste to Piraat or Moinette.

This is one beer which is always on my to buy list. It many ways reminds me of the Degarre in Bruges.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 02:09:50 | More by Joker2008
Photo of Choo


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this delightful beer on a whim and now I am officially addicted! Mind you, I had but one bottle and felt slightly tipsy. (OK - I am a small female who doesn't get out too often.) There is a zesty, zippy taste to this beer that forces my palate to beg for more. I highly recommend trying this glowing Belgian ale!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 01:22:58 | More by Choo
Photo of fbone


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:medium straw color,head left quickly,nice carbonation.

S:great fruity,yeasty smell.reminds me of banana & subtle spice.

T:This brew is extremely well balanced.everything comes together as you drink it.Tastes very similar to the Belgian brew delirium tremens.

M:perfectly medium body smooth finish.

D:this brew goes down fast!somehow it hides the alcohol content!I love this beer,it is one of my new favorites.I consider this beer to be a work of art.An american beer that that competes with Belgian craft beers,with a cheaper price.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 00:20:38 | More by fbone
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