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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,084 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,084
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 350 | 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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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled on date of December 10 2008.

Appearance: Beautiful bright clear amber colored body with an off-white head.

Smell: At first sniff it reminded me of a pale ale. Upon further investigation the usual tripel aromas were all there. Doughy yeast, flowery hops.

Taste: Hops provide a mellow but lingering bitterness. Nice spiciness from the yeast. Alcohol provides only a little bit of warmth, but is otherwise undetectable. Malt doesn't add a whole lot of taste, just some sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 04:27:44 | More by BierFan
Photo of BeanBone


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A golden-straw body packed with chunky sediment. Up top, two fingers of whitish head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: A mix of golden fruit, pepper, cloves, Belgian yeast, and crisp pale malt. It hits all the right Tripel notes so far.

Flavor: The flavor profile is made up of the same mix of spices, golden fruit, Belgian yeast, and pale malt that's found in the nose. The alcohol content is hidden nicely, with just a hint of spice coming through. Everything is balanced nicely and no single element sticks out. Crackery malt and golden fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly, medium-high carbonation and a drying finish. Just a bare hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: With a full flavor profile and a high ABV, this drinks faster than you'd imagine.

Verdict: A solid Tripel, Golden Monkey is an enjoyable little rascal. Sure, it's nowhere near as refined as the real-deal Belgian beers, but this is a thoroughly impressive American version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 21:44:55 | More by BeanBone
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really sudsy wheat straw color with two inches of white foam.
Smell is kinda tight for a tripel. It is cold though. Some banana and clove here but there is a grainy alcohol aroma coming from the back.
Taste is a little dirty at first, just for a second, then the sweetness comes into play. Very sugary slightly spicey carmel with raisin/plum hints.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part. Very refreshing, almost like a soda on a hot day.
With all this sugar I would tend to think that this is not that sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 23:11:46 | More by peabody
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a light golden yellow. alcohol smell is immediately apparent though not overbearing. hints of spice and citrus fruit throughout. i guess i have to be in the mood for the style, as i've had golden monkey numerous times and sometimes i can't stand it and sometimes i can't get enough. right now, i can't get enough...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2002 15:24:54 | More by guinness33
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Aromatic hops like a lager with a slight background of Belgian spice notes, not exactly what you expect from a normal tripel

Appearance - Bright golden yellow with good carbonation

Taste - Spicy Belgian tripel with a touch of hops bite.

Notes - Good mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 13:14:04 | More by jwhawkins81
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent inital head that fades rather quickly and leaves behind a piss yellow beer that is very effervescent.

The smell is very typical of the style with a lot of banana phenol and coriander. This is complimented by a citrusy twang and a cloveyness.

Taste is of coriander and clove with some banana phenol on the nose that has an effect on the palate. This is again complimented by a citrusy twang. The flavor overally is lacking though. It is somewhat watery and dull compared to other tripels. I don't even notice the 9.5% abv.

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp but lacks the carbonation I would expect from a tripel.

This is a decent stab at the style at best. It is something I could drink if I had to, but there are much better belgians to be had.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 03:01:53 | More by jasonjlewis
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been meaning to try this one for years, although I think Victory as a whole is probably a little overrated. This is also my second monkey themed brew of the year. This one needs to beat out 400 Pound Monkey for the title. Pours golden into my goblet with a finger of white head that reverts to thin cap in about four minutes. Nose is floral hops, yeast, a little spice, sweet malt, and plenty of alcohol. I knew this was 9.5 but it sure smells like it.

A little hops up front, followed by spice and a little citrus. Next it's all booze again clean through to the finish. Maybe a little pepper and grapeskin as well. Still, not nearly as nuanced or complex as I was hoping for. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp with high carbonation but it seems to fit this one well.

This isn't bad at all, just uninspiring. It grew on me a little bit as I drank it so maybe I'd get it again under the right circumstances. Just a little more sizzle than steak but that does seems to be Victory's rep.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 03:25:32 | More by daliandragon
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with lots of visible sediment. Despite my aggressive pour, what little head there was disappeared in seconds...

S: Sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, pear, white grape and green apple in the nose.

T: Sweet malt, doughy yeast, banana / pear esters, and a touch of coriander and nutmeg. The finish is mildly astringent with very little alcohol presence.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation.

D: The well-masked alcohol and balanced flavors make for a drinkable, albeit underwhelming brew.

There are only a handful of North American breweries to nail the Belgian styles. While Victory gets closer than some, this is still a mediocre version of a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 06:00:21 | More by Estarrio
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this on a whim, having never had a tripel before. I tried it, and then forgot about it in my fridge with all of the other beer in there. When I had originally tried it, I didn't have the proper glassware... now I do.

Poured into a glass that I got with the Tripel Karmeliet, the head did not last very long, which was a bit disappointing, but had an extraordinary orange hue to the body, exactly the color of the orange fruit, The head literally disappeared. The spices are very evident throughout, especially at the end of the bottle pour.

The smell is pretty nice, definitely Belgian. Not a whole lot of aroma, due to the lack of head, but what is there is nice. Sweet.

The first thing you notice when you taste it is the alcohol. The 9.5% abv is very evident. Nice, sweet, and a bit fruity. The spices are a bit jumbled, but nonetheless a nice touch.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice... smooth. Rolls around on the tongue, and never lets go. I like it.

Drinkability is a little lower that I would normally have rated, simply because the alcohol burns a little on the way down. Two a night at the very max.

All in all... I like it. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 23:50:17 | More by scorched
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Hi-time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California. Expectations are high; I really like this style. My limited experience with Victory Brewing has been positive. I'm hoping to keep the track record going.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor.

A: Pours a three finger fluffy head of white colour, slight cream, decent thickness, and very impressive retention considering the high ABV. Colour is yellow-gold. The head is quite nice, but the colour is lackluster given the style.

Sm: Very fresh aroma of pleasant spices, complex orange citrus, hints of cream, biscuity yeast, clean unobtrusive malts, and fresh fruit peel. Very luscious and inviting. Quite appealing indeed. I'm excited to try this. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Fresh orange peel, lovely clean malts, well balanced spices, lovely floral notes, no real sign of hops (if present, they're seamlessly balanced), hints of biscuity yeast, lemon, and hints of cream. All around an extremely pleasant and refreshing beer that hides any trace of alcohol from its profile. I'd prefer more yeast, but that's nitpicky. Subtle. A lovely tripel. Its lack of complexity prevents it from attaining greatness, but all around it's really nice.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with just enough cream for the style. Thick enough and adequately carbonated.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable for the ABV. Hides its ABV quite well. An impressive brew from Victory. Well priced as part of a build-your-own six pack. Matched my expectations. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from Victory as a result. Give this one a spin if you're a fan of the style.

It could use less of a malt presence.

Pairs decently with pizza. Drank fine out of me pilsner glass, but a tulip or flute might be ideal.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 06:33:42 | More by kojevergas
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this brew on Friday night at a Cajun restaurant in Atlanta. This was my first Victory brew.

Appearance was average. Left some lacing on the side of the glass. Appearance was a mix between a pale ale and a witbier.

Smell was very sweet. Citrus and alcohol stood out in the smell.

Taste was only OK. It wasn't great but it wasn't bad. The sweetness from the alcohol was a little much at times. The more I drank it, the more I felt like I was drinking a Hoegaarden.

This beer was okay. I don't think I would seek it out, but I wouldn't turn it down if someone offered it to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 15:15:37 | More by jdubjacket
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a goblet. The initial pour reveals a clear golden yellow colored brew that is quite clear. I must not have stopped the pour soon enough because the initial clarity of the brew has given way to quite a mess of particulate floating in suspension. Nearly 2 fingers of fluffy white head appears composed mostly of large sized bubbles that fizz away to a thin film across the top of the brew. A constant stream of carbonation rises to the surface. A webbing of lace is seen as the cap fades and before a sip is even taken.

The aroma is a peculiar mixture of familiar scents all thrown together. Belgian yeast characteristics are abundant smelling of clove and banana with some fruity and spicy aspect that is somewhat peppery before turning mildly sweet and pear-like with notes of grass and sulfur filling out the back. Alcohol makes itself known in the nose with an increased peppery and pear aspect. Once warm there is a mild lemony scent that appears, interesting and unexpected.

The taste is a typical representation of the style and right in line with what the aroma leads you to think you are getting yourself into. Initial flavors of belgian yeast taste of clove and banana with a peppery spiced aspect that warms the throat with an increased awareness of the 9+% abv. It finishes dry with a mild fruit skin flavor somewhat like pear but not as pronounced as the aroma led on. The sulfur aspect that was evident in the nose is quite hidden inside the flavor of this brew and the lemony aspect that only revealed itself when warm in the nose is evident through each sip. This brew lingers inside the mouth with a yeastiness that urges you to continue taking sips encouraged by the flavor of pepper.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation that eventually calms down to an acceptable moderate level. A fair representation of the style with a bold alcohol presence. Overall there was an enjoyable depth to this brew to enjoy but the sulfur aspect I could do without. Overall not bad, I would drink this again. The cryptic dating that victory offers perplexes me, sure the label says best by Dec. 1 2013 but that doesnt tell me anything regarding how old/young this offering is. I would love to have it again with a side by side comparison of a young brew verse one with 3 years or so on it. Give it a try, overall it's not bad. My only gripe is that this brew seems to heavily rely on the spiced aspect/additions of the brew instead of the natural flavors and aromas that the yeast alone can provide.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:53:07 | More by stakem
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a semi clear yellow with a steady stream of bubbles leading to a thinning white head.

Smell is a mellow sweet malt with some light hop.

Taste is pretty bold, spicy. Kind of like a blend between a saison and tripel. Not bad, but not great.

Mouthfeel is right on, but the boldness of each taste make it less than very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 23:36:41 | More by aubuc1
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color is a misty pale yellow and foam laces beautifully in the glass, but dissolves quickly.

Aroma is potent. Hints of banana and candied ginger round out the bouquet.

An aggressive ABV punches up the all the flavors you take in from the initial aroma, though I found it a little too aggressive for a beer of this genre. The potency won't deter most beer enthusiasts, but it makes for a very 'beefy' tripel - a genre that generally lends itself to Belgian finesse. This beer does not. It wants you to hit you hard, and I don't feel it does the genre justice. The 'higher-rated' tripels out there are lighter and smoother.

That being said, it's a 'good' beer, flavorful and pleasant but deceiving as that 9.5% ABV hits you and you're left wondering what did it. I wish Victory could have let the flavors speak for themselves in this beer. They're certainly using quality ingredients and they know what they're doing.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:22:23 | More by Bauzen
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: golden with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: some fruity aromas, some banana

taste: not on par with style. a decent belgian triple. not my fav from then at all. some alcohol burn too.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: average belgian, not horrible, might drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:03:43 | More by CampusCrew
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is my first taste of a Tripel style beer.

poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: hazy gold, with a small head of fizzy foam, doesn't stick around for long, but some frothy lacing remains.

S: flowery, yeast, and some bitter notes.

T: Pretty damn good, although I don't have anything to compare it too, not too bitter, but still has some hops to liven your tongue. Aftertaste is a mild hint of alcohol. Note: Does pack quite a punch, but is nothing like I wouldn't have expected judging by the alcohol content.

M: Fairly smooth. a bit creamy, a tad carbonated.

D: I enjoyed it, although I'm anxious to try more of the style, that being said, I would def. have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 20:48:19 | More by Lacesoutcody
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow color with a huge foamy and creamy white head. not much stick or lacing during the drink.

S - Banana peels, coriander, malts, sweet smelling.

T - This is a new style of beer for me so I'm not familiar yet what makes this beer tick. A nice bready like taste with a decent level of bitterness with a warming alcoholic finish. The malts are present and I seriously like this brew.

O - This beer has given me a new outlook on the Belgium style and I will definitely try more of these. I would recommend this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:09:45 | More by andrewjraab
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Hazy yellow with three fingers of white head..nice lacing.

Nose is pretty spicy, yeasty, chalky, mildly phenolic and sweet.

Taste is much sweeter, less complex than nose. Lots of banana, spice forward, very little alcohol, bready, restrained bitterness.

Light body for a tripel but has a nice dry finish.

Some decent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 05:53:53 | More by TheMultiYeast
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden monkey pours a hazy yellow with an inch of white head. The nose is clove, Belgian spice, and banana. The taste follows closely but isn't impressing me too much thus far. Mouthfeel is decent due to a smooth feel that is medium bodied. Nuances are there but not bold enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 20:09:59 | More by ChugginOil
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light tangerine on the dull end with what looks like a good amount of suspended sediment. Head is just a touch off white and only a few wisps and a ring remain.

S: Fresh and vibrant aroma. Bubble gum, yeast, grass clippings and bone dry hay.

T: Begins with a little bit of butter, little bit of citrus. Tickling of spicy yeast passes across the tongue allowing farmhouse expressions to take place. Sweet but not overly so with honeysuckle making the primary statement. Some peach, apricot, pineapple and banana help round out the base sweetness. Finishes with a light dryness and a light alcohol bite.

M: Medium body and a bit fuzzy....but smooth over

D: Not a huge fan of triples but this one wasn't so bad. Lacked a lot of the dryness and over the top sweetness that can turn me off from the style. I'd drink it again but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 05:50:07 | More by Westsidethreat
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have heard of this beer before but never had the opportunity to try this beer. Got it in a bottle and was pretty impressed with it. It reminded me of a dark beer but wasn't filling. The taste was rather hoppy without a strong after taste. I like this beer but you have to be careful because it does have a high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 22:15:43 | More by bastardface
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 corked and caged Belgian bottle enjoyed 9.19.11, poured into Chimay chalices.

Bottle conditioning resulted in billowing white head first pour, a bit more controlled on second glass over medium gold body, the etched bottom of chalice resulted in constant stream of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Not much going on in the nose, might have been poured a bit too cold, picked up good dose of coriander once warmed, floral hops. Taste started off pretty innocuous, coriander forward, faint bit of orange peel after warming but not very much Mouthfeel just on the light side of medium, good effervescence. The relative lack of fruitiness inhiibited drinkability despite relative cheap price point. I'll pass next time.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 21:20:46 | More by jdense
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a bottle into a glass, cloudy golden yellow in color with slight head that settles quickly

S: fruity with a hint of spice

T: light mouthfeel with a very sweet then spiced after taste

D: this is a 1 or 2 beer due to its high abv and strange after taste

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 07:03:07 | More by pearljam118
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Poured bright yellow hazy color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving little lacing around the glass.

S - Like a typical tripel there are bananas, cloves, citrus, a little bready but not too much and very boozy.

T - Starts off with bready yeast followed by citrus and spices with a slightly bitter finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

O - Just an average tripel with high ABV which unfortunately was not masked at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 18:42:25 | More by taigor
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New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very large, just off-white head with very good retention that becomes rocky as it recedes. Leaves a lot of impressive lacing. Beer is a golden peach color with a good deal of floaters and active carbonation. Smells of banana, yeast, and spices (coriander, can't pinpoint the rest).

Taste starts with a slightly grainy yeastiness, then moves on the banana, with a boozy, spicy, bready finish. Booze goes away quickly in the aftertaste and leaves yeasty bread, banana, and a bit of coriander, pepper, and clove lingering. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 21:45:19 | More by JG-90
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,084 ratings.