Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

5,052 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 5,052
Reviews: 1,760
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 123
Gots: 1,039 | 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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Photo of ausonius
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Big creamy head. Settles in a bit over 10 minutes. Leaves some light lacing.

Nose: Big bready, grainy, malty, Belgian yeast, slight banana w/decent amount of spicy, earthy/herbal hops. A hint of pine & a bit of green hash.

Palate: Very pale malt. Spicy, grainy, dry-ish. Slightly fruity/spicy, but dry with light, but persistently earthy hoppy finish & aftertaste.

Carries it's 9.5% ABV very well indeed.

GREAT drinkability.

92 1/2 Points

Love the style. Firmer & dryer than a classic Tripel, but that's why I like it so much.

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 luvGoldenMonkey
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As my name entails, I love this beer, and always get it when visiting VBC. I seem to pick out new subtle nuances with ever glass of this 'complex' brew. Drinkability is the biggest surprise with a beer with such a high abv %. Can easily finish 2 or 3 without problem. (Which unfortunately means the end of the drinking for the evening.)

Photo of flyingpig
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Brewdog Online Store (£3.80):
Another really good beer from Victory Brewing here, probably the best one of the five I have now tried of theirs and it's not as if they've been feeding me poor beers up to this point. This one is incredibly well balanced and manages to hide the high alcohol very well with only a touch coming through towards the end of the taste. This one is excellent from start to finish and up there with the best that Belgium has to offer.

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

It pours into the glass a peachy gold color. The head is white that seemed to stay for awhile. It left some residue but no real lace. The aroma was pretty complex. Fruits like oranges, cherries seemed to be present. Malt (yeasty, alittle) some spices hops (slight) and alcohol was present. The taste was good. It was rich full and again complex. It seemed to change as my hands warmed the glass. Temperature is a definite factor. First you notice the carbonation, then the flavors hit, the some cherries, oranges, dates, spices, malt (sweet) and the alcohol and a bit of hops. All these seem to jump around with the temperature. None of the flavors seemed to be too much. A very drinkable beer. I think this was as good as the monkey from the tap. Keeping some on had at all times.

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

This is the best American triple I've had so far!

It pours a pumpkin orange hue with a good lasting head and solid lacing.
The smell is citrus fruits, delicate yeast and malt sweetness.
The taste is a delicious malt body paired with warm yeast and soft light fruit currents. Nice level of spice balanced with a light young banana.
A fantastic push from Victory.

Photo of bceagles39
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at home on May 25, 2010.

Brilliant gold color with a great head, white and fluffy. Excellent head retention and above average lacing. A lot of fizz streaming up through the glass.

First whiff was very sweet, almost melon-y sweet. Fairly light and gently floral.

Very nice bite right up front. A lot of banana, especially on the finish for me. You can definitely feel the heat throughout but it's not too over the top.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel cut by the fizz.

I think this would make a good cross-over beer for people. A highly enjoyable tripel, perhaps lacking some of the complexity of a true Belgian.

Photo of jackndan
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Rally* Monkey: Big orange color, not much head, but very nice Belgian lace sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is very aggressive, with lots of citrus aromas. The taste is rough and nice: lots of citrus tastes, followed up by a nice bite of hops, and HUGE alcohol warmth. One of those beers that causes you to automatically relax: great taste and smooth creamy mouthfeel. I’m cellaring this thing for the 12 inches of snow I expect next February.

* review made during 2002 World Series.

Photo of Backer2004
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, I have not reviewed Golden Monkey even though I've enjoyed this numerous occassions. Since NC's Cap's been Popped, this has been a great go to beer. Let me tell you, this one packs a mighty punch . . . my buddy had this over Christmas as his final beer of the night and he was gone. The fruit and spices hide the alcohol and the balance is tremendous. Nice light color to fool any BMG drinker at first. Just a great all around Tripel.

Photo of oxmasterscream
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, this beer appeared a golden orange, much like the color of a a cloudy apple juice, with a 1 1/2 finger head. The Immediate aroma was of overripe bananas (another BA mentioned nail-polish... that's right-on!) with sub-aromas of sweet spices and the expected earthy smells of Belgian yeast. Taste was immediately candy-sweet and cloves and pepper spicy but was followed by a wollop of tangy fruits like green apples and bananas that almost left me forgetting the initial tastes. By the time I swallowed this beer, I was left with a Riesling-like after taste... very cool. It's medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation, with bubbles that blanket your tongue, really accentuating the spicy flavors I mentioned earlier. As the beer warmed, more and more esthery scents were released and if I took a deep enough inhale, I could really detect the alcohol. It seems very drinkable at first but towards the end of the glass, you really start feeling warm and fuzzy (I make it sound like a bad thing) so I'm not sure if I'd go for number two but for enjoying one, it's wonderful. Victory never fails to impress me and this is no exception.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. My first beer from Victory and it's really good. Poured out to a golden color with some haziness and a nice head that came down to about 1/8 of an inch. Higher carbonation. Aromas of buttery malt, spices and some breadiness. The taste is full and rich, following the smell; flavors of malt, sweetness that is similar to cider, and some bitterness from the hops. Some buttery like yeast toward the finish. The carbonation makes the flavors very vivid and present. Very nice. Mouthfeel is not too filling, yet not weak or light. This has high drinkability despite the 9.5% ABV. This is a great American Made Tripel. Highly recommended.

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange color with a good deal of carbonatation and a small, white head. It also had some sediment.

S - It smelled of citrus, yeast and some spices. It also had some caramel maltiness in the nose.

T - It tasted very spicy and bittersweet. It had some nice hops and of caramel malt.

M - It was very, very shapr and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good tripel. Maybe one of the best American versions of the style.

Photo of MisterClean
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in PDX. Sadly, it is now available in sacramento. Maybe that's a good thing.

A - Pours golden with 2 fingers of white head and dissipates slow. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Toffee, caramel, light belgian sugar, and breadiness.

T - Toffee, caramel, breadiness, bittering hops and slight to moderate alcohol. As it warms up, the alcohol lessens.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, sweet, light alcohol and slightly bitter. Rich mouth feel, and yet bitterness from the hops.

D - Good overall, this is one of the most complex beers I've had. Alcohol and bitterness stop this well short of a perfect beer. Very impressed though.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good triple. Smooth for 9.5 Abv

Photo of Fugazme
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden... near orange color... slightly hazy. Not much head to speak of... small lacing... some nice, slow legs, however!

Aroma is spicy and sweet... Caramel... alcohol... citrus... coriander... cinnamon... very nice.

Pretty smooth, creamy palate. A touch harsh on the swallow. Very sweet, not overdone in my book. A nice bitterness evens it out on the finish. Fair amount of fruity/peach/orange overtones through the middle.

This one is highly drinkable.

Photo of getgetgettleman
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes of 3/11/11

Received from my friend Orlando in a 6 pack grab.

A = Light amber color. Lager looking in appearance. Good carbonation. 2 finger light froth. Watery lacing.

S = Belgian tripple like aroma. Alcohol aroma present. Notes of corriander and citrus.

T = Noticeable corriander, orange and apple.

M = Very smooth on the front and back end. Apple cider like body.

O = I liked this. Very drinkable. Good approach to an American brewed Belgian. Would go nicely with sushi and sashimi.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a La Chouffe tulip snifter. Beer emerges golden (how weird) with a very tight looking, two finger head. Great retention and generous lacing as well. Beer is slightly cloudy with some yeasty particles floating about.

Aroma is wonderfully fruity. Banana and cloves are huge as well. Corriander spicy and just an overall spiciness to the beer. Black pepper emerges as well.

Spicy tasting as well. As a southerner, I love my spices. Very fruity tasting; light fruits such as banana and maybe coconut. Sweet belgian candi sugar is quite prevalent. Almost becomes cloying but toes the line very nicely.

Sampled this in bottle form and on draft and both are equally impressive, although I think I prefer the draft version overall.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Winking Lizard in Columbus and served in a snifter. This beer pours a lightly hazy orange/gold color with a very thin white head. Thin and quick lacing. Aroma of spices, fruit, wheat and a little alcohol. Crisp body with a nice blend of fruit (apple and banana), spices, warming alcohol and sweet candy. The finish is long and sweet with a pinch of peppery hops. This is a very good Tripel that is immensely enjoyable on tap.

Photo of DBoone
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on draft at Victory Brewing Resturant in Downingtown PA.

Poured in a tulip glass, beautiful golden hue with small white head which dissipated in a short time. A little bit of lacing but it disappears fairly rapidly.

Very nice smell, banana,clove, and spices, maybe coriander. Little to no hops noticed. I really like it.

The taste is the best thing about this beer. Tasty, tasty, tasty! Light malt and slight fruity flavor. Some warming alcohol noticed, but in a good way.

Very nice on the mouth, smooth, silky, and no stickiness on the tongue.

Watch out, very drinkable, 2 or 3 in a drinking session is about right. If you can make it to the restaurant in Downingtown, they limit you to only 2 of these. ENJOY!

Photo of Murph
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color, a little bit hazy due to some yeasties, with a nice pure white head that sticks well and a nice lace. Great aroma of spices (coriander?) and citrusy orange zest. The taste is great, banana, orange, spices and something like grape rind (tartness) in the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth and it is very drinkable. Well this is my favorite style and this is definitely a damn fine example of it. It has all the qualities that I enjoy in the style, light fruit, spiciness, and a little twist in the grape rind. Definitely something to get your hands on if you can.

Photo of ShanePB
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Monkey is no stranger to me. While I've enjoyed both draft and bottled versions in the past, this review is from a fresh 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Golden orange, fairly clear body with a fluffy and rocky white head. The dissipation was slower and a wonderful retention cap was left behind, along with some sticky lacing. An outstanding looking Tripel, in my opinion.

S: Alcohol esters are constantly lifting from the glass from the beginning of the pour until the last drop. They're not overpowering and allow other flavors to play off nicely. Hints of spicy yeast, clove, wintergreen and a touch of banana in the back end give this a very traditional flavor profile with an American twist.

T: Prickly heat undertones from the alcohol start things off, followed by lots of Belgian yeast and plenty of spice to balance out the initial flavors. A light and sweet malt base is showcased mid palate and finishes with more clove and bubblegum.

M: Higher carbonation but it remains substantially medium bodied in character. It's prickly but smooth at the same time. Some residual heat is left lingering in the throat after the swallow sets in.

Golden Monkey is a true favorite of mine. It has a lot of the characteristics of a traditional Tripel but then completely changes course and takes on an entirely different profile than you're expecting. I applaud Victory for sticking with their guns, as this is truly a standout beer in the category.

Photo of ntillemans
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer alot; and despite some opinions I've heard to the contrary, I would say this one's an excellent attempt at a classic Tripel. It could be balanced a little better. It's a little too sweet; and the heavy spice makes it seem a little thin (with the spice overcompensating).

Regardless, I wouldn't pass this one up.

Photo of Poormon79
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. At first pour, it was a very nice looking golden orange color. Very pleasent.

S. Was an intresting smell at first. Had a bit of an apple, malt, hoppy smell. And the alcohol

T. Very pleasent. Has a fruity upfront taste that leads into the alcohol. But isnt overwelming
or unpleasent

M. Seems to hang around the tongue. Full fruity taste

D. Id say sit back and enjoy this one, but be prepaired, a six pack will probably do you in or be pretty close

Final thoughts: A very pleasent, drinkable, fun beer. Very refreshing, fruity tasty beer. A little pricey but im assuming its cause of the alcohol. Price went down id purchase more. TRY IT

Photo of NEhophead
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Bright white, creamy head that fades after a moment to a thin sheet. Nice layered lacing that holds throughout. Golden/light orange in color with a nice haze.

A very evident banana aroma; some pineapple (maybe coconut) as well. Also a mild, warming clove spice is also present.

Complex in flavor yet all are well balanced and don't overpower each other: banana, corriander/clove, vanilla, and coconut. A nice sweetness that isn't too powerful and very mellow on the tastebuds. Subtle (for a 9.5% abv) alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; coats the palate nicely with no obtrusive bitterness or unwanted overpowering spiciness/sweetness. Very mild given its complexity.

At 9.5% abv this one goes down a little too smoothly. I've had this as a session beer in the past and it definitely did me in. 3 or 4 in a sitting is definitely my limit with this monkey, even though I crave more.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz amber bottle with a clear "best by" date (month, day, year).

This dubbel poured a hazy, golden color with creamy, rich, white foam that left good lace. There was lively, fizzy carbonation. The smell was lightly fruity (pears, bananas), with some citrus and biscuit aromas. The taste was malty (slightly sweet), with the flavors of fruit (bananas, grapes), toasted caramel, candy sugar, and alcohol thrown in. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and warming. The sweetness and light fruitiness lingered. This was a very tasty and drinkable dubbel style ale. Not as full bodied as some from Belgium, but easy drinking nonetheless.

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 5,052 ratings.