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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,201
Reviews: 1,613
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 68
Gots: 403 | 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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Photo of Durge


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured a cloudy amber color with little evidence of head or lacing. The aroma was a fairly typical clovey wheat blend, not too strong but inviting. The flavor hops out as almost a licorice, some excpected alcohol, fine carbonation for a bit of a bite but not harsh at all. There is biscuit and many of the usual tripel qualities, maybe a bit of cranberry, but it does seem to mask the ABV pretty well, so it's relatively drinkable for the style. It's solid but not highly memorable. Worth a try, I wouldn't turn it down.

11-13-2007 22:07:33 | More by Durge
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

This is my first venture into the 'Tripel' style.

A: It is a bright golden color, a tad cloudy. Not much of a head and what was there disappeared quickly.

S: Vague hints of banana, lemons, orange and spices.

T: A good mixture of bananas and citrus. Also has a spicy taste. Some hints of honey and wheat as well.

M: It leaves a spicy and sweet aftertaste on the palate. A little too much alcohol flavoring though.

D: Such a high ABV, makes it a non-session beer. Overall, I enjoy the spicy wheat flavoring, but the taste of alochol was too apparent.

07-28-2008 14:56:14 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into my tulip glass. Pours a murky light orange/gold with a think off-white head on top. Little retention and lacing. Smells of pineapple, allspice, lemon zest, and tart yeast.

The mouth is well-carbonated and a bit spritzy. This is a pretty sweet Tripel. Nice pleasant citrus fronting, with a spicy bite in the middle, and finishes sweet and clean. This is a pretty good beer. I haven't the greatest experience with this style, but I liked this one.

08-26-2009 18:08:18 | More by Onenote81
Photo of BlindPig


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

A-big 2" white head that fades fast. Light golden clear color. As you get to the bottom of the bottle more it gets cloudier.
S- Bananas and maybe some european style hop. Also smell a bit of malt in there.
T-Bananas and european style hops. Not much malt flavor. Bananas are really strong in the taste. Bit of warming from the alcohol in the back of throat. Some spice also. It is fruity just can't really pin point more than the bananas.
M-Medium/full body, medium carbonation.
D- I'm not a big fan of fruity beers so this one was a bit to fruity for me but still was alright. I'm glad I tried it.

09-01-2006 01:04:38 | More by BlindPig
Photo of bigdeuce


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

This is not a bad version of a tripel and is reasonably priced. The taste is way too sweet. The smell is good, some of vanilla and banana. It pours a nice head and lacing keeps up down the glass. There is a strange, however, aftertaste to the beer. Almost pale and skunky, which I did not care for. If the golden monkey is offered to me at a bar or someone's home, damn straight, I'll drink it again. But not one you'll find in my fridge very often.

06-16-2006 19:12:13 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of Kelpius

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Clove overtones with a light mouthfeel. Certainly a good bang for the buck beer and good for folks who like a bright tasting beer. Not a palate wrecker, but inferior to the very similar PranQster from North Coast. I consider this a bargain currently.

01-07-2013 05:28:53 | More by Kelpius
Photo of Autoeros


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into a Unibroue Maudite snifter

L: The beer looks like a wheat field in the fall, with a head that lasts for the first few sips and fades; good lacing up until the bottom quarter of the glass, when the carbonation seems to disappear, and any hint of head along with it. There is a slightly cloudy, very pretty gold—I could stare at it all day.

S: Spices carry the nose, chased by an underlying alcohol, suppressed by the very small notes of banana and grape. Any fruit notes are made secondary to the coriander and pine in the foreground. I would like to see the grape notes come into their own more to mix with the alcohol.

T: The alcohol is held back by the flood gates of those forward spices, and yields to a warmness that is very suited to fall sipping on the porch/balcony/blanket under an oak. The malts hit hard on the front of the tongue, and balance around the rear of the palate where the alcohol comes into the foreground. It turns bitter, not the bitterness of hops, but a slightly unbalanced fruit-and-yeast sourness on the palate, but it manages to stay very pleasant.

F: The beer lingers, giving a yeasty tongue-rubbing-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth-type thickness. Thick and yeasty, but the alcohol is really to feel at this point, as it cuts right into the yeastiness.

O: Good beer for autumn. It is not as complex as a Belgian-style tripel can be, and it makes for a good beer in an unsophisticated setting. Perhaps a picnic and an autumn sunset.

10-26-2011 21:04:33 | More by Autoeros
Photo of drabmuh


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Currently trying to review every beer on Beeradvocate that has more than 1000 reviews. So this goal brings me to Golden Monkey, never had it before. 12 ounce bottle poured into my DFH snifter. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy. Forms a tiny head with low carbonation and no lacing. Eh.

Aroma is mild but sweet. eh, its OK. Not impressed so far.

Eh, its kind of fruity in the back palate, medium to light in body. Nothing to see here folks. A really mediocre tripel by all measure. I guess the saving grace is that it masks the 9% ABV so well. But overall I'm not impressed. Try again Victory.

08-20-2010 03:46:04 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jlandis


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

I'm following up my St. Bernardus Tripel with a local variety. We'll see how this one does in comparison.

The body is crystal clear straw yellow with a thin white ring of a head. The nose is fruity and very sweet. There is a touch of honey and spice, but the sweetness really dominates. The flavor is full of bananas and a bready character. The finish is spicy and astringent. Floating in and around everything there is a cloying sweetness. Maybe is comes from being so young, but it is really off putting. The body is creamy with high carbonation.

All of the flavors seem muddled together and just don't seem to meld properly. The beer is nice and tasty, but I have had many better tripels. For the price it can't be beat, but the St. Bernardus really shows this beer up. Maybe if I age this one for a few years it could really improve.

11-16-2010 16:23:10 | More by jlandis
Photo of spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle stamped Enjoy by Feb 18, 2014

A- Fizzy head disappated quickly to nothing. orange/yellow in color.

S- alcohol, banana and yeasty bread

T- sharp with carbonation. distinct belgian yeast profile. Fruity

M- Difinite belgian. clean almost non-existenet

O- An ordinary, nothing special tripel.

06-12-2011 16:18:14 | More by spree92
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

The Golden Monkey poured a hazy golden color with no head and no lacing.

The aroma was yeasty Belgian strain with some flowery smell. The taste was spicy with a hint of nutmeg. In the mouth it was spicy and the spice sits in the mouth for a long time. Very cool. Very enjoyable Tripel.

02-05-2008 23:21:20 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of exparte


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Bright golden color with an inch thick white head that fades to a persistent thin cover. Strong aroma that's quite hard to pin down. Herbal and floral for sure but nothing distinct. Flavor is much the same. Strong yeast derived flavors with a substantial bitterness. Fruit and perfume with a crisp bitter finish. Hides its high alcohol pretty well. Fairly thin body and lively carbonation. Smooth enough to get you in trouble if you're careless but complex enough to sip slowly. Good way to satisfy a Tripel craving affordably.

01-17-2010 07:10:22 | More by exparte
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a clear gold with a thick white foam. Good retention, lacing is minimal.

Aroma is predominantly banana, cloves and a strong yeast profile. Taste is similar, the banana balances well with the spice profile. Very yeasty. Bit of boozy bitterness at the finish.

Lighter side of medium, well carbonated. Drinkable, especially for something that is approaching 10% ABV.

08-05-2010 04:02:37 | More by kshankar
Photo of dasenebler


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

I was expecting more for the hype surrounding this Victory brew, not to mention the price, which is around 11 bucks a sixer. I am also pretty green when it comes to Belgian style brews so bare with me.

Poured a hazy gold. A somewhat fizzy head with a ring that stuck around for the rest of the way. Nose was sweet.

Taste at first is sweet-- like a wheat beer to me. Almost went beyond sweet to sugary. Some bitterness and some sweet malts. A bit of spice makes things interesting. But man, this beer is strong (9.5%) for it's body, which is a bit lighter than medium. You get a sharp (for beer, that is) alcohol taste in the finish. Dangerously drinkable too, given the sweetness and spice, combined with a smooth body.

I found the flavor of this beer interesting but ultimately unsatisfying. Just didn't hang together for me. Too strong and too light. I don't know. I need to try more tripels and understand them better. For me, the golden monkey is not worth it for the price. I am much more a fan of Victory's HopDevil and Prima Pils.

07-23-2008 04:48:15 | More by dasenebler
Photo of CJfromPhilly


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a Macro-ish,yellow color with a surprisingly (for a Tripel ) small 1/2 finger head which disappears immediately into a modest lace. What's not unexpected is the level of carbonation..there's a sparkly effervescence. Aroma is dry and somewhat citrusy. 1st sip reveals the dry citrus character with a hint of spice and quite a bit of alcohol. Moutfeel is tingly, and there' a dry finish with a good bit of alcohol heat. It's drinkable, but not sessionable...the alcohol is just too hot to have more than one or two. All-in-all, this is not the best tripel i've ever had. Also, not my favorite offering from Victory.

07-18-2009 22:22:32 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of jdhchi


3.54/5  rDev -4.1%

Had this one on tap at a local tap house. Poured clear golden color with very little if any head. Smell was sweet but not as present as other Belgians. No lacing to speak of but still and attractive pour in a sniffer glass. I immediately enjoyed the taste and would order another.

01-16-2013 00:31:12 | More by jdhchi
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Pours a clear gold, with a rocky head that leaves a lot of lacing behind

Smell: Banana, fermented honey, clove and acetone

Taste: With a banana bread start, the spices quickly arrive to add a distinct clove flavor; plenty of fusel alcohol also arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the alcohol is rather dominant, too, and overwhelms the more subtle spice flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a lot of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I am not a big fan of many tripels and this beer embodies a number of things I don't like about the style; way too hot and sweet, with a lack of balance; to some, this may be a classic tripel and I can understand their perspective; it is just not the interpretation of the style that I prefer

03-25-2009 02:17:52 | More by brentk56
Photo of russpowell


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a hazy straw color with a 1" white head. No head retention or lacing

S: Some yeast, bananas & fruittyness

T: Malt sweetness, banana peel. yeast & slight lemon. Finishes frutty & yeasty

MF: Thick, chunky & effervescent

Too many flavors dominate that I don't care for. Tripell isn't my favorite style, but this is lower echelon compared many others I've had

08-22-2006 03:42:51 | More by russpowell
Photo of bashiba


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured a nice slightly cloudy golden yellow with a thin white line of head.

Smelled slightly sweet with hints of wheat, yeast, and honey.

Taste is suprisingly mild for a tripel. A nice slightly sweet yeastyness with a little bit of wheaty flavor. A little Underwhelming for a tripel.

Mouthfeel was full and thick with a slight warming.

Drinkability is pretty good as there is no off flavors and not to much of the high abv is noticeable, goes down pretty good.

01-07-2005 04:34:27 | More by bashiba
Photo of BoitSansSoif


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured a hazy golden-yellow w/light head. Nice lacing. Nose was primarily spice, light nectarine, and faint apricot. The flavor was rather sweet with very strong spice characters of clove and nutmeg, lemon rind, faint dried apricot on the midpalate, and warming alcohol throughout. The finish was very spicy. Body and carbonation were great, but overall, although I enjoyed this one, I found the spice to be overpowering.

03-22-2008 08:43:53 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of buckiflyer

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

I am a fan of victory beers so the Golden Monkey had to be sampled even though not my favorite style of beer. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Cloudy orange color. Spice smell, not sure that spiced I am picking up. Very spicey taste and orange flavored finish. OK, but no my favorite Vicory offering.

11-27-2005 02:38:25 | More by buckiflyer
Photo of mjc410


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

From my old 75 cL stash, bottled 11/30/04. Reviewed with my darling wife!

The pour into my Chimay glass raises only the slightest of glass rings (I was decanting carefully). A few large particles of yeast managed to slip in, floating in the translucent golden copper brew. Very sparse streams of bubbles.

The nose is flowery, with touches of honey, apricots, and citrus. Not too potent, but nice.

The flavor still manages to be sweet, but also with definite bready notes. Otherwise, it reflects the nose. Not spectacular, but tasty.

The mouth is quite carbonated, but really pretty thin.

This is still kind of fun, but I think it may have passed its prime.

11-14-2007 01:14:24 | More by mjc410
Photo of Sneers

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Best-by 10 March 2014

Pours a fairly clear rich orange-gold, capped by a moderate white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

The aroma is of soft, sweet banana, spicy phenols, a bit of warming alcohol, and a hint of butter.

As far as tripels go, this one is on the hoppy side of things. The bitterness and the spicy characteristics give this one some bite. The sweetness is appropriately assertive and stands to round off the edges. A light fruitiness of apples or pears makes it way in before the swallow. The alcohol is well-masked and is most present on the finish, which is also faintly bitter. The Golden Monkey would find its home more along the likes of Chimay and Westmalle than La Fin and Karmeliet.

The mouthfeel is big, rich, and creamy, without too much carbonation. It gets a little thinner with warming.

This is my second go at Golden Monkey, and the first time I really wasn't a fan; now, I think I can see why, but I also find it far more favorable. This beer is big and complex, but lacks the panache, so to speak, of my favorite tripels.

05-17-2011 00:27:19 | More by Sneers
Photo of 57md


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a dark straw color with more than a finger of white head that enjoyed some retention and left a trace of lace behind. The distinct notes of Belgian yeast are in the nose. This offering is certainly malt forward. It starts sweet and then transitions to a classic Belgian sourness.

12-30-2013 06:23:45 | More by 57md
Photo of billybob


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

pours a hazy golden color a minimal head almost no lace. smell is of fruit and herb and spice. taste is same but can't really pin point what type of fruit also very sweet on the palate. mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body and warms you up going down. very drinkable but with a 9.50 abv it might bite you back.

02-05-2007 18:43:50 | More by billybob
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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