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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,069 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,069
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 343 | 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.

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Photo of scorched


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
Photo of kojevergas


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
Photo of stakem


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
Photo of Bauzen

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
Photo of CampusCrew


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
Photo of TheMultiYeast


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
Photo of ChugginOil


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
Photo of taigor

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
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New York

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

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. A good amount of carbonation. A very large, 3 finger-thich head formed, which stuck around for a while and left a fair amount of residuals.

S - Sweet malts and banana up front. Hints of a general dark fruit aroma afterwards, and perhaps a hint of booze.

T - Touch of malts, a good amount of banana taste, and some dark fruit taste going on. In general, a very sweet beer. A faint hint of alcohol heat at the end. Expected from a 9.5% ABV. Not a bad tasting beer.

F - Finishes clean with some carbonation felt. A little sticky. Fairly refreshing, although I'd hesitate to session this beast, as it'll buzz you up pretty quick.

O - Not a bad beer, but not outstanding. Tripel's aren't my favorite style, but this is a decent representation of the style. It's a little on the sweet side, but overall, it's not a bad beer. Certainly worth buying the Victory 'Variety of Victories' sampler.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 13:39:45 | More by stella77artois
Photo of Todd


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle.

Appearance: is just about average ... a cloudy golden colour topped with a thin white lace, but with pour head retention.

Smell: Aroma is faint, at first. Floral, bready, a bit yeasty in the nose with notes of caramel emerging as the beer warms.

Taste: A smooth, creamy, rich and full-bodied beer. Hops hit the palate first with a soft floral flavour and flash of spicy bitterness that mingles with a spicy (and warming) alcohol character. A pleasing herbal flavour stretches the entire tasting experience. Malty sweet and very sugary (like golden syrup from England), with bread and yeast flavours. Touch of caramel. Quite the one dimensional beer actually. Finish is dry with residual yeast flavours and a slightly bitty / oily palate.

Notes: Compare this beer to its style and it falls short. There's much better examples out there, and with less hype surrounding it. Is it a good beer? Yes it is, good ... but that's about it. Just another big beer with lots of hype and good marketing for the beergeek fish to bite at.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2002 15:06:34 | More by Todd
Photo of Stigs


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours with about a third of an inch of bubbly white foam...settles quickly. the beer is pale yellow in color and a bit hazy.

S - grains amped by lightly sweet fresh fruits, green apples and pears. light clove-like spiciness. some alcohol in the end. pleasant if not a little soft.

T - again, very heavy on the grains...takes a few sips to get acclimated and pull out some other stuff. apples, some banana, quick but sharp peppery bite, and then a big amount of alcohol.

M - light body and tight but slightly overdone carbonation. finishes prickly and dry.

D - not bad, curious to see what some time does to this - a bit of calming and melding might do wonders compared to fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 02:58:05 | More by Stigs
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks more like a wit than a tripel. It's a milky golden straw color. Appears kind of hazy. The head is white, modest and fleeting.

Smells like a Belgian with clovey spices and a funky fruity yeasty smell.

It's clearly an American attempt at a Belgian beer. It's got a Belgian-esque taste, but it's a little rough around the edges. While it's got some spice and fruity flavors, wheat is also prevalent. Almost a cracker-like taste with a bit of lemony alcohol in the finish.

Very spicy, with an overload of pepper. The wheat character is sharp. The bitterness is sharp. A dryish finish.

It's not a bad beer, but it's not up to Belgian standards. Maybe with some aging the ingredients would meld together a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:26:00 | More by RickS95
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a very hazy, golden-straw color. Head is about a finger and a half. Retention was pretty short overall and lacing was light.

Smell: Definitely has a bit of Belgian qualities on the nose. It smells spicy initially. It does have some citrus scents on the outskirts. Spices come through strongest.

Taste: It is quite reminiscent of a Belgian in taste as well. Herbal spiciness is the primary feature. Slightly citrusy. Nice malty body.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation is okay. It's a hefty beer at 9.5%. Pretty drinkable at that level. Overall, it's a pretty good. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 01:38:53 | More by prototypic
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12 oz bottle, enjoy by Sep. 5 2011,

- Nice bright yellow and citrus orange color with a lot of white thick creamy head... semi cloudy, like a light bready west coast IPA... down to a nice bit of lacing.

- Banana, biscuit, breads.. pilsner-like hopping... creamy and sugary...

- Smooth and sweet... light touch of alcohol, but well masked by the banana bread of a yeast.. but overall not too complex... very simple, and mouth watering.. Touch of zest... spice, and clove... overall I like the balance.

- Medium bodied, and not too thick and creamy.... great carbonation for the style, and would age nicely I am sure.

- Quite drinkable and smooth, and certainly hides the alcohol very well. Little bit of a burning spice in the aftertaste... certainly an interesting and strong Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 23:08:03 | More by Docer
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory Golden Monkey has a light orange colour and a head that dies away but decent lacing remains. The smell is fairly weak, but what's there is spicy. It has a taste of bitter cloves into a smooth aftertaste which isn't better or alcoholic. This beer is nicely carbonated and thick. Watch out, this beer is very drinkable considering the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 02:57:59 | More by vandemonian
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Yellow with some suspended particles. Kind of looks like a pee sample from someone with a UTI. But that's gross so I digress. This is no lively beer coming from this bottle. There is plenty of carb. but not much head and it very quickly disperses to just the thinest ring around the glass. Smells of menagerie of spices, but it is hard for me to pick them out individually. Lots going on there though. Very light scent, but very busy. Alcohol is up front on this one, but it doesn't disagree with me. Citrus, spices, and a little yeastiness. Quite good, Quite drinkable. Not a very notable Triple, but well worth trying. Another worthy beverage from Victory.b

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 17:18:12 | More by blivingston1985
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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