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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,697
Hads: 5,122
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 133
Gots: 1,122 | FT: 4
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Photo of donnebaby
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Somewhat opaque, dark, dark orange body, with a haze top that bubbled down from a dry, sticky foam. Nose is wheaty malt with touches of witbier and apples and grapes.

That witbier citrus coriander dominates the palate. Overall sweet, reminding of honey. The 9.5% is imperceptible! And it's not even THAT sweet or spiced or having anything that's blatantly covering up the booze. Cool. An interesting hop texture mixes over the sweetness in the aftertaste, which is also sweet, like candy apple. Lightly spicey. Developed and balanced--and even seemingly light. (563 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Best by 17 February 2013.

A: A clear, straw-yellow beer with cyclonic bubbles swirling madly around the glass. Fine, stark-white head with good retention and clingy lacing.

S: Spicy yeasts. Throw in a banana/fruity twist, and it's a bit akin to a hefeweizen. A mix between a hefeweizen and a tripel, in the final assessment.

T: Delicious! I'm a bit surprised by the low ratings Golden Monkey has garnered. Tropically delicious. Refreshingly spicy. A bit of wheaty/yeasty influence. The merest tinge of alcohol. The maintaste is characterised by a fruitiness -- banana and sweet citrus -- with zesty, bready yeasts and candied malts. The aftertaste is the spiciest (I can't quite pin down which spices these might be, but I like them), lingering in the mouth for a long while; a bit drying.

M: Both creamy and filling, and sharp and spiced. Quite enlivening. Distinctly pleasant. I just plain enjoy drinking this beer.

D: Crazy drinkable, especially considering the ABV. Equally rewarding in draughts or sips. Quite simply a wonderful beer; highly recommended. (1,117 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Appearance - Wonderful golden yellow color with specks of yeast floating about. Inch of head disapates to a thin lace.

Smell - Baked bread and banana, absolutely wonderful balanced aroma with a slightly fruity finish. Can definetly smell the yeast.

Taste - Well balanced with hints of fruit. Lovely beer

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated and light bodied.

Drinkability - I could drink quite a few, but at 9.5 ABV it would sneak up on me.

Notes - I could see a hate against the yeast tsate/smell, but I enjoy both. Overall a well balanced and dangerously drinkable tripel. (615 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2004, Sampled December 2004
This beer pours a lightly hazy gold color and is topped by a frothy white head. The aroma is fruity with yeast notes and spice notes too, I get notes of lemon, banana, fresh herbs, and candied orange peel. The aroma is actually quite intriguing, and I definitely like trying to pick out the various components of it.

The beer starts sweet, but finishes with an herbal dryness. This beer has a nice meld of flavors, with none of the spices being too dominant. This beer tastes a bit of orange, but has lots of other flavors going on that I cannot quite pick out; perhaps some vanilla, wild flower nectar, clove, and banana. It picks up some yeasty notes when I pour the rest of the contents of the bottle in.

This is quite a bit more enjoyable than I was expecting, most American interpretations of Belgian beers use too many spices, in fact much of the Belgian character is really derived from their yeast and not spices. That being said I do like the mix of spices and fermentation characteristics found in this beer. (1,066 characters)

Photo of greengorilla
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet. It is a deep golden color, very little hazziness, and a one finger white head.

The smell is good, but not great. I want to call the smell bready.

I really like the taste though. I am quite surprised at how good tasting this is. I think it compares quite favorable to La Fin Du Monde. It has a nice spicy taste and a great mouthfeel. It is quite carbonated, and very drinkable. The alcohol is hidden well. This was quite a bargain. (484 characters)

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a hazy light amber with a rocky white head. Head is mostly diminishing with decent lacing. Has a great sweet aroma. A whole bunch of fruits with a touch of bubble gum. Has a very light mouthfeel. Light bodied and lightly carbonated. But thats where the lightness ends, the flavors explode on your tongue. Very well balanced with a wonderful palate. Great duration and a fine finish. Its hard to believe this was brewed on this side of the Atlantic. Monk or monkey this is top notch. (495 characters)

Photo of rousee
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice murky gold pour with a 2mm head that disappears quickly. Belgian-like complexity in the nose as you can clearly get that maltiness of a tripel. It has a floral and vinous quality but very midly vinous.The floral aspect reminds me of forsythia or some other mild smelling early spring flower that I cant place.

Taste is malty and floral with a hint of fruitiness in the background. The fruits remind me of a lemon/peach combo. Mouthfeel is slightly dry but pleasant and seems like it would be a good desert beer. Drinkability is dangerously high. These are 9.5% and you really would never know from the taste or the smell. The style is the only thing that would tip you off. (681 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a bottle at winking lizard in mentor, ohio

A one inch head. yellow cloudy body.

S Sweet spice, pleasing

T Blonde, high alcohol, complex, interesting

M moderate to full, biting mouthfeel

D fair due to high alcohol content.

NOtes: A really great beer to have one or two in a sitting. Certainly a sipping beer, not to be drunk over and over in a session. (370 characters)

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I am a big fan of Belgium Tripels. (Dulle Teve from de dolle brouwers is my favorite) This does not taste like any Belgium Tripel I've had. GM is a very unique brew. Not a ton of hops, which is correct for the style and it is highly well-spiced and very sweet with a ABV that will knock you on your ass! You need to share a 6 pack. I recommend sharing with your beer drinking female friend because these are the equivalent of wine coolers to a teenager! They are very drinkable.

It is almost like a bottle drinking tripel because their is really not much head when you pour it in a glass, but there is lacing.

Make no mistake this is a quality brew and one of my favorite US beers. And this is definately a distictive US beer in a Belgium style. Bravo! (754 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Magic Hat #9 pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium gold color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before slowly descending to an 1/8 inch head. Thick, sudsy lacing.

S- Lovely bouquet of wheat and Belgian yeast springs from the glass. Rich and crisp with very little alcohol detected.

T- Clean but yeasty flavor with some clove-like spice. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Some fruity esters and a slight tinge of malt. Hops are subtle but there.

M- Medium-high carbonation results in a semi-spritzy drink. Light body.

O- This was one of the beers that led to my fascination with Belgians around the time I turned 21. I remember revisiting it a couple years ago after having had some more refined and revered tripels and saying "Why did I like this so much? It's nothing compared to other better tripels." However, now that I sit down and examine the details, I realize that the reason this beer is so good and so popular is because it really hides the alcohol in a way that many other Belgians (American or Belgian-made) don't while still containing all the great characteristics of the style. It's not on my top ten list, but it deserves all the credit it gets IMO. (1,210 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage '00 bottle, courtesy of egajdzis...
Appears a golden hazy yellow with an expected amount of yeast and sediment.
The smell is very yeasty, sugary, and citrusy.
The taste is better than the usual Monkey, which I like as is. Nice yeasty, candy taste that's been smoothed out from the aging.
Mouthfeel is smooth and well done with barely a trace of alcohol.
Drinkability is good but it's a bit too good for it's own good. (430 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on Oct 23 02: Man, more like chunky monkey! This beer has a *lot* of sediment in it. Hazy golden in color, with a head that is wispy thin, but surprisingly persistant. Aroma is bready, with hints of orange and floral hops. Flavor begins with a wonderful coriander spiciness, and a really terrific floral hop flavor. It then gives way to a sweet, bready, somewhat sugary body with a big herbal spiciness. Finishes dry, but gives way to a lingering sweet aftertaste. This is a great tasting, very assertive beer -- not the most complex belgian golden, but leaves a strong impression and is enjoyable nevertheless. (619 characters)

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml with cork and cage. Bottled on Oct. 4 '07.

Poured a hazy yellow, gold with a thin fizzy white head. A lot of lacing and a lot of effervescence bubbling up throughout. Smelled of fruits, apricot and grapes jumped out. Taste was mostly a tart grape like a light white wine but with a sour and a spiciness that compliments the sweetness. The mouthfeel was sticky yet smooth with a high carbonation. Not too much alcohol present for a 9.5 and definitely no burn. This was a great offering from Victory and I will definitely be getting some more to stick in the beer "cellar." (578 characters)

Photo of BrewMan82
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a piddly white head that thins down to a modest sheet in no time - poo. Aroma is fruit, some lime and pear, with a spicy hop character and some caramely malt notes. Intense fruit flavors are first, with a spicy hop-centered middle and a creamy smooth finish. Aftertaste finds the alcohol, as well as smoothness and a bit of drying as well. Mouthfeel is complex (and the best part about this brew!) - full of variations in feel, thin and fruity, then rich and creamy.

Subsequent larger gulps bring out an easy-drinking character that reminds me of a sweet, well done wheat. A bit of lacing. Carbonation is an afterthought . A delicious brew that I cannot ever find up here! (700 characters)

Photo of AbePhroman
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack for $8.99. Little pricy but I support Victory in all their efforts. An excellent brew overall. Poured a cloudy gold, with a pale white head that fizzled down fast. It smelled like most other Tripels but this one kicks you. What a taste! The alcohol is present but it can be subtle with all the spices. One of the more spicier beers I have tried. If you like spice, than this is your beer. This one of the better domestic versions of a Tripel. (462 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nov o6 02 bottle. Important. The Sept 06 bottles I'd purchased were undrinkable.

Color is clear and a honeyish golden, the white head is sadly short.
Aroma, is out of this world! Gorgeous! Citrus is on top, mingled with more fruit (peach, apricot), honey, spice, straw, a touch of sugar. Ticklish nose, deliriously arousing.
Texture is excellent, balance is perfect. Hops pounce upon the palate, then swiftly fade back. Delicious maltiness! Mouthfeel is utterly unreproachable, warm, yeasty, and giving. Finish is sweet, heavenly, nearly interminable.

Alcohol content is quite sneaky, the fantastic flavor beguiles you so long that you don't notice until the kick comes in. Still, this is one monkey I would love to have on my back! (Label design is also among my all-time favorites!)

Footnote: I was so taken by this brew on our first introduction that I put it on the list at my restaurant/bar. One of the musicians in our Tuesday night band last summer had a serious monkey fetish (tied into the "Hundredth Monkey" concept...on one tune he made monkey sounds...). This was the beer for him! And, when one woman asked a bartender for our "sweetest beer", he chose GM, and she was an instant fan. The furor spread, and for a short time in the summer of '02, Tuesday night was Golden Monkey night at the Blue Nile in Minneapolis. Ah, memories. (1,359 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Huge thanks for this one!! Poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

A hazy appearance with a nice, two-finger head of white foam that grips the edges of the glass and hangs on as a bit more than film. Colour is verging on old gold.

Spicy, yeasty aroma of cloves. Inviting and interesting. A little bit of pear comes through too.

Nice taste, complex, spicy as per the nose. Still very refreshing even for a beer this size. Well balanced. ABV is tucked well away and this avoids the vinous taste that some of the style seem to grab.

Mouthfeel is pretty well spot on. Very well sorted in this regard, a touch of dryness, interesting enough to keep you going back.

Overall, a very good beer, am loving this! Not too many Tripels that i jump at other than Westmalle, but this is impressive! (826 characters)

Photo of hopheadsal
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed. Poured a little darker then a lot of belgians...very nice golden color. The spices are what make the beer. Hints of clove and orange peel, even a little bit of cinnamon in the finish. The beer is so balanced that the higher abv is almost undetectable. (267 characters)

Photo of DanielClouser
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A local liquor store found some stray beer in a recent renovation, including a six pack of Golden Monkey, bottled 4/25/07. Being one of my favorites fresh, I needed to try the aged version.

Poured into my Chimay goblet, the appearance was GM's typical lovely orange-gold. However, head retention was only hurt by age, and this is already a problem for this brew.

The nose is not the same in the aged version of Golden Monkey. The light malts come out more, with esters and spice taking a backseat. A little musty character from the Belgian yeast comes out that wasn't there before.

Taste-wise, the iso-amyl acetate (banana ester) has pretty much disappeared, and the malts and mustiness--much like an aged cheese--from the nose show up. Alcohol, strangely, seems more present but not unpleasantly so.

Mouthfeel is nice; the perhaps somewhat overcarbonated GM is now very smooth. Drinkability--for a 9.5% beer--remains high, but the alcoholic presence tempers it very slightly.

Overall, this brew is much more well-balanced than the young version, but I really miss the esters. I think I really love Victory's off-balance brews: they bring certain great flavors to the forefront. While the aged Golden Monkey is quite great (rivaling many Belgian Trippels I've had), it's not the same as the crazy young beer that got me into Belgians to begin with. (1,353 characters)

Photo of Dubblebock
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here again, I have to say "thanks" to the folks at Victory for bringing some of their beers into the Texas market. Golden Monkey is a fine addition to the shelves here, and it's sure to please many a palate.

The Monkey looked great on the pour, with a cloudy, light straw look and a firmly compacted head of foam. The nose was sweet and effervescent.

The taste was complex and interesting. Grapeseed flavors mingled with rosehips and cloves. Hop presence was definitely there, but kept in balance with the malts. Very interesting beer. Not a hint of the 9.5% ABV to be found in the taste. Excellent effort.

Mouthfeel was very good, the carbonation leaping out and grabbing the drinker's attention. Very drinkable, but watch yourself with the high alcohol content. A most wonderful tripel from Victory. (810 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden color with a thin head. Nice carbonation in the glass. The aroma was slightly yeasty, but some citrus overtones were apparant. The taste was similiar, very smooth but sporting a nice balance of malt, bitterness, yeast, and citrus. Very dry and somewhat crisp on the tongue. One of Victory's best efforts. (325 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date was 10 Sep 02. Pours a hazy golden color with about a 1/2-inch head. Minimal lacing was left on the glass. Aromas of citrus, bananas, mild hops and a vast array of various other fruits seem to burst out of the glass. The taste is incredibly refreshing. There’s a ton of carbonation that tickles your nose as you drink it. An amass of flavors attack the taste buds all at once; bananas, hops, citrus fruit, yeast, coriander…I don’t know where to start. This is a very crisp and refreshing beer great for drinking on a warm summer day, yet the high ABV will warm you up on the most frigid of days. (611 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden/orange color, with decent lace. On the nose the aroma is slightly spicy. On the palate flavors are slighty spicy, hints of orange peels, slightly tangy, alcohol makes itself known, slight peppery tones. Mouthfeel is smooth. Warming in the gut in the finish. Good brew! (290 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden/orange color. A one finger white head forms. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt up front. Some funky barnyard aromas with some grass, hay, and yeast. A light citrus hop bite as the aroma lingers.
T: Sweet malt with some fruity flavors. Banana, apple, pear, and spicy clove. Funky barnyard flavors that I love. Some hoppy citrus flavors.
M/D: A medium body with a crisp snap of carbonation. The beer becomes more creamy as it warms up. Very refreshing. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink for the high ABV. I can do more than sip on this if I am not careful.

This is one of the better American Tripels I have had. Something I would highly recommend. (674 characters)

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.