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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,707
Hads: 5,163
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 138
Gots: 1,179 | 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 NEhophead
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of BT25
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer does not get nearly enough credit for the tripel ale that it is. So many people buy this beer expecting another classic 'Victory' production (hoppy, seedy, earthy, etc) but this is so different and magnificent. Packs a really enjoyable smooth taste.

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Photo of elmore
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a Piraat tulip glass. Has a 1cm golden head with but doesn't linger with some mild lacing. Has a beautiful citrusy smell and a light alcoholic taste. There is a somewhat watery mouthfeel that is pleasant, but alcholic. This is the most affordable, widely available acceptable Belgium ale that I have found in OH. This beer makes me happy. It's not Piraat. Chimay or Watou, but it's pretty damn good. Give it a try.

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Photo of Damian
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a small head and sparse amounts of lacing.

Smell was intensely spicy and fruity.

Taste was similar to smell. Fruity (peaches were noticeable) along with allspice and honey. At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol was hardly noticeable initially but a nice warming sensation could later be felt in the back of the mouth and the throat. Sweet, short lived aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was syrupy and the beer seemed to turn to a creamy foam once it hit the tongue.

Overall, quite flavorful, easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of emericanchaos
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first of all this is one of my favorite beers. huge flavor and lots of kick due to the high ABV. always worth your money.

pours with alot of head. i always get bottles and have found the head to be lighter compared to draft. this could be due to the goblet they pour into at the brewpub. hazey gold in color. appears to be a bright yellow around the edges but a deep golden orange in the center, almost like it's glowing. slight carbonation but not overactive like a seltzer.

smells unlike any typical beer. typical for a tripel i'm guessing, this is my first. lots of fruit hits the palette. hints of citrus and possibly banana?

very sweet when it first hits your mouth. sweetness quickly dissipates into a more flat dry taste. aftertaste is long and lingering with an almagomation of all the clues given in it's smell and taste.

feels a touch heavy. almost like a thin syrup much akin to guinness or a bods but is much easier to move around. slight crunchiness to it as well.

after your first bottle you'll feel very warm and possibly light headed. if you've drank high ABV beers before the effects of the alchohol should be nothing but warming. i consider this a big beer because of it's high ABV and the richness of it's flavor. if you're new to belgian ales this would be a good introduction to the style. very easy drink.

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

Solid golden with a full white head with lots of floating sediment. Fruity (almost orange) aroma with light spicy (black pepper) notes. Very fruity version of the style with a strong malt backing and lots of spice. Medium-full (leans medium) bodied, spicy and strong but hides the ABV well.

Per label: "Tripel Ale - Ale Brewed With Spices"

Per Victory website:
Malts: 2 row German malt
Hops: European whole flowers
Yeast: imported, of Belgian origin

Bottled: 10/08/02
Tasted: 12/08/04


Tasting #2: Aged Bottle (Higher Alcohol version)

A bit more Peach-ish Orange Gold in color. A lot like the above '02' version in aroma and flavor. Hides alcohol very well if it is really 11% as indicated on the bottle.

Per Label: 11% ABV

Enjoy by: 03/24/00 ('98' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 12/02/05

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Photo of dhd1491
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say, I'm diggin' the Golden Monkey.

I usually read what the Bros have to say about a beer, cause they're usually on the money. They weren't too crazy about this one. Got to disagree.

No head, no lace, but an inviting hazy yellow-gold. Floral aroma. Great taste. Sweeter than some of the Belgian Tripels I've had, but also without an unpleasant bite that I find in many of them. Great spices...cloves, nutmeg, allspice...love it. Buttery, but slightly oily, mouthfeel. Alcohol wasn't overpowering, despite high ABV. This was a point of contention in other reviews, but I had no problemo.

At the end of the day, this is a beer I would love to keep in the fridge regularly.

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

There were no Belgian beers in a local grocery store, so I got a six-pack of this beer, expecting a mediocre pseudo-tripel with too much spiciness and no depth.

Oh, how mistaken was I!

The beer poured an attractive deep tangerine color; minimal lacing; nice, attractive, subdued smell.
The taste is king: very balanced, moderately hoppy, with enough malty chewiness to identify this as a true tripel. It drinks like a solid example of a Belgian style. Not as rich as some of my favorites, such as Affligem Tripel, but more than adequate if real Belgians aren't available.

I'll be coming back to it.

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

Just an incredible beer from Victory! A golden brew with just a bit of carbonation an white colored head that lingers and leaves behind intense lacing. Aromas of candy, apricots, sour apples, and alcohol come out nicely. The taste is just so rich and delightful for this style. Normally, Tripels can be a bit much to swallow with lighter fruit only slightly masking the alcohol taste (unlike Dubbels and Quadrupels using dark fruits). This beer has the flavor profile of a Belgian Pale Ale with the texture of a Trappist ale. The rich fruits used simply add to the aftertaste in terms of sweetness and bitterness. The interplay of the flavors is what makes this beer so unique and such an excellent beer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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!

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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.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,707 ratings.