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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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3,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 3712
Reviews: 1593
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 3,712 | Reviews: 1,593 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of cnally


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decent hazy orange-yellow, maize even coloring...very slight white head falls down quick.

floral, orchard fruit aroma. overripe apricots and apples, fermented plums, scented well.

the flavor borders between sour yeasts and a slight bitter hop. the apple flavor is very evident, with a taste of clove hiding behind there.

frothy feel, not very slick. not overdone on the carbonation. I would have liked a touch more body.

not one I would seek out again, strictly because it is hoppy enough to pass for a poor belgian pale ale, but soulless for a tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2009 01:53:20 | More by cnally
Photo of IceTrey9785


3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at the Victory Brewery.

A: Pale straw color, very dense and cloudy. A lot of white lacing around the edges, but it doesn't last long.

S: Cloves, spices, maybe a subtle hint of hops, but nothing overpowering. The yeast really steals the show out of everything, but at 9.5% the alcohol will burn if you inhale too deeply.

T&M: Nice and rich -- very complex. Layers of bread, cloves, allspice, honey and wildflower. This could easily be any hefeweizen with a little bit of mead thrown in. As it warmed, I got hints of candied ginger too. A lot going on as far as complexity, but the alcohol is always the lasting impression.

Overall -- not a bad beer. There are better tripels to be found (most definitely from Belgium), but for an American "try" -- not too bad. The alcohol really shows on the nose and palate and overwhelms what could be a great beer. I definitely couldn't have more than one (God forbid I ever try...). Victory usually does great stuff, but this is a little over-done. A simple decrease in alcohol from 9.5% to maybe 8% or 8.5%, would make a world of difference.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 21:12:45 | More by IceTrey9785
Photo of champ103


4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2009 00:18:46 | More by champ103
Photo of DBoone


4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 00:33:25 | More by DBoone
Photo of psulovesbeer


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip with good head slighty golden and clear
Smell is of citrus, flowers and a sweet bread
Taste comes in the same with a bit of warming alcohol and a hop fading to bread malt at the end
It feels full and blosoming as the carbonation comes through and warming heat if you are used to big beers it's not harsh at all
Very drinkable and easy going
Not a prime example of the style but a solid brew especially for the price

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 22:32:42 | More by psulovesbeer
Photo of atpben


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Houston Flying Saucer. Poured in a tulip glass. Bright orange color. Smell of mostly clove and banana. Spicy in taste with lots of coriander, orange, and some clove. Very easy to drink with a smooth finish. I rather enjoyed this beer. Will definately try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 14:31:42 | More by atpben
Photo of TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my stand-by strong beers. I don't generally think of it as a stand-out tripel, but darn good. It deserves - given the esteem I have for all the stand-by beers I have - an honest to god review.

Pours... golden. Well, somewhat dark gold, with hints of amber. White head dissipates quickly, leaving behind little to nothing in the way of a ring and cap.

Candied light fruits to the nose, sweet but also sharp. Gets sweeter - with notes of honey - as it warms. A bit of an ethanol note, as well.

A couple of different fruit notes in the taste - white raisins, a bit of orangey citrus (hops?). Sweet, light malts - some biscuit. Hints of white pepper being the spice I can name, but this is a fairly spicy brew - I think I detected hints of cardamom. Slightly dulling and medicinal alcohol note towards the end.

Prickly carbonation - which is strong - gives way to some creaminess. Although the alcohol plays well as a part of the taste profile, it is too evident to make this that drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2009 23:52:20 | More by TheMistler
Photo of woodske1


1.93/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a B+ on BeerAdvocate? I really don't know how. With beer that has such a high ABV you need to do things to mask the alcohol taste.

This has a strong cutting taste that reminded me of something...something not good. The appearance is actually pretty nice but the party ends there. If you can finish one, there is no way you can finish another...

Cool bottle though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2009 21:32:29 | More by woodske1
Photo of LennyV

New York

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler from Halftime.

Pours a golden yellow into my Gulden Drak Tulip. Nice creamy head that does not hang around.

Smells of sweetness and flowery.

Taste is intially sweet them some mild bitterness, it finished very dry.

A little to fizzy in the mouth for me but that is not so uncommon for this style.

A nice drinker and a good representitive of a Triple. High ABV does not make this a session beer.

Serving type: growler

02-26-2009 03:52:21 | More by LennyV
Photo of optiontwo


3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured as a mistake after ordering a Hopslam at Bryant Lake Bowl

Appearance: Clear goldish orange.

Smell: First caramel then a lot of biscuit malt and banana.

Taste: Very sweet banana and caramel right away with some dried pinapple and bready malt background with some slight grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, which makes this brew pretty refreshing, and a clean crisp finish.

Drinkability: Medium. You probably could drink three or four but I wouldn't recommend it.

Overall: This is a decent interpretation of a triple and seeing as I'm not that big of a Victory fan (or a tripel fan for that matter) I'm surprised that their Belgian style ale turned out to be one of my favorite offerings from them.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 08:25:40 | More by optiontwo
Photo of LeftonJackman


2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The very first beer of the Winking Lizard 2009 World Tour. Enjoyed at the Gateway location with a good friend.

Pulled from the well into a tulip. A crisp, shimmery golden pour with a quaint head.

A soft, whispy aroma of banana, apricot with a touch of warm, citrusy coriander. Could be a little more pronounced for my tastes, but pleasing none the less.

Following suit, the taste is a delicate citrus fruit and spice. The slight effervescence gives a slightly medium body to the beer, just enough to let you down.

Drinkable, subtle at 9.5%

For a triple, it almost delivers. Not a bad beer, but can do a lot better in the triple family.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2009 13:30:39 | More by LeftonJackman
Photo of MrIncognito


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Magnolia's in Purcellville, VA.

A - Beautiful semi-cloudy golden ale with chamgaign-like bubbles beneath a fizzy 2-finger white head. Head subsides in a couple of minute but leaves great lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet alcohol with honey and light lemony citrus notes behind a nice malt backbone.

T&M - Nice and crisp honey flavor with a medium-high malt taste. Alcohol is well hidden in the honey sweetness and tickling bubbles. Slightly hopped for a nice little bite. The alcohol really comes through on this beer as it warms and is very hot and spicy. Kind of takes over most of the experience.

D - A nice sipper which I like, but compared to other triples it really lacks in some areas and has a bit too much alcohol presence.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 20:17:17 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After many efforts given that I have completely come around and been infatuated with Moonglow, Golden Monkey is just not a winner for me.

On tap at brewpub with an air tight great pour, its now or never.

A: Hazy shades of yellow and orange and bulbous head that lasted only a few instants. It looks the part.

S: Yeasty and spicey. Uber banana, not in a good way. A pureed banana that is put into a food processor with grain alcohol kind of way

T: Overly sweet. The alcohol is a bombardment of the senses. Not a medley or a balance in any way, sensory overload from the sweet candied banana. If you ever had the freeze dried bananas from Trader Joe's, this is what you are in store for.

M: Bubbly and fuel like. A lawnmower beer in that my lawnmower could likely run on this.

D: I have to be fair and review the good with the bad from the brewery and will surely try again in the future but it just was not good or enjoyable.

A superb brewery but not a style that have got on target yet.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2008 13:33:45 | More by marcpal
Photo of corby112


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a quicky dissipating white head. Aroma is very spicy with hints of yeast and citrus. The golden flavor of this beer is beautifully balanced with a generous amount of spices and hint of hops. Very underated tripel from Victory. I loved this beer a lot more when I first sampled it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 08:36:16 | More by corby112
Photo of CrellMoset


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at McGrady's Irish Pub in Charlottesville, VA. Served, inappropriately enough, in a traditional American pint glass. That's a lot of Golden Monkey.

Appearance: An average amount of slow carbonation, a foamy white head with average retention, relatively clear and bright golden body. Almost no lacing.

Aroma: Orange zest, bananas, a few light spicy notes, and roasted malts - very sweet.

Taste: Very malty - more so than most tripels - with caramel and toffee overtones. Lots of banana esters and Belgian spice, but a lack of all those other good tripel notes - citrus zest, spice complexities, dry malt intricacies, etc.

Mouthfeel: Way too thick and syrupy, and not nearly bubbly or light or crisp enough. Carbonation has left this one too quickly, and there's not a lot of body left. Perhaps the keg was bad.

Drinkability: A pretty disappointing tripel, and one I should perhaps give another try to at a place other than McGrady's Irish Pub (not the best location for keg quality control, from past experience). Seems like a lot what makes a tripel a tripel was absent, and a lot of notes that seemed, while not bad, definitely out of place. All that being said, the 9.5% abv was very well hidden amidst all that malt sweetness, so I do give 'em some credit for that.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 23:58:10 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of HalfFull


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a dense yet short-lived head, leading to very light lacing.

Smells of some ripe tropical fruits in the sweetness department. Lacking of any overwhelming candi sugar scents, and I find that welcoming in the style as it is frequently overdone.

Taste is pleasantly sweet, with notes of fruit displayed on the nose. ABV is surprisingly disguised without being overly malty, and in fact I find the beer to be rather highly hopped. The body is light to moderate for the style and offers a carbonation level that is appropriately high given the lighter body, and thus yielding a good drinkability given the strength of the beer.

A decent 'American' tripel that is a bit lacking in body and feel compared to the stalwarts of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 06:31:52 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Jerico

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - this beer pours with slightly cloudy, golden honey color. There's a fair amount of puffy head but it fizzles pretty quick. Only slight lacing.

S - the smell is bready and sweet, with some spice. I found it pretty typical of a good triple.

T/M/D - bready, powdery yeast taste, with a good wallop of candy sugar. It finishes nicely, and the alcohol is apparent. This a pretty good beer, but I find it a touch on the ordinary side when compared to some of its Belgian brethren (Karmeliet comes to mind as a good benchmark).

Serving type: growler

07-29-2008 01:23:22 | More by Jerico
Photo of AChamberlain


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at Flying Saucer in Austin. Served with no head, but the color is pretty...orangish gold. Sweet and alcoholic smelling, not bad, just strong. Tasty "tripel" flavor. Fizzy as it hits the tongue and zesty going down. I am liking this beer, but it is quite strong and could effect the overall drinkability. A nice tripel to sit back and take your time with.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2008 21:14:32 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of luvGoldenMonkey


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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.)

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2008 19:28:43 | More by luvGoldenMonkey
Photo of daftafne


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Went to the a little release party for victory in Indiana at Rich O's tonight in New Alabany and had a flight of Prima Pils, Hop Devil, and Golden Monkey.

Had a hay/golden color and smelled of fresh fruit, spices, and herbs. The first flavor to hit my palate was a biting spicy hop followed by sugars. Fairly well hidden alcohol - surprising light mouthfeel - just a little sticky. Really from the beers I have had of Victory's (which is only the three listed above), they are a very conservative brewer. That is, they stay true to form of the style and dont venture to far out with experimentation. This was not a very remarkable tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2008 23:17:58 | More by daftafne
Photo of KeefD


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at Whistle Binkies on the lake. Straight from the tap into a chalice. Strong, malty, spicy, sweet, a slightly bitter. Nice interpretation of a tripel, but can't quite compare to other good Belgians out there. Would drink this one again.

BTW: I was quite intoxicated when I had this and wrote the review. I will not posthumously edit this review, but I have a bottle of this in the fridge, and will give a more thorough review of the bottled Golden Monkey soon.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2008 04:28:26 | More by KeefD
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, it pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow. Aroma is not strong, but crisp and wheaty with a strong citrus component. Flavor is richly wheaty with a strong lemon overtone and some surprisingly strong hoppy taste. It goes down smoothly but with some pizzazz and leaves a satisfying hoppy aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2008 00:05:22 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of mltobin


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden with a fizzy white head an inch thick. Small sediments make their way through the beverage. The head has good retention as it laces the glass nicely as I consume this beer. Aroma is spicy. Orange peel/orange curaco. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. Very nice. This beer has some taste. There's a bit of alcohol. There's a bit of hard candy. There's some spice, including cinnamon and pepper. A bit lemony. Tangy. All of this backed up with a nice belgian malt backbone. Very complex beer. Has a light-to-medium body I would say. Very drinkable for a beer with this much alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 04:24:31 | More by mltobin
Photo of armock

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of yeasty spices and some citrus

T - More of the same some fruit with spice and yeast

M - This was a little thicker with light carbonation

D - This was an interesting beer not compleatly what I expected but it was very good and something different worth trying

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2008 20:28:15 | More by armock
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Lazy Boy.

A:Cloudy golden color with white head and some lacing.

S: Yeast and hops. Almost smelled more like a wild ale than anything else.

T: Again I got a wild ale vibe here more than a tripel.The yeast is very prominent and it has that funky taste. Very sweet as well.

M: Med body with a slightly syrupy body. Low carbonation but works.

D:Not very drinkable. Between the sweetness and the funk. Could not pick up the ABV though. Much better examples of tripels out there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2008 13:39:19 | More by aerozeppl
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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