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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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3,707 Ratings

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Ratings: 3707
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
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Photo of thegodfather1076


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Awesome label with eye-catching colors and graphics. Label give ABV info, brewery info, a small description of the beer, web info, enjoy by date(1-11-18). Neck label has Victory Logo.

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 15min before pouring from 12oz bottle in to a 16oz Snifter. Pours out a hazy golden honey color with a 2 finger white foam head of a light airy density. Lots of sediment floating around. Head retention was 1min 37sec before fading to a thin foam coating and ring. Light lacing was left behind.

Smell/Aroma: Smells very fruity with hints of clove, banana, citrus, and light fruit. An herbal tone can also be detected. Nose is very complex and interesting. Alcohol is masked very well.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very sweet with hints of orange, honey, and bubble gum. Also has slight hints of clove and banana with a slightly floral taste. Finishes yeasty and fruity. Alcohol is masked very well.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Drinkability is medium.

Overall/Comments: This was a good offering that was very intense with an interestingly complex nose and flavor profile. The alcohol became more pronounced as this warmed. Def worth trying out. Classified as a Tripel at 9.5% ABV. Consumed 3-18-13.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 14:10:41 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of dancaplette


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a chalice glass.

appearance is a bright, but slightly hazy gold, with a white creamy two finger head that disappears quickly but, leaves a thin white layer. this beer also has a light carbonation.

smell- the first sense is of a weak saison with banana in the forefront. a deeper smell unveils a fresh clove aroma. and sweetness with the malts.

taste- the banana and clove come through, with some hops also as it warms up. the high alcohol is hidden well. and a sticky sweetness flavor from the hops.

m- has a heavy bready feel as you swirl it in your mouth, along with the carbonation that last through this pour. feels thick and syrupy as you swallow

o- a nice effort. I expected a little more though with the high abv. a good beer to take your time with

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 20:59:54 | More by dancaplette
Photo of MistahBeah


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear copper. Thick two finger head that sticks around for a while. Lots of tiny bubbles and a good amount of sediment floating around. Good amount of lacing. Looks tasty enough but a little too clear for the style (in my humble opinion)

Aroma: Very sweet smelling. Fruity esters. Sugary toasted caramel. Herbal notes take a backseat here - very faint but hops are detectable. Cloves become more apparent as it warms. Smells inviting

Taste: Surprisingly not as much going on as I would have liked. Biscuity up front. Some toastiness. Banana and clove towards the finish. Alcohol is apparent but not overbearing. A little disappointing. Hop bitterness comes out a little more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Pretty smooth. Creamy at times, watery at others. Medium bodied.

Overall: I remember liking this beer a lot more the last time I had it. Maybe got a bad bottle or tastes have changed. By no means bad just not great

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:36:02 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of toshiromifune69


4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I found this at a small local market with a nice craft beer selection in Lowell, a little pricey at $14/six pack but the quality has had me come back and buy it at least 8 times since I first tried it. It's a spice-laden ale with some nice mouth feel that hides it's fairly high ABV well--great for sipping at the end of a hectic day and feeling it slowly unravel your overtaxed mind.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 00:50:10 | More by toshiromifune69
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow and clear with a half finger head and pretty good lace. Normally I'd expect more head on a tripel, but it ain't bad looking.

Cloves and yeast dominate the smell, along with a little banana.

Flavor is very banana and clove, with a good portion of Belgian yeast. It's very sweet and has a bit of fruitiness too.

Body is medium and less carbonated than I'd expect from the style. It leaves a sweet and yeasty aftertaste.

I don't think it's on the short list of tripels for me, but it's still a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 19:08:55 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a globed glass

A- Poured a very clear dark golden color with soapy white head with big bubbles. Lots of visible streaming carbonation and some spotty lace left behind.

S- Dominant chalky yeast and clove notes, some banana and citrus notes, lots of candy sweetness

T- Big honey and candy sweetness, big chalky yeast notes, candied mandarin oranges, some clove and alcohol notes on the finish

M- Fuller bodied, big alcohol warming, slight alcohol burn, finishes very dry, and effervescent carbonation

O- Really nice tripel with a lot of sweetness but the alcohol really helps cut it from being too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:47:47 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of Lemke10


3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear, golden yellow color with a slight, white head. The aroma is yeasty with banana and citrus. The taste is sweet and refreshing with lots of yeasty banana flavor. It drinks very smooth and clean leaving behind a yeasty after taste. Not to bad, but doesn't begin to compare to a real Belgian made Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 06:16:38 | More by Lemke10
Photo of PhantasIPA


4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a golden colour that holds a lot of sediment in it. The head poured fairly thick and the lacing on the glass was average. I expected a heavier, thicker head and lacing...

The smell of the brew is candy sweet up front, followed by pungent alcohol, followed by the spices (cloves and pumpkin spice).

The taste of this beer took me by surprise at the beginning, but once I became accustomed to it (maybe 6 drinks from the first glass) the taste really grew on me. The taste is a strange combination of nutty followed immediately by the candy-like sugar of the malt. Then the cloves and pumpkin spices show up just in time to let the subtle banana flavour into the party. Really complex, not necessarily balanced but absolutely original! Oh yeah, the final flavour on the palette is a heavy, full attack mode alcohol...just to add another note to every drink.

Mouthfeel is good - very smooth given all of the flavours. The carbonation is minimal, which I prefer, so it makes it even easier to drink.

Overall this beer has a VERY unique and ORIGINAL taste and smell. It is complex but not balanced, which would normally make me rate the beer lower, but because of the myriad of flavours that this beer produces and the high alcohol content (9.5%) I can see past the lack of balance. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 21:37:21 | More by PhantasIPA
Photo of MisSigsFan


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a thick white head. Smell is very unique. Yeast, spice, and fruitiness stand out right away. Taste is similar but has a strong alcohol taste following. Surprisingly easy to drink given the 9.5% ABV, much like other Victory brews with high ABVs. This being the only Tripel I've had, I'm very impressed and look to try others in the future.

Re-review 4/16/2013

Pours a light gold/yellow color with a two finger white head. Smell is of banana, spice, and some other sweetness. Taste is much of the same. Quite spicy with a boozy kick at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with below to average carbonation. Still very drinkable for a 9.5% ABV. A good tripel with spices, but there are much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 03:42:21 | More by MisSigsFan
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- poured into goblet. Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces and completely dissapears quickly, not as much head as I would expect from a tripel

S- typical, yet slightly subdued tripel aromas; powdery yeast with some fruit esters, peppery with a touch of clove, finished with some grainy malt

T- woah, they certainly aren't trying to hide the booze here, as it attacks the palate right away. Once I get past the alcohol, I pick up some faint banana with peppery spice, herbal notes, with a strong boozy finish that is slightly bitter and dry

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish with some alcohol burn at the end

O- the best examples of Tripels are the ones that masterfully hide the high ABV in the beer, this one does not. The alcohol overpowers the traditional tripel flavors and makes it a bit of a boozy mess. I'll stick with the Belgian's.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 01:56:56 | More by Treyliff
Photo of tviz33

New York

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours with one finger of soapy white head over top of a clear golden body.

S- The Belgian spice surely doesn't jump out to me, but it's there in the background. It smells really sweet, but nothing else that really sticks out.

T- This thing is very sweet. The taste is quite off for the style, but still not totally off-putting. The Belgian yeast taste is there but it does leave me with that crisp spice I expect from a tripel.

M- The mouthfeel is actually pretty good. Medium-full with great carbonation.

O- Not an outstanding representation of the style by any means, but not terrible. I'e tried it once before the review, but I will most likely not visit again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 03:12:38 | More by tviz33
Photo of Rope


3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The truest thing about the beer, it is a nice golden yellow with a white head.

Honey and malt, but really struggling to find the Belgian notes.

Starts with a slight lemon, but the honey malt from the nose overpowers. Once again struggling to find anything Belgian.

Well Carbonated, aftertaste lingers a little.

A good beer, but it doesn't strike me as a Tripel Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 16:38:45 | More by Rope
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 NateEmz


3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank this straight from the bottle.

Smell was very powerful and almost overwhelming. Taste was very intense and perfume-like. Strong alcohol flavor with intense herbal tones. Too much for my liking. First beer was very strong and potent. After the initial bottle my pallet embraced the beer and I enjoyed it more.

Would like to try this beer on tap, but don't think I will be buying in a store again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:00:34 | More by NateEmz
Photo of deeznuts420


3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a chimay goblet. pours a hazy almost straw like color with sediment floating around and carbonation streaming from the bottom.smells fairly floral with bready and caramel notes. taste and mouthfeel - fairly medium to full body with some bitter hops up front and bready almost funky maltiness. overall a middle of the road tripel that would be alright for newbies to the style to try, but if you've had any of the belgian ones like westmalle, chmay white, or a ton of others it definently doesn't hold a candle. not half as complex as those.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 11:52:36 | More by deeznuts420
Photo of spoony


3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The pour produces a pale, yellowish-gold colored brew with a very bright, sunny look. The beer is mostly clear with active, champagne-like carbonation visible. The head is one fat finger of dense, white foam that drops slowly.

S-The smell is full of pepper, straw, hay, and a touch of sweet banana. There is definitely some alcohol here, too, with a sweet, estery, candied fruit like nose reminding you that this is no light beer.

T-The taste is mildly sweet banana; earthy straw/grass, and obvious alcohol. Lots of esters coming through. The spices are pepper-heavy, but there is some clove, too. The whole thing is a bit musty tasting, which is not a bad thing.

M-The feel is medium-bodied with prickly, assertive carbonation.

O-I have had better tripels and I have had worse tripels, so I guess this one is middle-of-the-road. High points for looks, in particular. The alcohol is a touch aggressive, and the complexity is not up to par with the best of the style, but I found this beer to be a decent representation of the style. I give this decent marks for emulation of old-world, Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 04:11:42 | More by spoony
Photo of ChemicalEngineer


3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light straw yellow with white particulates. Smell is of coriander and wheat. Taste is like a strong wheat ale with a little coriander. Overall, the beer lacks some depth and doesn't have the complexity of others in this style. Not bad but doesn't stand up to Belgian tripel counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 00:50:01 | More by ChemicalEngineer
Photo of jhutch31


4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a friend hand me a bottle of this at a social gathering last week. I didn't have any way to take down some tasting notes so I don't have much to add other than I really liked the beer. Definately a strong belgian ale. If you like these types of beers, I suggest you try this one. Complex flavors that work together to make good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 15:55:55 | More by jhutch31
Photo of mt24turner

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look- nice clarity with some particulates floating around, decent amount of head from the carbonation, but it dissipates quickly. leaves a little ring of lace.

Smell- spicy phenols, and fruity esters, smells like clove, tiny hint of banana, peppery spice and some caramel maltyness.

Taste- crisp and fruity to start and then comes heavy with the spice and phenolics, i get a little bubble gum and aspirin taste which im not partial to. finishes with some lingering spice and caramel. no alcohol presence in the flavor

Mouthfeel- carbonation is full and sharp, drinks like a much weaker abv

Overall- i like this beer, but it would not be my first choice for a tripel. the aspirin/bubble gum notes threw me off this one, besides that its a respectable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 17:06:45 | More by mt24turner
Photo of jmutoml757


3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A- hazy golden color, 2 finger head that dissipated quickly leaving heavy lacing all around the glass.
S- definitely has a peppery scent; there is also a slight floral note and a heavy yeast aroma. toward the end of the bottle there is a citrus hint as well.
T- the pepper/spices definitely come through as well as the malt or yeast. as the bottle comes to an end there is a heavier alcohol note.
M- the malt coats your tongue and the alcohol lingers long after the beer is gone.
O- The variety of flavors and spices that sit on your tongue make this beer fun to try; however, this beer is too malty/yeasty to be all-occasion choice. In addition, the high ABV makes it one with which you have to be careful!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 00:27:54 | More by jmutoml757
Photo of Bitterbill


3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got 2 free bottles from a friend of a friend. No best by or bottled date.

It pours a hazy light gold with a 2 finger head of foam and leaves some nice lacing.

It smells spicy and bitter. I get some clove and pepper and the bitterness is of the citrus kind to my nose.

Spicy flavours start off..clove, pepper, followed by some citrus bitterness, some candi sugar sweetness, it finishes decidedly on the dry side. I'm not getting any fruitiness that I like in the style.

On the upper end of medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is a strong fella at 9.5% abv but it's hidden pretty well. Overall, I like but it's a bit to bitter for me to be a big fan of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 14:27:53 | More by Bitterbill
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New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color and a little hazy.

S: Banana, clove and alcohol aroma.

T: Follows the nose but finishes with some caramel sweetness.

M: A little heavy but still smooth.

Overall: Decent. The flavors are there but the alcohol comes across a little strong. That being said, this is still an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 21:45:15 | More by JuliusCaesar
Photo of d1ckvanswype


4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the first craft beers that took me by surprise when I was just getting into microbrews and craft breweries. I'd never had something quite like it, the spice and fruit tones were unknown to me at the time and it became one of my go-to beers.

Recently I got a 22oz bomber that was dated March 28 2012. It should have been fine, but it was apparently directly in front of a light in the display case, and even through the brown bottle it was skunked to all hell. Thankfully a FRESH six pack just came in and I nabbed it. Please redeem this beer, oh Beer Gods.

12oz bottle poured somewhat aggressively into a Duvel glass.

A: A stunning orange-yellow (more orange when the glass is full, more yellow when it's nearly done) with an okay finger and a half/two finger rocky head, which sadly disappears in just a few moments. Virtually no lacing.

S: Yeast, spice and fruit. YUM. A sweet bready aroma, like a really light fruitcake studded with dried fruit and doused in spices. A touch of alcohol when it's cold, not so bad when it's warm for some reason.

T: Spicy yeast, a cinnamon note somewhere in the middle, dried green grapes and a finish of unripe banana. Rather tart and astringent.

M: Initially fairly wet and refreshing, but it eventually leaves your tongue dry and cracked like a desert, dying for another sip. A little tightness in the cheeks from the astringency, not unlike a fairly tart, dry white wine.

O: There's a reason this is one of the beers that really got me into crafts. It's delicious when fresh, but beware, check your bottle dates before you leave the store and if it's a little old then grab from the back of the cooler. It should age a bit better, I hope.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 05:29:15 | More by d1ckvanswype
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2.18/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

I gave this beer a number of shots at different points over the last few months. While I love other beers brewed by Victory, this one just does not do it for me. While yes it is high in ABV, the taste just does not really do it for my pallet. I suggest anyone venturing into this beer, but a single or six pack first. I think you will either love it or hate it, and there is really no middle ground.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 22:50:03 | More by jdbonnette
Photo of Hendy011


1.58/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Hands down the most disgusting beer I've ever tasted. Pours a neon lemon-lime gatorade yellow. Smells like bubble gum. Overwhelmingly strong. Tastes like bubble gum, pine needles, and wood. Way too strongly hopped - not sure if fits the style, but this beer is just gross. Unpalatable even. Read the other reviews to see if it's something you'd like. Mine is biased in the numbers, but I couldn't even finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 04:15:33 | More by Hendy011
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 3,707 ratings.