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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

Golden MonkeyGolden Monkey

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3,730 Ratings

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Ratings: 3730
Reviews: 1595
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: 3,730 | Reviews: 1,595 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of thecheapies


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Blonde color. Head is minimal. Lace looks doubtful.

Smells of ripe banana esters, some spicy element to the yeast (black pepper?). Okay, I'm answering my question. Yes, black pepper. Bit of juicy orange.

Spicy yeast yields to fruity esters. Some citrus, some banana, very clean. Not huge, or overly flavorful. The black peppercorn is more of a green peppercorn. Leafy/spicy hops are very complementary. The booze is not entirely idisguised, but this baby is a half-percent shy of ten. Good stuff, and to think that I thought I wasn't a fan. Been awhile since I've last tasted.

Light for a tripel (usually medium bodied), lower carbonation. Suffers a bit on feel.

I thought this would disappoint after having so many delicious Belgians since I've last revisited. But, I was wrong. Kudos!

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 01:55:16 | More by thecheapies
Photo of paulginva


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

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from the tap into a snifter, produced a 3/4" foamy white head with thin head lacing that dissipated quickly. The body was a cloudy amber color with a lot of fizzy carbonation.

AROMA: A sweet aroma of moderate cereal, bubblegum, and some citrus, along with light alcohol and very light esters greets the nose.

TASTE: Pretty much the same -- light grain and bubblegum, citrus, cloves, coriander and very light alcohol. Seems pretty mild.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium body with a creamy texture, lively carbonation and good body lacing that dissipated somewhat quickly. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, while the medium length finish was lightly bitter.

DRINKABILITY: Repeatable, but not more than two because of the ABV and the fact that the alcohol is so well masked -- kind of sneaks up on you. Good value and easy to drink (maybe TOO easy). The flavors in this one are surprisingly muted, which makes it even more surprising that the alcohol doesn't stand out more. My impression regarding flavor is that there seemed to be inexplicable gaps in it -- like something else was supposed to be there but wasn't. This wasn't bad but I would like more out of a beer that has this kind of an ABV. I probably won't buy another.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 01:09:55 | More by paulginva
Photo of nimrod979


4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Bulls & Bears. Poured a slightly hazy gold. Average white head. Didn't last too long.
Light bready, yeasty banana aromas.
Flavor is a mix of spicy and sweet. Belgian spices mixed with sweeter German0style malts. Banana and clove flavors.
Rather light bodied and carbonated. The alcohol seems to kind of dominate the palate however. Not that I'm really complaining...
Quite an awesome beer. I really enjoy this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 22:07:15 | More by nimrod979
Photo of morebeergood


3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Millwood Tavern in Gloucester. Arrived in a Duvel Green tulip glass. Dull golden yellow color. A thin white head, but nothing spectacular. Smell was sugary and malty. I enjoyed the flavor a lot though. There was plenty of that Belgian candy sugar taste that I love. Plus, hints of citrus and licorice. Mouthfeel was crisp for a tripel, not bready like other examples. The abv was hidden on the palate, but it sure caught up quickly. Very noticeable after half a glass. For an American version, this tripel is one of the better examples out there for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 23:31:51 | More by morebeergood
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Owl House

A- A clear gold with big bubbles streaming up the glass the whole time. 1/" off white head.

S- Sun tan lotion, grass, crisp green apples, yeast, sweet caramel.

T- At first you get the alcoholic bite but it blends with a fresh cut grassyness, and the suntan lotion I get off Belgians. Rounds out with caramel, wild flowers/hops, medicinal and a wheaty/oaty character.

M- syrupy, yet crisp and juicy with a dry finish.

O-The best format to enjoy this beer is definately on tap, it's an amazing heady brew and a great heavy summer drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 23:44:09 | More by GrindFatherBob
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Yard House in Long Beach. Review is from notes.

A: Pure golden, clear with a hint of bright orange throughout.

S: Malt character comes through strongest. Hint of honey sweetness and a good spice profile.

T: Classic taste of light honeyed/spiced fruits with a touch of yeast and light bread. A hint of melon somewhere in there. Bitter note in the middle that reminded me a bit of Poperings Hommelbier.

O: Nice refreshing beer, very drinkable despite the ABV. A good example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 00:14:18 | More by BucBasil
Photo of zrab11


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This pours a nice Golden color with a nice 1 finger head with little lacing

S- Has a big spicey aroma aroma with alitle hit of bananna and cinnamon coming through

T- Has a very spicey/citrus flavor to it, The alchol comes through alittle bit and finish's with a fint of banna

M-Light to medium body with a nice crisp finish.

D- Overall this beer is one of the gateway beers that got me into craft beer. Im reviewing it as i had it during my 1st impression. Ive since had it in a bottle and feel it to be alittle unbalanced but on draft is it a pleasant beer to drink and with a 9.8% it will sneak up on you fast

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 19:38:43 | More by zrab11
Photo of jsprain1


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden. Head is neither voluminous or as long lasting as I would like. Some lacing.
S- Banana and some spice. Primarily fruity but there is definitely some spice in there. The banana and the spice seem more in competition than complemention here though.
T- The same problem persists here. It starts with a fruity flavor, but it somewhat gets overwhelmed by the spice character in the finish.
M- Compared to the paragons of the style it is too light and not creamy enough in the carbonation.
O- A decent triple but not one of the better ones out there. A bit disappointing for me considering the level this brewery usually performs at.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 03:20:48 | More by jsprain1
Photo of y2jrock60


3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden in color with a big white bubbly head that dissipates quickly but does slightly lace.

S- Sweet with a hint of fruit, mostly pineapples and melon. I believe I detected noble hop aroma as well.

T- Very unique. Contains a variety of different flavors. The beer is spicy upfront but fades into a fruity mixture of pear, melon, and pineapple. That then fades into noble hop bitterness that lingers mellow on the tongue until the next sip.

M- The high percentage of alcohol can be detected by the warmness. This beer is best sipped.

D- Very drinkable for a big beer, but there's no reason to drink more than three at a time.

This is the first Tripel I've ever had. It reminds me a lot in appearance of a pilsner. It also has hints of noble hops. This beer was very complex and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 06:37:46 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of PorterLambic


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

Pours a clear yellow with a good-sized white head. Little lacing to speak of after it dissipates to a thin film.
Smell is fairly light with notes of banana, malt and bread.
Taste is choppy with citrus and malt lighter.
Fairly effervescent with a dry finish. Medium bodied. Decent, even good though not great.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 02:13:38 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of bskrtz


3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served cool in glass beer goblet, on tap at The Yard House

A) Golden brass with modest white puffy head that disappears quickly. Light travels through -- there is no yeasties or sediment.

S) Sweet and spicey, with clove, banana and citrus.

T) Malty sweet caramel, mild peppery spice, apricots and raisons.

M) "Sticky" and a bit flat. This could be the result of the distance from the keg to the tap -- a long way as the beer appears to travel overhead, across the room and faraway

D) The spice, the texture and lack of effervesence (that one expects from true Belgians), put me off. One was enough for me

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 15:47:12 | More by bskrtz
Photo of happy4hoppybeer


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drink by date is 12/9/15

Pours a rather boring yellow/light-orange with almost no head or lacing. Aromas and taste of malt and spice sweetness come through, but with too much carbonation.

A medium body that relies too much on carbonation. The 9.5% ABV is very well hidden.

This is the first Tripel I have had, so I can't say how well it captures the style,having had no others to compare it to. Just a little too sweet for my liking. But a good brew nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 06:29:04 | More by happy4hoppybeer
Photo of mountsnow1010


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - frothy white head, amber. Slight lacing.
S - Green apple, pear, slight cheesy funkiness
T - Grain, clove, banana, spicy slightly, alcohol. Very sweet, moreso as it warms. Bitter aftertaste
MF - Fairly bubbly, clean.
DB - 1 and done.

Quick review, have to go.
On tap at Market Cross Pub.

Not a great beer, missing a lot of complexity that other strong belgian-style beers tend to have. Too grainy and sweet in my opinion. Good, not great.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 01:10:50 | More by mountsnow1010
Photo of ninaturner


4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very bright gold with a two-finger head.

Aroma: Bitter smell right off the bat. Spices and herbal quality shines through.

Taste: Again, bitter taste but also a good balance with a sweet honey-like quality. Favorite part about the taste is the herbal character and bitterness. Great aftertaste compared to other beers of this style. However, does not seem to fit in well with other tripel styles. I still like the taste, though.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Very good.

Drinkability: Although it is not as comparable to other tripels, I still enjoy the drinkability of it and the earthy herbal qualities. This is something I would enjoy on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2010 19:53:09 | More by ninaturner
Photo of SassyBootblack


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local Old Chicago, bless their hearts. I feel like this stands taller in my memory than when I had this in the bottle ages ago.

Appearance: A crystal clear gold color. Thin white head.

Smell: Phenols and, I'm guessing, some sort of noble hop.

Taste: Big pepper and phenol taste. Sweet pilsner flavor to counteract dryness.

Mouthfeel: Approriately thin for a tripel.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable, like all good strong Belgians.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 17:59:32 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of homebrew311


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

A: appears a bright gold, slightly hazy- mostly clear, foamy white head, some retention

S: funky yeast, toasted bread, cloves, and honey

T: the clove character hits heavy on the front with a little bit of bitterness to balance it out, the Belgian yeast comes through and gives the beer a spicy finish

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: this is a nice American Belgian style brew- very authentic tasting, however I have had some that are done better (Allagash comes to mind)

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 23:46:03 | More by homebrew311
Photo of ryanonline


3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice and clear, a deep golden color with a thick white head. Decent lacing.

Smells yummy. Caramel malt, candied fruit, spice (clove and coriander), faint floral hops.

Taste is a bit too fruity (apricot) and spicy( the clove and coriander become overbearing ) and a little hot, a bit grainy as well. But overall not bad.

A bit thin bodied, borders between creamy and foamy. Dry bite, kind of watery.

Moderate to good drinkability.

I expect a bit more character from a triple, this one holds back a bit too much. Still drinkable though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 05:03:53 | More by ryanonline
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

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

A: Light, but bright yellow, with a good haziness to it, and a vibrant white head on top, good lacing.

S: Has notes of cloves, spicy-citrus, and some banana, but quite faint overall.

T: Upfront taste of citrus and cloves, with various spices. Tastes almost bready to a degree. Sweet malty taste mixed with a little hop bitterness.

M: Has a good smoothness to it due to a decent carbonation. Little to no alcohol burn.

D: Very good, but the high ABV keeps it down, and I can see the citrusy-spicy flavor getting old. Decent beer though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 15:07:14 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a withe head. In the aroma, dry candy sugar and alcohol. In the taste, alcohol stands out and a dryness from candy sugar and yeast. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry alcohol aftertaste. Very clean, but kind of standard.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 14:21:21 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of adkirkish


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

A: Clear, golden yellow, non persistent white head.

A: Sweet bready malt, banana / tropical fruits, and belgian yeast aromatics.

F: Flavor profile matches the aroma w/ a slight tinge of bitterness in the finish. Balance is towards the malt and belgian characteristics.

M: medium across the board (Body, Mouthfeel, Carbonation). No alcohol warmth and at 9.5 is very cloying.

O: IMO this beer had some belgian IPA qualities, especially in finish. Also, the alcohol was very well hidden behind the hops ;) Does not come nearly to terms to "Tripel" as others in category (Appearance/Taste), but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 02:24:03 | More by adkirkish
Photo of pretibrwneyez


4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap during Philly beer week 2010.

Exceptional color and taste. The smell was exceptional. I liked it so much, I had two and tuned my friends with me onto it.

I am going to buy a few cases of this and share with only the friends I like who could savor the flavor and respect the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 02:54:59 | More by pretibrwneyez
Photo of Zekezilla


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Baltimore Beer Festival, was probably one of my favorites. Had all of the fruit/spice combinations that I would expect. Alcohol content high but the taste is not boozy. Hard to tell exactly what appearance was, as they gave us cups that were hard to see through.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 23:46:11 | More by Zekezilla
Photo of glid02


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

On-tap at Twain's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pears and bread-y sweet malts. Also present are mild amounts of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front have a bread-like heft backing them up. Midway through the sip light fruit flavors come into play - mostly pear but with hints of banana. Very mild spices enter into things right before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid tripel but nothing to write home about, good for fans of tripels that are malt-dominant, as opposed to those dominated by fruit flavors and spices. Worth a shot if you see it around.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 23:30:22 | More by glid02
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank on tap 1/16/10 at the Iron Horse in DC.

a - A nice golden color with a decent amount of while head. Little carbonation.

s - Smells fruity and a little boozy. Also smells of yeast.

t - Kind of taste like it smells. Smooth but kind of hoppy eventually.

m - light to medium body, little carbonation, pretty smooth .

d - It was a decent beer, not the best tripel I've had but I would try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 07:29:06 | More by mdfb79
Photo of BTPete

New York

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Victory Golden Monkey

tripel, tap @ savannah's - albany, ny

A: golden, perfectly see through with little to no head. What little head was there dissipated away as I drank from DFH snifter.

S: a little earthy, citrus, slight banana.

T: this one seems smooth but not as complex or inviting as I'd like. Good, not great.

M: a little thin, wishing for more carbonation on this. Complex style, not mastered here.

D: I drank it and might sample again, interested in tap v bottle. I found it hid the alcohol decently well and gave me a nice smile on lunch break, didn't invite me back for more though. Lunch on the other hand was excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2010 18:21:15 | More by BTPete
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 3,730 ratings.