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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,481 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,481
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 78
Gots: 522 | FT: 1
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)
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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden yellow average sized head with no apparent lacing. Smells of light malty fruits (banana). Initial taste gives off spicy bitterness. Flavor mellows to phenol fruitiness. This brew is a bit too spicy for my tastes, but not bad American Belgian triple though.

NiceGuyMike, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright hazy orange with a thin head that settles into a ring. Aroma is light and sweet with hint of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Flavor is immediately a blend of lemon, yeast and honey. Rich, somewhat bready, very sweet, more fruit tastes like kiwi or mango. Pale sweet malt, like buttered toast for breadfast with orange marmalade. Suggestions of bananas and faint spices as it warms but no trace of the high ABV in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light but slick. Not the greatest tripel I've found but certainly a great attempt. I agree with many others, it is a bit one-dimensional but enjoyable nonetheless.

assurbanipaul, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of nickss
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/20/05

So.. as you can tell from the bottling date, this beer is incredibly fresh. Whether thats a good thing with this triple or not, I'm not certain. Surely, it would add a bit of complexity.

As is: man oh man does this brew have some bite.

Appearance: Pours beautifully golden, as the name suggest. A nice 1" head slowly subsides into a foam cap.

Smell: Very floral... Hoping it tastes as good as it smells.

Taste: Strong, Malty, sweet taste with strong hints of floral and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Full, thick, very much like a hefe

Drinkability: Not too shabby... I wouldnt mind making a session of this beer, but I think the session would be pretty short due to the high ABV.

Nicky likey.

nickss, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of IceAce
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle caged & corked
Bottled On: Nov 30.2004

Pours with a hazy golden body and ½ finger collar of stark white foam with limited staying power. Nose is ripe with malt, candy sugar, and Belgian yeast.

Entry shows extra-zippy carbonation along the tongue and a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Midtaste begins bright as the flavor leads with sugar...quickly followed by a triple dose of malt. The finish leads with whole flower hops and fruity overtones, only to be replaced once again by the rich, complex malts and a slow Belgian yeast fade.

IceAce, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Golden orange, with small but decent head

Smell: Very fruity, completely wonderful.

Taste: Spicy, fruity, bready.

Notes: This is it for me as far as American Tripels go. My favorites are still from overseas (Westmalle, LaTrappe, St. Bernardus), but this one is very acceptable to me.

TurdFurgison, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of shark262
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden/orange-colored tripel that pours with a quickly dissapating white head. Bottle conditioning creates a farily dense haze.

Spicy aromas are present with citrus and coriander notes as the most prominent. Fruity smells are under-represented for the style.

The high alcohol content is apparent upon tasting, but the light, sweet malt and subtle spices quickly balance the brew. The finish is yeasty and pleasant.

Light to medium body. I would prefer more carbonation.

Overall very drinkable. Perfect for summer and with spicy foods.

shark262, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with orange tints a white head that falls fast not leaving much lace behind.

Aroma is wheat malt lemony light fruits bananas hints of peach and white grapes some light spice present.

Taste is lightly bubbley wheat malt light citrus flavors. Finish is light spice miture of clove, nutmeg and coriander. Alcohol is well hidden a litlle warming feeling felt and a touch tasted.

Mouthfeel is on the light side. Drinkability is OK nothing really negative to say just not as flavorable as some of the better Tripels out there.

mntlover, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After waiting a LONG time for Victory beers to come to Texas, I was excited about trying this beer. Quite a disappointment. Sort of the Coors Light of the Tripel world. The beer poured a haze golden. Not much else to talk about. The aroma was muted. The taste was slight. The mouthfeel not impressive. The alcohol gave me a quick buzz but added nothing to taste or mouthfeel. Sorry just not impressed.

LarryKemp, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 7.7.05

Bottled Date: 9.25.03

I love the label. The monkey's Third Eye is peering into your soul. It tells me my belly better be ready for an awakening experience.

The pour produces slight foam that disappears quickly. Lacing leaves microbubbles clustered in striations. The liquid itself is pale cloudy gold with an orange tint.

The aroma is a good funk over nose busting alcohol. Deeper sniffs yield underlying sweetness.

Once in the mouth, the immediate flavor is sweet and spicy, but the burn of the alcohol is ever present. Citrus notes cascade over the palate until the swallow has coated the tongue with hop oils. It is lightly carbonated and sits well in the mouth.

This is another slow drinker. Could probably drink more of these than I should, but the alcohol flavor and feel really keep you aware of what you're drinking. It's good to pace and enjoy, in my opinion anyway. Great beer. Victory knows what they're doing.

GolgiIPAratus, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of robertp1024
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a decent head. The head though thick and about 1 or 1.5 fingers, disapates fairly quickly. The scent first noticed is the yeast witha slight citrus and sweet spice. The flavor is the same, yeasty with sweet spices. Very powerful beer. Great american tripel. Easily up there with my other favorite belgian style tripels.

robertp1024, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a white head when poured, and the color is a light golden with a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom. Bottling date on label says April 14, 2005.

Nose is of sweet light malt, yeast, and slight hops. Hints of slightly overaged vegetables, honey, citrus, pineapple, and maybe a little melon...all pretty subtle. Ethanol moderately evident, becoming moreso as the liquid warms.

Carbonation is mild, body is light to medium with a slight slickness.

Taste is lightly malty and somewhat sweet. A sweet slickness is present on the tonge. Finish is yeasty, sweet, and bitter.

A decent attempt. I'm interested in what some age will do to the two I have remaining.

blackie, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale golden color, head retention a bit disappointing. Very nice aroma, herbal with notes of dill and lemongrass. Flavor is sweet from the start, more of a light, airy candy sweetness than mere malt. Bitterness is restrained but there's a touch of grassy, herbal hop flavor. Very fruity, reminiscent of oranges. Finishes a little tart. Light bodied with a crisp, effervescent texture.

Very interesting, complex, and tasty. And quite deceptively strong: it's hard to believe such a light refreshing beer tops 9% alcohol.

allengarvin, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of board45
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle
Nov. 30. 2004 bottled

Cloudy golden brew w/ a huge white head. To the nose I didnt get to much except some sweetness and malt. As I tiped the glass back to take a sip the white head took a minute to get though. With my nose covered in this beautiful head i finally got to the good stuff. WOW! Loads of malt. Tons of sweetness, with a apricot middle. The finish is warming with a fade of apricot then it returns quickly to the nose. A great brew despite the week smell and appearance. This was my first tripel and was deeply impressed.

board45, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this over at the Chapter House. Slightly golden body, big white head that held its own throughout the drinking. Nice and sweet aroma, corriander, yeasty. Really sweet taste, lots of bananna, maltiness. Quite a bitter kick at the end. Quite drinkable as well for 9.5% abv. Certainly worth a try, won't be dissapointed.

JackStraw22, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of boatyard
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice golden color hence the name. has a nice white foamy head that splits quite quickly, and leaves a bit of lacing. smells like flowers and alcohol, tastes like flowers alcohol and lemon, and its a bit syrupy. i think it has some sort of spicy yeast in it. can't drink very much of this in one sitting, however it feels good in your mouth. an overall good offering from victory, so go out and get yourself some.

boatyard, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brewed on 05/05/05 poured into a chalice.

Hazy yellow with a small white head that falls to a veiled ring in minutes.

Smells of spicey yeast, belgian sugars, floral hops and alcohol. Tangy overall.

Tart upfront, but then turns cloyingly sweet. Alcoholic/peppery notes towards the end. Not very smooth or balanced. Glad I only bought a single of this.

ypsifly, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of carln26
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured form the bottle into a tulip glass a bright, slightly hazy gold with a thick white head that was refreshed by a stream of champagne bubbles. The aroma had bread dough, citrus/orange and a mild spice finish. The flavor favorably reflected the aroma with a bright lemon citrus and a slightly yeasty character. The finish had a slight alcohol warming and a lingering pepper character. It has a slick, yet full mouth feel, and a good drinakbility.

carln26, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was brewed on may 4th 2004. It has aged really nice in my opinion. It pours a hazy dark yellow and has a nice white head and lot's of yeast floaties. The aroma is very sweet and fruity and the yeast imparts a nuttiness. The taste is very sweet upfront and then the alcohol tries hard to overcome the nutty, fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is very full like any good tripel. This is one of the best tripels I have ever had. Kudos to Victory for brewing this winner.

RushLimbmalt, May 23, 2005
Photo of medic25
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle in a Corsendonk glass. Pours a golden-amber color, very clear with a little bit of a white head that quickly vanished. Fruity aroma, maybe a little bit of bread thrown in. Delicious on the first sip; quite sweet and malty, with the alcohol extremely well hidden. Goes down too easily for a 9.5% beer! Another great product by Victory; I'll have to cellar a couple of these and see how well they age.

medic25, May 21, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Straw golden colored, clear, 1/4 inch head which quickly dissipates. Fairly average looking.

Smell = Nice fruit scent with banannas definitely coming through strong. Fairly malty, full of alcohol with a tiny tiny bit of sour hops coming through. I like it.

Taste = Interseting tripel. Typical alchol overwheming flavor comes through although it's not as devastating as other tripels. This one's a bit sweeter which I enjoy greatly. Not overly bitter and flavorless like the Salvation I tried awhile back.

Overall = I like this one. Recommended for fans of Tripels. The sweetness is nice and it's not overkill.

LPorter33, May 20, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to try a freshly tapped barrel. Poured a warm amber gold with a tight 1/2" head of white foam that clung incredibly, forming beer tree rings with each sip.

Nose was pleasing - light, sweet, reminiscent of honey and very mild citrus. Initial tongue is smooth & even, with a subtle, wonderful citrus (orange) presence noticable. Lite wisps of some spice present - very nice. A very enjoyable peak of hops rose on the tongue as the tastes continued to mingle. Its slick & smooth on the throat, the sensation (and slight taste) of honey comes to mind. It swallows sweet but not sugary nor out of kilter with the previous taste, leaving a very clean & inviting aftertaste.

A very enjoyable brew that would be an excellent kick-off to any session or pair well with some lively/spiced foods. Will enjoy this one anytime opportunity allows.

BuckSpin, May 18, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden and clear. Vigorous bubbling action. White head that holds for a stitch in time.

Smell: White grapes and spice at first waft. Smells fresh and clean. Yeast character shows up amidst the fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet and fruity. Good proportion of spiciness to accompany the sweet base. Spices are not over the edge, but hang on the cusp. Flirting with my limits. There is a bit of sweet and sour in the finish that makes me thirst for another pull. Juicy and refreshing I guess I could say. The yeast lends some flavour to the brew without imparting any distasteful results. Mostly a sweet concoction.

Mouthfeel: Light. Refreshing. Goes down with relative ease.

Drinkability: Good. Another one of those undercover wolves that has the potential to do a number on an unsuspecting drinker. I cannot detect any alcohol presence in any aspect. Could be dangerous. Overall a good show, although I can't think of a time when I would want to drink this.

SupaCelt, May 16, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with bottled on date of Feb 19 04--it's got some time under its belt.

Poured a cloudy dark straw with a white head that quickly dropped to a collar. Lacing was minimal.

Fruity esters, alcohol, bread, and a touch of barnyard funk in the nose. Fruit smells remind me of peach and apricot.

Medium body with a nice creaminess and a mellow carbonation. Powdery yeast seems to be the star of the show. Lightly grainy with a touch of nuttiness and a strong, warming alcohol bite in the finish battles with a nice malt lingering.

Mouthfeel was great, the taste seemed lacking in direction, the alcohol not hidden well. I'm glad the bottle was aged, or I suspect this beer would've been a club-handed brute.

Shultzerdugen, May 13, 2005
Photo of UDbeernut
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: a hazy gold with plenty of head that reduces to lacing slowly. I love watching this beer as the haze swirls around.

Smell: a bit malty but notes of fruit

Taste: sharp but nothing noticable really sticks out. A decent amount of carbonation to boot.

Mouthfeel: full bodied and dry

Drinkability: defiantly not a session beer.

UDbeernut, May 13, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow hue with a thin white head. Smell of grass and subdued malt, with some bready notes, and some alcohol. Malty taste with mild fruitiness yields to warming alcohol. There is also a noticeable yeast presence. Crisp carbonation balances a bready and smooth mouthfeel. Finish includes some citrous hops and of course alcohol. Not a bad beer, but not awe-inspiring. I may try this one again at a later date.

BeerFink, Apr 26, 2005
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,481 ratings.