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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,053 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,053
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 59
Gots: 338 | 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 goalie33

New York

2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. No freshness date on the bottle.
A) Hazy gold with one finger of white head. Doesn't leave much lacing. Lots of carbonation.
S) Clove, some lemony, citrus notes. A bit of hops.
T) Sour/bitter taste on the tongue as soon as it hits the mouth. Pleasant, spicy and slightly citrusy middle and then that sour/bitterness returns in the finish. Bad bottle?
M/D) Very soft mouthfeel. Not very carbonated at all. This beer is not undrinkable, but I am not enjoying this.

It could be that I got a bad bottle, but I did not like this beer. It looked and smelled great, and the taste had potential, but that sharp sour/bitterness that greats you when it enters and says good-bye before it leaves ruins the beer. I would like to try another bottle of this just to find out if the problem was this particular bottle or if it's the beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 21:04:29 | More by goalie33
Photo of baconman91


2/5  rDev -45.7%

10-29-2012 10:48:46 | More by baconman91
Photo of brureview


4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is better served at a colder temp- 45°F, which brings out the spice, and balance in the aroma/taste.

In a tulip, the beer poured an attractive golden color with a 1F head.

The aroma was quite good- not as pronounced as other tripels- but light spice, clove, and esters- bubblegum.

The mouth feel wasn't too carbonated which I like in a tripel, and transitions well to the taste.

The taste was spicy and there was an undertone of esters( bubblegum) Very smooth taste.

Finish- lightly bitterness which enchanced the overall tasting.

In general, unlike other tripels- the taste, aroma, mouth feel, and finish are not over pronounced.
It's well balanced and easy drinking. Highly underrated and worth checking out. I will drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 01:23:01 | More by brureview
Photo of Davit


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-20-2012 04:59:08 | More by Davit
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
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

08-24-2013 20:52:49 | More by Carl_R
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-27-2013 22:04:51 | More by Shawnspl
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brass monkey, that funky monkey. Poured a nice semi-cloudy yellow. Good hops, a slight citric bitterness. ABV does not interfere with it's consumption. I purchased it in a 12oz bottle, I would probably have liked it better in a 22oz, if it was available.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 06:20:11 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of TommyW


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

A- Clear gold with a bubbly, white head.

S- Pineapple, banana and tropical fruits with faint spice and Belgian yeast aromas.

T- Tropical fruits, lots of clove and coriander, and a minerally bitterness with the Belgian yeast flavors.

M- Medium body and nice bubble carbonation.

D- Not an outstanding triple, but certainly not a bad one either.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 18:00:42 | More by TommyW
Photo of KMcG


4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-23-2011 01:54:39 | More by KMcG
Photo of Jon


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

Hazy golden hue with a steady stream of carbonation present. Fizzy white head dissipates into almost nothing, although the thin ring of head does leave sparse lacing down the chalice. Yeasty, doughy nose features notes of fruity esters and alcohol. Passion fruit, apple, pear, apricot, yeast, sugar, and alcohol all appear in the taste department. Overall, this is a fruity, sweet tripel-style with the high abv covered by lots of candy sugar. Finishes very sweet with the sugar and alcohol making the most impact. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, almost too overly so. This is a fairly drinkable tripel, but one that is a bit too sugary to be incredibly enjoyable. Even so, this is a tasty creation.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 17:37:32 | More by Jon
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3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this one in the past, and didn't love it. But that was before my advocating days. So let's see if I have greater appreciation now.

Appearance - So far, not so hot. A pretty pale golden/yellow color. Not a lot of soapy head. Not a hell of a lot better looking than a Miller Lite, to be perfectly honest.

Smell - Very sweet candy. Some lemon citrus as well. A little booziness as well. Little honey. Also some of that adjuncty straw-funk smell.

Taste - Sticky sweet. Seriously, like a beer candy bar or something. Tons of sugars, a little fruit as well. It follows with that funky straw taste. The booze is pretty apparent. It definitely has some spice as well. Clove notes. It's not terrible.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp on the mouth. Good carbonation. Not syrupy at all.

Drinkability - No thanks. Too sweet, not balanced enough. I love Belgians, but not this one. Just too sweet for me, and the booze is so prevalent.

Not a terribly well balanced beer. It's got some good Belgian characteristics (the spice is nice, it has some good citrus) but it also has some adjunct garbage (it's so light, the appearance is lousy, that straw funk).

Overall, this just isn't a great beer. The only difference between this time and last is that now I understand what it is I don't like about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 01:05:32 | More by callmescraps
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

11-18-2011 21:00:02 | More by ineva
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

02-10-2012 01:40:09 | More by sneth019
Photo of ALLISON01


3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-24-2011 22:24:25 | More by ALLISON01
Photo of mcorwin


3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-07-2011 02:59:19 | More by mcorwin
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-16-2012 01:31:31 | More by Ted
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

12-10-2012 00:12:15 | More by Beerdudenumberone
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

07-10-2014 01:02:06 | More by KerryCummins1977
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

05-14-2014 21:37:08 | More by HuntDaddy540
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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a wide mouth wine glass.

Murky golden yellow body with a small white head.

yeast "Saison" smell to it.

Yeast taste with a hint of orange and some spices in the aftertaste.Its also a bit syrpy

Easy going down and very warming.easy on the carbonation as well.

Good tasting beer,jusy on qualm, its the yeast taste to it,im not fond of it.Other then that its very solid and worth seeking out

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 19:48:52 | More by MmmIPA
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-11-2012 18:23:20 | More by troegaarden
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-17-2013 19:26:15 | More by dankjohn
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-01-2012 23:48:33 | More by Sinewave
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright yellow color, semi-cloudy, two finger thick fluffy white head that faded slowly, lots of tiny bubbles rising

S- Lemons, yeast, bready, floral, hint of wheat

T- Floral hops, spicyness, herbal, yeast, sugary, bready, light malts

M- Light body, medium/heavy carbonation, bite of alcohol, dry finish, slightly fizzy

D- Worth trying

This is a bit more fizzy than I was hoping for but interesting flavors to say the least. Not an instant classic but still worth mentioning.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 23:14:23 | More by iceball585
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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