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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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3,997 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,997
Reviews: 1,605
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 57
Gots: 313 | 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 jsisko01


2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours an orange-gold color with a small head.

Smell - Smells very spicy but I can't distinctly tell what's there..

Taste - I taste a lot of of hops and spices. Seems like I'm tasting cloves and other strong spices. This beer actually made me feel light headed after a few sips. It starts out a little sweet while sipping it and then has a pretty bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Too much carbonation, it has a light feel but instantly foams up in the mouth.

Overall - I don't really like this beer because of all the spices. I can't handle it with my acid reflux lol.. But if you like spicy, bitter beer then this is for you

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 02:21:58 | More by jsisko01
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-14-2013 18:42:45 | More by jfstilling
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 ALLISON01


3/5  rDev -18.5%

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


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-30-2013 03:14:00 | More by PalatePilot
Photo of Ted


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-16-2012 01:31:31 | More by Ted
Photo of jeffthecheff


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the victory mixed 12 pack. Golden Monkey pours a deep, hazy yellow with a towering head at first that turns into a wispy lace. There are flakes floating throughout the glass, with no settling of sediment whatsoever.

Aroma has a yeasty, orange pulp fruitiness to it as well as a variety of spices. Peppery, coriander, and maybe some other things off the spice rack. A bit of lavendar as well.

Flavor is herbal, warming, and spicy. Dry in the finish with a bit of a medicinal character. Sweet malt flavor, orange fruitiness, and some belgian, floral yeasty flavor. There is also an apple flavor, and combined with the spice of the beer it paired with apple pie really well.

The mouthfeel of this beer is the clear highlight. Dry in the finish with almost nothing lingering. Very more-ish. The alcohol is hidden incredibly well, and this is an enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 00:39:03 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She pours a golden orange into the glass with a teeny tiny head that goes away without even saying hello. There is some minimal lacing on the glass with each sip.

The smell is strong sour spicy with some nice fruity yeast characteristics. Very nice.

The taste is a bit too bitter for the style, there is some spicy character that does not meld completely with the rest of the beer. But it is very flavorful, and there are some nice yeasty notes that are quite prevalent.

The mouthfeel is big and carbonated. Very crisp and refreshing.

I could drink quite a few of these, overall it is not an amazing example of the style, but it is a good beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 01:02:08 | More by grayburn
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-21-2013 01:08:55 | More by redliner8
Photo of BuckSpin


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2005 00:46:51 | More by BuckSpin
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4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an incredible beer from Victory! A golden brew with just a bit of carbonation an white colored head that lingers and leaves behind intense lacing. Aromas of candy, apricots, sour apples, and alcohol come out nicely. The taste is just so rich and delightful for this style. Normally, Tripels can be a bit much to swallow with lighter fruit only slightly masking the alcohol taste (unlike Dubbels and Quadrupels using dark fruits). This beer has the flavor profile of a Belgian Pale Ale with the texture of a Trappist ale. The rich fruits used simply add to the aftertaste in terms of sweetness and bitterness. The interplay of the flavors is what makes this beer so unique and such an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 16:56:02 | More by jaluria
Photo of MrKennedy


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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Huge thanks for this one!! Poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

A hazy appearance with a nice, two-finger head of white foam that grips the edges of the glass and hangs on as a bit more than film. Colour is verging on old gold.

Spicy, yeasty aroma of cloves. Inviting and interesting. A little bit of pear comes through too.

Nice taste, complex, spicy as per the nose. Still very refreshing even for a beer this size. Well balanced. ABV is tucked well away and this avoids the vinous taste that some of the style seem to grab.

Mouthfeel is pretty well spot on. Very well sorted in this regard, a touch of dryness, interesting enough to keep you going back.

Overall, a very good beer, am loving this! Not too many Tripels that i jump at other than Westmalle, but this is impressive!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 10:12:33 | More by MrKennedy
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-26-2012 01:39:28 | More by pathead
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

07-10-2014 01:02:06 | More by KerryCummins1977
Photo of battlekow


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

Another pretty tripel, this one more yellowish than the orangey Westmalle I had earlier today. Less of a head as well, but still a looker.

Smells pretty bready and yeasty, maybe a little spiced. I like it. In the taste, besides those characters, the alcohol makes an appearance after being notably absent in the nose, but it behaves itself for the most part. There's a substantial bready finish to Golden Monkey that I'm enjoying particularly. Feels light and fluffy in my mouth, rounding out what is a very pleasant beer to sip while cursing the Yankees.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 04:54:38 | More by battlekow
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-03-2012 00:35:38 | More by Jstark5150
Photo of gafferjohn


3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-17-2012 18:57:37 | More by gafferjohn
Photo of Jamstone714


4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-30-2011 03:18:28 | More by Jamstone714
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

12-10-2012 00:12:15 | More by Beerdudenumberone
Photo of depechemode1983


3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium pale golden color with a nearing soda like white head that disappears not long after the pour. Very little patchy lacing around the glass. Seems to have a balanced smell between the hops and malts. There's the fruity malts at first, like apples maybe a little peach. The alcohol is present as well. More so as the beer warms. Then you get the sorta citrus/floral notes in the background. The citrus notes are more along the lines or oranges rather than grapefruits. The nose finishes clean. Has a some what grainy earthy taste up front but then gets into the sweet fruit flavors like apple. Then your hit with the citric hops. Still along the lines of an orange flavor. It ends with a bitter aftertaste that lingers for a while. It has a medium body, smooth and carbonated. There's a little more carbonation then I would like. With a little less carbonation I think it would smooth out the body a little more making for a creamier mouthfeel. All in all this beer is ok. Dont think i could drink more than a couple of these. Not a very good representation of the style but not a bad beer. I could see myself buying this beer again although not a six pack. If i see singles then maybe. At 12.49 a sixer your better off getting something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 17:44:42 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of Portertime


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was happy to see Victory brewing in my liquor store. I remeber reading about Hop Devil in a Michael Jackson book a while ago. served it well chilled in a pilsner glass. Poured a bright, crystal clear yellow with a haziness toward the top and a nice, bubbly two finger head. Fine lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma was bursting with banana, clove, raisin, and candied fruit. The first sip was flavorful with a tanginess from the bubbles. The hops in the finish linger for a while with a nice bitterness. Complexity was there but then thinned out a little. All around decent tripel. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 21:46:21 | More by Portertime
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-31-2011 18:01:24 | More by hawkmage
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

04-25-2012 21:49:43 | More by ATXRyan
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-03-2012 01:23:54 | More by jordanmckell
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-17-2013 19:26:15 | More by dankjohn
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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