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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,339 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 4,339
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 69
Gots: 467 | 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 DannyDan
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a light golden hue with a thick creamy white head that disappears quickly leaving a thin head that has really excellent retention and lacing. The carbonation is also good on this one. The aroma is candy, hops, and some fruits. The taste starts out with some hops followed by some sweet malts and some fruits throughout (primarily apples and bananas). The taste finishes off with a mix of fruit and hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. A very easy drinking beer that hides the 9.5% abv very very well. A great beer that I'll be drinking again. Another Victory for Victory Brewing Company.

DannyDan, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 31, 2013
Photo of Alex5
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Seaba
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Seaba, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Getalegup
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%

Getalegup, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Skillz
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Skillz, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of KevChiTown
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

KevChiTown, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one following a Hennepin (both for the first time). Two entirely different experiences. Golden Monkey reminds me (in taste and mouthfeel) of the darker, stronger Belgian beers like Rochefort or Westleverten (but not as complex). Despite pouring a hazy, golden color, it has little in common with the more typical golden Belgian Ales. Poured very little head, and what was there disappeared quickly. No lace whatsoever. The taste was initially a little overwhelming (particularly following the delicate tasting Hennepin). After a few sips, however, I began to warm up (literally!) to this beer. Malty, thick mouthfeel (for the style) spicy and fruity (pear?), but just not as lively as the best beers of the style. This being said, for a domestic brewer to make a Belgian styled beer this authentic and powerful is an impressive feat. If this beer were available to me, I certainly would buy it once in awhile. It is different enough, and certainly will boot you in the arse. Thanks for the sample, Joe!

JohnnyDuvel, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of LostHighway
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

LostHighway, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Jarod
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours into the glass a peachy gold color. The head is white that seemed to stay for awhile. It left some residue but no real lace. The aroma was pretty complex. Fruits like oranges, cherries seemed to be present. Malt (yeasty, alittle) some spices hops (slight) and alcohol was present. The taste was good. It was rich full and again complex. It seemed to change as my hands warmed the glass. Temperature is a definite factor. First you notice the carbonation, then the flavors hit, the some cherries, oranges, dates, spices, malt (sweet) and the alcohol and a bit of hops. All these seem to jump around with the temperature. None of the flavors seemed to be too much. A very drinkable beer. I think this was as good as the monkey from the tap. Keeping some on had at all times.

Jarod, Dec 30, 2002
Photo of Nipitato
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep gold color. Pours with a massive white head, which dissapates to less than a quarter of an inch. Hazy.

S: Great banana ester aroma predominates. Slight peppery/clove character as well. Alcohol backround underscores.

T: Malty sweet with banana ester character less noticeable. Finishes very clean. No hop flavor. As beer warms peppery phenols begin to predominate. Alcohol taste noticeable.

MF: Very smooth. Alcohol warmth present. Medium medium and medium carbonation. Probably not enough carbonation for its style.

D: Score another hit for Victory. A very good domestic tripel.

Nipitato, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +8.4%

loupap, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of goalie33
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

goalie33, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of andrewjraab
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow color with a huge foamy and creamy white head. not much stick or lacing during the drink.

S - Banana peels, coriander, malts, sweet smelling.

T - This is a new style of beer for me so I'm not familiar yet what makes this beer tick. A nice bready like taste with a decent level of bitterness with a warming alcoholic finish. The malts are present and I seriously like this brew.

O - This beer has given me a new outlook on the Belgium style and I will definitely try more of these. I would recommend this for sure.

andrewjraab, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of aqualung23
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

aqualung23, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of silverking
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

silverking, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Swift989
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Swift989, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of kels
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from the bottle poured into a pint at Fries the other night.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy bright golden yellow, very sunny, with a shorty white skim of head that fades fast. Not much inside to note.

Smell: Fruity yeast esters dominate the nose with a note of lemony hops, very sweet grain. Moderate and pleasing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feel is pleasingly bright without being sharp or overwhelming. Taste is full of banana, light spice, crisp toasty grain and yeast. Not terribly hoppy but rather balanced.

Drinkability: Pretty darn high, but not really the best example of style.

kels, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of jduprey007
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

jduprey007, May 31, 2014
Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

brureview, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of kinger
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I still am not quite sure what to make of this beer even after I have finished it. Poured a surprisingly rich golden color. This beer appeared somewhat dense as the carbonation slowly made its way up to a nice frothy head that left good lacing. The aroma is very complex with scents of banana, clove, pepper, and sweet malts. The alcohol could also be detected easily by the nose, which is no surprise since this tripel boasts a sturdy 9.5% abv. Crisp mouthfeel but nothing out of the ordinary. The flavor was an intense concentrated version of the aroma that was given off. Overall I can't say this is a great beer and I can't say I hated it either. I don't think the overall flavor is quite my style but It is interesting to say the least and worth a try. The funny thing is that my insides are still warm all over from this one.

kinger, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of ALLISON01
3/5  rDev -18.7%

ALLISON01, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of mcsauter82
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mcsauter82, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Hautacam
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep gold..cloudy with a yeast swirl..small head..reduces to "gone".
Smell....I can hardly smell anything..very faint..clove..alcohol.
Taste...disappointing...nothing jumps up more than the alcohol...some hop bitterness..pretty sweet...but the clove, banana, etc....is really weak....and the flavor is a bit soapy at the finish. Not getting any better as it warms.
Medium mouthfeel..low carbonation.
I wouldn't want another. Too bad, this is probably the only thing by Victory that I don't love.

Update 3/03/06
Had this on tap last night. Big improvement...a lot more spice, fruit,etc. It really improved on warming and the finish must less soapy. Still, a very sweet one...would rather a little less sugar. I will try another single bottle before changing any numbers on my rating. Would definitely order it again on tap.

Update 3/20/06
Had another bottle. Much better than the first...much like the tap.
I've changed my rating numbers to reflect this...must have had a bad bottle the first time.

Hautacam, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of BeanBone
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A golden-straw body packed with chunky sediment. Up top, two fingers of whitish head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: A mix of golden fruit, pepper, cloves, Belgian yeast, and crisp pale malt. It hits all the right Tripel notes so far.

Flavor: The flavor profile is made up of the same mix of spices, golden fruit, Belgian yeast, and pale malt that's found in the nose. The alcohol content is hidden nicely, with just a hint of spice coming through. Everything is balanced nicely and no single element sticks out. Crackery malt and golden fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly, medium-high carbonation and a drying finish. Just a bare hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: With a full flavor profile and a high ABV, this drinks faster than you'd imagine.

Verdict: A solid Tripel, Golden Monkey is an enjoyable little rascal. Sure, it's nowhere near as refined as the real-deal Belgian beers, but this is a thoroughly impressive American version of the style.

BeanBone, Jul 12, 2010
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,339 ratings.