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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

Golden MonkeyGolden Monkey

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3,719 Ratings

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Ratings: 3719
Reviews: 1594
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)
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden. Hazy. Aroma lacking. Taste, lots going on, didn't like the yeast sweetness and undertones of apple.

Mouthfeel thins, which was welcome since I didn't like what it brought to the table upfront. A little expensive and tough to drink to be deemed a drinkable beer. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 20:34:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Bighuge


4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden with a fizzy white head an inch thick. Small sediments make their way through the beverage. The head has good retention as it laces the glass nicely as I consume this beer. Aroma is spicy. Orange peel/orange curaco. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. Very nice. This beer has some taste. There's a bit of alcohol. There's a bit of hard candy. There's some spice, including cinnamon and pepper. A bit lemony. Tangy. All of this backed up with a nice belgian malt backbone. Very complex beer. Has a light-to-medium body I would say. Very drinkable for a beer with this much alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 20:11:30 | More by Bighuge
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden color with a moderately lasting white head.

S: fruity, with spices, higher alcohol phenols, sweet malts and aromatics of musky bananas, dough and pears.

T: For flavor there was a nice spiciness and peppery nature with some spicy high alcohol notes. The palate was doughy with a good alcohol warming and fruitiness to heat and finish things up.

M: warming, with a nice alcohol exocite spices a thin body and a touch of floral hopping.

D: Drinks bigger then its 9.5% alcohol but is crisp with a good warming sensation that is fairly easy to handle.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 00:03:29 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

A. Cloudy with some residue. Poured from a large 750ml bottle.

S. Apple and dark fruits with some spiciness. I pick up a bit of orangey citrus. Belgian yeast is also prominant.

T. Sharp granny smith apple zing, faint clove and some clean alcohol taste found throughout. Sweet yet balanced enough, herbal hop on the back end rounds everything out.

M. Light and very much a belgian. Dry finish.

D. Dangerously drinkable. I once drank a six pack of this in my early beer drinking days, I was rendered useless on my couch.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 23:43:37 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of DrJay


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy apricot colour topped by a fluffy, white, 1 inch head. It was a bit rocky and produced a fair bit of lace. Bready, yeasty aroma with some citrus and floral hoppiness. Light alcohol as it warms. Initially sweet and bready, an earthy, spicy, sharp bitterness followed closely. Citrus at the mid and it finishes with a touch of coriander and lingering malt. Definite alcohol warmth in the finish too, along with a little phenolic character. Medium bodied and crisp, with ample carbonation and moderate dryness. Quite enjoyable overall, just a bit of weirdness in the flavour that didn't sit well at first, but improved as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 19:44:58 | More by DrJay
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 Gusler


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

Its been a long time since I sampled my last “Golden Monkey” about two and a half years, way to long in my book.

The pour a slightly blurred golden amber color, the head is modest in size, the texture frothy, the color and off white, with a fine coating of lace left behind. Nose is sweetly malt, crisp and clean, fresh as a spring day, with the start ambrosial, and loaded with malt, the top is middling in its feel. Finish has a purposeful acidity, the hops are mellow and pleasant to the palate, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, a “Most Quaffable” beer to say the least, and I must thank “beerluvr” for this bottle,

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 16:04:40 | More by Gusler
Photo of Slatetank


4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured cold into a Chimay chalice from a container bottled on March 29th of 2007
A - A deep golden/light amber with full bone white head that quickly recedes and generates plenty of lace that remains on the sides of the glass.

S - Spicy + malty- a coriander hint as well as a bready, boozy alcoholic character that has an abbey yeast quality.

M - Warming, vinous feel, spiced with a full body and plenty of effervescent sweetness.

T - Strong candy-like belgian yeast flavors saddle up with an immediately apparent alcohol presence. Tantalizing spicy honey-like smooth character gives a clean fruity ale flavor tha is easy to enjoy mouthful after mouthful.

D - A real easy one to return to with all the spice and depth that a tripel has to offer. The golden sweetness w/ strong abv makes it hard to deny, but at the same time only a good rating for drinkability since it's high abv makes it difficult to have more than a few.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 00:38:30 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a cloudy blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Seems about normal for the style.

Aroma is full of spice, light citrus and candi sugar. Pretty tame for the style.

Taste is full of spice and citrus with a good hint of alcohol warmth. Not bad. A bit sweet as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus and spice. Simple and elegant at the same time.

Not bad. Certainly more drinkable than a few other domestic triples I've had. Not the best though.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 02:51:25 | More by Brad007
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden with a short head for the style and no lacing. The smell is a little sharp from alcohol, and with a trace of the typical Belgian yeast aromas. The taste is a little better, especially as it warms. Definite alcohol, but also some banana and clove- very restrained, though. Mouthfeel is a little sticky, but the body is appropriate. Not bad in its own right, except that its a little hot. The problem is that there are plenty of better tripels out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 03:17:09 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of smakawhat


3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Enjoy by Jan 19 2014, we are good to go.

A very soap white head pours out that falls fairly quickly on this beer. This doesn't look that great but at least it looks drinkable, Body is incredibly clear and carbonated, very dark gold color. There is no lacing on the glass and very little retention at all. This sure doesn't look like a Belgian style beer.

There's a small lemon, some faint yeast, but also kind of a weak sense of wetness. This smells more like a weak Belgian pale ale than a tripel. Small hints of heat alcohol as well.

Taste is sharp and carbonated. Ridiculously gassy, so much so that all I can really taste is carbon dioxide. Bitter lemon mixed with gas and boozy alcohol. Some small hints of sweetness on the finish but masked often by carbonation.

For a tripel, I would totally pass on this and have something else instead. Way too wet and carbonated for my tastes and for this style for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 20:33:50 | More by smakawhat
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Poured into Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs goblet.

Best by Jan 9, 2012

Pours of half finger of dirty white head. Fades down very quick. No lace. Color is a clear golden straw color. No carbonation bubbles in the glass.

Aroma: Mainly a lot of spices here. There are also so fruits, such as orange peel and bananas mixed in as well. I also get some cloves near the end.

Taste: Very spices. Reminds me a lot of the spices in a saison. Orange peep, some pepper, some yeast. Cloves bananas. At the very end I get a touch of alcohol, but other than that, the abv is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp with a good amount of carbonation, which I hadn't expected because of the appearance. Light to medium bodied. Ends with a spiced, dry aftertaste.

Overall, I really think this beer is drinkable, despite the high abv, which is hidden fairly well. Not something I would drink too many bottles of, however.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 14:16:39 | More by mothman
Photo of superspak


4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/16/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, clove, pepper, bread, cracker, candi sugar, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, clove, pepper, bread, cracker, candi sugar, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, clove, bread, cracker, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome tripel style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/eartly yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:19:08 | More by superspak
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Willie McBride's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium straw yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. There were light amounts of small visible yeast particles in suspension. The beer has a finger tall dense white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, bananas, and spicy yeast.

T: Moderate flavors of pale malts with some light fruits (white grape, apple, pear) upfront with some slightly stronger notes of banana and spicy/peppery yeast towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol heat and dryness in the finish.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink as the alcohol is noticeable but it is a very enjoyable beer and a great example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2012 02:52:13 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of ccrida


4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (bottled on 10/4/07) poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Golden Monkey is a clear, spritzy gold with a small white head that leaves light, foamy lace. The second pour was yeasty and more orange/burnt gold.

Smell is very nice, floral and tropical fruits, orange and some vanilla. Alluring and not to strong.

Taste is very good, but not quite as luscious as the nose. I've had this beer a lot, but this is the first time I've aged a bottle, and it has definitely rounded out very nice. Still plenty of spiciness to keep it only semi-sweet, light phenols and a hint of booze, but the heat has dropped out quite a bit compared to a fresh bottle.

Mouthfeel is very lushly carbonated, with a light bottle, highly digestible.

Drinkability is good, this is a pretty tripel, and time has served it well. To bad I didn't have the patience to age it another year, it would only be that much better I'm sure!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 04:29:35 | More by ccrida
Photo of dirtylou


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle split with blackie, though not first tasting

appearance: hazy golden, fluffy white head, white lacing around rim

smell: green apple, sweet sugar, typical belgian aromas, yeasty, mild alcohol

taste: Not as powerful as some of the other tripel's...sugar covered apples, heavy on the citrus, alcohol masked nicely, nice belgian spice touch as well

mouthfeel: active carbonation on the tongue, somewhat light in body

drinkability: this one goes down nicely

Not the greatest tripel specimen, nor the greatest victory beer, but enjoyable nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 04:32:43 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Dogbrick


4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Winking Lizard in Columbus and served in a snifter. This beer pours a lightly hazy orange/gold color with a very thin white head. Thin and quick lacing. Aroma of spices, fruit, wheat and a little alcohol. Crisp body with a nice blend of fruit (apple and banana), spices, warming alcohol and sweet candy. The finish is long and sweet with a pinch of peppery hops. This is a very good Tripel that is immensely enjoyable on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2004 16:42:14 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of kylehay2004


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with nice retention on a pale golden body.

S: very full and sweet lemon notes dominate the aroma.

T: flavor is both sweet and tart mostly from the lemon flavors. some breads, peppery and grain notes.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I am thinking the genre of this one is either way off or miss labeled. Fairly drinkable but not a tripel I want to try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 22:22:50 | More by kylehay2004
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
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4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Revisit June 28, 2003 - Pours a nice golden orangey color with a heavy white loose frothy head about two fingers high, leaves minimal lace in strings. Smell is super nice floral aroma with good amounts of crispy citrus with a bit of spice. Taste is very smooth with complex layers of hard candy, bright citrus of lemon, orange, and grapefruit, with a sweet caramel malt backbone and a note of spiceyness. Feel is full bodied and solid. One hell of great offering of the style, impressive.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 09:27:15 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, it pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow. Aroma is not strong, but crisp and wheaty with a strong citrus component. Flavor is richly wheaty with a strong lemon overtone and some surprisingly strong hoppy taste. It goes down smoothly but with some pizzazz and leaves a satisfying hoppy aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2008 00:05:22 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle to a chalice. Had a nice amber color, with a typically thick texture. Not a lot of head when poured, though the lacing does stick around.

Had a good citrus smell, with some yeast mixed in.

The taste was solid, with some light fruits, yeast and a little malt coming out. That being said, there was a somewhat unpleasant, sour aftertaste about this. Too much of an edge.

Had a decently high rate of carbonation for a good mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer, but it's not as gripping as its Belgian cousins. With those beers, there's a nice mellowness about it. With the Victory, the bite that's added is somewhat off-putting. Still, not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 16:46:10 | More by avalon07
Photo of Bitterbill


3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got 2 free bottles from a friend of a friend. No best by or bottled date.

It pours a hazy light gold with a 2 finger head of foam and leaves some nice lacing.

It smells spicy and bitter. I get some clove and pepper and the bitterness is of the citrus kind to my nose.

Spicy flavours start off..clove, pepper, followed by some citrus bitterness, some candi sugar sweetness, it finishes decidedly on the dry side. I'm not getting any fruitiness that I like in the style.

On the upper end of medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is a strong fella at 9.5% abv but it's hidden pretty well. Overall, I like but it's a bit to bitter for me to be a big fan of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 14:27:53 | More by Bitterbill
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the 2009 vintage. I am very disappointed Victory stopped putting freshness dates on the bottles, I have not bought a Prima Pils since. GM pours a hazed, particulate infused gold color with a fast fading white foam and does not leave much lacing. Floaties along with the lack of retention is a bummer.

Nose is full of fruity yeast esters; green apples, muscadine grapes and pears. Alcohol is evident as is a grainy malt presence. Some grassy hops is there if you look for it.

Belgian yeast comes through pretty nicely in here and it tastes like a pretty good strain. I like the nice mix of hop flavor and bittering; a tripel with a decent hopping schedule is a good thing. Grainy malt is there and has just enough sweetness to balance things out well. This might be the best American tripel that is available in six-packs. I seem to pick up a sixer of the monkey at least once a year. Drinkability is high as it is a very balanced tripel. Solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 20:33:33 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. "This is a bottle conditioned ale." 9.5% ABV, Enjoy by Jan 29 2010.

Thanks to Sweemzander for this bottle!

A - Unfortunately when the cap pried off the rush of carbonation roused all the sediment making it impossible to pour without it. This left me with a partially hazy goldenrod yellow with a one-and-one-half finger, cloud white head. Decent retention and a half collar of lace left around the glass.

S - Crisp, dry wheat and pale malts provide a good base for the aroma. Over the base, a yeasty nose is pretty prominent with a citrusy-lemon squirt and a honey-draped biscuit. A little bit of spiciness is present too. No hops or alcohol on the nose.

T - Again, wheat and pale malts provide a good background for the other flavors. A lot of yeast imparted from the intrusive sediment also gives it a slight funk. The lemony citrus balances well with a low spice flavor that's subtle. An incredibly small hint at warm, spicy alcohol is on the finish.

M - Lively carbonation, responsible for the sediments rousal, is harmonious with the flavors and feel here. The citrus zest and spice give the tongue a treat. While it's lively, it's still a bit medium-bodied.

D - Not a bad triple! The sediment was a bit unfortunate but it's a solid beer that's well balanced and conceals the alcohol nicely.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 21:43:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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