Victory Golden Monkey

Victory Golden Monkey

Rated 3.790 by BeerPals

Brewed by Victory Brewing Company

Downingtown, PA, United States

Style:  Abbey Tripel

9.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Strong and sensual, this golden, Belgian-style ale glows with goodness. The richness of German malts and Belgian yeast are tempered by a sparkling approach and overall light body. Considerable depth of character with abundant herbal, fruity notes make this one to savor. PRAISE FROM THE PROS - Gold Medal: LA County Fair 2003 Silver Medal: International Beer Competition, London 2004 COMPOSITION - Malts: 2 row German malt Hops: European whole flowers Yeast: imported, of Belgian origin Alcohol by volume: 9.5% AVAILABILITY - Draft and bottles year 'round

ID: 538 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank574
Overall Percentile98.8
Style Rank16 of 562
Style Percentile97.2
Lowest Score1.7
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.818
Weighted Score3.790
Standard Deviation0.539

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  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 3.9 2 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    This is a canned tripel, isn’t that sacrilegious? Anyway, it pours a light honey gold with a medium sized rocky head. The head stays a while and laces well. The aroma is sweet grains, light citrus, light yeast, seasonal spices and honey. Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. This is a sweeter beer than a lot of Belgian tripels, yet still finishes with a bitter hop crush. A very good beer.

  • CHOPZ 6094 reviews
    rated 3.5 3 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Can bought at Publix in Kissimmee, Florida. Pours a clean golden colour with a creamy warm cap that stays quite long, leaving some good creamy lacing. Aromas of well-blended banana notes with some light spices. Maybe some Belgian Ale yeast sweetness. The first taste I got though, was pretty rusty. As it goes, it does get better. Seems to be the hop that gives this bitter-leaf flavour. The yeast is there. Some wheat as well, creating a mild banana aftertaste. Not bad, but not a Tripel I would go back to. Unless I would like a less expensive one in the States.

  • FISHINGFAST 681 reviews
    rated 3.0 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Poured out a cloudy golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is of barley and malt with some spice. The mouthfeel is a little bitter especially for a Belgium style ale. The flavor was hard for me to enjoy because of the pronounced hops. I've tried this twice now and won't have it again. In my thinking the best way to drink this is to shake the bottom up real good. It increases the spice,sweetness and helps smooth out the hops.

  • RICHSBEER 1737 reviews
    rated 3.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    wow very heavy foamer, poured a nice golden orangeish color, nice head but disappeared quickly. Had a nice orange aroma with good carbonation, very drinkable but high abv wasn't hidden as well as i would have liked.

  • PORTERHOUSE 544 reviews
    rated 4.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Funk nailed this one, he says, "Pour is gold with a bubbly white head. Aroma of sweet malt, banana and lemon. Banana dominates the taste along with some spice, yeast, and sweet malt. Reminds me more of an American wheat with a bite than a Belgian Tripel but pretty tasty nonetheless." Couldn't agree more except that I would add that the spice that I taste is nutmeg (think bananas foster) and the finish is a little too bitter and astringent. Props to Funk and cheers to Victory for a unique tripel.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Review #400- Would have preferred something a little better for my 400th, and was expecting a bit more since my first couple samples from Victory kinda exceeded expectations. But hey, it is what it is, and this is a decent Belgian-white/ Triple Ale hybrid... or whateva it is. This is getting confusing. Taste is slightly sour at first, not much malt...halfway disappointing in the beginning, but then the fruitiness and spices kick in with a tasty hop finish. So I guess in the end it all evens out. Smooth mouthfeel, almost an 8....just not quite. Aroma is ehhh. Don't think I would get again, but had fun and got a buzz......................... UPDATED 2/19/2012: This bottle said "Best by April, 2013". I bought this one about 9 months ago trying to age unti then. Just couldn't wait. Guessing this is aged about a year+ now, and seems to be PERFECT. Much better than I remember and updating from my original 3.4 rating. Now, I am ready to give another chance and buy a 4-pack to age another year :)

  • DARKBREW 105 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Poured an opaque golden yellow (hence the name Golden Monkey) with a thick white head. Smelled and tasted wheat and banana!!?! Went down nice and smooth with an alcohol bite. Very good brew...I think I'll have another...be careful, at 9.5%ABV this one will sneak up on you.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pour is gold with a bubbly white head. Aroma of sweet malt, banana and lemon. Banana dominates the taste along with some spice, yeast, and sweet malt. Reminds me more of an American wheat with a bite than a Belgian Tripel but pretty tasty nonetheless.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    At the outset, I should advise that Tripels aren't my favorite class of beer. That being said, I know what a good one should taste like and this American imitation pretty much hit the mark. The beer was citrusy and the color was a hazy orange. The aroma was citrus and complex. The flavor was pretty much on the mark. In fact, the only thing that kept me from giving the flavor an 8 was the alcohol - it wasn't hidden well enough. A true Belgian tripel never reveals the alcohol - not in taste anyhow. What happens after you stand up is a different kind of revelation all together. That being said, this is an overall solid beer from a solid brewery.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    I get a bright yellow colored ale. Big soapy white head rises above. A moderate amount of hang time settling into breezy lacing. Fruity aromas. Bananas? Apples? There’s a grassy note as well. High carbonation tries to hold up a light bodied beer. Smoothness on the palate. There’s an undernote of alcohol in the tasting. Grassy and fruit in the taste as in the arima. This one is drinkable but not a ‘Wow’ representation of the Abbey ales.

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