1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Golden MonkeyGolden Monkey

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

4,397 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,397
Reviews: 1,627
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 72
Gots: 487 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Golden Monkey Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,397 | Reviews: 1,627 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Swift989
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Swift989, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of dankjohn
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

dankjohn, Aug 17, 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 morrowd3
4.5/5  rDev +22%

morrowd3, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of mcsauter82
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mcsauter82, Dec 26, 2013
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 Syracuse12
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Syracuse12, Nov 28, 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
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a golden, slightly hazy color with a thick fluffy white head and some light lacing. It smells fruity; there are some hints of lemon zest in it, some herbs and spices. It has a medium/light body that's mildly sweet when it first hits your tongue, slightly bitter around the side of your mouth and has a mild aftertaste that's semi-sweet and has a dry alcohol feeling to it. It really warms up your mouth; I would definitely buy this one again

vickersspitfire, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of BryanK
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of joegard
3/5  rDev -18.7%

joegard, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of ujsplace
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle vigorously into a goblet...

A: Head appeared thick and pillowy, but disappeared fairly quickly leaving behind some pretty decent lacing. Burnt, golden orange in color. Remaining head is thin and whispy, lace remains.

S: Sweet banana, spicy yeast and mild hops and alcohol.

T: Sweet malt, hops, ripe fruits, bananas and maybe some apricot.

M: Light and nicely carbonated...

D: Scary drinkabilty, this is a very good locally brewed triple.

ujsplace, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of chasmandocharles
4/5  rDev +8.4%

chasmandocharles, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of BRD14
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

BRD14, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of cdizinno
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 12oz brown bottle.

A: Hazy, golden-straw color. Nice fluffy white head that quickly turns to a thin white lace. Minimal lacing.

S: Faint floral with a bready but yeasty scent in the nose. More citrus as the beer warms.

T&M: Smooth, creamy, rich and full-bodied beer. Hops hit with soft floral notes. Some spicy bitterness. Mild malty sweetness with bread and yeast flavors.

Decent tripel but not too original. Decent fallback but nothing I'm going out of my way to make a regular drinker.

cdizinno, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of boudreaux
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

boudreaux, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of beerman207
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Looks like apple juice when poured into a glass with 2 fingers head and some lacing present that is quite inviting

S - picking up alcohol, fruit, and perhaps even a slight spice/skunkiness (very mild)

T - Definately taste the alcohol - perhaps even a bit towards the rubbing alcohol sense but it has a nice warming effect. There's fruit present as well as some significant spice that was unexpected. Also it has a lingering candy taste that comes from the back. Very nice

M - It doesn't dry the palate which is nice and the body seems to be fairly light.

D - The alcohol isn't masked in this but it warms your throat on the way down and has a nice soothing effect. The ABV would keep me from having many of these but overall, I'd say this has average drinkability.

beerman207, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of GiantMidget
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

GiantMidget, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Beerdudenumberone
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Beerdudenumberone, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Syraquse
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Syraquse, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of cynical1027
3/5  rDev -18.7%

cynical1027, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Loco_Joe
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Loco_Joe, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice yellow color with orange hue and a thick white head. Noticed some chill hazy and sediment suspended in the beer. Spicy flavor with some malt sweetness towards the back of the mouth. Highly carbonated with a pretty large alcohol kick. Overall a pretty good beer.

jreitman, Jun 02, 2002
Photo of NeverSettle
4/5  rDev +8.4%

NeverSettle, Jul 19, 2012
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,397 ratings.