Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by Philousa:
3.4/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear, pale golden yellow with a billowy whit head that settles to just ring the glass and rise from the laser etched bottom. Aroma is sweet and tart with the familiar Belgian Pils malt. It's very spicy too, mostly clove and pepper, but with a bit of banana. Taste is similar, showcasing the malt which is first sweet, then pungent. There is some pepper and then the clove sets in at the back of the throat. I think the sweetness takes the edge off of this slightly unpleasant after taste, but it's still there. You can tell when you drink it that this is a force to be reckoned with. If you were gulping at first, you start to take the hint and sip. Finish is very dry (too dry), feel is balanced. Very effervescent and spritzy.
This is a solid Tripel that I would put up against some Belgian Tripels I've had. There are better, more complex ones out there, but I wouldn't pass it up if I was in the mood and saw it on the shelf.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2012 04:47:41 | More by Philousa
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Rarely does the taste of Belgium ring so true by American brewers. But it does so with Victory's Golden Monkey. Just shy of abbey-type dryness or effervescence, the otherwise spice-to-fruit balance is true to form, and with more than just a "kiss" of hops.
Delicate floral tones waft about, just ahead of the initial taste, carrying with it the whimsy of honey suckle and sugar cookie. With a bready-sweet taste, the flavors erupt with the tangy acidity of sparkling white wine.
Then as the ale simply blooms across the middle palate, flavors unfold with the fruitiness of lemon, apple and slightly under-ripened orange and then the simple rebuttal of white pepper and clove. Settling into a more earthen pattern, elements of sod and dry hay come about as its surprising bitterness begins to show.
A quick finish stems from the expressive carbonation, allowing much of the taste to develop after the beer dissolves; leaving behind bracing vinous acidity, pleasant herbal bitterness and a finish of talc. Still, waves of vanilla and mint trail closely behind.
With glimmers of finesse and grace, there's a steadfast demeanor of the ale that doesn't back down- giving it the decoration of candied fruit but with with vinous influence of monastic rigidity.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 20:34:08 | More by BEERchitect
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,001 ratings.