Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,001 | Reviews: 1,605 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Winter:
4/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled on 9-9-2002. Label illustration features a Shiva-like monkey doing the "Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Taste no Evil" gesture. His fourth hand depicts 3 fingers (symbolizing Trippel?) and a big eye on his belly. Another creative example IMO of intriguing brand representation and marketing from Victory.
Golden Monkey poured a deep golden color with an airy white head. Carbonation seen throughout. Aroma consists of spices, pineapple, yeast and seems a bit peppery. The 9.5% abv is masked very well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, tangy and crisp. This trippel has a mild sweetness to it that is toppled by a tart spiciness. The Monkey is somewhat seductive in a sassy sort of way and the flavor grows on you. The taste consists of pineapple, sweet malt, and sour lemon with a peppery spiciness. Smooth and easy drinking.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2003 10:50:33 | More by Winter
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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.