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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,013 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,013
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 57
Gots: 318 | 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)
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottled sept. 17th 2009 to tulip glass

not the first time i've had golden monkey, but the first corked and caged bottle of it i've bought

pours a golden shade with a light tinge of red, creamy white head retains nicely

smells of spicy yeastly goodness, malt

taste is of heavy yeast esters, malt is very dry, light hops in the background have mostly faded out but the bitterness shows a little in the finish, alcohol makes itself known in the finish and the aftertaste as well

mouthfeel is a good weight, alcohol makes it slick and a little hot even with almost a year on it - carbonation is good and perfect for style

drinkability is sneaky, the alcohol doesn't show it's self too much and its quite tasty - a great meal beer

paired it with peppercorn cheddar (if you havent tried a saison or triple with peppercorn'd cheese you owe it to yourself, they pair amazingly), nom nom nom

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:21:54 | More by drxandy
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S: TONS of bread. Yeast and bread. Underlying floral notes and alcohol. Outstanding.

T: Bread, malt and slight fruit. A bit alcoholic as well.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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