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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,997 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 3,997
Reviews: 1,605
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 57
Gots: 313 | 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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A - Pours a very light, pale straw color which gradually builds and builds until it culminates into a 3-fingered, snow-white, foamy head that has relatively decent retention given the ABV. There are some yeast floaties that linger around in the glass, but it is also pretty clear given that. Spotty lacing around the glass and there is little note of carbonation.

S - Just one smell gives the impression that this beer is heavily spiced. The nose is dominated by cloves, peppery spices, and tons of banana, to the extent that I've never really experienced this much banana in a tripel before. The Belgian yeast makes an appearance near the end of the nose, and surprisingly there's not much alcohol at all to be noticed.

T - Just like the nose, the taste in this one is spice-dominated. Very spicy notes that are prominent in the front-end as well as in the finish, and banana and other fruits are readily apparent. As in the nose, almost no alcohol finish as the spice, fruit, and bitterness keeps this relatively cool. Finish is crisp and dry, but also spicy and bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is light and not very carbonated. A bit too thin and watery for my tastes, and as mentioned earlier, the finish leaves a rather unpleasant bitter and spicy aftertaste that doesn't refresh the mouth.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Given the high ABV, the alcohol in this beer is almost non-existent which is quite the feat, but the unfavorable finish keeps the one more on the sipping front.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 22:08:48 | More by nhindian
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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 3,997 ratings.