Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by russwbeck:
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This is a go to beer for me. Finally taking the time to review it. 2012 and 2011 side by side.
A: Semi-clear yellow pour with about a finger of pure white head. Big, frothy white head that sticks around forever and coats the side of the glass with lacing. 4.5
S: The aroma has a spicy character, with big belgian yeasts, candied sugar, and a slight amount of booze. The balance is there, with spice and banana taking the spotlight. Booze is noted, but isn't overwhelming. 4
T: The spice and banana assault the palate, but they really overcome the alcohol I expected. Belgian yeasts and sugar start the taste off, which transition quickly to the bananas, slight booze, and spice. The finish is sweet with fruit being the most noted flavor. 4
MF: Light to medium body with an average amount of carbonation. This beer is as drinkable as it gets for 9.5%. Nice twinge of carbonation, great balance to hide the booze, and a really nice finish. 4.5
O: This is one of my go-tos in PA. It's not overly expensive and it tastes great. It's a beer I wish I could drink more often. 4
A: A little bit more hazy yellow pour with the same, big white head. Retention and lacing are top notch. You can't even see through the glass where the head has been. 4.5
S: The booze and sweetness is much more prominent. The spice character has stepped back, but the overall mellowness is a nice addition. If I had to pick one word to describe it, I'd say sweet. 4
T: The taste is a lot different. WOW, I can't believe these started as the same beers. The freshest version is better, I''ll say right off the bat. This is a little watery at time. But overall is mellow, with the booze, sugar, and banana playing very well together. While the taste is different, and I prefer the 2012...I'm still giving this a four. I think it still tastes great and I like the changes that have occurred over the last year. 4
MF: Light to medium body with a below average carbonation. It's a bit more smooth on the palate, and the mellowness only helps the drinkability. 4
O: I wish I put another bottle down to age. I think this beer has changed over the last year, and is very interesting. I won't, however, say that it's better. I would prefer the freshest version, but I can see it continuously changing over the years. I'd say grab one to drink, grab one to age, and find out for yourself what you think. 4
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2012 22:24:39 | More by russwbeck
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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
3.23/5 rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
a. Clear golden orange color with a 2 finger head that retains rather well when poured into a pint glass.
s. Coriander and cloves - which I do not like.
t. The spices take over this beer as opposed to supporting it. If you do not like coriander, stay away.
m. Has very good mouthfeel with good carbonation - silky texture.
o. I do not like coriander and cloves, so disregard this review if you enjoy them.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 22:23:51 | More by gonzo000
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
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