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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3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a golden yellow color, fairly large fizzy head that fades at a quick pace but leaves a decent lasting cap afterwards, bubbles constantly rising from the bottom, no lacing on the glass.
Smell has a yeasty lemony aroma, touches of banana with a sweet malt backing.
Taste starts out with a strong Belgian candied flavor, lemon follows along with some coriander, carbonation is medium-high but closer to the high side, kind of explodes in your mouth and fills with foam, at first the alcohol is well hidden but with each sip it becomes more apparent.
Got this in a mixed pack, solid budget Tripel.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 00:04:14 | More by deltatauhobbit
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,069 ratings.