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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,761 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,761
Reviews: 1,670
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 95
Gots: 732 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left less than a finger of pure white head that quickly receded to surface skim, but the surface skim did remain until the end. Not much lacing. Medium yellow gold color with ever so slight haze.

Aroma - spices, mostly cloves, and bready malt, a little sugary, even. Smells good, like some sort of sweet bread from a bakery.

Taste - mostly as promised by aroma, but the cloves actually come on stronger than nose indicates. A lot stronger, actually. There is bread, and a little bit of sugar, and a faint non-offensive hint of alchohol. Not really any thing in the way of hop bitterness, but this is very balanced nonetheless- all the elements seem to come together in a unified whole, and you have to think about the elements seperately to detect them ( except the cloves, they are prominent, but not abusively so to the other elements ((also, I do not know for certain if cloves are the secret exotic spice they use in this, but that is quite unmistakeably what I taste here, so I think with a high degree of certainty that cloves are in fact it. ))). The alcohol I mentioned is very slight, and may really just be an aftertaste of the spices; it is certainly nothing like the distinct taste, and slight burn of alcohol I've found in Victory's Storm King or Old Horizontal (both of which I do like very much, but find very rich, at least in freshly released form (( i.e. not cellared, but rather newly minted)). At any rate this is deliciously spicy from spices, not hops, with a mildly sweet malt backbone, although the hops must be there quietly counterbalancing the sweetness, otherwise this would be sickly sweet, which it certainly isn't, in fact it's just like I alluded to before - that is, a sort of bakery sweetish bread (certainly not a danish, but not a baguette either, but something bready with cloves).

Mouthfeel - full but light at the same time, even a little chewy, the lightness comes from the somewhat high carbonation. Very slight hop oil slickness coating. Does not leave you dry.

Drinkability - I could easily drink one of these after another, after another, etc., which is okay if you're not driving, because of the almost 10% abv., but watch in any case, this goes down easy and the abv is not obvious from taste ( much like decent wine, where you don't taste too much alcohol, so you keep drinking, thinking you're okay ,but then, bam!, seemingly out of nowhere you're buzzed real hard). Good stuff, that I as a hophead can see enjoying frequently as break from hops, and of course, another great offering (of so many other great ones) from Victory.

Photo of erha2
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of jduprey007
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of HopBrain
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of LukeK
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden/orange color, with decent lace. On the nose the aroma is slightly spicy. On the palate flavors are slighty spicy, hints of orange peels, slightly tangy, alcohol makes itself known, slight peppery tones. Mouthfeel is smooth. Warming in the gut in the finish. Good brew!

Photo of sdaly3
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of AwYeh
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color; not quite typical of a tripel or BSPA, there's an odd tinge to this, maybe like a percentage of a drop of green food coloring made it into the beer (no idea what's giving it that tone).

S: Smells like grapefruit and coriander.

T: Very sweet and citrusy, with a huge rush of banana on the finish; unfortunately there's not enough else going on to entirely back this up.

M: Mouthfeel is above average, it's slightly thick and quite pleasant.

D: Wouldn't want two of these, but the first one went down just fine.

Photo of RyanGoodman
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an ommegang chalice at whole foods- pours a clear, bright golden color with 1.5 fingers of creamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is in the styles ballpark- sweet candi sugar, yeast, what seems to me like coriander.

Taste is a little more complex- up front is the sugary taste, followed by yeast and slight bitterness, then a blend of spices (coriander, clove, lemongrass) to finish semi sweet.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- medium to fuller bodied, moderate carbonation, a little bready. This is obviously not really a tripel but is somewhere in steepen that and an American strong ale. I've been drinking it on and off for a few years, never loving it, but never hating it.

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Gyle41386
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy amber. No more than one finger of head that quickly disappears. I'm not impressed.

Very sweet, yeasty, fruity (banana) aroma. Not much spice.

Taste follows the nose, although a bit more spice (clove) shows up. Big banana notes.

Medium body, nice coating. Not my favorite, but I'm not a huge fan of tripels.

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of Swaino
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BBM
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow/gold into a goblet, with a very little white head that disappeared quickly. Aroma was spicy, a bit fruity, and somewhat herbal. There was also a hint of alcohol.

The taste matched the aroma fairly well; Belgian spices (cloves, coriander), herbal and earthy hops, and a slight banana flavor all blended nicely. A slightly warm alcoholic finish rounded out the brew. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but overall not a distraction. This is a solid attempt at a Belgian tripel, since it's very flavorful and packs a punch. I would have it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,761 ratings.