Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,221 | Reviews: 1,613 | Display Reviews Only:
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
750 ml bottle caged & corked
Bottled On: Nov 30.2004
Pours with a hazy golden body and ½ finger collar of stark white foam with limited staying power. Nose is ripe with malt, candy sugar, and Belgian yeast.
Entry shows extra-zippy carbonation along the tongue and a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Midtaste begins bright as the flavor leads with sugar...quickly followed by a triple dose of malt. The finish leads with whole flower hops and fruity overtones, only to be replaced once again by the rich, complex malts and a slow Belgian yeast fade.
07-16-2005 06:40:35 | More by IceAce
3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
A: a decent "golden straw color" with almost no head affter 30 seconds...interesting
S: i loved this, it had a great sweet fruit aroma, very floral and pleasing.
T: somewhat plain with the effervescent fruit type taste. its got some yeasty almost wheat beer type flavors and finish. a little banana... not super impressed compared to others in this style, that said its not bad. its a good beer that you can def understand the style its in, however its not the best example. try and enjoy
01-30-2008 01:07:00 | More by Redwood21
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
A: Dark Golden, just slightly coppered with a touch of haze and a big, white, initially rocky, cap of foam. Lots of small bubbles rise to join the head which has decent retention and quite nice lace.
S: Floral with plentiful fruity esters. Mostly bready malts but also with some caramel and juicy pils sweetness. Yeasty, spicy, and just a faint touch of lemony twang. Alcohol just pushes through. Quite a bit going on, but it could use a bit more umph.
T: Obviously hefty. The spice note is at least as much from the alcohol as it is from the yeast and hops. Floral, herbal and spicey hops seem the barest step ahead of the malts, which open with a sugar cookie sweetness with just a hint of caramel and then transition to being doughy and softly grainy (wheaty). After the middle it starts to get a touch medicinal from the combined effects of the hops, yeast, & especially alcohol. Some estery fruit – especially pear, but also over-ripe banana (sweet). A tiny bit of the lemon from the nose and just a hint of muted cloves that increase only slightly as the brew warms.
M: A bit over medium body with carbonation to match. Warming alcohol. Sweet and somewhat chewy & tacky, but turns to drying from the hops, spiceyness and alcohol heat. Still, not as attenuated as some classic examples.
D: Quite drinkable, but dangerous. Emphasis is on robustness rather than complexity, depth or expressiveness. A bit too much of the spicey alcohol bite & heft. It makes a decent sipper though, just nothing to rave about.
07-21-2011 00:14:15 | More by SickGnar
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
A: Light, but bright yellow, with a good haziness to it, and a vibrant white head on top, good lacing.
S: Has notes of cloves, spicy-citrus, and some banana, but quite faint overall.
T: Upfront taste of citrus and cloves, with various spices. Tastes almost bready to a degree. Sweet malty taste mixed with a little hop bitterness.
M: Has a good smoothness to it due to a decent carbonation. Little to no alcohol burn.
D: Very good, but the high ABV keeps it down, and I can see the citrusy-spicy flavor getting old. Decent beer though.
08-12-2010 15:07:14 | More by mostpoetsdo
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured in a thawed out chilled glass (the bar did not have a single glass not frosted). Appearce is what I expected, decent head retention and a good amount of bubbles from carbonation. Smell is malty sweetness but with some spice. Taste starts sweet, but soon turns quite herbal and some nice spiciness. Mouthfeel is pretty good, enough carbonation but I could have probably done well with slightly less. Drinkability was docked a point because the taste was a bit harsh near the middle. Some alcohol quite noticable in the taste as well as effect. I may go for this if no other belgian is around, but only if it's on special. It's probably not worth what most places ask for it. At 2.25 down the street, I will probably try it again.
08-28-2006 01:05:54 | More by rtratzlaff
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
Brass monkey, that funky monkey. Poured a nice semi-cloudy yellow. Good hops, a slight citric bitterness. ABV does not interfere with it's consumption. I purchased it in a 12oz bottle, I would probably have liked it better in a 22oz, if it was available.
04-24-2003 06:20:11 | More by bewareOFpenguin
4/5 rDev +8.7%
A- Clear gold with a bubbly, white head.
S- Pineapple, banana and tropical fruits with faint spice and Belgian yeast aromas.
T- Tropical fruits, lots of clove and coriander, and a minerally bitterness with the Belgian yeast flavors.
M- Medium body and nice bubble carbonation.
D- Not an outstanding triple, but certainly not a bad one either.
06-02-2010 18:00:42 | More by TommyW
3.73/5 rDev +1.4%
Hazy golden hue with a steady stream of carbonation present. Fizzy white head dissipates into almost nothing, although the thin ring of head does leave sparse lacing down the chalice. Yeasty, doughy nose features notes of fruity esters and alcohol. Passion fruit, apple, pear, apricot, yeast, sugar, and alcohol all appear in the taste department. Overall, this is a fruity, sweet tripel-style with the high abv covered by lots of candy sugar. Finishes very sweet with the sugar and alcohol making the most impact. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, almost too overly so. This is a fairly drinkable tripel, but one that is a bit too sugary to be incredibly enjoyable. Even so, this is a tasty creation.
09-01-2003 17:37:32 | More by Jon
3.33/5 rDev -9.5%
Had this one in the past, and didn't love it. But that was before my advocating days. So let's see if I have greater appreciation now.
Appearance - So far, not so hot. A pretty pale golden/yellow color. Not a lot of soapy head. Not a hell of a lot better looking than a Miller Lite, to be perfectly honest.
Smell - Very sweet candy. Some lemon citrus as well. A little booziness as well. Little honey. Also some of that adjuncty straw-funk smell.
Taste - Sticky sweet. Seriously, like a beer candy bar or something. Tons of sugars, a little fruit as well. It follows with that funky straw taste. The booze is pretty apparent. It definitely has some spice as well. Clove notes. It's not terrible.
Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp on the mouth. Good carbonation. Not syrupy at all.
Drinkability - No thanks. Too sweet, not balanced enough. I love Belgians, but not this one. Just too sweet for me, and the booze is so prevalent.
Not a terribly well balanced beer. It's got some good Belgian characteristics (the spice is nice, it has some good citrus) but it also has some adjunct garbage (it's so light, the appearance is lousy, that straw funk).
Overall, this just isn't a great beer. The only difference between this time and last is that now I understand what it is I don't like about it.
03-23-2009 01:05:32 | More by callmescraps
3.18/5 rDev -13.6%
Poured into a wide mouth wine glass.
Murky golden yellow body with a small white head.
yeast "Saison" smell to it.
Yeast taste with a hint of orange and some spices in the aftertaste.Its also a bit syrpy
Easy going down and very warming.easy on the carbonation as well.
Good tasting beer,jusy on qualm, its the yeast taste to it,im not fond of it.Other then that its very solid and worth seeking out
01-21-2007 19:48:52 | More by MmmIPA
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,221 ratings.