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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,013 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 4,013
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 57
Gots: 318 | 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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hyuga

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-15-2011 06:37:52 | More by hyuga
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drxandy

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottled sept. 17th 2009 to tulip glass

not the first time i've had golden monkey, but the first corked and caged bottle of it i've bought

pours a golden shade with a light tinge of red, creamy white head retains nicely

smells of spicy yeastly goodness, malt

taste is of heavy yeast esters, malt is very dry, light hops in the background have mostly faded out but the bitterness shows a little in the finish, alcohol makes itself known in the finish and the aftertaste as well

mouthfeel is a good weight, alcohol makes it slick and a little hot even with almost a year on it - carbonation is good and perfect for style

drinkability is sneaky, the alcohol doesn't show it's self too much and its quite tasty - a great meal beer

paired it with peppercorn cheddar (if you havent tried a saison or triple with peppercorn'd cheese you owe it to yourself, they pair amazingly), nom nom nom

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:21:54 | More by drxandy
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-16-2012 15:04:01 | More by cclark67789
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BSuter

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-18-2014 14:12:46 | More by BSuter
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-28-2012 01:17:33 | More by olympicgatorade
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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-07-2014 16:38:02 | More by YobroitsJoe
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-22-2012 15:16:03 | More by swetsastonic
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jurbanik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

09-07-2012 15:46:00 | More by jurbanik
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drumrboy22

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Triple Karmeliet glass. I thought the head was small for a tripel. It was white and fizzy. Body was lightly cloudy and dark yellow. Hardly and lacing around the glass.

Aroma was light malt, straw, herbs, flowers, cloves and light fruits. Particularly apple and pear.

Taste was spicy with pepper and cloves, but also some banana flavor as well.

Long finish and easy drinking, but not as complex as most tripels out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 15:52:32 | More by drumrboy22
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DioS

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-28-2012 17:53:21 | More by DioS
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ninner00

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-09-2012 21:34:16 | More by ninner00
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2neardead

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

03-04-2012 22:36:27 | More by 2neardead
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jivex5k

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-11-2012 14:08:32 | More by jivex5k
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Leftofthedial

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

02-27-2014 16:38:03 | More by Leftofthedial
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bkrbdan

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-01-2012 19:29:09 | More by bkrbdan
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jskennedy

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-28-2012 00:11:28 | More by jskennedy
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GreatPondBrewer

California

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer did not impress me at all. I poured a foggy, light golden with not head to speak of. The smell was lightly sweet with a mix of yeast and roasted corn. Pretty standard aromas for a Belgian(or Belgian knock-off). The taste was very, very sweet with very obvious notes of apricot, plumb and white grapes. There was a pretty apparent alcohol taste as well which I would have been ohk with had the flavor been more complex. The mouthfeel was thin, but overly sweet as if I was drinking sugar water, which resulted in a sticky effect on my lips. I will not buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 06:52:46 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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SamN

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Huge frothy white head, thick and rocky. Hazy dark golden color with lots of carbonation present. Lacing is evident. Smell is strongly of coriander, flowery spices, seemingly adjunct malt, a varied bouquet. Taste is sprawling, starts with grainy malts, moves to a powerfully flowery/fruity spiced middle and ending on a blunt hops and spice note. Quite an intense flavor profile, extremely strong tastes. Lots of overripe fruits, banana and some apples, maybe even something resembling peaches or apricots. The tastes fade a little too quickly into a souring mash-up of competing flavors. Not great, not bad. Pretty decent. The startlingly high alcohol is well hidden in this Tripel. Medium light body with a little fizziness.

A pretty overwhelming brew, nothing to session with and may overpower all but the most daring of food. A good example of brewery prowess, but a bit of an orphan beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 21:22:17 | More by SamN
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George2744

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-26-2012 17:54:12 | More by George2744
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Huffs

New York

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass and developed a nice white head which had some good lacing. Lacing and head quickly dissipated. Color was straw and cloudy. Aroma was very strong in the alcohol department with hints of grain and malt. Taste was also strong with the alcohol and hints of citrus and malt, fairly sweet overall. Mouthfeel was full and somewhat creamy.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:30:12 | More by Huffs
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Loco_Joe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-10-2014 16:46:03 | More by Loco_Joe
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CBFanWish

New York

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A belgian style tripel is one of those beers that often is an aquired taste. The complexity is often too sophisticated for the average joe six pack. I'm not saying that the average guy is unsophisticated, I'm saying that one really has to train his or her taste buds for something of this caliber. It's like going from a Daisy bb gun to a .50 cal. It just doesn't work. But once you have learned to appreciate one of these beers, it's love.
Golden Monkey, by Victory is an excellent example of one of these beers. Pouring a orange hue with flakes floating through it and a slight, modest head, this appears to be a specail treat.
The aroma is that of banana and white grape juice along with mild floral accents. It really gives the sences something to look forward to.
The taste is super complex. Banana, sugars, grapes, with a mild bitterness that really brings things together.
I am in love.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 18:16:41 | More by CBFanWish
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IRONRakkasan

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-14-2013 03:24:27 | More by IRONRakkasan
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josefnewsong

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-04-2011 05:23:44 | More by josefnewsong
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BeerNemesis

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden Monkey | 350 ml. | 9.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Victory Brewing Company
Style: Tripel
Glass: Pint

Presentation:
I like the golden, cyclops monkey but the blue label and distracting font detract form an otherwise awesome mascot. Try a weathered green label with golden monkey and chiseled brown font.

Appearance:
Cloudy gold with a disappointing head. As average as they come.

Aroma:
Floral and somewhat bready. Caramel pops up ever so slightly.

Taste:
Soft floral hops and some spicy bitterness + warming alcohol. There's a fine herbal note sustaining the length of the sip. Bread, yeast, and a touch of caramel. Very one-dimensional though.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth, creamy, rich, and full-bodied at the start. The finish comes in a patchy mixture of dry and oily.

Harmony:
It's drinkable but boring. The one-dimensionality and off-balance flavors don't help.

Would I get it again?:
No. It's an unbalanced Tripel, and with all the other options out there, it'd be like choosing a rickety, old rowboat over a sleek sloop at sea. Say that five times fast.

Served: August 16, 2010 @ Cookshop

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 15:40:32 | More by BeerNemesis
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,013 ratings.