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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,994 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 3,994
Reviews: 1,605
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 57
Gots: 311 | 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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brewsclues

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-09-2013 14:10:56 | More by brewsclues
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-09-2013 00:01:25 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a lightly hazed sunny golden color with a brief burst of fizzy foam that settles back to a floating 2mm raft that is remarkably stable for several minutes, no real lacing of note. Medium body and carbonation levels.

It's got the banana, clove, and coriander combo of a staple tripel in a very nice and balanced ratio... but not much else. Perhaps it's a bit too boozey hot in the nose with a fresh bottle, but a month or two of storage can clear that right up. This one works well as an acceptable substitute for more expensive imported tripels if you don't mind some roughness around the edges and a lack of dark fruits, floral and grassy hopping.

So in summary, it's got all of the core elements of a solid, well-made Tripel, but none of the garnishes or fancy flourishes on top of the core elements that some of the fancier Tripels on the market have.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 22:34:05 | More by WastingFreetime
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best example of the style I have ever had! I made the mistake of having two. My stomach is paying for it. I am afraid the ABV was little too bold for me when it comes to my nightcaps.

Bottle poured into snifter. Two and a half finger off-white head, and yeast flakes are present!

Straw gold in color

Smells of barley malt, coriander, clove, oats. Smells like a witbier to me!

Tastes: Coriander, clove, spices, herbal hop finish! This is a very medicinal beer!

Overall, this beats Westmalle for me! This is a go-to Tripel for me. I say this because I am not too enthused about Belgian beer. Although I enjoy many beer styles, Belgian ones aren't my typical fancy. However, this is a great American example of how bold and drinkable a Belgian beer can be for those of us who are more about American Craft than Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 12:00:24 | More by BierStein711
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BRD14

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-08-2013 03:00:24 | More by BRD14
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DaveOB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-08-2013 00:35:55 | More by DaveOB
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derekdenim

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-07-2013 21:29:19 | More by derekdenim
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thlayli87

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-07-2013 18:19:46 | More by thlayli87
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Kelpius


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clove overtones with a light mouthfeel. Certainly a good bang for the buck beer and good for folks who like a bright tasting beer. Not a palate wrecker, but inferior to the very similar PranQster from North Coast. I consider this a bargain currently.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 05:28:53 | More by Kelpius
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TheZoner


4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-07-2013 02:07:49 | More by TheZoner
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twax

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-06-2013 23:39:03 | More by twax
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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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bobertkuekn

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-06-2013 19:35:53 | More by bobertkuekn
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Bobheed

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-06-2013 16:22:17 | More by Bobheed
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lefty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-06-2013 06:18:20 | More by lefty
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Mjohnson11


4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-06-2013 02:34:10 | More by Mjohnson11
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Ncpogs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-06-2013 00:53:34 | More by Ncpogs
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blmar311

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-05-2013 06:34:50 | More by blmar311
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

01-05-2013 06:08:29 | More by sendbeer
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JellyJacket

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-05-2013 05:12:22 | More by JellyJacket
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dcperilli


4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-04-2013 02:41:18 | More by dcperilli
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pgrow

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-03-2013 22:55:08 | More by pgrow
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neil2me

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-03-2013 13:19:59 | More by neil2me
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White


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-02-2013 19:27:29 | More by White
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured the Monkey into a tulip glass. There was plentiful foam and a strong golden coloring. The look definitely matches the name.

The smell is a good example of a belgian blonde/golden. I like the belgian yeastiness going on in the nose.

The flavor is good, but just unbalanced. I like the banana in there. This tastes like a decent dubbel (don't know why it is called a trippel).

This is a decent belgian. I would order it on tap as a decent option.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 02:44:10 | More by ummswimmin
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 3,994 ratings.