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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,754
Reviews: 1,668
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 95
Gots: 724 | 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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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium gold, with excellent clarity. There was no head to speak of, but I'm inclined to attribute this at least partially to the bartenders' inability to pour or clean glasses.

Smell: The bouquet was disappointingly light. Banana and cloves, as to be expected, but not much else to smell here.

Taste: The phenols and esters taste as light as they smell. Also present is some toasted malt and caramel, making the whole thing taste like a dark lager that got poured into a glass that was holding a hefeweizen a minute ago.

Mouthfeel: Overly light in terms of body, but the carbonation is good. Gives it a dry finish that detracts a little from the bland taste.

Overall: I've had this twice now, since I was convinced that the first time I tried it I was drinking an old batch. But no, big disappointment both times. Wouldn't spend $1.99 on the stuff. Blech/blah.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy golden color. Bubbly white head settles after a bit. Foamy and spotty lacing.

S: Crackery and biscuity malt base, lots of chalky yeast, pepper and spices, blast of coriander, tangerine.

T: Biscuity malt base, some toast too. Lots of chalky yeast. Oily, floral hop bitterness. Spike of alcohol gets a touch too solventy. Coriander feels out of place. Subtle hints of banana. Pepper. Strongly medicinal. Solvent alcohol is harsh on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O: Frankly this is a mess of a beer, and I have no idea how it has survived in production this long. The base tripel is mediocre at best, the coriander only makes it feel disjointed, and it's just too hot and solventy. Simply not up to snuff for the style, and not a good beer otherwise. But ultimately the market dictates production, and this beer still sells well enough to warrant keeping it around. This is perplexing to me. Who's drinking this?

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,754 ratings.