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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,997 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 3,997
Reviews: 1,605
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 57
Gots: 313 | 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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laurastradford

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-16-2012 19:37:07 | More by laurastradford
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myshtigo


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-16-2012 04:16:20 | More by myshtigo
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A local favorite. Served in a Sam Adams prefect pint. This will mess you up quick if you session it.

I've had many a Golden Monkey in my day. I recall hating it in my early craft experience (read: I still bought Blue Moon) for being booze-y One of the better ways to get really messed up in North (or really, the Greater area) Philadelphia without going to a local bar while still drinking something good. Golden Monkey is a 9.5% spiced tripel that's pretty frequently available at Philadelphia bars and/or beer-serving food marts.

Appearance: Deceptively looks like any other macro beer. An inexperienced beer drinker may think this looks like a Budweiser. Keeps a nice head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Slightly booze, but if you're a Golden Monkey (or spiced, or tripel veteran) not uninviting.

Taste: A pretty spiced tripel. First taste may be rough, but you'll get used to it if you stick it. A good beer. ABV per dollar outside of Philly bars, you can't go wrong... Whether you want a delicious drunk or a slight buzz with good taste. Heavily spiced, much better than "normal" tripels in my own opinion.

Mouthfeel: A moderate mouthfeel.

Overall: it's the regional go-to for tripels. Weyerbacher has a decent winter seasonal, but Golden Monkey is what's up in the Greater Philly. Get to know it, you won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 00:33:42 | More by ColdWaffles
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JimP1979

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +35.9%

12-15-2012 20:15:24 | More by JimP1979
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erikl48

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-15-2012 14:50:00 | More by erikl48
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Magic Hat #9 pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium gold color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before slowly descending to an 1/8 inch head. Thick, sudsy lacing.

S- Lovely bouquet of wheat and Belgian yeast springs from the glass. Rich and crisp with very little alcohol detected.

T- Clean but yeasty flavor with some clove-like spice. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Some fruity esters and a slight tinge of malt. Hops are subtle but there.

M- Medium-high carbonation results in a semi-spritzy drink. Light body.

O- This was one of the beers that led to my fascination with Belgians around the time I turned 21. I remember revisiting it a couple years ago after having had some more refined and revered tripels and saying "Why did I like this so much? It's nothing compared to other better tripels." However, now that I sit down and examine the details, I realize that the reason this beer is so good and so popular is because it really hides the alcohol in a way that many other Belgians (American or Belgian-made) don't while still containing all the great characteristics of the style. It's not on my top ten list, but it deserves all the credit it gets IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 03:46:23 | More by Immortale25
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larrynevins

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-13-2012 23:24:05 | More by larrynevins
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BlairB

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-13-2012 20:44:29 | More by BlairB
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Treb0R

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

12-13-2012 16:28:23 | More by Treb0R
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scantonio

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

12-13-2012 06:01:50 | More by scantonio
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Willie McBride's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium straw yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. There were light amounts of small visible yeast particles in suspension. The beer has a finger tall dense white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, bananas, and spicy yeast.

T: Moderate flavors of pale malts with some light fruits (white grape, apple, pear) upfront with some slightly stronger notes of banana and spicy/peppery yeast towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol heat and dryness in the finish.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink as the alcohol is noticeable but it is a very enjoyable beer and a great example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2012 02:52:13 | More by dbrauneis
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ChrisKuhns

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-12-2012 23:00:36 | More by ChrisKuhns
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dbell23

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. One finger head that quickly dissipates. Dark golden in color with some lacing. Okay looking beer but I expect more from a Tripel.

Slight Tripel aroma that is farly subdued. Again, I expect more from a tripel. The smell is kind of yeasty, fruity and okay but very subdued.

Taste is pretty good. Starts slightly hoppy with some Belgian undertones. You definitely get a hint of a normal tripel taste in the middle with a kind of hoppy finish. I could be mistaking the finish for hops when it's the alcohol but I'm not sure. It tastes more like a Belgian ipa instead of a tripel and I would market it that way.

Mouthfeel is okay. It starts with good carbonation but doesn't really smooth out like a normal tripel just kind of has less carbonation.

Overall a good beer. I drink it fairly regularly mainly because of price, availability, and abv. Definitely not a normal tripel but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 22:48:01 | More by dbell23
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vanillacokaine

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-11-2012 05:30:58 | More by vanillacokaine
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thedonliveson


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-11-2012 03:43:03 | More by thedonliveson
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ew1tony


3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-10-2012 18:35:28 | More by ew1tony
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Beerdudenumberone

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

12-10-2012 00:12:15 | More by Beerdudenumberone
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CMsquared


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-09-2012 20:01:31 | More by CMsquared
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CraftBeerGuild

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-09-2012 15:28:54 | More by CraftBeerGuild
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-09-2012 14:48:42 | More by Larrydoherty
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pcitycat

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

12-08-2012 19:18:40 | More by pcitycat
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lillitnn92

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

12-08-2012 18:53:09 | More by lillitnn92
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tallfellapgh

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-07-2012 21:55:04 | More by tallfellapgh
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -45.7%

12-07-2012 16:08:10 | More by Damian74Shensky
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OCdrummer7271

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

12-07-2012 06:13:27 | More by OCdrummer7271
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 3,997 ratings.