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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,587
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 83
Gots: 578 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001)
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Photo of BSDA
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Golden, glowing beverage with 1-finger head, slight orange tint. Bubbles rising all throughout the drinking experience

Smell is nothing to write home about, very mild peachy malt.

Tastes more bitter than other Tripels I have enjoyed. Not a fan of bitter beer, but this is still very drinkable. Nutty aftertaste with bananas headfirst.

Not much in the mouth other than a medium amount of bubbly, kind of thin for a Belgian-style beer. After swallowing and allowing it to linger, you can start to really taste the sweets and characteristic "sticky lips" of most Belgian ales.

Overall a good beer, but not anywhere near my favorite. All average qualities aside, I may pick up this beer again just for the amazing color, and for friends who are fans of the more bitter aspect of brewing, maybe to bring in my IPA friends to the world of tripels.

BSDA, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of stella77artois
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. A good amount of carbonation. A very large, 3 finger-thich head formed, which stuck around for a while and left a fair amount of residuals.

S - Sweet malts and banana up front. Hints of a general dark fruit aroma afterwards, and perhaps a hint of booze.

T - Touch of malts, a good amount of banana taste, and some dark fruit taste going on. In general, a very sweet beer. A faint hint of alcohol heat at the end. Expected from a 9.5% ABV. Not a bad tasting beer.

F - Finishes clean with some carbonation felt. A little sticky. Fairly refreshing, although I'd hesitate to session this beast, as it'll buzz you up pretty quick.

O - Not a bad beer, but not outstanding. Tripel's aren't my favorite style, but this is a decent representation of the style. It's a little on the sweet side, but overall, it's not a bad beer. Certainly worth buying the Victory 'Variety of Victories' sampler.

stella77artois, Jul 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

abex44, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Labeorphile, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Illos, Jul 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

clemson14, Jul 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Mphis, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Celtics76, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

brett606, Jul 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Swift989, Jul 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

jessepap, Jul 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

ValpoExpo, Jul 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

kristougher, Jul 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

nyyfanatic213, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of dar482
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a clear gold color with a bit of orange.

The aroma has Belgian yeast, clove, banana, lots of spice.

The flavor follows, but not exactly. You definitely get some wheat, spice, and watery banana juice. Then the flavor behinds almost medicinal or metallic on the aftertaste.

The body is a bit light on this one, but the aftertaste I had issues with.

This isn’t an undrinkable or offensive beer, just a bit off when comparing it to the highly rated tripels I’ve had. It’s a good entry because it’s so drinkable despite being 9.5% ABV, but still not exactly what I’m looking for in a tripel.

dar482, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Hermthegerm, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Hayden_Rhea, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Hockey_Fan, Jul 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

jborg, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, caramels, Cointreau, cloves, cinnamon and bready malt. Hints of piney hops.
Taste mostly follows nose, sweet flavor malt, caramels, condiments, Belgian yeast and tangerines. Also, hints of apricot soaked in liquor, guaraná, pineapples and lemongrass. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a residual medicine taste.
Medium body with medium effervescent carbonation. Incredible how they were able to hide the 9.5% ABV in the palate.
Decent hoppy Tripel, though it felt to me more like a Saison. That would be better rated if consider as such.

FLima, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

redmaw, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

RMelyon, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

BeenTired, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

cutout, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Jacob007, Jun 30, 2013
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,587 ratings.