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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,070 Ratings
THE BROS
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okay

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Ratings: 4,070
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 343 | 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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gabedivision

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Duvel glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, almost a burnt orange in the right light with a HUGE head that levels off to a nice bubbly head that stays with the glass. High lemon citrus on the nose nice spice on the fall back, with fresh scents of apples, pears, and grapes. Spicy lemon taste with hints of fruit also coming out, lemons, oranges, grapefruits, some alcohol, lots of bittering hops to close on the finish. The feel is light, crisp, smooth, warm on the tongue and bitter. Overall this beer is ok, i cant slam it and i cant praise it, it very much has (to me anyhow) more of a BPA sort of feel then it does a Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 02:26:22 | More by gabedivision
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drewy813

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a red Dixie cup...(at the beach). Looks yellow in the cup. Great head. Lots of lacing.

Smells of fruit and spices. I can't really describe them. Perhaps some citrus and anise?

Taste is decently bitter. Hoppiness is clear. Something yeasty in the back of the throat.

Oily. Tongue can feel the alcohol, but can't taste it, despite the high abv.

Not a session beer. One and my mouth is full of complex favors.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 00:13:33 | More by drewy813
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Wamesit

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy golden, almost peach, color. Thick white head that gives way quickly to sparse lacing.

S - Banana and other fruit esters. Sweet caramel malts. A bit of oily hops.

T - Banana, clove. Alcohol. Sugared fruits. A slight touch of bitterness in the finish.

M - Full.

O - I am a fan of Belgians, including Tripels, and this one is fairly good for what it is--but ONLY for what it is; an affordable domestic attempt at a complex and difficult style. However, it is overly sweet and a little too upfront/top-heavy in flavor. That said, the alcohol warmth is nice. 9.5% abv!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:31:35 | More by Wamesit
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml glass into a chimay goblet.

Pours a nice yellow colour with a creamy head.

Smells of phenols and alcohol with a bit of spice.

Tastes nice, the alcohol is balanced out so it is not too strong, a good herbal flavour emerges and the distinctive warming taste of a tripel comes through.

Overall a good beer. Definitely not a session beer though.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 15:28:28 | More by CwrwAmByth
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JMad

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a tulip...

The liquid is golden with a thick frothy white head that didnt last long. The smell consists of banana, sour orange and lemon with some clove spice. The taste has lots of banana, alcohol, wheat, clove and a peppery lemony finish. The beer is full bodied with soft carbonation and a slight bite on the tongue. This is a solid tripel, nothing amazing, didn't really like it the first time around so had to try it again, I did find it enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 23:54:58 | More by JMad
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Smokehouse2012

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty well balanced

A: Nice straw colored yellow with big amount of white foam, leaves a very nice lacing on the glass.

S: I picked up the spices pretty quickly however it does a have a very nice hoppy smell at the end.

T: Starts off pretty smooth and then the spices kick in which make a enjoyable sweet flavoring without overpowering your palate, it ends with a hoppy note for a great tasting experience.

O: An excellent beer to enjoy after a good meal. Given the 9.5 ABV, it is a very well balanced beer, i would definitely seek it out again and keep it for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 19:15:30 | More by Smokehouse2012
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bens0n

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with tons of foamy white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

On the nose I can pick up on some bready yeast, nothing special or unique here. Can't pick up on any booziness either which is surprising given the 9.5% abv.

Flavor wise I pick up on more yeast and some subtly sweet flavors followed by a bite of hops and an earthy aftertaste. Alcohol not really a big factor which is surprising.

Its got a nice light crispness to it, but I would say it has more of a wet finish than a dry one.

Overall, pretty good. Exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 23:09:08 | More by bens0n
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

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

A: Dark Golden, just slightly coppered with a touch of haze and a big, white, initially rocky, cap of foam. Lots of small bubbles rise to join the head which has decent retention and quite nice lace.

S: Floral with plentiful fruity esters. Mostly bready malts but also with some caramel and juicy pils sweetness. Yeasty, spicy, and just a faint touch of lemony twang. Alcohol just pushes through. Quite a bit going on, but it could use a bit more umph.

T: Obviously hefty. The spice note is at least as much from the alcohol as it is from the yeast and hops. Floral, herbal and spicey hops seem the barest step ahead of the malts, which open with a sugar cookie sweetness with just a hint of caramel and then transition to being doughy and softly grainy (wheaty). After the middle it starts to get a touch medicinal from the combined effects of the hops, yeast, & especially alcohol. Some estery fruit – especially pear, but also over-ripe banana (sweet). A tiny bit of the lemon from the nose and just a hint of muted cloves that increase only slightly as the brew warms.

M: A bit over medium body with carbonation to match. Warming alcohol. Sweet and somewhat chewy & tacky, but turns to drying from the hops, spiceyness and alcohol heat. Still, not as attenuated as some classic examples.

D: Quite drinkable, but dangerous. Emphasis is on robustness rather than complexity, depth or expressiveness. A bit too much of the spicey alcohol bite & heft. It makes a decent sipper though, just nothing to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 00:14:15 | More by SickGnar
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zachary37

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a bright yellow color, crystal clear, with a thin white head. Aroma is banana, clove, yeast. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is A little sweet, a little bitter, with flavors of clove, yeast, and a little booze. Finish is dry and a little bitter. Very nice

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 23:04:16 | More by zachary37
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting a slightly cloudy appearance, but I got a good clear color reminiscent of a Kristalweissebier. One inch head that disappears somewhat quickly. Belgian yeast and slight alcohol come through in the smell. Very slight citrusey notes are present if you really concentrate.

The taste is really a let down. Theres an astringent bite that really overpowers the good malty flavor that I expect from a Tripel. The alcohol also comes in after the bitter bite subsides. It doesnt leave a terrible aftertaste, thats where the malt comes through.

This particular blend of flavors just isnt my cup of tea, but it still better than some other brews I've had. Give it a shot, it may be for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 02:41:16 | More by VncentLIFE
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1Adam12

Indiana

2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big frothy head on this one. It looks like what it says: Golden. Yeast and alcohol dominate the nose, maybe just a tad bit of citrus in there as well, orange maybe? Tastes like a yeast bomb. Lots of yeast, lots of alcohol, not much spice to it. Tastes a bit wheaty as well (making up words helps). Light, semi creamy mouthfeel that is nice for the summer. Despite the alcohol on the abv, on the nose, and on the pallet, this drinks very easy. If you're looking for an inexpensive summer beer, you could do worse.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 20:24:21 | More by 1Adam12
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Ahoyhoyindeed

New Jersey

4.95/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A delicious and surprisingly light beer for the alcohol content. A bit sweet to the taste but doesn't sit hard. Only negative about the beer is the danger of drinking too much too fast, which is hardly a complaint. Overall one of the best bang for your buck beers on the market.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 15:30:45 | More by Ahoyhoyindeed
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afksports

New York

2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Oh boy. Smells like alcohol.

I'm sitting here sharing a 9.5% alcohol beer with my roommate, listening to him talk about his job while reviewing this beer. Fear not, Golden Monkey, I will give you a fair shake.

You, Golden Monkey, are golden looking.

My roommate says it tastes like "shimmy" (Chimay).

It's definitely a Belgian style, but there's not that estery thing they speak of... No citrus, no spunk. The yeast is ok, but the thrill is gone from this spiced tripel that just smells and tastes like alcohol. Maybe something on a tree too, bananas? Monkeys? But bottom line it's not good.

Starts sweet, moves to malty, ends with alcohol, it's like a weak and bad shot.

It does fill the mouth though, and it's easy on the eyes, but I am not impressed. Golden Monkey, I'm talking to you.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 01:52:35 | More by afksports
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 6/27/11
*From notes

A: Pretty clean rich golden with tiny white floaties. A massive 2.75 finger head on a decent pour. Great lacing follows.

S: Insane yeastiness, with an epic amount of fresh bananas and booze.

T: Rich yet very approachable. Unlike many in the style, there are clean flavor delineations here that really make this beer one of the better American interpretations. A good amount of yeast and creamy malt rock the fore to mid, with rich banana and lemongrass on the finish.

M: Creamy. The carbonation is a bit soft, but it works in pushing the flavors of this beer over the palate in a big way.

O: Victory's Golden Monkey is a damn fine example of an American Tripel. It's easy enough to drink, yet can be sipped and enjoyed over a couple of hours. Not the best in style, but certainly in the upper middle class.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 22:43:27 | More by Rhettroactive
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a vibrant golden color. Should be gold because of...the name of the...beer. Big, dense head forms but dies down to about one finger of tight froth. Laces very well. Literally leaves blankets of lace on some parts of the glass.

S-Has that Belgian scent. Musky yeast, cloves, banana peel. Spicy too. A bit mellow but all the rights smells are found in the glass. I'm becoming a bigger fan of the nose after every sniff.

T-Damn, this one really could have been a great time but before my brain can even begin to comprehend the flavors, the sting from the alcohol is overwhelming. The yeast is there. The banana and clove is there but not as concentrated as I had hoped. Grassy taste come into play as well. Has some great flavors, but has some downsides.

M-Medium body. Alcohol adds depth. Slight carbonation. A tad sticky. Slick too.

O/D-Nearly zero Tripel experience. This beer to me is just, 'eh, not bad'. Glad I only bought a single of this. Not my favorite style, and probably not the best representation of such style. Expensive too. Not going to be grabbing this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:19:24 | More by VelvetExtract
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StoutHunter

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of Golden Monkey from Victory yesterday for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. Its been a while since I have had a Tripel and since it's another warm summer night in the Michigan this seems like a good choice. It had an enjoy by date of march, 14, 2011. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a goblet.

A- I like the label on this beer, the Buddhist like theme makes it stick out. It poured a slightly hazy golden straw yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time. The appearance is on par for it's style.

S- The two things that stick out the most in the aroma are spices and fruits. As far as the fruits go the banana's seem to stick out the most along with some pear, plus some orange and lemon zest. The spices from the Belgian yeast show up nicely in the aroma with the cloves being the easiest to pin point. The aroma is a little sweeter then I would like, but that doesn't hurt it too much. I also picked up a slight amount of earthy and grassy hops.

T- The taste starts off with some malty sweetness that is a little too sweet for my tastes. The fruits aren't nearly as bold as they were in the aroma, I can only really pick up a little bit of banana and some slight sour apple, I wish the fruit was as nice as it was in the aroma. The spices come through the most, they really show up towards the end and is a little too heavy for me, it's a strong mix of clove and nutmeg that really sticks in you mouth and isn't the most pleasant. I hardly got any hops just a slight bit of grassy hops at the end that was real easy to miss. I picked up a little bit of booze but for the most part the 9.5% was hidden well.

M- Semi dry, medium bodied and a little overly carbonated, pretty effervescent, it could have been taken down a notch.

Overall I would say this is a pretty average Tripel. At first this beer seemed like a pretty spot on attempt at a Tripel but it fell apart when it came to the flavor, it was just a little watery and not flavorful enough. The only flavor that turned out to be bold was the spices and that made for a pretty unbalanced flavor that had too many spices. The price point was good but the more expensive Tripels are much better so I guess you get what you pay for, but it did go down pretty smooth and easy, it just didn't impress me. I don't think I would buy this again, for the same price I can get Final Absolution from Dragonmead and I think that is much better. If you really like Tripels give this one a try but I don't think it will blow anybody's mind. Most of the Victory beers I have tried have been pretty good but it seems like the last two I have had have been lack luster but there is still a couple more of their brews I want to try. There was nothing memorable about this Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:31:26 | More by StoutHunter
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ver light with a hint of a golden overtone. A nice creamy frothy head, could not get it to stop.
The aroma and bouquet were loaded with various spices. I picked up some nutmeg , cardamon and nutmeg.. It also had hints of a strange fruit somewhere between a mango and kiwi fruit or even perhaps a star fruit.

The spice was there throughout the sip.. beginning to end. Not over powered, not too light, just enough to make it enjoyable.
A pretty nice end to this brew.

Overall I still feel that tripels are not my cup of tea

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 23:25:54 | More by rdilauro
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Monkey is no stranger to me. While I've enjoyed both draft and bottled versions in the past, this review is from a fresh 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Golden orange, fairly clear body with a fluffy and rocky white head. The dissipation was slower and a wonderful retention cap was left behind, along with some sticky lacing. An outstanding looking Tripel, in my opinion.

S: Alcohol esters are constantly lifting from the glass from the beginning of the pour until the last drop. They're not overpowering and allow other flavors to play off nicely. Hints of spicy yeast, clove, wintergreen and a touch of banana in the back end give this a very traditional flavor profile with an American twist.

T: Prickly heat undertones from the alcohol start things off, followed by lots of Belgian yeast and plenty of spice to balance out the initial flavors. A light and sweet malt base is showcased mid palate and finishes with more clove and bubblegum.

M: Higher carbonation but it remains substantially medium bodied in character. It's prickly but smooth at the same time. Some residual heat is left lingering in the throat after the swallow sets in.

Golden Monkey is a true favorite of mine. It has a lot of the characteristics of a traditional Tripel but then completely changes course and takes on an entirely different profile than you're expecting. I applaud Victory for sticking with their guns, as this is truly a standout beer in the category.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 12:59:54 | More by ShanePB
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Cannoneer

Ohio

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

There were no Belgian beers in a local grocery store, so I got a six-pack of this beer, expecting a mediocre pseudo-tripel with too much spiciness and no depth.

Oh, how mistaken was I!

The beer poured an attractive deep tangerine color; minimal lacing; nice, attractive, subdued smell.
The taste is king: very balanced, moderately hoppy, with enough malty chewiness to identify this as a true tripel. It drinks like a solid example of a Belgian style. Not as rich as some of my favorites, such as Affligem Tripel, but more than adequate if real Belgians aren't available.

I'll be coming back to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:06:09 | More by Cannoneer
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Aiptasia

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz. brown bottle, iced cold and in a pint glass.

A: Poured a golden hazy hay color with slight white head with only a halo for retention. Lacing was minimal.

S: Faint spicy smell with some lemony citrus on the nose.

T: Definite spice from the hops. Florals are present and welcome on this beer with just enough rich malt to balance the flavor into a dry, tasty slightly banana finish.

M: Smooth drinker, not very high on the bitter scale, refreshing on a warm day but high on alcohol, so watch it.

O: A valiant effort by Victory. This is a nice floral semi-dry American Tripel that succeeds!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 01:16:56 | More by Aiptasia
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Owl House

A- A clear gold with big bubbles streaming up the glass the whole time. 1/" off white head.

S- Sun tan lotion, grass, crisp green apples, yeast, sweet caramel.

T- At first you get the alcoholic bite but it blends with a fresh cut grassyness, and the suntan lotion I get off Belgians. Rounds out with caramel, wild flowers/hops, medicinal and a wheaty/oaty character.

M- syrupy, yet crisp and juicy with a dry finish.

O-The best format to enjoy this beer is definately on tap, it's an amazing heady brew and a great heavy summer drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 23:44:09 | More by GrindFatherBob
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animalchin

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A pale golden body with a slight haze to go along blanketed by a loose half inch head. Gradually breaks apart to leave some spotted lacing.

S - Sweet banana background peppered with slight spice of clove becoming entrapped in wheat that eventually becomes sweet as well.

T - Very modest fruitiness to start out that gets followed by strong spices of what reminds me more of a hefeweizen rather than a tripel. More bold ethanol features take over after the initial taste, but then goes back to the sweet, yet wheat based body.

M - Has a nice condensed carbonation that accentuates the more spicy and complex features in the taste. In general, a very smooth presentation overall.

O - As far as the style goes, not sure how loyal Victory was. I did enjoy it for the taste in itself; bold, ever-offering with continuous body. Certainly something I would try again, and if by some freak chance I find this on tap, will definitely go for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:21:46 | More by animalchin
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BobZ

Massachusetts

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

12 Oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow (to style). Built a 1” head that hangs around and left decent lacing.

Smell: A few hoppy notes, also a hint of spice. Nothing spectacular but not bad either.

Taste: A combination of malty sweetness and floral hoppy bitterness up front, the hoppy character remains throughout the beer breaking the “sweet up front and bitter at the finish” tripel style. The malty sweetness does balance the beer nicely as the spice and the phenols come through stronger at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth on the palate, the warmth from the alcohol is pleasant and not overwhelming.

Overall: Nice American example of the Belgian style. All in all an enjoyable beer at a very reasonable price point.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 19:32:05 | More by BobZ
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MrKennedy

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Huge thanks for this one!! Poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

A hazy appearance with a nice, two-finger head of white foam that grips the edges of the glass and hangs on as a bit more than film. Colour is verging on old gold.

Spicy, yeasty aroma of cloves. Inviting and interesting. A little bit of pear comes through too.

Nice taste, complex, spicy as per the nose. Still very refreshing even for a beer this size. Well balanced. ABV is tucked well away and this avoids the vinous taste that some of the style seem to grab.

Mouthfeel is pretty well spot on. Very well sorted in this regard, a touch of dryness, interesting enough to keep you going back.

Overall, a very good beer, am loving this! Not too many Tripels that i jump at other than Westmalle, but this is impressive!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 10:12:33 | More by MrKennedy
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Tartarus

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&S: Pours a translucent golden color (shocker there, right?) with a healthy amount of head that dissipates quickly. Smell is sweet and I get a slight scent of something like cloves.

T&M: Taste is slightly sweet with a bit of a boozy aftertaste. I get the clove flavor again, although I suppose I might be confusing tastes because I'm not super familiar with this flavor. Mouthfeel has a healthy amount of carbonation, but a very light feel.

O: A pretty good brew, drinkable and has a hefty kick to it with such a high ABV. Not very familiar with the style but I'd be willing to try a few others in this vein.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:52:50 | More by Tartarus
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,070 ratings.