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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,082 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 4,082
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 347 | 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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antoines15

California

2.1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I'm not even going to break this down. I will admit that I am not super familiar with the belgian tripel style, but I do know when something does not taste good and I don't even want to finish the glass.

It had the typical look of an average tripel, as well as smell, and a good collar and lacing, but that's about it. It tasted awful and got worse with each sip. I thought maybe it needed to warm up a bit, but that didn't help.

Spend the extra few bucks and get yourself a St. Bernardus and enjoy a quality beer, because this one is far from it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 04:28:18 | More by antoines15
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First had: bottle from Westgate Pub, Havertown, PA

Not a fan of this. It seems more of a "strong blonde ale" if anything, but not really comparable to a good authentic Belgian tripel. I don't like to bad-mouth Victory, but there you have it.

Pours clear golden yellow with a moderate head that typically displays some decent lacing. Vaguely yeasty aroma, banana and cloves, but on the light side. Tastes a bit chemical-y, biscuity, with banana and spice notes, alcohol is not hidden. Medium-bodied, and not too drinkable in my book, though it seems the ladies tend to like it. ?

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 00:59:33 | More by Rifugium
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MeLikeBeer

Minnesota

2.03/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale gold color, very large head, at least an inch thick. Sediment all over the bottle and the glass...hmmm, not so sure about this one.
Sweet sugar and banana aromas assault my nostrils. Too sweet! Brain going into sugar shock!
Tastes just as sweet- syrupy with a very intense, warming alcohol feel. Bananas, sugar, honey, sugar, malt flavor, did I mention SUGAR? Too sweet for my liking.
I'm only finishing this for the sake of a proper review. I won't drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 01:21:53 | More by MeLikeBeer
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pengs68

New York

2/5  rDev -45.7%

02-11-2013 21:10:52 | More by pengs68
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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South Carolina

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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Michigan

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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Georgia

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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Georgia

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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Texas

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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New York

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -45.7%

12-05-2011 03:07:57 | More by jilly425
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Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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bluetrevian

Florida

2/5  rDev -45.7%

12-17-2011 17:10:30 | More by bluetrevian
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musqayan

New York

2/5  rDev -45.7%

02-14-2013 16:38:55 | More by musqayan
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drperm

Virginia

2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First, a disclaimer: I LOVE Tripel, as a style. One of my favorites, actually.
Second disclaimer: I was feeling rather generous with these numbers.

A: Looks promising -- hazy apricot with ample foam.
But no, it's all downhill from the looking stage...

S: Nasty. Sulfur to the extreme. What happened here? Underneath the sulfur (no small feat there) I get highly metallic mineral water. The more I smell it, the more I am reminded of gastric acid.

T: Getting past the sulfuric aroma (again, no small feat), I encounter a bouquet of....shellac, second-rate crafts store potpourri, peppercorns, bananas, cotton candy, and bell peppers. Lots of flavours, but unfortunately they're not good ones.

M: All fizz with no roundness or bite, and a sticky sweetness left behind.

D: I wonder if I got a faulty bottle here, but after perusing some of the other reviews, perhaps this is how it is supposed to taste. As it is, I find it hardly fit for human consumption. I usually trust the Victory name to the extreme (Prima Pils, anyone?), but I'm seriously considering a sink-pour, although at this point it would be akin to flushing $2 down the drain.
Not good at all. In the words of the Boys of Python, "This is not a [beer] for drinking. This is a [beer] for putting down and avoiding."

Postscript: the thought occurred to me that allowing the beverage to warm in the glass to cellar/room temp. would help its profile some. It did, to be sure, but unfortunately not enough to inspire me to change my numbers. Or buy this beer ever again: it simply saved it from going down the drain.
If you want a Tripel, get one brewed by monks (Or, at the very least, one that comes from Quebec or Maine). Seriously, the good people at Victory need to add a caveat to the label: "Warning! Do NOT drink this beer directly out of the refrigerator!"

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 01:11:47 | More by drperm
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bigred89

Maryland

2/5  rDev -45.7%

12-04-2011 04:09:28 | More by bigred89
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jk3

New York

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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nrs207

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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Ohio

2/5  rDev -45.7%

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Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -45.7%

05-23-2013 14:19:19 | More by Ecxeeder616
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,082 ratings.