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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,586 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,586
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 83
Gots: 576 | 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 NateEmz
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank this straight from the bottle.

Smell was very powerful and almost overwhelming. Taste was very intense and perfume-like. Strong alcohol flavor with intense herbal tones. Too much for my liking. First beer was very strong and potent. After the initial bottle my pallet embraced the beer and I enjoyed it more.

Would like to try this beer on tap, but don't think I will be buying in a store again.

NateEmz, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of cjgiant
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

My first impression on retrying this beer after an I impressive first taste (history: I have grown more fond of Belgians): it's got some alcohol in it. Alcohol with a twinge of metal notes override an okay beer with some banana and date tastes in the background.

A: Cloudy golden color, some retention but minimal lacing;
S: banana and malt nose
T: see above
O: slightly better than I recalled, but not going to opt for another in near future if other options available (which there more than likely will be)

cjgiant, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Zonayork
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Zonayork, Sep 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of avitallo
3/5  rDev -18.7%

avitallo, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of HoptimusPrimal00
3/5  rDev -18.7%

HoptimusPrimal00, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of DankNEggs
3/5  rDev -18.7%

DankNEggs, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of PSU_Mike
3/5  rDev -18.7%

PSU_Mike, May 31, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Mantooth, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -18.7%

valkyre65, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of melodicnoise
3/5  rDev -18.7%

melodicnoise, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -18.7%

tugg407, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of JIMTRK16
3/5  rDev -18.7%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of cynical1027
3/5  rDev -18.7%

cynical1027, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3/5  rDev -18.7%

ONovoMexicano, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Stokes_
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Stokes_, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours straw clear with some sediment flecks quickly dissapaiting head, little bit of lacing as it goes down. Taste is banana and kind of a yeast funk and alcohol. Has kind of a homebrew yeast taste. I was hoping for something better from this brewery and style.

WoodBrew, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of apbaj
3/5  rDev -18.7%

apbaj, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Photekut
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photekut, May 26, 2013
Photo of Desaparecido
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Desaparecido, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

chim52chim, Mar 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

blknikon, May 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Bieniek30, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a goblet. The label describes this as a "Tripel Ale" and an "Ale Brewed With Spices." The purple label has a yellow (golden) monkey with an eye in its stomach, doing the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil gestures. And, apparently, flashing the shocker. Enjoy by Apr 22 11.

Appearance: Well, I guess I had better pour the damn thing, because after popping the cap and writing about the label, foam is creeping out the top of the bottle. Pours with about half a finger of nearly white foam, less than expected from a typical Belgian. This settles quickly into a ring around the glass and some thin islands of foam. The beer itself is a very pale, hazy yellow, with lots of floaties. Some activity.

Smell: Sweet candy sugar aroma with hints of clove and banana. Slight metallic smell.

Taste: Actually bitter upfront, with a tangy sweetness that you feel in the back of the throat. Some spiciness, but not as evident as in the smell. All in all, more bitter than the typical aged hops Belgian I am used to, and lacking some of the character.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level, as I would expect for this style. Body is okay, a little watery, but once again, kind of typical of this style.

Drinkability: Having heard so much about Victory in general and this brew in particular, I was expecting something a little more. The flavors don't seem to blend well, and there are several which I would not normally associate with this style. Not bad, but I'll stick to some of the other brewers for Belgian ales.

beveritt, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of falconxman
3/5  rDev -18.7%

falconxman, Jan 16, 2012
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 4,586 ratings.