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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,340 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 4,340
Reviews: 1,619
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 69
Gots: 468 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Skott1123, Apr 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

WritersBlock, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of tviz33
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours with one finger of soapy white head over top of a clear golden body.

S- The Belgian spice surely doesn't jump out to me, but it's there in the background. It smells really sweet, but nothing else that really sticks out.

T- This thing is very sweet. The taste is quite off for the style, but still not totally off-putting. The Belgian yeast taste is there but it does leave me with that crisp spice I expect from a tripel.

M- The mouthfeel is actually pretty good. Medium-full with great carbonation.

O- Not an outstanding representation of the style by any means, but not terrible. I'e tried it once before the review, but I will most likely not visit again.

tviz33, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of HopsMathias
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap at The Pint Room. Served in a 13oz fluted glass.
Golden pilsner style color with intermittent lacing.
Smells a little sweet.
Taste is slight banana and clove.
Light mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.
Overall pretty good - a mix between Hoegaarden and Stella.

HopsMathias, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

DaPan, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Aosemidey, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

e_jackel, Apr 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Drecher, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bobhoya, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Rope
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance-
The truest thing about the beer, it is a nice golden yellow with a white head.

Smell-
Honey and malt, but really struggling to find the Belgian notes.

Taste-
Starts with a slight lemon, but the honey malt from the nose overpowers. Once again struggling to find anything Belgian.

Mouthfeel-
Well Carbonated, aftertaste lingers a little.

Overall-
A good beer, but it doesn't strike me as a Tripel Belgian.

Rope, Apr 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Hophead420, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

SergeantSac, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

rbmjr1, Apr 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

silverking, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Skryber, Apr 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

slim2043, Apr 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Mike099, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Bauzen
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color is a misty pale yellow and foam laces beautifully in the glass, but dissolves quickly.

Aroma is potent. Hints of banana and candied ginger round out the bouquet.

An aggressive ABV punches up the all the flavors you take in from the initial aroma, though I found it a little too aggressive for a beer of this genre. The potency won't deter most beer enthusiasts, but it makes for a very 'beefy' tripel - a genre that generally lends itself to Belgian finesse. This beer does not. It wants you to hit you hard, and I don't feel it does the genre justice. The 'higher-rated' tripels out there are lighter and smoother.

That being said, it's a 'good' beer, flavorful and pleasant but deceiving as that 9.5% ABV hits you and you're left wondering what did it. I wish Victory could have let the flavors speak for themselves in this beer. They're certainly using quality ingredients and they know what they're doing.

Bauzen, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

JonReif, Apr 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

JakeDebus, Apr 03, 2013
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,340 ratings.