943: Victory Golden Monkey

Name: Victory Golden Monkey
Brewery: Victory Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States of America
City & State: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Style: Tripel
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9.5%
First Brewed: 1998

Tasting Notes
Golden Monkey is a straw-colored ale with a white puffy head that laces the glass. There is a spicy aroma leading to a summery flavor profile that has hints of tart fruit, earthiness, and exotic spices. This beer is deceptively smooth and drinkable.

Ricky’s Thoughts
Man, it feels like it’s been forever since we sat down with a beer. I was out of town for a few days last week and this weekend, so that’s partly why. I was out of town on business, but I am back! Back until we leave again next weekend for New York City. Maybe we can find a craft brew from the Big Apple.

Tonight we are drinking a brew from Victory. I didn’t realize they were such a new brewery. I like pretty much everything they produce, and I am sure this won’t be any different. It’s pretty high in alcohol too, and I love the logo! That is one cute monkey. Let’s see what she smells like:

In the Glass: It looks flat, with almost zero head. The tasting notes said it had a fluffy head that stuck to the glass… unless this is really old or something, it’s not got a head at all. I hope it doesn’t taste flat as it looks in the glass. Let’s see what she smells like. (That sounds horrible.)

Nose: It smells like a typical Tripel. I am not a huge fan on Tripels, but I like the high ABV. It has a subtle nose, almost burnt caramel… it hits the nostrils and then is gone just as fast. It’s not a deep seeded, memorable smell by any means. I like everything that Victory produces, so I hope they don’t let me down with the monkey!

Flavor: It starts out weak, but as it moves across the palate it perks up a bit. It slides down the throat with ease, and doesn’t have any carbonation. For a beer that is this big, I am sort of glad that it doesn’t have a lot of carbonation. Toward the back of the palate it almost gets bitter, or dry… something weird, not expected from this brew. But I will agree, it is very drinkable. You would have no idea it was nearly 10% in alcohol.

Mouthfeel: What mouthfeel? It hits the front of the tongue, and rushes toward the back of the palate so fast there isn’t time for a mouthfeel. I would say this is the least mouthfeel I have ever had in a beer. If you switch is around in your mouth, to add some forced carbonation, a lot of the flavors really open up. It’s almost a different experience when you do that. But the only reason I figured that out was being bored with it at first.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is weak, and just sits there on the back part of the tongue. I’m telling you though, this beer has nothing to get excited about. Seeing as how I love Victory, I hate to say that… but this beer bores me. The aftertaste, if there is one at all, is not a typical Tripel aftertaste. It’s weak, has some of those burnt caramel notes, and is so weak you almost forget it’s there.

I told you I was going to write in this new style… but I must admit, I had to go back and see the order. I wasn’t sure where we started. Hopefully before long it’s second nature. I wouldn’t order this beer again, but hey… there are 1001 bottles in this project. I can’t like them all!

Rating: 2/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
Ricky said that tonight’s beer was a Tripel.  I’m not sure what that means, but it kind of looks like a wheat.  Or maybe Summer Shandy.  That is what it smells like to me… I can smell a lemon scent to it a bit.  So yeah… that’s about what it looks and smells like in the glass – a lemony, citrusy wheat beer.  It doesn’t have too much head and is kind of a golden yellow color.  Let’s see what it tastes like.

Wow, it’s VERY carbonated, and slightly hoppy.  The carbonation is almost overpowering.  It definitely leaves some aftertaste on the tongue.  It’s not as hoppy as an IPA, though.  There’s a little bit of a wheat taste, but mostly what you taste is the carbonation.  It’s good, very different, though.  I like it, would probably buy it again if I was in the mood for something like this.

(Afterthoughts: After reading Ricky’s review… wow, we must have a different idea of what carbonation is. I totally thought this beer tasted very carbonated, with quite a bit of aftertaste, but he didn’t. Oh well, differing viewpoints is what it’s all about, right?)

Rating: 3/5

942 bottles of beer on the wall…

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