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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Reviews: 1,732
Hads: 5,304
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 26.34%
Wants: 144
Gots: 1,324 | FT: 5
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style | ABV
Tripel | 9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Photo of Bfarr
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy effervescent yellow orange, tight white head and great retention. Yeasty sweet with light fruit aromas. Yeasty alcohol and light apricot with a slightly salty/herbal finish. Sharp feel, slightly foamy.

A pretty basic tripel that’s not very easy to drink but okay to sip. Mostly yeast and herbal flavors that mellow a bit to an almost balanced sweetness.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Lazy Boy.

A:Cloudy golden color with white head and some lacing.

S: Yeast and hops. Almost smelled more like a wild ale than anything else.

T: Again I got a wild ale vibe here more than a tripel.The yeast is very prominent and it has that funky taste. Very sweet as well.

M: Med body with a slightly syrupy body. Low carbonation but works.

D:Not very drinkable. Between the sweetness and the funk. Could not pick up the ABV though. Much better examples of tripels out there.

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Photo of zimm421
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a cloudy pale yellow color with a two-finger, bubbly white head. The head sticks around for a bit but doesn't leave much lacing.

The nose is pretty tame. There are notes of yeast, clove, banana and other spices. However, none of this really pops and doesn't impress me too much. The taste is more full, but almost in the wrong way... The yeastiness is so forward that it overpowers everything else and really mutes the other flavors. There is a spicy bite, and some banana at the end, but I'm not overly impressed by this.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp, sharp carbonation bite on the tongue. Leaves a sticky film in your mouth with each sip. Overall, not really impressed. I was hoping for more, but other tripels offer much more and are about as affordable. A decent brew to put down, but not going back for more.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

Orangish golden with very spotty lacing.

Smells like sugars and fruity esters covering alcohol.

A bit of banana and plenty of other yeasty soft fruitiness. Very sweet, lots of sugar to mask the high (9.5%) alcohol that becomes cloying quickly.

While this beer feels soft in the mouth, it feels much less substantial than most Belgian tripels I've tried. While this is not one of my favorite styles of beer, this is definately not one of my favorite tripels- probably on the less complex end of the spectrum and I wish it would finish much drier.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dayton, OH AleFest:This beer formed a small sized ivory head that contained fine sized bubbles that mostly diminished.The body was clear with some fizzy carbonation and the hue was yellow.The nose was lightly malty, light hops, fruity, sweet and some clove detected.The flavor was acidic and bitter tasting along with a smooth, tingly, and light-medium bodied palate.

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Photo of MJR
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dull, gold color with a touch of orange. An off-white head starts thick and bubbly, but shrinks down to a small cap. I dumped the whole bottle, so it's a bit cloudy from the yeast dregs.

Smell: The first thing that hits me in the aroma is a musty smell...gotta love the Belgian yeast! There's a bit of spiciness, as well as a slight, fruity note.

Taste: Starts with that same musty character from the nose. Moves to a balance between spicy and fruity, then goes sour... I think I got a bad bottle...

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body with a nice crisp, dry finish.

Drinkability: I'm not really sure...as I believe I'm drinking a soured bottle. I'll have to see if I can get ahold of another bottle to compare. For now, my numbers stand...

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Slight hazy Golden colour with a large bubbled white head that dies quickly to a very thin non lacing film.

S - Sticky candied sugar and some light sweet honey citrus.

T - Up front some mild hop and some spicey notes follow before a sticky sweetness on the bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - Not good enough to call an authentic tasting Belgian Tripel. Lacks the complexity of a true tripel.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a light straw color. Although it has some different charecteristics, this has a very sweet malty flavor to it, and the typical barelywine flavor that masks or mixes the sweetness of malt and alchohol. While the belgian style is not my fav, per say, it has a nice all around charecter, esp if you age it, grad a couple and enjoy your night.

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Photo of Kulyboy
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light golden color, some carbonation, very little retention.

Smell was neutral, somewhat malty or toasty.

Taste- the clove spicey alcohol taste is out of the bottle and on your tongue before you can say golden Monkey.

Mouthfeel-dry and bitter after taste on back of tongue along with the spice effect.

Drinkability- would buy it again, the 9.5 doesn't take much get you comfortable.

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Photo of RTEdmunds
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Surprisingly clear, I can practically make out the characters on the keys of my keyboard when I look through the glass. Golden/yellow color, as expected. Head is smallish and dissipates quickly.

Some sweet citrus and floral aromas. I detect some herbs as well.

A strong cloves presence from the first sip, definitely a turnoff for me. Orange peel and hoppiness as an afterthought.

Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Great brew for warm weather methinks. The ABV is fairly well hidden and it's quite smooth.

I respect Victory Brewing immensely but unfortunately this beer didn't do it for me. Maybe I'm just not really diggin' the Tripel tonight. I'll re-review if I feel differently next time.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Yellow with golden hues. Awsome head that last a long time.
Nose is ok. Can smell the alcohol some spice and tartness.
Complex taste. First I taste the alcohol. After getting that out of the way I taste some spice. Parsley. Taste a little like a good rum. Nicely bitter at the end.
Feels good in the mouth. Has a bite.
Not very drinkable as it could hide the alcohol better.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my Uncle to toss me a bottle as I tried it once and didn't really want to try it again, but since it was free...

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a weak 1-finger white head that fizzes away to almost nothing. Not too impressive, but not terrible.
S- The normal bready/yeasty aroma of a tripel, but then an overly strong fruitiness that's way too much. A strong cherry aroma stands out in the finish of the aroma. A slight pear aroma as well.

T- A very bland taste. Almost as if it was a very watered down La Fin Du Monde. The Tripel flavors are there, but just in theory almost. There's the breadiness and yeastiness, and the fruit flavors are over the top, even though still mild.

MF- A little too thin. OK, maybe really thin. The body's light and the flavors fade of the palate very fast.

Overall, maybe a good introduction to Tripels, but I wouldn't make a judgement on the style with this one beer, which is sad, because Victory makes some outstanding beers.

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden in the tall tulip. Nice foam and plenty of rich carbonation in the mouth. Prickly and a little acidic on the tongue. Interesting aroma of overripe banana and spice cake.

Intense perfume odor and flavor is rather disturbing. So sweet and sugary. Bran muffins. Big spice, like clove and allspice. Not much yeast flavor. Quite sharp, like a hard candy. Very hot with alcohol. All subtlety seems to have been lost here. I think it's a love or hate choice on this one.

From the 12 oz bottle. "Enjoy by Feb 15 2015" according to the label. Sounds optimistic, but maybe it would mellow out a little.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes from a tasting on 01/09/2010

Formed a fizzy two finger white head which dissipated quickly leaving no signs of lacing. The body is clear and the color of golden straw.

The aromas are what I would consider common for a triple...grains, sweet malts, yeasts and fruits (apples, citrus).

The taste is similar to the nose...malts, and yeast esters dominate. There undertones of fruits (orange peel) present as well. Warming alcohol finish. The hop character fades as the beer warms.

Mouth feel is light with average carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkable, but I would pick up other examples of this style first.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light hazy golden, almost wit beer in color when held to the light with a thin off white head.

S - Spicy with some citrus zest, floral, pepper, maybe a touch of clove, coriander and ginger(?). The spices are not overwhelming but become a little too much by the end of the glass.

T - Bubblegum, hint of banana, clove, touch of citrus and floral hops, spicy with some alcohol.

M - Medium body, sweet with slight warming alcohol.

D - Not bad, I just don't think the aroma/flavors blend well.

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Photo of Gritsak
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated almost a year ago..but i figure with the high abv it should be good

appearence is pale yellow with a small white head

smell is...fruity..with banana being the most profound

taste...well not to impressed. the mouthfeel is really smooth but it reminds me too much of a banana beer i had a couple weeks ago. the alcohol isnt very present at all but just the smell alone makes me want to turn back once i start a sip

i guess it doesnt hurt to try but damn, i know ill never buy this again.

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Photo of backfat
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i had an expired one of these in chicago about three years prior, which greatly affected my view of this beer and style. glad i got out of that funk.
pours a clear golden with a one finger white head. not as lively as expected. smells strong of coriander, with backrounds of flora and citrus. the coriander kind of runs a muck over the other pleasant/fainter smells. the taste is heavy. sweet beginning with clove, yeast, and grain. finish is a strong, peppery spice. crisp with high carbonation on the tongue. completely masked alcohol. leaves a bit of a grassy taste on the palate. im glad i got to try a nicer version of this brew, but a bit too much coriander, clove, and pepper for me to even enjoy it.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Pours a very clear gold (who'd have thought?) with a small white head. Smells quite sweet, with notes of citrus and banana, as well as a bit of spicy yeast. Tastes very sugary, with a lot of lemon and other fruit. A bit peppery. Warming finish. Light-medium body. Over the top and too sweet for a tripel.

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Photo of tayner
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

golden yellow ith almost no head.

smell is typical belgian yeasty ester and slightly over-ripe bananas.

Typical run of the mill belgian bready yeast with some banana, clove, and maybe even some strange coriander type spice to it. the finish is slightly peppery with a slight alcohol burn.

medium bodied mouthfeel but not carbonated enough for me.

This was easy to drink but too sweet, likely due to lack of carbonation in part, and I could not drink more than one at a time.

Would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this bottle in a mixed 6-pack earlier today and poured it into a bar mug. My first tripel...talk about excitement!

A: Pours a golden color similar to a hefeweizen (though with a little more clarity), with a head that starts off fairly impressively, but fizzles quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Very hefeweizen-like, with banana and cloves, but it also has coriander and citrus notes, as well.

T: Wow, this tastes like a hefeweizen on steroids (hmm, I'm noticing a trend here...), with the usual flavor of banana and cloves, but with a strong alcoholic bite. As I continued to sip it, the booziness becomes more and more overpowering, to the point where it's almost a chore to finish it, IMO.

M: Well carbonated without going overboard. Very crisp on the palate, like a (you guessed it!) hefeweizen, but the alcohol gives it a dry finish.

O: Eh, can't say I'm a fan. It has its perks, but it's too unbalanced. While I'm glad I tried it, and the price is right for a Tripel ($2.70 for a 12 oz. bottle), it's not something I'd search out in the future.

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Photo of NonServiam
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A decent triple but not great. Nice cloudy gold-straw color, but poor head retention. A pleasant floral and spicy aroma, and a taste that starts nice but ends up too cloyingly sweet, in my opinion. I've had better triples, and this one is fine and drinkable, maybe just a bit below average.

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Photo of NateEmz
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After waiting a LONG time for Victory beers to come to Texas, I was excited about trying this beer. Quite a disappointment. Sort of the Coors Light of the Tripel world. The beer poured a haze golden. Not much else to talk about. The aroma was muted. The taste was slight. The mouthfeel not impressive. The alcohol gave me a quick buzz but added nothing to taste or mouthfeel. Sorry just not impressed.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy straw yellow with a monsterous foamy white head. Clumps of sediment float in the brew. They are small but easily visible. No lacing.

S - Banana, lemon and allspice. Not too shabby.

T - Citrus (lemon), sweet (fuji) apples, coriander, cloves and white pepper. The aftertaste is mostly sweet and short lived.

M - A little harsh, slightly refreshing, thin bodied.

D - Drinking more than one of this would make me ill. It is a bit too spicy and sweet for sessioning. This is a fairly odd Belgian, but it tastes alright. I've had it before, but it's nothing I'll seek out. I will drink it if available though. Among those beers from breweries that don't specialize in a Belgian style brew, Golden Monkey is an above average Belgian, but when compared to the totality of Belgians, I'd say it is mediocre.

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Photo of CMW
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden yellow that has a nice haziness to it. Medium sized bright white head with decent retention and lacing.

S - While the smell has all the usual suspects, (i.e. malt, yeast, bananas) it is too boozy. The alcohol smells heavy.

T - My worst fears were realized. It is somewhat sweet upfront, but the alcohol dominates. It pretty much drowns out the other flavors.

M - Light and crisp. High carbonation.

D - Drinkability would have to be low considering the high alcohol taste.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
84 out of 100 based on 1,732 ratings.