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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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1,732 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,732
Hads: 5,306
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 26.34%
Wants: 145
Gots: 1,332 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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 DarthRadb
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours out a Nice Golden Color, Lots of Carbonation.

Smell - Like a Belgian Style Ale, Sweeter than most, Nice Spice Note mixed with a Yeasty smell.

Taste - Very Pleasant and Smooth for a Triple, you can't really taste the 9.5 ABV, very balanced, slightly on the sweet side, but I dig it, a very nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and Crisp, Leaves a nice spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very Drinkable, but beware these are very Strong 9.5 ABV and a couple of these will go straight to your head.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a semi-cloudy golden orange color with a small white head that recedes within seconds. The aroma is of orange peel, and is huge. The taste is very juicy, with huge orange notes and slight alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice American Beer, and a fine tripel.

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Photo of twilight
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Very Heavy Goblet.

It poured a hazy golden orange but without a head. Immediately I was drawn to it by it's color. The smell is fruity, tasty (if that can be a smell) it makes one want to drink it right away. The taste is sweet, not so much malty or like honey, but just sweet. You get the sweet which gives way to the sour and finishes off with an alcoholic aftertaste that isn't bad at all. I would have liked more complex flavors, as the taste was good, but could be improved, perhaps with spices. The taste is smooth, and barring the high alcohol content, I could spend all night with this beer.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No enjoy by date on the label.
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured to a white, one-finger head that quickly disapated to a single layer of bubbles that lasted until the glass was empty. The brew is a darker shade of golden straw, and there are lots of carbon bubbles raising to the head.

S: The aroma is a sweet type of Belgian yeast funk with a hint of sweet caramel malt, too.

T: The taste has hints of bubble gum that blend with some banana. There is also a bit of sweet, light roasted malt and a solid dose of bitter hops to keep the sweetness in check. There is also some sharp spiciness that helps to focus the Belgian yeast funk.

M: The beer has a medium weight body and plenty of carbonation. It finishes fairly clean and leaves just a bit of an aftertaste of hops bitterness and Belgian yeast funk.

O: Wow. I am wowed by the flavors that explode forth from this beer. The many flavors make it complex, but not too complex to enjoy. The Belgian yeast funk is more bubble gum and banana (as opposed to yesterdays socks and a sweaty t-shirt). It also has plenty of carbonation, but again, not too much. For Belgian yeast funk lovers this should be a "must try."

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Photo of Anthony1
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was poured into two glasses: one goblet and one tulip

Pours a nice golden amber hue. For the larger goblet, it poured clear but in the tulip, it was cloudier and slightly spotted.
A strong banana and spice nose emerged from the beer
It tasted medium with a nice crisp feel. Nice banana, wheat, and clove flavor and it tasted better and more rounded with sediment.

Good beer. I would buy it again

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4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe that this is a high powered beer brewed in the Belgian trippel fashion. I received this beer when I told my waitress that I liked American double IPA's . She was way off but this is a great tasting beer light but with a kick. It is perfect for drifting off into oblivion on a hot summer day after a long bike ride or a round of golf. Taste fruity and finishes smooth. Good malt taste at 9+abv. You would expect an alcohol taste yet it is masked quite well. Cheers.

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Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, my first review! No idea why I waited so long, but I had Golden Monkey tonight, and became inspired when it was so much better than I expected.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Poured a very rich, hazy orange with a billowing foamy head. After the head subsided, a 1/4 inch head remained with nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bananas with some Belgian yeast funkiness.

Taste: More bananas, with peppery spice, sugary sweetness and a nice amount of hops (not too much or too little). Can't taste the alcohol.

Feel: Pretty carbonated, but also very smooth with a rich mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is 9.5%? Wow, that's scary.

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Photo of Calico
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is liquid gold. Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a good head.

Nose of yeast and slight banana. Some hoppiness (not much) detectible in the nose. A little ester, unidentifiable as of yet, maybe peach?

Gloriously well carbonated, just enough to tingle the tongue. I think the hops in this might be Tettnanger. Malty, sugary taste is clearly apparent. This is a great Belgian, I would put it more in the category of a Belgian strong golden than of a tripel.

Citrusy taste, apricot hits mid-palate. The finish is clean and smooth. Quite drinkable for a beer of this potency. I wouldn't put a 12-ouncer of this down half-finished.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crisp, sparkling golden hue, capped with a gorgeous rocky head. Wonderful aromas of peppery spice, Belgian yeast, honey malt and a hint of barnyard. A deliciously well balanced beer, with hints of citrus, sweet malt, banana, clove and drying alcohol. I could drink a lot of this one, as the carbonation levels make this one go down so smoothly, especially with the 9.5% alcohol content. An excellent buy, at less than $2 a bottle.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with no head, a beautiful golden body.
Smell is peppery, banana notes, a little spiciness. Belgian yeast is very prevalent in the nose. The taste matches the smell, which is fantastic. A great example of the style. A crisp but slightly warming mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of stacket1
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a dinner overlooking the Baltimore harbor. Paired with such items as foie gras PB&J and cheese sticks.

Appearance: golden, cloudy, no head after the pour

Smell: grassy, hoppy

Taste: strong upfront in alcohol, followed by hops and grassy flavor

Mouthfeel: pleasureable, subtlety of flavors was brought out by slow sipping

Overall: nice belgian triple with obviously high ABV, on the petey side, not as complex as comparable belgian triples, but enjoyable all the same

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked and capped 750ml bottle, and dated

Appearance- A nice seltzer head forms but leaves a good ffoamy film on the surface throughout the entire beer drinking experience. Color was a well suited hazy, cloudy and slightly burnt orange color with no visible lacing.

Smell- Lots of sugary sweet oranges,grapefruits, tamarinds, and even a hint of mango and wheat.

Taste- Starts out with a sugary citrus flavor. This leas to a malty mix of Belgian bitterness and summer fruit sweets and candi sugar. The end is a wheaty zest of citrus and damp earth.

Mouthfeel- Overall a very earthy sweet palate with some damn good carnoation that helps to open up the taste buds to the jovial monkey like flavors of this tripel.

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Photo of HopheadEd
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice! 750ml corked bottle, one of four I hid from my wife, for about two weeks. Definitely got better as it warmed to room temp. Nice, big head, slowly fading to a nice collar. Aroma of yeast, fruits, alcohol. Tastes of spices, hops, yeast and alcohol. Clean, dry, spicey finish. Nice triple. Good Ale.

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Photo of hdofu
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears golden with a thin white head quickly dissipating. Smell is of peaches, vanilla and cinnamon. Taste begins very sweet and complicated then it has bitterness, almost pepperiness in the finish. It has a wheat taste to it. It has a crisp mouthfeel with just the right amount of bubbles. The alcohol burn you'd expect at a 9.5 isn't there. It wouldn't be my first choice of a six pack to pick up but it isn't bad either.

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To compare this to other Triples, it's bad. It's really not a Triple but as a golden, this beer is great!! Excellent yellow color, strong citrus smell, tastes smooth, excellent beer.

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4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy, hazy, yellow gold color with little head to speak of. This being my first taste of one of Victory's selections I was impressed and the reputation preceding is unmistakable. The smell was apparent as soon as I opened the bottle and the poor brought out all the spice and sweetness. The nose was filled with sweet; like honeysuckle, slight spice, alcohol, and hop notes. Taste was impressive, not aggressive like most tripels. This is sweeter than most and well balanced with (again) honeysuckle, spices (that I can't describe), alcohol is very present but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is smooth and wet with just a touch of slime that sticks to the throat. Yum. This tripel is the top that I've tasted.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a light brown color with lots of carbonation. Head lingers a long time.

Smell- Very fruity, nice esters. Rather banana esque, its nice.

Taste- Sweet and fruity. Slightly wheaty notes too, really jumps off the tongue and hits you. Its quite lovely

Mouthfeel- Not too bad, perhaps a bit on the watery side, doesnt really fill the palate up.

Drinkability- Very good, could sit back and hammer of few of these, which could be dangerous considering the abv.

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Photo of rjr8
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have never been a fan of the light yellow beers, I'm a fan of darker beers, pale yellow always reminds me of Coors Light and the like.

The smell is pretty fragrant with subtle hints of citrus.

The taste is quite good, it cops the tripel style well and feels pretty smooth in my mouth.

Overall I really enjoy this beer and as always Victory has not let me down.

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Photo of MellowG
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm with Axl, who said:

"I really think price/value should be a rating on here. It matters to most people if a beer is affordable. Golden Monkey is a beer that a Belgian lover on a budget will fall in love with. It's 12.99 a six pack which beats the hell out Chimay. Plus they have a high alcohol content which means you only need a couple to get a little buzz. I highly recommend this beer."

When I've shopped for a good Belgian style Tripel, Golden Monkey (where available) has had an excellent price-to-quality ratio. Certainly with wine, the price to quality ratio is a HUGE factor in one's choice. With good craft beers coming in at higher and higher pricepoints (even if deservedly so) the price to quality ratio, or overall value, is undoubtedly a major consideration.

Unfortunately, I don't have a Golden Monkey in front of me right now, or I would add more specifics. I'm writing this from memory. Good memories...

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Monkey pours a light gold color. I gave it a hard, rapid pour and this brew did produce a semi decent head, but it faded quickly. The color is a sight bit hazy. The aroma reminds me of green apples with tones of yeast and citrus hidden. Taste is smooth; there is a bit of a malt flavor with the green apples mixed in with a very slight yeast zing near the end. The flavor does masks the alcohol in this brew. There is always bubbles moving to the top of the glass and it has a very nice creamy smooth mouthfeel. A very enjoyable brew and easy to drink. I could easily enjoy more than one of these, no problems.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi hazy golden yellow light orange color. Two finger white head rises and stays for a short period. Ringing lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice big aromas of clove and banana right off the bat. Light spicey hops in the backend of this. Some sweeter alcohol in very end. Light belgian yeast aroma coming in hints in the aroma.

T- This is well...not hiding anything that wasn't in the nose. Good clove in the front with a light spicey peppery note. Big banana flavor with a hunt of lemon. Alcohol is sweet in the backend but hardly there. Pretty much what you smell is what you get.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little higher than most Tripels I think. Clove stays on the palate with some sweeter alcohol in the aftertaste. Good drying on the palate after each sip. Flavors blend well together and crispness comes from the carbonation I think.

D- This beer is very drinkable. Victory has this problem (in a good way) with making their higher ABV beers so damn drinkable. This makes the beer dangerous but still enjoyable as well!

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Photo of pbrian
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Instead of a warming alcohol finish, this one has a warming alcohol greeting, but finishes nicely. There's no deception of strength with I believe marks the great Belgian strong ales, like La Chouffe. A very good beer none-the-less.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big White Head, beautiful yellow color. Like the golden monkey sitting under the bodhi tree. A goooney goonga.

Crisp citrus, passionfruit, spicy and candied smell. Points to nose "nose"

Very tasty, like a cable car that's not sour.

Excellent beer, will drink any day of the week.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by 2011 into a duvel tulip.

Golden with light orange lights, faint and quickly falling white head, fairly good clarity save for the dregs getting roused in the bottle.

Aromas present some bready malt, lemon, orange, some graininess. Very clean, well hidden alcohol, creeps out as spicy and rose like as it warms

Flavor is slightly chalky, sweet bready malt, citrus and sugar sweetness. Again very clean and well hidden alcohol. Somewhat reminiscent of Duvel Golden Ale with more body.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation could be higher, finish is dry and tangy/peppery.

Excellent drinkability,

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a snifter.

A - Just as the name implies, it's a golden yellow color. Very cloudy with a thin white head that disappears quickly.

S - Very fruity, orange peal and lemons. Some spices also. I can't put my finger on which ones.

T - Awesome, this is one of my favorite beers from Victory since the first time I had it on draft at the brewery. Very smooth sweet flavor. Some wheat taste also.

M - Medium to light bodied with good carbonation.

D - I love this beer. It has a high alcohol content and the monkey will bite if you drink to many too quickly.

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