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Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A magical, mystical Monkey whose golden sole glows with the wisdom of the ages. This radiant ale is rich in the spirited tradition of Belgian-inspired brewing. Our Golden Monkey is both playfully delightful and profoundly satisfying. Exotic spice from the East rounds out this global journey to joy. Get on board. This Monkey's bound for glory!

Added by purplehops on 09-17-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,751
Ratings:
5,438
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
26.61%
 
 
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Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company. Poured from the caged cork bottle into a tulip glass, this beer's head is four fingers thick with lacing, and a body.

Smells like white wine, straight up! Crisp, lively, and delicate. Yet still enough to keep you wanting to experience what this tastes like. Excelsior!

I taste,ding, right answer : that of white wine. But also alongside a fruitier, dare I say apple-like note in the backbone of this drink's malt profile. Can't really detect much hops unless they are playing a part in the wine-esque dryness of this.

This brew's mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Literally no aftertaste or settling on the palate. Very well done here!

Overall, I'll give Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company a 4.75. This would be damned perfect if the wine was a just a hair more profound, but I can certainly dig this. Even though I'm reviewing this in the winter, this brew would really hit the spot on a spring or even summer night. I recommend this beer and will pick it up again.

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Photo of Mdg222
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth. Not too hoppy. Hint of spice. A slight taste of vanilla in first drink, though it's not overwhelming and goes away after first drink. Aftertaste is minimal. Not outstanding but worth a 6 pack.

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Photo of CHickman
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy yellow gold color with a 2 finger foamy snow white head that faded slowly leaving very good lacing coating the sides.

Smells of banana, yeast, pepper and other spices like coriander, lemon zest, orange peel, grass, flowers, honey and some light funk. Some earthy notes mixed in with the spices and a slight resemblance to barnyard funk or some wet animal hair.

Taste has more fruity notes up front with sour apple, white grapes and rotting pear in addition to the lemon, orange peel, banana and kiss of red grapefruit. The funk is mild with the yeast, grains, wheat bread and dry cracker mixing with the fruits and spices like pepper, coriander, brown sugar and cinnamon or light cumin. There are also some traces of honey and clover or garlic, which gives this a Belgian feel but also makes it kind of confusing. I’ve been drinking this beer for about 10 years and always find it enjoyable, but not great as far as the flavor goes.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with mild spritzy carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter finish that is sweet and on the drier side. A good beer that is middle of the road for the style, but always nice to have around since Victory is only a few hours from NY so this beer is always fresh and available.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I liked the golden color. Not much head. Nice spicey, belgian smell. Taste was quite of a decent belgian. Have always enjoyed this one from the first time I had it.

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Photo of Randolph96
2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I generally like Victory brews. This one I did not. I felt the color was not appealing, the mouth feel watery and taste of bitterness did not sit well with me. I am not sure what it is but the bitter after taste over powered the experience of this brew for me.

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Photo of badgustav
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There is a strong banana aroma and flavor, not surprising Ina Tripel. The spices that were added are rather overwhelmed. Mouthfeel is nice, not as thick as expected.

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Photo of Myotus
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a small white head. Is golden in color and very murky. Has a sweet ale aroma with a hint of spice. Has a mild cirtus flavor that balances well with the added spices.

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Photo of Trombone69
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I had to give this a second chance. I still found it challenging to consume. Maybe good for you, but not for me. My brother, who lives near the Victory brewery thinks this stuff is awesome. I beg to differ. I'd rather have a Labatt Blue, and I Like craft beers, and I love all of the Tripels that I've had EXCEPT this.

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Photo of TapDat
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A basic Tripel that packs a punch. My favorite thing about it is that I can find Victorys Golden Monkey just about anywhere which makes it my go to Tripel.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Format: a half-pint amongst others at The Scratch in Milton, Brisbane.

Appearance: pours a vibrant amber with limited fine carbonation. A 1.5 finger off-white head drops slowly to a thin ring.

Aroma: obvious and powerful Belgian yeasts up front with some sweet wheat.

Taste: very sweet toffee malts up front with those wheat and yeast qualities behind. Quite nice, but the sweetness is far too intense.

Aftertaste: and the sweetness lingers for quite a time, becoming a little cloying.

Mouth feel: a medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty easy drinking other than that massive sweetness.

Overall: not a bad tripel, but far too sweet for my liking. I was surprised to discover that it is at least AU$120 a case - no way in the world.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Floral up front followed by a prickly spice and bready notes with yeasty flavors. Lots of warming alcohol on this one that takes away from the rest of what this brew has going for it. Never the less, this is a nice sipper on a cold evening like tonight. Cheers!

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Photo of Duhast500
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a slightly hazy yellow/gold with two fingers of foamy white and some nice thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little boozy with a good Belgian candy aroma. There is sweetness here with some slightly funky Brett aroma with a dry grape aroma as well.

The taste is filled with an earthy malt backbone that is present throughout. There is a nice mashed banana flavor that wrestles with a sweetness that appears with some grape skin flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a smooth drinkable feel. There is a great warming feel that helps ease down and leaves pleasant aftertaste that gives off a slight sweetness before dissipating.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BB date of Oct 2017, 12 oz pour into std pint glass. Clear medium gold color with nice medium carbonation. Not much head retention and minimal lacing. Spicy Belgian aroma. Flavor is classic Belgian but with a finish of apricots and cinnamon. I think the mouthfeel is a little light but I still think that the alcohol is well-hidden. If you are a serious student of Belgian triples, this beer may disappoint. For the rest of us, it is a delightful entry to the genre and very enjoyable. Victory does a great job overall.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Does in fact pour an elegant gold. Well carbonated, strong head that dies down fairly quickly. Some persistent lacing. Small amount of sediment. Med-heavy bodied with an alcoholicy backbone (no surprise with and ABV of 9.5%). Aroma is of belgian spiciness, yeasty and citrusy. Flavor is that plus the alchy backbone. Lingering alchy warmth and subtle bitterness. Decent tripel. Like all tripels, it's one and done. 3.75.

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Photo of bmeehan
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I've never understood the mass appeal of this beer in the Philly area. It's bitter as hell, it's so strong that you can't even enjoy drinking more than one of them, and it smells like pine-sol.

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Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a nice clear golden color with a bit of a white head. Considerable amount of bubbles in it.

Smell is yeast, citrus fruit, and spice, mainly pepper.

Taste is fruity, bit of orange and lemon. There is also a bit of Belgian yeast funk and a hint of pepper on the finish.

Feel is ok, about average for the style.

Basically an average triple, nothing really stands out, but is still decent. I think it could use a bit more complexity, the funky flavors tend to overwhelm a bit, would like to see more fruit and pepper. Not a bad beer, just not a great one.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Good solid tripel, but the alcohol burns from the get-go. Lots of spice in the mix, and a good medium weight body carries it all off in terms of quite big flavours, but the surprsiing thing is how well it goes down on a hot summer night.
A contradiction of a beer :-)

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Photo of majorbase2
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light orange color with a thin white bubbly head that quickly recedes. No lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.. Aroma is of fruit, yeast and spices. Yeast is a little overbearing. A lot more yeast in the taste. Followed by bready malts. A good deal of fruitiness, with no particular flavor standing out. Fruit lingers on the tongue quite a bit, playing nicely with the yeast. Didn't care for the taste much at first, but it grew on me as it warmed. Medium bodied. Carbonation isn't as heavy as it had appeared after pour. A surprisingly easy drinker for 9.5%. Although I am not particularly well versed in Tripels, I was expecting a bit more from this one. Still a solid beer, but not a must have.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First offering from Victory and this one was a good way to start with them. Although I wasn't overly impressed with the brew out of the bottle - it didn't appear particularly distinctive to me, and it did have a weak head, there was real nice lacing down the glass. The scent put out was okay, hints of citrus with a feel that was very bold and inviting - crisp really, making it easy to chug (if you weren't careful.) Overall I consider it very good and look forward to trying more from this brewer.

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Photo of Rhaegar18
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

This might be my favorite beer usually available. I've shown it to a couple friends who've had it become one of their go to beers. I literally can not say enough good things about this beer, you just need to go try it for yourself to understand

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Photo of jspooner
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Mild smell, solid body, taste varied with temperature. I sense a funky tart aftertaste that I feel is a result of the high alcohol content. I prefer this beer at ~65 degrees f.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden, 2 fingers of white head with reasonable retention, highly carbonated
Smell: Yeast, bready malts and fruit
Taste: Pale stone fruit and bananas. Fruity esters all over in this one. Hot alcohol. Coconut. Liquid cement .Walnuts. Coriander.
Mouthfeel: Moderate body and high carbonation
Overall: 3.25

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Photo of Nostradrunkus
3/5  rDev -19.4%

A very average beer that seems to only be popular solely due to its high ratio of alcohol to cost. I would hazard to say that this is the beer equivalent of a fortified wine like night train since it has a distinct booziness that really does not taste like it was naturally produced by the brewing process. I thought I would like this one considering I love a complex high abv beer, but this is simply not good enough to justify grabbing unless your primary consideration is getting as hammered as possible off beer cheaply. This is still worth trying at least once considering its popularity and availability, but I would be willing to bet anyone that has drank a wide range of beers would not consider this one a go to.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Brewdog Online Store (£3.80):
Another really good beer from Victory Brewing here, probably the best one of the five I have now tried of theirs and it's not as if they've been feeding me poor beers up to this point. This one is incredibly well balanced and manages to hide the high alcohol very well with only a touch coming through towards the end of the taste. This one is excellent from start to finish and up there with the best that Belgium has to offer.

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Photo of Bone53
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance (3.75): Pale golden color with a huge white head. Looks a little boring to me

Smell (4): yeast, bready malt, fruit esters

Taste (4): yeast, sweet malt, slight fruit

Mouthfeel (4): Quite light for the style; Slight bitterness

Overall (3.95) This lacks the full taste and body of a tripel. I find it light in all aspects. Could be a good starter tripel. It is a solid beer after all said and done, but not what i go for in a tripel. I much preferred Weyerbachers version

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
84 out of 100 based on 1,751 ratings.