Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by purplehops on 09-17-2001

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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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Photo of polloenfuego
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This tripel is a bit of a conundrum for me. I certainly enjoyed it, but it lacked oomph. The spices promised on the bottle are not present to me, and that crucial tripel spoice is so important. There is also a lack of a yeast profile to my liking.

In spite of this, it is a nice beer. Tasty and smooth drinking. Pretty to look at and worth having another.

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

Appearance - Pours a thick finger of creamy off white tight foam, body is a gorgeous hazy yellowy gold, decent light foam laces after each sip.

Smell - Big banana nose, lots of yeast, spices of sweet nutmeg and clove, some other light fruits coming through like sweet pears and fig, all along side a piece of warm fruit cake.

Taste - Much like the nose this could be summed up as a big slice of yeast forward spiced banana bread. Starts with lots of banana and yeast, spices of nutmeg, light clove and white pepper, I also get a good amount of ripe pear and some melon, like ripe cantaloupe and honeydew, and some faint white grape juice and light cherries. The finish is slightly dry with yeast cake and light spices. As another reviewer commented this seems to be missing a big rich breadiness that you somewhat expect from this style, but the fruits, yeast and spices are still done quite nicely.

Mouthfeel - A bit on the heavier side of medium, kept in check by some very smooth medium carb, which has some small champagne like carb crispness at the sides of the tongue.

Overall - Really a delicious beer, lots of banana and more spice forward than other tripels I've had. It's missing on the breadiness just a bit but I really like the flavors here - think spiced bananas foster. Alcohol is very well hidden so drink with care, this one could catch you off guard. A bit different for the style, but give this one a try nonetheless.

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Photo of Slamms
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The label description on this American mass-produced product made me skeptical:
"rich in the spirited tradition of Belgian-inspired brewing" -- an elaborate euphemism that it wasn't really a genuine Belgian style tripel? But the initial aroma that hit my nostrils and the first sip allayed my fears -- this could have been brewed in Belgium. Something distinctly redolent of Duvel (or perhaps Brookyln Local #1, perhaps the superior example of this genre brewed in America) immediately hit me. Admittedly the head was scant, and not particularly dense,but the lacing lingered plenty long enough.

This brew is immediately reminiscent of Brooklyn Local #1, Duvel, and Fin Du Monde, and maybe objectively lacking in certain respects to all of those (with maybe the exception of Fin Du Monde which tends to be so variable in quality), and yet, absolutely a thumbs up, with an anticipation to buy this beer again. And again. The things I don't like about it -- the taste that lingers on the palate (while writing this review say) is slightly bitter, oily, and vaguely reminiscent of bud lite. Also, this beer when ice cold is better than the dregs.

Someone below commented negatively on the so-so review of the Brothers. Some things I have to agree with the Brothers on:

"a cloudy golden colour topped with a thin white lace, but with pour [sic?] head retention"
"Floral, bready, a bit yeasty in the nose"

"A pleasing herbal flavour stretches the entire tasting experience. Malty sweet and very sugary (like golden syrup from England), with bread and yeast flavours"

"Quite the one dimensional beer actually"

" Is it a good beer? Yes it is, good ... but that's about it"

Well, what else do you want brothers? No question I will buy this again.

I do take exception though to the name "Golden Monkey", as there are no monkeys in North America. How about "Golden Retriever", the perfect dog, though perhaps maybe lacking, but on the label, surrounded by rays of light. I've drinken about 1 and 3/4 of Golden Monkeys now, so, maybe that clouds my judgment.

Edit: They must continue to make slight improvements to brews over time, as this is even a more refined beer than I remember it. I prefer this even over say, Duvel now. A truly American classic. Really more memorable than even Long Strange Tripel. BA needs to go back and revise their official reviews from time to time, as this beer is a heck of a lot better than just, "Okay".

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Photo of cambabeer
3.83/5  rDev +3%

I like this, but the alcohol is a little much. Nice yeast profile and maltiness. The hops are present in the beginning and then fade away to the alcohol bitterness and yeastiness.

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Photo of Brackh
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Nice orange and yellow color. Has a weird smell but I like it. Smells like a hefeweizen. Nice and smooth. Spicy and good. Not my normal style but I like it.

Wife's Review: "More mild than I expected. I like it, but probably wouldn't have more than one."

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Photo of buzzarooski
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank You Victory Brewing Company for creating this smooth golden concoction with a kick! NOT to sound like a total "LUSH" but it is nice to drink 2 or 3 bottles of Golden Monkey and still get the same "BUZZ" as you get from 6 or 7 regular beers. How did they get a beer with this much Alcohol (9.50% ABV) to taste this good?

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Photo of weirdohappy
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

This beer! Pours the dankest golden yellow to ever fill a glass. Much like the color of urine when you're extremely dehydrated and perhaps have taken some Aleve or ibuprofen. Following the instructions and giving a vigorous pour to raise a foamy head , the aromas really opened . I also allowed it to slowly warm as I was mopping and bleaching the kitchen floor since my dog has some kind of bladder issues that make her eat dog food that makes her pee more, which is good for her but bad if you happen to have to work all day. One word: linoleum. Linoleum floors everywhere. And the taste is great . Very smooth.

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Photo of PVMT
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having tried Dirtwolf and really liking this, I gave this a try. Poured out of a bomber, the color and aroma were awesome. A very flavorful beer -- very smooth, not a lot of bite and really tasty. I don't understand the overall BA rating at all. Much better than advertised.

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Photo of Shadar
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Very tasty and cheap Belgian Style Triple. It's no where near the level of a Trappist Ale, but it's very good and strong for the $1.40 I can get it for at World Market during their 30% off Build Your Own Six-Pack sale.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
84 out of 100 based on 1,742 ratings.