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Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER STATS
Reviews:
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Ratings:
5,435
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
26.61%
 
 
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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

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Reviews: 1,751 | Ratings: 5,435
Photo of emericanchaos
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first of all this is one of my favorite beers. huge flavor and lots of kick due to the high ABV. always worth your money.

pours with alot of head. i always get bottles and have found the head to be lighter compared to draft. this could be due to the goblet they pour into at the brewpub. hazey gold in color. appears to be a bright yellow around the edges but a deep golden orange in the center, almost like it's glowing. slight carbonation but not overactive like a seltzer.

smells unlike any typical beer. typical for a tripel i'm guessing, this is my first. lots of fruit hits the palette. hints of citrus and possibly banana?

very sweet when it first hits your mouth. sweetness quickly dissipates into a more flat dry taste. aftertaste is long and lingering with an almagomation of all the clues given in it's smell and taste.

feels a touch heavy. almost like a thin syrup much akin to guinness or a bods but is much easier to move around. slight crunchiness to it as well.

after your first bottle you'll feel very warm and possibly light headed. if you've drank high ABV beers before the effects of the alchohol should be nothing but warming. i consider this a big beer because of it's high ABV and the richness of it's flavor. if you're new to belgian ales this would be a good introduction to the style. very easy drink.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A North American take on a Tripel this beer makes its presence known. Hazy Orange with a monster head , this beer needs a goblet to strut its stuff. The main flavours are spicy orange notes with hints of the alcohol . The beer starts off sweet but ends dry which is a plus in drinkability. This is a well made Tripel with lots of panache and boldness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden hazy beer with a medium head with average retention. Aroma is quite spicy, real funky spices have been added in here. Taste is quite sweet at the beginning with what seems like wheat and then spices kick in providing a nice ending. I must say this is quite spectacular. Body is above average but carbonation is bit weak. Overall, I would say I very much enjoyed this fine beer.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a hazy light orange with a nice frothy white head that quickly reduced to a thin film. There is a great spicy, yeasty aroma. The flavor is sweet, spicy, fruity, and yeasty. It has that distinctive Belgian flavor and smell. The mouthfeel is great for this style. It is a delicious beer.

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Photo of charlesw
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clean and clear light golden orange (sort of a heffe color) with a nice high and dense white head that hangs out for a while. Very nice lacing - always a touch of head even a half hour after the beer.
Doesn't have much of an aroma to it. A teeny weeny touch of this and that. Nah, I didn't smell a thing. And, no, the kid wrapped around my neck didn't need to have his diaper changed. Sheesh! No respect, or nuthin'!
Taste is light and spiced - maybe a hint of 'naners and even a touch of cloves but all on the very light end of the scale. Staying very well with the clean aspects of the color.
Hey, you're asking me and I'm telling you so here's what I think of the mouthfeel... Bleh. It's ok and all, but bleh. Where's the body? Well, it's a little sweet and all, but, really, there isn't that much body to it. Ah well.
Still, I could drink the stuff. Why not? Ok, maybe I couldn't drink a lot of the stuff - it's, um, strong, but, hey, I could drink the stuff.

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Photo of emre007
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, sweet beer, but EXPENSIVE! Although it is 9.5% and a local brewery, I really don't think the nearly $50 I spent on a case was worth it. It's good, don't get me wrong, but I can get a similar beer in Railbender for half the price and more satisfaction.

This is a little lighter in feel and really doesn't give that nice buzz that Railbender's 6.8% leaves you with. If someone buys one of these, you def. will not be disappointed, just don't spend your own cash.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, this beer appeared a golden orange, much like the color of a a cloudy apple juice, with a 1 1/2 finger head. The Immediate aroma was of overripe bananas (another BA mentioned nail-polish... that's right-on!) with sub-aromas of sweet spices and the expected earthy smells of Belgian yeast. Taste was immediately candy-sweet and cloves and pepper spicy but was followed by a wollop of tangy fruits like green apples and bananas that almost left me forgetting the initial tastes. By the time I swallowed this beer, I was left with a Riesling-like after taste... very cool. It's medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation, with bubbles that blanket your tongue, really accentuating the spicy flavors I mentioned earlier. As the beer warmed, more and more esthery scents were released and if I took a deep enough inhale, I could really detect the alcohol. It seems very drinkable at first but towards the end of the glass, you really start feeling warm and fuzzy (I make it sound like a bad thing) so I'm not sure if I'd go for number two but for enjoying one, it's wonderful. Victory never fails to impress me and this is no exception.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first impression is that despite being a bottle-conditioned Belgian Style-Ale, the beer I poured at home had very little head retention. Also, Tripels should be highly carbonated, and this particular beer had the carbonation of a pilsener.


All in all, the "appearance" received high marks, due to the fact that it had a nice golden color despite its high alcohol content.

The lowest marks were given to the aroma, simply because hoppy spiciness dominated the profile, rather than the phenolic/estery alcohol that seems to proliferate in the traditional Belgian styles.

The taste was pretty good... but it was a little too sweet in the balance. Perhaps more spiciness and drier fermentation to offset the fruitiness?

Overall, this beer is a nice interpretation of the style. Although being a bit unorthodox in its approach, it is a nice example of a craft beer.

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Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lightly hazy gold color with a thick white head. tangy fruit smells like sour apple and lemon dominate, with some mild clove, bubblegum and bannana. some grassy hoppyness and yeastyness. very interesting spicy taste, the apple pineapple and citrus take a bit of a back seat to the clove, ginger and peppery characters, along with other baking spices, but come back stronger towards the end. i taste caramel malts with some balancing herbal hops. the alcohol is very well concealed almost not noticable except for the light warming. very smooth with a good middle of the road mouthfeel and light but plentiful carbonation. refreshing despite it's complexity, a beer that can be picked apart and analyzed, but i think works better when you don't think too hard about it.

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Photo of wyllder
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First review of a tripel for me.

Pours out a cloudy gold with big, frothy white head that settles down to small head as you go, leaving a sticky lacing along the inside of the glass.

Nose is banana & cloves with some medicinal smelling hops in the background.

Taste is smooth on the front of the palate with the banana being the first flavor out of the gate. This is quickly covered up by a hoppy, medicinal midsip that peters out to a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, with the malt giving it a smooth and slightly creamy texture.

For 9.5% by volume this is surprisingly easy to drink.

I will have to sample more tripels, but while nice, this one didn't impress me enough to get me excited about the style.

Wyll-

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Photo of euskera
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a golden, murkly blonde color. Semi-fluffy white head that dissipates in its own time. Smell is pure tripel; Yeasty and a bit citrusy. Taste is good, but not the "wow" of a Duvel or a Val Dieu. Some nuts (almonds?), a nice bit of spice in there, with your usual fruit overtones.

All in all, a good Tripel. This would probably be something I'd drink readily, but not in the class of the Belgian Masters. This would be, though, a great way to introduce someone to the style who's used to tamer beers.

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Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml, bottled on Jan 03

Pours with a pale yellow body, slightly cloudy, decent inch head forms, fairly good retention and lacing

Aroma is spicy. Quite aromatic, almonds coming through, similar to duvel only slightly chemically

Taste, smooth, heavy and creamy. Spice and nuts, almonds especially, the alcohol is disguised pretty well, although there is a nice warming aftertaste

A good effort

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12-ounce Chimay glass, this beer was a burnt orange in color. A thin head clung to the glass. The hops came through as sweet and fruity, with a (almost inconsequential) bite of bitters. The finish was of kiddie fruit juice. Overall, quite a good beer, but rather rich in flavor and the taste buds might be on sweetness overlaod after a couple of these.

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Photo of MattFrenzy
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Complex beer, probably on purpose to mask the 9.5% ABV. Full aroma of spice, fruit, malt, bit of hops and some alcohol. Taste is deep, medium body with hints of many things floating around the palette. Spicy, sweet, malt, carbonation, fruit, etc etc. You just have to try it. Another beer that can sneak up on you if you're not paying attention and go through a few bottles... but its oh so worth it.

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Photo of halfpgl
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A bright white head that doesn’t stick around for the finish. This clear bright pale brew has a nose to excite the taste buds. The spicy aroma pulls you in. The taste is as bright as the color. Spices abound and delicately balance out the alcohol that has the potential to do damage when you’re not expecting it. This beer is DANGEROUS, it can easily become a session beer and at 9.5% it will floor you. Dangerously good!

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Photo of kegerator
4.88/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another outstanding offering from the boys at Victory.
pours a hazy yellow golden color with a nice head that diminishes fairly quickly and leaves some lacing as you drink it down.
I wasn't able to pick up much from the scent on this beer for some reason so i wasn't sure what to expect when i tasted it.
taste, banana and spice hit up fron bigtime with a little citrus in the background, very nice and refreshing for a big abv beer
i drank this 6er fairly quick and have since bought more and more. great beer! it would have gotten all 5's but i just wasn;t getting any smell off this one. its just smelled like beer, weird.

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Photo of BrewMan82
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a piddly white head that thins down to a modest sheet in no time - poo. Aroma is fruit, some lime and pear, with a spicy hop character and some caramely malt notes. Intense fruit flavors are first, with a spicy hop-centered middle and a creamy smooth finish. Aftertaste finds the alcohol, as well as smoothness and a bit of drying as well. Mouthfeel is complex (and the best part about this brew!) - full of variations in feel, thin and fruity, then rich and creamy.

Subsequent larger gulps bring out an easy-drinking character that reminds me of a sweet, well done wheat. A bit of lacing. Carbonation is an afterthought . A delicious brew that I cannot ever find up here!

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky apricot yellow with a huge foamy white head which subsides into the risen bread look. Smell is huge on ground wheat and bananas, with some peppercorn and a small hint of citrius. Hoppiness is small. The taste gives hints of charred wood, and is quite sweet overall. There is a fruity starchiness as well, but I cant quite put my finger on it (bananas maybe?). The taste is a bit too sweet and fruity, and I would love to have had a bit more depth in this beer. The mouthfeel is decent too. The body is medium, a bit syrupy, and has a good amount of small carbonation. A pretty good beer overall, but not great compared to some of the other beers in its class.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow-orange body, topped by a solid three fingers of tight flat-white foam, which rises above the rim, and has a crater where the beer poured.

Nose dominated by lemon and a spice rack full of scents.

Spices hit the tongue from the start, arriving with the initial malt payload, and building to an almost puckering lemon climax.
Spices also leave the aftertaste a little overly dry.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected. It's not big enough for its cargo.

Drinkability: I've been working thru a six-pack and it has become a bit of work.

I expect triples to have more depth. Then maybe it could have stood up to the spices. This could pass for a wit. As is, this is one beer from Victory I'll not be rushing to re-visit.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date of dec. 03. Pours light golden and clear, white, tiny bubble head and leaves some lacing. Nose in lemony, powdered sugar, flowers and a hint of spice. Crisp and a bit prickly on the tongue, flavors are subtle, sweetness evident but not cloying. Fruity, yeasty, spicey. I love this stuff. Nice American Triple style from Victory. If you like the style , this one will be a pleaser.

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Photo of nvsblman
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color. What little head there is disappears quickly. There is a grassy aroma with some floral tones. Has a medium mouthfeel, with loads of tiny bubbles that coat the tongue. The taste is somewhat malty sweet, with almost a honey flavor. It is a bit spicey and herby and the yeast flavor is prevalent. Suprisingly smooth and refreshing for a beer with this alcohol content.

Thanks to PSUDREW for sending this my way!

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Photo of Quaffer
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The label says it's a tripel and brewed with spices. Should be interesting.

Appearance: Hazy, golden-yellow in color. Fizzy white head rose up and disappeared quickly. A dense layer of bubbles remained to help deposit some light lacing.

Smell: Tons of stuff going on in the aroma. Hay, straw, grass, spicy yeast, light alcohol, cloves, and allspice were all over the place. Underneath these was a solid, sweet malt base. Grassy and spicy were what it was all about.

Mouthfeel: Unbelievably smooth for this style of beer. Light- to medium-bodied, but flowed through the mouth and into the throat with no resistance.

Taste: An odd mix of flavors. Typical sweet malt and spicy yeast that one would expect from this style, but there was a strong grass component to it as well. Plus, the spices seemed stronger than is typical, comfirming the label's claim that this was "brewed with spices." Some alcohol arose in the middle and on the finish, the sweetness gained strength and became the strongest component. After the addition of the dregs, the spiciness lost some strength and the yeast took over.

A good beer. Not your typical tripel, but it's always good to have a beer that goes a little against the grain.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost the color of a hazy BUD I hate to say.Very little head-nice lacing.Nice malty,sweet aroma-somewhat spicy but not too much.Great flavor I cant say enough about it.Citrusy-almost lemony.Malty with a nice lingering sweetness.Theres definately spices in there but they seem to swirl together with none in particular standing out on its own.Nowhere near as phenolic as some Belgian triples can be.Silky smooth mouthfeel-goes down dangerously easy.A great beer from Victory-most Ive had have been great actually.Nice to see an "American" version of a Belgian classic that is just fantastic.

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Photo of Foxman
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very hazy golden yellow, glowing in the ambient light (what little there is) at Johnny Brenda's. No more than a finger of white frothy head flowed from under the tap, and it settled out promptly, something I remember from the bottled version. Some spotty lacing remained behind after drinking.

The aroma brought first a firm wave of spice, right out of a pumpkin pie, and then a coyly sweet note of malt. A fruity melange, including apple and melon, rounded out the closing stanza.

The flavor begins almost haltingly with a truncated but serious push of malt sweetness that's abruptly overtaken by the coriander and cinnamon notes promised by the scent. The middle ground abounds with the fruity esters of apple, pear, and mild citrus, and has some room left over for a gentle hint of ginger. A busy blend of fruit, spice, and a rather distant hops essence carries along to the finish, and glows on the palate for some time. It's tough to call the result a true balance of the elements, but despite the business, the overall flavor is rather fetching.

Medium bodied, it coats ably, and lingers long before sliding slickly away.

It was the end of a long evening, and this elixir was not at all a bad way to close things out. The many components work hard to play well together, and the outcome is a busy but entertaining beer. You don't balance all this so much as juggle it, but nothing gets dropped during the performance. Granted, sometimes you find yourself concentrating to discern just what it is you're tasting, but once you get out of "review mode," you can sit back and easily enjoy what it has to offer. Noticeably absent was overt evidence of the muscular ABV, so it bears watching, because it can and will reach out its paws and grip you firmly. Still in moderation it'll go down capably and enjoyably. One more victory for Victory.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy golden honey body, but pours with almost no head and I don't really like that for a tripel. The aroma is pretty quiet which is a shame because what I get seems to be truly pleasant, but I wish it was more expressive. It seems quite yeasty not unlike an apple pie crust and with a deep malt profile (fresh harvest oranges, pears, bananas, melon bubblegum), honeyish and spicy (ginger mostly). There is a restrained alcohol suggestion in the back as well. The first sip surprises by the lively carbonation which is very tongue-cleaning and complements the banana/honey/yeasty palate interestingly to my liking. Very flowery, herbal and appealing taste, with obvious but well contained warming alcohol notes. Oh yeah, the mouthfeel fits the overall experience like a charm, not so thick, but plain clean and silky. Great, if not exceptional, american rendition.

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