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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

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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Photo of RootedFool
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op, in Arcata, California.

Pours light golden yellow. Minimal bubbly head. Cloudy ring of lace on the glass. Obviously nicely carbonated -- a bevy of bubbles dancing in the glass.

Smell is of alcohol, grapefruit rinds, rum-soaked raisins, bananas, and a strong malt backbone.

Malts expand over the tongue, broad and sweet, leading into candied dried fruits, glazed donuts, and a brazen alcohol warmth that nearly numbs my tongue.

Mouthfeel isn't as creamy as I expected. Maybe a little too light to handle the heavy-handed flavors.

Well done, even if the high ABV is too obvious -- but that might be likable to some drinkers, including me.

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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 oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden moderately carbonated brew with a solid white head that stays well and leaves a nice lace.
Very hoppy scent, some good spice and caramel, earthly as well.
Taste is unbelievable! hoppy and sweet at the same time in perfect harmony, aftertaste is next to nonexistant which makes you reach for the beer constantly, this is a highly alcoholic beer but you wouldn't know from the taste. Some light grain quality to the flavor is present but subtle.
Full and solid body, doesn't leave much of an impression in the way of being slick yet feels smooth and mellow.
Very drinkable, this beer drinks itself.
Absolutely amazing!@#


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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Victory- Golden Monkey

Since it's officially the "year of the monkey" I'll ring it in with a bottle of Golden Monkey.

Appearance- cloudy yellow/ straw with a super thick white head. The head disappated very quickly.
Smell- very fruity and spicy. Typical Belgium spice smell.
Taste- Way to fruity. Grapefruit citrus is overpowering and alcohol is too present, well at 9.5% I guess its hard to hide.

Overall- My first Victory beer is a bust. It's just to citrusy. I think I'm getting GERD because of it. A similair beer that is paletteable is Heavyweight's Lunacy.

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

Some times it's good to have dessert first and then again and again and again... The Monkey is fun! I first had this at the Standard Tap in Philadelphia. It was the perfect beer to try on my first visit to the Tap. I'd like to think that it's better on tap then from a bottle but my tap experience was long ago. The monkey poured cloudy and appeared to have a honey color. The head built quickly but also faded quickly. It was easy enough to stir more foam by swirling the glass. The flavor is fruity and sweet which is why I think it's perfect to have for dessert. (a habit that developed recently) This beer commands your attention because if you let your guard down, the Monkey will have its way with you...Monkey...it's just fun to say!

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Photo of gnaussea
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden yellow with an impotent head, as far as a tripel is concerned. Glass seems quite carbonated, but the head struggled and settled quickly. Nose is acidic, with notable spice (coriander mainly.) Hmm... has quite a bit of bite at first, and it settles into acid and hop. The malt flavor is genuine, and a sweetness lingers on the tongue. Where's the yeast? I dunno, a good brew, but seems like a tripel adapted for the masses.

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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 TastyTaste
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold, clear color, lots of active carbonation, big white head that fills out the top of the goblet I am sampling it out of. Smells fruity, almost like champagne, and a hint of alcohol. Not particularily flavorful, has a very sweet flavor that finishes with hops and alcohol. Not up to Victory's other beers, somewhat of a disapointment.

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange/golden (duh) color with a white head and some lacing left over. Looks similar to butterscotch or an orange Gatorade.

Smell - Very strong fruitiness blasts you from the get-go and not much else. Citrus and some maltiness, possibly?

Taste - Difficult to describe at best. I immediately taste banana on the first sip. Some spices mixed within. Otherwise this one is like a pack of Skittles, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel - This one had a little more carbonation than I thought it would. The sweetness mixed with some bitterness really gets the salivary glands kicking.

Drinkability - At 9.5% ABV, this one is a hazard, but it is light and smooth and ifyou like the sweetness and the spiciness, this is a good try.

Overall - Another triumph for Victory. This is an excellent brew with some good characteristics. Take this one for a dance.

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Photo of Mangus
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poring a glass of golden, cloudy sunshine, I watch the yeasty sediment dance to the rhythm of the fading bubbly white head.

Inhaling an orchard of fruity tones and warm spices makes my mouth begin to water. I can’t wait to taste this exotic smelling brew.

A rich, chewy mouth feel confirms my expectations of a warming, delicately spiced drink. Is there a presence of sweet honey or wheat? Is there a teasing clove in there? These questions fade as I take another mouthful and smile as the warm alcohol falls down my throat and leaves a lingering hint of sweet maltiness and satisfying hops.

I love this beer.

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

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is of Belgian yeast and spices. It has a very fruity smell and a Belgian pale malt scent. The taste is good. Again, it has the traditional Belgian Abbey flavor, but with a banana flavor from the different spices and the amount of malts. It has an elevated aba (9.5%), but the beer is definately drinkable and enjoyable. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation; a very nice sessions beer.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow body with thin white head. Aromas is light citrus fruits (maybe lemon and peach) with a typically spicy Trippel background and a hint of alcohol. Flavors are is simlar to the nose very citrus like but doesn't have the yeasty, spicy tastes of great Trippels. Mouthfeel was not lively enough to make it a memorable beer.

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Photo of pio
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

orange liquid with golden tint, slight haze, slight activity w/bubbles. the head died to a halo quickly came back to blanket the top and left spotty lace at best.
scents of orange, alcohol, fruitiness like bannana, strawberry and cherry. alot of spice. noteable are butterscotch, earth, roses/perfume and yeast.
flavors had a sweet orange tasting foundation with cherry with some loam-like characteristic. an understated spice helped alot, and i thought there was a hint of mint here. an herbal after palate was appriciated as was the warm belly. the mouthfeel was not very bubbly, was filling, more chunky. not as many changes as i am apt to expect from this style but it was solid and straight ahead. i like this to a degree, i found it to be pretty good, i'd sub this for a trippel or introduce someone with this but if you've spoiled yourself....

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Photo of AaronRed
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Hazy looking beer at first, but evidence that there is a good amount of yeast in it. Nice flowery aroma emerges from the glass. This Belgian style Triple has a smooth, clean taste, imparting citrus like sweetness. Certainly not overpowering in taste, this beer packs a punch with it's alcohol content. The alcohol is hidden I feel, and one must be careful if they plan to have more than one. Overall a decent, easy to find triple, which can be consumed with a variety of foods.

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Photo of mschofield
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy gold with a huge bubbly stark white head. Impressive compared to most any brew, but for an abbey tripel it's only medium. Clumps of yeast floating around the bottom of my chalice.
Floral, banana, clove, orange and spicy aromas, the spices are especially nice.
Floral and spicy taste, with green apples, very malty-sweet. Fully flavored.
Very carbonated, and a medium feel. Drinkability is reduced by the ABV. Spices tend to cloud the pepper taste I'd expect as a warning for strong alcohol. I put some in the cellar to see how time would affect it.

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Photo of edchicma
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite Victory brew. Appearance was ok...but head quickly dissipated....smell was wheat like. Taste was somewhat citrusy and wheaty...not bad for such a high abv. Mouthfeel was puckery and not overly pleasant. Astringency kept drinkability rating down.

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

I bought a six pack for $8.99. Little pricy but I support Victory in all their efforts. An excellent brew overall. Poured a cloudy gold, with a pale white head that fizzled down fast. It smelled like most other Tripels but this one kicks you. What a taste! The alcohol is present but it can be subtle with all the spices. One of the more spicier beers I have tried. If you like spice, than this is your beer. This one of the better domestic versions of a Tripel.

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

Pale golden in color with lots of suspended particles. White head that quickly fades to a film.
Aroma of lemon, pepper, spices, yeast and alcohol.

Taste is very sweet. Sweet malt dominates the picture along with spices, lemon, pepper, dough and yeast. Alcohol only shows at the finish.

Lots of carbonation to the mouthfeel.

Overall, a solid offering, although this is still not a favorite style of mine.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, washed-out amber with boatloads of yeast. My first bottle had a soft white head that fell quickly to one finger and resulted in a nice amount of lace. This one has almost no head and barely any lace. Weird.

The nose is fruity and smells like candied banana. On the palate, I can appreciate sugared, ripe banana as well as apple-like notes. The flavor improves as I go deeper into the bottle. Alcohol is noticeable, but not obtrusive, and the 9.5% ABV ensures that the beer is nicely warming. The mouthfeel is medium, with a slightly slick, coating finish.

Initially, I thought I prefered Golden Monkey to New Belgium's tripel, but now I'd have to say that I prefer NB's version. This is pretty good beer, but isn't one I'll look for again.

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

Pours a really hazy light orange with a foamy white head. Smells strongly of bannana.

The taste is very medicinal/fruity. Hard to describe. A very strong beer that doesn't hide it's alcohol, yet remains very complex. You get some bannana, clove, and bitter apple. The hops are pronounced at the end but aren't overbearing. This is a strong beer that requires strong balance.

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Photo of irishmoss
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a golden orange color with cloudiness and tiny floating white specks. Beautiful white head that stuck around to the very bottom of the glass, great carbonation. The aroma was yeasty, bread-like, and some orange rind. The taste was a little musty, great spiciness from clove and coriander. I enjoyed the spicy aspects of this beer a hell of a lot more than the yeastiness. The alcohol level was not as overpowering as I thought it would be, well hidden. But overall, this beer failed to overwhelm me completely.

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Photo of Gump
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Golden Monkey is my first from Victory brewing.

Looks terrific as it pours slightly cloudy yellow, with a terrific, tight, and static head.
Fruity alcohol smell. Strong taste
Hints at sour apple and spice.
High ABV is evident from the after effects. I'll have another, please.

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

Hazy scorched orange liquid with a hissing, virulent head that dissolves quickly.
Aromas of candied orange and tangerine in sugar syrup together with mild, sweet spices. Black pepper, cough medicine and hazelnuts are suggested around the perimeter. Quite a mouthful with tangy, syrupy fruit that plods along nicely.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the few micros that I have had in the bottle that was better than the tap version. The golden hazy color of the bottled version is equal to the draft with a little less head, but just as much lacing. The aroma is superb when you first uncap the bottle. There is a hoppy, citrusy smell that is very enticing. It does have an alcohol aroma with its ABV being over 10%.

The taste of the bottled Monkey is really quite extraordinary. It is remindful of some of the better Belgians such as Kwak. I tasted the hoppy nature of this right away but then there is a wheaty undertone, which could as easily be a different variety of barley. The underflavors are citrus, and possibly cardamon. It is very rich in the mouth with the ability to make you want to savor it longer than is necessary to drink it.

In total, I find that Victory has not over-hyped this beer. I think it has not gotten enough press. The taste is almost addictive. At least, I hate to think that I'm coming back just for the high alcohol content. But no, it really is the definition of drinkable.

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Photo of saltydog
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated July 30, 2003 tried October 29. Appearance: Golden yellow; slightly cloudy. Head fades rapidly. Smell: very spicy, some malt. Taste: Dominated by spiciness. Some malt sweetness, some earthy hops. Mouthfeel: creamy, fairly thick. Drinkability: Good, but would prefer more dryness in the beer, and would be more appropriate to style.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
84 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.