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Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Reviews: 1,745 | Ratings: 5,404
Photo of JWFokker
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first time I had this beer, I hated it. The yeast and spices were overpowering and I didn't enjoy it at all. Seven months later, it's considerably better. I can't be certain, but either my taste has changed considerably or the bottle conditioning did this beer a world of good.

It pours a nice golden color with about 1cm of white head. For those value such things, the lacing is pretty good. The nose is milder than the first bottle I had seven months ago. The smell of yeast is much milder and mixes decently with the spices. The flavor even better several months down the line. It starts with sweet malts and a touch of yeast and and finishes with spices. Much better balanced than the first bottle I had. All in all, when it's had some time to age, it's a rather drinkable beer. If you don't like it at first, give it some time. It does get better.

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Photo of Offa
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fairly good tripel, but not great, with some character but ultimately a bit bland and one-dimensional with clear alcholic spiciness.

Deep straw-gold, it has a big off-white head, but not huge or out of control, steadily shrinking to a thin foamy ring and leaving essetially noe lace.

The aroma is banana, yeast, hay, hints of golden raisin.

The taste is spicey alcohol, clear but not overly strong or rough, somewhat raisiny (golden raisins) and lightly sweet with hints of banana, hay, yeast, and mineral water. It has a slightly dry, spicey finish with a gently spicey aftertaste with very faint yeastiness. It has a pretty good feel, a bit zesty but firm, yet is very one-dimensional and rather bland. For the most part, it is just spicey alcohol in character, if not actually harsh or rough, with only a very faintly fruity-yeasty element. Ultimately, it is fairly pleasant but very boring and gets somewhat tiresome with the strength.

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Photo of lostwars
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought in a case. Many of the bottles were missing labels??

Appearance - Beautiful golden color with slight cloudiness. Looked great in the sunlight.

Smell - Slight smell of bananas and spices.

Taste - Overpowering alcohol taste. Slight alkaloid taste that left my tongue numb.

Mouthfeel - Numb tongue made the 2nd and 3rd bottle go down much faster.

Drinkability - As soon as I got to #3 I passed out.

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Photo of Rope
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance-
The truest thing about the beer, it is a nice golden yellow with a white head.

Smell-
Honey and malt, but really struggling to find the Belgian notes.

Taste-
Starts with a slight lemon, but the honey malt from the nose overpowers. Once again struggling to find anything Belgian.

Mouthfeel-
Well Carbonated, aftertaste lingers a little.

Overall-
A good beer, but it doesn't strike me as a Tripel Belgian.

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Photo of ixodus
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear gold in color (appropriately) with a small white head that settles to a haze of foam.

S: Sweet, spicy, and very aromatic. In the nose I get coriander, banana, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and alcohol esters. Smells like a triple..

T: This beer tastes pretty hot compared to some of the other high abv tripels I've had. I taste alcohol upfront along with some spice followed by sweet sugary citrus fruits at the end.

M: Medium to thin bodied and a little on the overcarbed side.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A different ale from one of the best brewers in America.Great two finger head and a clear golden color thats a little light,but not bad,the carbonation makes up for it.This taste a little too much "wheat" for my taste,but still not bad.The label says its a spice ale,but not overly spicey.This packs a punch at 9.5% alc.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- poured into goblet. Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces and completely dissapears quickly, not as much head as I would expect from a tripel

S- typical, yet slightly subdued tripel aromas; powdery yeast with some fruit esters, peppery with a touch of clove, finished with some grainy malt

T- woah, they certainly aren't trying to hide the booze here, as it attacks the palate right away. Once I get past the alcohol, I pick up some faint banana with peppery spice, herbal notes, with a strong boozy finish that is slightly bitter and dry

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish with some alcohol burn at the end

O- the best examples of Tripels are the ones that masterfully hide the high ABV in the beer, this one does not. The alcohol overpowers the traditional tripel flavors and makes it a bit of a boozy mess. I'll stick with the Belgian's.

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Photo of 6thomas3
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light amber hue with a small head and ample carbonation bubbles

Smell - Floral with faint zesty burst of citrus

Taste - Yeasty with a strong spice finish

Mouthfeel - Light with a kick of zing

Overall - A nice beer with adequete appeal

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

Beer is a hazy golden color with a thick, creamy off-white head that fades oh so slowly. Smell is yeasty with hints of fruit and spice. Taste is yeasty with hop bitterness and alcohol in the end. In between is the usual blend of Belgium flavors that i'm still having trouble sorting out and describing. Mouthfeel seems to be on the light side of medium.

Overall, this beer is on style, but has little to distinguish it. However, i have to admit that the first time i tried a bottle out of the six pack it was all yeasty funk to me and i had to throw it out. This time i can drink it, either because its had a few months to age or because i've had a few more months experience in tasting beers. Who knows, maybe a few more months will make it a better tasting beer.

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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 PantherLightning
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow, and hazy with 2 fingers of white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Fruity, smells strongly of apricot. Hints of spices as well.

T/M- Light and crisp with the apricot coming through along with some of the alcohol. A bit of spice in the finish. Not a whole lot of complexity develops. I feel like this needs either some sweetness in the front of the pallet or a bitterness in the finish to give it more dimension. But overall, not bad. Light mouth-feel with a bit of a slick, oily texture.

D - Overall, this is fairly light and simple for a stronger beer. This is very drinkable, and I feel like I would be able to put away a few in a sitting.

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Photo of Jason
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man oh man, this is strong @!#$. What a kick, they should have named it after the devil though. Not all Belgian beers are as wild as this, some are just clean, bitter and alcoholic.

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Photo of goldbot
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by 12/18/2012 printed on the label.

A very pale yellow color with medium white, bubbly head. A few streams of active carbonation. The head is lively but dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell is clean and malty, with a strong Belgian yeast aroma. Strong clove spiciness and subtle apple and citrus aromas. Taste is very yeasty and spicy, with a slight bitterness present. A very muddled flavor between spice, malt, and yeast flavors. A slight funk is present. Powdery and somewhat dry, with a fair alcohol warmth toward the end.

Light body and a bit of sweetness. Finishes a bit drier and mostly clean.

This beer seemed kind of jumbled up as far as flavors go. Everything kind of competes on the tongue for the spotlight. A bit on the hot side as well.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Westmalle chalice at fridge temperatures.

A: Pours a hazy dark straw color. No head whatsoever. Moderate to high carbonation, with very large bubbles. Not a good looking tripel.

S: Aroma is somewhat muted. Generally, a light bready/yeasty aroma, with some tropical fruit and an herbal note, like chamomille.

T: Flavor is a light toffee, supported with a fruity note and some well balanced spice. Carbonation provides a nice counterpoint. Lingering finish that reminds me of banana.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, appropriate for the style.

D: Fairly drinkable, although nothing unusual for the style.

Overall: This is a decent tripel, and a beer I would certainly drink again. However, its appearance is a disappointment, and there are many other examples of the style on the market that are superior.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A moderately hard pour into a Duvel tulip almost fills the glass with a murky pale orange body topped by a full, fluffy banana scented head. The head dies back most of the way but some lacing remains.

Bananas, cloves, maybe some peppery notes, with some alcohol to kick it in the pants. Smells like a hefeweizen on steroids.

Bananas, cloves, a little sweetness and a lot of alcohol. Very solvent-like alcohol - pretty harsh. Some citrusy character, orange or lemon, but it's very much in the background. Too much bitterness, though I wonder if it isn't just the alcohol since it doesn't feel the same as most bitter drinks I've had.

Thinnish mouthfeel but with good carbonation to cut through some of the alcohol. Creamier would have been better but wouldn't have had a chance against the alcohol.

Did I mention the alcohol? Whew! Some beers are 10% and drink like they're 6%, this one is 9.5% and drinks like it's 14%.

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Photo of cjl1209
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Gold and shiny with noticeable suspended particles; head only comes with a hard pour after that it dissipates quickly, lace is nonexistent.

S - An unpleasant sweet grass smell with notes of caramel.

T - Grass and caramel, maybe hints of toffee. Definite alcohol. There's a lingering taste like you just mowed the lawn.

M - Very light, average carbonation

D - Rather harsh considering the lingering taste and heavy alcohol notes. Only 2 of these max.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours orange with a bit of a white head that disappears quickly, but has great carbonation

S: Pretty muted nose. A touch of orange zest, bit of spice, maybe a hint of cider, but that's it.

T: Also pretty bland. Starts off with a bit of orange and spice, with the middle turning into a touch of bready/yeasty flavor, and finishes with a pretty nasty bitterness that's left in your mouth. I don't understand it.

O: Probably the worst tripel I've ever had. Oh well, it's only a bomber.

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Photo of Hokies
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange color, cloudy with some head and no lacing.

S: Light fruit smell with yeast and cloves.

T: Strong upfront with some clove flavor that finishes dry with some peppery taste to it and alcohol burn at the end.

M: Carbonated and dry.

D: Nice to have only a few.

Overall not my favorite style but still a nice version of a tripel.

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Photo of BTPete
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Victory Golden Monkey

tripel, tap @ savannah's - albany, ny

A: golden, perfectly see through with little to no head. What little head was there dissipated away as I drank from DFH snifter.

S: a little earthy, citrus, slight banana.

T: this one seems smooth but not as complex or inviting as I'd like. Good, not great.

M: a little thin, wishing for more carbonation on this. Complex style, not mastered here.

D: I drank it and might sample again, interested in tap v bottle. I found it hid the alcohol decently well and gave me a nice smile on lunch break, didn't invite me back for more though. Lunch on the other hand was excellent.

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Photo of mat5175
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

i actually like this quite a bit. Other reviewers are right though, this is a poor example of the style. But i don't really drink it as an exmple. Weak head, that certainly doesn't last, and the lacing is weak when it's there at all. Very full and silky mouthfeel however. The flavor may not be rich and complex, but i really like it's basic profile; not too sweet and not as bitter or alcoholic as others of the style. In an odd way this reminds me of Midas Touch from DogFishHead. Not as sweet or complex, but far more economical. A great strong beer for a Friday night at home if you can get it easily.

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Photo of iSip
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory Golden Monkey Triple: The Belgian Triple style is so different, it’s almost not beer, but makes for a great dessert! So how does Victory Brewing offering fare? It has a rich golden color in the glass, is appropriately translucent, and has a thin off-white head. The aroma is right in there for a triple: yeasty, fruity and sweet. The flavor starts out as a wonderful triple: complex, sweet and yeasty bready. But the finish, which should be the climax of a good triple falls a bit short, even some bitter comes through. Worth a try, but there are better triples out there.

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Photo of mjurney
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Bright golden color, hazy, tons of carbonation, very little head, leaves no lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Spice, a little banana, grainy, perfume.
[Taste]: Sweet malty up front, I could taste a little cloves and banana, peppery in the mid-palate, hint of lemon peel, alcohol bite at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Medium-light bodied, carbonation is about medium, strong alcohol warmth, rough finish.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is pretty low, this beer is kicking my butt.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a wide mouth wine glass.

Murky golden yellow body with a small white head.

yeast "Saison" smell to it.

Yeast taste with a hint of orange and some spices in the aftertaste.Its also a bit syrpy

Easy going down and very warming.easy on the carbonation as well.

Good tasting beer,jusy on qualm, its the yeast taste to it,im not fond of it.Other then that its very solid and worth seeking out

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Photo of yelterdow
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served between fridge and cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip. Bottled on April 17, 2006... this should be drinking well right about now.

Appearance- Pours a clear, "nuclear" gold... I say that because there's an interesting yellow-green thing happening here. The white, two finger head settles to a mess of various sized bubbles that wander aimlessly on the surface. Aside from the quiet stream of fizz lifting from the etched "D" in my glass, this is just average.

Smell- Spices and Belgian hop aromas abound... I get traces of vanilla and coriander amongst some other notes I can't identify. This is smelling more and more like a witbier, with some parallels to Allagash's flagship beer... but without the orange peel. The alcohol is just now rearing its head. After adding the sediment, a fuller richness adds complexity and smooths out the aromas.

Taste- This is going to hurt... Golden Monkey is all about spices and flavor, but it's just too much. Too much bombastic, tongue-lashing flavor. It begins slightly sweet, then it goes deep into the spice cabinet and dumps a few shakes into your mouth... without the little white plastic thingies with the holes so you don't overspice your food. I love tripels, but at 9.5% the alcohol is a detractor. Way overdone spicewise.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I like the medium, slick carbonation very much... it feels right for this beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't give me more of a reason to go back to the fridge and enjoy another one... drinkability is hindered previously. I would suggest finding the right culinary match for this beer and giving it a chance to shine, because it could use some balancing.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As someone who loves Belgian beers and especially triples this beer is disappointing and problematic.

First we can start with the pour, regardless of what glass I've attempted to use I cannot get a good head out of this beer. The dissipation of the head is also very quick. I'm currently reviewing this in a snifter. The color is also alarmingly lighter in color then most triples. The first tripel I had was La Fin Du Monde and it seduced with its almost sensual orange glow. Golden Monkey however is straw colored, but not in the golden way Belgian pales are. Lacing is actually fair and soapy but still falls short for the style at hand.

You'd normally be aware to decant your beer properly to insure yeast sediment doesn't get in, however its hard to with this beer. Instead you get a very fine hazy sediment.

The typical clove and orange peel aroma is there with and a tad of Belgian yeast funk. The yeast, the spices and alcohol create a spicy aroma but one that clashes. Its almost akin to decomposing fruits.

As and mouth feel this beers a little light in the pants. Body is extremely light and flavors are really subdued. Belgian yeast, alcohol, orange peel and clove take center stage upon first sip and fade quickly to notes of grass and straw that shouldn't be as well as a solvent-like alcohol flavor. Those two flavors take the floor more then the spices and yeast.

Overall this beer tastes like more of an attempt to make a Belgian Strong Pale ale rather then a Tripel. Overall a decent beer but its clearly missing its style and not in experimental way. Just mediocre. In your local bottle shop spring for a 4pk or 750 of LA Fin Du Monde or Chimay. You're likely to find those.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
84 out of 100 based on 1,745 ratings.