Golden Monkey
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Tripel
Ranked #229
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,852
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 15.01%
Reviews:
1,930
Ratings:
4,233
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 24, 2022
Added:
Sep 17, 2001
Wants:
  205
Gots:
  1,875
SCORE
84
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Notes: 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!
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Rated: 3.99 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Nov 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

Nov 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by DoctorRobert1969 from California

Nov 06, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.52 by BTexpress from Georgia

Oct 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by rare_bird from Michigan

Oct 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Legendary_Geko from Florida

3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Look: Amber color, 1 finger head

Smell: Spices. Smells almost like a whitbier

Taste: Eh, it's ok, a little disappointing considering a bunch of my friends wanted me to try this.

Feel: Non-Existent

Overall: Very average beer.
Oct 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by o29 from Texas

Oct 07, 2022
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the bottom of the can: "BEST BY JUL 13 24 PBG 22194 14:38 FL"

Appearance: The body is a pretty medium shade of gold. It has pretty good clarity with only a slight bit of haze. The head is massive, creamy textured, and slightly off-white with a bit of an eggshell appearance. It has very good head retention and very nice sheets of creamy lacing on the glass.

Aroma: There is a bit of a banana aroma to the beer with a touch of an old paper scent. After the glass is agitated a bit there is a hint of a white pepper character that comes through.

Taste: Up front there is banana and a light bit of coriander. Towards the middle of the mouth there is a very light touch of clove mixed with more of that banana flavor. It has a very mellow sweetness that is balanced well with the beer. The flavor doesn't transform to the back of the mouth or in the aftertaste and stays mostly banana with a light hint of clove at times.

Mouthfeel: It is very smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation feels a little on the light side but the body of the beer still feels great. It has very high drinkability and it hides the alcohol well.

Overall: It is a really well made beer. The can states that this has a "Belgian yeast character of banana and clove" and they really hit the nail on the head with that description. The beer has a pleasant banana flavor with just a light touch of perceived sweetness that feels balanced. It is enjoyable to drink. I would recommend it and I would buy it again.
Sep 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Sep 10, 2022
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Reviewed by josephferris from New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Surprisingly good American take on a Tripel. Purchased a six pack of 12oz bottles and sampling in a tulip glass.

Allowed bottle to warm to 50F before pouring. Little to no head and very little lacing. On the nose, I am getting faint bananas and cloves with a background note of caramel. Taste is actually very yeast and malt forward, with a higher-than-usual sweetness and a clean lighter hop finish (Tettnang, maybe?). Subdued, but present, alcohol taste, which is not out of place for the style. Some black pepper notes on the tongue, which is present in my favorite Belgians.

It is the mouthfeel that throws it off, for me. For the style, it feels much thinner than I expected. If it was not so thin, I think that it would drink a little slower. Somehow, this is an almost crushable tripel, which is just as dangerous as it sounds. Allowing this to sit in the glass and warm up a bit, it becomes more balanced, and I get some slightly floral notes and a slightly improved mouthfeel.

Honestly, for the price, it exceeded expectations. I would have no problem buying it again, although I would not say it is the best in the style. However, it might be my favorite of American tripels, so far.
Sep 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Foyle from North Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A 1" off white head drops slowly, no lacing. Color is golden amber. Aroma of banana, clove and other spices. Mouthfeel is medium with dry finish. Flavor bursts with clove, allspice, earthy hops, yeast rolls. Overall: lots of flavor but not necessarily a situation of more=better. It's very good but not excellent. I probably would not buy this particular tripel again for that reason.
Aug 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.66 by Sparty1965

Aug 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Aug 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.66 by Bitburger from Vermont

Aug 10, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.64 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Jul 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by yuno from New York

Jul 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Jul 03, 2022
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
October 9th, 2016 - A classic, but well worth reviewing again. Those Belgian esters hit softly but with definition, coaxing the olfactory with pear, banana (peel) and clove, with a richness that is intoxicating. The flavor is even better, translating those esters into a chorus of fruit flavors, and some nice spicy garnishes. I find pear, cinnamon and custard, with a little pepper for an unexpected kick. There's a reason this has been around for so long. Here's to hoping it's around in another decade.
Jul 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by emwilke from Nevada

Jul 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.01 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Jun 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.58 by nickb2000

Jun 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by TrojanRB from Texas

May 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by Mgrush

May 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by Cfitty from New York

May 06, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tried this beer on a recommendation from a friend who originally sent me some Victory Beer in a beer box. To me, it tastes great and the ABV is in the mid-upper range that I like to start with.
Definitely One of my favorites.
May 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.97 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Apr 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.17 by PaulMayer from Virginia

Apr 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by MouldyCrow from Pennsylvania

Apr 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.99 by ViggieMech from Florida

Apr 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Fairly light head. Smell is sweet; banana and bubblegum, esters, coriander, cloves. Taste follows; sweet slightly caramel malt, banana, a hint of orange peel and citrus hops, becoming bubblegum and fruit esters, finishing with plenty of cloves and coriander. The alcohol is quite present; finish is dry. Not bad, but a bit too sweet and too reliant on the presence of spices for me.
Apr 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.84 by PapaGoom

Mar 28, 2022
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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
clear yellow with a short & short lived head with a faint aroma of banana, clove, and candied orange peel

Monkey tastes of banana, clove, candied orange peel, pear juice, with a peppery hit at the end.

almost no carbonation in the glass, but has a fizzy mouthful with a dry peppery, slightly bitter finish

not a bad tripel for the price
Mar 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by Pens1866 from Pennsylvania

Mar 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.89 by irishevans from California

Mar 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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