Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Belgian 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,346
Reviews:
1,843
Ratings:
5,863
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
Wants:
178
Gots:
1,794
Trade:
7
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Photo of z_21
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moundbz
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eldergleam
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidD3
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really liked the malt and bready flavors when they came through, but the beer tasted like it was dominated by a lemony flavor that was just unpleasant the further I got into the beer.

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

Photo of brewerang
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

While not up to the level of its Belgian counterparts, this is a very good American take on the style at an excellent price point. The beer is very spice-forward, but not overwhelmingly so, with classic notes of banana, coriander, and clove. The Belgian yeast is spot-on and this beer is dangerously drinkable at 9.5%. My only disappointment was that the head disappeared quickly.

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Photo of JB4Beer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zachkrauter
4.64/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of izmirlig
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This tastes fantastic! Its exemplary of the style. The mouth feel, spice (corriander?) and overall balance really satisfies and does a good job masking a fairly high gravity offering.

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Photo of user785335
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tweezerjam
1.28/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is disgusting beer. The style and spices are awful. The only positive is its 9.5%. Other than that- blech!

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Photo of dafla67
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chasecrandell
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shenk87
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jguzman718
4.98/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of KMcGrath
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes 5/4/15: Pours somewhat clear, orange/medium gold producing 1.5 fingers of mostly tightly bubbled, glowing white head that diminishes to a thin layer with patchy islands of surface cap but leaves only a little blotchy lacing. Aroma is bread, yeasty and acidic with esters of apple, pear and slightly phenolic. Taste is pale malt, bread, yeast esters of apple, peach and pear; there is a hint of grape, honey and mineral with a citrus hoppy bite and bitterness. It is peppery throughout. Bitterness deepens in the astringent aftertaste.

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Photo of c014572
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PlasticRocket
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 4/20/17 (18 months ago) poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 9.5% ABV. The beer pours bright golden amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a few bubbles and a thin ring leaving a few spots of lacing. The aroma is spicy and yeasty with a hint of alcohol. The taste is semisweet clovey banana with some nice pils malt in the middle before a drying medium bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a slightly prickly feel on the tongue. Overall, good. This doesn't seem as cohesive as some higher rated examples, but doesn't seem as far off as the numbers would indicate.

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Photo of RDasher
4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love it.

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Photo of ButterMelon
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This beer is not very good at all.

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Photo of crouching050
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Samhhhh
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,863 ratings