Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,603
Reviews:
1,815
Ratings:
5,743
pDev:
15.05%
Bros Score:
3.38
 
 
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166
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1,714
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Photo of anomalousclouds
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thors_Bounty
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Outlier
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

OK beer, very strong aroma but not too overpowering hints of spices. Drinkable but ABV too high for my taste.

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

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

Photo of HopsnScotch987
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Aj21
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the aroma is very fruity and the taste is good with a little note of spice

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

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information evident.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with robust head formation, ultimately leaving a slight more than one inch, foamy, white head with excellent retention and solid lacing down the entire side of the glass.
S: Aromas of cloves, lemon, and banana predominate the nose with a peppery note.
T: Sweet to semi-sweet and smooth. Flavors of cloves, honey, maybe a bit of banana and lemon blend nicely. Bitterness light relative to overall taste palate, allowing other flavors to come through. Drinks very cleanly.
M: Light to medium bodied with very consistent effervescence.
O: This is likely to best American produced Tripel I have had to date. Definitely in the same league as international offerings. While impressed by the number of ratings, the overall score seems a bit low. Could there be an issue with consistency/shelf life? I refrigerated mine when I purchased it. #production information

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Photo of AndrewAK
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zeldadog
1.86/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer used to be good it was spicy with a hint of Fruit.

NOW it taste like bad banana bread or like banana Now or Later candy sorta of gross and leaves a really bad aftertaste in your mouth. We used to really like this beer but we’re very disappointed in the new taste.

What ever they changed is not good.

Victory Brewery bring back the old Golden Monkey.

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Photo of jdguggs10
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paradox1000
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevenTowne
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me, this is the Holy Grail of beer. From the pour to the sniff to the first tingle on the tongue this beer rules. It is the standard by which I measure all other beer. No matter what mood I am in a Golden Monkey brightens me up. The only downside to this beer, and I mean only, is that due to it’s ABV it is not an all day bbq drinker. This is a low volume Gem. Great with a prime rib. Great as a sipper. But not an all day backyard chugger.

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Photo of Rivarol
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Scasterline
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RNRMFRs
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Echo1M4Carbine
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of GLBClover85
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer.. Picked it up at my local Kroger in a mix n match 6 pack...the high ABV caught my eye and it was only 1.49..not a fan of trippels by any means but this one is very smooth and mild for the style. At 9.5% ABV i can't taste the booze at all and you could definitely get carried away with this one.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on Sept 22, 2017. Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear golden yellow with just a bit of very finely dispersed sediment if you look closely when held up to the light. Big thick white head slowly died back with persistent thick sheets and strands of lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, floral, herbal, leafy, with a bit of a whiff of noble hops.

Taste: Leafy bitterness throughout with some noble hop taste. Some fruity esters from the Belgian yeast scattered throughout. There may be some other spices in this, including Grains of Paradise, which has a distinctive taste that I'm not fond of and I think I'm detecting it here. Complex taste. The malt is somewhat muted and the sweetness for me shows up at the finish. Odd.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation with some lingering spiciness on the tongue. Powdery and soft mouthfeel. Some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very different Tripel than I've had before, but hits the style well, and is a good one to sip and savor and try to pull out all the flavors. I think the only reason I didn't enjoy it more was the Grains of Paradise - if that's what I'm tasting at the finish (it may be given the cryptic "Exotic Spice from the East" comment below). One is enough for me per evening. This much flavor might be better to pair with food rather than drinking it separately.

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Photo of cwm51662
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Me, I'm an amateur at this, and working at the start of a six-pack. Def get the banana whiff, and spiced pear/clove in the taste. Might well fool you into drinking too fast.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,743 ratings