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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!

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,210
Reviews:
1,851
Ratings:
5,883
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
Wants:
181
Gots:
1,807
Trade:
7
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 5,883 |  Reviews: 1,851
Photo of Mcwask717
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could only pick one beer for the rest of my life, this is it. Maybe it’s not everyone’s favorite American tripel, but I just can’t get sick of it. There is some odd balance of sweet and spice that keeps me coming back.

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Photo of aatazebeats
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LongDarkBlues
1.44/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Victory's worst by a mile, and weirdly its most-ubiquitous, beer. It's cloying, boring, and kind of broadly gross. The kind of beer that a brewery only keeps making because it must sell well to some sort of tasteless demographic, even though it's by-a-mile the worst beer they manufacture. It's awful, and they should stop contaminating their variety packs with it's de facto inclusion.

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Photo of Mojopin88
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SlavicTurk
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very distinct taste, has a high alcohol percentage and doesn’t taste very strong. The spices included in the brew take some getting used to( I didn’t like it that much at first) however after getting through half the can and pouring it into a glass, it tasted much better. Over all a very unique and interesting beer.

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Photo of markallmon
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

This very strong Belgian style Tripel is one of my go-to beers. The pale gold color disguises an inviting aroma and a delightful, faintly spicy taste and creamy feel. It's a well balanced beer that I've only grown more fond of over the years.

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Photo of good_to_sea
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Small, white, creamy-looking head. Amber-colored. Good carbonation.
Smell: Strawberry, some banana. A little bit of hops. Lots of boozy fruit aroma.
Taste: Vanilla. Fruity sweetness up front -- strawberry, cherry. Toasty malt flavor in the middle. Lingering caramel and banana flavors in the middle and the end. You can definitely taste the alcohol as well. I can't detect what the added spices are... Nutmeg? Cinnamon? A great plum/grape aftertaste.
Feel: Oily -- coats the tongue and mouth.
Overall: A little bit of cloying sweetness/intensity, but very tasty when I got used to the banana flavor. I think it tastes a bit milder and better as it warms up.

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Photo of CoteCoyote
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dry, but botanically delicious. A repeat purchase

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Photo of slozoa
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blubberfet
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jay_Dee
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer in a pick six . On first sip the banana is right there. As it goes along the other spices kick in and almost hide the whopping 9.5 ABV, but not quite. Not really a bad beer, but I'm sure would not have too many of these at once.

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

Look: soft yellow, like an unhydrated piss. very pilsner-esque
Smell: vanilla, bourbon, and booze
Taste: very silky, definite booze on the aftertaste, reminiscent of a bourbon barrel aged ale
Overall: good for one beer or paired in a flight, wouldn't want more than one

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Photo of PhilCarta
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TPHuth
4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RockHop
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours mostly golden with a nice off-white head but not much retention. A sharp strong aroma, some spice pineapple, and fruit, but also a whiff of acetone and booze. I love the flavor, but I am partial to this style. Banana bread, ginger, bourbon, it’s all in there. Funky stuff. Can vary a bit from bottle to bottle and when warmer, can be quite boozy. I appreciate the range of experience you have with this beer. One of my favs.

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Photo of Muss42
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sstrat486
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Photo of CoasterGuy
2.59/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,883 ratings