Golden Monkey
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.75 | pDev: 14.93%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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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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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jul 24, 2014
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Skepticalfriend from Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't understand why the bros reviewed this so low. They need to have another.

If you pay really close attention to each sip, the qualities kind of disappear - you have to just drink it and not think too much. You'll realize how good it is. It's got such a nice light (golden?) taste and feel, but it's also rich and flavorful - some spice and floral - especially the afterglow. Sweet the main thing for me. Virtually no hop bitterness.

A - Gorgeous pour.

S - Not strong, but not distracting or bad. I give it a five not because it was a perfect smell, but because for me it's not part of the experience - it's mild/neutral and doesn't detract from the drinking of it.

T - See above.

M - I guess I do like a bit more carbonation, but that's not really the thing with this style right?

O - Again, don't focus on each sip. Just enjoy it.

Aug 10, 2014
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Amazing bright orange color with a good-sized head.

Smell – Big, serious yeast aromas immediately fill the nose. There’s some wonderful tropical fruit in there to include orange, peaches, melons, and even a dash of coconut juice.

Taste – This one delivers big time. The bready yeast is strong but balanced. The fruity flavors keep things even and the mild alcohol notes remind the drinker of the 9.5 ABV.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium to full in the body. This one is thick and chewy. It’s dinner in a glass.

Drinkability – This was ideal. It went down like a true Abbey Tripel. It was exceptionally smooth, energetic, and right on style. Awesome!

Update – I revisited this in 2004 and was even more impressed with the way Victory put this one together. After attending the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest and sampling many American efforts at the style I’ve come to reallly appreciate this offering from the V. I was particularly impressed with the Mouthfeel and am raising that score by 0.5.

Oct 08, 2003
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Whey2Hoppy from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Lives up to the name for sure. Pours a deep gold with a slight amber hue to it, with just an inch of head that lingers for around 5-10 minutes.

Aroma- Clove, coriander, and a certain peppery spice are at the forefront of this one, and come off quite strong, yet pleasant, even for this particular style. Slight hints of banana and bubblegum, with just a touch of alcohol lingering in the nose.

Taste- Very sweet, but just a step short of being cloying. The spices really pop with this one, and it follows the nose very well overall. Alcohol is much more well hidden than the smell might suggest, and I wouldn’t be able to guess this was 9.5% without knowing. There is plenty of heat here, but it’s from the insane spice presence, and kick from the Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied for a triple, bordering on sticky but not quite there. That’s a good thing, great, in fact, as I think they ride the line perfectly here. Not too thick, and not too watery, with just enough carbonation to combine with the kick from the spices/yeast to really bring it all together.

Overall- This is one of the first beers that I ever loved, and it stands as one of my favorite Tripels in existence, for all of the above reasons.

Jan 20, 2017
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mpyle from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice pale golden color with a decent white head, somewhat long lasting. Sloppy pour by me? See some sediment suspended in the otherwise clear beer. Thought they were carbonation bubbles, but they aren't moving.

A very soft aroma, a mix of candy sweetness and very subtle Belgiany spice notes. Might be serving slightly too cold.

Again, gentle flavors. Some sweetness and a slightly pepper spice/yeast note. Beer dries out as it goes on in the sip, and the carbonation and light body make it somewhat crisp in the finish.

MF - fairly light body and high carbonation - very in style. Alcohol well hidden but a hint of warming is evident. Beer is spot on here for me.

I like this beer quite a lot, and am surprised by its mediocre average scores.

Dec 19, 2015
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Dmullz from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light & clear
Carbonation very evident/lively
Belgium style
Hoppy smell, spicy, some toasted notes, peppery
Bitter hops - a bit hoppy for a Belgium
Toasted spices
Hoppy aftertaste
Light not creamy
Very carbonated
Overall great combination of spice & hops in a true Belgium style beer

Jun 16, 2018
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 3/7/17; into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance- gold, clear and with an abundance of carbonation bubbles. Head is a medium thick, pillow soft white that leaves nice lacing!
Smell - Belgian yeast, coriander and a hint of lemon.
Taste - lemon sweetness, spiciness from the coriander and faint trace of booze, but I find it to really be hidden!
Feel - medium body, sweet but not overly so and a gentle spice hides the booze quite well!
Overall - I rather enjoy this beer and don't really understand some of the overly negative reviews I've read. Certainly not as good as other Tripel's, but it's still pretty good.

May 14, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer does what it says and pours a golden, slightly hazy color. Head is a thin ring with dashes and dots, slight moss on top.

Aromas of lemon cake and mint, with a little bit of salt.

Some peppery yeast and clove, burnt popcorn, blueberry, shortbread, more burnt popcorn, and a touch of diacetyl.

Feel is clean and crisp, with a slight hotness from the alcohol.

Overall, a decent Tripel. Nothing spectacular but better than most of the reviews would suggest.

Mar 15, 2017
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StoutHearted from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What to do with a gift certificate to a below-average beer distributer whose best-represented brewery is Victory? Buy Golden Monkey, of course! It's well-named, well, half well-named as it pours a gorgeous golden color. There's little to no head, which doesn't last long anyway and hardly any lace. You're just stuck with the bright gold color, not too shabby. The smell hinted to me of coriander, cloves and orange peel. It had a light, crisp taste but the alcohol soon swept in with a heaviness that weighed on the tounge. This beer cooked- if you're not prepared with water, just one will send you to Buzzville. Other 9+% beers I have had didn't hit me as hard. Usually I prefer beers room temperature, but this one I like cold; it preserves that crisp taste I mentioned earlier and I find that it's easier to distinguish the its earthy tones than when it's warmer. Warm, this beer is like watered-down scotch. The alcohol almost overpowers it.

P.S: I know a guy who can drink a case of this stuff in one sitting. During his lunch break. Proof that aliens do walk among us?

Jun 23, 2006
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a orange-tan with little to no head and only a slight film of lace on the top, no real carbonation.

S - Smell was somewhat sweet with alot of alcohol and a hint of sour grapes.

M & T - The taste was odd, hard to really pin down. Lots of subtle flavors, dark fruits, grains, and hints of hops with a very noticeable alcohol hint in the back. Smooth, somewhat slick, not enough carbonation for me on this. Would have liked it to have more body to it.

D - Overall this was not bad at all, not my favorite belgian style ale, nor my favorite from victory, put definatly not bad. Will have to give it a secind try, just seems a bit strong for my everyday tastes, definatly unique and one that you should definatly try.

Jun 09, 2007
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0_0 from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely exceptional. To be fair I drink an ice cold one of these beers on a hot summer day, the girlfriend was on my back and everything. This made everything alright, because i got drunk enough to ignore her.

Jul 27, 2016
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

1.97/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The multiple taps of Golden Monkey I’ve consumed over the past several weeks in an attempt to understand why so many people enjoy this beer were a complete waste of space in my belly where better beer could have been. Golden Monkey could be appropriately renamed Sugar Monkey. It’s main aroma and flavor is sugar. The yeast works and so does the appearance but other wise I am done trying this beer. The syrupiness churns my stomach. Way, way too much sugar. Blech!

Apr 26, 2006
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mijo2925 from Georgia

1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

... JEESSUUUSS!!! This beer is heinous. No, offense guys... I loved your IPA. I put your IPA right up against my other favs: Magic Hat, Bells 2 hearted, Sweetwater420... ahhhh, miller lite. But this brass monkey is GAWD AWEFUL!!! This beer fails a new un-official standard... The drunk and stoned with no other beer standard.. This shit went down the drain... couldn't do it, I've been drinking and watching world cup soccer all day. This was the beer that made me say: 'Alright, time to cut it off...' Thanks for killing my buzz ass monkey!!!! If I were in prison and it was this or the hooch out of my cellie's butt hole... I would blumpkin him for the hooch.

[Sip]... Yep, I stand by this review/

Jun 20, 2014
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beerbully from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into Cuvee

L-slightly cloudy straw colored yellow, some carbonation rising from the glass, 1/2 inch head with little retention, small white cap settling on beer

S-Belgian Yeast.......bananas, cloves, some spiciness, peppery, candi sugars

T-Follows the nose........good mix of the candied sugars and spices.......yeast is showing thru............sugary sweetness at first, followed by the spices then pepper and finishes with a slight alcohol burn

F-light to medium bodied, some warmth from the alcohol, typical tripel carbonation

O-fine representation of style

Jun 20, 2015
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JWT3 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really unique beer! Cotton candy, bananas and bubblegum. Got me a bit too drunk. The booze is hard to pick out with all the other flavors. Good beer for sure. I'd get it again.

Jun 21, 2017
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 18 MAR 17. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a nearly clear gold with 1 finger of white head that recedes quickly. Ample, streaming carbonation. Not much in the way of lacing. Little retention.

S: right off the bat loads of bubble gum esters and a little ripe banana. Sweet, candied malt. Nothing in the way of citrus, which I would sort of expect.

T: bright and slightly tart arrival transitions to a crisp and crackery middle that shows off those medicinal phenols. Bubble gum and clove. A little alcohol there as it transitions to the finish, which is slightly medicinal, and has a restrained sweetness. Some lingering phenols and a little alcohol.

M: solidly midweight and very highly carbonated; slick finish but not excessively so. Doesn't really have the "creamy" texture I was expecting or hoping for.

O: kind of disappointed, to tell you the truth. La fin du Monde was my first tripel, and even now when I have it I love it. I've only had maybe four tripels, but this is borderline difficult to drink. I like this less than the tripel with black peppercorns I once had. Don't think I'd buy again.

May 13, 2017
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StevenTowne from New York

5/5  rDev +33.3%
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.

Jan 28, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear golden with a small,foamy,white head
-lots of particlw floaties
-high carbonation visible
-banana,honey,slight lemon,caramel,toffee,spicy (coriander),white bread
-Follows the nose
-medium to high carbonation
-medium to full body
-sligh alcohol warmth
Pretty spot-on attempt at a Tripel.Maybe a tad too much coriander.

Oct 12, 2015
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very pleasant, not as superb as the best saisons I have had straight from the brewer. This is a hard to get this genre of ale to get just right. It would probably taste better at the brewery tap, to be honest. Mine was from a glass, poured at 41F from a glass. It is a little bit unsubtle for a saison. It has a narrow range of flavor, although enjoyable enough. It tastes a bit like oxidized honey and old caramel, but does have a good hint of the typical saison. Note to brewer: I think Victory have a great product that they could improve on. (i am a Belgian style brewer myself)

Jul 15, 2017
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docacl from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

May 20, 2014
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Jmamay22 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Appearance - Wonderful golden yellow color with specks of yeast floating about. Inch of head disapates to a thin lace.

Smell - Baked bread and banana, absolutely wonderful balanced aroma with a slightly fruity finish. Can definetly smell the yeast.

Taste - Well balanced with hints of fruit. Lovely beer

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated and light bodied.

Drinkability - I could drink quite a few, but at 9.5 ABV it would sneak up on me.

Notes - I could see a hate against the yeast tsate/smell, but I enjoy both. Overall a well balanced and dangerously drinkable tripel.

Jan 29, 2007
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JonathanL7890 from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving On Draft in an 8 oz snifter glass
1 finger head of foam.

A: Medium golden. Slightly cloudy.
S: Spicy, Hoppy.
T: Herbal, fruity, spicy. clean.
M: Good for a beer as high gravity as it is.
D: Very easy to drink . Spicy aftertaste.

Overall, this was a very nice Trappist ale. It's hard to imagine that it is 9.5%.

Jan 24, 2008
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LauraAlberts from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy Amber

Smell: Raisin, Butterscotch, Maple Syrup, Ricola, Banana

Taste: Ricola - that dissolves into a overripe banana - refreshing tripel goodness

Mouthfeel: fullbodied with soft tannins that sooth the palate

Drinkability: This beer is great to session when out in the heat - Great refreshing beer on steroids - 9.0 %!

May 01, 2009
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NJM from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 03, 2015
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maltlikker from Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, glowing yellow with ample floaties and a substantial off-white head which dissipates quickly leaving foamy lacing; a great looking beer.

Yeasty aroma with banana, citrus, clove, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is sweet, with clove, citrus, yeast and malt, finishing with sort of a grapefruit peel/alcohol tingle.

I actually thought I was picking up a six-pack of Prima Pils, but discovered my mistake when I got home. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm guessing I won't finish the rest for awhile. Can something be crisp and cloying at the same time?

Mar 09, 2010
Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 6086 ratings