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
Reviews:
1,774
Ratings:
5,555
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
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Photo of Rope
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance-
The truest thing about the beer, it is a nice golden yellow with a white head.

Smell-
Honey and malt, but really struggling to find the Belgian notes.

Taste-
Starts with a slight lemon, but the honey malt from the nose overpowers. Once again struggling to find anything Belgian.

Mouthfeel-
Well Carbonated, aftertaste lingers a little.

Overall-
A good beer, but it doesn't strike me as a Tripel Belgian.

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Photo of ixodus
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear gold in color (appropriately) with a small white head that settles to a haze of foam.

S: Sweet, spicy, and very aromatic. In the nose I get coriander, banana, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and alcohol esters. Smells like a triple..

T: This beer tastes pretty hot compared to some of the other high abv tripels I've had. I taste alcohol upfront along with some spice followed by sweet sugary citrus fruits at the end.

M: Medium to thin bodied and a little on the overcarbed side.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A different ale from one of the best brewers in America.Great two finger head and a clear golden color thats a little light,but not bad,the carbonation makes up for it.This taste a little too much "wheat" for my taste,but still not bad.The label says its a spice ale,but not overly spicey.This packs a punch at 9.5% alc.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- poured into goblet. Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces and completely dissapears quickly, not as much head as I would expect from a tripel

S- typical, yet slightly subdued tripel aromas; powdery yeast with some fruit esters, peppery with a touch of clove, finished with some grainy malt

T- woah, they certainly aren't trying to hide the booze here, as it attacks the palate right away. Once I get past the alcohol, I pick up some faint banana with peppery spice, herbal notes, with a strong boozy finish that is slightly bitter and dry

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish with some alcohol burn at the end

O- the best examples of Tripels are the ones that masterfully hide the high ABV in the beer, this one does not. The alcohol overpowers the traditional tripel flavors and makes it a bit of a boozy mess. I'll stick with the Belgian's.

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Photo of 6thomas3
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light amber hue with a small head and ample carbonation bubbles

Smell - Floral with faint zesty burst of citrus

Taste - Yeasty with a strong spice finish

Mouthfeel - Light with a kick of zing

Overall - A nice beer with adequete appeal

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Photo of littlelorib
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is a hazy golden color with a thick, creamy off-white head that fades oh so slowly. Smell is yeasty with hints of fruit and spice. Taste is yeasty with hop bitterness and alcohol in the end. In between is the usual blend of Belgium flavors that i'm still having trouble sorting out and describing. Mouthfeel seems to be on the light side of medium.

Overall, this beer is on style, but has little to distinguish it. However, i have to admit that the first time i tried a bottle out of the six pack it was all yeasty funk to me and i had to throw it out. This time i can drink it, either because its had a few months to age or because i've had a few more months experience in tasting beers. Who knows, maybe a few more months will make it a better tasting beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow-orange body, topped by a solid three fingers of tight flat-white foam, which rises above the rim, and has a crater where the beer poured.

Nose dominated by lemon and a spice rack full of scents.

Spices hit the tongue from the start, arriving with the initial malt payload, and building to an almost puckering lemon climax.
Spices also leave the aftertaste a little overly dry.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected. It's not big enough for its cargo.

Drinkability: I've been working thru a six-pack and it has become a bit of work.

I expect triples to have more depth. Then maybe it could have stood up to the spices. This could pass for a wit. As is, this is one beer from Victory I'll not be rushing to re-visit.

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Photo of PantherLightning
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow, and hazy with 2 fingers of white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Fruity, smells strongly of apricot. Hints of spices as well.

T/M- Light and crisp with the apricot coming through along with some of the alcohol. A bit of spice in the finish. Not a whole lot of complexity develops. I feel like this needs either some sweetness in the front of the pallet or a bitterness in the finish to give it more dimension. But overall, not bad. Light mouth-feel with a bit of a slick, oily texture.

D - Overall, this is fairly light and simple for a stronger beer. This is very drinkable, and I feel like I would be able to put away a few in a sitting.

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Photo of Jason
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man oh man, this is strong @!#$. What a kick, they should have named it after the devil though. Not all Belgian beers are as wild as this, some are just clean, bitter and alcoholic.

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Photo of goldbot
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by 12/18/2012 printed on the label.

A very pale yellow color with medium white, bubbly head. A few streams of active carbonation. The head is lively but dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell is clean and malty, with a strong Belgian yeast aroma. Strong clove spiciness and subtle apple and citrus aromas. Taste is very yeasty and spicy, with a slight bitterness present. A very muddled flavor between spice, malt, and yeast flavors. A slight funk is present. Powdery and somewhat dry, with a fair alcohol warmth toward the end.

Light body and a bit of sweetness. Finishes a bit drier and mostly clean.

This beer seemed kind of jumbled up as far as flavors go. Everything kind of competes on the tongue for the spotlight. A bit on the hot side as well.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Westmalle chalice at fridge temperatures.

A: Pours a hazy dark straw color. No head whatsoever. Moderate to high carbonation, with very large bubbles. Not a good looking tripel.

S: Aroma is somewhat muted. Generally, a light bready/yeasty aroma, with some tropical fruit and an herbal note, like chamomille.

T: Flavor is a light toffee, supported with a fruity note and some well balanced spice. Carbonation provides a nice counterpoint. Lingering finish that reminds me of banana.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, appropriate for the style.

D: Fairly drinkable, although nothing unusual for the style.

Overall: This is a decent tripel, and a beer I would certainly drink again. However, its appearance is a disappointment, and there are many other examples of the style on the market that are superior.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A moderately hard pour into a Duvel tulip almost fills the glass with a murky pale orange body topped by a full, fluffy banana scented head. The head dies back most of the way but some lacing remains.

Bananas, cloves, maybe some peppery notes, with some alcohol to kick it in the pants. Smells like a hefeweizen on steroids.

Bananas, cloves, a little sweetness and a lot of alcohol. Very solvent-like alcohol - pretty harsh. Some citrusy character, orange or lemon, but it's very much in the background. Too much bitterness, though I wonder if it isn't just the alcohol since it doesn't feel the same as most bitter drinks I've had.

Thinnish mouthfeel but with good carbonation to cut through some of the alcohol. Creamier would have been better but wouldn't have had a chance against the alcohol.

Did I mention the alcohol? Whew! Some beers are 10% and drink like they're 6%, this one is 9.5% and drinks like it's 14%.

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Photo of cjl1209
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Gold and shiny with noticeable suspended particles; head only comes with a hard pour after that it dissipates quickly, lace is nonexistent.

S - An unpleasant sweet grass smell with notes of caramel.

T - Grass and caramel, maybe hints of toffee. Definite alcohol. There's a lingering taste like you just mowed the lawn.

M - Very light, average carbonation

D - Rather harsh considering the lingering taste and heavy alcohol notes. Only 2 of these max.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours orange with a bit of a white head that disappears quickly, but has great carbonation

S: Pretty muted nose. A touch of orange zest, bit of spice, maybe a hint of cider, but that's it.

T: Also pretty bland. Starts off with a bit of orange and spice, with the middle turning into a touch of bready/yeasty flavor, and finishes with a pretty nasty bitterness that's left in your mouth. I don't understand it.

O: Probably the worst tripel I've ever had. Oh well, it's only a bomber.

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Photo of Hokies
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange color, cloudy with some head and no lacing.

S: Light fruit smell with yeast and cloves.

T: Strong upfront with some clove flavor that finishes dry with some peppery taste to it and alcohol burn at the end.

M: Carbonated and dry.

D: Nice to have only a few.

Overall not my favorite style but still a nice version of a tripel.

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Photo of BTPete
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Victory Golden Monkey

tripel, tap @ savannah's - albany, ny

A: golden, perfectly see through with little to no head. What little head was there dissipated away as I drank from DFH snifter.

S: a little earthy, citrus, slight banana.

T: this one seems smooth but not as complex or inviting as I'd like. Good, not great.

M: a little thin, wishing for more carbonation on this. Complex style, not mastered here.

D: I drank it and might sample again, interested in tap v bottle. I found it hid the alcohol decently well and gave me a nice smile on lunch break, didn't invite me back for more though. Lunch on the other hand was excellent.

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Photo of mat5175
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

i actually like this quite a bit. Other reviewers are right though, this is a poor example of the style. But i don't really drink it as an exmple. Weak head, that certainly doesn't last, and the lacing is weak when it's there at all. Very full and silky mouthfeel however. The flavor may not be rich and complex, but i really like it's basic profile; not too sweet and not as bitter or alcoholic as others of the style. In an odd way this reminds me of Midas Touch from DogFishHead. Not as sweet or complex, but far more economical. A great strong beer for a Friday night at home if you can get it easily.

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Photo of iSip
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory Golden Monkey Triple: The Belgian Triple style is so different, it’s almost not beer, but makes for a great dessert! So how does Victory Brewing offering fare? It has a rich golden color in the glass, is appropriately translucent, and has a thin off-white head. The aroma is right in there for a triple: yeasty, fruity and sweet. The flavor starts out as a wonderful triple: complex, sweet and yeasty bready. But the finish, which should be the climax of a good triple falls a bit short, even some bitter comes through. Worth a try, but there are better triples out there.

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Photo of mjurney
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Bright golden color, hazy, tons of carbonation, very little head, leaves no lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Spice, a little banana, grainy, perfume.
[Taste]: Sweet malty up front, I could taste a little cloves and banana, peppery in the mid-palate, hint of lemon peel, alcohol bite at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Medium-light bodied, carbonation is about medium, strong alcohol warmth, rough finish.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is pretty low, this beer is kicking my butt.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a wide mouth wine glass.

Murky golden yellow body with a small white head.

yeast "Saison" smell to it.

Yeast taste with a hint of orange and some spices in the aftertaste.Its also a bit syrpy

Easy going down and very warming.easy on the carbonation as well.

Good tasting beer,jusy on qualm, its the yeast taste to it,im not fond of it.Other then that its very solid and worth seeking out

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Photo of yelterdow
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served between fridge and cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip. Bottled on April 17, 2006... this should be drinking well right about now.

Appearance- Pours a clear, "nuclear" gold... I say that because there's an interesting yellow-green thing happening here. The white, two finger head settles to a mess of various sized bubbles that wander aimlessly on the surface. Aside from the quiet stream of fizz lifting from the etched "D" in my glass, this is just average.

Smell- Spices and Belgian hop aromas abound... I get traces of vanilla and coriander amongst some other notes I can't identify. This is smelling more and more like a witbier, with some parallels to Allagash's flagship beer... but without the orange peel. The alcohol is just now rearing its head. After adding the sediment, a fuller richness adds complexity and smooths out the aromas.

Taste- This is going to hurt... Golden Monkey is all about spices and flavor, but it's just too much. Too much bombastic, tongue-lashing flavor. It begins slightly sweet, then it goes deep into the spice cabinet and dumps a few shakes into your mouth... without the little white plastic thingies with the holes so you don't overspice your food. I love tripels, but at 9.5% the alcohol is a detractor. Way overdone spicewise.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I like the medium, slick carbonation very much... it feels right for this beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't give me more of a reason to go back to the fridge and enjoy another one... drinkability is hindered previously. I would suggest finding the right culinary match for this beer and giving it a chance to shine, because it could use some balancing.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As someone who loves Belgian beers and especially triples this beer is disappointing and problematic.

First we can start with the pour, regardless of what glass I've attempted to use I cannot get a good head out of this beer. The dissipation of the head is also very quick. I'm currently reviewing this in a snifter. The color is also alarmingly lighter in color then most triples. The first tripel I had was La Fin Du Monde and it seduced with its almost sensual orange glow. Golden Monkey however is straw colored, but not in the golden way Belgian pales are. Lacing is actually fair and soapy but still falls short for the style at hand.

You'd normally be aware to decant your beer properly to insure yeast sediment doesn't get in, however its hard to with this beer. Instead you get a very fine hazy sediment.

The typical clove and orange peel aroma is there with and a tad of Belgian yeast funk. The yeast, the spices and alcohol create a spicy aroma but one that clashes. Its almost akin to decomposing fruits.

As and mouth feel this beers a little light in the pants. Body is extremely light and flavors are really subdued. Belgian yeast, alcohol, orange peel and clove take center stage upon first sip and fade quickly to notes of grass and straw that shouldn't be as well as a solvent-like alcohol flavor. Those two flavors take the floor more then the spices and yeast.

Overall this beer tastes like more of an attempt to make a Belgian Strong Pale ale rather then a Tripel. Overall a decent beer but its clearly missing its style and not in experimental way. Just mediocre. In your local bottle shop spring for a 4pk or 750 of LA Fin Du Monde or Chimay. You're likely to find those.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden with a excellent clarity. The long lasting off-white head of compact bubbles leaves a some lacing on the glass.

S: Moderate lighter fruit notes of pears and peaches dominate the aroma with a moderately-light pepper and spicey phenols. The hops and alcohol add a light floral element. There is a faint malt softness in background.

T: A harsh bitterness dominates the flavor followed by moderate spice flavors for the first several sips. Without enough malt support for balance the moderately-high bitterness is sort of pithy like a bitter orange rind. There is a faint malt softness and a light floral hop flavor but not much of either. The bitterness lingers long past the dry finish

M: A moderately-light body beer with a moderately-high level of carbonation. There is a bit of warmth from the alcohol, a faint astringency and no creaminess

O: The high level of bitterness from the hops and spices make this tough on every sip and I'm a fan of highly hoped, very bitter IPA. Too bitter is phrase I haven't used until I met the Golden Monkey thought my palate adjusted half way through the bottle.

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Photo of Popkas
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a golden orange with a thin head.

S: Interestingly nothing jumping out at me. Maybe a little sweetnees followed by a touch of alcohol.

T: A little malt, apple and clove.

M: Crisp and dry with a fair amount of bubbling.

D: Not my cup of tea.
Overall this is not one of my favorite styles and not one of my favorites from the style.

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Photo of JimsArcade
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(12 oz, Bottled on 10/23/03) Decanted properly into a standard pint glass, Golden Monkey pours creamy, clear light-orange in color with a one-finger thick white head. I say "decanted properly" because this beer has more yeast sediment than any other beer I've seen, although some bottles have a lot more sediment than others. This bottle has a lot, and I lost nearly 1/5 of the beer to keep the yeast out. Having the yeast there is not bad, but I generally prefer to keep as much of it out of my glass as possible. If you pour the rest in (I won't for this review, though), the liquid becomes cloudier. After a few moments, the yeast spreads evenly throughout the glass and stays practically motionless. If it wasn't so viscous, I'd swear that it looks like beer Jell-O.

In the nose, the aroma is lightly-sweet, with hints of kiwi and Granny Smith apples, and very crisp. Bringing the aroma into the mouth, it becomes fuller with hints of apple pie. It just smells very light and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is richer than the smell implies. It's creamy with very mild carbonation.

What I have noticed in the past is that one bottle of Golden Monkey rarely tastes the same as another. This time is no exception. The first taste is only mildly sweet. Hints of caramel can be detected, as well as some alcohol, though not to the degree that is really in there. The aftertaste is much sweeter, though, with hints of malt and cinnamon bun: a syrupy sweetness. For a beer with so little detectable hops, it goes down WAY too easy, which can be "dangerous" in an extended session. Oddly enough, the carbonation becomes more noticeable towards the finish. A good beer this time.

Previous GM's I've had are super-sweet or citrusy or even pretty mellow. I have had more than my share of GM bottles that I have not enjoyed, though. The only time I've had it taste good consistently was at the brewery itself.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,555 ratings.
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