Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

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5,476
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
26.61%
 
 
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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marked "Bottled May 25, 2005."

A translucent, bright orange brew with a small, white head that quickly reduces to a thin film of bubbles and foam.

Aroma is nice, even though this particular sample is rather cold. I smell a bit of bready yeast, some fine sugars, a touch of alcohol, and a hint of the farmhouse.

Taste is rich, creamy, and sweet, with more of the same flavors found in the nose. Finishes dry and slightly astringent.

This is pretty good (and very drinkable), but I found my tastebuds searching for more layers where there weren't any. I can respect a simple brew as much as the next guy, but I like my tripels with a touch more complexity.

This monkey makes a dangerous quaff because it is incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of pditty1995
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good domestic triple. My favorite triple is still karmeliet. But this is a nice beer for 1/2 the price. Give it a try it does not disappoint.

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

The appearance of this beer is a golden colour that holds a lot of sediment in it. The head poured fairly thick and the lacing on the glass was average. I expected a heavier, thicker head and lacing...

The smell of the brew is candy sweet up front, followed by pungent alcohol, followed by the spices (cloves and pumpkin spice).

The taste of this beer took me by surprise at the beginning, but once I became accustomed to it (maybe 6 drinks from the first glass) the taste really grew on me. The taste is a strange combination of nutty followed immediately by the candy-like sugar of the malt. Then the cloves and pumpkin spices show up just in time to let the subtle banana flavour into the party. Really complex, not necessarily balanced but absolutely original! Oh yeah, the final flavour on the palette is a heavy, full attack mode alcohol...just to add another note to every drink.

Mouthfeel is good - very smooth given all of the flavours. The carbonation is minimal, which I prefer, so it makes it even easier to drink.

Overall this beer has a VERY unique and ORIGINAL taste and smell. It is complex but not balanced, which would normally make me rate the beer lower, but because of the myriad of flavours that this beer produces and the high alcohol content (9.5%) I can see past the lack of balance. Worth a try.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure how much alcohol I would taste in this beer but I've tasted none. This is an incredible beer. I really like this. For a Belgian style (triple) I really was impressed by this, this is one of those beers that just wowed me (I had this on tap so that's why it's getting a better rating)

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Photo of ism
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3-month old 12oz pours a deep apricot, cloudy. A sunshine-hued head has abundant carbonation jumping, subsiding with very little little lace after a good retention. Aromatics released were a mix of various things -- fruity, spicey, mostly. Initial carbonation in the mouth is teasingly fizzy, subsiding slowly to the fullness in the mouth. Malt up front, with hops to balance, releasing fruits and spices on the way down. Alcohol is just noticeable, but well-masked by the flavor. Smooth going down, with unique candylike flavors. Definitely a unique brew, and the amazingness is due to that. Seems to be a great choice for those seguing late winter/early spring months. I must have one more. But just one more.
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10-month old 750mL with cork. Pours golden, yeasty cloudy, leaving decent spotty lace. Good fruity, yeasty, spicey flavor, like I remembered. This remains a unique brew that makes each time I drink it a special time, but doesn't encourage me to drink it more often than a truly special brew does. Age doesn't seem to improve it as much as other tripels, but it's hard to imagine how much better it could be. It deserves the original rating I gave it more than 1 year ago.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brass monkey, that funky monkey. Poured a nice semi-cloudy yellow. Good hops, a slight citric bitterness. ABV does not interfere with it's consumption. I purchased it in a 12oz bottle, I would probably have liked it better in a 22oz, if it was available.

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Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very flavorful tripel - really struck me as somewhere in limbo between a weisbier and strong pale flavor-wise, as this beer has a lot of depth of yeast flavors that go beyond what I normally find in a tripel. Poured a hazy apricot. Funky yeast aromas abound. Candy sweetness offset by sharp bittering and a piercing but pleasant alcohol bite. Yeasty flavors play throughout. Very approachable, in spite of the higher abv. Well executed. Thanks to Far333 for the treat.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice golen color with a nice head, that later dissolved.

Smell - Lots of fruit and spices in this aroma.

Taste - Sweet, fruity, spices, and a strong taste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth beer, nice texture.

Drinkability - Nice beer, a sipping beer this is. Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of January 31, 2007

Victory’s Golden Monkey has a light golden body and produced a small white head that dissipated rather quickly [most likely due to the 9.5 ABV]. Aroma is of herbs and fruit note. Taste is rich and FULL, candy, sweet bread and peppery spice is also noted with a noticeable [enjoyable] alcohol warming. Mouth feel is a little creamy and rich with fine effervescent carbonation.

This is a BIG strong flavored triple that is very enjoyable.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer on tap and in the bottle. And both times I've thought the same thing: Duvel.
This is the best Duvel clone I've ever tasted. The only variance is a slightly thicker and spicier mouthfeel. Other than that, I's a toss-up. I'd drink either -- or both!

And I like Duvel. Much like Duvel.
So when I'm feeling like a Duvel and want to give my money to an American brewer, I buy a Golden Monkey. The triple do you good.

...and this is my "monkey tale"

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Photo of Ghenna
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour from a bottle into a pint glass. Produced a long lasting white head, four fingers deep, with little to no lacing.

Smell is of yeast, spices, and a wee bit of alcohol with a little sweet mixed in. Flavor profile follows the smells, with the alcohol fairly well hidden. Not too complex flavor, which lends itself to increased drinkability. Of course, given the alcohol level of the brew, drinking too many might land you into some trouble.

if tl;dr, a good if simple tripel that has always has a space reserved for it in my fridge.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to snifter. Bottled Apr. 25 07, been cellared for over 2 years.

This is an aged review.

Appearance - Beautiful golden orange with yeast floating throughout, nice 1 finger head that recedes quickly.

Smell - Smells really bready and yeasty, hints of different kinds of fruits, banana, cherries and a bit of tart in the nose.

Taste - Yeah this is a triple. Has that belgian yeast funk to it, definitely good though, very bready and delicious with lots of fruit underneath. I am also picking up coriander and clove. Very nice spiciness to it.

Mouthfeel - A bit overcarbonated and bites the tongue, over all just not very smooth, its passable though.

Drinkability - There is 9.5% in here? I cannot taste a bit, seriously its boggling my mind, they hide the alcohol too well in this, I could drink too many.

Pretty good with some age.

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Photo of battlekow
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another pretty tripel, this one more yellowish than the orangey Westmalle I had earlier today. Less of a head as well, but still a looker.

Smells pretty bready and yeasty, maybe a little spiced. I like it. In the taste, besides those characters, the alcohol makes an appearance after being notably absent in the nose, but it behaves itself for the most part. There's a substantial bready finish to Golden Monkey that I'm enjoying particularly. Feels light and fluffy in my mouth, rounding out what is a very pleasant beer to sip while cursing the Yankees.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colored beer. Froathy, white head slowly faded to a thin ring. The aroma was mildly sweet, some light fruits and earth smells. The flavor was similar with apricot, light malt, and some yeasty flavors. A smooth, fairly light bodied beer, that coats the tongue with just the right amount of flavor.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/16/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, clove, pepper, bread, cracker, candi sugar, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, clove, pepper, bread, cracker, candi sugar, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, clove, bread, cracker, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome tripel style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/eartly yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is of Belgian yeast and spices. It has a very fruity smell and a Belgian pale malt scent. The taste is good. Again, it has the traditional Belgian Abbey flavor, but with a banana flavor from the different spices and the amount of malts. It has an elevated aba (9.5%), but the beer is definately drinkable and enjoyable. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation; a very nice sessions beer.

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz. brown bottle, iced cold and in a pint glass.

A: Poured a golden hazy hay color with slight white head with only a halo for retention. Lacing was minimal.

S: Faint spicy smell with some lemony citrus on the nose.

T: Definite spice from the hops. Florals are present and welcome on this beer with just enough rich malt to balance the flavor into a dry, tasty slightly banana finish.

M: Smooth drinker, not very high on the bitter scale, refreshing on a warm day but high on alcohol, so watch it.

O: A valiant effort by Victory. This is a nice floral semi-dry American Tripel that succeeds!

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Photo of Foxman
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very hazy golden yellow, glowing in the ambient light (what little there is) at Johnny Brenda's. No more than a finger of white frothy head flowed from under the tap, and it settled out promptly, something I remember from the bottled version. Some spotty lacing remained behind after drinking.

The aroma brought first a firm wave of spice, right out of a pumpkin pie, and then a coyly sweet note of malt. A fruity melange, including apple and melon, rounded out the closing stanza.

The flavor begins almost haltingly with a truncated but serious push of malt sweetness that's abruptly overtaken by the coriander and cinnamon notes promised by the scent. The middle ground abounds with the fruity esters of apple, pear, and mild citrus, and has some room left over for a gentle hint of ginger. A busy blend of fruit, spice, and a rather distant hops essence carries along to the finish, and glows on the palate for some time. It's tough to call the result a true balance of the elements, but despite the business, the overall flavor is rather fetching.

Medium bodied, it coats ably, and lingers long before sliding slickly away.

It was the end of a long evening, and this elixir was not at all a bad way to close things out. The many components work hard to play well together, and the outcome is a busy but entertaining beer. You don't balance all this so much as juggle it, but nothing gets dropped during the performance. Granted, sometimes you find yourself concentrating to discern just what it is you're tasting, but once you get out of "review mode," you can sit back and easily enjoy what it has to offer. Noticeably absent was overt evidence of the muscular ABV, so it bears watching, because it can and will reach out its paws and grip you firmly. Still in moderation it'll go down capably and enjoyably. One more victory for Victory.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a brilliant, golden color with a copperish hue. It forms a thick off-white head with good lacing. The aroma is sweet, herbal/medicinal, fruity….bananas? It also has the fresh hay-like aromas. The flavors I detect are candi sugar, medicinal and fruity flavors. It is a sweet beer with a sweet finish. It is smooth, and easy drinking for its strength. I would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear gold with a frothy cap of white head with some nice lacing.

S-Sweet candy sugar, sugar coated pineapple and some tropical hop aromas. Nice.

T-Sweet with some nice Belgian zing and a good bready malt character. Peppery hops take over the finish which lingers nicely.

M-Medium bodied, tongue coating, fine carbonation.

O-A damn fine beer. I can't believe it took me twelve years to review it.

HV

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Photo of Brabander
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a few bottles from my buddy drinkybanjo a few months ago. Saved it for a special occaision. Last sunday we had a beer tasting session where we drank this beer.

Very nice head and good carbonation. Taste is very soft and 'round'. The whole group was very impressed with this triple.

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Photo of jspruit
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 12oz bottle from my brother while in Florida and drank it back in Ireland.

Nice cloudy orange pour with a 1 finger head with some light carbonation-looks really nice.

Light citrus aroma from the pour that smells clean and smooth with some floral notes and some spices.

Spices and floral hints come through in the taste with some malts, light hops, and some yeast too. Pretty complex but well balanced overall. I can detect the alcohol a bit though I think.

Goes down pretty smooth for something with all of these flavors, but I could do with a bit less carbonation.

I'd like to drink this one all day long as overall it's very nice, but with an ABV this high I think that I can only have one (or two) in a session. I'd definitely recommend this to others.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer many months ago, after a trade with another BA member. Now that I have moved south I'm finding how common place this beer is, although it’s not changing my opinion of it at all. Pours a hazy golden color with a head the diminishes quickly. The smell is just what a Tripel should be, with hints of spices and many sweet notes. The taste is huge! Very sweet and spiced as it goes down, with almost a honey finish to it. The taste and mouthfeel are just what they should be… dangerously easy to swallow, especially with 9.5% ABV!

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, chunky straw yellow hued beer into my chalice, room temp. Fluffly white head dissapates slowly, good lacing. Aromas of clove, hay, bubblegum, and some sugar. Flavors are typical of the style and not particularly noteworthy. A bit of heat from the alcohol, and it's quite dry. This is going down quite warming, and enjoyable. Reminds me of a Unibroue with its characteristic yeast qualities. Noticing the bottling date of March 1, 06, this bottle is really new and should have been cellared a bit to mellow out some of the hottness from the alcohol. Otherwise a quality beer.

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Photo of AltBock
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle with a Buddha like gold monkey with 4 hands, two legs and with a big giant eye in the center of his big belly. Above the Gold Monkey is the word Golden written in weird italics and below him is the word Monkey written in just regular italics. Like most of the Victory labels, there is not back label because all of the information is one the front. govt. warning to the right, information about the beer on the left, and a Born on date near the center. My Golden Monkey was born on February 23, 2006. This is another Victory bottle label you need to see for yourself.

Appearance: When poured into a Snifter, the beer was a golden-copper color (not as golden as the Buddha monkey on the label) with just a skim of white foam. The head of foam dissipated away too fast leaving behind a tiny amount of rings and barely no lace at all around the glass.

Smell: To me it smelled like a Belgian Tripel, but not as good. When I swirled it around this weird aroma that I couldn't put my finger on came out. What else was there was the sweet malts, some spices, a nice mixture of fruits (apples, oranges, lemons), and with a hint of yeast in the background. Maybe it was all those ingredients combined that made that funky aroma.

Taste: This is where is made up after the appearance and smell. The taste was delicious in sweet fruits (apples, oranges, lemons), plenty of different spices, hint of sweet malts and hops, Belgian yeast, and all of theses flavors ended with only a slight taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Even though this beer clocks in at a 9.5% ABV, I still found it to be medium bodied and very smooth. I definitely couldn't feel the 9.5% ABV go to work on me. Very slick the Golden Monkey is!

Drinkability? I sure wouldn't mind another one. Very slick and a great American Tripel. Another winner from Victory!

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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