Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Golden MonkeyGolden Monkey

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

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!

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Photo of Riggo
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: very clear golden with a delicate white head that falls to a thin cap and retains well.

smell: yeasty, fruity (pears, peaches, apples, lemons), musty. like a basket of fresh fruit.

taste: very well-balanced fruity and sweet yet citrusy and clean with the high alcohol evident on palette. pear and lemon seem to come to mind most with a bit of a citrusy hop, long finish.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy. carbonated but not harshly so. nice.

drinkability: for a 9.5% beer, pretty high.

victory proves that they can not only excel at german-style pilseners and hoppy apa's but belgian tripels as well.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured cold into a Chimay chalice from a container bottled on March 29th of 2007
A - A deep golden/light amber with full bone white head that quickly recedes and generates plenty of lace that remains on the sides of the glass.

S - Spicy + malty- a coriander hint as well as a bready, boozy alcoholic character that has an abbey yeast quality.

M - Warming, vinous feel, spiced with a full body and plenty of effervescent sweetness.

T - Strong candy-like belgian yeast flavors saddle up with an immediately apparent alcohol presence. Tantalizing spicy honey-like smooth character gives a clean fruity ale flavor tha is easy to enjoy mouthful after mouthful.

D - A real easy one to return to with all the spice and depth that a tripel has to offer. The golden sweetness w/ strong abv makes it hard to deny, but at the same time only a good rating for drinkability since it's high abv makes it difficult to have more than a few.

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Photo of ccrida
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (bottled on 10/4/07) poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Golden Monkey is a clear, spritzy gold with a small white head that leaves light, foamy lace. The second pour was yeasty and more orange/burnt gold.

Smell is very nice, floral and tropical fruits, orange and some vanilla. Alluring and not to strong.

Taste is very good, but not quite as luscious as the nose. I've had this beer a lot, but this is the first time I've aged a bottle, and it has definitely rounded out very nice. Still plenty of spiciness to keep it only semi-sweet, light phenols and a hint of booze, but the heat has dropped out quite a bit compared to a fresh bottle.

Mouthfeel is very lushly carbonated, with a light bottle, highly digestible.

Drinkability is good, this is a pretty tripel, and time has served it well. To bad I didn't have the patience to age it another year, it would only be that much better I'm sure!

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Photo of Fish113d
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a golden honey color into a tulip glass, it pours with a 1/4 inch head that is rather thin with some decent cling to the glass- maybe a slight haze to this one. Aroma is some hops along with a strong sense of white grapes, vanilla, and spice (cloves/nutmeg). Alcohol burns the nostrals a bit also. Taste is mainly of cloves (spice), which was nice, along with the grape flavor and a slight hoppy finish. The alcohol comes through on flavor at the end as well with a nice drying effect. The carbonation plucks the tip of your tongue, but then gets very smooth throughout in the middle with a drying alcohol finish. Overall, I love Victory and find anything they produce fun to drink! Yes have some!!!

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Photo of atsprings
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice yellow with a thin head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma was of sweet malts and peppery spice. The taste was also of sweet malts with a decent spiciness to it. Not quite as much as some authentic Belgian Tripels. The beer was medium to heavy bodied with a low carbonation and warming alcohol. This is a very decent Tripel for one most commonly found in six packs. I would love to get my hands on a corked 750ml and see if its better.

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Photo of crayphish
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Grabbed a few of these in a recent mix sixer. This tripel pours a radiant golden hue, with a big fat head that didn't last as long as I would have liked. Smell is sweet candy, with a heavy spicy floral note as well. A strong yeast element hints at something bigger ahead. The taste is again sweet Belgian candy, with hints of honey induced sweetness as well. The yeast comes through here as well. Along with the 9.5% alcohol it almost starts to burn a bit. Mouthfeel was almost a bit cloying. In the end I really enjoyed this beer and would like to see it in my local store again some day.

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Photo of jdoncbus
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-gold, very carbonated, thin head, with moderate lacing.

Pretty faint aroma overall, nose is yeast and a bit grainy. Can make out some honey-lemon zest and a few earthy notes.

Crisp on the tounge with the carbonation. Palate is hit with the lemon flavor and a massive sweet bomb; from what few tripels I've had, this one carried much more sugar. Some pepper and hop notes made out as well. Mouthfeel was oily and light at the same time, left dry and tart.

I really enjoyed this beer, much more then I expected. I have a number if tripels (Belgian and North American) and found this to be one of the more pleasing, probably agrees with my palate and favoring American spins. Recommended.

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Photo of car2052
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter glass.

A: Brilliant gold, with noticeable carbonation and a slight haze.
S: Banana, Bubblegum, a clean alcohol smell, and some clean light malts.
T: Sweet pale malts, bubblegum, some fruitiness, and a slight alcohol burn.
M: Medium-full
O: Very nice flavors, satisfying beer.

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Photo of Maestro
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I knew there was a reason I moved back to Pennsylvania. Boy do these boys make some good beer. This one is quite a treat. The carbonation is strong but dies quickly. The head is only a thin, white layer. But this brew smells so nice and tastes so good. The spices are not overwhelming, but they add a nice touch. The alchohol does not make this brew undrinkable. In fact, this beer keeps you coming back for more. Golden Monkey is definitely worth having many times.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden orange with a small white head, smells yeasty and biscuity with spicy hops, tastes yeasty with warm maltiness smooth easy hops on the end, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale golden, with a huge head of white foam and impressive, detailed lace. Spectacular!

Nose is spicy-sweet, with touches of Belgian candy yeasts, clove, and a fruity undertone. Great and faithful to the classic Belgian tripel style.

Taste is rich and well-balanced, with plenty of spice alongside the sweetness. Somehow, the full flavor absolutely masks the tipsy-high 9.5% ABV. This is an exceptional tripel, and perhaps one of the best I've had.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden Monkey brewed by Victory Brewing Company, with an ABV of 9.50% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color, with a small whit head. The smell of Golden Monkey, has a rich sweetness of grains and malts. There is also a hit of fruits and spices in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is , bold with flavors. You pick up on a nice spicy, sweetness in this brew. Along with grins and malts. There is a lot going on in this brew. I can say this, Golden Monkey is a different kinda brew. There is a nice sweetness with some spice. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a nice balance to it. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. The mouthfeel of Golden Monkey is, sweet, bold, spicy, and smooth. This is a smooth clean drinking brew. You really can't pick up on the 9.50% ABV in this brew. For being a brew with such a high ABV this brew goes down smooth. Overall I'm giving Golden Monkey a 4.25 out 5. I would buy this brew again. Victory Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the 2009 vintage. I am very disappointed Victory stopped putting freshness dates on the bottles, I have not bought a Prima Pils since. GM pours a hazed, particulate infused gold color with a fast fading white foam and does not leave much lacing. Floaties along with the lack of retention is a bummer.

Nose is full of fruity yeast esters; green apples, muscadine grapes and pears. Alcohol is evident as is a grainy malt presence. Some grassy hops is there if you look for it.

Belgian yeast comes through pretty nicely in here and it tastes like a pretty good strain. I like the nice mix of hop flavor and bittering; a tripel with a decent hopping schedule is a good thing. Grainy malt is there and has just enough sweetness to balance things out well. This might be the best American tripel that is available in six-packs. I seem to pick up a sixer of the monkey at least once a year. Drinkability is high as it is a very balanced tripel. Solid stuff.

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Photo of paceyourself
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on NOV 06 02. I love this, i wish more american micros put the exact bottling date instead of marking a best before month.
This does lack the large head like most triples iv'e had. The hard pour produced a light yellow color fogged with sediment. A fruity banana and sweet honey aroma adds alot to the enjoyment of this brew. Pears, honey and clove are all there along with a pepper and spice taste. The warming alcohol feel begins to come on at the end, but slowly. Another winner from Victory.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

appearance: rushing carbonation, light golden colour and very little head, no lacing.

smell: nutty yeast and sweet malt, definately some banana there and some clove

taste: is as the nose with a light bitter hop finish

mouthfeel: medium light body, plenty of carbonation and a hit of astringence on the finish

drinkability: It's light enough and inoffensive to the point that this stuff could be chugged, also it tastes good.

I approve!

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Photo of glyng
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought six pack at 29 Package Store Hwy. 29 in Lilburn, Ga.
Glad to always see it there. When I'm in the mood for a Belgian
style high octane I go for this. Straw color a bit cloudy, first sniff smells a bit like a circus. I like the taste and mouth feel but love the kick it has. At this time I am mixing it fifty fifty with Keystone light. Watching my weight and wallet. Thank you Victory..Cheers!

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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.
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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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,583 ratings.
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