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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!

Added by purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a milky peach, forming a small white head of fine bubbles and creamy texture despite a vigorous pour. Retention is quite good and lacing is average. Carbonation is moderate despite a heady release of gas when popping the cap. Aroma is very good, immediately reminding me of Unibroue's yeast qualities...definite cloves and bananas with an emphasis on the cloves, clean ferment, green apples, lots of phenols and fruity esters. Mouthfeel is prickly and punchy initially but goes down with a sweet smoothness. Dense body. Taste...wow, this is good...malty but not overly sweet with a well-balanced hop bitterness and alcohol level. The brew is warming with tons of esters and cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors other than a hint of metal towards the middle which is thankfully not very obtrusive. Alcohol is appreciable, but at 9.5%, it goes down like it was 6-7%. The finish is spicy and has some nice huskiness laced with honey and candi sugar. Not picking up on any Belgian wild yeast strain characteristics. As it warms, it gets even better.

A big, impressive brew besting many other triples, this one comes highly recommended. Good job Victory...I'm psyched to try their others!

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Photo of RossiDaMan
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 750 ml at Costco in Indy for around $6. I wasn't expecting much but really enjoyed it. Just a tick below La Fin du Monde and a great beer for the price.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Bulls & Bears. Poured a slightly hazy gold. Average white head. Didn't last too long.
Light bready, yeasty banana aromas.
Flavor is a mix of spicy and sweet. Belgian spices mixed with sweeter German0style malts. Banana and clove flavors.
Rather light bodied and carbonated. The alcohol seems to kind of dominate the palate however. Not that I'm really complaining...
Quite an awesome beer. I really enjoy this one.

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Photo of Cmun01
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice abbey ale made in PA. Taste is sweet with notes of citrus (orange), nice nose, again with notes of orange. High alcohol beer but generally smooth. Gold in color, with a nice 1/4" head.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An initial pleasantly sweet light malt aroma moves to phenol and other spiciness, finally settling with that mix. Fizzy smallish head that leaves. Slightly to moderately cloudy, with a fair amount of setiment on bottom of bottle. Gold. First taste note is the richness and fullness that takes a bit to adjust to. Malt flavor notable, but I wouldn't call it crisp. Alcohol noticable, esp. at mid to finish. Some moments of fruitiness. Somewhat dry with shorter finish. Richness to mouthfeel lends to the sense of fullness and a hefty carbonation helps too.
I like this beer. The paleness could fool a guy not ready for the alcohol strength. Contrary to crispness for style this has a very good ale smoothness. The sweetness is pushed without becoming cloy.

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

On tap at the Royal Hilltop Tavern in metro Denver.
Served in a stemmed pokal glass.
Gold with significant head.
Aroma of Belgian candy sugar, banana, anise.
Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel.
Flavors of bitter grapefruit rind, grains of paradise, candy sugar, malts.
Overall tasty and rich with some bitterness and pepper spice.

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

Overall: Maybe not quite as good as Belgian offerings but definitely worth a try if you like Belgian trippel.

Smell & Taste: Fruity, aromatic, banana flavors, maybe a touch of "soapy" flavor if that means anything. Boozy for sure.

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Photo of maek228
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy dark gold. I've read a few reviews that claim that this beer has little head retention. I could not disagree more. The head on this beer stayed and it was thicker than most. It was like the froth on the edge of a broken wave. Beer also appeared to be quite carbonated

Smell: Hot-Day-AMN. The smell of this one is trump tight. The eastern spices are like aroma therapy. Those clove-ish spices blend with the hops and a sweet fruit scent to create an enticing aroma.

Taste: From the second this one hits your lips you just know that this is an "Americanized" Tripel. The heavey dose of spices really sets this beer apart from others I have had. This bear is hearty and has a semi-sweet malt foundation. The Golden Monkey leaves you with a moderately hopped aftertaste that borders on sour. If it weren't this questionable aftertaste and the cottonmouth it gave me...I may have given this one a "5" for taste

Mouthfeel: Rich and bold.

Drinkability: Such a good beer but the off aftertaste lowers the scores a bit

Maybe aging this for a bit would do it some good?

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to New Hampshite Victory!! I got a sample bottle from my friends at The Blue Trout Grill. Thanks guys!

I put this one in a Stella glass, the color is totally golden, crispy appeance, excellent carbonantion and a rather silky, pillowy all-white head that keeps it's retention very well.

The nose has a wonderful spiciness, you can smell white pepper, herbs and spices in this lively yeast. The malt is actually a really big factor here, it's sweet scented and buttery. It's pretty boozy at 9% and the Stella glass keeps it concentrated. The hops add further earthiness in the nose.

The flavor is much like the aroma, very spicey and herbal, the yeast is not at all sour, but peppery and zesty and the added spices actually add to that effect in a very positive way. The malt is crispy, clean and classically sweet, but also provides a very smooth feel, the malt is hefty enough to provide great balance. I will admit to enjoying the sweeter Tripels a bit more than the classic, more hoppy Belgian versions. Allagash Tripel reserve is another excellent verison that strays away from the style guidlines slightly. The hops pop out right at the end and are earthy and only mildly bitter. Overall, the ballance is unique...American style but it toally works.

This is a crispy medium body with a light look, crispy from potent yeast which provides a nic bite, it then mellows from the smooth malt and creamy head, finishing refreshingly dry.

The drinkability of this 9% brew is scary, it is easy to polish of three bottles but you better not drive home after!! (trust me) Take your time and really enjoy this one.

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

October 5, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Pours light gold with a tiny bit of amber, very high clarity. Head is pure white, and limited to about a quarter of an inch, dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a thin layer of lacing on top.

S – Orange peel and lemon rind, a lemon-lime spritzer aroma, along with some spicy-peppery yeast notes, and tangerines. Crackery, Pils-like malt aroma, with just a little touch of caramelization. On the back end there’s an impression of clove and banana, interestingly.

T – A whole lot of mango and tropical fruit, along with lemon-lime and a light nectarine component. A small amount of peppery spice follows. Malt is cracker, flour, dough, with a barely noticeable caramel or honey-like flavor. Hops are herbal-spicy, moderate-low in the mix, and bitterness is moderate.

M – Carbonation is medium-high, and the beer is quite dry and crisp. A touch of sweetness at the beginning offset by the moderate hop bitterness. Body is moderately big, the dryness helping to make it feel lighter.

O – This beer is very flavorful and deceptively strong, and truly enjoyable all the way around. A great American interpretation of a classic.

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Photo of Epicedion
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, very pale yellow. Very thin head. Bubbles keep moving straight up in small lines like it's some sort of science experiment.

S: A little bit of alcohol. Lots of fruit.

T: Spicy fruit, lemon and orange. Subtle sweetness giving way to a dry grain finish. The taste lingers on its way out, and never gets unpleasant. Even at 9.5% ABV I can't find the alcohol in this one unless I really try.

M: Plenty of carbonation to perk up this smooth, medium drink. The spice really likes to linger on the palate.

D: Too much ABV to drink all night, but drinkable enough to drink more than you probably should.

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

pours a clear amber with a big soapy head that hangs around. strong carbonation. the nose here isn't shy and leaps out of the glass with a huge sweet biscuit, banana and honey bouquet. taste is another round of bombs; caramel malts, banana reduction, farmhouse yeasts and light fruit syrup do battle against a losing balancing attempt from coriander spices, white pepper, light hops and citrus zest. sweet honeyed biscuit and saison yeast resonate strongly on the aftertaste. this brew is definitely not as subtle as most examples of the style, and for some it might be a tad on the cloyingly sweet side. i jokingly refer to this brew as a "wannabe tripel" to friends, but with its 9.5% abv and heavy-handed, almost candied profile, it's probably more apt to call it an "indulgent tripel". either way, i've personally witnessed its alluring combination high gravity and dessert styling prove intoxicating on more than one occasion. =)

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Photo of Chodite
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ahh the tripel that got me started on tripels. My favorite style. I used to think this was the pinnacle. King of all kings. Until I found out about that country called Belgium.

BUT, it still stands up. Not as good as the quality Belgian tripels, but probably the best American style that I've had.

Poured from a bottled into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. Pours a somewhat cloudy golden color with a nice head for the first few minutes but quickly fades leaving some lacing.

Smells a bit like bubble gum and banana bread.

Tastes much more fruity than the average tripel. Lots of flavor though and not a whole lot of alcohol taste, considering it's 9+% ABV. Also tastes a bit like banana bread.

Still one of my sentimental faves and one of the absolute best values around. I still go back to the Monkey every few weeks.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy Shit!!! Strap me to a tree and call me Brenda!!!!

“Is this Gueuze?” that’s all I can say and think out aloud, as I reel from my first taste of this beer. The organized, conservative Beer Review has just flown out of the window, over my Balcony and fallen down 11 floors onto the Beach.

A “freebie” from fellow BA StoutLove77 (major respect!). It has me wishing I got a 6-Pack also from our recent trip to Vendomes. This monster Monkey pours out a hazy golden liquid which reminded me of home-made Marmalade. It has a well developed white head that settles down to a playful 1/8” throughout. The lace patterns left behind resemble the spattered remains of those damned difficult vacuum sealed small individual ketchup sachets that splatter your best shirt when you try to open them in Public. Damn this is good!
The nose is simply “tripel-tastic”, archetypal Belgium odors evacuate and literally destroy the lingering Californian atmosphere in my Apartment and replace it with beer traveled nasal memories. Suddenly I’m transported back to Brussels, drinking the excellent spicy Ranke Guldenberg Tripel in the Bier Circus. Fresh, fruity citric spicy aromas play with my testosterone levels and tease me as it flirts with my ‘love-lorn’ beer-genes, so close to Valentines Day as well – the Bastard. I want to marry this beer, and we haven’t even finished our first date yet, kissed or even slept together yet. This truly is, love at first taste.

The introduction is incredibly fruity, with an inviting black peppery, spicy lemony hoppiness. Then I am stumped, the middle has a tart acidic trait which is intriguing me. Is it supposed to be like this – or is this “turning”?? Maybe – but it’s dated “Bottled on Sept. 9, 02”. So I reckon it is inherent and purposely resident. A quite pungent acidity and dry sourness both hit the tongue amidst the dissolution of high inherent carbonation in the middle of this beer; like two baddies Thatcher and Reagan dancing away – you want to hate them, yet have restrained admiration for their achievements. Mouthfeel is high and this contributes to a distinct spritzy young lambic-gueuze tendency, an angle which endears me to this beer. Oh I like that !!!!
Finish is quite dry and tart. All this and its 9.5% ABV – Oh dear.

Is this the worlds first “Lambic-Tripel” ????
F**k me, what a great idea if it is.
Works for me!

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Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A North American take on a Tripel this beer makes its presence known. Hazy Orange with a monster head , this beer needs a goblet to strut its stuff. The main flavours are spicy orange notes with hints of the alcohol . The beer starts off sweet but ends dry which is a plus in drinkability. This is a well made Tripel with lots of panache and boldness.

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Photo of 57andcounting
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six-pack of this high alcohol beer at the brewery. This will set you back, reminds me of some of the German Weisse beers in the after taste. You will smell and taste the malts. It's complex enough to keep the drinking interesting. I like the mouth feel, makes you want to take another sip. Someone that only drinks Bud, will be set back with this one.

I like this one. (Of course, I'm into the second bottle, at 9+ABV, that may have something to do with it.)

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

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color.

Overall: Aroma is of the strong clove spice. The taste contains coriander, clove with hints of banana for a smooth and refreshing finish. Great mixture of spices and a little bit of bitterness for an outstanding beer!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

This was poured into a borrowed chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing was spotty and somewhat messy.
The smell had an "iced apple" sort of glossed over sweet grapefruit to light coriander spice. Light clove and allspice combined to flavor.
The taste was sweet to light spicy to let in a nice apple-ness to gloss over in the taste.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. If anything, this one really came across in a nice sweet to spicy texture over my tongue.
Overall, yes, I dug this one alot. If Tripels are supposed to taste, smell, and feel like this, yeah, I'm gonna dig these beers in years to come.

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Photo of magine
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To me this is one of the best beers that I have had from Victory Brewing.

Poured into a plisner glass from a bottle; I know wrong glass but I had a few already tonight for this review. This beer pours a nice White head that sits a top a golden/copper colored brew.

The beer is bottle conditioned and has a nice appearance. With a nice head and nice lacing, good head retention.

The beer has a smell of floral, (banana maybe ?!?!) Sweet smell and yeasts.

The beer has a nice bubbly, smooth creamy finish mouthfeel.

The drinkability of this beer is top notch, I could easily buy a case of this brew. One of the better american brewed triple's I have tried. Very good and very drinkable brew. After a few of these I have noticed the alcohol in the taste, and in the effects...uhh.

Could get a case of this, very nice.

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Photo of kldobbins
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass from the Victory variety pack.

Light to medium yellow in color with plenty of carbonation.

I didnt pick up much in the aroma dept. Almost like a soil/mud scent with a touch of yeast

Big belgium hit. yeast goodness with a spice touch. some alcohol on the tongue. Has a warming affect to it.

The after taste is mostly spice and lots of yeast

The yeast taste was the big hitter for me. Last time I had this beer at the Victory Brew Co. I dont remember it tasting like it does. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, it pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow. Aroma is not strong, but crisp and wheaty with a strong citrus component. Flavor is richly wheaty with a strong lemon overtone and some surprisingly strong hoppy taste. It goes down smoothly but with some pizzazz and leaves a satisfying hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nicy deep yellow color with a nice medium rocky head,the aroma was pretty tart and spicey.The taste was pretty cloveywith a malty sweet background,dangerously drinkable,wow.A very good beer from Victory,impressive maltiness in the ending on this one,pretty complex.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color, almost mead-like in color with an orange tint. Very poor head retention, but good bubble activity. Only sparse lace.

Smell is just as a tripel should be: fruity, floral, spicy, good layer of yeast emitting pungency.

Tastes mirror the aromas, which is to say it's got plenty of depth and is delicious. The fruity and floral aspects just barely dominate the exotic spiciness and warming from the alcohol. Honey and black pepper rise up from the flavor as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very good, and quite right for the style, with a remarkable carbonated zip and a butteriness offsetting any sharpness.

Victory comes through with a solid American version of the Belgian tripel. Despite the high alcohol, this is almost too easy to drink. Be careful with it, but just TRY to not enjoy it!

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle. Best by June 2013 / Drank on Dec 06, 2010

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with a little bit of head that quickly dissapates.

Smells spicy with a bit of banana, slight alcohol notes.

Tastes just like it smells: prominent banana and yeast with some spice, but a tad sweeter. Nice warmth from the alcohol going down but nothing too much.

Medium body to it, about what I expected. Not too thin, not too creamy.

Drinkability is very high. It's hard to not go for a second or third, but with 9.5% ABV, you need to be careful.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers from my favorite local brewery and I'd never turn down the opportunity to have one or two of these.

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Photo of baiser
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden, orange-tinted and cloudy, with a big head that disappeared quite fast, very thin white lace.

Aroma of peaches, caramel, some floral scents.

This is a smooth, syrupy, full bodied beer. A strong fruity, peachy flavour, very sweet. Hops are very floral and complement the flavour quite well. Alcohol is extremely hidden, but is very warming.

It is quite a tasty beer, and very drinkable, but not your typical tripel. However, still very enjoyable.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,510 ratings.
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