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 jeffm13
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites. I try to keep it stocked whenever possible. LIght taste, doesn't taste boozy at all. A little hoppier than ideal. Definite floral tones, a little bit of spice. Definitely worth drinking.

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Photo of EMH73
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbehlar
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Corburk
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hiromiyamoto27
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of B302
4.76/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of yEaRiGhTissiK
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a twelve oz can, came in a 6 pack. It has a deep yellow verging on an amber - ish color. Thick white off white yellowish head. Looks great, the smell is filling the room.
S: It smells fruity. Also flowery I am picking up spice along the lines of potpourri. The few Belgian tripels I've had all have a distinct smell, almost champagne like. This is no exception. Astounding beer.
T: Absolutely love it. See the smell section. They have done a superb job making a 9.5% beer this great. Better not plan on driving. This goes down like nothing and at this percentage, it's gonna sneak up on you big time. On the exhale really tasting flowers and potpourri.
F: watery and wet. Thin. It is swallowed quickly and easily. As if it was Bud Light. No thickness here, and that is a positive in my book.
O: Can you not tell already? Go get this if you haven't!

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of stucat
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaltofOH
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of digitalflood
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mpbuckley
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Atg1095
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MackT
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured light amber, effervescence I could hear. Mild aroma of spices I could not identify, not obtrusive. Mouth feel pleasant with slight lingering of said spices. This Golden Monkey is a different animal. Would buy again.

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Photo of petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great golden body, some particles floating about, fluffy, effervescent white head, plenty of fine streams of bubbles rising along the glass, no lace noticed. The nose offers, light malts reminiscent of pilsner, wheat, mild tropical fruits, and plenty of yeast. There's also mild spices, white pepper being the most prominent. The flavor is yeasty, like bread, sourdough, mild chalkiness, and pepper, with all the other fruit and malt flavors hiding behind this. It's More refreshing than those main flavors I mentioned would indicate. Mango, pineapple, both slightly chemically, find their way through the middle. Body is both light and drinkable, yet complete and satisfyingly full.
This was a really good beer. It may have lacked the full depth and complexity of the real Belgians, which, living in the U.S. I would not know, but it still delivered good balance and variety of flavors. Very complex, mature, tasty, balanced, well-directed, and overall an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Bbock13
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Narthax
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cjmunyan
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Really nice belgian tripel which pours golden with a decent head with aromas of spices. one of my favorite beers to get at the brewery. if your looking for a good craft beer this is certainly one of victorys leading beers. recommend for fans of tripels

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very good looking and tasty beer. Nice aroma and smooth drinking. The back end leaves it a bit less desirable than some other tripels I've had but otherwise a good beer. On draft at Ron's Corner Tavern.

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Photo of rsuarez1982
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ASoftMachineMan
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Now hear me out.

Is this a Trippel-style American beer for Trippel aficionados? Absolutely not. There is a lot wrong with this beer and there is certainly a lot more out there that's better for the same price. But there's more to it.

L: Pours hazy gold with a substantial white head. Head diminishes quickly to thin lacing.

S: Here's where it starts to go wrong. Bananas, cinnamon, clove, barley (?), sugar, allspice all evident. As is alcohol. My god, does this beer smell its 9.5% ABV. It's telling when it can make a Postgrad student with a foie gras liver's nosehairs curl.

T: Same as the nose, to its detriment. Bananas, allspice, malt and sugar sweetness forward, with substantial alcohol ester close behind.

F: Fairly light-bodied for a trippel-style and smooth on the first pull but becomes sharper as the alcohol kicks in. Not unpleasant by any means but still not what a trippel-style ought to be.

Overall: I actually gave Golden Monkey a 5/5 overall for a simple reason: it's an excellent gateway ale. For those whose only experience with beer are mass-produced lagers, ales (and Belgian-style ales in particular) can seem a tad intimidating. Golden Monkey is an excellent introduction to the world of Belgian-style ales before moving on to better things. While La Fin Du Monde will always remain my trippel-style of choice, Golden Monkey does hold a special place in my heart.

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Photo of joshjunk
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 3/3/17, enjoyed on 4/22/17.
I really enjoy this American tripel. Look is golden clear with clean white head, good carbonation. Aroma of lemon and belgian yeast. Lemon, coriander, and clove are the prominent flavors for me. There are more subtle hefe aromas and flavors mixed in that I can't call out just yet. Lots of sweetness throughout and warm alcohol on the finish. Some folks I've asked to try this get a burnt rubber/scotch aroma, others don't, depends on your palate I think. For me this is a great introduction to the style and I think this holds up as one of the better American belgian tripels that's widely distributed.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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