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 akolb
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A slightly aged Golden Monkey, at 6 months old. Hefe-y aroma with coriander, flowers, and yeast. Taste has a pleasant sweet crackery maltiness, with a nice yeasty funk, peppery spice, some bitterness, a warm clean finish and a thick body. Tastes a bit like a hefeweizen on steroids but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Not one of the great Tripels but a tasty brew nonetheless.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear look. Sort of pumpkin spice( nutmeg and cinnamon)scent but malty also. Sweet flavor of nutmeg, banana and clove. Stronger, bigger flavor on this beer. This really reminds me of a strong's good.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Lives up to the name for sure. Pours a deep gold with a slight amber hue to it, with just an inch of head that lingers for around 5-10 minutes.

Aroma- Clove, coriander, and a certain peppery spice are at the forefront of this one, and come off quite strong, yet pleasant, even for this particular style. Slight hints of banana and bubblegum, with just a touch of alcohol lingering in the nose.

Taste- Very sweet, but just a step short of being cloying. The spices really pop with this one, and it follows the nose very well overall. Alcohol is much more well hidden than the smell might suggest, and I wouldn’t be able to guess this was 9.5% without knowing. There is plenty of heat here, but it’s from the insane spice presence, and kick from the Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied for a triple, bordering on sticky but not quite there. That’s a good thing, great, in fact, as I think they ride the line perfectly here. Not too thick, and not too watery, with just enough carbonation to combine with the kick from the spices/yeast to really bring it all together.

Overall- This is one of the first beers that I ever loved, and it stands as one of my favorite Tripels in existence, for all of the above reasons.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a can. Pretty big head but without much retention or lacing. Smells of powder sugar and spices. The taste is very similar to the nose with an added element of late bitterness. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.69/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

AROMA is Yeast. Wang.
LOOK: Bright gold yellow appearance.
TASTE: More Wang in taste. Too much sour yeast, not enough everything else.
FEEL: Flat.

Not funny...not fun."

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-optically clear yellow pour with a puff of foam, that stuck on draughts, but did not persist as a cap. Aroma is apple and candi-sugar. Flavors include pear, apple and green grapes. The finish is not so dry. This is a very sweet tripel that I enjoy occasionally.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian tripel pours a light orange (tangerine) color with a medium foamy white head and a somewhat high amount of carbonation. The smell is fairly fruity with banana, pear, and apple notes. There are also noticeable spice notes, light florals, yeast, and a light alcohol scent as well. It’s a pleasant scent with fairly standard tripel character. The taste is significantly less standard in my opinion. For starters it’s much less fruity than the scent would have you believe with only mild offerings from the aforementioned fruits. The spices and yeast are much more prevalent and perhaps most surprisingly there is a fairly strong honey character that adds quite a bit of sweetness. The taste of alcohol is noticeable, but fairly mild, though it does produce quite a bit of warming in the aftertaste. The body is medium, maybe a little heavier than most tripels. The finish lacks a crisp semi-dryness that I’ve encountered with many other examples of the style, it is almost creamy. A unique take on a tripel. This isn’t typically one of my favorite Belgian beer styles and so I find it somewhat interesting though strict adherents to the style will no doubt be disappointed. It also lacks a bit of complexity compared to elite tripels.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear and deep gold beer with a white head that leaves a lot of lacing. There was a lot of white flakes that settled to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is sweet with banana, clove, yeast, booze and spoiled fruit. The taste is like spoiled fruit, overripe bananas, cloves, coriander, white pepper and yeast with a bitter finish. This does not at all work for me. It is Belgian enough but the rotten fruit flavors and the giant snowflakes at the bottom of my glass were unpleasant.

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Photo of RAFH
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Holysht! This Golden Monkey is by far the best Belgian Tripel I've ever had! The after taste on the pallet is so clean. Most Belgian's don't have that good of an after me. Thanks for the sample goes to my friend Mike P. Outstanding!

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Photo of whatthehull
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass from a 12 oz bottle

A - an semi translucent golden copper with very little white head and little to no legs lacing

S - Belgian yeast (bananas), holiday spices, sappy hops, soil, dead earth, dry and sweet grains/Malts, funk must, honey, wheat and tons of over ripe fruit.

T - Huge bitter up front from the hop, dry and sweet malt/grains, honey, bananas, lots of flowers, bitter earth, crisp water, slight citrus, a bit dank and that Belgian yeast sticks around.

M - medium plus body, nice balance, nice complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation and a bitter sweet finish

D/O - despite how big and bitter this one is it is very clean, refreshing and quite easy going down. Aging seems as though it would do very little except tone down the bitter but not even sure of that. Still, well done, excellent and worth a go for sure. Probably awesome ok tap or even nitro.

Final thoughts - at nearly 10% ABV this one is for sharing with good friends or for a night cap. The $3-4 per bottle price is a bit high, but still worth a try.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Does a Tripel really need to end with a hoppy/bitter finish this distinct? Its potable, but not impressive. If I want a bitter finish, I'll drink an IPA (actually, I won't drink an IPA because I had too many, which is why I started drinking Belgian Style Ales!)....Still, the German hoppiness isn't too off-putting, but this beer is also missing some zip you'd usually get in the carbonation from a Tripel. The carbonation is medium and okay, but a dryer finish would have really helped this finish crisply.

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

L -- very hazy pale orange. pours a big head that quickly dissipates. minimal lacing
S -- tomatoes, pilsner, wheat, mild spicy/peppery aromatics
T -- wheat, simple syrup, cardamom, nutmeg, sharp alcohol kick
F -- Nice and full. somewhat overly sweet aftertaste
O -- Easy to see how this is Victory's classic brew: a robust tripel that you can get as part of their variety 12-pack for only $15 and change.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml can into a Duvel tulip glass.
Look: little head, disappeared really quickly. Little lacing too. Golden yellow, some red tint. Quite lively with the bubbling.
Smell: Some fruitiness, as expected from a Tripel. Light smell.
Taste: really sweet, but there's a strange kick to it. Hoppiness at the end. The alcohol is masked really well. Some fruitiness, orange peel, but not much.
Feel: No strong after taste. Medium body.

Nothing really special about it. Just a sweet, simple tripel. There are many other better example of the style.

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Photo of ABoliver
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color with good head. Great tasting beer with strong notes of coriander and spices. May not be the most traditional Belgian Tripel, but certainly one of my favorite American renditions. Overall a very drinkable and flavorful beer.

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Photo of emprox
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- A fairly opaque golden color, with a good head that sticks around for a while.
S- Not a whole lot of smell on my end, unfortunately, smells a bit spicy though.
T- Tastes great at first, a solid belgian ale taste. Towards the end though, the alcohol taste really comes out, which is my only gripe.
F- A very thick, syrupy texture, which is fitting for the taste of it.

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

Not complex, but a highly drinkable sweet tripel.

Very pale and translucent - you could just about read a newspaper through the glass and the head doesn't stay around long. Smells is extremely sweet, like a sugar vapor is coming at you.

I would consider the spice angle to be rather mild overall. There's some spice at the front end, but it's more syrupy and floral or candy-like rather than a sharp spice flavor overall. This has no aftertaste at all, nor any sort of lingering booze trap where you can taste it a few hours later.

I'm also not sensing the alcohol taste that others are noting - it masks the 9.5% admirably. While I was sipping it, you could probably take more robust swigs with how mild it is in general. It reminds me quite a bit of Candi by Old Dominion Brewing Company, being almost the same exact approach and I doubt I would do particularly well trying to distinguish the two from one another.

Overall complexity was respectable, and I quite appreciate getting a 25 ounce bumper at Costco for $4.99 as well; not really a destination beer, but quite respectable and worth revisiting.

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

A hint of malt smell. One finger foam with light cloudy color. Taste of fruits and some spices. Moderate carbonation. Sweet and short aftertaste. A good Belgium style strong beer.

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Photo of Dange_Isler
2.54/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I used to love it. Until around 2014 this really tasted and acted like a great trippel: the head didn't fall, it smelled great and tasted great too. I think they started using cheaper hops and yeast, and now I can barely tell it's a trippel, the carbonation is bigger, and it tastes more strongly like alcohol even though the alcohol content is about the same. Also, it just came out in . . . cans!? and seemed at the same time to take another downhill turn in quality. Too bad: I miss the version I used to get a couple of years ago.

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Photo of Bshipman8993
2.29/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

not sure how they call this a triple. Tastes more like a super spiced farmhouse.
L-pale yellow good head that dies quickly
S-smells of spice. Almost more like an ipa smell.
T-taste rich and strong Belgian hops. More like a farmhouse ale with a slight spice to it in till after then it burns like a shot of cheap whiskey.
F-smooth at first with a finish like burning shot of 151.
O-if it was hot and I chugged the whole beer probably ok. It is not in the category of any triple I have ever had.

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Photo of Traveler19808
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not great on the nose. A bit phenolic and peppery.

Looks decent for a tripel but is a bit cloudy. Head falls fast

Hides alcohol fairly well but does not have the presence that I would cask tripe. Tastes like a phenolic, estery, overspiced heavy. It did cover the alcohol taste but not warmth. It's drinkable but not what I associate with Belgian tripel. Critically the taste is that of a lighter beer jacked on Kandi syrup or crystal malt and a yeast that barely managed to survive the fermentation. On the other hand it is very drinkable for the punch it packs.

Thin, not the heavy depth and clean alcohol feel I'd expect from a Belgian trip. Peppery aftertaste. Prickly, no sharp carbonation.

I would say this beer is mislabeled. I would not put this in the tripel category. As harsh as that sounds I am judging it against what I expected., this is something else. That something else I can't nail down as I have a pretty good buzz. Maybe a strained British no 2 but not a Belgian tripel.

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Photo of LMO1190
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear golden color with about a finger of white head.
S- cloves, peppers, and alcohol.
T- Ok at first. But you the alcohol is a bit much. The is a weird bitterness at the end.
F- Leave a burn in the back of the throat.
Overall- This feels like what a belgium triple would taste like if it was made by Budwieser. Not awful, but can be much better. It feels like they went cheap on this one. With so many great tripels out there, I don't see myself getting this one again!!!!

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Photo of colts9016
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap. A one finger white creamy dense head with piss poor retention. The beer is golden in color with some straw color hues. The clarity is murky with some carbonation visible.

The beer presents with pepper, lemon, floral, caramel, bread, yeast, alcohol, grassy, cloves like phenols, and a touch fruity.

Very peppery, oranges, lemons, caramel, bready, biscuits, phenols, floral, hay, and grainy.

M: A creamy, carbonated, medium body, and some alcohol warming.

O: This beer seriously lacks refinement. The beer is more spicy than normal, the alcohol comes off abrasive. It is just an average beer nothing special. The beer has potential.

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Photo of 0_0
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely exceptional. To be fair I drink an ice cold one of these beers on a hot summer day, the girlfriend was on my back and everything. This made everything alright, because i got drunk enough to ignore her.

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Photo of AleMan66
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a murky golden with a thin white head. This tastes unlike any beer I've ever had, and it isn't my thing. Way, way too spicey and too much of an alcohol taste.

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

Clear golden ale, dense white bubbles and a decently endiring head.

Clean if simple notes of hops, candi sugar, some grassy florals.

Taste meets the expectations of the nose. Inidentifiable spices, alcohol, dry hops. Aftertaste is clean and allows some sweet malt to come through.

Overall, very nice.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,613 ratings.
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