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Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,769
Ratings:
5,529
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
26.61%
 
 
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160
Gots:
1,547
For Trade:
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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a white head when poured, and the color is a light golden with a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom. Bottling date on label says April 14, 2005.

Nose is of sweet light malt, yeast, and slight hops. Hints of slightly overaged vegetables, honey, citrus, pineapple, and maybe a little melon...all pretty subtle. Ethanol moderately evident, becoming moreso as the liquid warms.

Carbonation is mild, body is light to medium with a slight slickness.

Taste is lightly malty and somewhat sweet. A sweet slickness is present on the tonge. Finish is yeasty, sweet, and bitter.

A decent attempt. I'm interested in what some age will do to the two I have remaining.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale golden color, head retention a bit disappointing. Very nice aroma, herbal with notes of dill and lemongrass. Flavor is sweet from the start, more of a light, airy candy sweetness than mere malt. Bitterness is restrained but there's a touch of grassy, herbal hop flavor. Very fruity, reminiscent of oranges. Finishes a little tart. Light bodied with a crisp, effervescent texture.

Very interesting, complex, and tasty. And quite deceptively strong: it's hard to believe such a light refreshing beer tops 9% alcohol.

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Photo of board45
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle
Nov. 30. 2004 bottled

Cloudy golden brew w/ a huge white head. To the nose I didnt get to much except some sweetness and malt. As I tiped the glass back to take a sip the white head took a minute to get though. With my nose covered in this beautiful head i finally got to the good stuff. WOW! Loads of malt. Tons of sweetness, with a apricot middle. The finish is warming with a fade of apricot then it returns quickly to the nose. A great brew despite the week smell and appearance. This was my first tripel and was deeply impressed.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this over at the Chapter House. Slightly golden body, big white head that held its own throughout the drinking. Nice and sweet aroma, corriander, yeasty. Really sweet taste, lots of bananna, maltiness. Quite a bitter kick at the end. Quite drinkable as well for 9.5% abv. Certainly worth a try, won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of boatyard
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice golden color hence the name. has a nice white foamy head that splits quite quickly, and leaves a bit of lacing. smells like flowers and alcohol, tastes like flowers alcohol and lemon, and its a bit syrupy. i think it has some sort of spicy yeast in it. can't drink very much of this in one sitting, however it feels good in your mouth. an overall good offering from victory, so go out and get yourself some.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brewed on 05/05/05 poured into a chalice.

Hazy yellow with a small white head that falls to a veiled ring in minutes.

Smells of spicey yeast, belgian sugars, floral hops and alcohol. Tangy overall.

Tart upfront, but then turns cloyingly sweet. Alcoholic/peppery notes towards the end. Not very smooth or balanced. Glad I only bought a single of this.

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Photo of carln26
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured form the bottle into a tulip glass a bright, slightly hazy gold with a thick white head that was refreshed by a stream of champagne bubbles. The aroma had bread dough, citrus/orange and a mild spice finish. The flavor favorably reflected the aroma with a bright lemon citrus and a slightly yeasty character. The finish had a slight alcohol warming and a lingering pepper character. It has a slick, yet full mouth feel, and a good drinakbility.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was brewed on may 4th 2004. It has aged really nice in my opinion. It pours a hazy dark yellow and has a nice white head and lot's of yeast floaties. The aroma is very sweet and fruity and the yeast imparts a nuttiness. The taste is very sweet upfront and then the alcohol tries hard to overcome the nutty, fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is very full like any good tripel. This is one of the best tripels I have ever had. Kudos to Victory for brewing this winner.

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Photo of medic25
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle in a Corsendonk glass. Pours a golden-amber color, very clear with a little bit of a white head that quickly vanished. Fruity aroma, maybe a little bit of bread thrown in. Delicious on the first sip; quite sweet and malty, with the alcohol extremely well hidden. Goes down too easily for a 9.5% beer! Another great product by Victory; I'll have to cellar a couple of these and see how well they age.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Straw golden colored, clear, 1/4 inch head which quickly dissipates. Fairly average looking.

Smell = Nice fruit scent with banannas definitely coming through strong. Fairly malty, full of alcohol with a tiny tiny bit of sour hops coming through. I like it.

Taste = Interseting tripel. Typical alchol overwheming flavor comes through although it's not as devastating as other tripels. This one's a bit sweeter which I enjoy greatly. Not overly bitter and flavorless like the Salvation I tried awhile back.

Overall = I like this one. Recommended for fans of Tripels. The sweetness is nice and it's not overkill.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to try a freshly tapped barrel. Poured a warm amber gold with a tight 1/2" head of white foam that clung incredibly, forming beer tree rings with each sip.

Nose was pleasing - light, sweet, reminiscent of honey and very mild citrus. Initial tongue is smooth & even, with a subtle, wonderful citrus (orange) presence noticable. Lite wisps of some spice present - very nice. A very enjoyable peak of hops rose on the tongue as the tastes continued to mingle. Its slick & smooth on the throat, the sensation (and slight taste) of honey comes to mind. It swallows sweet but not sugary nor out of kilter with the previous taste, leaving a very clean & inviting aftertaste.

A very enjoyable brew that would be an excellent kick-off to any session or pair well with some lively/spiced foods. Will enjoy this one anytime opportunity allows.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden and clear. Vigorous bubbling action. White head that holds for a stitch in time.

Smell: White grapes and spice at first waft. Smells fresh and clean. Yeast character shows up amidst the fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet and fruity. Good proportion of spiciness to accompany the sweet base. Spices are not over the edge, but hang on the cusp. Flirting with my limits. There is a bit of sweet and sour in the finish that makes me thirst for another pull. Juicy and refreshing I guess I could say. The yeast lends some flavour to the brew without imparting any distasteful results. Mostly a sweet concoction.

Mouthfeel: Light. Refreshing. Goes down with relative ease.

Drinkability: Good. Another one of those undercover wolves that has the potential to do a number on an unsuspecting drinker. I cannot detect any alcohol presence in any aspect. Could be dangerous. Overall a good show, although I can't think of a time when I would want to drink this.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with bottled on date of Feb 19 04--it's got some time under its belt.

Poured a cloudy dark straw with a white head that quickly dropped to a collar. Lacing was minimal.

Fruity esters, alcohol, bread, and a touch of barnyard funk in the nose. Fruit smells remind me of peach and apricot.

Medium body with a nice creaminess and a mellow carbonation. Powdery yeast seems to be the star of the show. Lightly grainy with a touch of nuttiness and a strong, warming alcohol bite in the finish battles with a nice malt lingering.

Mouthfeel was great, the taste seemed lacking in direction, the alcohol not hidden well. I'm glad the bottle was aged, or I suspect this beer would've been a club-handed brute.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: a hazy gold with plenty of head that reduces to lacing slowly. I love watching this beer as the haze swirls around.

Smell: a bit malty but notes of fruit

Taste: sharp but nothing noticable really sticks out. A decent amount of carbonation to boot.

Mouthfeel: full bodied and dry

Drinkability: defiantly not a session beer.

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

Pours a clear golden yellow hue with a thin white head. Smell of grass and subdued malt, with some bready notes, and some alcohol. Malty taste with mild fruitiness yields to warming alcohol. There is also a noticeable yeast presence. Crisp carbonation balances a bready and smooth mouthfeel. Finish includes some citrous hops and of course alcohol. Not a bad beer, but not awe-inspiring. I may try this one again at a later date.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a beautiful golden color with decent white head and bubbles that just will not quit. The smell is hard to describe (bananas??) but I love it. The first taste is superb, and each additional sip is even better. The felling it leaves in my mouth is complex and long-lasting. A winner !!!!

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Photo of ITK4ever
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite all-around beer. Good pour, nice golden color, good head. A friend turned me on to this directly from the Victory Brewery. I will always have this in my fridge.

Malty taste and good balance of hops. You can tell from the first taste that this is a well-crafted beer.

WAY TO GO VICTORY!!! Keep up the good work and keep those Monkeys coming!!!

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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 LuckySevens82
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Higravity and Secret Bunny '05

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Pure white head. Retention is lacking as the already small head vanishes almost as quick as this one is poured. The collar, however, is nice.
Smell is fruity (plums, peaches, grapes, green apples) with a spicy background (coriander, slight nutmeg and cinnamon). Yeastiness, a slight musty aroma, and an alcohol presence round this one out.
Taste is pretty much similar to the smell. It is a little sweeter than I had imagined, but the fruitiness makes up for this (see above) and the spicy hops, breadiness, slight yeast character, and massive spices balance this one out. Alcohol doesn't really factor into the flavor, it's there, but it's not really noticable.
Overall, this is a bit too slick for me, as I like my tripels to be a bit more heavily carbonated. Nevertheless, the flavors are solid and this is certainly a beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of Suds
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden (yellow with shades of amber-orange) color with a uninspiring wispy head. Lots of suspended matter in this brew. For sure, it’s not particularly pretty. Aroma of alcohol, yeast, malt, and a wild background of sour-spiciness. The smell is actually pretty nice. There’s a big, intense malty sweetness. That, coupled with a sharp alcohol warming are the centerpieces of this beer. They don’t particularly blend well with the aroma. It’s a thick, syrupy brew. It’s certainly a Belgian style beer, but it doesn’t meet the bar set by the style. Generally, I’ve been very happy with Victory. Unfortunately, this one is way off the mark.

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Photo of TongoRad
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 4, '05

Pours a deep golden yellow color with a decent white head which dissipates within a minute.

Aroma- a nice blend of malt, spices (particularly coriander), fruity esters, some candi sugar and a slight amount of alcohol. These items are in good proportion to one another but the overall impression should be more pronounced than it is.

Nice body, but the alcohol tends to dominate the palate. Bitterness is also out of balance- a bit high.

This is a good beer, though I'm not sure I'd call it a Tripel- it is almost too cautious in its approach. A stronger aroma and flavor profile would help balance out the alcohol presence.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Recieved as part of Secret Bunny. Pours a slighty hazy straw color, into my big wine glass. Good head to start, but it seems to fade rather quickly. Minimal to moderate lacing as well. Aroma and taste go together. Fruity, I get a slight peach/tangerine taste here.
*Rant On*
My favorite part of this beer though is the carbonation level and mouthfeel. I've had too many belgian beers that are overcarbonated and drier than death valley. This beer is well carbonated, but not annoyingly so. The flavor hits you and then goes away, but it doesn't leave a mouth puckering dryness behind. This beer gets very high marks from me for that.
*Rant Off*

Another winner from Victory.

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Photo of Crotor
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'd seen a lot of hype for this East Coast beer, and I have to say I'm disappointed...

Pours a beautiful, lucidly clear, pale straw, but it pushed up a scant one finger of soapy head that rapidly dissipates.

The aroma is of lemon, grass, and some slight spice (pepper?) Overall, it's really very saison-esque.

Initially the alcohol seems apparent, though it fades. Coriander is prominent, and the hopping is noticable (in a tripel?!) There's a slight lemon tartness, continuing the saison parallel. It's not an unpleasant flavor profile, but ultimately it's rather simplistic and boring, and woefully out-of-character for a tripel.

The mouthfeel is one of the weirdest aspects of the beer. Tripels are supposed to be dry, but this is *vacant.* It just feels thin, but also somewhat rounded, as would a beer with residual sugar. I can't make any sense of this...

Ultimately, this is a good beer. Good enough that I could see myself drinking a lot of it. However, it's a drastic failure as a "tripel." Rating it against the style, I can't help but slam it a little...

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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 jsinnott
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden, near honey color. Smells spicy but with a hint of sweetness as well. Strong alcohol aroma. Tastes sweet, but also very strong alcohol flavor. Unlike other beers I've had. Mouthfeel is good, fairly thin. Drinkability not bad, not the best thing in the world but decent if you want something different. Tasty for what it is.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,529 ratings.
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