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

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1,784
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5,611
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
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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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Photo of Zythophile
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can Date: 12/5/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Look is a clear light gold with fine white head. And there's a lot of it. Like, too much.

Smell is sweetish grain and maybe a little bit of herbalness, but there's also a rubber scent that's moderately unpleasant. I can also pick out some alcohol, which I don't normally get on the nose.

The taste is way better than the nose. Dried banana is the main flavor I get. It's pretty mellow and not overly sweet. There's also a slight amount of cinnamon. It also has a bit of a breakfast cereal taste that's somewhere between Grape-Nuts and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Thankfully, the rubber went away, but I can still pick out the alcohol.

Carbonation is well integrated, and the thickness is medium for the type. The aftertaste matches the taste.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer does what it says and pours a golden, slightly hazy color. Head is a thin ring with dashes and dots, slight moss on top.

Aromas of lemon cake and mint, with a little bit of salt.

Some peppery yeast and clove, burnt popcorn, blueberry, shortbread, more burnt popcorn, and a touch of diacetyl.

Feel is clean and crisp, with a slight hotness from the alcohol.

Overall, a decent Tripel. Nothing spectacular but better than most of the reviews would suggest.

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

This is a unique beer in that for me it was more than a pale ale in body in less than a Duvel in fruitiness though very interesting nonetheless. It is a nice amber in color with a fruity nose. Taste is just enough fruitiness to encourage you to sip it joyfully with a satisfying mouth feel. Overall I found it to be an enjoyable beer that I would buy whenever I caught it napping on the shelf.

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Photo of Babalu614
4.89/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The color was a beautiful golden orange. Great smell with an aroma of spices. Nice crisp taste of spices and maybe a hint of cinnamon. At 9.5% abv the alcohol taste was well hidden. Overall a great beer and available year round!

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Photo of Ob512316
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: gold color, white head
Smell: banana, bubble gum, clove
Taste: exactly how it smells, banana, bubble gum, clove
Feel: full bodied, little carbonation
Overall: nothing really makes this beer stand out against any other Belgian or wheat beer. Tastes like the average Belgian wheat beer still better than most. Would I buy again? I'm on the fence with this one.

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Photo of puck1225
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Slightly cloudy golden yellow with a nice but short lived head, decent lacing. Great initial smell, sweet pears and spice. This lingers to the taste. The taste is good, maybe a bit sweet. Overall good.

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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 hef...it'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

**
09/21/13
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 taste......to 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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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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