Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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84
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5,642 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
5,642
Reviews:
1,795
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
Wants:
162
Gots:
1,630
For Trade:
8
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Photo of JWT3
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really unique beer! Cotton candy, bananas and bubblegum. Got me a bit too drunk. The booze is hard to pick out with all the other flavors. Good beer for sure. I'd get it again.

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

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

Many times I have had this beer and in various glassware, but as always, for tonight, it's obviously in a chalice as that's the only respectable sort of glassware for this style.
The appearance was a soft semi-cloudy sort of bronze/copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that swiftly dissipated. Lace seemed to sparkle a bit but becomes strewn about in a speckled sort of way.
The aroma had some "iced apples" up front, somewhat Granny Smith-like with a touch of coriander, delicate Belgian sugars, sly Belgian bready/yeastiness, light banana flesh, and ended with a little bit of clove.
The flavor was a superb blend of sweet to spicy Belgian malts to spices and gently weaving into themselves to create a refined aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a shining absorbent carbonation feeling right on into the ABV eloquently.
Overall, pretty nice Belgian Tripel brewed by an American brewer. No wonder I've come back to this so many times in life.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of baldy00
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of gcasher
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with white head out of 12oz can
Nice Belgian peppery spice
Strong alcohol, yet easy to drink
Mouthfeel is creamy
Definitely a nice summer desert beer

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

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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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,642 ratings.
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