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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!

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Photo of rajendra82
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another result of a great trade from clvand0, the label indicated that this beer was bottled Nov 11, 2003. The appearance was picture perfect for a Tripel, with hazy pale body, and a pillowing tall head.

The aroma was very inviting, with banana esters, pale malts, and spices creating a sweet smell. The alcohol was evident on the nose in a perfumey kind of way.

The taste was a bit too spice driven for full enjoyment of this beer. Instead of serving as an enhancement, the spices masked the underlying light fruity flavors. The banana and lemon flavors were in the background, and the pepper and coriander flavors in the foreground. The candi sugar presence was also noticeable, especially as the beer warmed up.

The mouthfeel was airy and creamy, and the alcohol was most evident here in the form of a burn. Aftertaste was the lingering spices and astringent lemon peel, with deep lasting warmth in the belly. The after aftertaste (i.e., burps) was a revisit to the spice rack.

A raw and rollicking Tripel, but not for those who dislike things spiced up.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Labeled "bottled on February 19th 2004." The beer is a cloudy orange color with almost no head. In the beer there are chunks of sediment settling to the bottom. The head can be brought up with some swirling, but it settles down again quickly.

Smell: Very citrusy with the sweet scent of tangelo and lemon blossoms. Sweet light malt aroma too.

Taste: Light maltiness, citrus, sweet apple, caramel with a hop bitternes in the middle of it all. The flavor is lacking a bit of the spiciness one expects from a good tripel. Strawberry seed aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. It is aggressive on the palate with a sandy feel.

Drinkability: This beer gets better as it warms up. It is not a tremendous tripel, but it is certainly worht a try.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow. Invigorating spicy taste. Yeasty, lemony. below average tripel.Crisp and fresh on-tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Thought it might be better in the bottle but was partially wrong:Had a bottle a year and a half later, too yeasty and thinnish. Good level of carbonation.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle...I didn't notice any dates.

The beer poured a pale yellow with a slight chill haze. There was a small white head that lasted a short time.

Interesting spices in the aroma....pepper, some phenols, a sweetness from the malt. The flavor matched the aroma with the spiciness (mainly pepper) along with some citrus (orange) tempered with a soft malty sweetness.

An enjoyable Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Somewhat opaque, dark, dark orange body, with a haze top that bubbled down from a dry, sticky foam. Nose is wheaty malt with touches of witbier and apples and grapes.

That witbier citrus coriander dominates the palate. Overall sweet, reminding of honey. The 9.5% is imperceptible! And it's not even THAT sweet or spiced or having anything that's blatantly covering up the booze. Cool. An interesting hop texture mixes over the sweetness in the aftertaste, which is also sweet, like candy apple. Lightly spicey. Developed and balanced--and even seemingly light.

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Photo of clvand0
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy and full of citrus notes with a little sweetness. The flavor is spicy and a sweet citrus. I did not like the taste, as the one I had was very sour and unenjoyable. Usually I like Victory products, but this one didn't do it for me.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Monkey pours out a cloudy sunshine yellow color with a 1/2" white head. The nose is of honey, some clove and light citrus. The smell is a bit weak IMHO.

The first sip is quite heavy with a blend of citrus fruits, cloves and spices. A unique, refreshing and not overpowering taste here. Fresh honey comes through as well adding to the overall sweetness.

Mouthfeel is think and chewy, even a bit syrupy. The drinkability is pretty good as well. However I don't think I could have more than two of these at a time...flavor wise, for me, this is a brew to enjoy every now and again.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in a 12 oz. bottle. Great picture of the "golden monkey" on the front with a nice little story explaining him. Bottled 9/17/04. Pours a nice tangerine haze with a one finger head. Head goes quick with not much lacing. Vrey fizzing looking.

Smells sweet and lemony with almost no alcohol smell (suprising considering the 9.5 ABV). A very belgian-esqe nose.

Taste follows the smell with one big difference. ALCOHOL!! The 9.5 comes shining through now. Nice amount of hops balance it out. The sweet, almost sugary taste helps bring it down smooth. Feels a little fizzy in the mouth for a triple. Highly drinkable based on how complex it is. Lots of flavors bombard the mouth as you get further into the beer. Be careful with this though, it could end badly.

Another good offering from Victory, though certainly not their best. I personally enjoyed Weyerbacher's Merry Monks Ale more than this tripel. But this one has more of a Belgian quality to it, which is very nice. A very good beer definitly worth a shot.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a clear straw colored liquid with a minimal head. Has a grainy, spicy sweet bread smell. It is medium bodied with sweet and spicy flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, lemongrass, and black pepper. Finishes with a tangy alcohol taste. A pretty good triple for sure.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Winking Lizard in Columbus and served in a snifter. This beer pours a lightly hazy orange/gold color with a very thin white head. Thin and quick lacing. Aroma of spices, fruit, wheat and a little alcohol. Crisp body with a nice blend of fruit (apple and banana), spices, warming alcohol and sweet candy. The finish is long and sweet with a pinch of peppery hops. This is a very good Tripel that is immensely enjoyable on tap.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug 11, 2004. Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow with a white head. Aromas of sticky pale malts, candi sugar, white bread, spices, alcohol and a slight bit of orangy fruitiness. Sweet and warming on the palate, residual spicing shows up moreso in the finish. Alcohol's noticable, but a melange of flavor helps keep it under wraps. Fruitiness, bordering on tropical, melds pretty well the alcohol warmth and the spicing and dryness in the finish helps to bring everything full circle. Not a bad tripel at all, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden mixture. Not a bad looking beer.

Smells sweet and spicy, maybe pepper.

Tastes fruity, sweet and spicy. Decent tripel taste, a good representative of it's class.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some tingling sensation. Goes down very easily. A decent brew all around. Victory is simply amazing.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy dark golden. There are white flakes floating around. I bought three, and can't seem to get them to not swirl around as I pour. An off white head quickly dissipates with a nice faint lacing.

Malty citrus nose. The flavor was mostly coriander, peppar, and a nice yeasty spiciness in the back. All three flavors stayed with it throughout the beer, even as it warmed. Didn't read any reviews prior, and was surpised to see that it was both a Tripel and had a very high ABV. The alcohol is completely hiding deep within the flavors. I had no idea. I was initially going to rate it lower, thinking it was a Hefe with no real complexity. The Golden Monkey is a tricky beast...

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Photo of brewer27513
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a white head that dissapates quickly. No hop aroma; some spiciness and maltiness with phenols. This is a very good Belgian Triple.

Appearance in golden with good clarity. Watch the pour from the bottle, or you will get yeast clouding up your beer.

Moderate spiciness. The alcohol is supported by malt character -- it's a beer that will sneak up on you.

Overall this is a great triple with complexity -- a nice blend of spice and fruitinesss.

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

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle served in a tulip glass. Label clearly reads that this beer was bottled on 4/15/04.

The apperance is a cloudy and hazy yellow with a nice head on top. Sticky lacings are present.

This beer smells fruity and peppery.

Taste is very sweet and sugary with that classic Belgian yeast flavor. Some of the flavors remind me a piece of Juicy Fruit gum. Spicy with a citrusy bitter finish. There is an alcohol presence on the finish, but nothing too much.

This is very drinkable at 9.5% ABV. Very good American interpretation of this style. Another great offering from Victory Brewing in PA.

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

The beer poured a crystal clear golden and then I inadvertently let the yeast chunkies spill into the glass. The head was white and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and alcoholic with a slightly vinous aroma.

The flavor was slightly sweet with a slight spice and nicely accomplished flavor that dries quickly. Some yeasty flavors were present. No real complexity

The finish was just dry with a slight spice that remains into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a definite alcohol presence.

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on Nov 11, 03.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Bright white, creamy head that fades after a moment to a thin sheet. Nice layered lacing that holds throughout. Golden/light orange in color with a nice haze.

A very evident banana aroma; some pineapple (maybe coconut) as well. Also a mild, warming clove spice is also present.

Complex in flavor yet all are well balanced and don't overpower each other: banana, corriander/clove, vanilla, and coconut. A nice sweetness that isn't too powerful and very mellow on the tastebuds. Subtle (for a 9.5% abv) alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; coats the palate nicely with no obtrusive bitterness or unwanted overpowering spiciness/sweetness. Very mild given its complexity.

At 9.5% abv this one goes down a little too smoothly. I've had this as a session beer in the past and it definitely did me in. 3 or 4 in a sitting is definitely my limit with this monkey, even though I crave more.

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

Poured golden, orange-tinted and cloudy, with a big head that disappeared quite fast, very thin white lace.

Aroma of peaches, caramel, some floral scents.

This is a smooth, syrupy, full bodied beer. A strong fruity, peachy flavour, very sweet. Hops are very floral and complement the flavour quite well. Alcohol is extremely hidden, but is very warming.

It is quite a tasty beer, and very drinkable, but not your typical tripel. However, still very enjoyable.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out a very hazy golden orange with a tall white head that drops to a ring of scattered bubbles. Strong smell of spice in nose with I believe orange peel being the most recognizable, there was some sweetness mingling with the spice as well as earthy hop notes. The taste had spiciness to it as well that went great with the fruity sweetness. Good creamy mouthfeel and the alcohol is hidden extremely well for being so high. Not you typical Belgian Triple but a good beer not doubt. Not one of the best triples I have had but a beer I do return to quite frequently just because it is good.

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

first of all this is one of my favorite beers. huge flavor and lots of kick due to the high ABV. always worth your money.

pours with alot of head. i always get bottles and have found the head to be lighter compared to draft. this could be due to the goblet they pour into at the brewpub. hazey gold in color. appears to be a bright yellow around the edges but a deep golden orange in the center, almost like it's glowing. slight carbonation but not overactive like a seltzer.

smells unlike any typical beer. typical for a tripel i'm guessing, this is my first. lots of fruit hits the palette. hints of citrus and possibly banana?

very sweet when it first hits your mouth. sweetness quickly dissipates into a more flat dry taste. aftertaste is long and lingering with an almagomation of all the clues given in it's smell and taste.

feels a touch heavy. almost like a thin syrup much akin to guinness or a bods but is much easier to move around. slight crunchiness to it as well.

after your first bottle you'll feel very warm and possibly light headed. if you've drank high ABV beers before the effects of the alchohol should be nothing but warming. i consider this a big beer because of it's high ABV and the richness of it's flavor. if you're new to belgian ales this would be a good introduction to the style. very easy drink.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A North American take on a Tripel this beer makes its presence known. Hazy Orange with a monster head , this beer needs a goblet to strut its stuff. The main flavours are spicy orange notes with hints of the alcohol . The beer starts off sweet but ends dry which is a plus in drinkability. This is a well made Tripel with lots of panache and boldness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden hazy beer with a medium head with average retention. Aroma is quite spicy, real funky spices have been added in here. Taste is quite sweet at the beginning with what seems like wheat and then spices kick in providing a nice ending. I must say this is quite spectacular. Body is above average but carbonation is bit weak. Overall, I would say I very much enjoyed this fine beer.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a hazy light orange with a nice frothy white head that quickly reduced to a thin film. There is a great spicy, yeasty aroma. The flavor is sweet, spicy, fruity, and yeasty. It has that distinctive Belgian flavor and smell. The mouthfeel is great for this style. It is a delicious beer.

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Photo of charlesw
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clean and clear light golden orange (sort of a heffe color) with a nice high and dense white head that hangs out for a while. Very nice lacing - always a touch of head even a half hour after the beer.
Doesn't have much of an aroma to it. A teeny weeny touch of this and that. Nah, I didn't smell a thing. And, no, the kid wrapped around my neck didn't need to have his diaper changed. Sheesh! No respect, or nuthin'!
Taste is light and spiced - maybe a hint of 'naners and even a touch of cloves but all on the very light end of the scale. Staying very well with the clean aspects of the color.
Hey, you're asking me and I'm telling you so here's what I think of the mouthfeel... Bleh. It's ok and all, but bleh. Where's the body? Well, it's a little sweet and all, but, really, there isn't that much body to it. Ah well.
Still, I could drink the stuff. Why not? Ok, maybe I couldn't drink a lot of the stuff - it's, um, strong, but, hey, I could drink the stuff.

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Photo of emre007
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, sweet beer, but EXPENSIVE! Although it is 9.5% and a local brewery, I really don't think the nearly $50 I spent on a case was worth it. It's good, don't get me wrong, but I can get a similar beer in Railbender for half the price and more satisfaction.

This is a little lighter in feel and really doesn't give that nice buzz that Railbender's 6.8% leaves you with. If someone buys one of these, you def. will not be disappointed, just don't spend your own cash.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,531 ratings.
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