Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

Style: Belgian 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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Reviews: 1,859 | Ratings: 5,906
Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks deep golden and unfiltered, quickly dissipating foamy head. Leaves rings of lacing in Libbey Belgian beer glass. Smell alcohol esters,mild banana, mild clove. Tastes of banana,caramel malts,mild plum. Feels semi viscous but well carbonated. Finishes semi dry with a lingering banana clove taste. Overall this is very good. I have never really been a fan of Belgian yeast. That being said I would recommend this-

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Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a larger fluffy pillowy white head with good retention and great lacing, clear bright golden color with some sediment flaoting

Nose sweet candi sugar and Belgian golden malts, mild perfumey alcohol, phenol spices, some fruity esters, bubblegum and hint of banana, mild coriander-like spices, but also a bit solventy

Taste brings more of the same, sweet golden Belgian malts, grainy-sweet and a touch doughy, candi sugar and some perfumey alcohol again, plenty of esters with bubblegum, little banana, as well as phenol spices, coriander, little cereal grains and some fig and apricot notes, slight drying finish but sticky and more alcohol

Mouth is med bodied, a little sweet sticky, medium to lighter carbonation, some warming alcohol

Overall not bad, nothing special, nice esters and decent phenols, alcohol is OK, malts are a bit too light overall, and sticky feeling is a little heavy for what it is, but otherwise good

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Photo of JoeWalsh
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I tried this while on vacation recently, and although it's not my favorite Belgian-style tripel, it's darned good. It pours with a modest head and shows little lacing. The beer is very strongly and deliciously scented, but unfortunately the flavor doesn't follow up on that. It's relatively mild for a tripel. But that doesn't stop it from being a nice drink! The slightly fruity, spicy flavor and light feel make it nicer on a hot day than most tripels.

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

This an acquired taste. Unlike other beers I've reviewed recently, this one took some time for me to really fall in love.

Look: Golden. Clingy lacing, somewhat hazy. Nice.

Smell: Herbal hops, rich malts, some kind of apricot-like fruit. Again, nice.

Taste: And, THIS is where it becomes a love-it-or-hate-it beer. The hops from the nose are present, but subdued. The malts take a more pronounced, biscuit-y role, and the subtle apricot undergoes a Hulk-like transformation into a strong banana flavor that almost completely covers up the alcohol. Takes some getting used to, but nice.

Feel: Fairly heavy. In fact, the strong malt presence and high ABV reminds me somewhat of a Scottish Wee Heavy. Still, smooth and once again, nice.

Overall: A subtle "creeper" beer that you'll find yourself craving on occasion. Nice!

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Photo of defunksta
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours a clear orange color with a copper hue. A prominent foamy head.
Aroma: Aroma of pale, sweet biscuit and banana mostly. A little bit of Belgian spice underneath, but is faint.
Flavor: Strong biscuit and banana flavors like a hefeweizen. Sweet honey biscuit malts. No roastedness. Finishes rather sweet. Minimal spice or coriander.
Feel: Moderate to heavy bodied. Maybe undercarbonated. Feels heavy and sticky. Malty sweetness lingers. Would appreciate a greater balance of yeast dryness that is not present.

Overall: A dissapointment here. It lacks a yeast dryness, spiciness, and Belgian spice flavors. Because of that the malty sweetness is overpowering and it drinks heavy. Undercarbonated. Not sure what went wrong here. Especally because it is artificially spiced. It does taste like you poured 9.5% of alcohol into a loaf of banana biscuit and took a hearty bite of soaking wet honey biscuit or banana bread. It drinks like a heavy, overly-sweetened, and over-alcoholed hefeweizen. Malt-heavy, sweet. If that's what you want, look no further.

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

Had this on tap,overall a decent body. With around medium carbonation.
Aroma is malt,banana, spice,and some yeast.
Taste is a little sweet but far from too sugary and the sweetness well with the banana. Malt,spice and yeast followed which created a nicely balanced mix of flavor
Overall it was a better than average beer that went well with food

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Photo of GACraftAdvo
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into an IPA glass.

Look: Light gold with a finger of head that sticks around for a minute to two strongly. I was suprisied by the minimal lacing, but the alcohol content makes sense.
Smell: The smell is strongly banana with a malt backbone and an unidentified spice. Perhaps the spice is nutmeg or something similar. The alcohol is covered nicely.
Taste: The taste is very banana like with the malty sweetness and the background spice; very similar to what the nose told me. 9.5% ABV is hidden very well.
Feel: The feel is nothing spectacular. It’s dry on the back end, but not terribly so. It’s nice, would make a great summer afternoon beer in my opinion.
Overall: A good beer. I would buy again.

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Photo of Mcwask717
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could only pick one beer for the rest of my life, this is it. Maybe it’s not everyone’s favorite American tripel, but I just can’t get sick of it. There is some odd balance of sweet and spice that keeps me coming back.

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Photo of aatazebeats
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

They weren't joking when they said that this is a Belgian Tripel with extra spices. This is a very spicy beer. Notes of banana (hence the name) along with notes of clove, coriander and a surprising amount of hops for a Tripel. Not as smooth as others. Overall, it's pretty good if you like a spice cake kind of flavor. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again, but it's not too bad.

3.3 - B
Not Too Shabby

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Photo of LongDarkBlues
1.44/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Victory's worst by a mile, and weirdly its most-ubiquitous, beer. It's cloying, boring, and kind of broadly gross. The kind of beer that a brewery only keeps making because it must sell well to some sort of tasteless demographic, even though it's by-a-mile the worst beer they manufacture. It's awful, and they should stop contaminating their variety packs with it's de facto inclusion.

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Photo of SlavicTurk
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very distinct taste, has a high alcohol percentage and doesn’t taste very strong. The spices included in the brew take some getting used to( I didn’t like it that much at first) however after getting through half the can and pouring it into a glass, it tasted much better. Over all a very unique and interesting beer.

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

This very strong Belgian style Tripel is one of my go-to beers. The pale gold color disguises an inviting aroma and a delightful, faintly spicy taste and creamy feel. It's a well balanced beer that I've only grown more fond of over the years.

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Photo of good_to_sea
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Small, white, creamy-looking head. Amber-colored. Good carbonation.
Smell: Strawberry, some banana. A little bit of hops. Lots of boozy fruit aroma.
Taste: Vanilla. Fruity sweetness up front -- strawberry, cherry. Toasty malt flavor in the middle. Lingering caramel and banana flavors in the middle and the end. You can definitely taste the alcohol as well. I can't detect what the added spices are... Nutmeg? Cinnamon? A great plum/grape aftertaste.
Feel: Oily -- coats the tongue and mouth.
Overall: A little bit of cloying sweetness/intensity, but very tasty when I got used to the banana flavor. I think it tastes a bit milder and better as it warms up.

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Photo of Jay_Dee
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer in a pick six . On first sip the banana is right there. As it goes along the other spices kick in and almost hide the whopping 9.5 ABV, but not quite. Not really a bad beer, but I'm sure would not have too many of these at once.

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Photo of JaneSorenson
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: soft yellow, like an unhydrated piss. very pilsner-esque
Smell: vanilla, bourbon, and booze
Taste: very silky, definite booze on the aftertaste, reminiscent of a bourbon barrel aged ale
Overall: good for one beer or paired in a flight, wouldn't want more than one

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Photo of RockHop
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours mostly golden with a nice off-white head but not much retention. A sharp strong aroma, some spice pineapple, and fruit, but also a whiff of acetone and booze. I love the flavor, but I am partial to this style. Banana bread, ginger, bourbon, it’s all in there. Funky stuff. Can vary a bit from bottle to bottle and when warmer, can be quite boozy. I appreciate the range of experience you have with this beer. One of my favs.

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Photo of DavidD3
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really liked the malt and bready flavors when they came through, but the beer tasted like it was dominated by a lemony flavor that was just unpleasant the further I got into the beer.

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Photo of brewerang
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

While not up to the level of its Belgian counterparts, this is a very good American take on the style at an excellent price point. The beer is very spice-forward, but not overwhelmingly so, with classic notes of banana, coriander, and clove. The Belgian yeast is spot-on and this beer is dangerously drinkable at 9.5%. My only disappointment was that the head disappeared quickly.

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Photo of izmirlig
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This tastes fantastic! Its exemplary of the style. The mouth feel, spice (corriander?) and overall balance really satisfies and does a good job masking a fairly high gravity offering.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes 5/4/15: Pours somewhat clear, orange/medium gold producing 1.5 fingers of mostly tightly bubbled, glowing white head that diminishes to a thin layer with patchy islands of surface cap but leaves only a little blotchy lacing. Aroma is bread, yeasty and acidic with esters of apple, pear and slightly phenolic. Taste is pale malt, bread, yeast esters of apple, peach and pear; there is a hint of grape, honey and mineral with a citrus hoppy bite and bitterness. It is peppery throughout. Bitterness deepens in the astringent aftertaste.

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

12oz bottled 4/20/17 (18 months ago) poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 9.5% ABV. The beer pours bright golden amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a few bubbles and a thin ring leaving a few spots of lacing. The aroma is spicy and yeasty with a hint of alcohol. The taste is semisweet clovey banana with some nice pils malt in the middle before a drying medium bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a slightly prickly feel on the tongue. Overall, good. This doesn't seem as cohesive as some higher rated examples, but doesn't seem as far off as the numbers would indicate.

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Photo of Wolfdj2
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full pour at The Colonial in Binghamton. Very very good fruit based beer. Tons of flavor. Reminds me of a nice vacation on a sunny beach in the Caribbean. Banana is the most pronounced flavor with a Spicey finish. Overall very good.

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Photo of kirksisters
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow what a shock for a 9.5%.. bananas, clove and smooth taste, big and Bad A.. Beer hidden among the tropical banana feel, better tasting at warmer temps. Essential a double hiding in there so watch out...very enjoyable

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Photo of Sipervated
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a really good beer, you just need to know that it's all about bananas and spice....if you're looking for something else you will be disappointed.

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Photo of Speartron
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Strong spice on the nose. Maybe nutmeg and corriander. Hint of clove or allspice. Hint of banana and pineapple. Very light and watery on the tongue. Goes down smooth and hides the alcohol well.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,906 ratings