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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
Ranking:
#25,897
Reviews:
1,805
Ratings:
5,703
pDev:
15.05%
Bros Score:
3.38
 
 
Wants:
163
Gots:
1,679
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 5,703 |  Reviews: 1,805
Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of projectflam86
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a white foam head that leaves a bit of lace. Lots of floaties in the beer even with careful pouring.

S- Ripe banana and apple aromas with a huge wave of Belgian yeast and alcohol.

T- Really brash alcohol burn with the first sip that I wasn't expecting. After a few more sips, the sweet banana and yeast flavors were predominate with some light spice and clove.

M- Light/medium bodied with fairly low carbonation for the style.

D- Seems like this brew had all of the right components for a traditional Belgian Tripel. Unfortunately it didn't quite live up to expectations.

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Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of amvrana
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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 JTuomi
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yelterdow
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served between fridge and cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip. Bottled on April 17, 2006... this should be drinking well right about now.

Appearance- Pours a clear, "nuclear" gold... I say that because there's an interesting yellow-green thing happening here. The white, two finger head settles to a mess of various sized bubbles that wander aimlessly on the surface. Aside from the quiet stream of fizz lifting from the etched "D" in my glass, this is just average.

Smell- Spices and Belgian hop aromas abound... I get traces of vanilla and coriander amongst some other notes I can't identify. This is smelling more and more like a witbier, with some parallels to Allagash's flagship beer... but without the orange peel. The alcohol is just now rearing its head. After adding the sediment, a fuller richness adds complexity and smooths out the aromas.

Taste- This is going to hurt... Golden Monkey is all about spices and flavor, but it's just too much. Too much bombastic, tongue-lashing flavor. It begins slightly sweet, then it goes deep into the spice cabinet and dumps a few shakes into your mouth... without the little white plastic thingies with the holes so you don't overspice your food. I love tripels, but at 9.5% the alcohol is a detractor. Way overdone spicewise.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I like the medium, slick carbonation very much... it feels right for this beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't give me more of a reason to go back to the fridge and enjoy another one... drinkability is hindered previously. I would suggest finding the right culinary match for this beer and giving it a chance to shine, because it could use some balancing.

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Photo of pwoody11
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of MJ64
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lightly hazy gold color with a thick white head. tangy fruit smells like sour apple and lemon dominate, with some mild clove, bubblegum and bannana. some grassy hoppyness and yeastyness. very interesting spicy taste, the apple pineapple and citrus take a bit of a back seat to the clove, ginger and peppery characters, along with other baking spices, but come back stronger towards the end. i taste caramel malts with some balancing herbal hops. the alcohol is very well concealed almost not noticable except for the light warming. very smooth with a good middle of the road mouthfeel and light but plentiful carbonation. refreshing despite it's complexity, a beer that can be picked apart and analyzed, but i think works better when you don't think too hard about it.

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Photo of chadwicktorres
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Skillz
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of tmryan21
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ale207
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

funky looking bottle. dated may 05.

light golden color. highly carbonated with lots of bubbles rising through the beer. funny, they are obviously getting bigger as they reach the top. didnt think a simple glass of beer would be tall enough to observe something like that. amazing, this thing we call beer.
head is brilliant white, but only just maintains a covering layer.

aroma is like a super charged hefe. i feel like ive used that analogy before. lots of yeast, spices and fruity esters.

alcohol is well hidden. probably covered by the smooth sweetness that seems to invade every part of the mouth.
ok, here is the real test. pour in the sediment damn it!
hmmm. subtle changes. a bit fuller mouthfeel, and a bit of lemon tartness. some dull spices.
nothing seems to come across too sharp in the flavor. i let this sit out of the fridge for about 15 minutes, so i may have let it warm too much. perhaps the warmer temp dulled the flavor slightly. dunno.

no matter. this is a damn good tripel. only picked it up cause i thought i'll never be in PA, so i better get it while i can. glad i did.

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Photo of NODAK
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma....tough to pinpoint on this one. Has somewhat of a sweet, fruity nose...maybe a few spices....but it's pretty muted overall.

First, this beer is pretty highly carbonated and also fairly thick. That out of the way, this beer certainly packs a punch. Out of the gate, I get some spices but nothing near as strong as I'd expected....some fruity sweetness comes next, with more spices in the finish. Everything here seems to be a little bit muted though, and nothing just jumps out at me. I think this ruins the complexity factor I had counted on and is a bit disappointed. However, it is still alright.

The finish here is a mixture of spiciness, fruity esters and alcohol...at the ABV of this beer, it's no wonder that the booziness is apparent from the first swallow. That'd be tough to mask. I don't think they really do a bad job of it. However, as it warms, the booziness does intensify and harms the drinkability. Some sweetness lingers around for a little bit, but is gone fairly quickly.

All told, it's just decent I suppose...but the alcohol started giving me heartburn about halfway through and I just had to quit drinking it. Just too astringent.

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Photo of barflybastard
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SFNC
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one poured a champagne gold with a modest head that retreated quickly with low to modest lacing. The smell is yeasty, spicy and has fruit overtones of banana and lemon. Very nice. The taste follows suit, though as it warmed there was a little bit of a metalic bitterness, otherwise pleasant. The mouthfeel is a highlight, creamy with a spicy tingle that draws you to the next sip. For a 9.0 ABV brew this one did not show it's hand until I had finished the glass (happily). Victory has crafted a fine tripel that hits on most of the style points to make this one a winner.

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Photo of BeccaH
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Waveoff
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,703 ratings
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