Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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!

Added by purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Photo of glass_house
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 -10.8%
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 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 Kiro
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barflybastard
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of JTuomi
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BeccaH
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerluvr
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a firm rocky pure white head, over yeast-hazed yellow-gold liquid. Nose is spicy with some coriander notes, tart aromas also. Taste is a bit tart and sour at first, then a small amount of malt sweetness creeps forward followed by a slight dryness. Finishes a bit dry and tart...not one of the best interpretations of the style, I remember this being a little bit better tasting last time I drank it.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of becktone
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 8-12-08

Eye: Hazy straw yellow-orange. It is a few shades lighter than orange juice. Head formation was nice, but it quickly dissipated to a creamy blanket that isn't all that thick. Poor lacing as well.

Nose: Spicy notes and sweet malt are huge here. Nice balance of spice and sweetness. Bits of fruitiness also come through, mainly orange/curacao/citrus. Sweet candy type aromas here. Not much more, smells good but more complexity would be nice.

Tongue: Alcohol is noticeable, the taste of the alcohol helps to give this one some balance. Dry finish. As in the aroma those citrus characters come out as well as the spiciness. In my opinion the flavor is kinda fleeting, it just doesn't last very long, its there then it leaves. Floral notes are apparent after the beer has been swallowed. Malt sweetness is more forward than in the aroma. Overall this is an average tripel, not really impressed with it.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As said before this has a dry finish. Body is light with delicate carbonation that suit the beer. This isn't one that I'd be quick to pick up again, it just doesn't do it for me in the way of tripels. Nothing really special about it.

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Photo of Waveoff
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of klewis
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, Bottled 4/17/06

A: Pours golden with a small head. Lots of sediment suspended throughout.

S: Aromas of yeast, phenols, and a bit of spice.

T: Strong taste with the same qualities as the smell. Significant alcohol presence.

M: Thick and syrupy, almost like an RIS. Moderate to high carbonation. A very odd texture for the flavor.

D: This was the first tripel I ever had, long before I knew what a tripel was. I remember liking it a lot more then. Quite a disapopinting offering from Victory; I don't think I'll be buying this again.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. The beer pours with a good sized white foam head. It has a clear, tarnish gold liquid body. Rising carbonation is visible. A musty yeast Belgian yeast aroma emanates from my glass. It's a little sweet and a little sour (although that may just be the yeast playing tricks on my nose). The flavor is initially sweet and malty. It ends with some alcohol and a dry finish that is a bit peppery. These flavors linger on. There is the taste of orange peel through out each sip. Lots fo carbonation can be felt. It has a heavy body and a non-sticky coat. The beer is strong but drinkable. Personally, I wouldn't have more than a bottle or two at a time. Luckily, the six pack you purchase can be aged for a while; there's no pressure to drink it all quickly.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright, slightly hazy orange color. The head is moderately large, foamy, and off-white, although retention is a bit disappointing, with patchy lacing.

S: Sugar, banana, cloves, and yeast. Some phenolic and alcoholic notes.

T: Sweet, somewhat bready malt. Notes of banana, cloves, and green apples. A solid dose of phenols and a more than solid bite of alcohol. Here and there a darting citrusy note.

M: On the watery-thin side for the style. Carbonation is a touch light. A fading dryness into the finish and a warming bite from the alcohol.

D: I can't really call this more than a decent Tripel. I'd prefer it were a bit maltier and spicer. As it stands, it comes across as too watery and alcoholic for my taste. Certainly not bad, and easy to drink, but a tripel should be something to sip and savor, and this doesn't quite meet that goal.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled in snifter.

A: golden; very good carb streams; modest head
S: persistent Belgian-style aroma, but not very distinctive; borders on cloying
T: alcohol-heavy in flavor, distinctively a rich Belgian style; in the genre of the tripel it is neither amazing nor poor; not very complex
M: buttery, syrupy mouthfeel

Overall, a really nice beer, but don't expect an amazing tripel.


Wow, this is amazing; plum/raisin characteristics come out, and an amazing complexity ensues. The result is a beer unlike any I've had before. The lighter Belgian flavors run nicely against the bass notes that emerge from aging. Unusual, amazing.

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Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of tmryan21
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatrickJR
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Clear dark gold/light amber. A shade darker than apple juice. Though clear, there's quite a bit of sediment floating around. The white head tops out at about half an inch with very short retention. No lacing.

S - Chalky, but with a very nutty backbone. For whatever reason Golden Monkey smells a lot like opening a fresh can of peanuts or cashews. Spices dance in and out, and though I can't pinpoint them exactly, coriander, ginger, and pepper come to mind. Slight overtones of apple and pear are evident as well.

T - Wow. Apple-esque notes fade in and out of the background. Moderate, sweet chalkiness kicks in almost immediately but is subdued by an almost salty spice profile; coriander, pepper, and suggestions of ginger are noticable. Slight phenolic character brings in a modest bitterness with notes of orange and lemon peel. An integrated and complex flavor profile, if not low on some of the traditional Belgian aspects of the style.

M - Light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Very appropriate for the spice at hand, though I wouldn't mind seeing the fruity shine through a bit more.

D - Man, I've had a hard time rating this beer. Stylistically, it's far from the exceptional Belgian tripels such as Westmalle and Karmeliet, but on it's own it's a fucking fantastic beer. The "brewed with spices" on the label had me weary at first, but this is an extremely well constructed beer and by far one of, if not the best, offering from Victory I've had thus far.

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Photo of SFNC
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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 JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a clean gold with a white head and sticky lacing.

S: Clove, crisp Belgian malt and Belgian yeasts. Other spices come through as well and hops are grassy and slight.

T: Big on the spices, clove and coriander seem to dominate. The malt is biscuity and light and the hops provide just a dash of bitterness. Finishes a bit fruity and far from dry.

D: Its pretty drinkable. The alcohol is well-hidden, but the spice bitterness is a little too assertive. Its not exactly well-balanced, but it isn't a chore to drink.

Overall: This is a decent Tripel. Yes, its a bit over-spiced and under-balanced, but it still hits most of the right notes and delivers a well crafted beer. Straight 4s; this one is solid.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 5,697 ratings
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