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

Photo of PatrickCT
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Clydesdale
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -1.6%
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 +7.5%

Photo of PatrickJR
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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 BryantForestry
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dd43
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jettjon
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. bottle marked "Enjoy by Sept 15 2013" into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). It's a bright golden color with a few yeasties and lively carbonation. Thick creamy white head fueled by lively carbonation remains solid all the way to the bottom. Nice looking brew! Nose of spicy coriander and clove, as expected. No real alcohol on the nose, which is somewhat surprising considering 9.5% ABV. In the mouth, it's crisp and clean with spicy hops up front, balanced only slightly against a malt backbone. The whole deal is quickly overshadowed by assertive alcohol, biting, boozy, and slightly astringent. Mouth is bubbly and crisp, which mainly serves to intensify the alcohol burn. Very high carbonation doesn't detract unless you have a problem with that sort of thing. Drinkability is OK but sadly the strong alcohol presence detracts.

Overall: Decent taste overall, overly boozy for a tripel. Certainly a far cry from the best of the style.

On a side note, I made the mistake of not checking the ABV on these before drinking five. As a general rule, it's always nice to know what you're up against in the alcohol content department before embarking upon a "session."

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of WiggyKGB
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Lettsgo3
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cwd
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Mattymystique
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stomioka
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bsm80x
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MadScientist
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden with a excellent clarity. The long lasting off-white head of compact bubbles leaves a some lacing on the glass.

S: Moderate lighter fruit notes of pears and peaches dominate the aroma with a moderately-light pepper and spicey phenols. The hops and alcohol add a light floral element. There is a faint malt softness in background.

T: A harsh bitterness dominates the flavor followed by moderate spice flavors for the first several sips. Without enough malt support for balance the moderately-high bitterness is sort of pithy like a bitter orange rind. There is a faint malt softness and a light floral hop flavor but not much of either. The bitterness lingers long past the dry finish

M: A moderately-light body beer with a moderately-high level of carbonation. There is a bit of warmth from the alcohol, a faint astringency and no creaminess

O: The high level of bitterness from the hops and spices make this tough on every sip and I'm a fan of highly hoped, very bitter IPA. Too bitter is phrase I haven't used until I met the Golden Monkey thought my palate adjusted half way through the bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,741 ratings