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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:
#25,942
Reviews:
1,805
Ratings:
5,703
pDev:
15.05%
Bros Score:
3.38
 
 
Wants:
163
Gots:
1,678
Trade:
8
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 1 pt 9. 4 fl oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Cloudy orange with pale yellow highlights. Half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Yeasty cloves and mild banana. Green grapes.

T - Bread, yeast, banana, and grape notes. Strangely not as much as alcohol presence. Mild tartness at the finish.

M - Mildly sharp but still a touch creamy. Solid.

O - An interesting brew. Tripels have a way of sneaking up on you due the propensity to swill it down swiftly. This is worth trying, even if it seems to be missing something to put it over the top.

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3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a hazy pale yellow, with visible sediment swirling around. I imagine this is an artifact of the bottle conditioning of this beer. Very little head, although to be fair, I gave it a slow pour to avoid pouring the sediment into the glass. States on the bottle that it is best drankby April 9, 2013, so clearly, this has not been sitting around too long.

Has a fruity, yeasty smell, with hints of banana and cloves. Overall, however, the aroma is thin and light.

Has a forward sweet taste, that at te same time is slightly metallic on the tongue - a sharp, somewhat unpleasant taste and feel. Not as smooth or round as some of the other belgian tripels I've had. There's a faint spiciness as it flows across the tongue. Ends with a slight yeast echo.

Mouthfeel is thin and sharp. Not one of the etter feeling beers I've had.

Overall, not terribly drinkable. I've got three more; perhaps I'll use them or cooking.

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Oh boy. Smells like alcohol.

I'm sitting here sharing a 9.5% alcohol beer with my roommate, listening to him talk about his job while reviewing this beer. Fear not, Golden Monkey, I will give you a fair shake.

You, Golden Monkey, are golden looking.

My roommate says it tastes like "shimmy" (Chimay).

It's definitely a Belgian style, but there's not that estery thing they speak of... No citrus, no spunk. The yeast is ok, but the thrill is gone from this spiced tripel that just smells and tastes like alcohol. Maybe something on a tree too, bananas? Monkeys? But bottom line it's not good.

Starts sweet, moves to malty, ends with alcohol, it's like a weak and bad shot.

It does fill the mouth though, and it's easy on the eyes, but I am not impressed. Golden Monkey, I'm talking to you.

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