Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Golden MonkeyGolden Monkey
BA SCORE
57%
Liked This Beer
3.71 w/ 5,684 ratings
Golden MonkeyGolden Monkey
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:
#26,099
Reviews:
1,804
Ratings:
5,684
Liked:
3,239
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
15.09%
Alströms:
3.38
 
 
Wants:
166
Gots:
1,658
Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,684 |  Reviews: 1,804
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobDB
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Johncnh
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Nurt20
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of keithmurray
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

smell - ginger, clove, coriander

taste - much like the aroma - ginger, clove, coriander, white grape, lemon peel

mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, a bit of astringency on the finish

Overall - decent American version of the style. worth a shot

Price Point - $2.29 - 12 oz single

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Photo of RAFH
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Holysht! This Golden Monkey is by far the best Belgian Tripel I've ever had! The after taste on the pallet is so clean. Most Belgian's don't have that good of an after taste......to me. Thanks for the sample goes to my friend Mike P. Outstanding!

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Photo of Apellonious
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty beer, nice colour too.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of afksports
2.52/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4.12/5  rDev +11.1%

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

330ml, bottled on Jan 03

Pours with a pale yellow body, slightly cloudy, decent inch head forms, fairly good retention and lacing

Aroma is spicy. Quite aromatic, almonds coming through, similar to duvel only slightly chemically

Taste, smooth, heavy and creamy. Spice and nuts, almonds especially, the alcohol is disguised pretty well, although there is a nice warming aftertaste

A good effort

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Traquairlover
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a 22-oz snifter.

A = Pale greenish yellow, like a green tea. Frothy head that dissipates leaving little to no lacing.

S = Cinnamon, phenolic smells, roasted grains and honey notes in the background.

T = Nice smooth malty taste with the strong bitter yeast you expect in a tripel. Alcohol is well hidden considering the high ABV.

M = Coats the mouth well, light to medium body, pleasant carbonation.

D = Quite drinkable. Given the ABV, probably only good for one at a sitting, but it goes down easily and enjoyably.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 57% out of 100 with 5,684 ratings
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