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:
#26,779
Reviews:
1,812
Ratings:
5,727
pDev:
15.05%
Bros Score:
3.38
 
 
Wants:
165
Gots:
1,701
Trade:
8
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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scasterline
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Echo1M4Carbine
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GLBClover85
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer.. Picked it up at my local Kroger in a mix n match 6 pack...the high ABV caught my eye and it was only 1.49..not a fan of trippels by any means but this one is very smooth and mild for the style. At 9.5% ABV i can't taste the booze at all and you could definitely get carried away with this one.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on Sept 22, 2017. Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear golden yellow with just a bit of very finely dispersed sediment if you look closely when held up to the light. Big thick white head slowly died back with persistent thick sheets and strands of lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, floral, herbal, leafy, with a bit of a whiff of noble hops.

Taste: Leafy bitterness throughout with some noble hop taste. Some fruity esters from the Belgian yeast scattered throughout. There may be some other spices in this, including Grains of Paradise, which has a distinctive taste that I'm not fond of and I think I'm detecting it here. Complex taste. The malt is somewhat muted and the sweetness for me shows up at the finish. Odd.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation with some lingering spiciness on the tongue. Powdery and soft mouthfeel. Some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very different Tripel than I've had before, but hits the style well, and is a good one to sip and savor and try to pull out all the flavors. I think the only reason I didn't enjoy it more was the Grains of Paradise - if that's what I'm tasting at the finish (it may be given the cryptic "Exotic Spice from the East" comment below). One is enough for me per evening. This much flavor might be better to pair with food rather than drinking it separately.

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Photo of cwm51662
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Me, I'm an amateur at this, and working at the start of a six-pack. Def get the banana whiff, and spiced pear/clove in the taste. Might well fool you into drinking too fast.

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3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a brilliant golden color. It is topped with an inch of off white head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is banana and clove right away. I also get some spiced pear.

The taste is more of the spiced pear. I get hints of banana. It has a clean finish.

Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied

I don't drink a lot of tripels. This one is well done. It tastes great and is easy to drink.

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

Photo of Blazer22
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chipotle
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpmsu2003
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dper
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sashmont
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SociableJimmy
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tim5085
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber
Aroma: Banana and Clove.
Taste: Banana, clove, and alcohol alcohol.
Overall: Very high alcohol, and I can taste and feel it. Not bad, but not to be searched out.

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2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ehhhh

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Photo of pubscout
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I haven’t had this superb tripel in many months, and I almost forgot how good it is. The Belgian yeast, a good malt backbone and special spices combine to produce an initially sweet taste, But the finish is beautifully dry. This is a great warming beer ( which actually gets better as it warms), designed to be savored rather than slammed as the chilly nights begin to appear with regularity. At 9.5%, it commands serious respect, but if you’re home with the fireplace blazing, there’s nothing wrong with a second— or even a third.

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3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mkrobinson
4.69/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very heavily spiced beer.

Pours a good honey color. Bit of a banana flavor. Truly unique, although I haven't tried many Belgium triples

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,727 ratings
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