Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
84
good
5,631 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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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
Ratings:
5,631
Reviews:
1,791
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
1,623
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 5,631 |  Reviews: 1,791
Photo of Samputnam14
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FriedSlug
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear and deep gold beer with a white head that leaves a lot of lacing. There was a lot of white flakes that settled to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is sweet with banana, clove, yeast, booze and spoiled fruit. The taste is like spoiled fruit, overripe bananas, cloves, coriander, white pepper and yeast with a bitter finish. This does not at all work for me. It is Belgian enough but the rotten fruit flavors and the giant snowflakes at the bottom of my glass were unpleasant.

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

Photo of RAFH
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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 madelf66
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tripledbrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whatthehull
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass from a 12 oz bottle

A - an semi translucent golden copper with very little white head and little to no legs lacing

S - Belgian yeast (bananas), holiday spices, sappy hops, soil, dead earth, dry and sweet grains/Malts, funk must, honey, wheat and tons of over ripe fruit.

T - Huge bitter up front from the hop, dry and sweet malt/grains, honey, bananas, lots of flowers, bitter earth, crisp water, slight citrus, a bit dank and that Belgian yeast sticks around.

M - medium plus body, nice balance, nice complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation and a bitter sweet finish

D/O - despite how big and bitter this one is it is very clean, refreshing and quite easy going down. Aging seems as though it would do very little except tone down the bitter but not even sure of that. Still, well done, excellent and worth a go for sure. Probably awesome ok tap or even nitro.

Final thoughts - at nearly 10% ABV this one is for sharing with good friends or for a night cap. The $3-4 per bottle price is a bit high, but still worth a try.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Does a Tripel really need to end with a hoppy/bitter finish this distinct? Its potable, but not impressive. If I want a bitter finish, I'll drink an IPA (actually, I won't drink an IPA because I had too many, which is why I started drinking Belgian Style Ales!)....Still, the German hoppiness isn't too off-putting, but this beer is also missing some zip you'd usually get in the carbonation from a Tripel. The carbonation is medium and okay, but a dryer finish would have really helped this finish crisply.

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Photo of KCarr
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Thingstead
2.28/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of pnkrckgrl1981
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zaraspook
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of hendryxdp
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TCMike
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L -- very hazy pale orange. pours a big head that quickly dissipates. minimal lacing
S -- tomatoes, pilsner, wheat, mild spicy/peppery aromatics
T -- wheat, simple syrup, cardamom, nutmeg, sharp alcohol kick
F -- Nice and full. somewhat overly sweet aftertaste
O -- Easy to see how this is Victory's classic brew: a robust tripel that you can get as part of their variety 12-pack for only $15 and change.

78/100

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Photo of BigRed10
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joshualthomas
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dmecca
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HermitDan
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tsan236
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kiro
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,631 ratings.
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