Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Golden MonkeyGolden Monkey

Brewed by:
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!

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a crystal clear dark gold with a fluffy white head and a nice field of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smelled of sweet pungent malt, a little banana and alcohol. There was also a green grape skin dry yeast with a citrus hop.

Tasted very dry. There was a neglected honey and barley malt base that was over shadowed by a celery, green pepper and green grape dryness along with a bit of banana and dry wheat.

Mouth feel was light with lots of carbonation.

Not too much going on here. I must say that Golden Monkey in a bottle lacks the unifying sweetness that is found when its on tap.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I sometimes wonder what some American brewers think a Tripel is. This beer reminds me of a similar experience I had with Southern Tier's Tripel.

Comparing this to the other tripels I liked (Allagash and St. Bernardus) this just doesn't stack up. This is a cloudy orange/yellow. Not bad looking, but meh to me. Smell is very alcoholic with a hint of sugar. Taste is fairly sweet, with a chalky spice to it at the end. Not really bold enough to classify it as unique, it relies mostly on the alcohol to get its flavor. I dunno, this one is a good beer, but it doesn't really do it for me when I know there are much better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Certainly a belgian style brew but not quite as drinkable as i would have expected. It poured a very hazy light gold color with no lacing and a tiny head. Very small bubbles rising at amazing speed! Unfortunately this smell contained way too much essence of steel reserve which is fuckloads of apples and alcohol. It has sort of a weird cidery taste to it. The taste follows a similar road but the clove at least makes it beliganny. The mouthfeel was fizzy and light. Drinkability low to medium. I still might be able to reccomend this one i just need to have a few more(another day). and Jesuss, let it warm up first.

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Photo of bahumutx
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Poured a golden yellow with a nice head that is dissipating slowly.

Smell: I can pick out a sweet fruit smell, spices, and bready yeast.

Taste: Begins sweet with citrus taste and ends with coriander. There are also hints of alcohol and a breadiness from the yeast. When I breathe air over my mouth I can feel warming from the alcohol which is not overpowering. As the beer warms the coriander and pepper taste becomes more pronounced but not over powering.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth Mouthfeel. This beer goes down easy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the amount of alcohol that is in this beer. I could see myself drinking 3-4 of these with no problem.

This is another good beer from Victory. This is my first beer of this style so I can not compare this to others and am not sure how it fits in the style.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a beautiful deep cloudy yellow. Fluffy white head about 2 fingers thick. Very attractive so far.

Smell: bready yeast. small fruity smell of weak apricots that give it a sweetness.

Taste: fruity like the apricots. Still some bread it it. as let it sit in my mouth i can taste a bit more fruitiness like i have a fruit roll-up in my mouth (tropical flavor). Alcohol is slightly present. i taste the hops come out too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and good. carbonation is medium. alcohol gives it a full mouthfeel, but isnt that present.

Overall a great beer, i think. I could choose this over some belgiums, or be fooled this is a good belgium in a blind taste, but at the same time, i would choose many others of this style. very drinkable though. The alcohol is way too hidden in this one as i feel i could down a six pack of this in one night.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my trusty pub glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a hazy golden yellowish color. The head was short lived off white. Speckles of lacing slide down my glass.

Smell: The beer has a spicy sweet bready smell.

Taste: The beer does taste good. The beer has a intial hoppy bite that is extended due to spices. There is a malty breadyness that makes this beer sweet.

Mouthfeel: This beer is full bodied. The alcohol plays nicely with over taste and smell.

Drinkability: This is not bad on the nose or palate. I just think there are better tripples available for the price.

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

Pale -yellow orange color. Not too much head.
Citrussy, alcohol aroma (grapefruit?). Fantastic deep, rich, complex belgian taste.
Light carbonic mouthfeel. Sweet hint of candy sugar.
Even leaves some nice lace on the glass. Overall very good replication of the style.

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

I am a fan of victory beers so the Golden Monkey had to be sampled even though not my favorite style of beer. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Cloudy orange color. Spice smell, not sure that spiced I am picking up. Very spicey taste and orange flavored finish. OK, but no my favorite Vicory offering.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy sun-burnt lemon rind yellow and amber with a iight head that quickly disolved. It was a strange haze, not cloudy per se but rather bubbles caught in a gelatinous auger. The nose was of a light candy sugar, sweetness, bananas and spice notes.

I detected a Rothchilds butterscotch taste that evolved into bananas and holiday spices that finished on a dry note. Nice and quite yummy. The feel was nice on my palate with a medium/light mouthfeel on nice carbonation. A solid brew.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a creamy, stark white head that only makes a brief appearance. Powerful aroma of coriander and allspice, along with some nice Belgian ale yeast and light sweet malt. Palate is held down by a backbone of sweet, treacly malt, accented by the aforementioned spices and some fruity hops. Notes of peach and treacle are around in there, too. Body is a tad thin for a high-gravity beer, but still serviceable. A nice interpretation of an old-world style.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is this Goldfinger’s (as in 007, Bond, etc.) money? Pours a golden yellow color with good clarity. The head retention poured thick but quickly dissipated. Although note that a thin white head remained until the end.

The smell has sweeter malt aroma with Belgium qualities. The malt is the more dominate smell but other aromas such as orange and banana fruity smells, are present as well. Some lighter tones of phenol and spice. Overall a good aroma.

The taste is Belgium all the way. A very noticeable sweeter malt with lighter Belgium pale is well represented. Some bready qualities as well. As it warms, the Belgium tastes become more noticeable as does the phenol taste. Good representation of an orange-banana taste and lighter spice such as cloves and coriander. The hops are light and not really noticeable.

The carbonation is light and the body is around medium flavor. Overall the beer is a great experience, but could use a little more balance from the stronger phenol and fruity/sweeter taste.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a 1 finger white head that quickly fades to a thin cap, with pretty good lacing.

Smell; cloves, orange peel, bananas and hay. It smells like what you would expect from a Belgian style Tripel. It's one of those smells I've really come to like over my years of beer drinking.

Taste; pretty much follows how it smells, with the cloves, oranges, bananas, and those Belgian yeasts. There's just a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish. Mouthefeel is just a little thin for a Tripel. Overall this is a good beer that I will drink again.

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

Bright gold with a white head. Very tiny bubbles and nice lacing.
The smell is very Belgian: malt, fruit and hay.

Powerful taste with a lot of residual sweetness. Extremely malty. Body could be a little heavier for a tripel. I like this beer but it is very sweet which lowers the drinkability score. Could have used a little more bitterness to offset the malt.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.2/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lacking anything inviting in the apperance it goes down as well below average. Minimal Head and no lacing to speak of combined with a chill hazed meat. Smelled ultra sweet and fruity.

Taste was the best part of this offering although it comes up short with no balance to speak of. This is a punch/juice with carbonation and alcohol added. Reviewing within the style this is the lowest tripel I've had at this point. Carbonation was mellow and did nothing to counter the sweetness. Cotton candy and corn syrup creep into the equation at the end. This is obviously what they were shooting for as Victory is an awesome brewery overall. Just a blip on the radar screen.

Edit: One year later November of 2006 and I still feel the same way if not a bit worse. This beer is so fricking candied sweet even for a triple. Huge alcohol flash and hard to enjoy. I've heard this is better with even more time in the cellar and will hopefully re-review it over the next five years but for now even with a year on it. Avoid.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Yellow with golden hues. Awsome head that last a long time.
Nose is ok. Can smell the alcohol some spice and tartness.
Complex taste. First I taste the alcohol. After getting that out of the way I taste some spice. Parsley. Taste a little like a good rum. Nicely bitter at the end.
Feels good in the mouth. Has a bite.
Not very drinkable as it could hide the alcohol better.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

an interesting beer, quite strong, lots of zip and punch. more than i expected, but they do say there is added spice!
pours a cloudy yellow, medium white head, leaves quickly with some lace.
smell of wheat, lemon and a belgium like scent.
tastes of very strong beer, spicy and almost harsh, but tastes pretty good. bitter in the end.
pretty full in the mouth, burns a bit, lots of bubbles, exciting all over the place.
a neat beer to try, but probably wouldn't have more than one, but i would do it again later.


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Photo of burnstar
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden Monkey pours a hazy gold color with a nice big head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very yeasty with hints of citrus. Taste is very sweet and malty with some nice fruit complexities- I detect some banana and apple flavors. There is definitely some alcohol evident here as well. This beer has a great medium to full mouthfell with some very nice carbonation and pleasant dry and warming finish. This one can be a little rough due to the alcohol flavors but it is quite tastey and quite good overall.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a semi-cloudy golden orange color with a small white head that recedes within seconds. The aroma is of orange peel, and is huge. The taste is very juicy, with huge orange notes and slight alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice American Beer, and a fine tripel.

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Photo of palma
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden. Decent white head with a lot of Belgian lace being produced. Aroma consists of cloves, banana, hits of grapes and apples and a lot of yeast. Taste is sweet malt upfront followed by a good amount of spices. Cloves. YEASTY. Nice balance of hops. Aftertaste is semi dry with some green apple. Taste reminds me of Duvel just a little bit.

A very good triple IMO. One that I would look out for.

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Photo of Naes
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This monkey is a hazy golden color with hints of yellow and orange. The head is a one inch layer of white foam.
The aroma is a wonderful blend of yeast, citrus and spice.
Its flavor matches the aroma quite nicely with an added flavor of alcohol. It is like a juiced up version of their whirlwind wit bier. There is also a bit of citrus and clove near the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit heavy due to the alcohol warming sensation and is mildly carbonated.
For such a high ABV, this brew is quite (dangerously) drinkable.

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

This is from Victory's sampler case. The bottled on date is clearly stamped on the label, and the expiry date is clearly marked on the case. YAY!

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 1/2 finger head of bubbles and foam. The head quickly drops to islands and a ring, with small pieces of lacing here and there.

Aroma is phenolic-y, with hints of citrus, cloves, black pepper, honey, and faint banana. Also smells of light bready malts, sugary, with a pretty strong aroma of alcohol.

First flavor is hot alcohol, followed by sweet malt, honey, and spices. Seems a little out of balance. I think it could use more hop bitterness to balance the almost cloying sweetness, and maybe a more attenuative yeast. Faint citrusy/spicy hops are way in the back. Aftertaste is sweet and hot.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, with medium to high carbonation. This beer just doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. On one hand, it's cloyingly sweet. On the other, it's alcohol hot.

This beer has been around for a long time. It's not a bad beer at all, but I'd be willing to bet that Victory is at least slightly embarrassed by this offering. It is a good selling beer, and if I were Victory I wouldn't change it, but I find it hard to believe that Victory Brewing Co. can't make a really good Belgian ale.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a blue label with a large egyptian or buddha-like image of a yellow multi-armed monkey. one arm plugs just one ear, another covers his mouth but reveals a smile, a third covers his eyes, but he peaks through his finger, and a fourth makes some gang-like symbol in front of his chest. there is an eye on his belly. "victory golden monkey" is large surrounding the graphic. an explanation of their tripel is on the left of the label along with a 9.5% abv and a bottled on date of: july 12, '05. "bottle conditioned" and "brewed with spices".

appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow with slightly brighter highlights in a chalice glass. head is a nice 1 inch tight fluffy almost bright white with good retention. nice lacing. there are some floaties from the bottle conditioning.

smell: spicy and lightly citrusy hops and maybe some corriander. yeasty and bready.

taste: starts out a lot like an american pale wheat. orange, lemons and corriander. touch of cloves, but no bananas. after the very first sip, i feel the alcohol warming effect. bitterness is light, but hops are countered with very sweet bready malts. yeasty and sweet finish. aftertaste is spicy with cloves mostly. alcohol runs the show, though.

mouthfeel: nice medium body with a champagne-like carbonation. rolls nice and your mouth warms with alcohol from every sip. swallows well, but clunks a bit for the creamy medium body.

drinkability: the alcohol and warming effect are nice, but definitely hinders the drinkability. tasty and you want to drink easily, but with this one you stop yourself.

overall: this is a tasty drink with nice characteristics, but i don't think this fits the bill for a tripel very well. tasty, so i ranked the taste higher than i would for a style match. alcohol should definitely be more well hidden, but makes a nice sipping brew. a nice try, but there are better trips out there.

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Photo of PatYoda
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1-20-05 bottling.

Cloudy yellowish orange with no head. Very urine-like in appearance. Smell is faint, but inviting. A bit of sugary sweetness with some phenolic character lets you know this is a Belgian style beer. Also some toffee which doesn't show up in the taste. The taste is a well merged blend of peppery spiciness, sugary sweetness, and some yeasty breadiness. If one aspect dominates, it's definitely the spices though. Finishes a bit dry with barely perceptible alcohol and lingering sweetness. Hardly any bitterness here at all. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, but a tad grainy - the spiciness doesn't help. Definitely not bad, but it takes a lot for a tripel to impress me these days, and this doesn't live up to some of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from santoslhalper as part of BIF 17. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head above the clear golden brew. Head lasts well, with average to good lacing. Aroma is malts and spices, as expected for the style, but with a bit of a sour undercurrent. Taste starts with pale malt sweetness, sliding into some spicing (but not too much), and then a slight alcohol warming to close. Mouthfeel is pretty good, although nearing the cloyingly sweet line, and drinkability follows the same road.

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Photo of battlekow
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another pretty tripel, this one more yellowish than the orangey Westmalle I had earlier today. Less of a head as well, but still a looker.

Smells pretty bready and yeasty, maybe a little spiced. I like it. In the taste, besides those characters, the alcohol makes an appearance after being notably absent in the nose, but it behaves itself for the most part. There's a substantial bready finish to Golden Monkey that I'm enjoying particularly. Feels light and fluffy in my mouth, rounding out what is a very pleasant beer to sip while cursing the Yankees.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,611 ratings.
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