Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Golden MonkeyGolden Monkey

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 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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Photo of fingolfin72
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color- Slightly hazy straw-gold, with a fine, white, short-lived head.

Nose- Lemony, sugary Belgian bouquet. I detect some yeasty, spicy notes.

Palate- Citrus-spiked creamy goodness. Floral notes waft up the back of my nose. The mouthfeel is a lovely, fine, creamy effervescence. A slight mineral firmness and a note of sage are in there, perhaps coriander also.

Delicious. The mineral and alcohol give it some backbone.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

--Edit: This is one of those beers that you hate but still come back to and find it addictive. I love this tripel and can understand why I hated it to begin with, but fell in love with it in the end. So good....

My first taste of Victory in far, I am going to let this one slide as an indication of the rest of their brews.

The appearance is a crisp honey color with a tightly packed pure virgin white head that clings decently to the glass and maintains its shape the entire glass. Smell was heavy on the cloves, orange peel and coriander. Smells like a belgian wit to me. Not as fruity as I hoped for in a triple. The taste and mouthfeel is what turned me off on this beer. The huge alcohol rush overpowers everything and stings the mouth like a bad malt liquor. The spiciness of the alcohol and cloves, make this seem unbalanced. To be honest, I don't think this is necessarily a bad beer, but for a tripel, I think it is a joke. This should be taken off the shelves and re-introduced as the first "double belgian malt liquor wit"!

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Photo of SurgeonGeneral
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving temperature: 48F Glassware: One out of a chalice, one out of a tulip over the same session.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with Victory "V" and a six legged gold monkey on the front. Info. about the beer and bottled on date clear on the bottle.

Appearance: Very light copper with thin white head, poor lacing except in a tulip where the head initally billowed to ~3". Tiny bubbles observed making their way to the surface through somewhat murky liquid.

Smell: Light alcohol smell with a distinct breadiness & pungent spice aroma backing it. Orange peel? Maybe..

Taste: Yeasty backbone contributing complex spiciness of coriander, anise.. Unfortunately, that's where the complexity ends. Closes out with an easily identifiable bready taste turning into a sweet and slightly tart aftertaste. Alcoholic notes perk up throughout, although hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Lighter carbonation & a slick, yet full-bodied mouthfeel make this brew go down pretty well. No stickiness after swallowing here, although the taste lingers a bit long.

Drinkability: See above- Not a real complex brew, especially within the style, but one I look forward to drinking regardless. Well hidden ABV of 9.5%.

End notes: Dissapointed with this brew. Victory is capable of so much better, I expected this to knock my socks off like all of their other offerings I've had so far- That's not to detract froim a solid brew, however. Just lacking that extra something.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice American stab at the classic Belgian style. Pours a bright straw gold in color with a respectable head for its abv. Nose is candy sweet, but with a fruit complexity underlying. Taste is quite nice, very classic tripel notes going on here but with some other layers I can't quite place. Quite strong, it tastes about what it's abv would suggest. Nice mouthfeel, lightly carbonated, medium body.

I quite enjoyed this one, probably one of the better American tripels I've had.


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

A very flavorful tripel - really struck me as somewhere in limbo between a weisbier and strong pale flavor-wise, as this beer has a lot of depth of yeast flavors that go beyond what I normally find in a tripel. Poured a hazy apricot. Funky yeast aromas abound. Candy sweetness offset by sharp bittering and a piercing but pleasant alcohol bite. Yeasty flavors play throughout. Very approachable, in spite of the higher abv. Well executed. Thanks to Far333 for the treat.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A different ale from one of the best brewers in America.Great two finger head and a clear golden color thats a little light,but not bad,the carbonation makes up for it.This taste a little too much "wheat" for my taste,but still not bad.The label says its a spice ale,but not overly spicey.This packs a punch at 9.5% alc.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to give tryon distributing and Victory credit, my bottle has a bottled on date of 9/19/05 and i bought it on the 22nd...damn fine turnaround . Pours into a chimay chalice a beautiful, sparkling hazy gold color with a thick, frothy white head that retains well for a 9.5% brew. Aroma is very belgian; spices (corriander and anise), candied sugar, bready and slightly musty malt aroma and some light penolic aromas, nice and authentic but not particularly inviting. Flavor is complex, with notes of phenols, toasted bread, horseblanket, candied sugar, earthy and mineraly hops, spices (corriander, clove anise), and fruity yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium to light body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly bitter herbal finish with a noticeable alcohol bite. Interesting beer, definately think cellaring could improve this tripel (its very, very fresh right now) but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Dubblebock
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here again, I have to say "thanks" to the folks at Victory for bringing some of their beers into the Texas market. Golden Monkey is a fine addition to the shelves here, and it's sure to please many a palate.

The Monkey looked great on the pour, with a cloudy, light straw look and a firmly compacted head of foam. The nose was sweet and effervescent.

The taste was complex and interesting. Grapeseed flavors mingled with rosehips and cloves. Hop presence was definitely there, but kept in balance with the malts. Very interesting beer. Not a hint of the 9.5% ABV to be found in the taste. Excellent effort.

Mouthfeel was very good, the carbonation leaping out and grabbing the drinker's attention. Very drinkable, but watch yourself with the high alcohol content. A most wonderful tripel from Victory.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. My first beer from Victory and it's really good. Poured out to a golden color with some haziness and a nice head that came down to about 1/8 of an inch. Higher carbonation. Aromas of buttery malt, spices and some breadiness. The taste is full and rich, following the smell; flavors of malt, sweetness that is similar to cider, and some bitterness from the hops. Some buttery like yeast toward the finish. The carbonation makes the flavors very vivid and present. Very nice. Mouthfeel is not too filling, yet not weak or light. This has high drinkability despite the 9.5% ABV. This is a great American Made Tripel. Highly recommended.

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Photo of texashammer
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rather a pale color for the style; yellow with some orange and hazy. Head is frothy and sticky and white and I like it.

Nose is so amazing and appetizing! I meant to sniff and consider before drinking but just couldn't wait to get it in my mouth. Wow.

Smells light and clean and yeasty, with some citrus, almost reminiscent of a witbier, in fact, although that has no basis in this brewer's claims. Hmm. Very appetizing regardless.

When I drink I am refreshed. I feel the alcohol pretty quickly but not in a bad way; it is soothing and warming. I almost get a bourbon-type hit from it; it reminds me of Allagash Curieaux in that way. I would say that malt wins out over hops in this beer, but I feel that neither plays a huge role; yeast is dominant. There is some noticeable citrus from the hops though.

Mouthfeel lively and fun.

Finish is dry and makes me want more.

Drinkability is hurt somewhat by the noticeable alcohol. Not that it's overwhelming, but I find myself aware that I am drinking a stronger beer. Otherwise, I enjoy this beer immensely.

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Photo of 12vUnion
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps I've been too spoiled by the good selection of Belgiums around me, but it's taken me a really long time to get around to this one. And I'm a little jaded.

It's a pretty standard thin, golden/copper color. Low head.

Smells of yeast, fruity hops and alcohol. It smells a bit sweet.

Up front are those sweet, fruity hops. Tasty. Then comes the bready yeast. Also yummy. Then it smooths out in the end with an mild alcohol warmth. And...that's it. Yes, it hits some major points where the Belgiums exceed in. And it does it fairly well. They taste nearly true to the Belgiums. But it's got an extreme lack of depth. Very one dimensional. Also, it's overly sweet. I want the yeast to go wild and take over. I want to jam something else in there and rebottle it for a few years. It's good, but not great. But I guess that's why it comes in a sixer rather than a bomber.

Another point, it's easy to drink. Very easy to drink. That's a little worrisome when it's 9.5% and comes in a six pack. It's just asking to ruin your night.

Bottom line is that it's good, but not quite like the Belgiums I've come to love. Not that Belgiums are the only ones allowed to brew a triple. But they have an understanding for the complexity needed to make it world changing. It's not all that cheap either. I'm not turning it down. Not at all. I'll happily finish the rest of these. But it's not changing my perception in the least.

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Photo of tomParis
2.46/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled March 2005. Hopefully I opened this too early, because I was not impressed by this beer at all. I'm cellaring the rest of the six pack for a year or two, maybe that will help.

The appearance was ok, hazy golden color with a decent head and good carbonation.

The smell and taste was dominated by an unpleasant belgian yeast taste and not much else. There were subtle hints of fruit, but they were overshadowed by the yeast. Not a balanced beer at all.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.47/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Poured a golden/honey color with barely any head. The appearance was good but it had a strange smell which might mean I had an off bottle. You can really taste the alcohol but not enough to stop from drinking. After awhile, it does get to be a bit too much for me though. Finished it but last few drinks didn't go down easy.

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

bottle split with blackie, though not first tasting

appearance: hazy golden, fluffy white head, white lacing around rim

smell: green apple, sweet sugar, typical belgian aromas, yeasty, mild alcohol

taste: Not as powerful as some of the other tripel's...sugar covered apples, heavy on the citrus, alcohol masked nicely, nice belgian spice touch as well

mouthfeel: active carbonation on the tongue, somewhat light in body

drinkability: this one goes down nicely

Not the greatest tripel specimen, nor the greatest victory beer, but enjoyable nonetheless

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Photo of riversider76
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden. reminds me of a wheat. Not much of a aroma. I was not impressed with this beer. It had a bitter finish that I just did not care for. The initial taste was ok,but the finish just left a bad taste in my mouth. i did not finish th bottle. I would not buy this beer again. I guess I'm in the minority here.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden monkey, i could not think of a better name for this beer if i had to. it is a cloudy golden colour. taste was fruity and i could taste the alcohol quite a bit. but i enjoyed it. i also could taste the spices a bit. i'm not going to attempt to name them because i have no idea, but they did indeed add a good quality to the beer.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out of a large bottle a nice golden orange with slght cloudiness. One inch of head, and not very lacy. There is strong citrus, licorice, sweet malt and hops on the nose. It's very sweet smelling. The taste is almost like a creamsicle. Citrusy& malty sweet. The aftertaste has some bitterness, but its esay on the palette. Very high ABV.

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Photo of sopor
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great light golden color with just a little sediment. Small forthy head dissipates quickly.

The monkey smells of ripe fruit, just slightly sweet.

This could be called the real champagne of beers. Perhpaps the yeast used was Champagne? Tastes like ripe-fruit, champagne with little hops bittering.

Light body was extremely refreshing along with the lively carbonation in the mouth..

Very tasty brew! I had as desert after a steak dinner, and was very happy! Powerful though, which will greatly limit how many I'm can drink.

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

Bottled on May 22, 2003. Pours a cloudy yellow, nice carbornation with a nice little white head. Leaves a nice bit of lacing after pour. There are some sweet and fruity scents. The taste is very sweet with a little bite, but for being a 9.5% ABV not much of an alcohol taste. Light in body, and very drinkable. Compared to the one or two tripels I've had, this is very unique. Give it a shot if you can get your hands on some.

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

is sharing this review from Mid. Missouri
Bottled on Feb 19 04

Pours honey gold (initially hazy) with a small white head leaves little lace on the 0.4 L Rastal sniffer. Clears as it approaches room temperature
Aroma of peaches and aprocots with some spicy Belgium orange zest, clove and alcohol in the back ground.

Taste a litte more lemon-like that aroma would suggest. Starting a tart blend of citrus fruits, mellows and sweetens as the carbonations leaves to tickle the palate and finishes on the dry side as spices and tartness blend with hop bitterness with alcohol and black pepper warming then fading to dry . . . .

wait for it! . . .

Then after a extended pause, a tang from hops (or something else) returns for a brief moment of pleasure - a goodbye or just calling you back again?

Very unusual and very delicous, this Golden Monkey.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marked "Bottled May 25, 2005."

A translucent, bright orange brew with a small, white head that quickly reduces to a thin film of bubbles and foam.

Aroma is nice, even though this particular sample is rather cold. I smell a bit of bready yeast, some fine sugars, a touch of alcohol, and a hint of the farmhouse.

Taste is rich, creamy, and sweet, with more of the same flavors found in the nose. Finishes dry and slightly astringent.

This is pretty good (and very drinkable), but I found my tastebuds searching for more layers where there weren't any. I can respect a simple brew as much as the next guy, but I like my tripels with a touch more complexity.

This monkey makes a dangerous quaff because it is incredibly drinkable.

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

Victory Brewing is a relatively new but great addition to the Texas market. I hadn't had a tripel in a while, so it was a nice change of pace. It poured a slightly cloudy golden yellow from the bottle with only a slight head that disappears quickly. Aroma is light, but a little fruity and sweet. Some lemon, banana and spices detectable in the flavour. The higher alcohol content is only slightly noticeable. A good drinkable beer, but I've had better tripels.

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

Now Quaffing: Victory Golden Monkey

Pours a hazy light peach with a quickly receding head. Smell is good, but very subdued. Subtle fruit and floral aromas with a touch of alcohol come through. The taste, while not exceedingly complex, is good. Slightly sweet fruit (apples?) and subtle corriander flow nicely into a moderately dry finish. Nice crispness in the mouthfeel from the carbonation gives just the right amount of bite to each sip. I do not detect any hint of the 9.5% ABV in the taste. As I should have expected the beer is getting much better as it warms up and I write this review--numbers have gone up a few times. Drinkability is good. I couldn't have more than a few of these, but as its not overly sweet, its the closest thing to a "session tripel" that I have seen in a while.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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