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!

Added by purplehops on 09-17-2001

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden mixture. Not a bad looking beer.

Smells sweet and spicy, maybe pepper.

Tastes fruity, sweet and spicy. Decent tripel taste, a good representative of it's class.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some tingling sensation. Goes down very easily. A decent brew all around. Victory is simply amazing.

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

Poured a cloudy dark golden. There are white flakes floating around. I bought three, and can't seem to get them to not swirl around as I pour. An off white head quickly dissipates with a nice faint lacing.

Malty citrus nose. The flavor was mostly coriander, peppar, and a nice yeasty spiciness in the back. All three flavors stayed with it throughout the beer, even as it warmed. Didn't read any reviews prior, and was surpised to see that it was both a Tripel and had a very high ABV. The alcohol is completely hiding deep within the flavors. I had no idea. I was initially going to rate it lower, thinking it was a Hefe with no real complexity. The Golden Monkey is a tricky beast...

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Photo of brewer27513
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a white head that dissapates quickly. No hop aroma; some spiciness and maltiness with phenols. This is a very good Belgian Triple.

Appearance in golden with good clarity. Watch the pour from the bottle, or you will get yeast clouding up your beer.

Moderate spiciness. The alcohol is supported by malt character -- it's a beer that will sneak up on you.

Overall this is a great triple with complexity -- a nice blend of spice and fruitinesss.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle served in a tulip glass. Label clearly reads that this beer was bottled on 4/15/04.

The apperance is a cloudy and hazy yellow with a nice head on top. Sticky lacings are present.

This beer smells fruity and peppery.

Taste is very sweet and sugary with that classic Belgian yeast flavor. Some of the flavors remind me a piece of Juicy Fruit gum. Spicy with a citrusy bitter finish. There is an alcohol presence on the finish, but nothing too much.

This is very drinkable at 9.5% ABV. Very good American interpretation of this style. Another great offering from Victory Brewing in PA.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a crystal clear golden and then I inadvertently let the yeast chunkies spill into the glass. The head was white and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and alcoholic with a slightly vinous aroma.

The flavor was slightly sweet with a slight spice and nicely accomplished flavor that dries quickly. Some yeasty flavors were present. No real complexity

The finish was just dry with a slight spice that remains into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a definite alcohol presence.

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on Nov 11, 03.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Bright white, creamy head that fades after a moment to a thin sheet. Nice layered lacing that holds throughout. Golden/light orange in color with a nice haze.

A very evident banana aroma; some pineapple (maybe coconut) as well. Also a mild, warming clove spice is also present.

Complex in flavor yet all are well balanced and don't overpower each other: banana, corriander/clove, vanilla, and coconut. A nice sweetness that isn't too powerful and very mellow on the tastebuds. Subtle (for a 9.5% abv) alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; coats the palate nicely with no obtrusive bitterness or unwanted overpowering spiciness/sweetness. Very mild given its complexity.

At 9.5% abv this one goes down a little too smoothly. I've had this as a session beer in the past and it definitely did me in. 3 or 4 in a sitting is definitely my limit with this monkey, even though I crave more.

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Photo of baiser
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden, orange-tinted and cloudy, with a big head that disappeared quite fast, very thin white lace.

Aroma of peaches, caramel, some floral scents.

This is a smooth, syrupy, full bodied beer. A strong fruity, peachy flavour, very sweet. Hops are very floral and complement the flavour quite well. Alcohol is extremely hidden, but is very warming.

It is quite a tasty beer, and very drinkable, but not your typical tripel. However, still very enjoyable.

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

This poured out a very hazy golden orange with a tall white head that drops to a ring of scattered bubbles. Strong smell of spice in nose with I believe orange peel being the most recognizable, there was some sweetness mingling with the spice as well as earthy hop notes. The taste had spiciness to it as well that went great with the fruity sweetness. Good creamy mouthfeel and the alcohol is hidden extremely well for being so high. Not you typical Belgian Triple but a good beer not doubt. Not one of the best triples I have had but a beer I do return to quite frequently just because it is good.

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Photo of emericanchaos
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first of all this is one of my favorite beers. huge flavor and lots of kick due to the high ABV. always worth your money.

pours with alot of head. i always get bottles and have found the head to be lighter compared to draft. this could be due to the goblet they pour into at the brewpub. hazey gold in color. appears to be a bright yellow around the edges but a deep golden orange in the center, almost like it's glowing. slight carbonation but not overactive like a seltzer.

smells unlike any typical beer. typical for a tripel i'm guessing, this is my first. lots of fruit hits the palette. hints of citrus and possibly banana?

very sweet when it first hits your mouth. sweetness quickly dissipates into a more flat dry taste. aftertaste is long and lingering with an almagomation of all the clues given in it's smell and taste.

feels a touch heavy. almost like a thin syrup much akin to guinness or a bods but is much easier to move around. slight crunchiness to it as well.

after your first bottle you'll feel very warm and possibly light headed. if you've drank high ABV beers before the effects of the alchohol should be nothing but warming. i consider this a big beer because of it's high ABV and the richness of it's flavor. if you're new to belgian ales this would be a good introduction to the style. very easy drink.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A North American take on a Tripel this beer makes its presence known. Hazy Orange with a monster head , this beer needs a goblet to strut its stuff. The main flavours are spicy orange notes with hints of the alcohol . The beer starts off sweet but ends dry which is a plus in drinkability. This is a well made Tripel with lots of panache and boldness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden hazy beer with a medium head with average retention. Aroma is quite spicy, real funky spices have been added in here. Taste is quite sweet at the beginning with what seems like wheat and then spices kick in providing a nice ending. I must say this is quite spectacular. Body is above average but carbonation is bit weak. Overall, I would say I very much enjoyed this fine beer.

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

This beer was a hazy light orange with a nice frothy white head that quickly reduced to a thin film. There is a great spicy, yeasty aroma. The flavor is sweet, spicy, fruity, and yeasty. It has that distinctive Belgian flavor and smell. The mouthfeel is great for this style. It is a delicious beer.

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Photo of charlesw
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clean and clear light golden orange (sort of a heffe color) with a nice high and dense white head that hangs out for a while. Very nice lacing - always a touch of head even a half hour after the beer.
Doesn't have much of an aroma to it. A teeny weeny touch of this and that. Nah, I didn't smell a thing. And, no, the kid wrapped around my neck didn't need to have his diaper changed. Sheesh! No respect, or nuthin'!
Taste is light and spiced - maybe a hint of 'naners and even a touch of cloves but all on the very light end of the scale. Staying very well with the clean aspects of the color.
Hey, you're asking me and I'm telling you so here's what I think of the mouthfeel... Bleh. It's ok and all, but bleh. Where's the body? Well, it's a little sweet and all, but, really, there isn't that much body to it. Ah well.
Still, I could drink the stuff. Why not? Ok, maybe I couldn't drink a lot of the stuff - it's, um, strong, but, hey, I could drink the stuff.

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Photo of emre007
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, sweet beer, but EXPENSIVE! Although it is 9.5% and a local brewery, I really don't think the nearly $50 I spent on a case was worth it. It's good, don't get me wrong, but I can get a similar beer in Railbender for half the price and more satisfaction.

This is a little lighter in feel and really doesn't give that nice buzz that Railbender's 6.8% leaves you with. If someone buys one of these, you def. will not be disappointed, just don't spend your own cash.

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

Poured into a tulip glass, this beer appeared a golden orange, much like the color of a a cloudy apple juice, with a 1 1/2 finger head. The Immediate aroma was of overripe bananas (another BA mentioned nail-polish... that's right-on!) with sub-aromas of sweet spices and the expected earthy smells of Belgian yeast. Taste was immediately candy-sweet and cloves and pepper spicy but was followed by a wollop of tangy fruits like green apples and bananas that almost left me forgetting the initial tastes. By the time I swallowed this beer, I was left with a Riesling-like after taste... very cool. It's medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation, with bubbles that blanket your tongue, really accentuating the spicy flavors I mentioned earlier. As the beer warmed, more and more esthery scents were released and if I took a deep enough inhale, I could really detect the alcohol. It seems very drinkable at first but towards the end of the glass, you really start feeling warm and fuzzy (I make it sound like a bad thing) so I'm not sure if I'd go for number two but for enjoying one, it's wonderful. Victory never fails to impress me and this is no exception.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first impression is that despite being a bottle-conditioned Belgian Style-Ale, the beer I poured at home had very little head retention. Also, Tripels should be highly carbonated, and this particular beer had the carbonation of a pilsener.

All in all, the "appearance" received high marks, due to the fact that it had a nice golden color despite its high alcohol content.

The lowest marks were given to the aroma, simply because hoppy spiciness dominated the profile, rather than the phenolic/estery alcohol that seems to proliferate in the traditional Belgian styles.

The taste was pretty good... but it was a little too sweet in the balance. Perhaps more spiciness and drier fermentation to offset the fruitiness?

Overall, this beer is a nice interpretation of the style. Although being a bit unorthodox in its approach, it is a nice example of a craft beer.

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Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lightly hazy gold color with a thick white head. tangy fruit smells like sour apple and lemon dominate, with some mild clove, bubblegum and bannana. some grassy hoppyness and yeastyness. very interesting spicy taste, the apple pineapple and citrus take a bit of a back seat to the clove, ginger and peppery characters, along with other baking spices, but come back stronger towards the end. i taste caramel malts with some balancing herbal hops. the alcohol is very well concealed almost not noticable except for the light warming. very smooth with a good middle of the road mouthfeel and light but plentiful carbonation. refreshing despite it's complexity, a beer that can be picked apart and analyzed, but i think works better when you don't think too hard about it.

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Photo of wyllder
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First review of a tripel for me.

Pours out a cloudy gold with big, frothy white head that settles down to small head as you go, leaving a sticky lacing along the inside of the glass.

Nose is banana & cloves with some medicinal smelling hops in the background.

Taste is smooth on the front of the palate with the banana being the first flavor out of the gate. This is quickly covered up by a hoppy, medicinal midsip that peters out to a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, with the malt giving it a smooth and slightly creamy texture.

For 9.5% by volume this is surprisingly easy to drink.

I will have to sample more tripels, but while nice, this one didn't impress me enough to get me excited about the style.


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

Pours out a golden, murkly blonde color. Semi-fluffy white head that dissipates in its own time. Smell is pure tripel; Yeasty and a bit citrusy. Taste is good, but not the "wow" of a Duvel or a Val Dieu. Some nuts (almonds?), a nice bit of spice in there, with your usual fruit overtones.

All in all, a good Tripel. This would probably be something I'd drink readily, but not in the class of the Belgian Masters. This would be, though, a great way to introduce someone to the style who's used to tamer beers.

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Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12-ounce Chimay glass, this beer was a burnt orange in color. A thin head clung to the glass. The hops came through as sweet and fruity, with a (almost inconsequential) bite of bitters. The finish was of kiddie fruit juice. Overall, quite a good beer, but rather rich in flavor and the taste buds might be on sweetness overlaod after a couple of these.

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Photo of MattFrenzy
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Complex beer, probably on purpose to mask the 9.5% ABV. Full aroma of spice, fruit, malt, bit of hops and some alcohol. Taste is deep, medium body with hints of many things floating around the palette. Spicy, sweet, malt, carbonation, fruit, etc etc. You just have to try it. Another beer that can sneak up on you if you're not paying attention and go through a few bottles... but its oh so worth it.

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Photo of halfpgl
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A bright white head that doesn’t stick around for the finish. This clear bright pale brew has a nose to excite the taste buds. The spicy aroma pulls you in. The taste is as bright as the color. Spices abound and delicately balance out the alcohol that has the potential to do damage when you’re not expecting it. This beer is DANGEROUS, it can easily become a session beer and at 9.5% it will floor you. Dangerously good!

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Photo of kegerator
4.88/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another outstanding offering from the boys at Victory.
pours a hazy yellow golden color with a nice head that diminishes fairly quickly and leaves some lacing as you drink it down.
I wasn't able to pick up much from the scent on this beer for some reason so i wasn't sure what to expect when i tasted it.
taste, banana and spice hit up fron bigtime with a little citrus in the background, very nice and refreshing for a big abv beer
i drank this 6er fairly quick and have since bought more and more. great beer! it would have gotten all 5's but i just wasn;t getting any smell off this one. its just smelled like beer, weird.

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Photo of BrewMan82
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a piddly white head that thins down to a modest sheet in no time - poo. Aroma is fruit, some lime and pear, with a spicy hop character and some caramely malt notes. Intense fruit flavors are first, with a spicy hop-centered middle and a creamy smooth finish. Aftertaste finds the alcohol, as well as smoothness and a bit of drying as well. Mouthfeel is complex (and the best part about this brew!) - full of variations in feel, thin and fruity, then rich and creamy.

Subsequent larger gulps bring out an easy-drinking character that reminds me of a sweet, well done wheat. A bit of lacing. Carbonation is an afterthought . A delicious brew that I cannot ever find up here!

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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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