Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Belgian 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:
#27,208
Reviews:
1,838
Ratings:
5,836
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
Wants:
174
Gots:
1,776
Trade:
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Photo of Branlott42
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tlock
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nonnie864
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_Joseph
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of D-Duvelicious
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rbenitez251
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good alcoholic and light bodied for a tripel. Malty and well-rounded. Very good beer overall. Good bitterness.

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Photo of Blackrobe
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on date of 1/18/18 on the bottom of the can, 5.5 months since brewing.

Pours an almost clear golden in the glass with two fingers of dense white head. Nose starts off with a crisp mix of coriander and Belgian yeast. Digging further in to the aroma I get cooked peach, slight nutmeg, caramelized toasted walnut, super slight banana and some honey. At the very end of the nose, after warming up, I get a hint of vaporized alcohol. Taste starts off super sweet with a honeyed banana bread, quickly is followed up by the spices and ending with yeast + hops. Overwhelming flavors on first taste, almost off-putting, but rapidly mellows out after first contact. Medium body that I wasn't expecting from the almost crystal clear glass. High sweetness, low bitterness, medium-light drying. I don't detect any of the 9.5% ABV alcohol on taste, but you definitely get the warming of a nearly ten percent brew. If you're just getting in to craft beer, this would blow out your palette, but it's a great introductory brew for those getting in to Tripels. I haven't had one of these in a while, but I might have to start picking them up more often.

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

Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into an Allagash brewing snifter. Pours a orange tinted gold color. Head is a finger wide, cotton white, but not overly foamy like other Tripels. Taste is fruity, notes of banana and clove with a spicy accompaniment. Alcohol is virtually undetectable, a rarity in a 9.5% beer. Overall a very tasty interpretation of the Belgian Tripel by an American brewery.

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Photo of Phillipsri
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden Amber with a tight white bubbly head that hangs around and leaves ample lace.

Sour berry, musty earth, and yeasty bread in the nose.

Notes of clove, fresh flower, and sour yeast with alcohol and bread.

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

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dmullz
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light & clear
Carbonation very evident/lively
Belgium style
Hoppy smell, spicy, some toasted notes, peppery
Bitter hops - a bit hoppy for a Belgium
Toasted spices
Hoppy aftertaste
Light not creamy
Very carbonated
Thin
Overall great combination of spice & hops in a true Belgium style beer

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Photo of GaryG7
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory describes Golden Monkey as a "Belgium-style tripel with added spice." The description is accurate. Sometimes, the "added spice" hits the spot, other times it feels like the beer would taste better without it. It's my go to beer at a place I frequent regularly. Unfortunately, most places only carry one or two beers in this style so I can't do a good taste test.

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Photo of BenoitWF
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulFC
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden and crisp. Very hoppy. Alcohol is up front to much. Flowery taste at first. Malt after taste. Spice trying to break through.

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

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

Photo of Chilmer
1.71/5  rDev -54%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeannieVolpe
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,836 ratings