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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4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice afterwork relaxer.

I poured it from a bottle into a pint glass.

appearance: honey gold with some light flakey sediment. Large bubbled 1/4 in head goes away in a minute or two.

smell: A little bit of peach cobbler. Fleshy fruit and white bread.

Taste: Very peachy with a bit of nut skin bitterness. Nicely balanced sweet v bitter. Kind of like what I always want sweet tea to be.... The high alcohol does start to come out on the finish... but it stays in your mouth with out starting to burn your nose... more of a brandy than a whiskey...

mouthfeel: It's a bit thin for a belgian... the carbonation seems more "fizzy" than "velvety". Not a deal breaker by any means, but worth noting.

overall: a really nice, easy to find, reasonably priced beer that will not disappoint

comments: After reading other reviews I dug my bottle out of the recycling.... mine doesn't have a drink by date....

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3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy golden yellow with lots of bubbles and a one-and-a-half finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Sweet, Banana, clove, citrus, Belgian yeast.

T: Moderate to high sweetness and light bitterness. Sweet malt and spice. Lacks depth.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and slightly astringent. Slightly warm going down.

O: Good budget Tripel. Nothing really wrong with it, but not one of the best.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

La Fin Du Monde is one my favorite beers. I wanted to test it with another Tripel Ale for comparison and the Golden Monkey the choice. Most of the factors where similar except for the aftertaste - which seemed a small notch below the La Fin Du Monde which might be because of the aging. The best factor to consider is probably the cost. You the same amount of money you can get one of the other and not be disappointed.

La Fin Du Monde
4-Pack $11
9% ABV
270 CAL

Golden Monkey
6-Pack $12
9.5% ABV
285 CAL

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 12oz brown bottle.

Appearance: is just about average ... a cloudy golden color with not much head, but I draink it out of the bottle.

Smell: Aroma is pleasant and a bit sweet.

Taste: A smooth, full-bodied beer. Again, I was surprised by the sweetness - not in a bad way though. Nice balance of malt / slight hop bitterness and a bit of bread flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is, good... but not great. The spices are nice on the back of the tongue and the after taste is both sweet and bitter.

Notes: I grabbed two of these without realizing that it was 9.5% alcohol! I have had this twice and both times had diarrhea within 6-8 hours. I have two left and will try again with this knowledge and go a little easier and see if it causes intestinal issues this time to rule out the "coincidence factor."

Overall, I thought it tasted pretty good and it sure packs a surprise wallop.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,657 ratings.
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