Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
84
good
5,631 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,631
Reviews:
1,791
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
1,623
For Trade:
8
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Photo of tviz33
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours with one finger of soapy white head over top of a clear golden body.

S- The Belgian spice surely doesn't jump out to me, but it's there in the background. It smells really sweet, but nothing else that really sticks out.

T- This thing is very sweet. The taste is quite off for the style, but still not totally off-putting. The Belgian yeast taste is there but it does leave me with that crisp spice I expect from a tripel.

M- The mouthfeel is actually pretty good. Medium-full with great carbonation.

O- Not an outstanding representation of the style by any means, but not terrible. I'e tried it once before the review, but I will most likely not visit again.

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Photo of HopsMathias
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap at The Pint Room. Served in a 13oz fluted glass.
Golden pilsner style color with intermittent lacing.
Smells a little sweet.
Taste is slight banana and clove.
Light mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.
Overall pretty good - a mix between Hoegaarden and Stella.

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Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of e_jackel
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Drecher
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Rope
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance-
The truest thing about the beer, it is a nice golden yellow with a white head.

Smell-
Honey and malt, but really struggling to find the Belgian notes.

Taste-
Starts with a slight lemon, but the honey malt from the nose overpowers. Once again struggling to find anything Belgian.

Mouthfeel-
Well Carbonated, aftertaste lingers a little.

Overall-
A good beer, but it doesn't strike me as a Tripel Belgian.

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Photo of Hophead420
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MP13
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SergeantSac
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of rbmjr1
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of silverking
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Skryber
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of slim2043
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Mike099
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Bauzen
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color is a misty pale yellow and foam laces beautifully in the glass, but dissolves quickly.

Aroma is potent. Hints of banana and candied ginger round out the bouquet.

An aggressive ABV punches up the all the flavors you take in from the initial aroma, though I found it a little too aggressive for a beer of this genre. The potency won't deter most beer enthusiasts, but it makes for a very 'beefy' tripel - a genre that generally lends itself to Belgian finesse. This beer does not. It wants you to hit you hard, and I don't feel it does the genre justice. The 'higher-rated' tripels out there are lighter and smoother.

That being said, it's a 'good' beer, flavorful and pleasant but deceiving as that 9.5% ABV hits you and you're left wondering what did it. I wish Victory could have let the flavors speak for themselves in this beer. They're certainly using quality ingredients and they know what they're doing.

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Photo of JonReif
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of CATVDK
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of aranton
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JakeDebus
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of hiphops24
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BrianCuoz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WallE89
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,631 ratings.
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