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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a lightly hazed sunny golden color with a brief burst of fizzy foam that settles back to a floating 2mm raft that is remarkably stable for several minutes, no real lacing of note. Medium body and carbonation levels.

It's got the banana, clove, and coriander combo of a staple tripel in a very nice and balanced ratio... but not much else. Perhaps it's a bit too boozey hot in the nose with a fresh bottle, but a month or two of storage can clear that right up. This one works well as an acceptable substitute for more expensive imported tripels if you don't mind some roughness around the edges and a lack of dark fruits, floral and grassy hopping.

So in summary, it's got all of the core elements of a solid, well-made Tripel, but none of the garnishes or fancy flourishes on top of the core elements that some of the fancier Tripels on the market have.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best example of the style I have ever had! I made the mistake of having two. My stomach is paying for it. I am afraid the ABV was little too bold for me when it comes to my nightcaps.

Bottle poured into snifter. Two and a half finger off-white head, and yeast flakes are present!

Straw gold in color

Smells of barley malt, coriander, clove, oats. Smells like a witbier to me!

Tastes: Coriander, clove, spices, herbal hop finish! This is a very medicinal beer!

Overall, this beats Westmalle for me! This is a go-to Tripel for me. I say this because I am not too enthused about Belgian beer. Although I enjoy many beer styles, Belgian ones aren't my typical fancy. However, this is a great American example of how bold and drinkable a Belgian beer can be for those of us who are more about American Craft than Belgian.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,669 ratings.
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