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Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A local favorite. Served in a Sam Adams prefect pint. This will mess you up quick if you session it.

I've had many a Golden Monkey in my day. I recall hating it in my early craft experience (read: I still bought Blue Moon) for being booze-y One of the better ways to get really messed up in North (or really, the Greater area) Philadelphia without going to a local bar while still drinking something good. Golden Monkey is a 9.5% spiced tripel that's pretty frequently available at Philadelphia bars and/or beer-serving food marts.

Appearance: Deceptively looks like any other macro beer. An inexperienced beer drinker may think this looks like a Budweiser. Keeps a nice head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Slightly booze, but if you're a Golden Monkey (or spiced, or tripel veteran) not uninviting.

Taste: A pretty spiced tripel. First taste may be rough, but you'll get used to it if you stick it. A good beer. ABV per dollar outside of Philly bars, you can't go wrong... Whether you want a delicious drunk or a slight buzz with good taste. Heavily spiced, much better than "normal" tripels in my own opinion.

Mouthfeel: A moderate mouthfeel.

Overall: it's the regional go-to for tripels. Weyerbacher has a decent winter seasonal, but Golden Monkey is what's up in the Greater Philly. Get to know it, you won't regret it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Magic Hat #9 pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium gold color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before slowly descending to an 1/8 inch head. Thick, sudsy lacing.

S- Lovely bouquet of wheat and Belgian yeast springs from the glass. Rich and crisp with very little alcohol detected.

T- Clean but yeasty flavor with some clove-like spice. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Some fruity esters and a slight tinge of malt. Hops are subtle but there.

M- Medium-high carbonation results in a semi-spritzy drink. Light body.

O- This was one of the beers that led to my fascination with Belgians around the time I turned 21. I remember revisiting it a couple years ago after having had some more refined and revered tripels and saying "Why did I like this so much? It's nothing compared to other better tripels." However, now that I sit down and examine the details, I realize that the reason this beer is so good and so popular is because it really hides the alcohol in a way that many other Belgians (American or Belgian-made) don't while still containing all the great characteristics of the style. It's not on my top ten list, but it deserves all the credit it gets IMO.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Willie McBride's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium straw yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. There were light amounts of small visible yeast particles in suspension. The beer has a finger tall dense white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, bananas, and spicy yeast.

T: Moderate flavors of pale malts with some light fruits (white grape, apple, pear) upfront with some slightly stronger notes of banana and spicy/peppery yeast towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol heat and dryness in the finish.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink as the alcohol is noticeable but it is a very enjoyable beer and a great example of the style.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. One finger head that quickly dissipates. Dark golden in color with some lacing. Okay looking beer but I expect more from a Tripel.

Slight Tripel aroma that is farly subdued. Again, I expect more from a tripel. The smell is kind of yeasty, fruity and okay but very subdued.

Taste is pretty good. Starts slightly hoppy with some Belgian undertones. You definitely get a hint of a normal tripel taste in the middle with a kind of hoppy finish. I could be mistaking the finish for hops when it's the alcohol but I'm not sure. It tastes more like a Belgian ipa instead of a tripel and I would market it that way.

Mouthfeel is okay. It starts with good carbonation but doesn't really smooth out like a normal tripel just kind of has less carbonation.

Overall a good beer. I drink it fairly regularly mainly because of price, availability, and abv. Definitely not a normal tripel but still pretty good.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,703 ratings
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