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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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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a go to beer for me. Finally taking the time to review it. 2012 and 2011 side by side.


A: Semi-clear yellow pour with about a finger of pure white head. Big, frothy white head that sticks around forever and coats the side of the glass with lacing. 4.5

S: The aroma has a spicy character, with big belgian yeasts, candied sugar, and a slight amount of booze. The balance is there, with spice and banana taking the spotlight. Booze is noted, but isn't overwhelming. 4

T: The spice and banana assault the palate, but they really overcome the alcohol I expected. Belgian yeasts and sugar start the taste off, which transition quickly to the bananas, slight booze, and spice. The finish is sweet with fruit being the most noted flavor. 4

MF: Light to medium body with an average amount of carbonation. This beer is as drinkable as it gets for 9.5%. Nice twinge of carbonation, great balance to hide the booze, and a really nice finish. 4.5

O: This is one of my go-tos in PA. It's not overly expensive and it tastes great. It's a beer I wish I could drink more often. 4


A: A little bit more hazy yellow pour with the same, big white head. Retention and lacing are top notch. You can't even see through the glass where the head has been. 4.5

S: The booze and sweetness is much more prominent. The spice character has stepped back, but the overall mellowness is a nice addition. If I had to pick one word to describe it, I'd say sweet. 4

T: The taste is a lot different. WOW, I can't believe these started as the same beers. The freshest version is better, I''ll say right off the bat. This is a little watery at time. But overall is mellow, with the booze, sugar, and banana playing very well together. While the taste is different, and I prefer the 2012...I'm still giving this a four. I think it still tastes great and I like the changes that have occurred over the last year. 4

MF: Light to medium body with a below average carbonation. It's a bit more smooth on the palate, and the mellowness only helps the drinkability. 4

O: I wish I put another bottle down to age. I think this beer has changed over the last year, and is very interesting. I won't, however, say that it's better. I would prefer the freshest version, but I can see it continuously changing over the years. I'd say grab one to drink, grab one to age, and find out for yourself what you think. 4

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

Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellow, a bit subpar head/retention for the style. Still good lacing.

Aroma: Medium+ intensity banana and clove ester, no booze, touch of perfumy hops.

Flavor: Grain bill is neutral to non-existant, spicy clove yeast esters dominate with a background of alcohol and earthy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, touch of warming alcohol, slightly subpar carbonation for the style and mike preferences.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Victory - Golden Monkey

Appearance: Honey color with slight chill haze. An aggressive pour almost lead to disaster. Five fingers of head, with some nearly on the table.

Aroma: Yeast fruitiness predominates. Some malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol as the beer warms.

Taste: Belgian yeast flavors take center stage. Fruit, spice, and hints of banana. Malt sweetness from beginning to end. Little to no hop flavor detected.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with very high carbonation. Pour gently or risk disaster.

Overall: This is a fruity sweet beer, well within style. This would beer the perfect beer to pair with desert.

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

12oz bottle/Chilled, poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: golden yellow, amber hue/cloudy; half inch head dissipated within first minute.

Smell: banana/clove/yeast/alcohol

Taste: gumball/banana/caramel/clove/BRIGHT

Mouthfeel: medium body/warm/"fizzy" on tongue/DRY finish

Overall: One of my very first Tripels - a good introduction to the style. The dry finish reset my palate for each taste... a "fun" beer to drink. I would like to try this on tap.

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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

Poured into a snifter, this is a fairy clear, bright golden color with a thin white film of a head.

Nose has alcohol up front (no surprise), banana, clove, slight vegetal aromas, undefined spice.

Flavor forward for sure. Banana taffy up front, juicy fruit gum, coriander, pepper, hints of clove, slightly buttery, warm, bitter finish.

Medium bodied, drying on the tongue, prickling carbonation.

The flavor is the star of this potent brew. Slightly too thin for my liking, but an enjoyable sipper. At 9.5% this IS a sipper. Enjoy one and review it for yourself!

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,710 ratings
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