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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Jeffo!

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw-gold with half a finger of white head.

Smell. Sweet bananna, some toasty malts, light belgian yeast and spices.

Taste. Cloves, corriander, toasty malts and bananna and just a hint of citrus juices. Tastes pretty good actually, and the booze is well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A good brew. I liked it.

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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a golden amber, one finger white head and lacing. Light fruit, sweet malt, banana, clove aroma. Light fruit, Belgian spicing and a bit of a hop bite. Nicely balanced. A pleasant low-key tripel. Nothing exciting, but calmly well done. Worth a repeat visit.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet
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A: Pours a slightly hazy light straw yellow with 1 fingers width of bright white colored head,  which dissipates down fairly quickly.  Leaves small patches of spotty lacing.  

S: Lots of clove, banana, citrusy with orange notes.  Not terribly complex but it smells delicious.  

T: Follows the nose with the initial sip being filled with clove and citrus.  A bit of peppery spice, some hop bitterness comes out, which I don't particularly look for in the style, some vinous notes.  

M/D: On the lighter side of medium bodied, with an appropriate carbonation.  Slightly drying finish.  ABV is wonderfully masked.  Drinkability is high.  

O:  So admittedly this isn't all that great of a Tripel, but I have a soft spot for it, as before I really got into craft beer, I happened to get this once by chance, and thought it was amazing.  Plus, it gets bonus points for being insanely reasonably priced, and almost always readily available.  So, I gave it the benefit of the doubt in some of the rating categories.  I don't highly recommended it, but I do think it's a solid beer that I will almost certainly purchase again in the future.  

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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow color with a huge foamy and creamy white head. not much stick or lacing during the drink.

S - Banana peels, coriander, malts, sweet smelling.

T - This is a new style of beer for me so I'm not familiar yet what makes this beer tick. A nice bready like taste with a decent level of bitterness with a warming alcoholic finish. The malts are present and I seriously like this brew.

O - This beer has given me a new outlook on the Belgium style and I will definitely try more of these. I would recommend this for sure.

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4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith Imperial Pint Glass.

A: Massive white frothy head, good retention and great sticky lacing. Amber in color.

S: Ripe dark fruits, phenolic, brown sugar, taffy, floral, various spices, caramel, pecan pralines.

T: Alcoholic, malty, honey, molasses, overripe peaches, rock candy, ice wine, tingly on the palate, warming malty finish with an aftertaste that sticks around for a while and continues to warm.

This is one serious beer. There seems to be a bit more going on in here than your typical Belgian Tripel. Lots of sweetness but with some spices to balance it out a good deal. Very good beer.

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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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