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

12 oz bottle in a wine glass.
Enjoy by date: June 11, 2019

A: Staw colored gold with good clarity, 3 fingers of bright white head, good lacing.

S: lots of Belgian spice going on. Florally, bubble gum, estery, yeast.

T: very sweet initially then goes to a characteristic Belgian spice, a hint of bitterness at the end is nice. Not overly sweet and hides the alcohol very well.

M: crisp, dry, good carbonation.

O: a good Belgian style tripel. Similar to the V12 in a lot of ways (spice and floral tones) but without the alcohol heat. A good beer but average for a Belgian style. Certainly worth trying.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into Golden Monkey goblet, how fitting.

A - Very pale golden yellow. Totally transparent with a two finger head that dies down to a film. Leaves a splotchy lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like a tripel. Bubblegum, banana, cloves, and spice. Pretty fruity with just a touch of hops.

T - Very sweet and spicy. Belgian yeast throughout with lemon, bread, and a mellow hops. Alcohol is hidden dangerously well.

M - Good carbonation and somewhat thin with a slight astringent dryness.

O - It is not my favorite tripel, but it may be the most drinkable. This is often the choice of my non-craft drinking friends, who ooh and ahh about the alcohol content. I would like more in terms of dynamic flavors and perhaps a bit more thickness, but overall not bad. I think Victory does high ABV beers very well. This wouldn't be my top choice in the Victory big beers category, but it may be if I had to drink several.

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A: Poured a slightly hazy amber yellow into an Ommegang chalice. The frothy head quickly dissipated leaving only a slight bit behind, and random carbonation bubbles rising to the surface infrequently.

S: It does have that Belgian yeast character that is associated with the style. Some spices are evident as well, most notably ginger.

T: On first impression the flavors definitely seem to fit into the Tripel category. The flavors added by the Belgian yeast show up first, followed by some of the spices, and finishing with a bit of alcohol heat on the back of the tongue. The yeast and spices tend to remain on the tip of the tongue throughout the sip, mellowing out the heat from the alcohol.

M: Initially quite round, but getting a little hot at the end, the mouthfeel tends not to feel too unbalanced, but it could be better. There's also a slight syrupy residue left behind in the mouth which I feel I could do without.

O: An all right tripel, nothing to make me want to pick it over any other example of the style, but also not bad in any real ways either. I personally prefer my Belgians drier than they decided to make this one.

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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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