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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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Golden Monkey pours a golden yellow color with a white head that dissipates quickly to a thin cover from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit floral and definitely a bit sweet. The flavor has a bit of clove and is a bit sweet/ perhaps a bit fruity and I can definitely taste the alcohol. Caramel malt becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. The body seems a bit thin. I'm not terribly impressed, not bad, but nothing special either.

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3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Surprisingly clear, I can practically make out the characters on the keys of my keyboard when I look through the glass. Golden/yellow color, as expected. Head is smallish and dissipates quickly.

Some sweet citrus and floral aromas. I detect some herbs as well.

A strong cloves presence from the first sip, definitely a turnoff for me. Orange peel and hoppiness as an afterthought.

Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Great brew for warm weather methinks. The ABV is fairly well hidden and it's quite smooth.

I respect Victory Brewing immensely but unfortunately this beer didn't do it for me. Maybe I'm just not really diggin' the Tripel tonight. I'll re-review if I feel differently next time.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden colour with a lot of bubbles and a bit of sediment with a thin white head which quickly dissipates.

The smell is big on cloves, sweet malts, tobacco smoke.

The taste is sweet and malty.

The mouth feel is a little too thin and carbonated.

Overall not a terrible beer, just a little boring. It does go down well considering the abv, you would never expect it to be 9.5%.

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3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Hi-time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California. Expectations are high; I really like this style. My limited experience with Victory Brewing has been positive. I'm hoping to keep the track record going.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor.

A: Pours a three finger fluffy head of white colour, slight cream, decent thickness, and very impressive retention considering the high ABV. Colour is yellow-gold. The head is quite nice, but the colour is lackluster given the style.

Sm: Very fresh aroma of pleasant spices, complex orange citrus, hints of cream, biscuity yeast, clean unobtrusive malts, and fresh fruit peel. Very luscious and inviting. Quite appealing indeed. I'm excited to try this. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Fresh orange peel, lovely clean malts, well balanced spices, lovely floral notes, no real sign of hops (if present, they're seamlessly balanced), hints of biscuity yeast, lemon, and hints of cream. All around an extremely pleasant and refreshing beer that hides any trace of alcohol from its profile. I'd prefer more yeast, but that's nitpicky. Subtle. A lovely tripel. Its lack of complexity prevents it from attaining greatness, but all around it's really nice.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with just enough cream for the style. Thick enough and adequately carbonated.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable for the ABV. Hides its ABV quite well. An impressive brew from Victory. Well priced as part of a build-your-own six pack. Matched my expectations. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from Victory as a result. Give this one a spin if you're a fan of the style.

It could use less of a malt presence.

Pairs decently with pizza. Drank fine out of me pilsner glass, but a tulip or flute might be ideal.

Low B

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,776 ratings