Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Belgian 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,548
Reviews:
1,836
Ratings:
5,831
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
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174
Gots:
1,776
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,831 |  Reviews: 1,836
Photo of Ahypercube
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was the first Belgian Ale I ever liked. I had a few other examples, a couple dubbels, a tripel, a quadrupel (Ommegang's Three Philosophers; closest I've ever gotten to a drain pour--to be fair, it was early in my beer drinking days), nothing went over well with me. Had this from a keg at a party in Reston Virginia while visiting my cousin. He literally asked me if I wanted his when the host walked away; I'm sure to him it was basically a Three Philosophers, but I was loving it so I happily finished mine and adopted his.

L: 2.5 years later, it pours beautifully from a bottle into a goblet. Clear golden honey body, lots of lively streams of carbonation. No lacing to speak of, and the head retention is a bit lacking.

S: Lots of amyl acetate (Banana), spiced with clove, nutmeg and coriander, with notes of honey and molasses, mango, peach cobbler, and honeydew.

T: Having had a few more Belgian-style ales, I still think this is good, but it has too much artificial banana on the flavor, and the sweetness becomes a tad cloying after about half a beer. There is a pleasant spicy bite mid sip, and clove and coriander save the finish from being grossly sweet. Also, confirmed: I prefer the Sour Monkey to this original version.

F: Not bad, not bad. Pretty zingy for the style. Not too heavy.

O: It’s good, but not great. I have La Fin Du Monde in my cabinet. Pretty excited. Gonna be too busy to drink tomorrow, but I'm going to try/review it on Tuesday. I hope it blows this away.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Deep gold with a big, foamy white head.

Smell: Malt, fruity citrus, and spice.

Taste: Yeasty tripel flavors, with spicy malt at the back. A noticeable warm alcoholic bite.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and carbonated, but still nice.

Overall: An excellent example of a Belgian trappist style from an American brewery, and one that's often easier to find than imported Belgian ones.

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Photo of Hardrock209
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rlhj
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pinkylives
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreyGooseStout
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of generalraider
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crewfan1952
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VashonGuy
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mojohawk21
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of craigbelly
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color and very clear in the glass. It has a bubbly, foamy head, high carbonation. Aroma has a strong yeastiness, like bread dough. Tasted honey and ginger, very sweet. A little citrus and bitterness at the end. Medium to full body. I think it gets better with each sip.

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Photo of sqpat
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ledouge
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wi_brew_bud
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great taste. The added spice really mad this one special. Not really my cup of tea but saw it as a single at the packy and thought it ok to try. Really don’t regret it amazing

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Photo of onabikechris
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Navin-Johnson
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DARRELLOC
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nzorzi117
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtuzil
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a nice spicy Belgian wheat. A little heavy on the tongue at the first sip but got better along the way. Little bit of a banana feel to it, but no overwhelming fruit flavor to it. I would put this on my "do it again" list.

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

Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacRodge
2.1/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of GJH1959
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For an American Belgium Triple it is one of the better ones. With an ABV of 9.5 the alcohol taste is minimal (almost).

It starts out sweet but finishes dry. I do not get any banana flavoring as some do but with the spices I do get a raisin flovor.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,831 ratings