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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Photo of rkhaze
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sept. 9 2002 bottle. Poured a hazy golden peach color with a foamy white head and lots of carbonation. Left beautiful lacing. Aromas of sweet malt, tropical fruit and earthy tart yeast.
Sweet bready malt taste with citrus fruit pith and some baking spices. Mild bitterness and an overly tart/acidic yeast aftertaste led to a really dry finish and threw it out of balance.
Medium bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel with loads of carbonation. The alcohol was hidden real well but the tartness was a bit much to make this very drinkable, although it was refreshing.
This was tart enough to make me think I got a bad bottle, but the fact that I purchased it from a reputable store and it was 9.5%ABV and bottle conditioned sorta ruled that out. I guess it's just a different interpretation of the style, unfortunately one I don't care for.

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Photo of Hefe
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 3/2/2004

Appearance: Hazy golden colour with a sticky lacing and a noticeable yeast sediment.

Smell: Malt and sweet bananas, apricot and grapefruit.

Taste: An echo of the aroma, with a little less sweetness and a clovy spice.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation and a rich smooth body.

Drinkability: Maybe a little too heavy for session drinking, but I could still drink a few. ;-)

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Photo of travolta
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle with bottled on date (bottle conditioned)

Apperance: Cute, but thats about it. it's golden yellow and a bit irridecent which is always cool. a frothy head, but doesent last long. The head coats the glass very well, but doesent stay around long enough for a conversation. It ironic that the best head from beer stays even after your done with it, while with women we...aww....nevermind.

Nose: i get a nice sweet sugary nose fomr this one right away. Its "Belgain-Inspired", whatever that means. it smells like a Belgian, a little stinky. I get that carmel sugar and maybe...MAYBE lemon and lime. But dont hold me to it.

Taste: Its ABV is 9.5% So thats the aftertaste. Alcohol is a
major flavor characteristic of this beer. It bitter at first, but that chills down quite a bit right away, which is good. It has some maple syrup tones in it. It's crisp, but not too foamy.

Notes: the alcohol taste can ruin this one for you. It's not overly complex, heck, Its not even complex. if you have some friends over, start with something you love, then finish with this. WICKED EXPENSIVE for what you get.

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Photo of Gritsak
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated almost a year ago..but i figure with the high abv it should be good

appearence is pale yellow with a small white head

smell is...fruity..with banana being the most profound

taste...well not to impressed. the mouthfeel is really smooth but it reminds me too much of a banana beer i had a couple weeks ago. the alcohol isnt very present at all but just the smell alone makes me want to turn back once i start a sip

i guess it doesnt hurt to try but damn, i know ill never buy this again.

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Photo of JimsArcade
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(12 oz, Bottled on 10/23/03) Decanted properly into a standard pint glass, Golden Monkey pours creamy, clear light-orange in color with a one-finger thick white head. I say "decanted properly" because this beer has more yeast sediment than any other beer I've seen, although some bottles have a lot more sediment than others. This bottle has a lot, and I lost nearly 1/5 of the beer to keep the yeast out. Having the yeast there is not bad, but I generally prefer to keep as much of it out of my glass as possible. If you pour the rest in (I won't for this review, though), the liquid becomes cloudier. After a few moments, the yeast spreads evenly throughout the glass and stays practically motionless. If it wasn't so viscous, I'd swear that it looks like beer Jell-O.

In the nose, the aroma is lightly-sweet, with hints of kiwi and Granny Smith apples, and very crisp. Bringing the aroma into the mouth, it becomes fuller with hints of apple pie. It just smells very light and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is richer than the smell implies. It's creamy with very mild carbonation.

What I have noticed in the past is that one bottle of Golden Monkey rarely tastes the same as another. This time is no exception. The first taste is only mildly sweet. Hints of caramel can be detected, as well as some alcohol, though not to the degree that is really in there. The aftertaste is much sweeter, though, with hints of malt and cinnamon bun: a syrupy sweetness. For a beer with so little detectable hops, it goes down WAY too easy, which can be "dangerous" in an extended session. Oddly enough, the carbonation becomes more noticeable towards the finish. A good beer this time.

Previous GM's I've had are super-sweet or citrusy or even pretty mellow. I have had more than my share of GM bottles that I have not enjoyed, though. The only time I've had it taste good consistently was at the brewery itself.

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Photo of pheurton
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled february 04 (12oz size) pours a cloudy golden peach with an enormous fat frothy white head. good retention and lacing. very yeasty on the nose with subtle notes of pale fruits and spice. low to medium level of carbonation. thick and full bodied mouthfeel even when cold...perhaps a little too much for a tripel. big dose of biscuty maltiness, substantial horse blanket yeasty flavor, followed by a tart fruiteness and phenolic aftertaste. becomes slightly more spicy (clove) as it warms. alcohol is hidden pretty well, but you can feel the heat in the back of your throat somewhat on the way down. wouldn't want to have more than two in a row.

there are many better and more authentic versions of the tripel out there, but for a strong belgian golden ale, the monkey suits me just fine. i've had some off batches from time to time (when the flavors seem even more over the top than usual), but overall it's an enjoyable sipping brew.

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Photo of ChimayMayDay
4.8/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'd like to buy a couple of sixes of this beer and perform my remake of 12 Monkeys. I might wake up after the world's ending to find that animals rule the planet.

It certainly has a high alcohol volume, but that's not a complaint. What I enjoyed is that the alcohol is so well masked by the wonderful flavors. I have yet to have a bad bottle from Victory, and the Monkey is one of my favorites.

Citrusy sweet and malty but also floral. Nice, bright golden color does its name justice. It's so drinkable, with its mildly carbonated mouthfeel, that you can't help but drink a few too many.

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Photo of genaro
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden Monkey was a light clear straw color. The head was creamy white and didn't linger too long. The aroma was busy - metallic, clovey, and earthy. The taste was metallic, citrusy, and a little yeasty. There was also some sweetness that helped take the edge off the bitterness.The high alcohol content also took the edge off of few things. The finish was a bit dry and citrusy.

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Photo of stewart124
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden-orange color with a fizzy head that leaves quickly. There is a spicy aroma and a hint of floral hops. The taste has a very spicy bite that almost numbs your tongue. The alcohol is well masked and the floral hops are a nice was to finish off the taste. Very strong character in this brew. Good drinkability and aftertaste. The percentage definitely sneaks up on you. I only wish it was a better looking beer.

"Get on board, this monkey's bound for glory!"

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Photo of 57andcounting
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six-pack of this high alcohol beer at the brewery. This will set you back, reminds me of some of the German Weisse beers in the after taste. You will smell and taste the malts. It's complex enough to keep the drinking interesting. I like the mouth feel, makes you want to take another sip. Someone that only drinks Bud, will be set back with this one.

I like this one. (Of course, I'm into the second bottle, at 9+ABV, that may have something to do with it.)

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Photo of RootedFool
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op, in Arcata, California.

Pours light golden yellow. Minimal bubbly head. Cloudy ring of lace on the glass. Obviously nicely carbonated -- a bevy of bubbles dancing in the glass.

Smell is of alcohol, grapefruit rinds, rum-soaked raisins, bananas, and a strong malt backbone.

Malts expand over the tongue, broad and sweet, leading into candied dried fruits, glazed donuts, and a brazen alcohol warmth that nearly numbs my tongue.

Mouthfeel isn't as creamy as I expected. Maybe a little too light to handle the heavy-handed flavors.

Well done, even if the high ABV is too obvious -- but that might be likable to some drinkers, including me.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a light straw color. Although it has some different charecteristics, this has a very sweet malty flavor to it, and the typical barelywine flavor that masks or mixes the sweetness of malt and alchohol. While the belgian style is not my fav, per say, it has a nice all around charecter, esp if you age it, grad a couple and enjoy your night.

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Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden moderately carbonated brew with a solid white head that stays well and leaves a nice lace.
Very hoppy scent, some good spice and caramel, earthly as well.
Taste is unbelievable! hoppy and sweet at the same time in perfect harmony, aftertaste is next to nonexistant which makes you reach for the beer constantly, this is a highly alcoholic beer but you wouldn't know from the taste. Some light grain quality to the flavor is present but subtle.
Full and solid body, doesn't leave much of an impression in the way of being slick yet feels smooth and mellow.
Very drinkable, this beer drinks itself.
Absolutely [email protected]#


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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Victory- Golden Monkey

Since it's officially the "year of the monkey" I'll ring it in with a bottle of Golden Monkey.

Appearance- cloudy yellow/ straw with a super thick white head. The head disappated very quickly.
Smell- very fruity and spicy. Typical Belgium spice smell.
Taste- Way to fruity. Grapefruit citrus is overpowering and alcohol is too present, well at 9.5% I guess its hard to hide.

Overall- My first Victory beer is a bust. It's just to citrusy. I think I'm getting GERD because of it. A similair beer that is paletteable is Heavyweight's Lunacy.

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

Some times it's good to have dessert first and then again and again and again... The Monkey is fun! I first had this at the Standard Tap in Philadelphia. It was the perfect beer to try on my first visit to the Tap. I'd like to think that it's better on tap then from a bottle but my tap experience was long ago. The monkey poured cloudy and appeared to have a honey color. The head built quickly but also faded quickly. It was easy enough to stir more foam by swirling the glass. The flavor is fruity and sweet which is why I think it's perfect to have for dessert. (a habit that developed recently) This beer commands your attention because if you let your guard down, the Monkey will have its way with's just fun to say!

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Photo of gnaussea
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden yellow with an impotent head, as far as a tripel is concerned. Glass seems quite carbonated, but the head struggled and settled quickly. Nose is acidic, with notable spice (coriander mainly.) Hmm... has quite a bit of bite at first, and it settles into acid and hop. The malt flavor is genuine, and a sweetness lingers on the tongue. Where's the yeast? I dunno, a good brew, but seems like a tripel adapted for the masses.

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Photo of twilight
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Very Heavy Goblet.

It poured a hazy golden orange but without a head. Immediately I was drawn to it by it's color. The smell is fruity, tasty (if that can be a smell) it makes one want to drink it right away. The taste is sweet, not so much malty or like honey, but just sweet. You get the sweet which gives way to the sour and finishes off with an alcoholic aftertaste that isn't bad at all. I would have liked more complex flavors, as the taste was good, but could be improved, perhaps with spices. The taste is smooth, and barring the high alcohol content, I could spend all night with this beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold, clear color, lots of active carbonation, big white head that fills out the top of the goblet I am sampling it out of. Smells fruity, almost like champagne, and a hint of alcohol. Not particularily flavorful, has a very sweet flavor that finishes with hops and alcohol. Not up to Victory's other beers, somewhat of a disapointment.

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Photo of Edwin
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange/golden (duh) color with a white head and some lacing left over. Looks similar to butterscotch or an orange Gatorade.

Smell - Very strong fruitiness blasts you from the get-go and not much else. Citrus and some maltiness, possibly?

Taste - Difficult to describe at best. I immediately taste banana on the first sip. Some spices mixed within. Otherwise this one is like a pack of Skittles, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel - This one had a little more carbonation than I thought it would. The sweetness mixed with some bitterness really gets the salivary glands kicking.

Drinkability - At 9.5% ABV, this one is a hazard, but it is light and smooth and ifyou like the sweetness and the spiciness, this is a good try.

Overall - Another triumph for Victory. This is an excellent brew with some good characteristics. Take this one for a dance.

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Photo of Mangus
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poring a glass of golden, cloudy sunshine, I watch the yeasty sediment dance to the rhythm of the fading bubbly white head.

Inhaling an orchard of fruity tones and warm spices makes my mouth begin to water. I can’t wait to taste this exotic smelling brew.

A rich, chewy mouth feel confirms my expectations of a warming, delicately spiced drink. Is there a presence of sweet honey or wheat? Is there a teasing clove in there? These questions fade as I take another mouthful and smile as the warm alcohol falls down my throat and leaves a lingering hint of sweet maltiness and satisfying hops.

I love this beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is of Belgian yeast and spices. It has a very fruity smell and a Belgian pale malt scent. The taste is good. Again, it has the traditional Belgian Abbey flavor, but with a banana flavor from the different spices and the amount of malts. It has an elevated aba (9.5%), but the beer is definately drinkable and enjoyable. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation; a very nice sessions beer.

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

Pours a hazy golden yellow body with thin white head. Aromas is light citrus fruits (maybe lemon and peach) with a typically spicy Trippel background and a hint of alcohol. Flavors are is simlar to the nose very citrus like but doesn't have the yeasty, spicy tastes of great Trippels. Mouthfeel was not lively enough to make it a memorable beer.

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Photo of pio
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

orange liquid with golden tint, slight haze, slight activity w/bubbles. the head died to a halo quickly came back to blanket the top and left spotty lace at best.
scents of orange, alcohol, fruitiness like bannana, strawberry and cherry. alot of spice. noteable are butterscotch, earth, roses/perfume and yeast.
flavors had a sweet orange tasting foundation with cherry with some loam-like characteristic. an understated spice helped alot, and i thought there was a hint of mint here. an herbal after palate was appriciated as was the warm belly. the mouthfeel was not very bubbly, was filling, more chunky. not as many changes as i am apt to expect from this style but it was solid and straight ahead. i like this to a degree, i found it to be pretty good, i'd sub this for a trippel or introduce someone with this but if you've spoiled yourself....

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

A Hazy looking beer at first, but evidence that there is a good amount of yeast in it. Nice flowery aroma emerges from the glass. This Belgian style Triple has a smooth, clean taste, imparting citrus like sweetness. Certainly not overpowering in taste, this beer packs a punch with it's alcohol content. The alcohol is hidden I feel, and one must be careful if they plan to have more than one. Overall a decent, easy to find triple, which can be consumed with a variety of foods.

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Photo of mschofield
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy gold with a huge bubbly stark white head. Impressive compared to most any brew, but for an abbey tripel it's only medium. Clumps of yeast floating around the bottom of my chalice.
Floral, banana, clove, orange and spicy aromas, the spices are especially nice.
Floral and spicy taste, with green apples, very malty-sweet. Fully flavored.
Very carbonated, and a medium feel. Drinkability is reduced by the ABV. Spices tend to cloud the pepper taste I'd expect as a warning for strong alcohol. I put some in the cellar to see how time would affect it.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,810 ratings