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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Ratings: 5,756 |  Reviews: 1,816
Photo of allboutbierge
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only beer similiar to this i have tried was la fin du monde. I enjoy this much more, du monde is way too sweet and while the taste of this brew does have sweet properties they are balanced with the other more subtle flavors which are mellow spices and malts. I had a long day today-4 classes, work, a mid term, and a paper due. This has relaxed me nicely and im only half way through with it. I am a huge victory fan and i see this as yet another winner
drink up!

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Photo of jackndan
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Rally* Monkey: Big orange color, not much head, but very nice Belgian lace sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is very aggressive, with lots of citrus aromas. The taste is rough and nice: lots of citrus tastes, followed up by a nice bite of hops, and HUGE alcohol warmth. One of those beers that causes you to automatically relax: great taste and smooth creamy mouthfeel. I’m cellaring this thing for the 12 inches of snow I expect next February.

* review made during 2002 World Series.

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Photo of HopheadEd
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice! 750ml corked bottle, one of four I hid from my wife, for about two weeks. Definitely got better as it warmed to room temp. Nice, big head, slowly fading to a nice collar. Aroma of yeast, fruits, alcohol. Tastes of spices, hops, yeast and alcohol. Clean, dry, spicey finish. Nice triple. Good Ale.

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Photo of aaronh
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is almost overpowering in it's youth. The bottle I had was bottled July 25, 2002, I believe. The beer pours with a nice head that produces a light lace and has a very attractive orange-yellow color. The aromas seem to be constantly changing as the beer warms. Most smells are sweet, as is the taste. My initial taste produced almost emtirely alcohol. While the beer was a little too cool, it tasted as though somehone had put a shot of Vodka in my beer. As it warmed, the alcohol nose and taste diminished, but never completely disappeared. Towards the end of the glass, the sweetness became very strong, almost overpowering. I will let the other 5 age for a while before opening another, because it is a good beer that will probably mellow with some aging.

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

Hazy, peach colored with a white head that holds fairly well, and drops to a nice creamy collar but leaves no lace. The aroma is quite full with a soft fruitiness, some orange, a sweet bready malt, a light spice and some alcohol. The body is medium with a very fine & effervescent carbonation that caresses the tongue and fills the mouth. The taste is rich and full, with candyish malt, spice - some coriander is noticeable, and finishing with a lingering spicy sweet malt. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Very well balanced with just enough hop bitterness and spice flavor to keep the big sweet malt from getting out of hand. Not extremely complex, but big. Very rich and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of doho95fu
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No sir - I don't like it. Had a draught at GingerMan in Greenwich and I was disappointed. I love Storm King Stout and was looking forward to trying another Victory beer. It may be that I don't have alot of experience with type of beer, but still ... I didn't like it. The taste was all over the place and I was unable to grasp anything. The color and smell were fine, decent head. I honestly couldn't wait to finish it because I was in my favorite beer bar and there were other beers waiting.... Storm King Stout is strong and tastes great, doesn't knock you over with the alcohol taste, this did for me.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.97/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just out of this world. I like to discribe the taste and aroma, but I can't. It is just out of this world. Victory Brewing does it again. This is a must to beer lovers. I can discribe the feeling you get when drinking this beer. This has to be one of my number one beers to buy. I now have three!

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Photo of frank4sail
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice head but this disapates fast due to the ABV%. Sweet complex nose. The taste beats the tongue with honey sweetness and a yeast/clove taste.. the finish is dry. This brew is not for the timid, but you will will be rewarded with a "mindblow" of a beer if you try it... Watch out for the 9.5 ABV....

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Photo of ADR
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard to control pour (making it ideal to bring to parties as many will think its a "golden" lager and wonder why they have to constantly suck on it to keep it from overflowing ; ) )...Hazy and slightly chunky gold color, parts of the head rise an inch and others less, as it settles. Complex aroma, promises of flavors to come. Medium bodied mouthfeel, flavors of deep cherry, some dried dates, and an alcoholic warming of a brandy. Very similar front to back, maybe could use more complexity, but the brew is assertive. A pretty good match to Belgian Pales, with fewer sour notes than some. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of Todd
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle.

Appearance: is just about average ... a cloudy golden colour topped with a thin white lace, but with pour head retention.

Smell: Aroma is faint, at first. Floral, bready, a bit yeasty in the nose with notes of caramel emerging as the beer warms.

Taste: A smooth, creamy, rich and full-bodied beer. Hops hit the palate first with a soft floral flavour and flash of spicy bitterness that mingles with a spicy (and warming) alcohol character. A pleasing herbal flavour stretches the entire tasting experience. Malty sweet and very sugary (like golden syrup from England), with bread and yeast flavours. Touch of caramel. Quite the one dimensional beer actually. Finish is dry with residual yeast flavours and a slightly bitty / oily palate.

Notes: Compare this beer to its style and it falls short. There's much better examples out there, and with less hype surrounding it. Is it a good beer? Yes it is, good ... but that's about it. Just another big beer with lots of hype and good marketing for the beergeek fish to bite at.

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Photo of stingo
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just had this fine brew on tap at the local beer bar. It has a distinct golden color which was quite appealing. While I'm not generally one for pale ales, much less strong ones, this was a very winning combination of silky smooth mouth feel with a nice bite on the finish that was very appealing. Not sure I could drink it for an entire night but it is definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this stuff is strooong! A good strong Belgian-style, but I still prefer other beers over this of similar style. I am re-reviewing this beer now, almost 2 years the how far I have come. Today is July 9, 04. Anyway, back to the beer. Looks beautiful with a huge pillowy head, and is very smooth despite the 9.5 abv. Needs more oomph in the nose to back up its big-beer profile. Aroma is nice, citrusy, spicy, mildy hoppy and alcoholic, but more reminiscent of a Belgian Wit moreso than a Tripel. It's a smooth Tripel as well, which is a bit of an oxymoron. Where's that spicy carbonated bite? I don't know if I should complain or not on that front. One that is quite quaffable but could use some more "tough-guy" character.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i love belgian style ales, and this one does not fall short of expectations. smooth, creamy, and potent as all hell. it goes down great, and gets you hammered with a great taste that is not dominated by malt

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Photo of Bierman9
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle review from 15DEC02...
Slightly cloudy, dullish golden color, with a small, fine head and a bit of lace left in the glass....; I like it's nose...spicy, fruity and a touch yeasty.... Has a pretty good mouthfeel, overall. Body is medium, and it travels over the tongue in a smooth manner. Going down it has a nice combo of fruity flavors, spiciness, yeasty notes, and some traces of pepper...leaves you a tad warmer than before... Real nice!! (Original bottle review: 08JAN02...4.50, re-review 15DEC02).

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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On-tap review from 07JUL02...
Fresh from the Victory taps... Lovely cloudy, medium- golden color, though a very small head and minimal lacing. Wonderful nose! Sharp and spicy, with some sweetness! Good body, and nice over the tongue, especially towards the last half of the pint. Great semi-sweet malt and candi-sugar-like flavor, along with a sharp, Belgian-style spicy bite. Better as it warms...Superb! (4.0/4.5/5.0/4.0/4.5 - 4.55)


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Photo of goindownsouth
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional would-be Belgian bier. Very fruity and spicy aroma with a nice head that fades to a lacey head down the glass. Great taste from this tripel. Not as strong as many other tripels (9.5% abv), but still has plenty of kick to offer. Well worth seeking out. Prost!

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Photo of beertravel
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've seen this wonderful golden brew fermenting in their open tanks. What a beautiful sight it is! The perfume in the nose carries over to a fruity flavor on the tongue. The alcoholic content is well hidden and is very drinkable which is scary. This brew is another example of Bill and Ron's desire for quality and responding to what the people want in a beer. Distinctively in the Belgian style, this is made in a small town in PA giving the imports a run for the money. Don't miss this one!

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Photo of beernut7
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice gold color and medium body. This brew presents with more that the usual malty sweetness with a nice hoppy bitter twang half way down the glass. Easily drinkable and a decent representation of the style. Deceivingly high in alcohol which is not very apparent oin the flavor or finish.

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

Nice yellow color with orange hue and a thick white head. Noticed some chill hazy and sediment suspended in the beer. Spicy flavor with some malt sweetness towards the back of the mouth. Highly carbonated with a pretty large alcohol kick. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of LarryV
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-golden color with a huge, chunky head almost like whipped cream. Head hangs around for a long time and leaves lacy rings down the glass. Aroma is mild, rather citrusy with hints of banana. Mouthfeel is on the creamy side and seems to coat the tongue. Rather cloudy in appearance due to the yeast. Victory calls this a tripel, and though it tastes similar, it's not as complex as some of the Belgian tripels I've sampled. Still a nice beer to get mellow with.

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Photo of proc
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one interesting beer. Pours out to a bright, but cloudy gold color with a huge head. Taste is that of spices, like nutmeg and clove and banana. This is a beer to have when you are having one to savor.

Thanks to pbrian for sending this my way!

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

I found the color to be surprisingly light: a bright golden color. It's chock full of big floaters (I know, bad choice of terms). The head is thick and bright white. It smells a bit like a cross between a lemon and an orange with big chunks of clove stuck in it. The taste is also full of citrus and spicy sweetness. Although it is warming, I wouldn't have pegged it at 9.5% abv if I hadn't seen it on the bottle first. It's an interesting beer and not quite like anything I've tasted before. However, there are too many good tripels and Belgian strong ales on the market to go out of the way for this one.

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Photo of StevieW
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am now a full fledged Victory fan. I was a little worried about the name and the label, Golden Monkey ? The smell was very strong at the beginning then settled once in the glass. I noticed alot of citrus, fruity, oranges maybe. Poured a nice cloudy golden color. The head was nice a big and melted down the side of the glass, the taste was delicious. Alot of yeast, but very crisp, citrus, slightly sweet, but very drinkable. Unbelievably drinkable. 9.5 % ABV will sneek right by you. I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of cokes
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa, baby.
Greeted me by tossing out a hazy golden body with a creamy head. Big yeast chunks were swimming around the glass. Looked like someone was dunking cookies in this behind my back.
Smell is of tropical fruits and alcohol.
Taste is big on both honey and alcohol. But not obtrusively alcoholic...just a nice, swift kick. Fruitness (tropical, pear-like) and yeast are also major players in the taste dept. Lingering tartness as well. Hops decend towards the finish to sweep up and dry things out.
Heavy carbonation makes it very crisp...also adds alot to the overall drinkability. It's still a bit heavy and clunky, but I enjoy it
Overall winner, a very fiesty tripel.
Thanks to VENOM for providing me with another knock-out!

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Photo of Murph
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color, a little bit hazy due to some yeasties, with a nice pure white head that sticks well and a nice lace. Great aroma of spices (coriander?) and citrusy orange zest. The taste is great, banana, orange, spices and something like grape rind (tartness) in the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth and it is very drinkable. Well this is my favorite style and this is definitely a damn fine example of it. It has all the qualities that I enjoy in the style, light fruit, spiciness, and a little twist in the grape rind. Definitely something to get your hands on if you can.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden with a fizzy white head an inch thick. Small sediments make their way through the beverage. The head has good retention as it laces the glass nicely as I consume this beer. Aroma is spicy. Orange peel/orange curaco. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. Very nice. This beer has some taste. There's a bit of alcohol. There's a bit of hard candy. There's some spice, including cinnamon and pepper. A bit lemony. Tangy. All of this backed up with a nice belgian malt backbone. Very complex beer. Has a light-to-medium body I would say. Very drinkable for a beer with this much alcohol.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,756 ratings