Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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Photo of Stopper
4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definitely golden, of a yellow hue with touches of orange, and remarkably transparent for a beer with "9.5% ABV" on the label. A very thin white to beige head pours on top and recedes gradually to the rim of the glass. Aroma is of a very sweet malty character with strong cider-like alcohol notes. The initial sip is also a bit cidery, very viscous, smooth, and massively sweet, though subdued slightly by just enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Finishes very sweet as well, with wonderful hints of fruity spices and hops melding with the lingering sweetness on the tongue as the aftertaste dries just a touch.

With the (deceptively) hefty alcohol level and the pile of residual sweetness, Victory must pack the kettle with sugars for this brew! And the sweet spiciness in the finish makes this massive beer dangerously refreshing! Mmm, danger.

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The monkey is cloyingly sweet and will make you drunker then a monkey before you know it and from there a bit of a what I think about the good but somewhat over the top beer. The monkey pours a nice golden color with a head the flairs up for a few seconds but descends to nothing but a ring around the color lace. The smell is of a carnival full of funnel cake sugar and cotton candy downright sweet to the nostrils and will bring you right back to your childhood of riding unsafe rides at the county fair. The initial taste surprisingly is not sweet but more of a dry pepper then that where that ends and it takes you on the roller coaster of sickeningly sweet, which by the way isn’t a bad thing to me, malts and slight hint of honey on bread. This beer more so then any other reminds me of my childhood of going to the fair and eating crap foods and thus is overly drinkable and will remind you of your job in morning when you walk in there with a head split and kidneys of stone. Good beer none the less drink it and remember some past times even though you wont remember what happened the night you drank it.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2003: Happy American Beer Month!

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with a "Budda-ish"-looking monkey on the label (who sees no evil, hears no evil, and speaks no evil). Bottled on date of 1.10.03.

Appearance: Poured a hazy orangish-yellow. *Lots* of "floaties" in the glass. Impressively thick white head boils and gurgles at first, but settles down to a respectable and tame thin ring. Patchy and persistent lacing.

Smell: Very faint. Strange...Notes of bready yeast and lemons. Nothing easily discerned. You have to work at it.

Taste: Starts off with a peppery orange rind flavor, with a firm malt background. Ends with just a brief cameo appearance by the alcohol, followed by a slight bittering effect on the palate. Nothing that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Hefty body. Good amount of carbonation. Actually, it's pretty smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Beware this monkey! the 9% ABV is well-hidden. Quite easy to empty the glass in a heartbeat. Great combination of flavors and sparse aftertaste make for a well-crafted beer.

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Photo of bditty187
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, pale tawny-honey hue with yeast chucks fluttering to the bottom of the glass and loads of bubbles streaming to the top of the glass. Thick white head with excellent retention… it produced minimal lace. Limited nose, the bouquet could barely muster enough tart lemon aromas to be detected, hints of funkiness and spice. Disappointing in its lack of complexity. My goodness the alcohol bite on the palate is harsh (!)… nicely spicy, peppery… somewhat tart and fruity, lemon & pear mainly… the hops bitterness is moderate at best, plenty malty, the finish is dry. Medium-light body and ideally high carbonation produces a near perfect mouthfeel for the style. The alcohol is warming, limited mass consumption (in theory, it is damn easy to drink). Golden Monkey is an excellent attempt at the style; it does have some flaws however. Plenty good, try one!

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

Pours a nicy deep yellow color with a nice medium rocky head,the aroma was pretty tart and spicey.The taste was pretty cloveywith a malty sweet background,dangerously drinkable,wow.A very good beer from Victory,impressive maltiness in the ending on this one,pretty complex.

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

This has been quite an inconsistant beer for me. If enjoyed sometimes other times it just didn't seem like the same beer. This was a great time and how I'm sure the guys at Victory intended it to be. Hazy gold color with a large white head that eventually diminishes into nothing. Aroma is spicy with what seems like a bananna flavor I usally don't associate with the style, but is welcomed here anyway. There are so many tastes in this beer, but overall it is quite spicy in character with some alcohol. A very very complex beer. A little too wild for a tripel in my opinion.

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Photo of marburg
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazed, dirty water color -- a peachy yellow, perhaps. Generous, pure white head.

Hardly the aromatic beast I was kind of expecting, the aromas present were a spicy orange-ish alcohol. Angel food cake with lemon icing. Kind of exotic but not nearly enough of it. The flavor is a bit one-sided, not really pushing my tongue around at all. I think perhaps the big nature of this beer with all its alcohol and fruity, malty sweetness demands a bit more of a peppery, hoppy kick at the end. It's there, but it could be bigger. Regardless, it's very delightful, and it's size makes up for its lack of complexity. Highly drinkable despite the big 9.5%. Pretty damn good.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at home from a Victory variety case. The appearance was golden blonde, with some head retention. The smell was great, with a very sweet malty nature to it. The taste was somewhat sweet but not nearly so as some other tripels. The mouthfeel was smooth, with alcohol noticable. Drinkability-wise, I'd more than likely have another, but I don't think this is one I could drink all day.

This isn't a GREAT tripel, but with its wide availability around here, certainly is more than a decent one. I think if Victory tinkers with the recipe a bit more, they could have a real winner on their hands!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very good appearance and a nicely complex flavor. The Golden Monkey is a very solid ale that tastes as good as it looks. The golden hue is slightly cloudy giving the appearance of great substance. The clovish flavor immediately gives you a sweet spice sense while the thin ivory-colored head dissipates and leaves minimal amounts of lace. The nose is light, but gives off hints of its malt base along with bits of fruit and spiciness. Very smooth and rich body leaves a nice full mouthfeel to cap the experience. A memorable brew with high alcohol contnet.

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Photo of Loki
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Old Bay in New Brunswick, NJ and so good I had to come back a second time to sample it again and get a good review. They even served it in a Belgian glass like it should be.

Poured a golden yellow with a clover (light) honey tint with a thin head that fades fairly quickly. Small carbonation streams around the glass.

Aromas of a bready malt and some fruit. Hints of orange and honey, with faint whiffs of alcohol on the end of the nose.

The taste was amazing. Very rich and full of sweet malt. The monkey starts with a candied malt sweetness, that leads to some honey and coriander flavors then to a slightly spicey malt. The finish is a nice balance of hops and spice that are ever so slight, but create great balance. The alcohol kick is a bit high, but not overwhelming. Medium body with Medium-high carbonation that has champaigne like bubbles. Drinkability is very, very high but the high alcohol content would make you want to limit the number you had.

Great beer and thanks Gavage for the recommendation!

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

Honey-amber with a two-finger head that lasts and lasts...aroma is cloves, spices, esters.

Taste is less sweet than the typical belgian...warming alcohol leads the way, followed by a tart, clove and spice cherry-bananna flavor. Finish invites another sip. The ester flavors stay just under the radar, and if the alcohol was a little more discreet, this would be very dangerous. There's nothing thick or chewy about this beer to slow the drinker down.

The clerk I bought this from was a fairly big guy, but he made sure to warn me about the Monkey, and I can see why. A bit too drinkable and smooth for the octane level.

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

This tripel is a triple all right; it pours a murky yellow with a thin white head. The smell is hoppy and some light spices--a little apple and citrus thrown in. The taste, though, is wild--much more potent than the smell. I can taste the alcohol buzzing all over the place, which pushes powerfully through the finish . Wow. I'm not sure I've figured it out yet; whatever, this is not a brew to be taken lightly. The mouthfeel is thinly seductive. I'll need to have another, but not tonight!

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

This is the one that put us over the top and into the clouds. This fine American interpretation of the quintessential Belgian abbey style was one of the heaviest hitters in our tasting. Our fine local (Monty's Krown Lounge, Rochester, NY) served up a legendary assortment of Victory selections for us, and they were all wonderful.

The color was a spot on deep gold, little to no aroma, stiff malt backbone with delicately balanced hopping, a bit of cloviness, plus a significant (but not overbearing) alcohol contribution that just made you want to dance. Drink my monkey.

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Photo of NolanGTI
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid attempt from Victory but falls a little short of the leaders in the class on almost every point. Appearance is one of the biggest downers and mouthfeel is a little weak. I still order this occasionally but would prefer a true Belgian to Victory's offering.

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

The flavor reminds me a bit of a white beer, like Celis, but it is a strong ale & it hides the alcohol very well. I am sure glad that it is now readily available in southern california. Another fine beer from Victory. For such an elegant beer, it could be easily used to convert the BMC fool to great beer

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

Hazy golden pour, thick and dense white head, slowly diminished and left good lace. Aroma is pretty big, yeasty, grassy and apple dominate. Flavor is equally big & sweet, apple, banana, some orange and lemon, and hints of spices. Mouthfeel is quite full, minimal alcohol presence detected towards the end.

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

Surprisingly pale. Bright golden hue catches the light nicely.Wimpy head. You expect more from a tripel.Excellent effervessance keeps me from knocking too much off.Looks like a dark pilsner. Distinct clove and wheat flavors and aroma. Hints of bubblegum. As it warms, it gains some cheesey notes.

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Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its been a long time since I sampled my last “Golden Monkey” about two and a half years, way to long in my book.

The pour a slightly blurred golden amber color, the head is modest in size, the texture frothy, the color and off white, with a fine coating of lace left behind. Nose is sweetly malt, crisp and clean, fresh as a spring day, with the start ambrosial, and loaded with malt, the top is middling in its feel. Finish has a purposeful acidity, the hops are mellow and pleasant to the palate, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, a “Most Quaffable” beer to say the least, and I must thank “beerluvr” for this bottle,

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Photo of Morris729
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with a foamy white head that soon settles into a good amount of lace. Nose is sweet cake-like malt, floral hops, and lots of spice. Medium to full in body with a very soft carbonation. Taste is sweet candied fruit and lots of spice at first followed by notes of bready malts and coriander. Some lemony citrus and peppery alcohol are present towards the end leaving a dry finish. A complex and thoroughly enjoyable brew. Thanks to francisweizen for the sample!

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Photo of Darkale
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark yellow shade between bronze and gold. Others have mentioned a thick head; I could hardly get the beer to form any head at all, but it did retain a kind of thick haze around the rim of the glass almost until the end.

Aroma is faint spice and yeasty bread. I have heard others talk about bread-like aromas, but this is the first time that I have raised a glass to my nose and thought that I had walked into the local bakery.

Taste is creamy and spicy. I like the creaminess; that was unexpected. Especially when first opened, this beer feels nice in the mouth; I found myself just sitting there and chewing it. Nice alcohol burn, too.

Funny, by the time I finished the beer, I was tired of it. While other beers change in interesting ways as you drink them, this one just faded. A one-night stand beer, not a relationship.

Not a bad night, though!

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

Pours to a brilliant, golden color with a copperish hue. It forms a thick off-white head with good lacing. The aroma is sweet, herbal/medicinal, fruity….bananas? It also has the fresh hay-like aromas. The flavors I detect are candi sugar, medicinal and fruity flavors. It is a sweet beer with a sweet finish. It is smooth, and easy drinking for its strength. I would definitely drink this one again.

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

Brass monkey, that funky monkey. Poured a nice semi-cloudy yellow. Good hops, a slight citric bitterness. ABV does not interfere with it's consumption. I purchased it in a 12oz bottle, I would probably have liked it better in a 22oz, if it was available.

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Photo of Denali
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Spanked the monkey with Davo and slander at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn, New York. malto couldn't make it.

Appearance: Opaque pale yellow color with thick off-white creamy head. Impressive lacing.

Smell: Bready, yeasty, and sharp tangy aroma.

Taste: Nice bitter flavor first hits the palate. Then follows a very sweet candy-like flavor that mixes really well with another tangy flavor. Quite delicious, with nice balanced flavors and not as over-poweringly sweet as some other trippels I've had.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, mine lasted like 10 minutes tops. Wow is this drinkable. But be careful - the alcohol went straight to my brain.

Comments: Served at room temperature which was just perfect. Quite a nice and dangerous brew. It is incredibly drinkable but also very strong. Watch out.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden hue with a white head, smells like belgium, yet made in PA, this kicks ass, A multitude of flavors, yeasty spicy malty. I am a novice as far as Belgian styles go, but this beer seems to quench my thirst for that hard to descirbe flavor.

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Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this monkey pours out a foggy golden colour. ample foamy head with active carbonation to make it stick. aromas of strong yeast and pale malt, fruity sweetness is evident too. very inviting. upon tasting...flavors of sweet pale malts, peppery spice and noticeable hopping. these flavors ride a full bodied mouthfeel, slippery in texture, even with the high carbonation. alcohol only shows itself at the finish, if only fleetingly, masking the high ABV. no noticeable improvement in taste as it warmed. a nice belgian-style tripel...quite tasty and extremely easy drinking. provides a pleasant warming in the belly too!

cheers to frank4sail for providing this sample!

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,849 ratings