Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Golden MonkeyGolden Monkey

Brewed by:
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 stevoj
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The best American tripel I’ve had so far. Dark golden and velvety, small silky head, buttery taste and mouthfeel. Essences of spice, floral and some fruit. A little bit of tang and alcohol warmth on the tail end. Nice job!

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Photo of drmeto
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear golden with a small,foamy,white head
-lots of particlw floaties
-high carbonation visible
-banana,honey,slight lemon,caramel,toffee,spicy (coriander),white bread
-Follows the nose
-medium to high carbonation
-medium to full body
-sligh alcohol warmth
Pretty spot-on attempt at a Tripel.Maybe a tad too much coriander.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored body with a slight haze. Pillowy, foamy bone-white head on top. Aroma is lemony and peppery hints of dried grass. In the taste the peppery yeast comes through more, along with some strong tree fruit flavors. Hints of alcohol are apparent as well. Feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable for the abv. This is a nice Tripel, especially for the price.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Carbonation consistency seems to be an issue which leads to varying perception of sweetness & mouthfeel. When its proper, its not a bad Tripel, but not spectacular either.

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

October 5, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Pours light gold with a tiny bit of amber, very high clarity. Head is pure white, and limited to about a quarter of an inch, dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a thin layer of lacing on top.

S – Orange peel and lemon rind, a lemon-lime spritzer aroma, along with some spicy-peppery yeast notes, and tangerines. Crackery, Pils-like malt aroma, with just a little touch of caramelization. On the back end there’s an impression of clove and banana, interestingly.

T – A whole lot of mango and tropical fruit, along with lemon-lime and a light nectarine component. A small amount of peppery spice follows. Malt is cracker, flour, dough, with a barely noticeable caramel or honey-like flavor. Hops are herbal-spicy, moderate-low in the mix, and bitterness is moderate.

M – Carbonation is medium-high, and the beer is quite dry and crisp. A touch of sweetness at the beginning offset by the moderate hop bitterness. Body is moderately big, the dryness helping to make it feel lighter.

O – This beer is very flavorful and deceptively strong, and truly enjoyable all the way around. A great American interpretation of a classic.

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Photo of Girouxsalem
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quite a good attempt at a Tripel. Not as rich as other Tripels, but for an American brewery, it's not bad.

Heads over quite beautifully, can be served in a pint glass and still retain it's aroma and flavor

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Vivid gold filtered body with a nice bubbly white crown. Visible carbonation.
S- Spices all over, strong. Herbs, coriander, wheat, dough.
T- Coriander, wheat, bread, dough, booze and a hint of banana.
O- This beer packs a punch in almost everything, including ABV. Great beer, even though Im not a big fan of this style so Im surely not having it again.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was weary to try this Golden Monkey, because it has a high ABV, something like 9.5% so you gotta be careful. It is a Trippel Ale with added spice.

Look-I must say that the color on this is the most beautiful and appealing of ANY beer I have ever tried in my entire life. It has a shimmering golden color like its namesake that glints far more purely than molten gold itself. The head is whiter than freshly fallen snow and has the consistency of lemon merengue pie with some foam.

Smell-I smell banana, alcohol, honey malts, and spices. Need I say more?!

Taste-It tastes like heaven if heaven were made out of banana. The coriander takes backstage, but is present. There is some pepperiness and coconut as well as cinnamon and vanilla. Bubble gum is present, but the banana is the most noticeable. It almost tastes like those childhood candies called runts.

Mouthfeel-This beer is as smooth and silky as it is crystal clear and beautiful. It is on the moderate side of medium bodied, but the carbonation is ample and fizzy. Large families of carbonation trails can easily be seen skirting to the surface to rejuvenate the foamy white head.

Overall-This beer is absolutely amazing! A must try and is vastly underrated by the esteemed brews.

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

Overall: Maybe not quite as good as Belgian offerings but definitely worth a try if you like Belgian trippel.

Smell & Taste: Fruity, aromatic, banana flavors, maybe a touch of "soapy" flavor if that means anything. Boozy for sure.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 21 oz. bottle into pint glass. Appropriate to its name, the color is gold with thick, 2-finger, snow white head and thick lacing. The smell features floral yeast, spice, and caramel. The first taste is subtle sweet fruit, with coriander, yeast, honey, and a hoppy bitterness. It is better as it warms to room temperature. This ale masks its 9.5 ABV quite well. It is pleasantly carbonated and enjoyable. I would definitely drink this one again. I'd like to try it on draught.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glorious bright gold color with slight haze. A small amount of dotted white foam. Smells of biscuit yeast, honey and candy sugar. Taste starts off light and sweet of honey and a but of mineral and quickly grows in body strength and bittering. A huge rush of grain and honey build to form a rich wheat bread and a deep rich woody yeastiness. A bubbly crisp finish tingles across the tongue washing away large amount of the huge sweetness. A warm nutmeg and mild saltiness finishes long. Overall, my only critique is that there is a little too much sweetness forward on this. It cleans up well, but is borderline cloying at first. I got used to it though.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy golden color with a average head. Aroma of a wheat beer with a multitude of spices, cloves, pepper, etc. At first whiff I loved smell but got somewhat nauseating after a while. High carbonation. I can see pulp matter floating in beer. Taste is strong wheaty malts, a bit of nondescript hop bitterness, some sweetness, with some banana and some subtle herbal flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy. Good beer. Doesn't drink like a 9.5% ABV.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear gold with a short lived foamy white head. A small amount of small soapy lacing is left behind. The aroma Is lighter but with some nice spice notes and a little bit of grain. The taste is much the same. The body Is light but not thin with a little carbonation.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin head and just a tad of lacing.

Not much of anything in the nose... some vague spices along with a yeasty witbier smell..

Bittererness from the hops hits early in the taste followed by a good dose of spices (coriander?) and heat from the high ABV. Tart with a little barnyard funkiness thrown in. Almost reminds me of a lambic crossed with a wheat beer.

Slightly thin mouthfeel; I wouldn't mind a little more carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer, almost like a Witbier on steroids. Classically Belgian flavors in a definitely potent beer. Pretty easy to go past the point of no return with this one.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a large head.
Nose shows sweet banana notes, spicy phenols, doughy wheat and confectionery notes.
Flavours likewise seem to be a cross between a hefe and a tripel. Banana, wheat, booze. Carbonation seems a bit excessive.

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

Look: Pours a nice golden color with a good white head that leaves lacing

Smell: Floral, bready, yeasty, hints of caramel

Taste: Nice spice and floral hops, spicy yeast flavors, some bread and caramel malts

Feel: Medium body, full carbonation, finishes semi-dry

Overall: Very good, not sure why it seems to be a love it or hate it beer

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Photo of zinklesmesh
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First I've had of the style. Purchased in a Victory variety pack. Pours cloudy gold/straw with a thick head. Smells like a normal wheat beer with a little hint of spice. Taste is strong wheaty malts, a bit of nondescript hop bitterness, some sweetness, with some banana and some subtle herbal flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy. Good beer. The 9.5% alcohol is undetectable.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased from Whole Foods and poured into a Spiglelau stemmed Pilsner glass. It's OK, is the best I can say about it. Have tried this several times now and would not go out if my way to have it again.

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

I got this as a part of Variety of Victory Mixpack and I just had to try it!

Clear golden colored beer with a two finger high, white, head that leaves lacing.
A lot of bubbles racing to the top.

Nose: Banana, yeast, spice, pepper, caramel malt and honey.
Taste: Spice, sugar, banana, citrus, orange, coriander and caramel malt.
Body: Medium body. High carbonation. Crisp and fresh.

Great beer!

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Photo of Veejuh
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drank out of the bottle

Did not like this one, sweetness is very cloying. I will not drain pour unless it is truly awful (dark sour dreams small batch beer) but this cloying sweetness left me dreading each successive sip.

If you're going to drink a tripel do it right and get something made by the belgians, this is a skipper for sure I will never buy it again.

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Photo of Obfuscation
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a good american Tripel. The flavor is quite acceptable with a bit of spice. These are quite strong and after the second one your palate begins to pick up on the alcohol taste. It's not bad, but the 9.5% doesn't hide itself forever.

Mouthfeel could be better. Light lacing on pour from bottle.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice...I was not sure about the spice taste at first, but it grew on me! Nice golden color with good head and lacing, smells great too...I have 5 more, I think I will put a little age on a couple and try later?

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Photo of Gajo74
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden color and modest head . Lace retention not so good.
Aroma has a lot going on. Bready malt, yeast, tropical fruit, herbs and spices and alcohol.
The taste had hints of these; however, the alcohol at times overpowers. Full bodied; definetely a sipper.
Although not the greatest Tripel ever, it is still solid.

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Photo of RossiDaMan
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 750 ml at Costco in Indy for around $6. I wasn't expecting much but really enjoyed it. Just a tick below La Fin du Monde and a great beer for the price.

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Photo of beerbully
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into Cuvee

L-slightly cloudy straw colored yellow, some carbonation rising from the glass, 1/2 inch head with little retention, small white cap settling on beer

S-Belgian Yeast.......bananas, cloves, some spiciness, peppery, candi sugars

T-Follows the nose........good mix of the candied sugars and spices.......yeast is showing thru............sugary sweetness at first, followed by the spices then pepper and finishes with a slight alcohol burn

F-light to medium bodied, some warmth from the alcohol, typical tripel carbonation

O-fine representation of style

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,611 ratings.
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