Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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1,761
Ratings:
5,474
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
26.61%
 
 
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Photo of Lauthaha
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a corked 25.4 ounce bottle into a 4 ounce wine glass.

Appearance: Light golden yellow, very light carbonation, thin head floating on the surface of the beer. Light ring around the edge of foam. The bubbles within float up in about 10 straight lines from the bottom to the top of the wine glass.

Smell: Beautiful floral scent to this beer. The alcohol is well-hidden here, gentle hop tones, peach and or pear accents. Really nice, especially for a Tripel!

Taste: Eh. Hops and flowers up front followed quickly by the fruitiness I detected in the scent. Aftertaste is more bitter than I would have hoped. This beer would go well with red meat and/or starchy foods in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Quite light on the palate, only a medium-thin coating of malt character. Rinses easily. It's not bad...unfortunately, that's about all I can say for certain.

Drinkability: Nearly non-existent. If I hadn't paid nearly eight dollars for this bottle, I would probably discard what's left in the fifth. As it is, looks like I'm doomed to finish it. The alcohol (which is hiding in the scent) is overly powerful in the taste, and it takes away from what could be a very flavorful beer.

I bought this beer in a "cool label" state of mind tonight, and I probably should have gotten some recommendations instead. There are lots of better examples of monk beer, specifically Three Philosophers and Avery Brewing's "The Reverend."

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange/gold pour with a small white head that is pretty foamy but disappears in a snap. Smell is yeasty and spiced, maybe with a bit of anise I wasn't expecting. Taste is also yeasty with a nice touch of hops and some spices. The only way to describe the taste is "rich." It's very sugary, but the aftertaste is pleasant and leaves some lingering orange flavors which I prefer to the actual taste of the beer. The mouthfeel is creamy. For its ABV, this is a pretty drinkable beer, as it's not really all that boozy. For me, though, it's just not as good as the rest of Victory's offerings. I wish they would pull this one out of the Variety of Victories sampler case and replace it with one of their other brews. Not terrible, but I won't be seeking it out anytime soon.

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy Golden color with a sparce head. Spicy hops and Belgian yeast dominate the aroma. The flavor is full of warming alcohol, sweet fruit, and Belgian spiciness.
An interesting beer but not my favorite Ameri-Belgian brew. Victory's other beers are full of flavor and delicious, this one is just a little funky and boozy. Go for Hop Devil instead!

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Photo of jmutoml757
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A- hazy golden color, 2 finger head that dissipated quickly leaving heavy lacing all around the glass.
S- definitely has a peppery scent; there is also a slight floral note and a heavy yeast aroma. toward the end of the bottle there is a citrus hint as well.
T- the pepper/spices definitely come through as well as the malt or yeast. as the bottle comes to an end there is a heavier alcohol note.
M- the malt coats your tongue and the alcohol lingers long after the beer is gone.
O- The variety of flavors and spices that sit on your tongue make this beer fun to try; however, this beer is too malty/yeasty to be all-occasion choice. In addition, the high ABV makes it one with which you have to be careful!

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Photo of Gilly1980
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my trusty pint glass.

A- Straw yellow with 1/2 inch of bone-white head that disappears quickly with no lacing.

S- Smells like a light IPA. Hoppy with a strong clove aroma and moderate astringency.

T- Tastes better than it smells. Clove is obvious but coriander and citrus are less overpowering. Hints of bread in the aftertaste.

M- Aggresively carbonated. Somewhat oily mouthfeel and astringent.

O- Quite a powerful brew at 9.5% ABV. Less of a Tripel and more of an IPA in my lowly opinion. Unremarkable for its price but thoroughly decent overall. I don't think I will reach for this one again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Corsendonk chalice.
Golden-peach colored with a white head that has very good retention and leaves the glass well coated.
Aroma: full, spicy and fruity, with some bready malt, but a bit dank and overly floral. [1.75]
The body is medium with good carbonation.
Taste: rich, spicy and complex, but a little too sweet. Also too yeasty for my tastes, The alcohol is noticeable in the aroma, the flavor and the feel.

O: compared unfavorably in about every respect to the Maredsous 10 Tripel that preceded it.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Who says you can't buy a golden monkey?

Appearance - I wasn't impressed by the appearance at all. Very plain and unassuming light brown that looks very filtered.

Smell - I really couldn't pick up a distinct smell from this one. Mildly hoppy and quiet.

Taste - Now, I can dig this taste. A semi sweet with hints of orange and lemon twists and a bit of hops for good balance

Mouthfeel - A good carbonation that matches the flavor and sense of the beer. It will leave a buzz in your mouth for at least a minute, but a mild one.

Overall - I do like this beer, but it is lacking the two essentials for a great beer, appearance and smell. If they could even get the smell to match the taste it would be a winner

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Photo of mellocello2003
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I used to think this was a good beer until I became more interested in beers. Now I realize that this beer is quite pitiful in comparison to most tripels out there

A - decent. Little to no lacing and practically zero head retention.

S - A hefty nose of hops and citrusy flavors - orange, paprika? I don't know, something spicy is there. A lot of this is unfortunately overblown by the alcohol.

T - Upon initial pouring, this beer displayed a huge range of flavors that resulted in a very unbalanced display. However, after a few minutes of sitting in my glass, it softened and smoothed out significantly, but by that point I was already gunshy from the initial taste... If I remember correctly, the taste went like this: very very spicy --> citrusy --> cold --> ethanol --> thin barley and ethanol --> (swallow) --> woah ethanol!

The most disappointing thing about this beer is how it tastes near the end of a sip. It kicks you in the face with ethanol (presumably, the cause for the "thin" taste). Once I finished taking a sip, I felt unsatisfied and gunshy.

As the beer softened, the end taste was much more pleasant - a nice spicy dryness that lasted quite long after you sipped it.

M - Nice. Nothing to complain.

D - Well, once this beer smooths out, you're able to drink it.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color; not quite typical of a tripel or BSPA, there's an odd tinge to this, maybe like a percentage of a drop of green food coloring made it into the beer (no idea what's giving it that tone).

S: Smells like grapefruit and coriander.

T: Very sweet and citrusy, with a huge rush of banana on the finish; unfortunately there's not enough else going on to entirely back this up.

M: Mouthfeel is above average, it's slightly thick and quite pleasant.

D: Wouldn't want two of these, but the first one went down just fine.

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Photo of speter
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a two-finger white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Malt and Belgian yeast, with a floral accent.

T: A sweet front rapidly turns clovey/peppery in the center. The finish is surprisingly clean, but the aftertaste is highly peppery/bitter. Throughout is the warm glow of ethanol.

M: Lighter than one might expect for a beer of this strength; the alcohol is nicely warming, and the carbonation lightens the overall palate sensation.

D: Ignoring the aspects of sessionability of a 9.5% beer, the pepper is a tad too strong on this.

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Photo of JWFokker
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first time I had this beer, I hated it. The yeast and spices were overpowering and I didn't enjoy it at all. Seven months later, it's considerably better. I can't be certain, but either my taste has changed considerably or the bottle conditioning did this beer a world of good.

It pours a nice golden color with about 1cm of white head. For those value such things, the lacing is pretty good. The nose is milder than the first bottle I had seven months ago. The smell of yeast is much milder and mixes decently with the spices. The flavor even better several months down the line. It starts with sweet malts and a touch of yeast and and finishes with spices. Much better balanced than the first bottle I had. All in all, when it's had some time to age, it's a rather drinkable beer. If you don't like it at first, give it some time. It does get better.

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Photo of Offa
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fairly good tripel, but not great, with some character but ultimately a bit bland and one-dimensional with clear alcholic spiciness.

Deep straw-gold, it has a big off-white head, but not huge or out of control, steadily shrinking to a thin foamy ring and leaving essetially noe lace.

The aroma is banana, yeast, hay, hints of golden raisin.

The taste is spicey alcohol, clear but not overly strong or rough, somewhat raisiny (golden raisins) and lightly sweet with hints of banana, hay, yeast, and mineral water. It has a slightly dry, spicey finish with a gently spicey aftertaste with very faint yeastiness. It has a pretty good feel, a bit zesty but firm, yet is very one-dimensional and rather bland. For the most part, it is just spicey alcohol in character, if not actually harsh or rough, with only a very faintly fruity-yeasty element. Ultimately, it is fairly pleasant but very boring and gets somewhat tiresome with the strength.

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Photo of lostwars
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought in a case. Many of the bottles were missing labels??

Appearance - Beautiful golden color with slight cloudiness. Looked great in the sunlight.

Smell - Slight smell of bananas and spices.

Taste - Overpowering alcohol taste. Slight alkaloid taste that left my tongue numb.

Mouthfeel - Numb tongue made the 2nd and 3rd bottle go down much faster.

Drinkability - As soon as I got to #3 I passed out.

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Photo of Rope
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance-
The truest thing about the beer, it is a nice golden yellow with a white head.

Smell-
Honey and malt, but really struggling to find the Belgian notes.

Taste-
Starts with a slight lemon, but the honey malt from the nose overpowers. Once again struggling to find anything Belgian.

Mouthfeel-
Well Carbonated, aftertaste lingers a little.

Overall-
A good beer, but it doesn't strike me as a Tripel Belgian.

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Photo of ixodus
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear gold in color (appropriately) with a small white head that settles to a haze of foam.

S: Sweet, spicy, and very aromatic. In the nose I get coriander, banana, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and alcohol esters. Smells like a triple..

T: This beer tastes pretty hot compared to some of the other high abv tripels I've had. I taste alcohol upfront along with some spice followed by sweet sugary citrus fruits at the end.

M: Medium to thin bodied and a little on the overcarbed side.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A different ale from one of the best brewers in America.Great two finger head and a clear golden color thats a little light,but not bad,the carbonation makes up for it.This taste a little too much "wheat" for my taste,but still not bad.The label says its a spice ale,but not overly spicey.This packs a punch at 9.5% alc.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- poured into goblet. Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces and completely dissapears quickly, not as much head as I would expect from a tripel

S- typical, yet slightly subdued tripel aromas; powdery yeast with some fruit esters, peppery with a touch of clove, finished with some grainy malt

T- woah, they certainly aren't trying to hide the booze here, as it attacks the palate right away. Once I get past the alcohol, I pick up some faint banana with peppery spice, herbal notes, with a strong boozy finish that is slightly bitter and dry

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish with some alcohol burn at the end

O- the best examples of Tripels are the ones that masterfully hide the high ABV in the beer, this one does not. The alcohol overpowers the traditional tripel flavors and makes it a bit of a boozy mess. I'll stick with the Belgian's.

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Photo of 6thomas3
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light amber hue with a small head and ample carbonation bubbles

Smell - Floral with faint zesty burst of citrus

Taste - Yeasty with a strong spice finish

Mouthfeel - Light with a kick of zing

Overall - A nice beer with adequete appeal

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Photo of littlelorib
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is a hazy golden color with a thick, creamy off-white head that fades oh so slowly. Smell is yeasty with hints of fruit and spice. Taste is yeasty with hop bitterness and alcohol in the end. In between is the usual blend of Belgium flavors that i'm still having trouble sorting out and describing. Mouthfeel seems to be on the light side of medium.

Overall, this beer is on style, but has little to distinguish it. However, i have to admit that the first time i tried a bottle out of the six pack it was all yeasty funk to me and i had to throw it out. This time i can drink it, either because its had a few months to age or because i've had a few more months experience in tasting beers. Who knows, maybe a few more months will make it a better tasting beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow-orange body, topped by a solid three fingers of tight flat-white foam, which rises above the rim, and has a crater where the beer poured.

Nose dominated by lemon and a spice rack full of scents.

Spices hit the tongue from the start, arriving with the initial malt payload, and building to an almost puckering lemon climax.
Spices also leave the aftertaste a little overly dry.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected. It's not big enough for its cargo.

Drinkability: I've been working thru a six-pack and it has become a bit of work.

I expect triples to have more depth. Then maybe it could have stood up to the spices. This could pass for a wit. As is, this is one beer from Victory I'll not be rushing to re-visit.

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Photo of PantherLightning
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow, and hazy with 2 fingers of white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Fruity, smells strongly of apricot. Hints of spices as well.

T/M- Light and crisp with the apricot coming through along with some of the alcohol. A bit of spice in the finish. Not a whole lot of complexity develops. I feel like this needs either some sweetness in the front of the pallet or a bitterness in the finish to give it more dimension. But overall, not bad. Light mouth-feel with a bit of a slick, oily texture.

D - Overall, this is fairly light and simple for a stronger beer. This is very drinkable, and I feel like I would be able to put away a few in a sitting.

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Photo of Jason
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man oh man, this is strong @!#$. What a kick, they should have named it after the devil though. Not all Belgian beers are as wild as this, some are just clean, bitter and alcoholic.

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Photo of goldbot
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by 12/18/2012 printed on the label.

A very pale yellow color with medium white, bubbly head. A few streams of active carbonation. The head is lively but dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell is clean and malty, with a strong Belgian yeast aroma. Strong clove spiciness and subtle apple and citrus aromas. Taste is very yeasty and spicy, with a slight bitterness present. A very muddled flavor between spice, malt, and yeast flavors. A slight funk is present. Powdery and somewhat dry, with a fair alcohol warmth toward the end.

Light body and a bit of sweetness. Finishes a bit drier and mostly clean.

This beer seemed kind of jumbled up as far as flavors go. Everything kind of competes on the tongue for the spotlight. A bit on the hot side as well.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Westmalle chalice at fridge temperatures.

A: Pours a hazy dark straw color. No head whatsoever. Moderate to high carbonation, with very large bubbles. Not a good looking tripel.

S: Aroma is somewhat muted. Generally, a light bready/yeasty aroma, with some tropical fruit and an herbal note, like chamomille.

T: Flavor is a light toffee, supported with a fruity note and some well balanced spice. Carbonation provides a nice counterpoint. Lingering finish that reminds me of banana.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, appropriate for the style.

D: Fairly drinkable, although nothing unusual for the style.

Overall: This is a decent tripel, and a beer I would certainly drink again. However, its appearance is a disappointment, and there are many other examples of the style on the market that are superior.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A moderately hard pour into a Duvel tulip almost fills the glass with a murky pale orange body topped by a full, fluffy banana scented head. The head dies back most of the way but some lacing remains.

Bananas, cloves, maybe some peppery notes, with some alcohol to kick it in the pants. Smells like a hefeweizen on steroids.

Bananas, cloves, a little sweetness and a lot of alcohol. Very solvent-like alcohol - pretty harsh. Some citrusy character, orange or lemon, but it's very much in the background. Too much bitterness, though I wonder if it isn't just the alcohol since it doesn't feel the same as most bitter drinks I've had.

Thinnish mouthfeel but with good carbonation to cut through some of the alcohol. Creamier would have been better but wouldn't have had a chance against the alcohol.

Did I mention the alcohol? Whew! Some beers are 10% and drink like they're 6%, this one is 9.5% and drinks like it's 14%.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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