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!

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Photo of 12vUnion
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps I've been too spoiled by the good selection of Belgiums around me, but it's taken me a really long time to get around to this one. And I'm a little jaded.

It's a pretty standard thin, golden/copper color. Low head.

Smells of yeast, fruity hops and alcohol. It smells a bit sweet.

Up front are those sweet, fruity hops. Tasty. Then comes the bready yeast. Also yummy. Then it smooths out in the end with an mild alcohol warmth. And...that's it. Yes, it hits some major points where the Belgiums exceed in. And it does it fairly well. They taste nearly true to the Belgiums. But it's got an extreme lack of depth. Very one dimensional. Also, it's overly sweet. I want the yeast to go wild and take over. I want to jam something else in there and rebottle it for a few years. It's good, but not great. But I guess that's why it comes in a sixer rather than a bomber.

Another point, it's easy to drink. Very easy to drink. That's a little worrisome when it's 9.5% and comes in a six pack. It's just asking to ruin your night.

Bottom line is that it's good, but not quite like the Belgiums I've come to love. Not that Belgiums are the only ones allowed to brew a triple. But they have an understanding for the complexity needed to make it world changing. It's not all that cheap either. I'm not turning it down. Not at all. I'll happily finish the rest of these. But it's not changing my perception in the least.

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Photo of tomParis
2.46/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled March 2005. Hopefully I opened this too early, because I was not impressed by this beer at all. I'm cellaring the rest of the six pack for a year or two, maybe that will help.

The appearance was ok, hazy golden color with a decent head and good carbonation.

The smell and taste was dominated by an unpleasant belgian yeast taste and not much else. There were subtle hints of fruit, but they were overshadowed by the yeast. Not a balanced beer at all.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.47/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Poured a golden/honey color with barely any head. The appearance was good but it had a strange smell which might mean I had an off bottle. You can really taste the alcohol but not enough to stop from drinking. After awhile, it does get to be a bit too much for me though. Finished it but last few drinks didn't go down easy.

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

bottle split with blackie, though not first tasting

appearance: hazy golden, fluffy white head, white lacing around rim

smell: green apple, sweet sugar, typical belgian aromas, yeasty, mild alcohol

taste: Not as powerful as some of the other tripel's...sugar covered apples, heavy on the citrus, alcohol masked nicely, nice belgian spice touch as well

mouthfeel: active carbonation on the tongue, somewhat light in body

drinkability: this one goes down nicely

Not the greatest tripel specimen, nor the greatest victory beer, but enjoyable nonetheless

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Photo of riversider76
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden. reminds me of a wheat. Not much of a aroma. I was not impressed with this beer. It had a bitter finish that I just did not care for. The initial taste was ok,but the finish just left a bad taste in my mouth. i did not finish th bottle. I would not buy this beer again. I guess I'm in the minority here.

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

golden monkey, i could not think of a better name for this beer if i had to. it is a cloudy golden colour. taste was fruity and i could taste the alcohol quite a bit. but i enjoyed it. i also could taste the spices a bit. i'm not going to attempt to name them because i have no idea, but they did indeed add a good quality to the beer.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out of a large bottle a nice golden orange with slght cloudiness. One inch of head, and not very lacy. There is strong citrus, licorice, sweet malt and hops on the nose. It's very sweet smelling. The taste is almost like a creamsicle. Citrusy& malty sweet. The aftertaste has some bitterness, but its esay on the palette. Very high ABV.

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

This is a great light golden color with just a little sediment. Small forthy head dissipates quickly.

The monkey smells of ripe fruit, just slightly sweet.

This could be called the real champagne of beers. Perhpaps the yeast used was Champagne? Tastes like ripe-fruit, champagne with little hops bittering.

Light body was extremely refreshing along with the lively carbonation in the mouth..

Very tasty brew! I had as desert after a steak dinner, and was very happy! Powerful though, which will greatly limit how many I'm can drink.

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

Bottled on May 22, 2003. Pours a cloudy yellow, nice carbornation with a nice little white head. Leaves a nice bit of lacing after pour. There are some sweet and fruity scents. The taste is very sweet with a little bite, but for being a 9.5% ABV not much of an alcohol taste. Light in body, and very drinkable. Compared to the one or two tripels I've had, this is very unique. Give it a shot if you can get your hands on some.

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Photo of karst
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

is sharing this review from Mid. Missouri
Bottled on Feb 19 04

Pours honey gold (initially hazy) with a small white head leaves little lace on the 0.4 L Rastal sniffer. Clears as it approaches room temperature
Aroma of peaches and aprocots with some spicy Belgium orange zest, clove and alcohol in the back ground.

Taste a litte more lemon-like that aroma would suggest. Starting a tart blend of citrus fruits, mellows and sweetens as the carbonations leaves to tickle the palate and finishes on the dry side as spices and tartness blend with hop bitterness with alcohol and black pepper warming then fading to dry . . . .

wait for it! . . .

Then after a extended pause, a tang from hops (or something else) returns for a brief moment of pleasure - a goodbye or just calling you back again?

Very unusual and very delicous, this Golden Monkey.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marked "Bottled May 25, 2005."

A translucent, bright orange brew with a small, white head that quickly reduces to a thin film of bubbles and foam.

Aroma is nice, even though this particular sample is rather cold. I smell a bit of bready yeast, some fine sugars, a touch of alcohol, and a hint of the farmhouse.

Taste is rich, creamy, and sweet, with more of the same flavors found in the nose. Finishes dry and slightly astringent.

This is pretty good (and very drinkable), but I found my tastebuds searching for more layers where there weren't any. I can respect a simple brew as much as the next guy, but I like my tripels with a touch more complexity.

This monkey makes a dangerous quaff because it is incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of Xadoor
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Brewing is a relatively new but great addition to the Texas market. I hadn't had a tripel in a while, so it was a nice change of pace. It poured a slightly cloudy golden yellow from the bottle with only a slight head that disappears quickly. Aroma is light, but a little fruity and sweet. Some lemon, banana and spices detectable in the flavour. The higher alcohol content is only slightly noticeable. A good drinkable beer, but I've had better tripels.

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Photo of TripelJ
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Victory Golden Monkey

Pours a hazy light peach with a quickly receding head. Smell is good, but very subdued. Subtle fruit and floral aromas with a touch of alcohol come through. The taste, while not exceedingly complex, is good. Slightly sweet fruit (apples?) and subtle corriander flow nicely into a moderately dry finish. Nice crispness in the mouthfeel from the carbonation gives just the right amount of bite to each sip. I do not detect any hint of the 9.5% ABV in the taste. As I should have expected the beer is getting much better as it warms up and I write this review--numbers have gone up a few times. Drinkability is good. I couldn't have more than a few of these, but as its not overly sweet, its the closest thing to a "session tripel" that I have seen in a while.

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Photo of rousee
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice murky gold pour with a 2mm head that disappears quickly. Belgian-like complexity in the nose as you can clearly get that maltiness of a tripel. It has a floral and vinous quality but very midly vinous.The floral aspect reminds me of forsythia or some other mild smelling early spring flower that I cant place.

Taste is malty and floral with a hint of fruitiness in the background. The fruits remind me of a lemon/peach combo. Mouthfeel is slightly dry but pleasant and seems like it would be a good desert beer. Drinkability is dangerously high. These are 9.5% and you really would never know from the taste or the smell. The style is the only thing that would tip you off.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, murky gold into a tulip glass from a 750 ml bottle. The scent is strongly malted and sweet, appealing.

Taking a sip one is mainly hit with a light hoppy floral tone and a gentle bite of spices...peppery clovish effects. The sweetly malted tone from the nose is also there in abundance. Solid, but not remarkable.

The mouth is fairly full and fits the style well. The drinkability was similarly good.

The bottom line: a slightly above average trippel. Worth trying, but I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from $9.99 six-pack sampled in goblet

Poured a slightly hazy gold with yellow edges. Medium white head with short retention and no lacing. Smell clearly matches the Belgian Tripel style. Yeast, bread and alcohol are the main things I could pick out. Taste is more impressive than smell. I found a nice blend of soft floral and sweet malty elements with more abrasive bitter and peppery notes. Lots of yeast in the flavor too, in a pleasant way. I have had more complex examples of the style, but this is still and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a peachy golden color with a finger of head that falls to a very healthy coating over top. The nose is light banana, lemon and yeasty spiceyness. There is a light raisin and underlying creamy aroma as well. The flavor is more raisiney than the aroma would lead me to believe. The banana and lemon are in the background. The mouthfeel is big and full, with the creamyness. Overall, an okay beer. I'd like the flavor is not doing it for me. I'd probably have it again.

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Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage '00 bottle, courtesy of egajdzis...
Appears a golden hazy yellow with an expected amount of yeast and sediment.
The smell is very yeasty, sugary, and citrusy.
The taste is better than the usual Monkey, which I like as is. Nice yeasty, candy taste that's been smoothed out from the aging.
Mouthfeel is smooth and well done with barely a trace of alcohol.
Drinkability is good but it's a bit too good for it's own good.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip. Nice golden color with a 1 finger white head. Some lacing but not much.

S - Flowery smell, with some sweetness. Could tell it would be a nice warming, hoppy beer.

T - Like it. Nice sweet taste, with some hops. Can taste the malt too, with a candy like kick and some alcohol taste in there, which I never have a problem with.

M - Excellent. Nice amount of carbonation along with the smooth taste. Some alcohol warming at the end, which makes for a very satisfying sip.

D - . Tastes great and leaves you wanting another sip. Not heavy tasting at all and very crisp. Watch it though, a very strong ale that could sneak up and leave you in store for a shitty morning if you let it's extremely drinakable taste take over.

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Photo of blitz134
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smallish white head formed over a honey colored body with a slight bit of haze. Head disappeared rapidly to leave nothing on top.

Yeasty, bready, sweet malt aroma dominates the nose. Some lemony citrus aromas come through over some candy sweetness. Light aroma, but well constructed.

Taste is sweet malts with a good kick of spiciness. Light fruit undertones of white grapes. Alcohol presence comes through at the very finish, its light but noticable. Not as much of the typical Belgian flavor that we are all familiar with. I want to give the taste a 4, but something about this doesn't agree with me

Mouthfeel is fairly full and crisp. Not much carbonation. Coats the mouthwell and the flavor lingers for a while. Drinkability seems okay, something about this makes me only want this one for now. Not my favorite triple, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden yellow average sized head with no apparent lacing. Smells of light malty fruits (banana). Initial taste gives off spicy bitterness. Flavor mellows to phenol fruitiness. This brew is a bit too spicy for my tastes, but not bad American Belgian triple though.

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

Pours a bright hazy orange with a thin head that settles into a ring. Aroma is light and sweet with hint of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Flavor is immediately a blend of lemon, yeast and honey. Rich, somewhat bready, very sweet, more fruit tastes like kiwi or mango. Pale sweet malt, like buttered toast for breadfast with orange marmalade. Suggestions of bananas and faint spices as it warms but no trace of the high ABV in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light but slick. Not the greatest tripel I've found but certainly a great attempt. I agree with many others, it is a bit one-dimensional but enjoyable nonetheless.

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

Bottled 6/20/05

So.. as you can tell from the bottling date, this beer is incredibly fresh. Whether thats a good thing with this triple or not, I'm not certain. Surely, it would add a bit of complexity.

As is: man oh man does this brew have some bite.

Appearance: Pours beautifully golden, as the name suggest. A nice 1" head slowly subsides into a foam cap.

Smell: Very floral... Hoping it tastes as good as it smells.

Taste: Strong, Malty, sweet taste with strong hints of floral and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Full, thick, very much like a hefe

Drinkability: Not too shabby... I wouldnt mind making a session of this beer, but I think the session would be pretty short due to the high ABV.

Nicky likey.

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

750 ml bottle caged & corked
Bottled On: Nov 30.2004

Pours with a hazy golden body and ½ finger collar of stark white foam with limited staying power. Nose is ripe with malt, candy sugar, and Belgian yeast.

Entry shows extra-zippy carbonation along the tongue and a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Midtaste begins bright as the flavor leads with sugar...quickly followed by a triple dose of malt. The finish leads with whole flower hops and fruity overtones, only to be replaced once again by the rich, complex malts and a slow Belgian yeast fade.

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

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Golden orange, with small but decent head

Smell: Very fruity, completely wonderful.

Taste: Spicy, fruity, bready.

Notes: This is it for me as far as American Tripels go. My favorites are still from overseas (Westmalle, LaTrappe, St. Bernardus), but this one is very acceptable to me.

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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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