Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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84
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5,644 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,644
Reviews:
1,796
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
Wants:
163
Gots:
1,631
For Trade:
8
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Photo of ASoftMachineMan
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Now hear me out.

Is this a Trippel-style American beer for Trippel aficionados? Absolutely not. There is a lot wrong with this beer and there is certainly a lot more out there that's better for the same price. But there's more to it.

L: Pours hazy gold with a substantial white head. Head diminishes quickly to thin lacing.

S: Here's where it starts to go wrong. Bananas, cinnamon, clove, barley (?), sugar, allspice all evident. As is alcohol. My god, does this beer smell its 9.5% ABV. It's telling when it can make a Postgrad student with a foie gras liver's nosehairs curl.

T: Same as the nose, to its detriment. Bananas, allspice, malt and sugar sweetness forward, with substantial alcohol ester close behind.

F: Fairly light-bodied for a trippel-style and smooth on the first pull but becomes sharper as the alcohol kicks in. Not unpleasant by any means but still not what a trippel-style ought to be.

Overall: I actually gave Golden Monkey a 5/5 overall for a simple reason: it's an excellent gateway ale. For those whose only experience with beer are mass-produced lagers, ales (and Belgian-style ales in particular) can seem a tad intimidating. Golden Monkey is an excellent introduction to the world of Belgian-style ales before moving on to better things. While La Fin Du Monde will always remain my trippel-style of choice, Golden Monkey does hold a special place in my heart.

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Photo of joshjunk
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 3/3/17, enjoyed on 4/22/17.
I really enjoy this American tripel. Look is golden clear with clean white head, good carbonation. Aroma of lemon and belgian yeast. Lemon, coriander, and clove are the prominent flavors for me. There are more subtle hefe aromas and flavors mixed in that I can't call out just yet. Lots of sweetness throughout and warm alcohol on the finish. Some folks I've asked to try this get a burnt rubber/scotch aroma, others don't, depends on your palate I think. For me this is a great introduction to the style and I think this holds up as one of the better American belgian tripels that's widely distributed.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ambruns1979
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Zythophile
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can Date: 12/5/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Look is a clear light gold with fine white head. And there's a lot of it. Like, too much.

Smell is sweetish grain and maybe a little bit of herbalness, but there's also a rubber scent that's moderately unpleasant. I can also pick out some alcohol, which I don't normally get on the nose.

The taste is way better than the nose. Dried banana is the main flavor I get. It's pretty mellow and not overly sweet. There's also a slight amount of cinnamon. It also has a bit of a breakfast cereal taste that's somewhere between Grape-Nuts and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Thankfully, the rubber went away, but I can still pick out the alcohol.

Carbonation is well integrated, and the thickness is medium for the type. The aftertaste matches the taste.

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Photo of DrGonzo
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good but not great. Very clear pour. Sweet flavor and scent. Bananas. Nutmeg. Big flavor, big aroma and packs a punch.

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Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leom
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: golden, clear, very foamy and lacy
Taste: ripe banana, not hoppy
Somewhat crisp, flavorful, and quite smooth despite 9.5%

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Photo of sjrider
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pdurm33
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdell15
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marklaker
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sastnd
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimberSwanson
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fitzy01
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer does what it says and pours a golden, slightly hazy color. Head is a thin ring with dashes and dots, slight moss on top.

Aromas of lemon cake and mint, with a little bit of salt.

Some peppery yeast and clove, burnt popcorn, blueberry, shortbread, more burnt popcorn, and a touch of diacetyl.

Feel is clean and crisp, with a slight hotness from the alcohol.

Overall, a decent Tripel. Nothing spectacular but better than most of the reviews would suggest.

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Photo of Lamar
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a unique beer in that for me it was more than a pale ale in body in less than a Duvel in fruitiness though very interesting nonetheless. It is a nice amber in color with a fruity nose. Taste is just enough fruitiness to encourage you to sip it joyfully with a satisfying mouth feel. Overall I found it to be an enjoyable beer that I would buy whenever I caught it napping on the shelf.

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Photo of Babalu614
4.89/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The color was a beautiful golden orange. Great smell with an aroma of spices. Nice crisp taste of spices and maybe a hint of cinnamon. At 9.5% abv the alcohol taste was well hidden. Overall a great beer and available year round!

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Photo of LukeB
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stebbi7833
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschwamb
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacob17
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,644 ratings.
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