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Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Golden MonkeyGolden Monkey

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

It pours a very hazy golden yellow, glowing in the ambient light (what little there is) at Johnny Brenda's. No more than a finger of white frothy head flowed from under the tap, and it settled out promptly, something I remember from the bottled version. Some spotty lacing remained behind after drinking.

The aroma brought first a firm wave of spice, right out of a pumpkin pie, and then a coyly sweet note of malt. A fruity melange, including apple and melon, rounded out the closing stanza.

The flavor begins almost haltingly with a truncated but serious push of malt sweetness that's abruptly overtaken by the coriander and cinnamon notes promised by the scent. The middle ground abounds with the fruity esters of apple, pear, and mild citrus, and has some room left over for a gentle hint of ginger. A busy blend of fruit, spice, and a rather distant hops essence carries along to the finish, and glows on the palate for some time. It's tough to call the result a true balance of the elements, but despite the business, the overall flavor is rather fetching.

Medium bodied, it coats ably, and lingers long before sliding slickly away.

It was the end of a long evening, and this elixir was not at all a bad way to close things out. The many components work hard to play well together, and the outcome is a busy but entertaining beer. You don't balance all this so much as juggle it, but nothing gets dropped during the performance. Granted, sometimes you find yourself concentrating to discern just what it is you're tasting, but once you get out of "review mode," you can sit back and easily enjoy what it has to offer. Noticeably absent was overt evidence of the muscular ABV, so it bears watching, because it can and will reach out its paws and grip you firmly. Still in moderation it'll go down capably and enjoyably. One more victory for Victory.

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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 sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear gold with a frothy cap of white head with some nice lacing.

S-Sweet candy sugar, sugar coated pineapple and some tropical hop aromas. Nice.

T-Sweet with some nice Belgian zing and a good bready malt character. Peppery hops take over the finish which lingers nicely.

M-Medium bodied, tongue coating, fine carbonation.

O-A damn fine beer. I can't believe it took me twelve years to review it.


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

I got a few bottles from my buddy drinkybanjo a few months ago. Saved it for a special occaision. Last sunday we had a beer tasting session where we drank this beer.

Very nice head and good carbonation. Taste is very soft and 'round'. The whole group was very impressed with this triple.

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

Got this 12oz bottle from my brother while in Florida and drank it back in Ireland.

Nice cloudy orange pour with a 1 finger head with some light carbonation-looks really nice.

Light citrus aroma from the pour that smells clean and smooth with some floral notes and some spices.

Spices and floral hints come through in the taste with some malts, light hops, and some yeast too. Pretty complex but well balanced overall. I can detect the alcohol a bit though I think.

Goes down pretty smooth for something with all of these flavors, but I could do with a bit less carbonation.

I'd like to drink this one all day long as overall it's very nice, but with an ABV this high I think that I can only have one (or two) in a session. I'd definitely recommend this to others.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer many months ago, after a trade with another BA member. Now that I have moved south I'm finding how common place this beer is, although it’s not changing my opinion of it at all. Pours a hazy golden color with a head the diminishes quickly. The smell is just what a Tripel should be, with hints of spices and many sweet notes. The taste is huge! Very sweet and spiced as it goes down, with almost a honey finish to it. The taste and mouthfeel are just what they should be… dangerously easy to swallow, especially with 9.5% ABV!

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, chunky straw yellow hued beer into my chalice, room temp. Fluffly white head dissapates slowly, good lacing. Aromas of clove, hay, bubblegum, and some sugar. Flavors are typical of the style and not particularly noteworthy. A bit of heat from the alcohol, and it's quite dry. This is going down quite warming, and enjoyable. Reminds me of a Unibroue with its characteristic yeast qualities. Noticing the bottling date of March 1, 06, this bottle is really new and should have been cellared a bit to mellow out some of the hottness from the alcohol. Otherwise a quality beer.

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Photo of AltBock
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle with a Buddha like gold monkey with 4 hands, two legs and with a big giant eye in the center of his big belly. Above the Gold Monkey is the word Golden written in weird italics and below him is the word Monkey written in just regular italics. Like most of the Victory labels, there is not back label because all of the information is one the front. govt. warning to the right, information about the beer on the left, and a Born on date near the center. My Golden Monkey was born on February 23, 2006. This is another Victory bottle label you need to see for yourself.

Appearance: When poured into a Snifter, the beer was a golden-copper color (not as golden as the Buddha monkey on the label) with just a skim of white foam. The head of foam dissipated away too fast leaving behind a tiny amount of rings and barely no lace at all around the glass.

Smell: To me it smelled like a Belgian Tripel, but not as good. When I swirled it around this weird aroma that I couldn't put my finger on came out. What else was there was the sweet malts, some spices, a nice mixture of fruits (apples, oranges, lemons), and with a hint of yeast in the background. Maybe it was all those ingredients combined that made that funky aroma.

Taste: This is where is made up after the appearance and smell. The taste was delicious in sweet fruits (apples, oranges, lemons), plenty of different spices, hint of sweet malts and hops, Belgian yeast, and all of theses flavors ended with only a slight taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Even though this beer clocks in at a 9.5% ABV, I still found it to be medium bodied and very smooth. I definitely couldn't feel the 9.5% ABV go to work on me. Very slick the Golden Monkey is!

Drinkability? I sure wouldn't mind another one. Very slick and a great American Tripel. Another winner from Victory!

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

Medium yellow body with a slight haze and not too much of a head. Not that much lacing.

A lot of fruitiness from the yeast and some citrus, either from the yeast or hops. A tinge of alcohol on the nose.Can't tastye the alcohol at all, until it starts warming your stomach you wouldn't know it was there. Again, very citrusy, sour-but-in-a-good-way flavor.

Mouthfeel could be a bit more mellow on the carbonation, but there's a great, medium-coating property here that's quite a nice companion to the sour citrus.

Great beer, there may be others I would choose, but this is a great example of the style and a great buy as far as price and availability are concerned.

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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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Photo of katybee
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, this is good stuff!

pours mellow golden yellow, a bit hazey, with thick creamy foam head. beautifully framed by the Chimay chalice it was poured in.

very light smell, of peppery spices and wheatiness....no hops to speak of.

lovely taste. lightly peppery spicey, with biscuity softness, creamy sweetness, lightly fruity, with slight banana esther.

lightly creamy mouthfeel, med-light bodied.

deceptively drinkable, with higher abv hidden in sweet creaminess. very good value compared to other expensive imperial and Belgian ipa's.

A++ !!!

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

The only beer similiar to this i have tried was la fin du monde. I enjoy this much more, du monde is way too sweet and while the taste of this brew does have sweet properties they are balanced with the other more subtle flavors which are mellow spices and malts. I had a long day today-4 classes, work, a mid term, and a paper due. This has relaxed me nicely and im only half way through with it. I am a huge victory fan and i see this as yet another winner
drink up!

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

Bottled Aug 23 2005

Pours a opaque orangey-gold with a dense ivory head. No lacing to speak of. Smell is fruity, apples and plum. Spicy too, sweet Indian spice. Saffron and mace.

Taste is the same but alot more of that fruitiness. Big fruit, apples and raisin. A more delicate sweet spice. Some alcohol in the mouth. Much less pronounced alcohol profile witha year on the bottle. A smooth brew with a quite sticky mouth. Builds as it goes. Sticky fruitiness lingers long. Pretty good tripel with a year on it. I was not that impressed with this brew fresh but it smooths out nicely.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a wine goblet
Sunny/orange in color, with a rather thin head of foam, however, beer is very effervescent
Aroma-Subtle spices
Taste-Almost saison-like. A bit peppery and fruity-Belgian-esque
Overall, very tasty and very drinkable. Alcohol only slightly noticeable in a slightly warming finish. I had to purposely slow down while drinking this beer so as to not get "bitten by the Monkey" This beer deviates from the style a bit, but is a tasty offering in its own right.

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Photo of Coagulater
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah the "Monkey". A good a place as any for my first review.
I really enjoy everything Victory has brewed (Dirt Wolf is a personal favorite).
As far as triples go, this one stands out from the crowd because it's unique. Banana seems to be proudly up front...Hense, monkey( I'm guessing) with a nice blend of spices. It's sweet but not too sweet. The 9+ ABV is masked well by all the other flavor going on here.

It pours a clear golden color (be careful not to dump in the sludge from the bottom or you'll have a murky monkey with floaters).

Unique smell and flavor as I mentioned...

Lacing was thin an left quickly.

Mouthfeel is nice ...nice carbonation and not thick and syrupy like other triples. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a very good, different, triple ale.

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Photo of subs
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this on the shelf of the local store about a month ago. I hadn't heard of it before, so I thought I would give it a try. Glad I did!

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass.

Color is light honey and a little cloudy with yeast particals. Has a typical tripel head. Smell & taste are a nice blend of yeast, fruits, spices, and alcohol. Pleasant and very drinkable-nice flavor, with a solid hint of alcohol at the end.

Overall, a very attractive and affordable tripel.

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Photo of Kromes
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange with inch thick head. You can smell the yeasty spicy belgian sweetness. Taste is sweet, floral, spicy clove and warm alcohol. Could really parse through all of the differnt flavors. The clove spice mixes well with the high carbonation tingle and alcohol to create a good bite. The flavor does last a long time and shows up stronger and stronger after the initial taste. Very tasty and there is a stong alcohol flavor that sticks around. Very smooth mouthfeel.

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

A: A golden straw color pour with a good layer of thick head

S: Some peaches and grapefruit on the nose along with a yeast smell

T: There is a tropical fruit flavor to this beer, like some people have mention bananas and I also detect some orange and honey as well. There is also some heat from the high abv but not as much as some might expect from a 9.5% beer

M: Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation, very refreshing

D: Highly drinkable, with good fruit flavors and a bit of sweetness to balance the heat from the alcohol

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Photo of VictorWisc
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yet another bottle from a mixed pack poured into a 10-oz goblet.

Pours golden yellow, a bit lighter than expected. Lot's of white, lumpy but very soft head that goes down quickly, leaving a thin film of fine foam on the surface, plus the collar. Moderate lacing. Visible carbonation continues piping for a while.

Bottle nose is pure Belgian yeast, eventually yielding a slight malt note. A bit more malt in the glass, but still opens very floral, bready, with a nutmeg and raisin note coming later. No leafy or grassy aromas, but booze is clearly showing through after the initial hit of yeast.

Flavor profile is yeast and dry fruit--perhaps dry apricot or golden raisin. Fairly strong yeast punch (not always present, but clearly higher with temperature increase). Candied orange peel, which appears to be a common Victory mark. Spice notes include coriander, nutmeg and allspice, with clove the strongest (sounds like I'm mixing a curry powder), with a hint of licorice. Spice notes and dry fruit linger while yeast turns into heat in the finish.

Medium body with noticeable carbonation. A bit boozy, especially at higher temperatures. Unlike most tripels, this one is best at somewhat lower temps--perhaps 42-48F (normally, I drink tripels slightly above cellar temp ~58-60F). This can also mellow with age, which is a bit deceptive in a 12-pack that also has IPA, Pils and PA and has a short expiration date.

I like this beer a lot, although not as much today as I did with the last bottle (I let it warm up a bit too long). This is a perfect 12-pack mix for my money (HopDevil, Headwaters, Prima and Golden Monkey) and I keep going back to the well, so Victory is clearly doing something right. But I'm not sure I would buy this beer by itself, especially in quantity. It's a good alternative to Victory's heavy hand with hops in the other three. But I wish the booze was less pronounced in this otherwise very nice Tripel. The spice notes are stronger than in traditional Tripels, but I like this flavor profile, which is reflected in my well-above-average rating.

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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 mpyle
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice pale golden color with a decent white head, somewhat long lasting. Sloppy pour by me? See some sediment suspended in the otherwise clear beer. Thought they were carbonation bubbles, but they aren't moving.

A very soft aroma, a mix of candy sweetness and very subtle Belgiany spice notes. Might be serving slightly too cold.

Again, gentle flavors. Some sweetness and a slightly pepper spice/yeast note. Beer dries out as it goes on in the sip, and the carbonation and light body make it somewhat crisp in the finish.

MF - fairly light body and high carbonation - very in style. Alcohol well hidden but a hint of warming is evident. Beer is spot on here for me.

I like this beer quite a lot, and am surprised by its mediocre average scores.

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Photo of fingolfin72
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color- Slightly hazy straw-gold, with a fine, white, short-lived head.

Nose- Lemony, sugary Belgian bouquet. I detect some yeasty, spicy notes.

Palate- Citrus-spiked creamy goodness. Floral notes waft up the back of my nose. The mouthfeel is a lovely, fine, creamy effervescence. A slight mineral firmness and a note of sage are in there, perhaps coriander also.

Delicious. The mineral and alcohol give it some backbone.

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

Poured into a Samuel Smith Imperial Pint Glass.

A: Massive white frothy head, good retention and great sticky lacing. Amber in color.

S: Ripe dark fruits, phenolic, brown sugar, taffy, floral, various spices, caramel, pecan pralines.

T: Alcoholic, malty, honey, molasses, overripe peaches, rock candy, ice wine, tingly on the palate, warming malty finish with an aftertaste that sticks around for a while and continues to warm.

This is one serious beer. There seems to be a bit more going on in here than your typical Belgian Tripel. Lots of sweetness but with some spices to balance it out a good deal. Very good beer.

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

Chilled the 750 ML bottle, (bottled on 10/10/02) to proper temperature and poured to produce a vigorous head (as instructed on the label.) Its color, a warm mocha almost as fluffy as meringue. This brew is slightly cloudy, the color of clover honey and has a light carbonation. The nose offers up essences of honeyed oranges and malted milk chocolate augmented with a malty-nuttiness-absolutly delicious! The yeast is fresh, young and clean on the nose. There is a pleasantly complex citric element to the taste, akin to key limes, but not overstated, definitely subdued as this acidic element makes this brew crisp, bright, and refreshing. The after taste lasts easily for several minutes! For a brew with some weight and character, it is quite drinkable en-mass. Never noticeable, the alcohol is buried well beneath the massive flavors imbedded well within this brew. The mouth feel is a tad lean for the style, but this is by no means a criticism whatsoever, as this is the only thing that I could find even remotely debatable. A fantastic, glorious, blockbuster beverage!! Bravo Victory!! Again!!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This cloudy copper colored beer has a fluffy white head that holds on for a while before receding into a thin film. The lace is a tight bubbled wall of cream.

A sweet, spicy aroma of belgian yeast, banana and clove with a hint of cinnomon. A little lemon zest, cookie, and bubblegum going on. Subtle on the hints. Soft for this style.

The taste follows the nose. A nice backbone of light biscuity malt with spices all over it. Cinnomon, allspice, and bold clove. Banana is in the aftertaste with a bubblegum hint and a cookie sweetness. Slightly on the sweet side for a tripel which I prefer. Slightly watery, which makes it more drinkable and it has a nice touch of lemon. Boozy hint in here too, but not too much.

The beer is a soft, silky, creamy beer of medium body. A little on the light side for its style. A slight watery note that makes the entire beer more drinkable than most tripels. It is however a sipper, not just because of bold flavor but its dangerous being so easy to drink and such high ABV.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,529 ratings.
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