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 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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Photo of shark262
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden/orange-colored tripel that pours with a quickly dissapating white head. Bottle conditioning creates a farily dense haze.

Spicy aromas are present with citrus and coriander notes as the most prominent. Fruity smells are under-represented for the style.

The high alcohol content is apparent upon tasting, but the light, sweet malt and subtle spices quickly balance the brew. The finish is yeasty and pleasant.

Light to medium body. I would prefer more carbonation.

Overall very drinkable. Perfect for summer and with spicy foods.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with orange tints a white head that falls fast not leaving much lace behind.

Aroma is wheat malt lemony light fruits bananas hints of peach and white grapes some light spice present.

Taste is lightly bubbley wheat malt light citrus flavors. Finish is light spice miture of clove, nutmeg and coriander. Alcohol is well hidden a litlle warming feeling felt and a touch tasted.

Mouthfeel is on the light side. Drinkability is OK nothing really negative to say just not as flavorable as some of the better Tripels out there.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After waiting a LONG time for Victory beers to come to Texas, I was excited about trying this beer. Quite a disappointment. Sort of the Coors Light of the Tripel world. The beer poured a haze golden. Not much else to talk about. The aroma was muted. The taste was slight. The mouthfeel not impressive. The alcohol gave me a quick buzz but added nothing to taste or mouthfeel. Sorry just not impressed.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 7.7.05

Bottled Date: 9.25.03

I love the label. The monkey's Third Eye is peering into your soul. It tells me my belly better be ready for an awakening experience.

The pour produces slight foam that disappears quickly. Lacing leaves microbubbles clustered in striations. The liquid itself is pale cloudy gold with an orange tint.

The aroma is a good funk over nose busting alcohol. Deeper sniffs yield underlying sweetness.

Once in the mouth, the immediate flavor is sweet and spicy, but the burn of the alcohol is ever present. Citrus notes cascade over the palate until the swallow has coated the tongue with hop oils. It is lightly carbonated and sits well in the mouth.

This is another slow drinker. Could probably drink more of these than I should, but the alcohol flavor and feel really keep you aware of what you're drinking. It's good to pace and enjoy, in my opinion anyway. Great beer. Victory knows what they're doing.

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Photo of robertp1024
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a decent head. The head though thick and about 1 or 1.5 fingers, disapates fairly quickly. The scent first noticed is the yeast witha slight citrus and sweet spice. The flavor is the same, yeasty with sweet spices. Very powerful beer. Great american tripel. Easily up there with my other favorite belgian style tripels.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a white head when poured, and the color is a light golden with a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom. Bottling date on label says April 14, 2005.

Nose is of sweet light malt, yeast, and slight hops. Hints of slightly overaged vegetables, honey, citrus, pineapple, and maybe a little melon...all pretty subtle. Ethanol moderately evident, becoming moreso as the liquid warms.

Carbonation is mild, body is light to medium with a slight slickness.

Taste is lightly malty and somewhat sweet. A sweet slickness is present on the tonge. Finish is yeasty, sweet, and bitter.

A decent attempt. I'm interested in what some age will do to the two I have remaining.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale golden color, head retention a bit disappointing. Very nice aroma, herbal with notes of dill and lemongrass. Flavor is sweet from the start, more of a light, airy candy sweetness than mere malt. Bitterness is restrained but there's a touch of grassy, herbal hop flavor. Very fruity, reminiscent of oranges. Finishes a little tart. Light bodied with a crisp, effervescent texture.

Very interesting, complex, and tasty. And quite deceptively strong: it's hard to believe such a light refreshing beer tops 9% alcohol.

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Photo of board45
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle
Nov. 30. 2004 bottled

Cloudy golden brew w/ a huge white head. To the nose I didnt get to much except some sweetness and malt. As I tiped the glass back to take a sip the white head took a minute to get though. With my nose covered in this beautiful head i finally got to the good stuff. WOW! Loads of malt. Tons of sweetness, with a apricot middle. The finish is warming with a fade of apricot then it returns quickly to the nose. A great brew despite the week smell and appearance. This was my first tripel and was deeply impressed.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this over at the Chapter House. Slightly golden body, big white head that held its own throughout the drinking. Nice and sweet aroma, corriander, yeasty. Really sweet taste, lots of bananna, maltiness. Quite a bitter kick at the end. Quite drinkable as well for 9.5% abv. Certainly worth a try, won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of boatyard
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice golden color hence the name. has a nice white foamy head that splits quite quickly, and leaves a bit of lacing. smells like flowers and alcohol, tastes like flowers alcohol and lemon, and its a bit syrupy. i think it has some sort of spicy yeast in it. can't drink very much of this in one sitting, however it feels good in your mouth. an overall good offering from victory, so go out and get yourself some.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brewed on 05/05/05 poured into a chalice.

Hazy yellow with a small white head that falls to a veiled ring in minutes.

Smells of spicey yeast, belgian sugars, floral hops and alcohol. Tangy overall.

Tart upfront, but then turns cloyingly sweet. Alcoholic/peppery notes towards the end. Not very smooth or balanced. Glad I only bought a single of this.

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Photo of carln26
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured form the bottle into a tulip glass a bright, slightly hazy gold with a thick white head that was refreshed by a stream of champagne bubbles. The aroma had bread dough, citrus/orange and a mild spice finish. The flavor favorably reflected the aroma with a bright lemon citrus and a slightly yeasty character. The finish had a slight alcohol warming and a lingering pepper character. It has a slick, yet full mouth feel, and a good drinakbility.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was brewed on may 4th 2004. It has aged really nice in my opinion. It pours a hazy dark yellow and has a nice white head and lot's of yeast floaties. The aroma is very sweet and fruity and the yeast imparts a nuttiness. The taste is very sweet upfront and then the alcohol tries hard to overcome the nutty, fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is very full like any good tripel. This is one of the best tripels I have ever had. Kudos to Victory for brewing this winner.

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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,613 ratings.
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