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Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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
Ranking:
#26,327
Reviews:
1,807
Ratings:
5,711
pDev:
15.05%
Bros Score:
3.38
 
 
Wants:
165
Gots:
1,685
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 5,711 |  Reviews: 1,807
Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2003: Happy American Beer Month!

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with a "Budda-ish"-looking monkey on the label (who sees no evil, hears no evil, and speaks no evil). Bottled on date of 1.10.03.

Appearance: Poured a hazy orangish-yellow. *Lots* of "floaties" in the glass. Impressively thick white head boils and gurgles at first, but settles down to a respectable and tame thin ring. Patchy and persistent lacing.

Smell: Very faint. Strange...Notes of bready yeast and lemons. Nothing easily discerned. You have to work at it.

Taste: Starts off with a peppery orange rind flavor, with a firm malt background. Ends with just a brief cameo appearance by the alcohol, followed by a slight bittering effect on the palate. Nothing that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Hefty body. Good amount of carbonation. Actually, it's pretty smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Beware this monkey! the 9% ABV is well-hidden. Quite easy to empty the glass in a heartbeat. Great combination of flavors and sparse aftertaste make for a well-crafted beer.

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

12 ounce bottle of the Golden Monkey. Yellow to orange hazy liquid with a modest head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is yeasty spicy and orange citrus. Slightly creamy and coats the palate. Bitterness present throughout but balanced nicely by a slightly spicy fruitiness. The sweetness builds while drinking the bottle as does the warming from the deceivingly high alcohol. Good brew, drinkable brew, but if you drink to much it will knock you out.

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Photo of themind
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Shy5
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of projectflam86
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a white foam head that leaves a bit of lace. Lots of floaties in the beer even with careful pouring.

S- Ripe banana and apple aromas with a huge wave of Belgian yeast and alcohol.

T- Really brash alcohol burn with the first sip that I wasn't expecting. After a few more sips, the sweet banana and yeast flavors were predominate with some light spice and clove.

M- Light/medium bodied with fairly low carbonation for the style.

D- Seems like this brew had all of the right components for a traditional Belgian Tripel. Unfortunately it didn't quite live up to expectations.

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Photo of SFNC
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one poured a champagne gold with a modest head that retreated quickly with low to modest lacing. The smell is yeasty, spicy and has fruit overtones of banana and lemon. Very nice. The taste follows suit, though as it warmed there was a little bit of a metalic bitterness, otherwise pleasant. The mouthfeel is a highlight, creamy with a spicy tingle that draws you to the next sip. For a 9.0 ABV brew this one did not show it's hand until I had finished the glass (happily). Victory has crafted a fine tripel that hits on most of the style points to make this one a winner.

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Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of amvrana
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Bottled Aug 11, 2004. Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow with a white head. Aromas of sticky pale malts, candi sugar, white bread, spices, alcohol and a slight bit of orangy fruitiness. Sweet and warming on the palate, residual spicing shows up moreso in the finish. Alcohol's noticable, but a melange of flavor helps keep it under wraps. Fruitiness, bordering on tropical, melds pretty well the alcohol warmth and the spicing and dryness in the finish helps to bring everything full circle. Not a bad tripel at all, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yelterdow
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served between fridge and cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip. Bottled on April 17, 2006... this should be drinking well right about now.

Appearance- Pours a clear, "nuclear" gold... I say that because there's an interesting yellow-green thing happening here. The white, two finger head settles to a mess of various sized bubbles that wander aimlessly on the surface. Aside from the quiet stream of fizz lifting from the etched "D" in my glass, this is just average.

Smell- Spices and Belgian hop aromas abound... I get traces of vanilla and coriander amongst some other notes I can't identify. This is smelling more and more like a witbier, with some parallels to Allagash's flagship beer... but without the orange peel. The alcohol is just now rearing its head. After adding the sediment, a fuller richness adds complexity and smooths out the aromas.

Taste- This is going to hurt... Golden Monkey is all about spices and flavor, but it's just too much. Too much bombastic, tongue-lashing flavor. It begins slightly sweet, then it goes deep into the spice cabinet and dumps a few shakes into your mouth... without the little white plastic thingies with the holes so you don't overspice your food. I love tripels, but at 9.5% the alcohol is a detractor. Way overdone spicewise.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I like the medium, slick carbonation very much... it feels right for this beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't give me more of a reason to go back to the fridge and enjoy another one... drinkability is hindered previously. I would suggest finding the right culinary match for this beer and giving it a chance to shine, because it could use some balancing.

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Photo of pwoody11
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lightly hazy gold color with a thick white head. tangy fruit smells like sour apple and lemon dominate, with some mild clove, bubblegum and bannana. some grassy hoppyness and yeastyness. very interesting spicy taste, the apple pineapple and citrus take a bit of a back seat to the clove, ginger and peppery characters, along with other baking spices, but come back stronger towards the end. i taste caramel malts with some balancing herbal hops. the alcohol is very well concealed almost not noticable except for the light warming. very smooth with a good middle of the road mouthfeel and light but plentiful carbonation. refreshing despite it's complexity, a beer that can be picked apart and analyzed, but i think works better when you don't think too hard about it.

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Photo of RAFH
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Holysht! This Golden Monkey is by far the best Belgian Tripel I've ever had! The after taste on the pallet is so clean. Most Belgian's don't have that good of an after taste......to me. Thanks for the sample goes to my friend Mike P. Outstanding!

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Photo of chadwicktorres
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Skillz
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of ale207
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Apellonious
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 1 pt 9. 4 fl oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Cloudy orange with pale yellow highlights. Half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Yeasty cloves and mild banana. Green grapes.

T - Bread, yeast, banana, and grape notes. Strangely not as much as alcohol presence. Mild tartness at the finish.

M - Mildly sharp but still a touch creamy. Solid.

O - An interesting brew. Tripels have a way of sneaking up on you due the propensity to swill it down swiftly. This is worth trying, even if it seems to be missing something to put it over the top.

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Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Waveoff
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 5,711 ratings
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