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Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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!

Added by purplehops on 09-17-2001

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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 chadwicktorres
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Skillz
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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 ale207
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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

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

funky looking bottle. dated may 05.

light golden color. highly carbonated with lots of bubbles rising through the beer. funny, they are obviously getting bigger as they reach the top. didnt think a simple glass of beer would be tall enough to observe something like that. amazing, this thing we call beer.
head is brilliant white, but only just maintains a covering layer.

aroma is like a super charged hefe. i feel like ive used that analogy before. lots of yeast, spices and fruity esters.

alcohol is well hidden. probably covered by the smooth sweetness that seems to invade every part of the mouth.
ok, here is the real test. pour in the sediment damn it!
hmmm. subtle changes. a bit fuller mouthfeel, and a bit of lemon tartness. some dull spices.
nothing seems to come across too sharp in the flavor. i let this sit out of the fridge for about 15 minutes, so i may have let it warm too much. perhaps the warmer temp dulled the flavor slightly. dunno.

no matter. this is a damn good tripel. only picked it up cause i thought i'll never be in PA, so i better get it while i can. glad i did.

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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 NODAK
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma....tough to pinpoint on this one. Has somewhat of a sweet, fruity nose...maybe a few spices....but it's pretty muted overall.

First, this beer is pretty highly carbonated and also fairly thick. That out of the way, this beer certainly packs a punch. Out of the gate, I get some spices but nothing near as strong as I'd expected....some fruity sweetness comes next, with more spices in the finish. Everything here seems to be a little bit muted though, and nothing just jumps out at me. I think this ruins the complexity factor I had counted on and is a bit disappointed. However, it is still alright.

The finish here is a mixture of spiciness, fruity esters and alcohol...at the ABV of this beer, it's no wonder that the booziness is apparent from the first swallow. That'd be tough to mask. I don't think they really do a bad job of it. However, as it warms, the booziness does intensify and harms the drinkability. Some sweetness lingers around for a little bit, but is gone fairly quickly.

All told, it's just decent I suppose...but the alcohol started giving me heartburn about halfway through and I just had to quit drinking it. Just too astringent.

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Photo of barflybastard
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Photo of Johncnh
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of beerluvr
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a firm rocky pure white head, over yeast-hazed yellow-gold liquid. Nose is spicy with some coriander notes, tart aromas also. Taste is a bit tart and sour at first, then a small amount of malt sweetness creeps forward followed by a slight dryness. Finishes a bit dry and tart...not one of the best interpretations of the style, I remember this being a little bit better tasting last time I drank it.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of becktone
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 8-12-08

Eye: Hazy straw yellow-orange. It is a few shades lighter than orange juice. Head formation was nice, but it quickly dissipated to a creamy blanket that isn't all that thick. Poor lacing as well.

Nose: Spicy notes and sweet malt are huge here. Nice balance of spice and sweetness. Bits of fruitiness also come through, mainly orange/curacao/citrus. Sweet candy type aromas here. Not much more, smells good but more complexity would be nice.

Tongue: Alcohol is noticeable, the taste of the alcohol helps to give this one some balance. Dry finish. As in the aroma those citrus characters come out as well as the spiciness. In my opinion the flavor is kinda fleeting, it just doesn't last very long, its there then it leaves. Floral notes are apparent after the beer has been swallowed. Malt sweetness is more forward than in the aroma. Overall this is an average tripel, not really impressed with it.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As said before this has a dry finish. Body is light with delicate carbonation that suit the beer. This isn't one that I'd be quick to pick up again, it just doesn't do it for me in the way of tripels. Nothing really special about it.

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Photo of klewis
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, Bottled 4/17/06

A: Pours golden with a small head. Lots of sediment suspended throughout.

S: Aromas of yeast, phenols, and a bit of spice.

T: Strong taste with the same qualities as the smell. Significant alcohol presence.

M: Thick and syrupy, almost like an RIS. Moderate to high carbonation. A very odd texture for the flavor.

D: This was the first tripel I ever had, long before I knew what a tripel was. I remember liking it a lot more then. Quite a disapopinting offering from Victory; I don't think I'll be buying this again.

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

Reviewed from my notes. The beer pours with a good sized white foam head. It has a clear, tarnish gold liquid body. Rising carbonation is visible. A musty yeast Belgian yeast aroma emanates from my glass. It's a little sweet and a little sour (although that may just be the yeast playing tricks on my nose). The flavor is initially sweet and malty. It ends with some alcohol and a dry finish that is a bit peppery. These flavors linger on. There is the taste of orange peel through out each sip. Lots fo carbonation can be felt. It has a heavy body and a non-sticky coat. The beer is strong but drinkable. Personally, I wouldn't have more than a bottle or two at a time. Luckily, the six pack you purchase can be aged for a while; there's no pressure to drink it all quickly.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright, slightly hazy orange color. The head is moderately large, foamy, and off-white, although retention is a bit disappointing, with patchy lacing.

S: Sugar, banana, cloves, and yeast. Some phenolic and alcoholic notes.

T: Sweet, somewhat bready malt. Notes of banana, cloves, and green apples. A solid dose of phenols and a more than solid bite of alcohol. Here and there a darting citrusy note.

M: On the watery-thin side for the style. Carbonation is a touch light. A fading dryness into the finish and a warming bite from the alcohol.

D: I can't really call this more than a decent Tripel. I'd prefer it were a bit maltier and spicer. As it stands, it comes across as too watery and alcoholic for my taste. Certainly not bad, and easy to drink, but a tripel should be something to sip and savor, and this doesn't quite meet that goal.

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