Golden Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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84
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5,631 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:
5,631
Reviews:
1,791
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
15.05%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
1,623
For Trade:
8
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Photo of BucBasil
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Yard House in Long Beach. Review is from notes.

A: Pure golden, clear with a hint of bright orange throughout.

S: Malt character comes through strongest. Hint of honey sweetness and a good spice profile.

T: Classic taste of light honeyed/spiced fruits with a touch of yeast and light bread. A hint of melon somewhere in there. Bitter note in the middle that reminded me a bit of Poperings Hommelbier.

O: Nice refreshing beer, very drinkable despite the ABV. A good example of the style.

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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 TheHoppiest
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a hazy pale yellow, with visible sediment swirling around. I imagine this is an artifact of the bottle conditioning of this beer. Very little head, although to be fair, I gave it a slow pour to avoid pouring the sediment into the glass. States on the bottle that it is best drankby April 9, 2013, so clearly, this has not been sitting around too long.

Has a fruity, yeasty smell, with hints of banana and cloves. Overall, however, the aroma is thin and light.

Has a forward sweet taste, that at te same time is slightly metallic on the tongue - a sharp, somewhat unpleasant taste and feel. Not as smooth or round as some of the other belgian tripels I've had. There's a faint spiciness as it flows across the tongue. Ends with a slight yeast echo.

Mouthfeel is thin and sharp. Not one of the etter feeling beers I've had.

Overall, not terribly drinkable. I've got three more; perhaps I'll use them or cooking.

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

A: Pours a transparent yellow lemon color with a big fluffy white cap. Retention is OK, yeast chunks float around.

S: Spicy nose; lots of banana, bubblegum, clove, allspice and alcohol. Not too bad at all.

T: Spicy flavor as well, clovey and bananas. Yeast gives some bubbleum flavors ad fruity esters

MF/D: medium body, carbonation is a little prickly, alcohol is pretty well hidden

mobile review

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Photo of vwbus7
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of TCgoalie
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WickedBeer
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blastoderm55
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Nurt20
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of onlymurderers
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of afksports
2.52/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Oh boy. Smells like alcohol.

I'm sitting here sharing a 9.5% alcohol beer with my roommate, listening to him talk about his job while reviewing this beer. Fear not, Golden Monkey, I will give you a fair shake.

You, Golden Monkey, are golden looking.

My roommate says it tastes like "shimmy" (Chimay).

It's definitely a Belgian style, but there's not that estery thing they speak of... No citrus, no spunk. The yeast is ok, but the thrill is gone from this spiced tripel that just smells and tastes like alcohol. Maybe something on a tree too, bananas? Monkeys? But bottom line it's not good.

Starts sweet, moves to malty, ends with alcohol, it's like a weak and bad shot.

It does fill the mouth though, and it's easy on the eyes, but I am not impressed. Golden Monkey, I'm talking to you.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jim_carignan
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Ngntjp
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%

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

330ml, bottled on Jan 03

Pours with a pale yellow body, slightly cloudy, decent inch head forms, fairly good retention and lacing

Aroma is spicy. Quite aromatic, almonds coming through, similar to duvel only slightly chemically

Taste, smooth, heavy and creamy. Spice and nuts, almonds especially, the alcohol is disguised pretty well, although there is a nice warming aftertaste

A good effort

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Photo of rkf1976
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of twenteone
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.72 out of 5 based on 5,631 ratings.
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