tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle conditioned) Pale golden, near brilliantly clear. Sour, pale malt and spice aroma. Nice malt flavor trailed closely by sour and peachy highlights. Nice assertive spicy bitterness lingers in the dry finish. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, this beer lacks the "musty" quality often found in Belgian beers. Approachable complexity.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2003 Pours out w/weak head/faint lace.Smells good at times(bannana,juicy fruit..& slightly like sour milk?Nice sediment/some yeast at the bottom of this bottle that sat on the shelf(cold mostly)for 10 months+ 12 ended up in the 69 cent bin.Glad I grabed a 6 of these!It does taste like a Golden monkey(better IMO)could it be the "young aging"? Or probly the fact that I love belgian whites.Light mouthfeel w/ a nice mellow spicy hop bite that does finish quite dry.Impressive and more of a summer tripel(light) or all year effort.I got it cause it was humid & hot as hell here in Bel air,Md and this beer looked almost like a lager,didn't know this was a belgian and then bam! one of my favs of this stlye(sorry!)those who disagree cellar for 10-12 months.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Whoa!@! What happened? FF misfired here, as this shows way too much alcohol and lacks complexity. A harsh brew that needs considerable reworking.
boto (1943) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was quite suprised to see a golden color when this came out: I usually expect winters to be dark. The flavor was what I expect in a winter: full maltiness with some fruit flavors, the most evident which was banana. If the alchohol were higher, I would say it was a trippel. I still wouldn't call it a "light" as some others have alluded to. Very enjoyable
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great golden color, but no real head. Floral nose. Taste of bread and yeast, spice, hops, but it just stops! Very little finish, sort of like a beer with a hole in it! Not a bad beeer at all, but it starts off by suggesting that it might be great, and then does not fully deliver. Not really a Golden Monkey light, more like a Piraat light. Easy drinking, even deceptively so, given the alcohol. And will stand up nicely to some pretty hefty Indian food. My favorite from Flying Fish.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very light in color. Soft, light floral nose with a hint of yeast. Flavor is very light, floral, herbal, and yeasty. Really, really light especially considering the abv.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the RAF 2003: Very light golden yellow color. . . Great aromatic flowers. Extremely delicate - very light tripel with the almost 7% alcohol completely hidden. . . Good beer but missing the complexity of a really good belgian ale.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2004 On tap, a nice tripel with spice. I was supprised at the light color of this "grand cru" but the flavoris much bolder than the appearance. monkey_man is right it it a light victory golden mokey. Very enjoyable especially with stong flavored food.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Best by April xx 03. Very subtle take on "Golden Monkey". . No spice. Clean, pure white head subsides fairly quickly. Light carbonation. Agree with DrNate03 -- banana and bubblegum hints in background . Enjoyable; "Golden Monkey" Light!
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet honey and lemon aroma. Spicy. Juicy Fruit. Not much hops. Subtle. White fizzy head subsides to thin veil atom amber clear liquid. Low soft carb and heavy watery body. Reminds me a lot of a witbier - sweet and yeasty with banana/bubblegum tones. Honey and alcohol. Almost no after - clean and refreshing. Enjoyable.