NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Brewery-Slightly cloudy gold with thin head. Smells of spices and a touch of banana. Taste is much of the same. This one is a bit of an oddball tripel in that there is a combination of ideas. Reminiscent of Chimay Blanche (bad) and Dulle Teve (good). The Chimay comes through in the peppery compliment resulting from the alcohol, while the fruity breads of Dulle Teve comes through. A pretty good interpretation of the style, however, could use better alcohol cover.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden Monkey is one of my personal favorites from Victory. It has a cloudy straw appearance, a honey aroma with hints of citrus and a smooth taste with some vague pepper.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 55 F from goblet. Banana, touch of almond extract, suede bookcover, and apple cider. Yeast exceeds typical Belgian expectations, adding fruity esters and a wheaty-oatmeal smoothness to the palate. Mouthfeel is rich, full, bubbly, and completely satisfying for this style.
Alcohol is imperceptible, bumping up my overall rating.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The alcohol content of this beer is definately something I noticed when sipping but I also enjoyed the flavor as well. With a beer like this, I don’t think those two qualities are mutually exclusive. The spices are nice but a bit over the top. Victory appears to know how to turn out flavorful beers that are enjoyable in moderation.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s St. Pattys day so I thought I’d have the traditional Irish drink.....Victory Golden Monkey. Pours a rich golden colour with chunks floating about in it and a thin head (crappy pour). Aromas are estery, a bit of alcohol, pepper, banana, corriander. When cold this beer has big carbonation and a hop bitterness in the finish, however as it warms a host of other flavours come out like banana, clove, apple, corriander and some alcohol but (imho) not as much as others have written about. All in all this was a damn fine triple. I wish I had better access to Victory beers.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer pours a dark yellow to amber color with heavy suspended yeasts within the beer. The head is light with white foamyness and generally little if any lacing. The aroma is alcoholic, fruity and spicey..with hints of peppers, citrus, clove, and coriander. The flavor is full bodied with heavy carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Citrus and orange dominate with clove and ginger in the mouthfeel. Orange peel definitely comes out in the finish, but so does that major alcohol burn. This alcohol was not intended to be hidden well and it isnt. Heavy apricot/orange peel... not bad, however incredibly alcoholic, and tempered aroma.
antibeersnob (29) - Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spices are a bit overwhelming, flavor is very strong and complex. High alcohol is noticable. Color is good. Maybe I don’t like Tripel, because I could not drink a whole 12oz. bottle. Too much for me, not for the light of heart.
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a hazy yellow/orange, with a decent amount of white head. aroma is yeasty, spicy, sort of fruity. flavor is pretty much what it smells like, plus a little bit of alcohol in the finish once it warms up a bit. good thick mouthfeel. the alcohol is very well hidden for a 9.5 abv. pretty good tripel.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 4.15.04. Very cloudy, almost murky, light orange body with a small but tight head. Aroma is sweet with sugar and oranges. The spice is the first thing that pops upon tasting, followed by bananas and other fruits. Alcohol is present in the finish but not overpowering. Carbonation is adequate. Typical tripel characteristics, but very well executed.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2005 Pale golden, headless, and lively bodied, this brew has a sweet, spicy, and herbal aroma. The sweetness in malt tastes is largely overshadowed by a hot, peppery taste, followed by other spices. Rough on the throat but warm in the belly, this isn’t a bad shot at a tripel.
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