drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very light on the Belgian yeast, which sems to be a rather large obstacle for American brewers to overcome. The beer is full of only slightly estery malt (thank you victory for the conservative yeast) and tangy, alchoholic goodness. This is surprisingly smooth with the hot kick (but not offensive) of alchohol, and sublte spice that lends itself to tremendous drinkability.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 We first experienced the Monkey at the 2003 beer exchange. What an introduction into Tripels. It was decided that the next time we should sample in smaller quantities... this monkey bites... hard! Definitely an herbal aroma with some great spiciness although I could not figure out exactly which spices they were. This is a sweet tasting beer and remains that way for the entire bottle. Nice golden color, but not totally clear. This beer is bottle conditioned and leaves a nice bit of yeast on its bottom. Great stinging finish and packs a good wallop. I drank one and enjoyed a nice sweet slumber on my couch!
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a golden color with a medium frothy head. Has a honey and citrus taste with a creamy mouthfeel.
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Enchanting and enlightening" is quite a claim, but this beer comes nearly as close as any. Very smooth, with a nectar-like, syrupy heaviness which coats your palate, it's right on for a tripel. Sweet, spicy, and certainly warming. Perfect for a winter night (or for any night at all :)
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. Bottle - Bottled on date: Jul 24 03
Effervescent, pale honey with a hint of orange. Good clarity. Thin white cap with fair lacing. The aroma has a hefty amount of barnyard funk, along with some honey and apple fruitiness. A bit of spiciness as well. The flavor has much more tropical fruit complexity than what was hinted at in the nose. Lots of honey, apple, pineapple, and pear. The earthy funkiness that dominated the aroma is subdued here, and is noticeable mostly in it’s dry finish. Coriander, medicinal phenols, grass, and spicy alcohol round out the flavor. It’s lush, creamy mouthfeel is quite nice, but still a step behind the better Belgian examples. Adding the dregs brings another layer of complexity, with some lengthy, bready yeast character. The last bottle of this I had (several months ago) was horribly contaminated…good to see Victory’s QC has improved. Overall, this is a very flavorful domestic tripel, but still not quite as good as those from Southampton or Allgash.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I decided to drink this while I put up my Christmas tree. I meant to rate it after I finished, but i decided to drink a 4 pack of Dogfish Head Midas Touch instead, and then I don't remember going to bed. But it pours a murky gold with a thick white head. The aroma is citric, sweet, and fruity. Peaches, lemon, and different spices could be detected. It was slightly bitter and tart, and the finish was a little dry. Overall this was a really enjoyable tripel.
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2003 Had this on draft and in bottles. It was very different between the two, but it could have been because it was too cold on draft. The monkey is always a favourite. Beats the pants off of other belgians. FYI, I had this side by side with 5 seasons brune, and the 5 seasons was better. RERATE: pukey monkey. dropped from 16/20 to 12/20. too sour and terrible.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle date 10/17/03. Hazy gold with pillowy white head. Nicely complex spicy funky aromas- grass or chamomile, lemon or orange zest, ginger, szechuan peppercorn, yeast? Flavors are also spicy/bitter- candy and dandelion leaves- and flinty, ending with a flash of citrus candy or green apple acidity. Clipped finish with no aftertaste at all, but leaves a menthol coolness in the mouth. One of the best US attempts at Belgian flavors, but I thought the citrus was overdone.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark golden with a thick white head that lingered well. Aroma is yeast, sweet malts, dried summer fruits (apricot and pear) and spice. Flavor is sweet, spicey and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Nice belgian triple!
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This is a great beer. Wonderful spicey (peppery) aroma with hints of malt. This is only to be suprpassed by the bold but complex flavors contained in each sip. A palate that is wonderul. Buttery, smooth with a wonderful mouthfeel. A wonderful brew. My only problem with this brew is that it is not available in my state. Thank you Boston for having this beer for me.