UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The label claims this is brewed in the tripel style, but it doesnít hold a candle to the V10. Itís decent, but lacks the depth of flavor of the V10. Very good for a year round type bottled beer, but if Iím in the mood for belgian styles, Iíd rather spend the same money on a single bottle of something really amazing.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2003 re-rate: Cloudy, straw yellow color w/ a medium sized white head. aroma has honey and malt, sweet, with alcohol notable but nicely blended (not overwhelming). Flavor is smooth and well balanced (especially for a high grav beer), malty, with belgian sugar and honey notable, slightly spicey, with a warming alcohol undertone throughout. If I had to complain, I'd say it's a little too sweet. But overall a great brew.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a great beer. A little on the sweet side but still worth seeking out.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Whatís all the hype about? Now, I admit itís quite nice for an american belgian-style. But thereís a disappointing, vegetable-y off note, and it doesnít have quite the light finish Iíd want from a belgian.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light orange. Non-lasting head. Subtle spiciness. Alcohol is well masked. Sweet finish. Good but not great.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good ale. Spicy and fruity flavor. Recommended
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2003 Victory Golden Monkey carried a pungent aroma. The flavors were primarily sour fruit. Alcohol felt more than tasted.
Update: I bought this beer thinking that I hadn't had before but discovered that I had already rated it.
I concur with my earlier rating. To it I can only add the colour was a dull-yellow. This go around I dedected subtle hints of clove. It didn't improve the taste but made it a bit more interesting. Not worth the price or the hype.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Translucent golden color, head disappeared quickly. Finishes sweet with alcohol. My sample was on the sour side. I did not find this very interesting, maybe bad.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Hazy orange, with little semblance of a head. Wow, very bright and intense nose, like sugar-coated flower petals. Honey, sour green apple, and not a whiff of EtOH. This must be what ambrosia smells like. Cotton candy malt, quite sweet, but intersected by black pepper, corriander, other spice, and a subtle hoppiness. The finish is lightly bitter, semisweet, and rather dry with a touch of alcohol. Perilous drinkability, considering the kick it has. In a head-to-head with New Belgium Trippel, this one wins hands down. Iím left grinning from ear to ear. Astounding!
whooh (13) - mt. holly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
smell of spices aparent with my first taste.little to no head.heavy thick taste of banana,pineapple,and lighter taste of cinnamon, and nutmeg. better warmed close to room temp.different.a once a year experience