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Enchanting and enlightening, this golden, frothy ale boasts an intriguing herbal aroma, warming alcohol esters on the tongue and light, but firm body to finish. Exotic spices add subtle notes to both the aroma and flavor. Strong, sensual and satisfying.


2.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
robertjm (785) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Someone tell me that I got a bad sixpack please!! Iíve had two bottles now, and both of them taste like someone mixed grapefruit juice in with it. (And NOT the sweet pink version either). The beer itself seems a bit cloudy too, like thereís something in solution. No head to speak of. Donít detect any clove at all. At $10.99 a six-pack here (California) I am disappointed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2003
For a non Belgian brewed tripel, this was not a bad attempt. Color is a nice deep golden but no head or brusselís lace. It may be knocked down by the alcohol, but upon swirling the glass, it doesnít seem as though it has enough malt to kick up a good bit of head. Itís clovey and citrusy with touch of fruitiness and alcohol, but seems to lack a little bit of depth in the aroma to be a classic tripel. Same goes for the flavor. It finishes bittersweet with a very slight hop flavor. The body seems a little heavy for a tripel which might also be due to carbonation on the low end of the scale. Iím used to having basically what I call an explosive level of carbonation in a tripel. Explosive in the mouth, not the bottle. The flavor lacks the the depth of complexity to be a true classic tripel, but this is a very nice beer from an American brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 2/9/04: I gotta admit that I really wasn't a big fan of this when I first had it. It seems that aging it a little over a year has increased its balance and texture. Pours a cloudy golden with a lacey white head. Good caramely sweetness and authentic Belgian yeasty flavor. Nice complexity as well, and the spices seem to have mellowed. A nice tripel. 1/10/03: Interesting sweet and sour aroma coming from the cloudy lightly fizzy body. Syrupy flavor that starts sweet, turns slightly alcoholic and finishes with a strange earthiness, or perhaps it just the spices I'm tasting. Overly sweet, but not undrinkable and the alcohol is hidden fairly well. Not bad for a non-Belgian brewery though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2003
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 3, 2003
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
This was a great beer. A little on the sweet side but still worth seeking out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Light orange. Non-lasting head. Subtle spiciness. Alcohol is well masked. Sweet finish. Good but not great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Good ale. Spicy and fruity flavor. Recommended

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2002
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.


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