JFGrind (1837) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden Monkey has a sweet malt taste that does its best to hide the alcohol flavor. A very good representation of a Belgian Strong brewed right outside of Philadelphia. Surprisingly I had my Victory at the Toranado bar on Haight Street in SFO.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best American Tripel by far. Has all the marks of a classic. Can go neck to neck against Westmalle, Chimay White or Duvel.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2003 Best Belgian strong ale in my tasteoff (tied with Pranqster), beating Rochefort 10 and Westy 12, so sue me! Delicious complexity, belied by its pale appearance.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice golden color with lasting head. Aroma of fruit, honey and spice with hops. Smooth on the palate with all kinds of flavors swirling. A mildly dry finish. A very good trippel and an interesting one to age.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Extremely sweet and alcoholic. Spicy malt flavors, but so mind numbingly sweet that I had no chance of enjoying it. The handling of the bottle may have been suspect, so I will definitley resample to see if I can taste the beer the rest of you had.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 An excellent Belgian strong ale. I cant beleive they got this beer to taste so close to the great belgian ales that are so hard to find. The alcohol was hidden behind a fruity and citrusy taste and aroma, with a mild addition of European hops.
duke33 (68) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great American clone of a belgian tripel! This beer is as good as any Belgian beer you can buy, and it is semi-affordable, and comes in a six-pack! This is quickly becoming one of my favourite beers...
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty with earth tones, some almonds. Reminds me of a belgian tripel. Nothing special.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 For some reason I expected a Duvel clone - but, no. This is simply spectacular (no offense to Duvel), sweet and fruity, and gorgeous to look at with abundant yeast suspended in the glass. Hides the alcohol beautifully, too. 10 5 10 5 19. RERATE 9/07: On tap, 2005 vintage. Cloudy body, too sweet, needs this rating reduced.