lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Victory Golden Monkey Tripel Ale with Spices
Volume: 12 fl. oz.
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors
Consumed on: February 27th, 2008, 10:12 pm
sensory first impression: A very pretty beer with quirky advertising. Overwhelming fruity scent, which I like. No head or lace to experience, but I don’t miss it, since the olfactory is so nice. I poured twice - first time clear - second time because I felt I had missed out on the bottle conditioning yeast. Whoopsie! the second yeasty pour made it downright cloudy. It’s like sandblasted glass now. Nice bite, lots of flavor - I taste bacon, and I smell banana. I’m not crazy about smoke in beers - see my future review of Triumph’s Rauchbier, for example, but this is balanced pretty nicely. There’s lemon and plums and orange and apple --- lots of apple -- and banana. Nice bite and texture, and the presence is divine. This is a special beer.
Malt is smoky and full of a fruit bowl of taste influences.
Hops are herbaceous, mellow, and leafy. Very nice balance here. In the hands of an amateur, this would be a mess. Hail Victory.
Yeast/Bacteria doughy, earthy, leafy, and reminds one of an aquarium. I just jumped in. Did I mention this is 9.5% alcohol by volume?
Banana seems omnipresent, and I love it. Paprika? Ginger-licious. What an amazing depth of flavor.
Color is pale and a solid block of gold.
Liquid is cloudy with yeast.
Head/Lace is nowhere to be found.
Maltiness/Sweetness is heavy in smoky sweetness - like a banana infused sausage, but delicious.
Hoppiness/Bitterness is light and very balanced.
Sour from the smoke, but in an affectionate way.
Body/Mouthfeel is quite full and cloying.
Texture is creamy, slick, and thick
Carbonation is softly present in the background.
Finish is long lasting but muted. The cloying aspect amplifies this aftertaste, which is wonderful.
Overall second impression: What a wonderful beer. It wasn’t the first thing to reach out and grab me, but I’ll be sure to keep it on the top of my list when I’m looking for something special to sip, enjoy, and savor. What a treat.
commonmac (725) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Mackenzie’s in downtown Mpls. Flute tulip glass. Minimal head. Pretty disappointing pour. Light golden color. Aroma of spices and Belgian yeast come through. Little bit of banana too. Taste is pretty standard tripel fare with a nice sweetness. Minimal oily mouthfeel with effervescence. Alcohol presence. Definitely a poor man’s Belgian tripel but it’s not bad.
tfontana (211) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Discount Downtown Beverage, Dover NH. Aroma is Belgian yeast and fruity esters, mild banana. Appearance is beautiful, clear, golden yellow with good sparkle and finger-width fizzy white head and mild lacing. Taste is sweet with almost a minty refreshment (like a mouthwash or strong toothpaste, but in a good way, not a nasty way). Palate is light bodied with oily texture, average carbonation and long mildly sweet finish. Overall, high marks all around and the minty aspect is a bit different.
sblsimone85 (375) - USA - SEP 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
---Rated BY Italianbeer85
JohnRMurdoch (3900) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Yellow amber, good head. Sour yeasty lemon grain aroma. Sweet cereal resin yeast flavour. Strong with sweet aftertaste. Doesn’t feel as strong as 9.5%.
Larry_Duffman (140) - - SEP 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a golden color with a white head and lacing. The aroma is spice, fruit, and yeast. The taste is spice, fruit, funky yeast, and some booze. It’s pretty carbonated. It’s tasty and drinkable considering the alcohol content.
madchemist83 (189) - USA - SEP 2, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Herbal, candy aromas, albeit a bit dilute. Clear golden with small flimsy head. Not much in the flavor but slight belgian yeast character with apples, alcohol somewhat pronounced. Belgians would probably laugh at it. Not enough body.
skatanarchy (194) - - AUG 31, 2015
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
빅토리 브루잉 - 골든 멍키 9.5% ABV 향신료가 첨가된 트리플 에일이라곤 하는데 특별히 스파이스의 노트를 발견하진 못했다. 오히려 달달한 9.5도의 맥주라 좀 놀랐던 기억만.룸메이& 베이컨을 꽂은 탓인가
Johnstledger8 (297) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clearish orange with a mostly fading white head. Aroma of orange, some spice, brown sugar. Taste is of more orange, ginger, very sweet. Oily mouthfeel, soft to medium carbonation.
Mister_Li (252) - GERMANY - AUG 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Minimal trübes goldgelb mit reichlich Schaum. Süßlich-malzig, leicht fruchtig, sehr süffig, spritzig.
k0mpsa (1854) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at beergeek, prague. Clear golden color, white head. Aroma has sweet bun notes, some sweer fruity. Smooth palate, sweet caramel notes, banana.