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 donít 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. Itís like sandblasted glass now. Nice bite, lots of flavor - I taste bacon, and I smell banana. Iím not crazy about smoke in beers - see my future review of Triumphís Rauchbier, for example, but this is balanced pretty nicely. Thereís 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 wasnít the first thing to reach out and grab me, but Iíll be sure to keep it on the top of my list when Iím looking for something special to sip, enjoy, and savor. What a treat.
gopherfan99 (798) - CROATIA - MAY 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; pours clear gold with a thin white head; fruity aroma with malt and spice; taste is sweet with banana, yeast, and a little malt; finish is dry with and spiced; nice trippel
DubCInjun (8) - - MAY 18, 2015 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear orangish-yellow head. A complex, yet delightful blend of fruity flavors with a caramel/spicey finish. Unique combination of flavors and a joy to drink.
audinerd17 (37) - Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Good yes. Great no. Many better triples exist and I'm shocked at how high a score this has. The flavor is flat in comparison to better breweries such as Great Divide or Sierra Nevada. Get a single, or try it when you see it on draft, and keep it moving.
- pixels sent via Beer Buddy on iOS
SG111 (428) - New York, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Best by 07/24/17. Pours golden yellow, big white head. Aroma is very traditional Belgian Tripel: clove, lemon peel, banana, esters, traditional Belgian spices. I will say though the esters are more subdued and the citrus and hops are heavier. Flavor is fairly typical, clove, bit of wheat, esters but there are more hops and citrus in this than you would find in most. Slight spice in the finish. Not spicy, but a distinct spice character. Otherwise, not really any different than most tripels but quite good.
Hammy78 (841) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden colour, thin fluffy white head, lace spots. Nose is sweet, spicy, yeAsry. Tastes spicy, tongue numb-er, really good
danielecamo (734) - ITALY - MAY 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In bottiglia. Piacevole sorpresa. Aroma speziato, fenolico, coriandolo, leggere pepato, crosta di pane. al palato corpo pieno ma bevuta relativamente semplice e snella. al palato corrispondenza aromatica e finale con la giusta secchezza e un tocco speziate ed erbaceo
721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAY 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy Belgian wheat phenolic aroma. Poured gold and cloudy. More than just haze. Good Belgian style. Spice character was pretty big.
Mep3222 (792) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice Belgian candy sugar aroma with Belgian yeasty ness, some banana and spice. Sweet finish but with spiciness. Very nice Belgian triple. Really all that you could ask for in a triple. Candy sugar is noticeable as it should be, but all just works well with this one.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
esp0r (2285) - NORWAY - MAY 2, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Crowbar
Pale, creamy white head. Smell of malts, hay, hints of grass and grain. Medium to heavy sweet, quite malty and not all that easy to drink. Hay and hops dominate in the finish, which is moderate bitter
mircoas (184) - ITALY - APR 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl @ bottle. Birra americana di stile belga (tripel). Poca schiuma nella mia bottiglia, aspetto nella norma, aroma lieve. Una birra bevibilissima.