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RATINGS: 2418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


lemasney's rating

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Victory Golden Monkey Tripel Ale with Spices ABV: 9.5% IBU: n/a Volume: 12 fl. oz. Glass: shaker 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. Aroma/Olfactory: 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. Visuals/Appearance: Color is pale and a solid block of gold. Liquid is cloudy with yeast. Head/Lace is nowhere to be found. Taste/Flavor: 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. Palate/Tactile: 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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (1805) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Tap at beergeek, prague. Clear golden color, white head. Aroma has sweet bun notes, some sweer fruity. Smooth palate, sweet caramel notes, banana.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bt3680 (29) - - AUG 17, 2015
A little bitter after taste. Average taste.... Not too impressive.... A little bitter after taste. Average taste.... Not too impressive.... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (3933) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle in Chevy Chase. Nice golden body with slight head. Nose malty, sweet, floral. Taste of fruits, citrus, lemon, spicy some grapefruit. Silky texture. Bitter in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rader58 (823) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 11, 2015
12oz bottle. Pours clear golden color. Aroma of spicy, coriander, cinnamon, banana, lemon, pepper. Flavor is spicy, lemon, grain, banana, coriander. An enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (690) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2015
12 oz bottle. Hazy dark golden, two finger fluffy white head, spotty lace.
Aroma is fruity, apple, pear, banana, with a dose of sweet bready malt, and herbal, and floral hops.
Flavor starts sweet and fruity banana that leads to some herbal spice, and a medium length bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (2408) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2015
Pours gold with a large head. Nose shows sweet banana notes, spicy phenols, doughy wheat and confectionery notes. Flavours likewise seem to be a cross between a hefe and a tripel. Banana, wheat, booze. Carbonation seems a bit excessive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shotgun1431 (130) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2015
It is indeed golden with a big white head. The flavor is slightly hoppy with citrus and sweetness. Nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2979) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Have enjoyed this many times on tap, and was surprised that I hadn’t reviewed it. This time, a shared 12 oz. bottle with the local Windy City Distribution rep, poured to snifters displaying a clear & bright, golden color, with a frothy, soft white head, and web-like cling to the lacing. The nose was soft malt, sweetness, and slightly floral, with a touch of banana, other citrusy esters as lemon & orange, and spice hints as clove & coriander. The taste was similar, with a light to medium body, lively carbonation, some silkiness to the mouthfeel, modest dry & earthy bitterness, and hidden alcohol that can easily fool one into a false sense of sessionablity. A benchmark Tripel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeersweden (362) - SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2015
I got this as a part of Variety of Victory Mixpack and I just had to try it! Clear golden colored beer with a two finger high, white, head that leaves lacing.
A lot of bubbles racing to the top.

Nose: Banana, yeast, spice, pepper, caramel malt and honey.
Taste: Spice, sugar, banana, citrus, orange, coriander and caramel malt.
Body: Medium body. High carbonation. Crisp and fresh.
Great beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Paigeturner (98) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Excellent, as description says golden and frothy. Nice white head clove and banana nose yeast lemony and so much complex flavors for a golden ale.


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