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RATINGS: 2347   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.


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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 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. 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 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (2020) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2015
16 oz pour on draft at National Pastime in National Harbor. Clear straw yellow with off-white head. Aromas of banana, yeast, herbs, lemon citrus. Tastes of banana, yeast, herbs, spice, wheat, lemon citrus. Medium-light body with a dry finish. ABV is superbly hidden and doesnít drink like a 9.5% beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (1657) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle from Cornelius. Hazy golden body with a thin white head. Low carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of honey, straw and star anise. Flavour is very sweet - verging on Barley Wine territory. Notes of honey, spices and a peppery finish. Flavour of salted orange. Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. Lively fizz. A nice beer, but a bit too sweet for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arcadia (57) - DeLand, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Draft from Half Wall. Pours a hazy gold with a thin head and minimal lacing. Aromas are spice & herb, with a very similar taste. Some booze on the finish; nice and full bodied, pretty oily. Acquire. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Pours clear yellow with a white head. Aroma of yeast, banana and spices. Clean subtle flavors highlighting the yeast, and spices. Finishes dry, warming with a lingering sweetness. This is one of my favorite American tripels and a beer that I come back to again and again.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jimsal27 (264) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Did not like this at all. Weird combination of spices produces a strange bubblegum taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogbomb (986) - ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle. Pale gold with a thick fluffy white head. Nose is light citrus, sweet lemon, and lots of herby notes. Taste is zingy, with lemons and grapefruit opening up to vegetables, herbs, light spice. Really tasty. Not overpowering, but powerful!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2361) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle from Sake Taniguchi (World Beer Market). Belgian yeast nose, deep fruit, malt, coriander, light perfume, and some fumes. Clear bright gold straw color, thin head, some lace. Strong fruity initial, with dried apricots and banana chips. Sugary. Light sweet finish. Thin-medium, a bit sticky. Very tasty, with the thick fruit, but not really overdone. Warming, but hides the alcohol more or less.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesewelch (78) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2015
From 750ml bottle

Aroma: Lots of spice, some orange and fruit

Apearance: Golden hazy, white head

Taste: Alcohol, spice, citrus or corriander, light sweet

Palate: light body, average carbonation, long bitter finish

Overall: A bit too much spice in my Tripel. Not bad, but the strong alcohol/warmness and spices makes a decent tripel. Nothing wrong with it, but would prefer a little less spice and a little more mellow booze/alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doofgoblin (358) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Excellent. Aroma is spicy with hints of banana sweetness. Taste is banana, sweetness, faint dough and yeast like esters. Finish is sweet and refreshing with just a hint of the booze. Overall, itís pretty darn good.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryrpat (163) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Not bad. Tastes better when closer to room temp than very cold. Like It wish it wasn't so strong ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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