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.
Sekemoto (15) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear bubbly golden yellow with a sparse white head. Aroma is fruity, floral, wheaty and yeasty along with some banana, pepper and clove. Tastes very much like a Belgian-- itís sweet, spicy and fruity. Nice & smooth.
terefere (259) - Durham, USA - APR 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 75cl. Pours golden, sparkling, frothy head. Aroma: malt, spices, belgian yeast, fruits. Taste: malt, biscuit, yeast.
marcogrind (81) - Milano, ITALY - APR 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden, ok foam. Aroma of coriander, yellow fruits, yeast, citrus, esters. Taste similar. Alchool hidden. Aftertaste simple and a bit clean,
davidtjm (804) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pour is blonde with a thin head, aroma is fruity sweet. Taste is banana, alcohol, fruity. Nice
lukedarock (239) - Howell, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Spicy scent definitely a Belgian style, alcohol is obvious but not over the top, not my favorite Belgium too grapey
MrMeadMan (42) - Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange/amber pour with nice "Belgian" nose. Pleasing to the palate heavy on the tongue. Spicy. A good go to sipper coming in at 9.5%ABV.
EvaCandido (31) - Padova, ITALY - APR 5, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Belgian ale spiced with coriander. Malt and biscuit aroma and (too) intense coriander taste. Lightly unbalance at the taste. Good body even if the 9.5% abv.
Shark_Pants (375) - AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Cloudy golden colour with fluffy white head and beautiful cascades of bubbles running up the tulip glass. Aroma of multigrain bread with honey and spices. The taste is like a strong wit beer - wheaty, honey, coriander, lemon rind, slightly hoppy and boozy. Full bodied and sticky. Really quite good.
hman43 (490) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2015
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I pours a golden color with a generous white head. Spice dominate the aroma with yeast and earthly leaves. The initial flavors of spice dominate the taste as yeast flavors follow as earthly elements, and a spicy kick to the palate. Itís a bit much on the spices for my tastes, but not bad overall.
kespecial (100) - - APR 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really respect Victory in general, but Iíve always felt this beer was a bit too much--even for a tripel. Pouts a fine golden orange; could use more head retention. Aroma is very fruity--apricot and mango, but mostly banana. Taste is quite sweet, there is a little yeast and a whiff of hops but itís mostly more banana, some bubblegum even. I can see why folks dig it, but itís just too fruity and sweet for my taste. Not bad, but Iíd take an Allagash or one of the Beligians (St Bernardus et al.) over this any day.