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.
aumentm (182) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the best beer that Victory makes. It is a delightful beer that is golden and light but has a tremendous taste and will make you asking for a second.
agl108 (824) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured hazy gold with suspended sediment. Candi sugar, bread, some yeast. Lively carb.
MichaelAwesome (4896) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ein schön wuchtiges Piwo mit einer sehr angenehmen Süffigkeit, Aromen von etwas Hopfen, Malz, ein paar Früchten und Nuss. Trinkbar, schwer, vollkommen in Ordnung.
two7offsuit (273) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of grass. Similar flavor with some subtle spice.
McTapps (4897) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Rudat in Dortmund. The beer has got a hazy golden-orange colour with a steady head and medium body. Aroma of Belgian yeast, malt and herbs. Taste of mild yeast,light malt, hops, ripe fruits, bread and flowers. Herbal hints. Easy drinkable, solid beer. Enjoyed it.
Fakdaddy (18) - - FEB 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The fact is the most recent version and the rest is history is not an easy to play the piano is not an easy to play the piano is
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Grumbo (687) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at BrewDog, Birmingham, UK. Pours a golden orange colour with a good sized white head. Aroma of malt, lemon, citrus hops, spice and yeast. Medium sweetness, light bitterness, soft carbonation. Texture a little slick.
Hkrivera (152) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - FEB 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Excellent flavor and balance. Didn't feel the spices as advertised. Yet, a good brew to match with seafood.
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TXMark (1) - - FEB 4, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
This stuff is the bomb. Tastes great and high ABV. I will be buying again.
bennetporter (145) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber from a bottle. Nose is a nice banana-y yeastiness, some bread, some spice. Flavor is all of those with a good floral hop to it. A warm alcohol finish is nicely balanced. Very good beer.