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.
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The body has a hazy pale golden color with lots of yeast sediment and effervescent bubbles. The head is tall and light in color. It quickly settles to a very thin wisp layer. It still makes a few nice lace rings before fading though. There are nice fresh fruity banana and orange juice like esters in the nose along with light bready yeast notes. I also get a slight fruity/citrus hop like note the background. On the tongue the flavor matches the nose with estery and bready yeast and maltiness. This is followed up with some citrus hop notes blending in with spice and a touch of abv. The hop notes dry out the yeast and malt in the finish and then a slow fading bitterness takes over. The palate is well carbonated and lively.
ajjekko (2) - - SEP 14, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First beer I’ve ever really liked. Smells great, tastes spicy and sweet. Would like to try more like this.
biirusaikou (679) - - SEP 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Banana tart, raisin, yeast, pepper, alcohol. Quite flavorful tripel but alcohol is a bit too present as it warms.
drjoeng (18) - - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
9.5% ABV. Belgian style Tripel.
Nice "tripel" type nose. Invitingly alcoholic.
Nice thick head. It’s a head, all right.
Nose is full of sugar plums. Some light sweet tobacco. Leathery almost.
First mouthful is full of gravitas. It’s a substantial sweet spicy mouthful with a just enough carbonation to keep it from being too much. Broad flavors of nutmeg, cloves, corriander and a hint of bergamot in the last silky strands of the aftertaste, just before it sweeps off the palate. This is an ale equivalent of a pair of 40 somethings finding love, with plenty of unexplained baggage that neither party cares to address, the taut hook and wire of vestigial teenage lust and the allure of elaborately veiled mystery. This is not an ale whose charms are quickly discovered. You peel away the layers as you spend more time with it. Disturbingly satisfying, this one.
jsnicholas (139) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz $2.50): Pours a cloud golden with nice white head. Good lacing. Tasted sweet citrus first and ended with strong spices. Medium plus carbonation. Little warming too. A good Tripel.
hawanna (2164) - GERMANY - SEP 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,355 l bottle
caramel, floral, herbs, dried fruits, golden, hazy, rocky head, white foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, oily feel, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,
shanoknowsfood (51) - Hawaii, USA - SEP 3, 2014
0.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle @ The White Horse Pub, Sarasota, FL. Took one sip and my lips puckered-up so tight thought i was gonna need a crow-bar to get them apart! Sour fruit is all i could taste.
This stuff is horrible.
baraciisch (1885) - USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden orange in color... Aroma of golden malts, spices, citrus, apple cider... Flavor is spices, golden malts, candi sugar, fairly spicy finish... Solid beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Niall73 (1782) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours gold. Belgy, bready yeastiness with a hint of lemon. Medium body, medium carbonation. Sweet, with candy, apple, pear, lemon, bread... Some zingy sherbetty boozy candy stuff on the finish. Nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jerd16 (194) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden and brilliant white head sits proudly on top. Aroma is a melange of belgian esters and noble-hop qualities. Spicy, a little sweet (ripe banana). There’s a pilsner type influence. Grain maybe. This is more prevalent in the taste which is pilsner driven. Spicy, bitter and a little coarse. Finish reveals some esters. a little yeast, and scratchy bitter-hop flavor. Mild herbal aftertaste. Much more hoppy than other Tripels but the pilsner element and its coarse effect is not to my taste.