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.
deepeary (17) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice tripel. Pours clear golden with soapy white head. Well carbonated. Smells like banana, clove, yeast. Same notes for the taste, classic for the style. Easy drinking. Booze is dangerously hidden.
novice101 (189) - - MAR 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer, very light for the amount of alcohol, almost no burn as well no presence, loads of fruity flavors with some spices.
Jerm719 (89) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good head, huge nose. Typical triple flavors, yeast, banana bubblegum, cloves, orange rind. Balanced spice. Medium body, not too sweet. Alcohol well hidden. Pretty good.
Beerhunter111 (3467) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein trübes goldenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch hefig, malzig süß, fruchtig, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack hefig, malzig süß, fruchtig, Gewürze.
Eberndt (127) - - FEB 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a yellow hazy color with a frothy head. Excellent mouth feel and slightly sweet fruit notes.
SimonTja (33) - Stockholm, - FEB 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours bright yellow with a very faint head. Smells yeasty, banana clove and a bit spicy. Comes up caramelly with a lot of yeast input which quickly turns to dominant clove and spice with an alcohol burn and a pretty big bitterness for a tripel. Medium full mouthfeel, extremely tiny bubbles.
biokid23 (97) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ugh. I don’t think I particularly like Tripels. Way too much yeast for my liking, with what seemed like a harsh alcohol taste. Did have some nice fruitiness though.
warhawk91 (206) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a vibrant gold mostly clear with a a nice bubbly white head with decent retention. Smell is bananas, orange and spices with a clove and pepper note. Some booze comes through as well. Taste is spicy with citrus and clove with good sweetness in the middle. This is balanced by a subtle hop finish and boozy kick. Has very good lacing for the ABV. Good example of the style, although not as easy drinking as other trippels I've had.
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larsniclas (5308) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from Systembolaget
Slightly hazy, light golden. White head.
Spicy aroma; nutmeg and pomerance.
Yeasty and spicy flavour; wormwood, nutmeg.
drostj (96) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours clear pale gold and a bit fizzy. Very little head. Rich aroma - fruity, floral, slightly rich. Smooth feel that coats the tongue, with a nice effervescence. Full, round flavor - a bit spicy, slightly sweet with some citrus and vanilla;a bit of cloves too, maybe? Finishes with some bitterness which nicely offsets the initial sweetness. Very nice beer.