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.
MikeJslc (636) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep gold, clear, fluffy off-white head. Soft bready malt, peppery phenols, earthy spice, some herbal notes b
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chucklemation (163) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden yellow with a foamy white head. Has a sweet yeasty body and finishes with a unique spice taste. Smooth and refreshing.
Ktwse (1235) - SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours lightly cloudy yellow with medium, thick white head. Aroma of fruit - peach, banana, honey, light orange - yeast, dough and light bread. Taste is fairly rich alcohol and yeast sweet up front before a light bitterness in the finish. Very rich and creamy body with soft carbonation.
gripweed57 (438) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy golden color topped by a small creamy white head. Nice Belgian lace. Yeasty citrus malt aroma. Soft complex lemony malt flavor upfront. Spicy, yeasty malt flavor. Smooth and drinkable. Has a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes slightly dry with a slight tart aftertaste. Nicely done.
BOSSbrewer (1031) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Alewife in Baltimore. Pours a crystal clear golden. Light white foam. Beautiful in the glass. Aroma is yeasty and floral. Very nice. Flavor is bready and yeasty. Some alcohol. Medium bodied great beer.
bdlangton (4) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2013 does not count
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle. Clear golden color. Mild spice aroma, taste follows suit. Overall decent but nothing spectacular.
Frovigalning (2479) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at a Systembolaget tasting. Smell of fresh green apples. Light mild taste with some green apples. Also some grass and herbs. Fresh and easy to drink but not worth the price.
CraftBeerNick (624) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Ritz Carlton, Orlando, 18th November 13. OK Tripel, I was not really in the mood for this. Well rounded, some spice, it was fine, but pretty much the same as many of these boring Belgian style beers
Sawbones79 (14) - - NOV 17, 2013
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Cloudy yellow in colour, large and persistent head. Smells like yeast and spices. Palate is rather thin, and the taste is all yeast and malt. Great example of a triple, but not my kind of beer.
Linnet (937) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Ar: floral, grass, corn, spicy, yeasty, alcohol, bready, banana.
Ap: hazy golden colour, small white head.
T: medium bite, mid-sweet, yeasty, bready, floral.
P: medium/fullbodied, lively carbonation, warming finish.