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Enchanting and enlightening, this golden, frothy ale boasts an intriguing herbal aroma, warming alcohol esters on the tongue and light, but firm body to finish. Exotic spices add subtle notes to both the aroma and flavor. Strong, sensual and satisfying.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Victory Golden Monkey Tripel Ale with Spices ABV: 9.5% IBU: n/a Volume: 12 fl. oz. Glass: shaker 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. Aroma/Olfactory: 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. Visuals/Appearance: Color is pale and a solid block of gold. Liquid is cloudy with yeast. Head/Lace is nowhere to be found. Taste/Flavor: 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. Palate/Tactile: 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
miyauchi38 (157) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2014
香りが強い 苦味と甘みも&

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (352) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle. Clear gold. Fruit and yeast aroma. The taste is very unique - sweet alcohol tanin qualities, light butter, spiced bite on the middle, and green apple. The high abv is noticeable on the finish with some numbness on the tongue. Interesting brew by Victory ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bebum (272) - - JUL 6, 2014
Light and luminous gold color, tall and lacy white head. Subtle but misterious aroma, spices, floral, resin. Light body, delicately but full flavored, avg length, balanced. Mildly bittersweet, crisp, hint of salt. Honeyed, hoppy, Pleasant, not huge beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours a medium goldne color, decent whitish head with okay retention, not much lacing. Nose is Belgian funkiness, clove, banana, some dried apricots, grass and caramel. Mouth is medium-full bodied, slight sweetness up front, then dries out and goes a tad towards the bitter end of the scale, cloves prominent with some candy sugra kicking in, then some hints of vanilla and toffee, then ginger shows up near th efinish with a mild spicy note accompanying the ABV warmth. One of my favorite Victory beers. I’ve had this one before but apparently I never got around to rating it.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
firemarshal (144) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle. Clear, yellow. Aroma is slightly skunky, american lager-esque. Flavor is spicy, alcoholic, herbal, malty. I hope this isn’t true to the style. A bit of a disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1222) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Pours a nice golden color with white head. Herbal/floral on the nose with some spice and wheat too; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more spice and floral notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (431) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2014
On tap at the Mayor of Oldtown. Appearance: finger tight white head that does not last, clear, golden color. Aroma: lemongrass, leaves, Belgian yeast, coriander, maybe light pepper. Palate: light body, average carbonation, light dry finish, thin texture. Taste: sweet yeast to light tart fruit taste and slight spice. Overall, super refreshing, great balance, and big tripel. Winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer (875) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2014
Aroma: caramel malts, light yeast notes, spices. Appearance: hazy gold, medium white head. Taste: light bitter and sweet. Palate: sweets intensify quickly, caramel malts, molasses. Overall: fantastic Tripel, lovely aroma and palate. Bottle from BottleDog Kings Cross, Holborn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2228) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. The aroma is spicy alcohol. The flavor is banana, grainy, pear, hot alcohol. Not a great tripel, but a tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tstamba (289) - Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Draft at White Tavern. Pale yellow gold, white head not much lacing... Sweet malts and spices on the nose and palate... Very good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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