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.
Sigmund (6645) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.5%. Golden colour, huge white head. Sweetish aroma of white kandij sugar syrup, newmown grass, herbs and mild spices. Medium sweet and yeasty flavour, again with notes of white kandij sugar, also fairly distinct notes of black and white peppercorn, noticeable hops in the finish. Not a bad beer, but a bit too sugary.
Dal9000 (491) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Milano's. Pours murky golden. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Orange blossoms with an underlying bitterness. A cream sickle finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
Dervock (940) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can - pours pale gold. Aroma is yeasty, spice, phenolic, apples and banana. Taste is sweet with spice. Sweetness carries over into the finish with building fruit and spice.
JacksonCR (12) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Possesses a beautiful and delicate golden body with a fluffy white head. The aroma is faintly sweet and a bit yeasty and malty. The taste is a delicious mix off spice and sweet grains.
ferguimara (12) - - AUG 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color. Fruity aromas, spices and yeast. Taste is heavily dominated by the yeast, some fruits, spice, citrus and alcohol. Slight bitter finish. Very heavy and filling.
Hiledd (75) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright white foam, bubbly, golden straw hay color, grassy and floral aroma. Peppery, clove, biscuit flavor. Bomber with cork, much better than bottle.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
wyldeturkey101 (69) - - AUG 4, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours into a wonderful golden body wit a white head. aroma is sweet but not too strong, taste is a wonderful mix off spice and sweet cereal. a great wee drink.
TEJA (2368) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Oliver Twist Stockholm. Lasting white head. Clear solid golden color. Phenolic /pear aroma. Malty with a mellowed phenol taste. Lasting bitterness in balanced amount.
lownote (513) - Austin, Alabama, USA - JUL 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty Belgian yeast aroma. Very clear, small head. Light spice flavor, sweet. Borderline cloying. Thickish body, surprisingly. Maybe thats from carbonation still in the beer because it didnt escape a lot in the pour. This is good to very good.
BitchPls (758) - FINLAND - JUL 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden orange beer with a big white foam. Quite sour aroma, I got a hint of gooseberry actually! Taste is excellent. Sweet, sour, lots of citrus, yeast, just a hint of earthiness. Very nice texture. Medium bodied and rich yet fresh and refreshing. Excellent balance.