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RATINGS: 2582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2789) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Pours a dingy strawish color with a fair head. Aroma is hard to pin down: maybe some yeast or bread, a bit of coriander, and... I hesitate here... bananas? Could this be the monkey attraction? If it is bananas its really subtle, but the whole aroma is that way. Flavor is different in that it is much more pronounced. Sweet and spicy (maybe some vanilla, a real brief pepper blast and then fading to a yeast flavor.) Palate is a bit strange and Im not sure that it all comes together as nice as I would like, but it is a nice brew. The alcohol bites a bit, and possibly interferes with the blending and finish of the flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 Bottle from 123456Green. Pours a hazy golden color with an impressive white head. The head is very dense, bordering on a nitro poured appearance and made of itsy bubbles. The damn thing never fades below half an inch. Suprisingly, little lacing is left. Aroma is sweet, candylike with peppery notes. Medium light bodied, very well carbonated. Flavor tends to run sweet, nice peppery bite from the yeast I suppose. Quite well done. <P> Bottle dated June 29 05 tasted in Nov. 06. Deep golden colored with a decently lived white head, good lacing. A bit lacking in nose although its a bit stuffy at the time. Muted yeast, no real spice presence, perhaps a touch of mint?. Medium bodied with enough of an alcohol burn to let you know it is present, lightly drying. Peppery yeast in the fore, alcohol. Slight spiced notes towards the finish. Still fairly tasty, although I wouldnt rate is quite as highly. 7/3/7/3/14

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
yum. sweet, honey notes, went down smooth. this my favorite Victory brew. was warned not to drink "the monkey piss" but am glad I didnt listen to those who tried to warnt me away from it, its really good. packs a bit of a whallop but does so nicely as opposed to some other "strong beers" Ive rated.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Yep, its golden. I dont, however, know where the monkeys come into play. But lets face it: monkeys are fun. Not much of a head (but, really, how much do you want from a monkey?). This has a high alcohol content (9.5%) and it sure tastes like it. A monkeyd get drunk off this in no time. The spices I found to be very subtle. Some flavors down there like cloves and vanilla (especially in the finish), maybe some bananas too, which would drive the monkeys crazy. A bit of a buttery mouthfeel and appetizing, pungent peppery, alcoholic finish. Another one of these and I might start wailing on some Samsonite luggage.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2005
pours a crystal clear gold color. spicy (coriander) yeasty (bread) aroma, with some wheatcream flavors as well. a verty interesting tripel, and almost no alcohol presence thanks to the sweet finish. pretty good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1519) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Sharp! This one packs some punch. Very wheat beer esq, but with more more umph behind it. Pours a golden cloudy yellow, with a small white head. Huge citrus, clove, banana aroma, very yeasty. There isnt a whole lot more in the flavour, more of the aromas flavours and then some sweetness and alcohol punch. There is also a sour note to this beer as well. It goes down very smooth, especially when you consider that it is almost 10%.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3419) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle, from Julios. Bottled on Apr 26, 05. Good nose, spicy perfumy, sweet. Clove, banana, lemon, Hazy yellowy gold color. Good head that stayed for a bit. Bitter sweet flavors, like aromas, with some orange and vanilla too. Thicker body, creamy mouthfeel, sweet sticky finish. Kinda liking this one, which is a tad out of style for me. Has a balance of flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 Pours lightly cloudy and golden with a fully receding white head. Fruity aroma with notes of honey, bubblegum, toasted malt, and apples. Taste is quite sweet and sticky with notes of honey, citric spices, fruity esters: pears, melons. Finish is spicy with bubblegum esters. Body is medium to full bodied and carbonation is high. Finishes a bit sweeter than its Belgian counterparts, but still an enjoyable beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lifeofravis (21) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Very good. Distinct taste and good alcohol content. Whenever i come home to PA this is one of the first beers i want to have.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2005
This is the way I like beer. A good flaw right up front, the unmasked alcohol, right in my face. Its fumes warm my nostrils. Underneath the obvious ethanol lies the spiciness and yeastiness that I crave. A bit of bittering hops thrown in but none for aroma. Great stuff, very craft-brewed feeling. Not unlike a very well-made homebrew.


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