RATINGS: 2582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev. With a name like "Golden Monkey" this has to be good right? Lets see: Pours a clear bubbly golden yellow with a spare white head. Aroma has that Belgan smell -- fruity, floral, wheaty and yeasty -- along with some banana, pepper and clove. Tastes very much like a Belgian as well, its sweet, spicy and fruity. Its also nice and smooth and I could not detect the 9.5% at all. Ill definitely be getting more of this monkey in the future. Yay monkey!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottled on 1/26/05, consumed 7/31/05: Yeasy aroma with lemon and honey notes; crispy apple flavored maltiness, with spicey pear and vanilla dessert hints; well hidden alcohol; flowery hoppiness, and a smooth and dry finish; not overly complex, but a tastey and damn fine tripel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (3370) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of blankboy. Clear golden yellow with no head. Aroma is sweet, floral, and yesty in a way that made me think "Belgian!". Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant. Flavour is tart and musty, a little spicey, a but of barnyard. Nice stuff, but it wasnt as great as Id been expecting based on its reputation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle courtesy of blankboy. Golden yellow pour, no head. Soft slightly floral wheat/grass aroma. Strong alcohol in taste - not much else though. Certainly a strong light malt and wheat taste as well I suppose. Some spice as it warms, with a lingering bitterness. 96 percentile? An Abbey Tripel? Really? DI had no idea. Decent, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2005 Pours a clear gold with a thin head. Aroma of spices, clove, yeast. Tastes sweet and clear. I think it does indeed bear resemblence to a hefe-weisen, but sweeter, and a warmer alcohol feel. Not a "great experience" beer, but worth the drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6563) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (12oz) - shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc at tupalevs domicile - provided by blankboy. Poured a slightly hazy yellow-gold with an average, creamy, off-white head and very nice lacing. Aroma - noticeable alcohol, sharp-sweet malt - very much like a classic strong belgian wheat - yeasty, and a bit "urine-y" on warming. The alcohol behaved itself on tasting, I got the spicy maltiness, ashy hop bitterness, a bit of banana, other fruits - somewhat citrus-acidic on the linger. Very nicely balanced for a 9.5% - I want more. I didnt get any sediment,but would not have minded at all!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2005
UPDATED: APR 28, 2014 Bottled. There was a whole heap of sediment in the bottle but careful pouring isolated it and therefore the haze wasnt too much. The colour was on the copper side of gold and not much head was produced. The aroma was very spicy peppery and yeasty. It is a very inviting smell. The taste is also very spicy and yeasty. The alcohol comes through nicely, warming you up, and everything combines together to produce a well-balanced tasty beer. Score 4.0
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 3.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2005
$9.99 six pack from Central Market. I wouldnt have laid out that kind of cash on a new beer if it werent for the Victory name. As tripels go, this one is very wheaty with cloves and spices and other stuff all over it. Lots of other stuff. If masking the high alcohol was the attempt, it succeeded. A little too well for me. This one is pure adulteration. Wheres my beer? I wont buy this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1679) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Bottle-12oz. Victory has just arrived in Texas...and were thrilled!!! This beer has it all, flavor, looks, body, smell, body, etc. And the 9.5% is well hiddened, until you drink 2! Better than 90% of any Belgium ales you can buy here in the US. Over the top..wow. Im sending some off to my buddies that havent had this...have fun guys...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2005
This was very nice for a tripel. Yellow fizzy body with fizzy white head. The nose was spice, and the % was well hidden . Good , but most victory are.

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