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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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Well this is the very last beer remaining from Jeremy’s shipment to me in early August, the guy is a great trader!
Pours a pale golden orange body with a soft lace of head. The aroma is slightly bitter…it’s yeasty, and spicy. Flavor is the apex of this Triple; large notes of coriander and orange peel, the an introduction to my spice garden: thyme, clove, cardamom, and a sweet pickling spice, somehow all strewn together to make a very delightful brew! Mostly the yeasty notes and the thyme stand out to me, but hey, I just call it like I taste it.
The palate is medium, rather fizzy and soft…. The finish is a chunk of fresh sourdough bread. Enjoyable brew!

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Discofish (152) - USA - DEC 19, 2003
At first you taste the alcohol, then a sweet fruityness. It is not too sweet, but it isn't the type of thing I could drink one after another. Slightly yeasty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6377) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2005 Bottled March 03... Poured a cloudy yellow orange color with hardly any head or lacing. Light fruits, oranges, apples, and some alcohol in the aroma. Spice, some honey, spice, some yeast all present in the taste. Very citrusy and only alittle alcoholic. I think I will enjoy this whole 750 by myself.
At 2 yrs old, the characteristics really havent changed much. Tastes sweeter, alcohol is still noticed.
At 5 yrs, wow, heres the change! Very fruity aroma, sweet taste, a tart citrus flavor develops. No alcohol. The taste struck me very similar to sweet tarts. Age this 4 - 5 years, I know I will.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Appletart (10) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Don't you just love when your beer is the color of late afternoon sunshine? Well, I do. Basic fruity beer scent, spicy, and inviting. I'm suddenly craving pie, hmm, interesting. Dude, this beer rocks! Spicy, not sweet. Amazingly smooth & unoffensive for 9.5er. Cheap too. I'm always a sucker for a colorful, psychodelic bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Ahh another beautiful Victory.Poured a nice gold color with an aroma of fruits and spice.The alcohol was not hidden at all and warmed your mouth all the way down to my belly.I want more of this stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Very light on the Belgian yeast, which sems to be a rather large obstacle for American brewers to overcome. The beer is full of only slightly estery malt (thank you victory for the conservative yeast) and tangy, alchoholic goodness. This is surprisingly smooth with the hot kick (but not offensive) of alchohol, and sublte spice that lends itself to tremendous drinkability.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 We first experienced the Monkey at the 2003 beer exchange. What an introduction into Tripels. It was decided that the next time we should sample in smaller quantities... this monkey bites... hard! Definitely an herbal aroma with some great spiciness although I could not figure out exactly which spices they were. This is a sweet tasting beer and remains that way for the entire bottle. Nice golden color, but not totally clear. This beer is bottle conditioned and leaves a nice bit of yeast on its bottom. Great stinging finish and packs a good wallop. I drank one and enjoyed a nice sweet slumber on my couch!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13020) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a golden color with a medium frothy head. Has a honey and citrus taste with a creamy mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
"Enchanting and enlightening" is quite a claim, but this beer comes nearly as close as any. Very smooth, with a nectar-like, syrupy heaviness which coats your palate, it's right on for a tripel. Sweet, spicy, and certainly warming. Perfect for a winter night (or for any night at all :)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2003
12 oz. Bottle - Bottled on date: Jul 24 03 <P> Effervescent, pale honey with a hint of orange. Good clarity. Thin white cap with fair lacing. The aroma has a hefty amount of barnyard funk, along with some honey and apple fruitiness. A bit of spiciness as well. The flavor has much more tropical fruit complexity than what was hinted at in the nose. Lots of honey, apple, pineapple, and pear. The earthy funkiness that dominated the aroma is subdued here, and is noticeable mostly in its dry finish. Coriander, medicinal phenols, grass, and spicy alcohol round out the flavor. Its lush, creamy mouthfeel is quite nice, but still a step behind the better Belgian examples. Adding the dregs brings another layer of complexity, with some lengthy, bready yeast character. The last bottle of this I had (several months ago) was horribly contaminatedgood to see Victorys QC has improved. Overall, this is a very flavorful domestic tripel, but still not quite as good as those from Southampton or Allgash.


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