lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2008GSanner (2) - - JUN 27, 2017 does not count
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 donít 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. Itís like sandblasted glass now. Nice bite, lots of flavor - I taste bacon, and I smell banana. Iím not crazy about smoke in beers - see my future review of Triumphís Rauchbier, for example, but this is balanced pretty nicely. Thereís 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 wasnít the first thing to reach out and grab me, but Iíll be sure to keep it on the top of my list when Iím looking for something special to sip, enjoy, and savor. What a treat.
Strong and hefty. Lots of spice makes it nice to drink. High alcohol content as well
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DavidWoodruff (603) - Windsor, California, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Deep gold with a white head. Honey and floral aroma. Sweet malty, boozy and full bodied. Nice but could be drier. asb8806 (3) - - JUN 10, 2017 does not count
Pretty middle of the road for taste, high abv and a bit heavy make this a one or two beer kind of brew.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone hauxe (712) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 18, 2017
Pours gold with a light haze. The white head soon fades. Aroma is bubblegum, apple juice, fresh dough, spice. Taste is mostly sweet but with a complex undertones: bubblegum, apple, plum, pepper, clove. An interesting mixture that works. The finish is long, dry, bittersweet, spicy, and warming. Body is medium with a nicely balanced carbonation. Excellent. Geiserich (4499) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAY 13, 2017
Bottle from Hofstetten: Aroma ist a nice mix of fruits, yeast and spices. Notes of oranges, grain, honey, Belgian yeast, candies. Flavour is also very fruity with oranges, candies and honey but also herbal hops. Ends light herbal bitter. Nice and round.
wombat23 (1362) - Texas, USA - APR 30, 2017
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pours clear gold with a white head. Aroma of Belgian spice, yeast, fruit. Taste is bubble gum, fruit, clove, Belgian spice, yeast, honey notes. Alcohol is well hidden - this could be dangerous. Excellent. darbeer75 (887) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2017
Aroma: light belgian spice with some apple juice; Appearance: clear golden pour with thin white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: brighter and more complex than aroma; tons of additional spice; Palate: medium body with long spicy finish; Overall: not my favorite tripel but decent. Incizion86 (2) - Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2017 does not count
Has a sweet malted taste, with a a strong bite for a finish. A delicious end to an evening. Pdubyah (724) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 6, 2017
Goodness above, Thatís a crashing amount of things going on, Lovely aroma does not prepare you for the explosion in the mouth of softness and a giant harshness and tart dryness that flows, sweet, sharp, soft and brutish. Loved it ! beer_rookie (554) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Oh man, my review vanished.
Pours a golden color. Lots of sediment, and chunks floating about. Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head is white, took several attempts to pour it all into the glass.
Aroma is bready, spicy, banana, grape, brown sugar, yeast.
Taste is much of the same. Yeast, coriander. Brown sugar, banana. Ooh, touch of vanilla. Banana.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. You taste and feel the alcohol right away. Well, not so much taste it, but detect it. Smooth, but slightly astringent.
Overall, this is pretty good. I like it. Itís both easy and hard to drink. I would probably buy it again, if the price was right.