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RATINGS: 2571   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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Victory Golden Monkey Tripel Ale with Spices ABV: 9.5% IBU: n/a Volume: 12 fl. oz. Glass: shaker 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 dont 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. Its like sandblasted glass now. Nice bite, lots of flavor - I taste bacon, and I smell banana. Im not crazy about smoke in beers - see my future review of Triumphs Rauchbier, for example, but this is balanced pretty nicely. Theres 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. Aroma/Olfactory: 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. Visuals/Appearance: Color is pale and a solid block of gold. Liquid is cloudy with yeast. Head/Lace is nowhere to be found. Taste/Flavor: 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. Palate/Tactile: 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 wasnt the first thing to reach out and grab me, but Ill be sure to keep it on the top of my list when Im looking for something special to sip, enjoy, and savor. What a treat.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexmate (118) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2017
Golden Amber in colour, big head and lacing all the way down the glass. Nose is of brown sugar, malts and cloves. Taste is fairly similar with a caramel\burnt sugar taste dominating similar to the likes of Leffe Brune, cloves, coriander and winter spice on the finish. Compared to Trappist beers this was a bit thin. Price Paid: 2 - 330ml bottle on clearance.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4362) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle from Crafty Bottle, Lincoln. Slight hazy glow to this golden beer with a white head. Aroma is light yeasty fruity and a touch of honey. Taste is dominated by the sweetness. Medium body.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (5126) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2017
08.02.2017, 12 oz can @ home:
Nice slightly fizzy-creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet yeasty, candi sugar, light malts, yeast, minerals, fruit stones, grass, almond essence, hay, flowers, weeds, hints of citrus peel and spices. Taste is slightly sweet mineraly, weeds, candi sugar, minerals, bark, alcohol, paper, fruit stones, almond essence, light malts, metal tank,spices. Medium bitterness, slightly harsh metallic mouthfeel. Not really my cup of tea.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclefrito62 (203) - Stow, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Medium straw in color. Slight hint of malt. Very smooth for 9.5% alcohol beer. Hides alcohol very well. Above average for the style.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Franckg (1441) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2017
Bouteille date du 28/08/2016, bue aprs 5 mois. Robe dore assez claire avec un mince voile de mousse. Armes de vieux houblons, agrumes, orange passe date, cantaloup, beurre. En bouche, agrumes sucrs, miel, un petit ct pass date, houblons herbacs, mangue, poire, pche, resine. Texture huileuse et corps moyen.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2680) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2017
Draft Half Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Aug 2010 - Orangey Gold in colour. Very Spicy; coriander, cloves. Very Yeasty. Fruity; citrus orange, banana. Hoppy; floral hops. Malty; caramel, candy sugar; sweet malts. Sweet spicy yeasty malty throughout. Dry finish. Very tasty. Very decent. (2010-08)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PowY (435) - AUSTRIA - JAN 28, 2017
355 ml bottle. Pours a clear golden with a white head. The aroma is lightly yeasty, mainly with notes of pear. Full body with a medium carbonation and a heavy sweetness. The taste is malty, molasses, caramel, honey overripe pears. For me the sweetness is too dominant. 13 7 3 6 4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleksander9 (1486) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2017
Hazy golden with white head. Banana, coriander and Belgian esters. Sweet, slick and spicy alcoholic finish. Great! Just enough coriander to keep it interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopmaestro (1491) - rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2017
Aroma is fruity with banana, honey and oranges. Taste is light spicey and malty with a citrus touch. Fruity and estery. Likeable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5978) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Bright yellow draft pour at Marianos. White head. Spices - pepper and lemon flavors and crisp. Hides the booze well.


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