Victory Golden Monkey Tripel Ale
75 Blade Chainsaw
Victory Golden Monkey Tripel Ale is another fine creation from our Downington, Pennsylvania friends at the Victory Brewing Company. This Belgian inspired Tripel Ale is made with Two-Row German Malt, Imported Belgian Yeast and European Whole Flower Hops for a pornographic alcohol content of 9.5% ABV .
I’ve been on a Belgian original and inspired beer bender recently and am concluding the run to pursue that elusive imported lager buzz. But this weekend is lined with the Leffe Blond Belgian native and the American made Golden Monkey.
I had this strong Monkey in the past and was blown away its strong alcoholic power and rough flavors, and as with the Leffe, I wanted revisit this Tripel with a matured palate and a golden liver.
Onto The Method
6.0/10 Blades – The Classic
2.0 – Appearance – Pours handsomely into a stemmed glass with a pale yellow tint and a nicely thick and meaty head. Soapy lacing and colorful micro-sparkles on the sides of the glass are formed by determined carbonation rising to the top as tiny particles of spices and ingredients settle in the opposite direction.
1.0 – Aroma – Tame and sweet malt base that blends in with the powerful alcoholic vapors cutting through sugar goo at the molecular level.
1.0 – Taste – There is again that rough strangeness similar to the Leffe blond but not as tart or astringent- still a bit harsh with the alcohol being the leader of the blend.
0.5 – Palate – A rough palate with a jagged feel smoothed over by an oily caramel and yeast disposition.
1.5 – Overall – Kind of a rough mix of strong flavors and high alcoholic bite. This time, instead of hoping for alcoholic numbness to ease the flavor, I opted to welcome the challenge and restructure my expectations. After all, at 9.5% ABV, I needed to change my attitude in the name of science and research.
6.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze –With an alcohol content of 9.5% ABV, this hammer could have, and should have done more damage. The body and ingredients are light enough for this beast to take charge, but was ultimately slow and lazy. Eventually it took control and asserted its influence.
8.0/10 Blades- The Knife – No problems here as the thin and natural ingredientsharmonized with my powerful lust forimbibition as the knife to cut through the roaring digesting powers of my guts.
7.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –Here too I was surprised as the rush took its sweet time getting here, and after the third was another body buzz. However during the fourth my mind split open and I was lit up with nuclear energy.
8.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – Two things happened; I was able to ride the storm through the end of this six pack, but was left with strange madness and trance-like introspection.
40.0/50 Blades – the buzz – Victory Golden Monkey Tripel Ale is more of a challenging drink than an enjoyable beer – and the same thing goes for its buzz. At first and midway through the six pack it requires work and effort just to get some body sensations, but sends you on a transcendental journey from the fourth and beyond. The power of the brew is initially frustratingly weak but takes a turn after accumulating in the soul. Visions of strange nights in the Far East are common and the night concludes with lucid hypnosis suggesting flight and immanence.