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Beer – #919 – Victory – Golden Monkey

… with added spice …. Beer Jerk beer club night again. A can. A Tripel. Unusual enough, and it’s really pushing my sense of what’s proper in beer. I wouldn’t have brought a Tripel in a Can, it doesn’t seem proper.

Enchanting and enlightening

This is a 12oz or 355ml can of a beer that is 9.5% ABV and 25 IBU, this is an impressive 2.66 standard drinks in NZ.

Brewed by Victory Brewing Company (ABV) in the style that is an  Abbey Tripel – and that happened in DowningtownPennsylvania  USA

spank that bad boy

Experience the sweet, sensual aromas and flavors of our famous Belgian-Style Tripel. Immerse yourself in rich notes of fruit and spice and savor its dry finish.

Nose is loaded with Belgian yeast character. Banana, clove, isoamyl. Body is equally fruity with light earthy hop character. Boozy with a dry finish.

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.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

This beer is conditioned so avoid pouring the last dregs of yeast residue into your glass. Unless you’re into that sort of thing. Give it a lively pour for a big, fluffy head.

‘lively pour’….. riiiight – so give it a run up….

Bubble-gummy aroma, but also apple juice, or that cidrax stuff,

Gave it the big pour and got a reasonable but not outstanding head, I even came armed with the giant glass just in case.

Cloudy orange pour, white head that upped and mostly left. Lovely aroma the glass, that same bubble-gum, sugary sweetness.

Goodness above, That’s 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 !

I love how I’m constantly amazed by good beer, or perhaps I’m not, at the point where I think that 920 is enough I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing.  This is amazing, big brash sweet soft sugary bold and a bit uncouth, and I loved it.  Might be too sugary, might be too brash in the middle, but this is some fine beer.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Beer Jerk Beer Club for the one .
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, it’s like a ray of hope..
  • Would I have another? You’d be mad not to if you had a chance
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? This is a bit yes, it’s a big beer that delivers in a lot of ways of aroma, looks, and tastes that unfold and develop and keep giving. Lovely night out to be had with this I recon.

Music for this:  ” Balto ” Strangers ” on Spotify 

They’re from Portland


Like other abbey ales, Tripels are strong, yeasty-malty beers. But they are also pale, and have a notable hop profile. Hop bitterness may be higher than a typical abbey ale, up to 35IBUs. But the finish is where the hops really shine, as tripels should finish fairly dry. Otherwise, maltiness is still essential to the style, and the assertive yeast note typical of all abbey ales will be more apparent in tripels, since they do not have the rich dark malts to distract the palate. Alcohol flavours feature more prominently in Tripels than in just about any other style.


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