Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Victory Golden Monkey

My second stab this week at a Belgium style Trippel ale. This one from Victory brewing. I spoke briefly on the Trippel style the last time when I had the New Belgium ale, so I'll skip that tonight.
The Bewery: Victory Brewery is located in Downington Pennsylvania. The president and brewmasters of Victory are Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski who both trained in Germany. You can definetely see evidence of that in his Prima Pils and other seasonal Lagers that he creates. They have a wide varieties of ale and lagers, which is somewhat unique for an American Craft brewery where ales are usually the key.
The Beer: Made of 2 row German Malt, European Hops and Belgian yeast this beer ways in at 9.5% alcohol. I used a similar chalice to the one I tasted the New Belgium to keep for a similar experience. The beer pour a nice orangish color, with a quarter inch foamy white head that slowly dissapated. There was a nice amount of lacing until the beer warmed slightly (this is a sipping beer!). There is a nice level of spiceness and orange scents in the nose along with a breadiness. In the mouth there is a nice level of yeastiness, citric sweetness, hop bitterness and spiceness. Plenty of carbonation as this is bottle fermented. I really enjoyed this beer, and would rank it above the New Belgium Trippel. Here is what the folks over at Beeradvocate say.

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