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White Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 15
Gots: 67 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian inspired Tripel ale, Golden Monkey aged for 3 months in oak white wine bbls.

(Beer added by: Jonada on 03-05-2013)
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Victory White Monkey
750 ml bottle, corked and caged
I could not find any freshness dating but I'm sure I just missed it

I was surprised when I pulled the cork from the bottle that it didn't "pop". Following that, a fairly aggressive pour was requireded to bring up any head on it. It looked good once formed though, with a thin cap of creamy white foam atop a cloudy golden-orange body. (Had it rested and left the sediment behind would it look better clear?) The head held well, and it left some very nice lacing about the glass.

In the nose it was almost perfume-like with notes of cedar, torn green leaves, flowers, dull spice (with the exception of some brighter coriander), and a spritz of fruit (grape/orange/grapefruit/pineapple/mango/papaya, and at one point even a note of coconut) with a hint of vanilla underneath. It conjured for me an image of myself sitting in a bamboo hut surrounded by vegetation and mountains opening some small wooden box to find beautiful golden fruits and spices inside.

As I'd expected, it was fairly soft in the mouth with just a caress of carbonation across the tongue. I liked that, but I wasn't sure if it was intended that way or not. Should I have cellared it for a few weeks to let it build some carbonation? And would it be better with a bit more zest to it?

The flavor followed the aroma, and it was interestingly woody with lots of cedar and drying notes of oak. Malt was present but acted more as a base for the wood, spice, and fruit. The bitterness was kept in check, and the alcohol was well cloaked. As you progress through the glass, all of the components take a step forward to present themselves a little bit more on their own than as part of the whole, leaving it quite complex, and yet at the same time not complicated or confusing at all. Lemon and oak with a drip of sugar syrup followed by a swirl of spice in the dry finish. It's remarkably accessible and easy to drink, but there is depth of character if you choose to seek it out.

Victory has never let me down before, and this is an impressive beer. I'm assuming that it's just their standard Golden Monkey aged in previously used oak barrels (wine, probably Chardonnay) but it becomes something completely unto itself. Well worth trying, and probably worth seeking out.

NeroFiddled, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

I like Golden Monkey so aging it in wine barrels just screams for me to buy it! Well, this brew pours outstanding. Cloudy golden body with a nice finger worth of frothy white head. Time to dive in for the aroma! Fruity Belgian yeast with a nice grape musk. Honey sweetness with some oak presence. The flavor is just as the aroma. Nice blend between oak and fruit notes. There's a mild floral with vanilla and faint coconut. Honey sweetness and no booze. This finishes dry and bittersweet. The feel of the brew is Medium-light body, par Belgian carbonation.

Overall: I’m sorry to see this Monkey leave. The flavor profile is strong but the mouth feel makes it easy to savor. Victory is great at making quality brews, and this one should be added to their portfolio. This brew is Recommended.

Shroud0fdoom, Monday at 09:41 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

TheSamKuehn, Monday at 03:57 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

schmitter, Saturday at 05:51 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ninjembro, Saturday at 12:47 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Oops, Sep 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Duesler, Sep 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DrBier, Sep 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Washuffizi98, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Ycallacy
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Rich chardonnay taste. A meal in itself Closer to wine than beer. A lover of golden monkey will enjoy this as well.

Ycallacy, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DrDietz, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

petewheeler, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +8.3%

artpepper, Sep 11, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

PVMT, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and funky with malt, honey, fruit, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, fruit, funk, white wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting sour and funk qualities from the white wine barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

BryanK, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

RBuckley73, Sep 08, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -1%

Kevinpitts, Sep 07, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

grover37, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

750ml corked and caged bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich .5 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick, layered and spotty with decent cling. Looks nice though the head could use a little work.

Nose is grape must, wood, cinnamon, molasses and brown sugar. Not much spice happening nor are there any yeasty notes. Still, decent if a little subtle.

Flavor is of grape must, wood, honey, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a big, spicy ending. Real sweet with a nice overtone of green grape fruitiness. Nice but this is definitely a bit awkward for the style.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down accented with a crisp finish and slightly lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable!

Not what I was expecting at all from a barrel-aged tripel. No real funk or any sort of Belgian flavor profile. That being said, this is still a surprisingly enjoyable beer. Won't win any style points though.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

JohnofUpton, Sep 01, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

cfadams17, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

whojim, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

PEIhop, Aug 30, 2014
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White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.