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White Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%

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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New York

4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly viscous with a little to no head. The white wine smell dominates the aromas . Smooth on the pallet, very little bitterness . Flavor like the Golden Monkey, with a definite infusion of the white wine qualities. A nice variation , and very sessionable, despite the 9.5 ABV.I only have one bottle anyway. Thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 20:17:05 | More by DrkNite12
Photo of d1ckvanswype


4.76/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into bulbous stemmed wine glass.

A: Poured somewhat gently, yields a scant 1/4 finger of white head which disappears quickly. Shows as an amber gold, certainly a touch darker than the Golden Monkey.

S: The first sniff is pure Golden Monkey, but then you're hit with pear, white peach, white grape, oak and a touch of vanilla. Very, very enticing.

T: What a interesting taste this brew provides! First you get a hit of Golden Monkey-like Belgian sweetness, what seems to be a hoppy bitterness but eventually reveals itself to be the oak, lightly woody and spicy, then another splash of sweet Belgian frutiness that changes back to a spicy, white grape and oak flavor that lingers. Delicious!

M: Perhaps a tad thin for how full the flavor is, but even with the seemingly low carbonation it has a definite spumante mouthfeel with a zingy, tingly bubble feel.

O: A smashing success and I only can hope that this becomes at the very least a seasonal brew from Victory. Victory for your taste buds indeed!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 19:22:59 | More by d1ckvanswype


4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$9 for the 750mL, served in a tulip
Sampled 10MAR13

[A] Half a finger of bright white foamy head rises and falls in twenty seconds or so, leaving a bubbly collar and a few strands of lace. The body is golden yellow-orange in color and very still.

[S] The resemblance between Golden Monkey and White Monkey is actually quite small - if not entirely nonexistent. There are no banana/clove esters; there are practically no yeast notes at all. This works in my favor since I'm not a huge fan of Golden Monkey...or Tripels for that matter.

[T] First of all, the level of American oak is perfect. Soft and smooth with a mildly spicy character and notes of butter and vanillin. The oaky flavor/texture is silky smooth. (I would have guessed French oak to be honest.) A hint of Belgian yeast pokes through, but the overall yeast profile is downplayed and very clean.

[M] The mild tannic fuzzy feeling works well with the low level of bitterness and sweet finish. Light carbonation begins at midpalate and finely scrubs the tongue well after the swallow. Despite the sweet finish, the tongue remains free of the cloying sensation.

[O] I'm not sure what the overall dissatisfaction is with this beer. I think it's great. Perhaps Victory is just an easy target when it comes to special releases. In any case, I happen to think that White Monkey and Oak Horizontal are fantastic - and Red Thunder is way better than average. Dark Intrigue didn't do much for me (but that is a hard arena to step in these days) and I don't think Storm King is the right base beer for bourbon barrel treatment anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 15:21:24 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of Oakenator


4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours broze colored with a slight head. Spotted lacing. Smell is spicy, citrusy, with presence of woody notes. Flavor has grown on me through the bottle - initially a bit of a different take on a beer-wine combo but then revealing a Belgian styled triple up front but followed with oak notes and a bit of alcohol bite on the end. Banana has disappeared from the non-oak version. Different, but good.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:08:20 | More by Oakenator
Photo of smakawhat


4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice tangerine orange, slightly hazy/murky body, very small rising carbonation coming up, with a middle small column of carbonation of translucent bubbles. Head barely makes a finger to settle to a simple white collar. There is a little bit of yeast sediment on the top? actually it looks like real tiny orange zest peels!, even on a decanted pour.

Nose is quite impressive. Classic Belgian sweetness, with a sense of white grape but a wonderful sense of butter chardonnay like oak quality (not diacetyl). Inviting and warming, hints of spicy coriander perhaps? also. This is really nice on the nose.

The palate matches the bouquet, and brings more. First sip is a lovely warming vinous feeling heat, but with hints of buttery oak. A bit tannic sharp, but the palate brings some mellow lemon and orange fruit. The aftertaste is a big surprise as the Belgian candi and the malts open with sweetness of honey and bread. Spicy quality hits on the finish also, with honey coating the lips, and a hop bitterness matching with woody tannic quality to go with it.

Overall this has a sense of a boozy tripel, but isn't alcohol hot. It's got wine character galore, and then even has the nice classic playful sweetness. I love wine like tripels, and I am more convinced this is grand more because of the barrel than the recipe. This barrel made this brew truly wonderful, cause I am not a fan of regular Golden Monkey. Real nice, real memorable.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 15:51:18 | More by smakawhat
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.44/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 00:40:14 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of weeare138


4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appears an apple juice colored gold with a small white cap that fades into a collar.
Tiny spots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of apples, apricots, vanilla, poached pears, peaches, and toasted marshmallows.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a spicy pepper, and vanillins standing out among the cooked peach pie flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, spritzy, bitter of orange peel, and slightly dry.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 01:15:53 | More by weeare138
Photo of srhoadsy


4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a beautiful hazy bronze color with a quarter inch head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Sweet aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, vanilla and caramelized sugars.

Flavors of orange marmalade, vanilla, honey and Malibu rum. Sweet and delicious.

Medium bodied with a sweet but surprisingly crisp and effervescent finish for a beer that at first seemed to have very little carbonation. Very mild aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is not only delicious, but also very affordable, I paid 8$ a bottle. My only caution would be that this is a very sweet beer, bordering on being more of a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 23:23:51 | More by srhoadsy
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clearer then I remember golden monkey being. Dull orange glow with white head than fades to a lace very quickly. Piece of corked poured out of the bottle. It smells nice. Lots of belgian funk, lots of vinous white wine like notes as well.

Actually drinks a lot like a chardonnay. Vinous throughout with lots of dry oaky notes, vanilla, belgian funk lies somewhere underneath. Golden monkey is a very dry tripel to begin with and the barrel ageing only adds to the dryness. Bit of heat on the back end. Golden monkey brought to the next level. Dry woodiness, complex white wine fruit notes, rich flavors, belgian flavors. I always thought of golden monkey as a pretty simple beer but this is one of the most complex tripels i've ever had, white wine barrel ageing changes things up big time on this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:27:41 | More by jtierney89
Photo of beerman207


4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saw this at my local Kroger of all places. White monkey? Brother of Golden Monkey? Yes please.

A: color is an orange hue. pours with a nice 2 inch white fluffy head that leaves some lacing behind.

S: Nose is a bit of orange, some clove, and some white wine coming through. Later on I pick up some nice floral smell as well

T: This is where I think the beer excels - if you like the golden monkey, I think this is a good variant. The heat comes through a little stronger on the tongue with the wine and you can definitely pick up the wine. It has a citrus orange and a bit of bitter finish that sweetens as it leaves the palate

M: Carbonation is good and it leaves a nice warming feeling

O: A great offering overall. Very pleased with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:50:31 | More by beerman207
Photo of random846


4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden color with a thin white head. The cap of foam sticks around leaving some solid lacing on the glass.

S: Not the most fragrant of beers. A sweet smell, with some Belgian yeast funk. I haven't had the base beer in a long time so I cannot clearly reflect on how the wine barrels have changed it. However I remember it being a bit more assertive in smell. When I first poured it I definitely could smell some white wine however it did not overpower the Belgian yeast.

T: The again in white wine barrels really comes through in the taste. As expected it adds a light white wine taste to the beer as well as some oak undertones. The banana taste has mellowed out and mixes nicely with the fruity white wine flavors added by the barrel aging. Its definitely a better beer than the base golden monkey. Its easy to drink and delicious. Some alcohol taste is present once it warms.

M: Once it warms the alcohol becomes apparent. Mouthfeel is light-medium seems about right for the lower end of the style. Carbonation is good, again seems appropriate for the style.

O: I really like what the oak wine barrels have done to this beer. To be fair I like the base beer, it was one of the first beers that introduced me to Belgian style beers and craft beer in general.
This beer has a lot of intangibles for me, I just really like it. The white wine barrels and age really smooth out the original flavors and contribute their own distinct flavor to the beer. Definitely going to grab a few more bottles to age.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:11:08 | More by random846
Photo of Resuin


4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber color and leaves a very minimal head, less than half a finger.

Smell: Banana, cloves, Belgian yeast, honey, lemon as well as perhaps some pear, peach and grapes. Fairly pleasant but also pretty light.

Taste: Matches the aroma pretty well: banana, cloves, grapes, honey, lemon, pear, Belgian yeast, spices as well as some oak. Very balanced and the finish is very pleasant and mild, I'm guessing from the time in the wine barrels.

Mouth-feel: Lightly carbonated, light to medium bodied, and very smooth.

Overall: This is definitely an improvement on its base, Golden Monkey. It has all the notes of golden monkey but the punch is a bit more subdued and balanced. The wine barrels did not reinvent this beer but rather improved it. This is a fantastic triple and I recommend it if you enjoy the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 21:24:04 | More by Resuin
Photo of Slatetank


4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at the Dusty Sheep grand opening in Lancaster enjoyd chilled from the corked and caged 750ml in a teku.

The color is deep amber with great clarity and snow white head with ultra fine bead. The smell has a lot of fruity esters with light woody accent and vinous notes from the wine barrel which bring out a nice sweet malt aroma. The feel is excellent with strength of the original and some dry elements with mild tangy wine barrel acidity in the palate with dry finish.

The flavor is great with the wine and malts giving a honey-tinged tripel flavor with some spice and tropical fruit mixed with a nice mild wood and alcohol note to round out the taste. There is a mild acidity from the white wine with a nice tangy yeast flavor and mild toasted malt accent. Overall I think this improves on the original which is pretty hard to do, but kudos to Victory for another great barrel aged ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 13:57:39 | More by Slatetank
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've always had a soft spot for the Golden Monkey...lets see what the albino version has to offer...750 mL bottle pours a nearly flat hazed gold color with very little head, the cork didn't pop either. It's not totally devoid of carbonation, but it is definitely on the very low side.

Nose is very wine influenced, like a buttery chardonnay...I'm certainly not a wine expert, but if I had to put money on it, that's the varietal I'd pick. The yeast/malt combo still gives me a peanut butter aroma that I get with alot of tripels, particularly American-brewed versions. Seems more fruity than GM and maybe even a light cherry tartness.

Interesting...the wood is very heavy and plays well with the Belgian yeast. The wine influence doesnt seem as large as it did on the nose, though maybe the fruitiness is an expression of the grapes. Its complex, has nice flow and tons of flavor. It hides the ABV way better than Golden Monkey and the lack of carbonation isn't really an issue on the taste. I could do without the coriander...while it works with low ABV wits for me, the higher alcohol beers seem to clash with the cilantro seed. I really like this and think it is an excellent experiment by Victory. I'm typically not a repeat $10+ C&C purchase kinda guy unless the beer is really good, but I will be sorely tempted by the Caucasian Monkey next time I visit the beer store.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 22:43:57 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of justintcoons


4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a tulip.

Pale gold with 2 fingers of white head that leaves behind a nice layer of lacing. Excellent clarity and very low carbonation.

White wine, pear, caramel candies and candy sugar.

White wine, pear and cantaloupe. Caramel candies and pale candy sugar. Hints of peach and apple. Some naked oak, coriander and lemon zest. Some big tannins are found in the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry and surprisingly clean.

A tremendous step above the Golden Monkey. The Wine Barrel aging worked wonders on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 17:36:40 | More by justintcoons
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District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

Drank this while watching "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Kinda perfect, huh?

A: Poured a glistening, clear, red/amber/gold color, with a slight head that died down pretty quickly. Must be the wine barrels.

S: Whoa. Not what I was expecting. Pretty much all of the intense banana flair from the Golden Monkey is now gone, and in its place, there is a nice spice-like component: white pepper (lots!) Wasa cracker, and mothballs. All of this was on top of the Belgian, citrusy taste/smell profile.

T: Well, the finish was distinctively "Golden Monkey," but everything else was unrecognizable. The extremely banana-esque flair is now gone, and now a sweetened, spicy, Belgian yeast strain exists. Nice!

M: Like I said, sugar-infused, but there was JUST enough of that Belgian funk to cut it. Not much lacing, but that's not what these barrel-aged brews are about anyway.

O: This is at least twice as good as the base beer. I hope Victory brews it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 02:34:55 | More by Chaney
Photo of garuda


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Golden body, slight haze, white cap has decent retention and good lace.

S - Surprisingly, very similar to the standard Monkey. Fruity banana esters mostly.

T - Oak is much more in the forefront than I expected. Vanilla, oak, candied banana, hay, herbal. I'm not getting many wine flavors, maybe a little white grape. Much more oak presence than wine.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, stays smooth, dry on the finish.

O - I liked this more than the base beer. The oak gives it more dimension, and balances/cuts out so much of that banana sweetness that Golden Monkey has.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 18:00:52 | More by garuda
Photo of jzeilinger


4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours bright, clear gold color with a thin, but creamy thick layer of white foam, gentle carbonation.

S - White grapes, oak, earthy funk, pears, light Belgian spice, and yeast.

T - Follows the nose - oak, pears, white grapes, a little bit of funk, Belgian spice, light yeast, pepper, lemons, honey, tart, and acidic.

M - Gentle mouthfeel, low carbonation on the tongue, medium body with a slight bit of thickness and a very dry, chardonnay-like finish.

O - This version of the monkey is much drier and lacks the sweetness of the original version (which is a good thing because Golden Monkey can be too sweet). This version exhibits a significant amount of chardonnay character. Interesting and I prefer this over the original, I'll buy a few more and stash them away to see where they go.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:44:38 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of emerge077


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I never really liked Golden Monkey and haven't had one in years.
After enjoying Red Thunder and thinking over 'white wine barrel Tripel' for a minute, I decided what the hell, and picked this up.

Bright crystalline orange, pouring doesn't generate much head, fast fading head with no lace. To be expected somewhat due to the higher abv.

Buttery oak aroma, fruity, toasted wood chips, light trace of booze and brown sugar as it warms up.

Smooth at first with plenty of woody toasted oak character, the booze doesn't show up to the party until later. Marshmallow, dried sultanas, cantaloupe. Dry finish with a slight sting. Low carbonation, medium bodied and a little syrupy. Overall a pleasant experience, especially if you like oak forward white wines or beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 01:39:41 | More by emerge077
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a honey orange/gold with white lacing.

Smells of honey, coriander, citrus, bananas, yeast and white grapes.

Tastes of honey, coriander, white wine, lemon, banana esters and hints of oak.

Medium to full body with light carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty solid big ale in a Belgian style, and the wine barrel aging adds a unique element that sets it apart from other trippels. That said, its not quite fantastic, just very good. Definitely worth trying, and a good beer for the price if you're local, but falls just short of other trippels in terms of quality. Still, worth trying, especially if you are a fan of Golden Monkey and would like to compare it to its wine barrel sister beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 19:41:50 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of rdickey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear amber into a Golden Monkey tulip. A moderately rough pour produces only a small off-white head, which fades quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Vinous -- the white grapes from the barrel aging are the first thing to hit my nose. Belgian yeast notes remain, although they are somewhat muted by the rampaging grapes. The banana that I remember most vividly from the original beer isn’t readily apparent.

Taste: I now want to taste these head to head for a proper comparison, because the barrel aging has changed the taste far more than the nose. The white grapes continue to be out in force, and although good ol’ Belgian yeast flavors come through – mostly white pepper and cloves. The finish is a little heavy, which surprises me, and the ABV definitely comes out of hiding as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light and fairly zippy, despite the lack of head. The ABV is initially well hidden, although it starts to creep out.

Drinkability: Like the original Golden Monkey, this one is pretty drinkable despite the big ABV. I downgrade it a little because I think it goes out a little heavy, whereas the original always felt light in the mouth, and even a Belgian novice could get into it if they were ok with bananas.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:40:54 | More by rdickey
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had Golden Monkey in awhile, should be an interesting variation.

Pours out a bright golden yellow/orange with 2 fingers of a very white and fluffy head.

The aroma has some white grape notes, oak, vanilla, some orange peel and lemon, a little bit of banana and clove and some traditional Belgian yeast characteristics.

The taste is very similar. Much heavier on the vanilla than in the aroma, a big white grape note, some oak, orange peel, lemon with light hints of banana and clove. There are some Belgian yeast notes of fruity esters and a hint of spiciness.

The body is light and the mouthfeel is slight creamy. There isn't as much carbonation as I would like and the traditional Tripel elements are a little light, but overall this is a very tasty and unique beer! Glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:39:13 | More by JohnnyMc
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of fruit, yeast, malt, and spices. Pretty much what you'd expect from a tripel.

T: A big flavor consisting of fruit (pears especially), a bit of malt, spices, and some Belgian yeast. Definitely one of the better flavors of an American version of a Belgian style. Vibrant and complex.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made big beer. Certainly a good effort. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 19:28:34 | More by avalon07
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

A bright orange, crystal clear, with about one finger of white foam. The head falls quickly to a thin collar with some patches over top of the liquid. Some stray dots of lace.

Bold chardonnay nose. Bright white grapes and pears with dry oak and a touch of must. Underneath, some hot ethanol mixes with a toasted biscuit graininess.

Wine up front; pears and white grapes. Dry oak with a touch of vanilla and a bready graininess through the middle. The finish is more fruit (oranges), vanilla, a little bit of tartness, and some heat.

Medium body, a tad syrupy, low carbonation. Finish is tart and dry with a touch of citric bitterness.

The white wine barrel influence is highly evident. A little more dry oak would make this a real winner, but I really can't complain. This does everything well across the board.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 01:43:32 | More by ColForbinBC
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle. Bottled on 2/14/2013

Appearance: Golden in color with a finger of white head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar. It's slightly hazy with some fine sediment floating in the glass.

Smell: Banana, red apple, clove spice, white grape.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely. Lots of apple, pear, grape and quite a bit yeast spiciness that lingers past the finish. There's a slight tartness that's not present in the base beer as well. Despite the barrel aging, I'm not getting any oak flavors.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied, medium carbonation. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: Really solid beer from Victory at a pretty good price too ($8.99). The barrel aging adds some nice additional characteristics, and it definitely improves on Golden Monkey, which serves as the base beer. Definitely worth picking up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 03:58:16 | More by Jonada
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White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.