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White Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
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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jmarsh123

Indiana

1.79/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours clear dark straw with a small off white head fading immediately leaving no lacing.

Aroma features chardonnay heavily. White wine, butter, some banana and a ton of oak. Spices come out more when warm.

Wow this is a mess. Some slight lemon/banana going on up front that is quickly overtaken by a huge astringent oak character. Tons of tannins with an unpleasant alcohol flavor. Big phenols all the way through and some spices show up after it warms to further muddy the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel. High carbonation.

One of the worst beers I've had in a while. This was a drain poured mess. Very aggressive flavors that do not mingle well. Waaaay over oaked and horribly astringent. This one needs to be retired.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 23:12:50 | More by jmarsh123
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.49/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

750ml bottle - $7.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Bottled On: Feb 13 2013.

Alright, alright, so, maybe I wasn't the biggest fan of Golden Monkey, but, with this new release I'm ready to mend that broken bridge from the past. Surely, my plunking down eight bucks is a show of good faith.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, pale golden body with a foamy, white head that fell flat moments later.

Smell: Spice-driven aromatics, as was the way of G-Monkey, still with hints of flowers, mold, bananas, and grains. Now, with some additional vanilla-hinted oak notes.

Taste: Spicy and now staunchly oaky from the onset, with a screeching monkey-flung dose of pepper, clove, coriander, and, now, blunt tannins. Touch of fresh lemon juice, yeast dough malt aspects, 'nanas, and alcohol washed mini oak planks. Yet, it still feels out of step, like an inept marching band. Spicy, lightly bitterish, lightly warming, lightly oaken finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Tongue-coating mouthfeel.

Overall: I think I'm good on the Monkey for another good, long while, thanks.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 22:04:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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BigBarley

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, almost brown gold. Big head that recedes to a foam cap over a matter of a few minutes

Aroma includes a strange woody note beneath, but is dominated by wild yeast and a strange chardonnay character. Also, oddly enough, a weird hint of cheddar cheese that completely ruins the aroma for me.

Wine notes blast you in the mouth at first, followed by a strange Corn Flake character, wrapped in bad woody flavors and a mess of weird bitterness. Not impressed.

Wow... what a waste of money.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 15:42:29 | More by BigBarley
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A wine barrel-aged tripel from a solid brewery? Sign me up. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises fresh gauze, vague citrus (leaning toward lemon, but there's a Squirt-like burst of lime in there at times as well), light black pepper, a pinch of clove, light cream cheese, and a touch of wet balsa. The taste holds notes of funky lemon rind, old banana peel, clove, used gauze, corked chardonnay (and, frankly, the corking wasn't the worst thing to happen to that wine...), and a wave of indescribably off floral bitterness. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty sad excuse for a final product, one that proves that barrel-aging does not a success make. *shudder*

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 05:35:34 | More by TMoney2591
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flyers1980

Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bomber of this at Capone's in Norristown after I was unsuccessful in getting it at the brewery. They sold it for $15 (!!!), which was a lot to shell out for a beer that's typically going for $8.99 or so. After being blown away by Oak Horizontal I was really looking forward to trying this beer. Unfortunately, this bomber bombed in my book. To me, almost all the characteristics of Golden Monkey were washed away in the midst of overpowering white wine. I like white wine, so I found it palatable. If you don't, skip this one. If you do like white wine, in a carbonated, champagne-y, way you might want to try but you're really not missing anything if you don't.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 15:12:20 | More by flyers1980
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - A slightly vigorous pour yields nothing more than a thin layer of partially splotch lacing and a thing collar... A bunch of medium and large sized carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass... A small cyclone of micro-sized carbonation swirls deep in the center of the glass... The color is a pale golden straw color... A fairly pedestrian appearance overall...

S - A very pleasant aroma... Their are light oak notes from the wine barrel... Some light white grape must scents... These notes are at the forefront... A bit further beneath the surface is a light Belgian yeast presence... Golden raisins... Faint candied sugars... Some unexpected sweet fruity esters as well, namely peaches and tangerines... Lots of depth and each whiff reveals a new facets...

T - Not quite sure if its the tannins, the oak, or some other off flavor, but the overpowering flavor profile is actually quite unpleasant... Lots of slightly off white wine character... None of the traditional Golden Monkey goodness can be detected... There is also an odd wild yeast component which seems sorely out of place...

M - Light-to-medium bodied... Starts slightly dry before intensifying to a blistering dryness on the finish... A bit chalky on the finish as well... Limited carbonation throughout...

D - Wow, I'm sorry to say, but this one is a rather huge disappointment all the way around... Other than a very pleasing aroma, this on falls on its face in all other facets... The idea of Golden Monkey in wine barrels sounded rather promising, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired... I can not recommend as this one was a struggle to finish and a near drain pour... Sorry Victory - I love most of what you do, but this was a definite exception...

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 02:17:44 | More by philbe311
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a medium white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts with some banana and grapes, pepper, minty flowers, yeast and fusel alcohol.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some banana and grapes and quite a bit of peppery alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK tripel. I don't notice much from the barrel - maybe a little more fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 05:19:03 | More by Beaver13
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass.

A- Pours a clean light amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind on the glass.

S- Jeez, this beer reeks of Chardonnay and booze. Very effervescent but not in a good way. Some Belgian sweetness is finally derived after a few short sharp sniffs.

T- Tastes better than it smells. You can easily identify the base beer at first but then there's a white wine sweetness and dryness that lays over the palate and continues on into the aftertaste. Notes of the obvious white grape, oak and apple. You can taste every bit of the ABV.

M- Dry and sharp with an apparent booze bite. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- This is not a good treatment for Golden Monkey IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 23:26:23 | More by Immortale25
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head is a small white shade, not even a finger high. It's also of a relatively creamy consistency, fading away swiftly. Some vestiges of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Some of the phenols and pepper notes I expect from Golden Monkey exists in full force aromatically, with the barrel-aging adding some (pleasant) butterscotch, oak, and vanilla. There are also some distant fruit esters. I get a good oak character, but not much in the way of actual wine: so maybe I should call it a partial success in terms of its barrel aging goals? Anyhoo, this has a much nicer aroma than the base brew.

T: At first, the barrel notes have a lesser effect on the flavor profile, only appearing as a tannic dryness on the back end. Give it a few sips, and a hint of vanilla will build up. Before this hits, it's flavor is similar to the base: faint apple to start, before turning strongly earthy/peppery. White grape notes also help finish this off. Victory got the barrel profile down pat - it's a subtle addition rather than an overpowering sledgehammer - a shame I'm just not a huge fan of Golden Monkey. Having said that, it's reasonably complex.

M: It has a thin feel, and lacks in creaminess as well. There's a bit of a sting on my tongue that feels more tannic than anything. Alcohol presence is about what you'd expect for 9.5%, but the dryness on the back end combined with the thin, tannic, well-carbonated nature means this one is fairly easy to drink.

O: Golden Monkey is average at best in my mind, and this isn't too far off from that mark, either. This is probably the one instance where I would have preferred a shameless, unsubtle barrel profile; the base beer has never done anything for me, and probably never will. Golden Monkey fans will eat this one up, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 22:53:11 | More by ThisWangsChung
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jokemon

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I would like to start by saying that I really enjoy golden monkey. So I was very intrigued when I saw that they decided to take it and age it in white wine barrels for 3 months.

After tasting this beer however I will say that I am not a fan. Don't get me wrong, the beer is ok and I can appreciate it for what they were going for but I have one major problem:

It taste like a stick.

The wood presence is way too strong in this beer. With other oak aged beers I've had the other flavors are so strong that they cancel out the oak a little bit, but with this beer the wood taste is overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:37:17 | More by jokemon
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AlyssaW

Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 750ml from a local liquor store.

Appearance: very pale yellow color, much lighter than I expected. Medium foam head.

Smell: very fruity with a light oak smell. Very lemon like.

Taste: Lemon and oak are the most prevalent taste. It has a bitter yet fruity aftertaste.

Carbonation: medium high carbonation.

Overall: a good quality beer, but not for me. I enjoy Golden Monkey much better. If you enjoy lemon fruity type beers this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 23:08:50 | More by AlyssaW
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really disliked Golden Monkey, so not real sure why I picked this up, but guess I'm hoping the aging and barrel tweaks it in the right ways.

Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Plead lace from its fluffiness. Aroma was lightly oak, but plenty oak tannins, yeast esters, and hints of white wine. The whine is faint, but really offsite the yeast notes. I think I hated the yeast in golden monkey. This isn't as bad. Taste is fruity and yeasty, with oak and figs, orange, lemon, and green grapes. Full body. Creamy. Not too carbonated.

Not bad. Definite improvement on the golden monkey!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:39:21 | More by EgadBananas
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Juuroumaru

Florida

3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Nice golden color with light bubbles.
S- Smells of a belgian with a slight hint of the white wine barrel coming thru.
T- Definately get the white wine barrel with flavors of the original coming through on the end.
M- Thin mouthfell with good carbonation
O- A very good beer to try and i cant wait to see what age does to this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 00:54:22 | More by Juuroumaru
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Much anticipated, but it didn't live up the what I was expecting.
Looks like the Golden Monkey. Solid gold in color with a wispy head.
It smells fantastic, almost all sweet tripel smell.
Either the mix of the flavors from the barrel and the beer didn't go well or there is just a bit too much flavor from the barrel, but it just isn't right for me.
Very thick and creamy feel. I bought two bottles so we try back in a few month see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 23:45:52 | More by confer
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours from corked and caged bottle clear golden with a medium sized white head. Aroma is definitely some sour & vinegar (not expexted for me), but with the banana yeasty backdrop we expect from the style of the base beer. Some light creaminess like a chardonnay. Flavor is funky banana yeast up front with a dry oaky finish. The dryness and sweetness play well against one another. Light mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:49:15 | More by BMMillsy
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a simple crisp and pale golden color with an soft film of head.

The soft toasty notes of aromatic yeast are present here, as expected of the style, but the nose is dominated by sweet, cloying white grapes. A tough of dry oak rounds this out.

Very interesting in the taste. I'm clearly reminded of golden monkey with a lush, fruity malty base and a tough of spicy and doughy malt, but the barrel really comes through here, arguably too much. It starts very enticing and exciting (my curiosity is really peaked!), but then after a moment, the flavor is overpowered by a very sharp and astringent oak dry nip. I like what's going on here, but the proportions are far too in favor of the barrel. Cool idea though. Maybe next year, less time in the barrel???

Feels just about perfect for what's going on here.

A pretty neat project, but imbalanced. Definitely worth a try - emphasis on "a".

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:07:59 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazy pale gold with a tight white ring. Nose has a fair bit of oak coming through, Chardonnay is there, light honey, sweet golden raisins and fruit with some estery banana. Taste has strong oak with Chardonnay behind, golden raisins and fruits, nectarine. A touch unintegrated on the wood, rather sweet esters, softer carbonation, creamy full body, velvety on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 16:13:05 | More by cpetrone84
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adamette

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the corked and caged 750ML bottle that I bought at World Wines & Liquor one or two months ago into a clean, clear glass. I used my Voodoo Brewing Company pint glass. No observed “best by” date but at 9.5% ABV I do not think that it is a factor.

A Brief off white but thin head over a ver light caramel slightly hazy but translucent body. Head dissipated to a single layer of bubbles after only about one minute. Much of that is expected with the high ABV and aged properties of this beer. 3.5
Edit: Repeated pours revealed a significantly more dense look with sediment visible as well. My last glass (there were about 2.5 glasses) was an opaque moderate caramel and not translucent with the same qualities in the head. I will increase score to 4.0

S I know that the label mentions that is was aged in Wine Barrels but it really reminds me of so many of the bourbon barrel aged beers that I have enjoyed in the past. Anyway, a great smelling Brach’s butterscotch smell with a perceptible warmth of alcohol. What I do not smell is the source beer (Golden Monkey) which is interesting. That beer had a certain alcohol “heat” to the smell that, while welcome, was distinctive. That heat is well managed in the smell of this beer. Very interesting and delicious smelling. 4.5

T Hmmm....interesting....at first there was this great warmth of alcohol and that “bourbon barrel aged” sense of comfort but then the latter part of the taste turned a little harsh, (possibly from the heat of Golden Monkey?). Repeated sips confirm my comments. I feel compelled to write that this is a “tale of two beers.” One is a great smelling beer reminicsent of a barrel aged beer whose initial taste is fabulous and the other is a harsh, hot mess of a beer. Unfortunately, it is the harsh beer whose taste continues into the aftertaste. 3.5

M Moderately big beer made bigger in the latter one half of the taste by the harshness. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is interesting. It is such a big beer but it offers enough for me to enjoy repeated sips. Overall it is above average. I am a sucker for all variations of Golden Monkey, the first Tripel that I tasted. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 04:38:54 | More by adamette
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Pencible

Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a cloudy gold with some sediment and moderate white head.
S: It smelled like banana and fresh wheat, with some oak and creamy bready yeast and nutty malt, and a hint of white grapes.
T: It tasted like lemongrass and fresh oak, with some waxy hops and banana nut bread. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an interesting beer. The oak barrel added to the light Belgian character, ending up a lot like a hefeweizen. Unexpected but not bad. The alcohol was well hidden and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Nice to try once, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 15:01:27 | More by Pencible
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, oaky white wine is all I get. In the taste, a sweeter white wine, small oakiness and a nice mixed bag of spices. A smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer sweet white wine like aftertaste. A nice mix of sweet and dry, and not abrasive as standard Golden Monkey.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 16:07:35 | More by OWSLEY069
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grainy malt, banana, hints of grape and cloves

T-bananas, malt, tart grapes,citrus, cloves, just a hint of oak and sweetness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent

O-it seems as though the barrel and the base beer cancel each other out to some degree, really don't get a lot of either. Not bad , but nothing distinguishing.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 21:04:52 | More by MDDMD
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ksimons

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly hazy golden orange with a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-pale malts, Belgian yeast, grapes, light banana, and a bit of oak

T-pale malt backbone with acidic white wine, oak, yeast, bit of citrus, and white pepper.

M-medium body, high carbonation, tart mouthfeel

Overall this in an interesting beer. Takes a lot of Golden Monkey traits, but isn't as sweet due to the wine. Might be a bit too acidic though. Anyway an interesting one to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:57:40 | More by ksimons
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mucky dark orange to amber in color with poor clarity. Weak in the head department. Couldn't drudge up more than a foam ring. Not much fuel to lace with. Has a standstill look.

Tart white grape-iness, semi-spicy Belgian yeast, tart cherry, breadiness, clove, oakiness, stone fruits, and a hint of lemon. Lots of different tart fruit notes. Alcohol is self-permeating.

Golden Monkey is extremely transformed. Has that spicy phenol in it, but the wine barrel redefines the flavors. Tartness is slightly milder than noticed on the nose. Lots of woodiness for a tripel; that character really stands alone in this style. Fruity esters include cherimoya, pear, and golden raisin. A little butyric. Breadiness reminds me of stale Hawaiian sweet rolls with a drizzle of honey. A touch of herbal tea in the finish.

Surprising how cheap White Monkey is on the booze. Really mellowed with that barrel-aging. They got unlucky with the carbonation level, however. A languid wet feel.

Unimpressive, overall. Barrel-aged tripels seem to be very hit-or-miss, it seems. Still a worthy 'try'.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 14:23:58 | More by thecheapies
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. I absolutely hate Golden Monkey, so I don't have high hopes for this. Hopefully I'm wrong.

2.75 A: Murky golden brown color. Not a lot of off-white head formed and what did fell pretty quickly.

4.5 S: Well this is already an improvement over the Golden. The wine and especially the barrel come through quite well. Vinous white grape, vanilla, melon, and wildflowers. Oak and vanilla. Spicy peppery yeastiness. Hay, light fruits, honey. I don't know if Golden Monkey just needs time to develop or if the barrel makes this the way it is, but this smells wonderful and totally unlike the regular.

3.75 T: The taste isn't nearly as good as the nose, but it's still a helluva lot better than Golden Monkey. Again the barrel leads the way. White grape, melon, floral, vanilla, and oak. Peppery yeast, honey, honeydew. Again, it's good, but it's just missing the smoothness the nose has.

3.75 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good here.

3.75 D: Infinitely better than Golden Monkey. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Give it a go if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:49:42 | More by DavoleBomb
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL poured into a Weyerbacher cuvee. Bottled February 14, 2013.

A - Pours apple juice golden with a disappointingly scarce head. What lacing? Not a looker.

S - Very fruit laden aroma. I get peach, pear, banana, and tons of Welch's white grape juice. Belgian bubblegum piles on the sweetness of the fruit. Coriander adds floral notes. Mild oak and light cracker malts round it out. It is a bit fruity for my liking, but I appreciate the complexity.

T - Slightly tart in the beginning with Bartlett pear and lemon. Syrupy sweet in the middle with bubblegum, cherry, and grape. Candied banana and drying oak on the back end. Ground pepper and clove linger along with some of the white wine notes.

M - Viscosity is high and carbonation is low. The feel is similar to some semi-sweet, semi-dry white wines I have had. Suits the flavor well. Alcohol isn't really noticeable.

O - I had high hopes for this beer. The few barrel aged trippels I had prior to this were excellent. This was a different anaimal, aged in white wine barrels. Golden Monkey serves its purpose as a drinkable, high ABV, trippel but can't be considered an exceptional beeer in the category. The barrel aged version (White Monkey) is better than the base, but not by much. The barrel lends some oak and white grapes to the beer, but it comes off a little bit sweet. It is a good beer, I just think my expectations were a bit too high. I probably won't get it again, but I think it was worth the $7.99 price tag. I hope Victory continues to experiment with the barrel!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 01:25:16 | More by NoLeafClover44
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White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.