White Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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87
very good

444 Ratings
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 80 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jonada on 03-05-2013

Belgian inspired Tripel ale, Golden Monkey aged for 3 months in oak white wine bbls.
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Ratings: 444 | Reviews: 92
Photo of jmarsh123
1.85/5  rDev -51.9%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Photo of BigBarley
2.58/5  rDev -33%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
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*

Photo of WckdVbz
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Completely flat and it didn't taste good.

Photo of flyers1980
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is a dingy orange in color with little head, definitely not meeting my expectations for the style.

Smell – There’s a rich coriander nose here that I could wear as an afttershave and a light herbal note.

Taste – This ale fell apart at the taste unfortunately. The efforts to spice up the beer were made at the expense of the malt base.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than medium-bodied and rightly carbonated.

Drinkability – The was herbal overkil in my opinion and missed the mark on the nuanced nature fo the style.

Photo of Beaver13
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

Photo of philbe311
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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...

Photo of Immortale25
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of jokemon
3.34/5  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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml corked and caged bottle pours a clear golden color until you get towards the bottom and rustle up the coagulated yeast chunks. A white sudsy topping fades quick leaving a few spots of lacing effect.

The smell of this brew is raw and earthen with oak and almost a cinnamon-like spiciness before the onset of yeast notes that impart clove and fruity esters reminescent of apple and pear. A sort of chardonnay aspect is present with warming vinous appeal.

The taste is herbal and dry like apple and pear fruitiness with light vinous touch before warming alcohol and earthen dry oak takes over. It is a bit harsh and raw with the barrel inclusion seemingly dominating the base tripel.

This is medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. It is boozy with a huge barrel impact that dominates the base beer instead of complimenting it. I think the low level of carbonation hurt this brew a bit. Having a bit more life to the feel would have made it a bit easier on the palate and moved the flavors across the tongue better instead of having the long lasting tannic feel of the barrel reside sip after sip. Im glad I shared this with a few people, I would never want a bottle of this to myself.

Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

The barrel presence is really strong in the aroma which is surprising considering it was only aged for three months. Decent amount of oak but not too overpowering or toothpick-like. Subtle vinous wine presence with grape, raisin and other light berries. The most prominent barrel characteristics in the nose are toasted coconut and vanilla. They really stand out and add another dimension to the base beer. That being said, the base beer is overshadowed with faint hints of American tripel. Picking up some ester-y light fruit along with some bready yeast, faint spice and alcohol. The barrel elements smell pretty good but I would have preferred a little more of the base beer in the nose. I don't think I could have guessed that it was Golden Monkey if I didn't know that it was the base beer.

Medium body with soft carbonation and strong barrel flavors that linger over the yeast, spice, light fruit and alcohol into a sweet, slightly dry finish. A little more toothpick than in the nose but not overly charred or harsh. Dry, toasted oak along with some toasted coconut and vanilla. Again, these are most prominent but the white wine character is a little stronger in the flavor profile. Hints of wine, grape, raisin and other vinous fruit followed by peppery spice, bready yeast, light fruit and boozy sweetness. Some sourdough bread alng with cider and pear flavor before finishing with a touch of heat. The high ABV is decently masked, however and this beer is surprisingly easy to drink given it's complexity. Overall, this isn't the most interesting barrel aged beer but the white wine barrels provide a nice variation on the regular version.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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!

Photo of StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Victory Brewing Company's White Monkey a couple weeks ago for $8.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to try this beer for a little while, I had Golden Monkey a few years ago and I thought it was just ok and I'm interested to see how it takes to being aged in white wine barrels, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, but the colors are pretty bland and I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a very hazy golden color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light and it had a finger and half of bubbly white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some small spotty lacing behind. The was a nice looking beer,. but I wish the head and retention were better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the Tripel base being the first to show up and imparts some typical Tripel aromas that are just a little on the light side and the Belgian yeast seems to show up just enough. Up next comes a slightly musty and funky aroma that lead right in the wine barrel which imparts some nice white wine aromas that are very similar to a standard bottle of white wine and it's followed by some nice woody and oak like aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, but I wish it was balanced just a little better since the white wine barrel aspects seem to dominate this beer.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma but much lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the Tripel base still being the first to show up, but it's even lighter than it was in the aroma and the Belgian yeast just comes through a little. Up next comes a slight alcohol flavor and it followed by a lighter amount of that musty and funky aspect that I got in the aroma and it leads right into the wine barrel which imparts the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma, but this time they are lighter, but it's still the wine barrel that sticks out the most. On the finish there's a slight amount of bitterness with an even slighter amount of tartness and it had a very white wine barrel like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I wish the Tripel base showed up more, it's a little hard to pin point this as a Tripel from the taste alone.

M- Fairly smooth, very crisp, slightly prickly, dry on the finish, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel and I thought it worked nicely with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, but I didn't think it was too recognizable as a Tripel, but for a Wine Barrel aged beer it seems pretty standard and I thought it lacked some of the balance and complexity that I was hoping it would have. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, very crisp, slightly prickly, dry on the finish, not too filling and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I think half the bottle is the perfect amount for me, but I think I would be able to drink the whole bottle if I had nobody to split it with and I think it makes for a nice beer to enjoy on a warm summer evening. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, I thought it was pretty good and it was the aspect that worked the best with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the balance, it seemed like the Tripel base got pretty overshadowed by the white wine barrels. I might buy this beer again, I wouldn't turn one down, but I'm not going to be rushing back to the store to by more, but I did think it was reasonably priced. I wouldn't recommend this beer to everyone especially if they aren't a big fan of White Wine flavors, but I think this might make a good gateway beer for wine drinkers, it's worth giving a try once to see what you think of it. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, it had some nice flavors and a pretty good mouthfeel, but with the lack of balance and complexity made it a little rough around the edges. This isn't my favorite wine barrel aged beer, Tripel, or Victory Brewing Company beer, but it isn't a bad beer, it's just not really much of a stand out. Nice job guys, but I think with a little work this could be a pretty good beer.

Photo of AlyssaW
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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

Photo of Juuroumaru
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of ZBowden
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with small cream head, smells of white wine and oak with slight malt, tastes of white wine and oakiness with a bitter finish, smooth mouthfeel with dry finish.

Photo of ThomasJ25
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here is a beer that I thought could end up being a train wreck but it was a good surprise! The white wine barrel aging really tamed the Golden Monkey. Would like to see this in the future.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

Golden Monkey goes to the barrel! Chardonnay barrels were used to bring this Tripel into that realm. Tasty though pretty mellow, loads of wood flavor opens up toward the end of the glass. An interesting sip; perhaps we expected a bit more wine character, though it’s balanced all around.

STYLE: Tripel
ABV: 9.5%
AVAILABILITY: Rotating

LOOK: Deep golden hue, tiny-bubbled lace

SMELL: Vinous, alcoholic, crackers, woody, ripe apples, green peppercorn, fresh-cut grass

TASTE: Creamy, slick, wood, grassy, mild tang, lightly vinous, warming, peppery, tannins, quince paste, mildly biscuity, clean graininess, taffy, bubblegum, dry finish

Photo of confer
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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".

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White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.