White Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 446
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 21
Gots: 83 | 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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Photo of utopiajane
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours with a slight haze on a golden body . White head of fine bubbles dissolve and leave a cap and ring. Shimmering lace. Nose is crackery pils malt. Refined with sweet sugar. A vague fruity sweetness from yeast that I think resemebles pear. No real phenols from yeast until the beer warms and then it's like more like clove. The wood barrel exhales gently into this beer and imparts an airy sweetness tinted with white grapeskin. Sweet grass, pepper, fresh hay. On the palate that malt is rendered thin by an overlying acidity. Wait let me start over. Pils malt is dry and lifted almost off the palate so that it glides rather quickly across. Mid palate it meets the vague fruit, an alcohol sweetness and the acidity from the barrel. The flavors of the tripel seems to be washed out by the character of the wine. The yeast imparts bitterness, the hops impart bitterness and then It finishes with a moment that is cloying and a bit of warmth from alcohol. (970 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (177 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak, some yeast phenols
Head small (1.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body orange, hazy
Flavor somewhat spicy with yeast phenolics, vinous overtones, and light alcohol. No hops, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25. Overall 3.75 (444 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (685 characters)

Photo of ThomasJ25
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (190 characters)

Photo of OrangeMen
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed at 8 months

Appearance- Pours a deep golden color, almost golden orange when held to light, slight haziness. Fairly subdued bubbly white head, one finger thick at best. Moderate lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Beautiful white grape must, fruity sweetness. Moderate oak tanin notes, slight creamy aromas as well. Belgian characteristics are quite subdued but present, nice yeasty earthiness, slight spice.
Taste- Sweet white wine grape, some brighter fruits like apples or pears accompany. Oaky earthiness and spice kick in mid palate, finishes with a beautiful vanilla and buttery creaminess, fairly dry.
Feel- Medium to lighter body, fairly dry and crisp. Carbonation much more subdued than the base beer. Certain creaminess and slick feel as well.
Overall- Belgian tripel and white wine barrel sound like a beautiful marriage. The base beer definetly lost a lot of its traditional belgian qualities, but at the same time picked up lots of wonderful new flavors from the barrel. Real enjoyable grape must notes, but also a nice oakiness and creamy vanilla/buttery dry finish, like a nice chardonnay. Overall, very enjoyale to sip (1,141 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

On tap at Rattle n Hum. Nice golden hue, very little headtons of aromas that are so numerous I can't parse them out but I will say they add up to an intriguing mix. Taste is just as exotically tempting. On the sweet side with no hops in sight. Monkey business no doubt. Keep me posted.

BTW designated as defunct. Mine was a nice fresh pour, but it is Halloween so welcome back from the dead. (392 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

As the microbiotia of the region, divided by France and Belgium, inoculate the vats that traditionally fermented both wine and beer; where one brewed with grain and the other blended of grape- there's really no surprise that beer takes on wine-like attributes. Or as I like to think- those wines taking on beer attributes. Well, if you can't beat them, then join them!

And that's exactly what Victory brewers do as their White Monkey captures the classic look of abbey tripel with a yeast-laden golden hue thwarts a head of both spritzy character and that of cream. With the nose hovering above, its strong vinous grape character is unmistakable, yet even more pronounced due to the ale's strong fruit and spice presence.

Diving into taste, the grape and honey-related grain character blends for a seamless and earthily whimsy. Tangy with, of course- grape, but also citrusy oranges, cidery apple and a melon juiciness round out the middle sweetness. Yet as the corner turns, its spicy white pepper, oak, fennel and cumin balances the fruit and malt with a comfortable calm.

Seemingly vanilla smoothness takes over even as the ale dries to reveal its spicy and warming glow. Tannic oak, grassy hop bite and acute vinous acididty work to dissolve the grain sugars but there's a stubborn malt structure with clove and nutmeg smug that soothes the senses against the brunt of nearly ten percent of alcohol. ...and that's the beer's charm. ...and that's why the marriage of beer and wine works well! ...but only for the skilled and capable brewers. (1,547 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White Monkey pours a hazy, burnt persimmon hue with a small white ring for it's head. The beverage has a bit of carbonation to it. In the aroma, a certain lactose scent is present, with maple syrup, molasses, and tart apple. Very pleasing. In the flavor, proof of the barrel aging is evident with vinous white wine grapes coming through loud and clear, a subtle spice, and fruit esters (lemon and apricot) from the Belgian yeast. Somehow, there are some rough and bitter hop notes in the finish as well. The Mouth feel is very silky and soft, an incredible feat. The balance of all these components makes this a standout in Victory's catalog for sure. (651 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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. (630 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a deep golden color with some sediment. The aroma had the wheat and Belgian yeast smells I get from the regular Golden Monkey, but there's also a bit of oak and slight booze. The aroma is not markedly different from the standard.

In the taste, more sweetness and pale malt, Belgian yeast, and vinous green grape notes. Oaky tannins are in the finish. Light herbal note from the hops. Alcohol is well integrated.

Medium bodied ale with a medium carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good barrel aged beer, but some wild yeast infusion could have taken this to the next level. (591 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (4,298 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas lemon, orange zest, golden raisin, pear, apple, apricot, white wine, vanilla, oak, coriander, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast , wine barrel, moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, golden raisin, pear, apple, apricot, white wine, vanilla, oak, coriander, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, golden raisin, pear, apple, apricot, white wine, oak, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and pale malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/yeast/oak flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and slightly tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged tripel. All around great complexity and balance fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,549 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- a ginger ale type of look to it. it has a huge four finger frothy head that has some staying power for minutes. Net-like lacing on the pint. clear as well.

S- a white gape wine nose that is more like white vinegar after a few smells. nothing else really there.

F- wow this is good. Very winey and vinegary but the malts come through in the mouth. It is literally like mixing golden monkey with white wine. Different but doable.

M- carbonated and vinegary. At times it can be too much but good all the same.

O- This is another good brew from victory. At times the white wine flavor dominates and takes away but still a good brew. (668 characters)

Photo of Gravitron
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Mother of Drunken Monkeys!
I rolled into ye olde swill shoppe tonight looking for the liter bottle of Golden Monkey and the beer boy showed me this here White Monkey. He said a bunch of words that I translated into "Golden Monkey but better". He was right. Split the bottle with my pops and we're both pleasantly pleased. If you lke the Golden Monkey check this out! (372 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed yellow-amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma of the beer is a mix of the traditional golden monkey and some oaky white wine and vanilla (as may be expected). The heaviest aromas are of some light fruity smells with peach, pear, and apricot and a bit of orange along with a honey smell. The yeasty smells are the second most potent, but being contended in intensity by the oaky vanilla and white wine aromas which give a somewhat of a more boozy aroma to the brew overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a yeasty and fruity flavor with some honey flavors mixed within. The fruity flavors are those that were detected in the nose with just a hint of a yeasty white grape wine flavor upfront. The white wine flavor grows in intensity as the taste moves on however, with it being accompanied by some oaky and vanilla flavors. The wine, oak, vanilla, yeast, and wood really develop more toward the end, with other flavors of a lightly grassy and spiced taste of clove and coriander hitting the flavor profile. In the end, with all the transitions that have occurred, one is left with a rather dry and crisp, oaky mix of a wine and somewhat yeasty triple flavors to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high and effervescent. Both are rather appropriate for the triple style as well as nice for the white wine flavors of the brew, making for a crisp and rather brisk and drinkable brew even at 9.5 % abv.

Overall – The white wine and oak add an interesting dimension to the brew, but really don’t make it that much better. It is no better than the original in my opinion and hence, since it costs about 1.8x as much as the golden monkey, it is not really a worthwhile brew. It was good for one try, but not really outpacing the golden monkey and worth it. (2,093 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of seand
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a pale amber with a small amount of white head. Just a ring around the edge of the glass retains, along with a touch of surface film, leaving mild lacing.

S: Mild yeasty sweetness with a touch of white wine fruit.

T: Also relatively mild, sweet grain and yeast with a white wine touch. It's pretty laid back overall, but balanced, and in a way refreshing. It's also pretty unique, in its own subtle way.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty good. It's got good flavor and complexity without doing anything over the top. It's refreshing, though pretty strong; it feels a bit like a wine, in certain respects, and that's all that hints at its true ABV. Worth a try. (700 characters)

Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- The appearance is fine, nice deep shade of golden goodness, very clear appears to be able to quench my thirst. No foam to speak of, I usually enjoy a bit of foamy head.

S- It has funny boozey smell that doesn't perplex me. The wine barrel is evident. It's a complex smell that I usually wouldn't enjoy but this intrigues me. The smell is playing games with me, and I don't know if I'm going to really enjoy this beer or not care so much.

T- Interesting. I feel I like it more than not, but it may be because of the label. It's crisp, refreshing, agree with previous reviews that it's definitely a patio sipper with a group of people.

M- The mouth feel is complex but funnels into one state, if that helps. It's not over the top and no one spice sticks out more than another, it flows well, like a deep conversation. A barley wine drinker would likely enjoy this for something different. It reminds me of a very laid back, subdued barley wine, refined, but not highbrow. Calming.

The label is really telling of the beer, very internalized, a beer that is at peace with it self, down to earth, definitely not going for an over the top flavor. Don't let the smell turn you off. It's a slow sipper, one I would try again. Not my every weekend beer, but I will surly revisit again around the time late summer and early fall meet. (1,334 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a large tulip glass a slight hazed deep burnt orange with a blooming large white head that left broken chunks of lace as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.Oaky lactic notes hit the nose upfront along with some spiced phenols,as it sits more vanilla warm spice comes into play.Vanilla tinged oak and phenols at the onset of the palate with a mild lactic sourness,the vanilla oak barrel plays a big role and the phenols are more minor.I like this beer alot,alot more than many,I like the complexities of it,a great patio sipper. (540 characters)

Photo of BradC
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw color with a head that quickly falls, very little lacing.

Smells sweet oaky white wine and vinegar, some vanilla

Taste starts out kind of sweet, light and grapey, the barrel notes quickly take hold, vanilla, oak but the grape stays there throughout

Medium bodied, and well carbonated, keeps this beer from becoming syrupy or cloying.

Overall, a very interesting beer, probably more enjoyable for me than the Golden Monkey base beer. (453 characters)

Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- cloudy gold. Medium head.

Aroma- dry and grapey.

Taste- Starts with vanilla and barrel notes then turns to sawdust and stale shredded wheat finishing with a beautiful, rich wine barrel finish. A truly unusual brew. Much better than Golden Monkey.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted June 2014. (392 characters)

Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and muzzled bottle (bottled on 4/11/14) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 glass...the cork was so stiff that it broke and needed to use a corkscrew to remove what remained trapped.

A - Pours an rather beautiful and slightly hazy honey-like golden with a conservative 1/2-to-1 finger tight, white head. Being 9.5%, it should come as no surprise that the head dissipated rather quickly. White Monkey is only slightly bottle conditioned, as their is not much residual sediment present in future pours, nor at the bottom of the bottle. (5.0)

S- The aroma is outrageous! 'The Monkey' has certainly absorbed an insane amount of barrel character. Honey sweetness and (in a good way) buttery, vanilla notes are most prominent followed by oak, apple, pear, peach, bubblegum and banana. As the beer warms, some orange citrus and alcohol heat creeps in. Being only lagered for 3-months in the barrels, I can only imagine that this is first generation cooperage for Victory. (5.0)

T- Like the aroma, a massive burst of honey and vanilla sweetness hits the palate first. Mid-palate is where the fruits enter the profile: green apple, pear, melon, green grape, pineapple and mild bubblegum/banana. A lingering sweet, (again, in a good way) buttery finish coats the palate but ultimately gives way to some mild oak tannin which brushes aside the residual sweetness. Despite the elevated ABV, the alcohol goes undetected. The complexity is ridiculous and find my eyes rolling into the back of my head after each sip. (5.0)

M- Slick and coating with just enough oak tannin to leave the palate relatively unharmed. Heavier side of medium bodied with a creamy carbonation that is just enough to showcase the plethora of aromas in the nose and open the palate enough for them to carry through in the taste. (5.0)

O- If you like white wine, or more specifically oak-aged Chardonnay's, White Monkey is a showcase for how it can transform and intensify an already stellar beer like Golden Monkey. Although the spices present in the aroma and flavor of Golden Monkey are largely overcome by the barrel-aging. I love everything on offer here: Belgian tripels, white wine and barrel/oak aging.. With the exception of a more-than-stubborn cork (of which I will not knock since it the contents of which are being reviewed), it should come as no surprise as to my perfect review for a beer that will undoubtedly rank in my personal, all-time favorites list.. (5.0) (2,456 characters)

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White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.