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White Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

244 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%


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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.49/5  rDev -35.3%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
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
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emerge077

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6%
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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a smaller fizzy 1/4 finger but thicker head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, hazy honey wheat colored beer.

Nose is complex and strong, some golden malts to start, sweet candy malts, with some Belgian yeast esters and plenty of them, hint phenolic, light vinous notes, I think a bit of wheat even, with some candy sweet almost syrupy aromas, then all that turns to buttery oak barrel with a hint of wine, I think a fruity white wine.

Taste brings some sweet golden malts again right off, a candy sweetness and syrupy candy flavors, little toffee and nutty like but barely. Then fruity flavors, vinous notes, and some fruity white wine again, light Belgian esters, touch of phenols with that. Hops are abundant, spicy slightly earthy pine hops, little floral, and fairly bitter overall. Then again loads of buttery oak barrel, light white wine with it, and hint of vanilla, a little orange zest which pairs nicely with the barrel. Juicy malt character in the background as well, with some warming phenolic booze. Finish is quite bitter as the spicy hops ramp and dominate, bit of pine as well, as well as more white wine, a bit of buttery oak, sticky syrupy despite the drying, and light citrus lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, little syrupy, some warming booze, decent carb.

Overall not bad, a nice Belgian beer underneath, with nice buttery barrel, the wine even seems to show through a bit, decent phenols and esters which hit the spot when i'm looking for them. However, the hops get a little too much from the initial Golden Monkey, as I hoped they would have died off a bit but they almost seem to have increased as they are more noticeable. Still a decent beer to drink, but hard to finish off the bottle by myself. Good thing its a Friday night and the kids are asleep.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 03:08:20 | More by jlindros
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +14%
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
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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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smakawhat

Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
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
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and a light amount of copper + brass highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a light to moderate aroma of pale malts with some slightly stronger notes of banana, clove, black pepper, and yeast. There are moderate aromas of oak and white wine but not as strong as I expected for a tripel aged in white wine barrels. Finally, there are some lighter notes of citrus/lemon and coriander.

T: The flavors are very similar to the smell, starting out with a light to moderate flavor of pale malts that have just a touch of sweetness. That is followed by the slightly stronger (moderate) flavors of white wine along with some notes of banana, clove, coriander, and black pepper. Some light notes of citrus/lemon and some lemon zest as well as light flavors of oak in the finish. Lightly bitter but it does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of dryness in the finish (the intensity of the dryness diminishes slightly as the beer warms up).

O: This beer is much easier to drink than I expected and the alcohol is just as well hidden as in Golden Monkey - I could really see this one sneaking up on you and putting you in the hurt locker. I have been a fan of Golden Monkey since the late 1990s when I first discovered and I would have to say I still prefer it (to White Monkey) but the white wine barrels do add some nice characteristics to this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 20:59:26 | More by dbrauneis
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -1%
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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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a bottle of this for 10 bucks at the Allegheny six pack shop next to my house. May have overpaid by a couple of bucks but I am psyched to try it.

A - Somewhat hazy orange yellow color much darker than Golden Monkey with just a layer of sticky lace that forms a ring.
S - Papaya and Guava fruits next to some port wine and candied sugar malts. Smell is more wine than I expected so hopefully it's integrated nicely.
T - White wine and some boozy stinging flavors mixed next with your fruity yeasts and somewhat a chalky finish. Really surprised how much the white wine flavor dominated making this already boozy triple even boozier (if that's a word). After a while the flavors kind of mend but I could use more fruity yeast flavor.
M - Medium to heavy, ABV is noticeable, finish is very on the dry side.
Overall I wouldn't call it a waste but it's better than I expected. Man I must be retarded or something because I keep buying these beers and I straight up hate wine.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:07:28 | More by DrDemento456
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Pencible

Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Beaver13

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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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GilGarp

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle with no date.

White Monkey is a slightly hazy golden yellow-orange color. The head is thin and short lived.

Aroma is sweet with tropical fruit but also has some oaky characteristics from the barrel aging.

Flavor is really heavy on the vanilla and maintains that sweetness from the tripel. It's well matched but is certainly stronger than I expected.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated in the bottle.

Overall a good oaked beer. I don't think I've had such a light beer that has been barrel aged and the character from the barrel comes through loud and clear. Good thing if you like vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 01:57:04 | More by GilGarp
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adamette

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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BMMillsy

Florida

3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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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86 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.