1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

White Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
White MonkeyWhite Monkey

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

409 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 409
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 16
Gots: 68 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian inspired Tripel ale, Golden Monkey aged for 3 months in oak white wine bbls.

(Beer added by: Jonada on 03-05-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 409 | Reviews: 85 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Sammy, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

djrn2, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

acurtis, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Texasfan549, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -21.9%

GRG1313, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -21.9%

kjkinsey, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.49/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 04, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

oberon, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
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*

TMoney2591, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

emerge077, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +4.2%

nickfl, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Slatetank, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

jlindros, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Rifugium, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +4.2%

MarkyMOD, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

beernads, May 18, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.48/5  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.

stakem, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

corby112, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of weeare138
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

weeare138, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

dbrauneis, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

superspak, Aug 07, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.