White Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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87
very good

417 Ratings
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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 18
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)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of oN3xM
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up about 6 months ago and let it age in my fridge since.

A - A bubbly white head rests on a golden, amber body.

S - Wooden oak barrels, grape must and hints of vanilla.

T - Sweeter than expected. You have that oaky wine taste up front and malty vanilla notes on the back, ending it with a decent amount of bitterness. Overall, the taste is of grape must and wine... almost a champagne.

M - A syrup consistency, and not too bubbly.

O - If you enjoy a good white wine, you'll love this beer. I wish it didn't end with such a bitter taste, but the oak barrels do a number on this beer... in a good way. I'd definitely pick up another. Cheers!

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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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

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

How served: 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into Kastaar tulip glass.

A: This beer poured a clear golden color with a thin white head which dissipated quickly leaving a minimal lace on my glass.

N: The nose had notes of pepper & minimal banana, along with sweet white grapes and coriander.

T: The taste was very pleasant with light notes of banana & cloves to go along with some nice semi sharp spiciness from the yeast which balances with a mild white grape and fruity sweetness. This beer finishes on the dry side with a touch of oakiness.

M: This beer had a light to medium crisp body with a slick/smooth warming from the alcohol with a minimal carbonation level.

O: Overall I was very pleased with this beer & prefer this to the Golden Monkey

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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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.

White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.