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White Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 15
Gots: 56 | FT: 4
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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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had Golden Monkey in awhile, should be an interesting variation.

Pours out a bright golden yellow/orange with 2 fingers of a very white and fluffy head.

The aroma has some white grape notes, oak, vanilla, some orange peel and lemon, a little bit of banana and clove and some traditional Belgian yeast characteristics.

The taste is very similar. Much heavier on the vanilla than in the aroma, a big white grape note, some oak, orange peel, lemon with light hints of banana and clove. There are some Belgian yeast notes of fruity esters and a hint of spiciness.

The body is light and the mouthfeel is slight creamy. There isn't as much carbonation as I would like and the traditional Tripel elements are a little light, but overall this is a very tasty and unique beer! Glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:39:13 | More by JohnnyMc
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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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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-24-2013 23:12:10 | More by ucsbmullet
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-23-2013 13:17:16 | More by fdig23
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-23-2013 01:45:00 | More by rab53
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-22-2013 03:53:38 | More by mdillon86
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-22-2013 01:12:47 | More by drtth
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

03-21-2013 16:24:45 | More by JohnK17
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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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RandyBoBandy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

03-20-2013 03:34:16 | More by RandyBoBandy
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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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shep8821

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-19-2013 17:57:28 | More by shep8821
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MeowMixz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-18-2013 22:40:59 | More by MeowMixz
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Pale gold with 2 fingers of white head that leaves behind a nice layer of lacing. Excellent clarity and very low carbonation.

Nose
White wine, pear, caramel candies and candy sugar.

Taste
White wine, pear and cantaloupe. Caramel candies and pale candy sugar. Hints of peach and apple. Some naked oak, coriander and lemon zest. Some big tannins are found in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, dry and surprisingly clean.

Overall
A tremendous step above the Golden Monkey. The Wine Barrel aging worked wonders on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 17:36:40 | More by justintcoons
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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-18-2013 06:43:02 | More by Lurkerson
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

03-18-2013 05:24:30 | More by PatGreer
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grainy malt, banana, hints of grape and cloves

T-bananas, malt, tart grapes,citrus, cloves, just a hint of oak and sweetness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent

O-it seems as though the barrel and the base beer cancel each other out to some degree, really don't get a lot of either. Not bad , but nothing distinguishing.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 21:04:52 | More by MDDMD
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Golden body, slight haze, white cap has decent retention and good lace.

S - Surprisingly, very similar to the standard Monkey. Fruity banana esters mostly.

T - Oak is much more in the forefront than I expected. Vanilla, oak, candied banana, hay, herbal. I'm not getting many wine flavors, maybe a little white grape. Much more oak presence than wine.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, stays smooth, dry on the finish.

O - I liked this more than the base beer. The oak gives it more dimension, and balances/cuts out so much of that banana sweetness that Golden Monkey has.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 18:00:52 | More by garuda
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours broze colored with a slight head. Spotted lacing. Smell is spicy, citrusy, with presence of woody notes. Flavor has grown on me through the bottle - initially a bit of a different take on a beer-wine combo but then revealing a Belgian styled triple up front but followed with oak notes and a bit of alcohol bite on the end. Banana has disappeared from the non-oak version. Different, but good.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:08:20 | More by Oakenator
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dlmvh5150

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.9%

03-17-2013 01:25:04 | More by dlmvh5150
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sneaks2210

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-17-2013 00:15:03 | More by sneaks2210
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DrkNite12

New York

4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly viscous with a little to no head. The white wine smell dominates the aromas . Smooth on the pallet, very little bitterness . Flavor like the Golden Monkey, with a definite infusion of the white wine qualities. A nice variation , and very sessionable, despite the 9.5 ABV.I only have one bottle anyway. Thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 20:17:05 | More by DrkNite12
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-16-2013 15:50:26 | More by ridgeline23
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.9%

03-15-2013 23:52:14 | More by mquinn919
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 23:45:52 | More by confer
White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.