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White Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 16
Gots: 66 | 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:
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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Photo of ajtorres311
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ajtorres311, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

beerhan, May 10, 2013
Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clearer then I remember golden monkey being. Dull orange glow with white head than fades to a lace very quickly. Piece of corked poured out of the bottle. It smells nice. Lots of belgian funk, lots of vinous white wine like notes as well.

Actually drinks a lot like a chardonnay. Vinous throughout with lots of dry oaky notes, vanilla, belgian funk lies somewhere underneath. Golden monkey is a very dry tripel to begin with and the barrel ageing only adds to the dryness. Bit of heat on the back end. Golden monkey brought to the next level. Dry woodiness, complex white wine fruit notes, rich flavors, belgian flavors. I always thought of golden monkey as a pretty simple beer but this is one of the most complex tripels i've ever had, white wine barrel ageing changes things up big time on this style.

jtierney89, May 09, 2013
Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +4.2%

BMart, May 08, 2013
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +4.2%

cdwil, May 05, 2013
Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +4.2%

kew, May 05, 2013
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 pearljam118
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

pearljam118, May 04, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

ColForbinBC, May 04, 2013
Photo of srhoadsy
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a beautiful hazy bronze color with a quarter inch head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Sweet aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, vanilla and caramelized sugars.

Flavors of orange marmalade, vanilla, honey and Malibu rum. Sweet and delicious.

Medium bodied with a sweet but surprisingly crisp and effervescent finish for a beer that at first seemed to have very little carbonation. Very mild aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is not only delicious, but also very affordable, I paid 8$ a bottle. My only caution would be that this is a very sweet beer, bordering on being more of a dessert beer.

srhoadsy, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

twiggamortis420, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

csurowiec, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

bmoney, Apr 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

bcm75, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jbaker67, Apr 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Texasfan549, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

JohneHoodlum, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

GilGarp, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C bottle into a snifter

A: pours a very clear golden color with a finger of fairly quickly receding head. Poor lacing.

S: Pineapple sweetness mixes with strong white wine, a nice tartness, a bit of diacetyl, and a touch of oak. As the beer warms, I get a nice phenolic nature more akin to the style.

T: A bit muddled - a slight sweetness is quickly overridden by an oaky, tannic, alcohol bite. Some phenolic spicy flavors come out, but not quite enough for my taste.

M: Medium thickness with strong carbonation.

O: The wine barrel aging adds some spiciness and makes for a bit drier beer than the base. It also muddles the flavors a bit, though. In the end, it's a better beer.

coreyfmcdonald, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Lare453, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

sendbeer, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

shadowyee, Apr 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DWolf, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of georgiaboy8686
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

georgiaboy8686, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Resuin
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber color and leaves a very minimal head, less than half a finger.

Smell: Banana, cloves, Belgian yeast, honey, lemon as well as perhaps some pear, peach and grapes. Fairly pleasant but also pretty light.

Taste: Matches the aroma pretty well: banana, cloves, grapes, honey, lemon, pear, Belgian yeast, spices as well as some oak. Very balanced and the finish is very pleasant and mild, I'm guessing from the time in the wine barrels.

Mouth-feel: Lightly carbonated, light to medium bodied, and very smooth.

Overall: This is definitely an improvement on its base, Golden Monkey. It has all the notes of golden monkey but the punch is a bit more subdued and balanced. The wine barrels did not reinvent this beer but rather improved it. This is a fantastic triple and I recommend it if you enjoy the style.

Resuin, Apr 20, 2013
White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.