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White Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

92 Reviews

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 452
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 31.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 85 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jonada on 03-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian inspired Tripel ale, Golden Monkey aged for 3 months in oak white wine bbls.
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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 452
Photo of Pencible
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass.

A- Pours a clean light amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind on the glass.

S- Jeez, this beer reeks of Chardonnay and booze. Very effervescent but not in a good way. Some Belgian sweetness is finally derived after a few short sharp sniffs.

T- Tastes better than it smells. You can easily identify the base beer at first but then there's a white wine sweetness and dryness that lays over the palate and continues on into the aftertaste. Notes of the obvious white grape, oak and apple. You can taste every bit of the ABV.

M- Dry and sharp with an apparent booze bite. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- This is not a good treatment for Golden Monkey IMO.

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Photo of Juuroumaru
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Nice golden color with light bubbles.
S- Smells of a belgian with a slight hint of the white wine barrel coming thru.
T- Definately get the white wine barrel with flavors of the original coming through on the end.
M- Thin mouthfell with good carbonation
O- A very good beer to try and i cant wait to see what age does to this one.

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Photo of thecheapies
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'.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
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.

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Photo of srhoadsy
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of flyers1980
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bomber of this at Capone's in Norristown after I was unsuccessful in getting it at the brewery. They sold it for $15 (!!!), which was a lot to shell out for a beer that's typically going for $8.99 or so. After being blown away by Oak Horizontal I was really looking forward to trying this beer. Unfortunately, this bomber bombed in my book. To me, almost all the characteristics of Golden Monkey were washed away in the midst of overpowering white wine. I like white wine, so I found it palatable. If you don't, skip this one. If you do like white wine, in a carbonated, champagne-y, way you might want to try but you're really not missing anything if you don't.

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Photo of avalon07
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours bright, clear gold color with a thin, but creamy thick layer of white foam, gentle carbonation.

S - White grapes, oak, earthy funk, pears, light Belgian spice, and yeast.

T - Follows the nose - oak, pears, white grapes, a little bit of funk, Belgian spice, light yeast, pepper, lemons, honey, tart, and acidic.

M - Gentle mouthfeel, low carbonation on the tongue, medium body with a slight bit of thickness and a very dry, chardonnay-like finish.

O - This version of the monkey is much drier and lacks the sweetness of the original version (which is a good thing because Golden Monkey can be too sweet). This version exhibits a significant amount of chardonnay character. Interesting and I prefer this over the original, I'll buy a few more and stash them away to see where they go.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
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*

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Photo of BigBarley
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, almost brown gold. Big head that recedes to a foam cap over a matter of a few minutes

Aroma includes a strange woody note beneath, but is dominated by wild yeast and a strange chardonnay character. Also, oddly enough, a weird hint of cheddar cheese that completely ruins the aroma for me.

Wine notes blast you in the mouth at first, followed by a strange Corn Flake character, wrapped in bad woody flavors and a mess of weird bitterness. Not impressed.

Wow... what a waste of money.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of AlyssaW
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 750ml from a local liquor store.

Appearance: very pale yellow color, much lighter than I expected. Medium foam head.

Smell: very fruity with a light oak smell. Very lemon like.

Taste: Lemon and oak are the most prevalent taste. It has a bitter yet fruity aftertaste.

Carbonation: medium high carbonation.

Overall: a good quality beer, but not for me. I enjoy Golden Monkey much better. If you enjoy lemon fruity type beers this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 22 ounce of this brew from my local establishment, Covera's I've had golden monkey and liked it. Lets see how this rarity matches up.

Appearance: pours a nice, golden, yellow almost pale. Leaves a nice residue of fine, white lacing and a barely noticeable frothy head. Not very impressed by the coloring I'm sad to say. Is quite nice with the orange peel-like hue, but I was expecting something maybe darker or more hazy.

Smell: Has a nice sweetness aroma that is balanced with malts. Fruits are noticed like lemon zest and grapes. Quite nice. The aroma is rounded out with a very slight undertone of spices, possibly coriander

Taste: Quite nice upon first sip pings. Has a complex of buttery oaks, which gives it a slight bitterness. But the bitterness is balanced out with lemon and orange. There's a bready like flavor but has A nice undertone of honey.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Slight of alcohol is noticed, and is a bit dry.

Overall: not so bad upon my first encounter. I'm not entirely a big wine fan, but is actually quite nice and delicious. I was a little skeptical when I did my first pour. But as I sipped more and more, I really enjoyed it. The slight bitterness did help balance a slight sweetness this beer brought to the table. I would try again, and would definitely recommend to a friend. Cheers!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$9 for the 750mL, served in a tulip
Sampled 10MAR13

[A] Half a finger of bright white foamy head rises and falls in twenty seconds or so, leaving a bubbly collar and a few strands of lace. The body is golden yellow-orange in color and very still.

[S] The resemblance between Golden Monkey and White Monkey is actually quite small - if not entirely nonexistent. There are no banana/clove esters; there are practically no yeast notes at all. This works in my favor since I'm not a huge fan of Golden Monkey...or Tripels for that matter.

[T] First of all, the level of American oak is perfect. Soft and smooth with a mildly spicy character and notes of butter and vanillin. The oaky flavor/texture is silky smooth. (I would have guessed French oak to be honest.) A hint of Belgian yeast pokes through, but the overall yeast profile is downplayed and very clean.

[M] The mild tannic fuzzy feeling works well with the low level of bitterness and sweet finish. Light carbonation begins at midpalate and finely scrubs the tongue well after the swallow. Despite the sweet finish, the tongue remains free of the cloying sensation.

[O] I'm not sure what the overall dissatisfaction is with this beer. I think it's great. Perhaps Victory is just an easy target when it comes to special releases. In any case, I happen to think that White Monkey and Oak Horizontal are fantastic - and Red Thunder is way better than average. Dark Intrigue didn't do much for me (but that is a hard arena to step in these days) and I don't think Storm King is the right base beer for bourbon barrel treatment anyway.

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Photo of beerman207
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saw this at my local Kroger of all places. White monkey? Brother of Golden Monkey? Yes please.

A: color is an orange hue. pours with a nice 2 inch white fluffy head that leaves some lacing behind.

S: Nose is a bit of orange, some clove, and some white wine coming through. Later on I pick up some nice floral smell as well

T: This is where I think the beer excels - if you like the golden monkey, I think this is a good variant. The heat comes through a little stronger on the tongue with the wine and you can definitely pick up the wine. It has a citrus orange and a bit of bitter finish that sweetens as it leaves the palate

M: Carbonation is good and it leaves a nice warming feeling

O: A great offering overall. Very pleased with this one.

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Photo of jokemon
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I would like to start by saying that I really enjoy golden monkey. So I was very intrigued when I saw that they decided to take it and age it in white wine barrels for 3 months.

After tasting this beer however I will say that I am not a fan. Don't get me wrong, the beer is ok and I can appreciate it for what they were going for but I have one major problem:

It taste like a stick.

The wood presence is way too strong in this beer. With other oak aged beers I've had the other flavors are so strong that they cancel out the oak a little bit, but with this beer the wood taste is overpowering.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
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.

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White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.