White Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
86
very good
460 Ratings
THE BROS
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian inspired Tripel ale, Golden Monkey aged for 3 months in oak white wine bbls.

Added by Jonada on 03-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
460
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.03%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
79
For Trade:
4
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Photo of devilfluff
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Italiano86
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of amalburg
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harryhops
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesStreet
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from March 2014 served in a wine glass.

Appearance: orange honey with a nice firm head. Plenty of sediment.

Nose: Oaky, tropical fruit, vanilla, coconut, grapes, Belgian funk, some tart

Taste: Hmmm, I'd peg this as a funky Brett beer if you didn't tell me otherwise. Tart yet still sweet, tropical fruit, funky, definitely Brett in the mouth, oak, apples, pears, vanilla kinda, little barrel outside the small oak and maybe a little coconut.

Overall: Well, I was not expecting such a unique beer. I can see why Victory aged Monkey in white wine barrels but I feel that it took on too much funk from the bacteria in those barrels and that is almost unavoidable. That being said, it is a nice beer that I would not hesitate to buy again if it was made ever again.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Since his birth in 1997, our beloved Golden Monkey has remained playfully delightful and profoundly satisfying. His soul continues to glow with the wisdom of ages and inspired our own stroke of genius. Restless from his continuous jounrey to joy, we felt that some quiet time in American oak barrels that once matured white wine would further soothe this ale's silken soul. After his three-month retreat, Golden Monkey emerged refreshed and invigorated with new character and flavor nuances that only make him more profound, and possibly even more playful." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel aged in wine barrels. Available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottles to a tulip glass. Served above degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy head of a pastel white color over a densely hazy amber body with light sediment and ample, lively carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Pale malt, malted wheat, cracker malt with a mild sweetness, light yeast profile of trace banana and clove, light earthy spiciness, some grain alcohol. Little notable white wine barrel character, some subtle white grape and drying aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Pale, grainy and wheaty malt character forward with a slight cereal grain and toasted malt backbone, light fermented clove honey and very mild yeast character of cider fruit, light grain alcohol, very reserved spiciness and yeast character altogether. Light, vinous white grape character on the finish, slight wood tannins, drying finish. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly tangy, mildly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a mild frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is light/medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over phenolic, bitter and effervescent spice. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A fairly simple tripel flavor base certainly leaves opportunity open for barrel treatment to make a significant impact. The inclusion of white wine barrels sits nicely on top of this beer, generating some light tangy white grape character and lightly toasted oak character. It's a decent project altogether, although the simplicity of the Golden Monkey base makes me ponder how much nicer a white wine barrel treatment would have impacted a more flavorful tripel ale. 3.5

Victory Brewing Company's
White Monkey
3.47/5.00

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmryan8
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of utopiajane
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours with a slight haze on a golden body . White head of fine bubbles dissolve and leave a cap and ring. Shimmering lace. Nose is crackery pils malt. Refined with sweet sugar. A vague fruity sweetness from yeast that I think resemebles pear. No real phenols from yeast until the beer warms and then it's like more like clove. The wood barrel exhales gently into this beer and imparts an airy sweetness tinted with white grapeskin. Sweet grass, pepper, fresh hay. On the palate that malt is rendered thin by an overlying acidity. Wait let me start over. Pils malt is dry and lifted almost off the palate so that it glides rather quickly across. Mid palate it meets the vague fruit, an alcohol sweetness and the acidity from the barrel. The flavors of the tripel seems to be washed out by the character of the wine. The yeast imparts bitterness, the hops impart bitterness and then It finishes with a moment that is cloying and a bit of warmth from alcohol.

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Photo of vancean2
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HiWire
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snaxcat
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ZBowden
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with small cream head, smells of white wine and oak with slight malt, tastes of white wine and oakiness with a bitter finish, smooth mouthfeel with dry finish.

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Photo of smithj4
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Completely flat and it didn't taste good.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak, some yeast phenols
Head small (1.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body orange, hazy
Flavor somewhat spicy with yeast phenolics, vinous overtones, and light alcohol. No hops, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25. Overall 3.75

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 460 ratings.
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