White Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

Style: Belgian 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.

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 489
Photo of Lucular
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty much Golden Monkey with an added element of white wine and a hint of oak with a slightly sour finish. Fairly dry, not quite as sweet as Golden Monkey.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a nice golden amber color with a nice head that eventually diminishes to a ring. In the nose, it is soft, perhaps a winey scent? In the mouth, it is slightly sour, malty and slightly spicy.

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

750ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled July 2017, so almost 18 months old. btw, dating was in silver on a silver/white label. Had to get the magnifying glass out. not helpful Victory.

Hazy amber orange body with a generous white head replenished by constant slow streams of small carbonation. very nice lacing.

A pleasant white wine aroma

Taste is sweet, white wine, and fruity in the beginning. toward the end of the mouthful, the bitterness and sour notes come forward. 2 beers for the price of one! Some light spice notes, peppery, and some apple as well. liking this one.

Mouth is getting close to full, finish a sweet & sour fruit mix.

Overall, a very nice and tasty beer to sip on as evening comes on.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden and see through look with a slight white head from tap. Not much of a nose but if I had to call it something it reminds me of white wine. Sickly sweet taste to this brew. That along with very mild carbonation did not work for me.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden hue, voluminous foamy cap. Aroma isn’t quite what you would expect - lots of vanilla bean, light orange creamsicle, some dry yeast and oak. The sweetness doesn’t quite work. Taste is also pretty sweet - you do get some white grape juice flavors but nothing thats says “wine”. Not a lot of barrel quality. More vanilla, honeycomb. Treacly phenols. Sorely needs some yeast or something to cut the sweetness, it is just tok much.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color with hues of amber and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples are present in the nose along with strong notes of candi sugar.
T: Following the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of apples and transitions to flavors of Belgian yeast and candi sugar (without much associated sweetness) and notes of oak. No spices are detectable.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The oak barrel aging drastically changes the dynamics of his beer, imparting interesting aromas and flavors of apples to the smell and taste. You get a slight sense that this beer is strong from the hints of candi sugars but it hides any traces of alcohol remarkably well from the taste, much better than in Golden Monkey, particularly as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Tony210
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium golden with a billowy white head that fades quickly. Big, sweet ester aroma, tropical fruit, candied apples, banana - smells great. Outstanding tripel base, oak is prebelant - I can taste the white wine barrel, lots of esters, banana, a little tangy, some bubblegum. Thick and chewy, nice carbonation. Overall, I don't understand all the bad reviews. Possibly tainted beers? I really liked this beer. Effervescent, smooth, sweet, a little winey - I would drink again.

Bomber bought 10/1/17, recent release (no bottle date)
4.5 rating

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Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of eggshell colored head, Aove average head retention & lacing

S: White grapes, alittle oakyness & leafy hops once warm

T: White grapes, pears, oakyness & a touch if vaniila up front, a little kiss of booze as well. Some leafy hops come through as this warms, then white grapes, pears & a touch of oakyness. Finishes oaky with vanilla, pear & white grape

MF: Medium body, subtle carbonation, warming

Complex but pretty drinkable; I would've liked little more hoppyness. Closest thing to wine I've had in a while, as the label says; decadent, Very much reminds me of Chardonay, not my ex-stripper girlfriend, the wine :P

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Photo of CHickman
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped the cork and it pours very hazy gold color with a thick foamy 2 finger off white head that faded average to quickly and left good foamy rings as it went down. A lot of active carbonation races up the brew, keeping it always bubbling.

Smells of sweet malt, toffee, white wine like chardonnay, oaky notes, light caramel, toasted grains, candied sugar and honey. I had a sample 5 oz glass at the Victory brewery on Sunday and bought this bottle because I really thought it smells great. It's simple yet complex with the white wine and barrel influences totally changing nose of the base Golden Monkey.

Tastes very similar to the aroma, with sweet malt, toffee, oaky notes, white wine like chardonnay, floral notes almost like flower petals, very light caramel, toasted grains, Belgian candied sugar, honey and those wax filled bottle shaped candy's that had some fruity liquid in it. Some minor booze peeks through, along with trailing green apple, yeast and some funky flavors. It ends with lemon zest, coriander and light peppery spices that fade dry and allow the white wine to linger. The fruity notes mix well with the barrel and malt aspects.

Mouthfeel is thin, light and spritz-y with mild carbonation, a smooth feel as it slides down and a slightly tart finish that's also a little bitter and funky. I liked this beer on tap and enjoyed the bomber. I'd definitely have this again, very good overall and in my view a very under-rated beer here on BA.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cork and cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 3 fingers of massive foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Yeasty goodness... vanilla, oak, white wine... lemon.

T/F: Light grains and Belgian yeast... the 'Golden Monkey' base is present but this is so so much more. The flavor is exceptional... complex and exotic. Grape must and vanilla.. oak character and spice all mixed in with the traditional Belgian yeasts and light lemon citrus of the tripel. Smooth and warming. Boozy but keeps it nicely hidden. The finish is semi-sweet white wine. Flavors more pronounced as it comes up to temperature.

O: Sometimes a beer just 'grabs' you and that's what the White Monkey did to me. Golden Monkey is an above average tripel but nothing earth shattering. This... was just magnificent. I've had it twice and both times just blew me away. one to seek out.

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

Gold color. Nose is redolent of oaky Chardonnay with a slight bit of funk. Moderate head with lacing. The initial sweetness, reminiscent of apple cider, was wholly unexpected, given the nose. Still a bit of Belgian funk in there, and some golden raisins. Very little discernible hops. Surprisingly smooth, given the ABV; alcohol well masked. Medium body. Nice carbonation. Semisweet finish, with mild drying. Mellower than expected. —Reviewed 2017/08/27

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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

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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 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 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 BeerAdvocate
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

Golden Monkey goes to the barrel! Chardonnay barrels were used to bring this Tripel into that realm. Tasty though pretty mellow, loads of wood flavor opens up toward the end of the glass. An interesting sip; perhaps we expected a bit more wine character, though it’s balanced all around.

STYLE: Tripel
ABV: 9.5%

LOOK: Deep golden hue, tiny-bubbled lace

SMELL: Vinous, alcoholic, crackers, woody, ripe apples, green peppercorn, fresh-cut grass

TASTE: Creamy, slick, wood, grassy, mild tang, lightly vinous, warming, peppery, tannins, quince paste, mildly biscuity, clean graininess, taffy, bubblegum, dry finish

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Photo of ThomasJ25
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here is a beer that I thought could end up being a train wreck but it was a good surprise! The white wine barrel aging really tamed the Golden Monkey. Would like to see this in the future.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

On tap at Rattle n Hum. Nice golden hue, very little headtons of aromas that are so numerous I can't parse them out but I will say they add up to an intriguing mix. Taste is just as exotically tempting. On the sweet side with no hops in sight. Monkey business no doubt. Keep me posted.

BTW designated as defunct. Mine was a nice fresh pour, but it is Halloween so welcome back from the dead.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

As the microbiotia of the region, divided by France and Belgium, inoculate the vats that traditionally fermented both wine and beer; where one brewed with grain and the other blended of grape- there's really no surprise that beer takes on wine-like attributes. Or as I like to think- those wines taking on beer attributes. Well, if you can't beat them, then join them!

And that's exactly what Victory brewers do as their White Monkey captures the classic look of abbey tripel with a yeast-laden golden hue thwarts a head of both spritzy character and that of cream. With the nose hovering above, its strong vinous grape character is unmistakable, yet even more pronounced due to the ale's strong fruit and spice presence.

Diving into taste, the grape and honey-related grain character blends for a seamless and earthily whimsy. Tangy with, of course- grape, but also citrusy oranges, cidery apple and a melon juiciness round out the middle sweetness. Yet as the corner turns, its spicy white pepper, oak, fennel and cumin balances the fruit and malt with a comfortable calm.

Seemingly vanilla smoothness takes over even as the ale dries to reveal its spicy and warming glow. Tannic oak, grassy hop bite and acute vinous acididty work to dissolve the grain sugars but there's a stubborn malt structure with clove and nutmeg smug that soothes the senses against the brunt of nearly ten percent of alcohol. ...and that's the beer's charm. ...and that's why the marriage of beer and wine works well! ...but only for the skilled and capable brewers.

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

White Monkey pours a hazy, burnt persimmon hue with a small white ring for it's head. The beverage has a bit of carbonation to it. In the aroma, a certain lactose scent is present, with maple syrup, molasses, and tart apple. Very pleasing. In the flavor, proof of the barrel aging is evident with vinous white wine grapes coming through loud and clear, a subtle spice, and fruit esters (lemon and apricot) from the Belgian yeast. Somehow, there are some rough and bitter hop notes in the finish as well. The Mouth feel is very silky and soft, an incredible feat. The balance of all these components makes this a standout in Victory's catalog for sure.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

I like Golden Monkey so aging it in wine barrels just screams for me to buy it! Well, this brew pours outstanding. Cloudy golden body with a nice finger worth of frothy white head. Time to dive in for the aroma! Fruity Belgian yeast with a nice grape musk. Honey sweetness with some oak presence. The flavor is just as the aroma. Nice blend between oak and fruit notes. There's a mild floral with vanilla and faint coconut. Honey sweetness and no booze. This finishes dry and bittersweet. The feel of the brew is Medium-light body, par Belgian carbonation.

Overall: I’m sorry to see this Monkey leave. The flavor profile is strong but the mouth feel makes it easy to savor. Victory is great at making quality brews, and this one should be added to their portfolio. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and funky with malt, honey, fruit, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, fruit, funk, white wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting sour and funk qualities from the white wine barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

750ml corked and caged bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich .5 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick, layered and spotty with decent cling. Looks nice though the head could use a little work.

Nose is grape must, wood, cinnamon, molasses and brown sugar. Not much spice happening nor are there any yeasty notes. Still, decent if a little subtle.

Flavor is of grape must, wood, honey, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a big, spicy ending. Real sweet with a nice overtone of green grape fruitiness. Nice but this is definitely a bit awkward for the style.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down accented with a crisp finish and slightly lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable!

Not what I was expecting at all from a barrel-aged tripel. No real funk or any sort of Belgian flavor profile. That being said, this is still a surprisingly enjoyable beer. Won't win any style points though.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a deep golden color with some sediment. The aroma had the wheat and Belgian yeast smells I get from the regular Golden Monkey, but there's also a bit of oak and slight booze. The aroma is not markedly different from the standard.

In the taste, more sweetness and pale malt, Belgian yeast, and vinous green grape notes. Oaky tannins are in the finish. Light herbal note from the hops. Alcohol is well integrated.

Medium bodied ale with a medium carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good barrel aged beer, but some wild yeast infusion could have taken this to the next level.

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White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 489 ratings