White Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.86/5
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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by Jonada on 03-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,856
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
479
pDev:
13.47%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
82
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 479 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of SynthetikReality95
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Barleycorn
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
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 WynnO
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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 hcproff36
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MichialTanner1
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tony210
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

11/23/17
Bomber bought 10/1/17, recent release (no bottle date)
4.5 rating

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Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +9.1%
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 classixIII
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 -2.8%
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 bryantan
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _nickg_
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devilfluff
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Italiano86
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of amalburg
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 479 ratings