White Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
86
very good
460 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
Read the review
White MonkeyWhite Monkey
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:
23
Gots:
79
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 460 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of JasonMinck
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Cmschiavi
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of bioskope
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of klbgrk
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of sudsy2drunk
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of mquinn919
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of WuBByG999
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Airsomers
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and muzzled bottle (bottled on 4/11/14) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 glass...the cork was so stiff that it broke and needed to use a corkscrew to remove what remained trapped.

A - Pours an rather beautiful and slightly hazy honey-like golden with a conservative 1/2-to-1 finger tight, white head. Being 9.5%, it should come as no surprise that the head dissipated rather quickly. White Monkey is only slightly bottle conditioned, as their is not much residual sediment present in future pours, nor at the bottom of the bottle. (5.0)

S- The aroma is outrageous! 'The Monkey' has certainly absorbed an insane amount of barrel character. Honey sweetness and (in a good way) buttery, vanilla notes are most prominent followed by oak, apple, pear, peach, bubblegum and banana. As the beer warms, some orange citrus and alcohol heat creeps in. Being only lagered for 3-months in the barrels, I can only imagine that this is first generation cooperage for Victory. (5.0)

T- Like the aroma, a massive burst of honey and vanilla sweetness hits the palate first. Mid-palate is where the fruits enter the profile: green apple, pear, melon, green grape, pineapple and mild bubblegum/banana. A lingering sweet, (again, in a good way) buttery finish coats the palate but ultimately gives way to some mild oak tannin which brushes aside the residual sweetness. Despite the elevated ABV, the alcohol goes undetected. The complexity is ridiculous and find my eyes rolling into the back of my head after each sip. (5.0)

M- Slick and coating with just enough oak tannin to leave the palate relatively unharmed. Heavier side of medium bodied with a creamy carbonation that is just enough to showcase the plethora of aromas in the nose and open the palate enough for them to carry through in the taste. (5.0)

O- If you like white wine, or more specifically oak-aged Chardonnay's, White Monkey is a showcase for how it can transform and intensify an already stellar beer like Golden Monkey. Although the spices present in the aroma and flavor of Golden Monkey are largely overcome by the barrel-aging. I love everything on offer here: Belgian tripels, white wine and barrel/oak aging.. With the exception of a more-than-stubborn cork (of which I will not knock since it the contents of which are being reviewed), it should come as no surprise as to my perfect review for a beer that will undoubtedly rank in my personal, all-time favorites list.. (5.0)

 2,456 characters

Photo of Nevbo
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of dlmvh5150
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of jawas
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Slbpsi63
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Ajg551
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of DrkNite12
4.79/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly viscous with a little to no head. The white wine smell dominates the aromas . Smooth on the pallet, very little bitterness . Flavor like the Golden Monkey, with a definite infusion of the white wine qualities. A nice variation , and very sessionable, despite the 9.5 ABV.I only have one bottle anyway. Thumbs up!

 321 characters

Photo of BenBull3030
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Way better than Golden Monkey. The extra age really makes the finish smooth.

76 characters

Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Therealfootball
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of d1ckvanswype
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into bulbous stemmed wine glass.

A: Poured somewhat gently, yields a scant 1/4 finger of white head which disappears quickly. Shows as an amber gold, certainly a touch darker than the Golden Monkey.

S: The first sniff is pure Golden Monkey, but then you're hit with pear, white peach, white grape, oak and a touch of vanilla. Very, very enticing.

T: What a interesting taste this brew provides! First you get a hit of Golden Monkey-like Belgian sweetness, what seems to be a hoppy bitterness but eventually reveals itself to be the oak, lightly woody and spicy, then another splash of sweet Belgian frutiness that changes back to a spicy, white grape and oak flavor that lingers. Delicious!

M: Perhaps a tad thin for how full the flavor is, but even with the seemingly low carbonation it has a definite spumante mouthfeel with a zingy, tingly bubble feel.

O: A smashing success and I only can hope that this becomes at the very least a seasonal brew from Victory. Victory for your taste buds indeed!

 1,017 characters

Photo of whallgren
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of PatGreer
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
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.

 1,591 characters

Photo of Gravitron
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Mother of Drunken Monkeys!
I rolled into ye olde swill shoppe tonight looking for the liter bottle of Golden Monkey and the beer boy showed me this here White Monkey. He said a bunch of words that I translated into "Golden Monkey but better". He was right. Split the bottle with my pops and we're both pleasantly pleased. If you lke the Golden Monkey check this out!

 372 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 460 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe