Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

White Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
White MonkeyWhite Monkey
Very Good
473 Ratings
White MonkeyWhite Monkey

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

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 97
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

 561 characters

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

 676 characters

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.

 1,464 characters

Photo of classixIII
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 907 characters

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

 466 characters

Photo of bryantan
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of _nickg_
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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.

 772 characters

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

 2,447 characters

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 473 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

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