White Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.85/5
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,861
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
473
pDev:
13.77%
Bros Score:
3.71
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
82
Trade:
4
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1/5  rDev -74%

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1.85/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours clear dark straw with a small off white head fading immediately leaving no lacing.

Aroma features chardonnay heavily. White wine, butter, some banana and a ton of oak. Spices come out more when warm.

Wow this is a mess. Some slight lemon/banana going on up front that is quickly overtaken by a huge astringent oak character. Tons of tannins with an unpleasant alcohol flavor. Big phenols all the way through and some spices show up after it warms to further muddy the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel. High carbonation.

One of the worst beers I've had in a while. This was a drain poured mess. Very aggressive flavors that do not mingle well. Waaaay over oaked and horribly astringent. This one needs to be retired.

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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

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2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

750ml bottle - $7.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Bottled On: Feb 13 2013.

Alright, alright, so, maybe I wasn't the biggest fan of Golden Monkey, but, with this new release I'm ready to mend that broken bridge from the past. Surely, my plunking down eight bucks is a show of good faith.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, pale golden body with a foamy, white head that fell flat moments later.

Smell: Spice-driven aromatics, as was the way of G-Monkey, still with hints of flowers, mold, bananas, and grains. Now, with some additional vanilla-hinted oak notes.

Taste: Spicy and now staunchly oaky from the onset, with a screeching monkey-flung dose of pepper, clove, coriander, and, now, blunt tannins. Touch of fresh lemon juice, yeast dough malt aspects, 'nanas, and alcohol washed mini oak planks. Yet, it still feels out of step, like an inept marching band. Spicy, lightly bitterish, lightly warming, lightly oaken finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Tongue-coating mouthfeel.

Overall: I think I'm good on the Monkey for another good, long while, thanks.

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2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, almost brown gold. Big head that recedes to a foam cap over a matter of a few minutes

Aroma includes a strange woody note beneath, but is dominated by wild yeast and a strange chardonnay character. Also, oddly enough, a weird hint of cheddar cheese that completely ruins the aroma for me.

Wine notes blast you in the mouth at first, followed by a strange Corn Flake character, wrapped in bad woody flavors and a mess of weird bitterness. Not impressed.

Wow... what a waste of money.

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2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A wine barrel-aged tripel from a solid brewery? Sign me up. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises fresh gauze, vague citrus (leaning toward lemon, but there's a Squirt-like burst of lime in there at times as well), light black pepper, a pinch of clove, light cream cheese, and a touch of wet balsa. The taste holds notes of funky lemon rind, old banana peel, clove, used gauze, corked chardonnay (and, frankly, the corking wasn't the worst thing to happen to that wine...), and a wave of indescribably off floral bitterness. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty sad excuse for a final product, one that proves that barrel-aging does not a success make. *shudder*

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 473 ratings
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