White Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

very good
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of drummerguy
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of seand
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a pale amber with a small amount of white head. Just a ring around the edge of the glass retains, along with a touch of surface film, leaving mild lacing.

S: Mild yeasty sweetness with a touch of white wine fruit.

T: Also relatively mild, sweet grain and yeast with a white wine touch. It's pretty laid back overall, but balanced, and in a way refreshing. It's also pretty unique, in its own subtle way.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty good. It's got good flavor and complexity without doing anything over the top. It's refreshing, though pretty strong; it feels a bit like a wine, in certain respects, and that's all that hints at its true ABV. Worth a try.

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- The appearance is fine, nice deep shade of golden goodness, very clear appears to be able to quench my thirst. No foam to speak of, I usually enjoy a bit of foamy head.

S- It has funny boozey smell that doesn't perplex me. The wine barrel is evident. It's a complex smell that I usually wouldn't enjoy but this intrigues me. The smell is playing games with me, and I don't know if I'm going to really enjoy this beer or not care so much.

T- Interesting. I feel I like it more than not, but it may be because of the label. It's crisp, refreshing, agree with previous reviews that it's definitely a patio sipper with a group of people.

M- The mouth feel is complex but funnels into one state, if that helps. It's not over the top and no one spice sticks out more than another, it flows well, like a deep conversation. A barley wine drinker would likely enjoy this for something different. It reminds me of a very laid back, subdued barley wine, refined, but not highbrow. Calming.

The label is really telling of the beer, very internalized, a beer that is at peace with it self, down to earth, definitely not going for an over the top flavor. Don't let the smell turn you off. It's a slow sipper, one I would try again. Not my every weekend beer, but I will surly revisit again around the time late summer and early fall meet.

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Photo of snowmg
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a large tulip glass a slight hazed deep burnt orange with a blooming large white head that left broken chunks of lace as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.Oaky lactic notes hit the nose upfront along with some spiced phenols,as it sits more vanilla warm spice comes into play.Vanilla tinged oak and phenols at the onset of the palate with a mild lactic sourness,the vanilla oak barrel plays a big role and the phenols are more minor.I like this beer alot,alot more than many,I like the complexities of it,a great patio sipper.

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Photo of huysmans
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of BradC
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw color with a head that quickly falls, very little lacing.

Smells sweet oaky white wine and vinegar, some vanilla

Taste starts out kind of sweet, light and grapey, the barrel notes quickly take hold, vanilla, oak but the grape stays there throughout

Medium bodied, and well carbonated, keeps this beer from becoming syrupy or cloying.

Overall, a very interesting beer, probably more enjoyable for me than the Golden Monkey base beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Color- cloudy gold. Medium head.

Aroma- dry and grapey.

Taste- Starts with vanilla and barrel notes then turns to sawdust and stale shredded wheat finishing with a beautiful, rich wine barrel finish. A truly unusual brew. Much better than Golden Monkey.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted June 2014.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tpacek
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of kjrod20
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Nevbo
5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of grahuba
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of sudsy2drunk
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of FilumDee
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bcsbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mjtiernan
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of RRC03
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 460 ratings.
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