White Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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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)

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy, golden color. There was just a wisp of a white head on mine that didn’t leave any lacing. Nice nose to this one! The wine has had a big influence, as there is a good whiff of chardonnay as well as some oakiness. Just coming through is the coriander, lemon and some lemon. It has a very nice flavor. Definitely get the chardonnay flavor. The golden monkey is there also, with some lemon, coriander, yeastiness and wheat. The wine flavor almost equals the beer. I like the way they are balanced. Definitely on the buy again list!

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is a dingy orange in color with little head, definitely not meeting my expectations for the style.

Smell – There’s a rich coriander nose here that I could wear as an afttershave and a light herbal note.

Taste – This ale fell apart at the taste unfortunately. The efforts to spice up the beer were made at the expense of the malt base.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than medium-bodied and rightly carbonated.

Drinkability – The was herbal overkil in my opinion and missed the mark on the nuanced nature fo the style.

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