White Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
86
very good
460 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
460
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.03%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
80
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 460 |  Reviews: 92
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Juuroumaru
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Nice golden color with light bubbles.
S- Smells of a belgian with a slight hint of the white wine barrel coming thru.
T- Definately get the white wine barrel with flavors of the original coming through on the end.
M- Thin mouthfell with good carbonation
O- A very good beer to try and i cant wait to see what age does to this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mucky dark orange to amber in color with poor clarity. Weak in the head department. Couldn't drudge up more than a foam ring. Not much fuel to lace with. Has a standstill look.

Tart white grape-iness, semi-spicy Belgian yeast, tart cherry, breadiness, clove, oakiness, stone fruits, and a hint of lemon. Lots of different tart fruit notes. Alcohol is self-permeating.

Golden Monkey is extremely transformed. Has that spicy phenol in it, but the wine barrel redefines the flavors. Tartness is slightly milder than noticed on the nose. Lots of woodiness for a tripel; that character really stands alone in this style. Fruity esters include cherimoya, pear, and golden raisin. A little butyric. Breadiness reminds me of stale Hawaiian sweet rolls with a drizzle of honey. A touch of herbal tea in the finish.

Surprising how cheap White Monkey is on the booze. Really mellowed with that barrel-aging. They got unlucky with the carbonation level, however. A languid wet feel.

Unimpressive, overall. Barrel-aged tripels seem to be very hit-or-miss, it seems. Still a worthy 'try'.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clearer then I remember golden monkey being. Dull orange glow with white head than fades to a lace very quickly. Piece of corked poured out of the bottle. It smells nice. Lots of belgian funk, lots of vinous white wine like notes as well.

Actually drinks a lot like a chardonnay. Vinous throughout with lots of dry oaky notes, vanilla, belgian funk lies somewhere underneath. Golden monkey is a very dry tripel to begin with and the barrel ageing only adds to the dryness. Bit of heat on the back end. Golden monkey brought to the next level. Dry woodiness, complex white wine fruit notes, rich flavors, belgian flavors. I always thought of golden monkey as a pretty simple beer but this is one of the most complex tripels i've ever had, white wine barrel ageing changes things up big time on this style.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

A bright orange, crystal clear, with about one finger of white foam. The head falls quickly to a thin collar with some patches over top of the liquid. Some stray dots of lace.

Bold chardonnay nose. Bright white grapes and pears with dry oak and a touch of must. Underneath, some hot ethanol mixes with a toasted biscuit graininess.

Wine up front; pears and white grapes. Dry oak with a touch of vanilla and a bready graininess through the middle. The finish is more fruit (oranges), vanilla, a little bit of tartness, and some heat.

Medium body, a tad syrupy, low carbonation. Finish is tart and dry with a touch of citric bitterness.

The white wine barrel influence is highly evident. A little more dry oak would make this a real winner, but I really can't complain. This does everything well across the board.

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4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a beautiful hazy bronze color with a quarter inch head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Sweet aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, vanilla and caramelized sugars.

Flavors of orange marmalade, vanilla, honey and Malibu rum. Sweet and delicious.

Medium bodied with a sweet but surprisingly crisp and effervescent finish for a beer that at first seemed to have very little carbonation. Very mild aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is not only delicious, but also very affordable, I paid 8$ a bottle. My only caution would be that this is a very sweet beer, bordering on being more of a dessert beer.

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4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've always had a soft spot for the Golden Monkey...lets see what the albino version has to offer...750 mL bottle pours a nearly flat hazed gold color with very little head, the cork didn't pop either. It's not totally devoid of carbonation, but it is definitely on the very low side.

Nose is very wine influenced, like a buttery chardonnay...I'm certainly not a wine expert, but if I had to put money on it, that's the varietal I'd pick. The yeast/malt combo still gives me a peanut butter aroma that I get with alot of tripels, particularly American-brewed versions. Seems more fruity than GM and maybe even a light cherry tartness.

Interesting...the wood is very heavy and plays well with the Belgian yeast. The wine influence doesnt seem as large as it did on the nose, though maybe the fruitiness is an expression of the grapes. Its complex, has nice flow and tons of flavor. It hides the ABV way better than Golden Monkey and the lack of carbonation isn't really an issue on the taste. I could do without the coriander...while it works with low ABV wits for me, the higher alcohol beers seem to clash with the cilantro seed. I really like this and think it is an excellent experiment by Victory. I'm typically not a repeat $10+ C&C purchase kinda guy unless the beer is really good, but I will be sorely tempted by the Caucasian Monkey next time I visit the beer store.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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