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:
23
Gots:
79
For Trade:
4
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On tap at Rattle n Hum. Nice golden hue, very little headtons of aromas that are so numerous I can't parse them out but I will say they add up to an intriguing mix. Taste is just as exotically tempting. On the sweet side with no hops in sight. Monkey business no doubt. Keep me posted.

BTW designated as defunct. Mine was a nice fresh pour, but it is Halloween so welcome back from the dead.

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As the microbiotia of the region, divided by France and Belgium, inoculate the vats that traditionally fermented both wine and beer; where one brewed with grain and the other blended of grape- there's really no surprise that beer takes on wine-like attributes. Or as I like to think- those wines taking on beer attributes. Well, if you can't beat them, then join them!

And that's exactly what Victory brewers do as their White Monkey captures the classic look of abbey tripel with a yeast-laden golden hue thwarts a head of both spritzy character and that of cream. With the nose hovering above, its strong vinous grape character is unmistakable, yet even more pronounced due to the ale's strong fruit and spice presence.

Diving into taste, the grape and honey-related grain character blends for a seamless and earthily whimsy. Tangy with, of course- grape, but also citrusy oranges, cidery apple and a melon juiciness round out the middle sweetness. Yet as the corner turns, its spicy white pepper, oak, fennel and cumin balances the fruit and malt with a comfortable calm.

Seemingly vanilla smoothness takes over even as the ale dries to reveal its spicy and warming glow. Tannic oak, grassy hop bite and acute vinous acididty work to dissolve the grain sugars but there's a stubborn malt structure with clove and nutmeg smug that soothes the senses against the brunt of nearly ten percent of alcohol. ...and that's the beer's charm. ...and that's why the marriage of beer and wine works well! ...but only for the skilled and capable brewers.

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