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White Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 Chaney
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

Drank this while watching "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Kinda perfect, huh?

A: Poured a glistening, clear, red/amber/gold color, with a slight head that died down pretty quickly. Must be the wine barrels.

S: Whoa. Not what I was expecting. Pretty much all of the intense banana flair from the Golden Monkey is now gone, and in its place, there is a nice spice-like component: white pepper (lots!) Wasa cracker, and mothballs. All of this was on top of the Belgian, citrusy taste/smell profile.

T: Well, the finish was distinctively "Golden Monkey," but everything else was unrecognizable. The extremely banana-esque flair is now gone, and now a sweetened, spicy, Belgian yeast strain exists. Nice!

M: Like I said, sugar-infused, but there was JUST enough of that Belgian funk to cut it. Not much lacing, but that's not what these barrel-aged brews are about anyway.

O: This is at least twice as good as the base beer. I hope Victory brews it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a bottle of this for 10 bucks at the Allegheny six pack shop next to my house. May have overpaid by a couple of bucks but I am psyched to try it.

A - Somewhat hazy orange yellow color much darker than Golden Monkey with just a layer of sticky lace that forms a ring.
S - Papaya and Guava fruits next to some port wine and candied sugar malts. Smell is more wine than I expected so hopefully it's integrated nicely.
T - White wine and some boozy stinging flavors mixed next with your fruity yeasts and somewhat a chalky finish. Really surprised how much the white wine flavor dominated making this already boozy triple even boozier (if that's a word). After a while the flavors kind of mend but I could use more fruity yeast flavor.
M - Medium to heavy, ABV is noticeable, finish is very on the dry side.
Overall I wouldn't call it a waste but it's better than I expected. Man I must be retarded or something because I keep buying these beers and I straight up hate wine.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a tulip.

Pale gold with 2 fingers of white head that leaves behind a nice layer of lacing. Excellent clarity and very low carbonation.

White wine, pear, caramel candies and candy sugar.

White wine, pear and cantaloupe. Caramel candies and pale candy sugar. Hints of peach and apple. Some naked oak, coriander and lemon zest. Some big tannins are found in the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry and surprisingly clean.

A tremendous step above the Golden Monkey. The Wine Barrel aging worked wonders on this one.

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

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grainy malt, banana, hints of grape and cloves

T-bananas, malt, tart grapes,citrus, cloves, just a hint of oak and sweetness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent

O-it seems as though the barrel and the base beer cancel each other out to some degree, really don't get a lot of either. Not bad , but nothing distinguishing.

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Photo of garuda
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Golden body, slight haze, white cap has decent retention and good lace.

S - Surprisingly, very similar to the standard Monkey. Fruity banana esters mostly.

T - Oak is much more in the forefront than I expected. Vanilla, oak, candied banana, hay, herbal. I'm not getting many wine flavors, maybe a little white grape. Much more oak presence than wine.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, stays smooth, dry on the finish.

O - I liked this more than the base beer. The oak gives it more dimension, and balances/cuts out so much of that banana sweetness that Golden Monkey has.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours broze colored with a slight head. Spotted lacing. Smell is spicy, citrusy, with presence of woody notes. Flavor has grown on me through the bottle - initially a bit of a different take on a beer-wine combo but then revealing a Belgian styled triple up front but followed with oak notes and a bit of alcohol bite on the end. Banana has disappeared from the non-oak version. Different, but good.

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Photo of DrkNite12
4.79/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly viscous with a little to no head. The white wine smell dominates the aromas . Smooth on the pallet, very little bitterness . Flavor like the Golden Monkey, with a definite infusion of the white wine qualities. A nice variation , and very sessionable, despite the 9.5 ABV.I only have one bottle anyway. Thumbs up!

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Photo of confer
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Much anticipated, but it didn't live up the what I was expecting.
Looks like the Golden Monkey. Solid gold in color with a wispy head.
It smells fantastic, almost all sweet tripel smell.
Either the mix of the flavors from the barrel and the beer didn't go well or there is just a bit too much flavor from the barrel, but it just isn't right for me.
Very thick and creamy feel. I bought two bottles so we try back in a few month see what happens.

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

A-slightly hazy golden orange with a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-pale malts, Belgian yeast, grapes, light banana, and a bit of oak

T-pale malt backbone with acidic white wine, oak, yeast, bit of citrus, and white pepper.

M-medium body, high carbonation, tart mouthfeel

Overall this in an interesting beer. Takes a lot of Golden Monkey traits, but isn't as sweet due to the wine. Might be a bit too acidic though. Anyway an interesting one to try.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a simple crisp and pale golden color with an soft film of head.

The soft toasty notes of aromatic yeast are present here, as expected of the style, but the nose is dominated by sweet, cloying white grapes. A tough of dry oak rounds this out.

Very interesting in the taste. I'm clearly reminded of golden monkey with a lush, fruity malty base and a tough of spicy and doughy malt, but the barrel really comes through here, arguably too much. It starts very enticing and exciting (my curiosity is really peaked!), but then after a moment, the flavor is overpowered by a very sharp and astringent oak dry nip. I like what's going on here, but the proportions are far too in favor of the barrel. Cool idea though. Maybe next year, less time in the barrel???

Feels just about perfect for what's going on here.

A pretty neat project, but imbalanced. Definitely worth a try - emphasis on "a".

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL poured into a Weyerbacher cuvee. Bottled February 14, 2013.

A - Pours apple juice golden with a disappointingly scarce head. What lacing? Not a looker.

S - Very fruit laden aroma. I get peach, pear, banana, and tons of Welch's white grape juice. Belgian bubblegum piles on the sweetness of the fruit. Coriander adds floral notes. Mild oak and light cracker malts round it out. It is a bit fruity for my liking, but I appreciate the complexity.

T - Slightly tart in the beginning with Bartlett pear and lemon. Syrupy sweet in the middle with bubblegum, cherry, and grape. Candied banana and drying oak on the back end. Ground pepper and clove linger along with some of the white wine notes.

M - Viscosity is high and carbonation is low. The feel is similar to some semi-sweet, semi-dry white wines I have had. Suits the flavor well. Alcohol isn't really noticeable.

O - I had high hopes for this beer. The few barrel aged trippels I had prior to this were excellent. This was a different anaimal, aged in white wine barrels. Golden Monkey serves its purpose as a drinkable, high ABV, trippel but can't be considered an exceptional beeer in the category. The barrel aged version (White Monkey) is better than the base, but not by much. The barrel lends some oak and white grapes to the beer, but it comes off a little bit sweet. It is a good beer, I just think my expectations were a bit too high. I probably won't get it again, but I think it was worth the $7.99 price tag. I hope Victory continues to experiment with the barrel!

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Photo of d1ckvanswype
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into bulbous stemmed wine glass.

A: Poured somewhat gently, yields a scant 1/4 finger of white head which disappears quickly. Shows as an amber gold, certainly a touch darker than the Golden Monkey.

S: The first sniff is pure Golden Monkey, but then you're hit with pear, white peach, white grape, oak and a touch of vanilla. Very, very enticing.

T: What a interesting taste this brew provides! First you get a hit of Golden Monkey-like Belgian sweetness, what seems to be a hoppy bitterness but eventually reveals itself to be the oak, lightly woody and spicy, then another splash of sweet Belgian frutiness that changes back to a spicy, white grape and oak flavor that lingers. Delicious!

M: Perhaps a tad thin for how full the flavor is, but even with the seemingly low carbonation it has a definite spumante mouthfeel with a zingy, tingly bubble feel.

O: A smashing success and I only can hope that this becomes at the very least a seasonal brew from Victory. Victory for your taste buds indeed!

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Photo of rdickey
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear amber into a Golden Monkey tulip. A moderately rough pour produces only a small off-white head, which fades quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Vinous -- the white grapes from the barrel aging are the first thing to hit my nose. Belgian yeast notes remain, although they are somewhat muted by the rampaging grapes. The banana that I remember most vividly from the original beer isn’t readily apparent.

Taste: I now want to taste these head to head for a proper comparison, because the barrel aging has changed the taste far more than the nose. The white grapes continue to be out in force, and although good ol’ Belgian yeast flavors come through – mostly white pepper and cloves. The finish is a little heavy, which surprises me, and the ABV definitely comes out of hiding as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light and fairly zippy, despite the lack of head. The ABV is initially well hidden, although it starts to creep out.

Drinkability: Like the original Golden Monkey, this one is pretty drinkable despite the big ABV. I downgrade it a little because I think it goes out a little heavy, whereas the original always felt light in the mouth, and even a Belgian novice could get into it if they were ok with bananas.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a honey orange/gold with white lacing.

Smells of honey, coriander, citrus, bananas, yeast and white grapes.

Tastes of honey, coriander, white wine, lemon, banana esters and hints of oak.

Medium to full body with light carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty solid big ale in a Belgian style, and the wine barrel aging adds a unique element that sets it apart from other trippels. That said, its not quite fantastic, just very good. Definitely worth trying, and a good beer for the price if you're local, but falls just short of other trippels in terms of quality. Still, worth trying, especially if you are a fan of Golden Monkey and would like to compare it to its wine barrel sister beer.

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Photo of random846
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden color with a thin white head. The cap of foam sticks around leaving some solid lacing on the glass.

S: Not the most fragrant of beers. A sweet smell, with some Belgian yeast funk. I haven't had the base beer in a long time so I cannot clearly reflect on how the wine barrels have changed it. However I remember it being a bit more assertive in smell. When I first poured it I definitely could smell some white wine however it did not overpower the Belgian yeast.

T: The again in white wine barrels really comes through in the taste. As expected it adds a light white wine taste to the beer as well as some oak undertones. The banana taste has mellowed out and mixes nicely with the fruity white wine flavors added by the barrel aging. Its definitely a better beer than the base golden monkey. Its easy to drink and delicious. Some alcohol taste is present once it warms.

M: Once it warms the alcohol becomes apparent. Mouthfeel is light-medium seems about right for the lower end of the style. Carbonation is good, again seems appropriate for the style.

O: I really like what the oak wine barrels have done to this beer. To be fair I like the base beer, it was one of the first beers that introduced me to Belgian style beers and craft beer in general.
This beer has a lot of intangibles for me, I just really like it. The white wine barrels and age really smooth out the original flavors and contribute their own distinct flavor to the beer. Definitely going to grab a few more bottles to age.

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Photo of Jonada
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle. Bottled on 2/14/2013

Appearance: Golden in color with a finger of white head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar. It's slightly hazy with some fine sediment floating in the glass.

Smell: Banana, red apple, clove spice, white grape.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely. Lots of apple, pear, grape and quite a bit yeast spiciness that lingers past the finish. There's a slight tartness that's not present in the base beer as well. Despite the barrel aging, I'm not getting any oak flavors.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied, medium carbonation. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: Really solid beer from Victory at a pretty good price too ($8.99). The barrel aging adds some nice additional characteristics, and it definitely improves on Golden Monkey, which serves as the base beer. Definitely worth picking up a bottle.

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White Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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