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Golden Monkey aged in Chardonnay barrels. “Our Golden Monkey is beloved by many, so we anticipate some heartfelt responses to our intriguing transformation of this beer,” expressed Victory brewmaster Bill Covaleski. “The wine barrel aging has had a substantial and delicious impact on the Golden Monkey.” Approximately 100 oak barrels that once held chardonnay varietal white wine from Wente Vineyards of Livermore, CA were filled with Golden Monkey and aged at ambient temperatures in the Downingtown brewery for 3 months. This process is an extension of an experiment dating back 6 years prior, when a single oak barrel once holding white wine from local vintner, Chaddsford Winery, was used in a similar manner to produce a test batch which never left the brewery. Deemed delicious by Victory brewmasters and brewing staff, the White Monkey project was made possible through a collaborative partnership with Wente Vineyards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1300) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle at home shared with step father. Nose is fruity, with notes of pear, melon, citrus, wine barrel, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, and light sour notes. Interesting! Pours a fluffy head with a pale yellow body. Flavors are similar with tons of fruit, sour vinous notes, Belgian yeast spices, clove, tropical fruits. Very nice and a great price, too. 8$ is hard to beat for a barrel aged brew of this caliber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beertholomeus (989) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Pours a golden yellow color with a white head. Wheat, yeast, clove, fruit, spice, honey and hop aroma. Yeast, pear, apple, orange, wheat, spice, clove, hop and honey flavors. Light body and lively carbonation. Fruit and spice finish. Little off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Poured into a snifter. I absolutely hate Golden Monkey, so I don’t have high hopes for this. Hopefully I’m wrong. 2.75 A: Murky golden brown color. Not a lot of off-white head formed and what did fell pretty quickly. 4.5 S: Well this is already an improvement over the Golden. The wine and especially the barrel come through quite well. Vinous white grape, vanilla, melon, and wildflowers. Oak and vanilla. Spicy peppery yeastiness. Hay, light fruits, honey. I don’t know if Golden Monkey just needs time to develop or if the barrel makes this the way it is, but this smells wonderful and totally unlike the regular. 3.75 T: The taste isn’t nearly as good as the nose, but it’s still a helluva lot better than Golden Monkey. Again the barrel leads the way. White grape, melon, floral, vanilla, and oak. Peppery yeast, honey, honeydew. Again, it’s good, but it’s just missing the smoothness the nose has. 3.75 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good here. 3.75 D: Infinitely better than Golden Monkey. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Give it a go if you see it. DavoleBomb, Jun 05, 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (5429) - Utah, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle shared at the holiday tasting
Cloudy straw golden with a small white head, some lacing. Aroma and flavors are woody, oak, wine, dry finish
Ok, but too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1369) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Draft at Big Wood 2014. White wine and honey. Not much oak. Golden. Only slightly boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2771) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Draft at Big Wood 2014 at Brouwer’s. Chardonnay aroma, very oaky, vanilla pod. Golden Belgian - american style at least - with good yeast. Clear gold, sparkly. Apple and pear brandy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (762) - Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle pours medium gold with foamy white head. Aroma belgian yeast, malts and wine. Paste matches with typical tripel flavor and vinous notes. Didn’t get much oak. Full palate. Nice beer, pretty much what you’d expect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1238) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours golden with white head. Taste is sweet fruit with some oak and wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11784) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
750 c&c from Craftshack. Pours translucent gold with a white head. Aroma is oaky and slightly winey. Med body. Flavor is mildly citrus, winey and woody. Very pleasant, tho missing fruity esters of the standard tripels. Not strongly flavored, but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6964) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours golden with an attractive white head and a sourish fruit aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with some citrus and a white wine finish. No typical Belgian yeast esters, so it doesn’t realy tadte like a Tripel. Still pretty good though.

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