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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1822) - USA - AUG 27, 2014
Enjoyed side by side with golden monkey... Slightly darker burnt orange in color... Aroma is all buttery Chardonnay... So much butter, light oak... Flavor is so smooth and buttery up front, spices and golden malts in the middle, really gentle finish... Really nice beer, better than the original ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (717) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Pours lightly hazy golden color, with a thin 1-finger off-white head. Strong aroma of wood and white wine, perhaps a note of stone fruit as well. Body is medium and lightly oily, with a wine-like dryness in the finish. Flavor of white wine and maybe some crisp apple. Notes of vanilla and wood underneath, and a light earthiness at the back.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5800) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle. Clear golden color with white head. Nice fruity, spicy white wine aromas with light fruits, candi sugar, bready malts. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Nice belgian spice, candi sugar sweet flavors with fruity, dry spicy white wine, wet wood tannins____drying spicy twang to finish___a bit too sweet for me, but still very tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaboon (1555) - FINLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Pours gold with plenty of white, frothy head. Aroma is oak, vinous, brett, orange peel and earthly. Flavour is oak, orange peel and light to medium bitter. Plenty of elements of white wine here.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1024) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Excellent. I’m surprised a bit by some of the low ratings but a fresh bottle from the brewery was great. Adds yet another layer of complexity to Golden Monkey while I think rounding it out, removing the sometimes slightly metallic character found in the base beer.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
laakus (8) - Nossebro, - AUG 8, 2014 does not count
From Systembolaget. Neutral aroma, dull looking appearance. Fruity hoppy taste with a bitter tone, the alcohol pushes through what makes this less intresting beer that was expected.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
VsXsV (2246) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. Almost clear golden liquid with medium white head. Aroma of dill, butter, jenka, grain and sugar. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of jenka, butter and dill. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (3034) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Smell of oak, wood and butter. Taste of oak and butter. A bit to much butter for my taste, but still drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19336) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2014
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Clear deep golden, brief head. Malty nose covered in raisins and oaked white wine. Sweet with full body and rounded mouthfeel. Lots of white wine and oak. Warming finish with low bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2572) - Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2014
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas lemon, orange zest, golden raisin, pear, apple, apricot, white wine, vanilla, oak, coriander, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast , wine barrel, moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, golden raisin, pear, apple, apricot, white wine, vanilla, oak, coriander, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, golden raisin, pear, apple, apricot, white wine, oak, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and pale malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/yeast/oak flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and slightly tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged tripel. All around great complexity and balance fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.


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