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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vlan1 (151) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle pours a crystal clear dark gold. Moderate white head that quickly recedes. Aroma of yeast and oak. Tastes light and faintly fruity with notes of coconut and oak. Thin and light mouthfeel. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miked1687 (606) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 11, 2014
Growler to glass. Golden Amber pour with a thin white head. Nose is belgian yeast with grapes and some wine. Taste is a decent tripel, a little light in body with a nice white wine grape finish. Some oak and booze in the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
John25 (189) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle. Apple juice color, shiny. Buttery movie theater popcorn taste with juicy peach and white wine notes. My first true experience tasting an infected bottle. Syrupy buttery mouthfeel. I wish this wasn’t infected because it’s probably very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
conway (1126) - - APR 11, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark gold with a thin ring of white head and active carbonation. Aroma is peach, white wine and oak. Taste opens with a nice peach note and then gets overtaken by a massive wave of diacetyl. Bummer. Alcohol is very present in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. Will look to try this again hopefully sans infection.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhiner41 (177) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2014
Pours clear and golden thin white foamy head, mild lacing. Has an aroma of white wine, slight funk, and yeast. Slight sting like it’s cousin golden monkey from the alcohol. No lingering burn. Palate evens out to dry fruit and coriander and spice. No notable vanilla flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2232) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2014
Clear golden orange pour with a thin white head .... aroma of oak straight oak and chardonnay with a spicy tripel yeast, light vanilla and some boozyness .... taste is of vanilla, oak, chardonnay, some fruity tripel yeast and light orange/peach ..... has a spicy whiskey to it ..... mouthfeel has a slight abv but it is smooth and subtle on the back end .... 2014 vintage so the barrel aspects probably still need to balance out ... .finish is dry and oaky with some chardonnay and spices coming out .... nice and easy drinking

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
docsteigs (500) - Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Interesting and nice beer. Mild aroma of honey and grape. Pours like a wit with some sediment in last pour. Taste is mild, warming, with hints of sour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Howlader (416) - - JAN 30, 2014
Tasted a sample at the P Street Whole Foods in Washington. The chardonnay barrels add a lot to the golden monkey

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6153) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of b3shine-- thanks!-- shared with Parksy and Ian. Hazy blonde body, creamy white head, solid retention, heavy lace. Delicate tropical fruit esters, vinous traits, sweet pale malts, light vanilla. Warming finish. Very nice.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
On tap at Capones 2013 Black Friday event. Clear golden yellow with a white head. Lots of fruit (pear and peach dominate), alcohol, chardonnay, some vanilla. Low carbonation, moderate body, prefer the base beer.


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