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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2205) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle. Moderate straw for the malt, perfume and orange for the hops, light soap and a hint of dough for the yeast, with hints of white wine, cask wood, solvent and light dried fruits. Head is small, frothy, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy, medium amber with a small amount of medium sized particles. Flavor starts moderately sweet and finishes lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, slick with a lively carbonation and a moderately alcoholic. There is a really nice, unique flavor to this Abbey Tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kennydiaz (352) - Manahawkin, New Mexico, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Pours a nice dark golden color with a creamy head. Has a nice oak taste with a nice malt taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcartamdg (1859) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Pours a golden orange with a thick white head. Aroma of white wine, oak and banana esters. Taste follows, lots of white wine, for some reason the barrel aging makes this more drinkable. There is a lot of wine but it seems to work with this beer. Solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cool_Bond (1214) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2013
Saturday beer and a beer like that I can say about this. Much cred to the owner at the beer Authority of New York for this beer. There’ll soon be a trip tebax to the U.S.. Anyway so this beer a remarkable aroma. The taste is a little better and tastier. Weak with aftertaste. But can not tell if this beer unfortunately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmykalH04 (26) - - MAY 15, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2013 A- Nice golden color, light bubbles and a small white head. S- Smells of a belgian with a slight hint of the white wine barrel coming thru. T- Definately get the white wine barrel with flavors of the original coming through on the end. light spice M- Thin mouthfell with good carbonation O- A very good beer to try and i cant wait to see what age does to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur dorée et claire. Nez de levures fruitées sucrées (agrumes, léger d’abricots, traces de bananes et de mangues) et épicées (coriandre, clou de girofle, traces de poivre), moyennement boisé (fût de chêne légèrement vineux), moyen de pain et de malt sucré avec des notes de miel, de vanille, d’alcool doux, de houblon floral et herbeux. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture aux notes huileuses. Goût de levures fruitées (agrumes et pelures, léger de pommes et de raisins verts, notes d’abricots, et de mangues, traces de bananes) et moyennement épicées (poivre doux, léger de clou de girofle et de coriandre) accompagné de notes de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt sucré avec un léger goût de pain ainsi qu’un goût boisé (fût de chêne aux notes vineuses) et des traces de miel. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger goût d’alcool réchauffant avec une légère amertume de houblon floral et herbeux jusqu’en en finale. Post-goût moyen-long et aux notes sèches, légèrement amer d’alcool, de levures fruitées (zeste d’agrumes) aux notes épicées (poivre doux), de houblon herbeux aux notes florales ainsi qu’avec un léger goût boisé (fût de chêne vineux).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2013
750mL bottle from ABC in Wesley Chapel. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is some apple, some yeast, big oaky chardonnay, and a hint of pepper. Flavor is similar with big chardonnay up front, some yeast and pepper in the mid along with some dry apple and grape then pepper, yeast, and chardonnay in the finish. Interesting twist on Golden Monkey, but VERY chardonnay-forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (2980) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Pours slightly hazy golden color with white head. Fruity aroma with some grapes, oak, vanilla dough. Fruit and Belgian yeast flavors with some grapes and oak. Moderately sweet. Medium body with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5479) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2013
(750ML bottle) clear gold, effervescent lingering head that eventually dissipated rather quickly. Nose of peach, belgian spicy yeast, bit of alcohol, apricot and other stone fruits, white wine and oak; a good tripel. Taste is light oak, Belgian yeast, a bit spicy reminiscent of a true Belgian tripel, apricot, heavy on the chardonnay, peach. Effervescent finish that is a little sweet, spicy and fairly drinkable given the ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear golden orange vistilite with a large foamy white head. Aroma of oak wood, Chardonnay, and Golden Monkey. Taste is much the same.

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