S_Side_Smitty (602) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber-gold with a medium white head. Aroma is yeast, oak barrel, faint alcohol, spices and maybe a little tobacco. Taste is clean with a nice wine-like overtone. The yeast is well hidden with a spicy clove finish.
Gamin (146) - Brockport, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wine fruitiness prevalent in the aroma. Light golden color with a slight haze and quickly fading head. Flavor is dominated by buttery tannins. It's a good sipping beer and a wonderful way to experience barrel aging.
CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into Trappist glass. Golden with a finger of white head. Smells like white wine, fruity, and yeast. Taste very vinous! I get also the yeast. Nice and light and a great amount of carbonation. This stuff is great for wine drinkers!
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pfc514 (81) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve had the golden monkey many times before. The wine barrel aging did this one well. Mellows out the fruity, banana-y flavors and adds a nice wood characteristic to it. Really good take on a tripel.
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL bottle. Poured crystal-clear, honeyed-golden with a short white head.. great color, but the whole presentation was just OK. The aroma picked up lots of almost syrupy vinous character paired with honey, cloves, and a hint of butterscotch.. soft oak rounded it out.. came across a bit heavy-handed and weird. The flavor found mostly honey at the core, with lesser bready support.. spicy white wine paired well with white pepper, cloves, and meaty lemon rind.. kind of tacky on the finish, with residual spices, oak, and unexpected bitterness. Heavier-bodied and slightly grainy on the palate.. I wanted to like this, but it didn’t really work.
BeerFunGuy (848) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light gold color. It ha an amazing aroma if cream soda. It has a slightly mild smokey sweet flavor. Oak and spice come through also. Really really well done all around.
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crossovert (9563) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked and caged bottle. The Wine barreling made this a nice and refreshing yet high-gravity brew.
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is oak, fruit esters, and some spice. Appearance is copper with a white head. Good clarity. Taste is super oaky, spice, banana, and some clove. Light body, decent carbonation, and a dry finish. Overall pretty good but heavy on the oak.
vlan1 (213) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.