ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head is a small white shade, not even a finger high. It’s also of a relatively creamy consistency, fading away swiftly. Some vestiges of lacing are left on the glass.
S: Some of the phenols and pepper notes I expect from Golden Monkey exists in full force aromatically, with the barrel-aging adding some (pleasant) butterscotch, oak, and vanilla. There are also some distant fruit esters. I get a good oak character, but not much in the way of actual wine: so maybe I should call it a partial success in terms of its barrel aging goals? Anyhoo, this has a much nicer aroma than the base brew.
T: At first, the barrel notes have a lesser effect on the flavor profile, only appearing as a tannic dryness on the back end. Give it a few sips, and a hint of vanilla will build up. Before this hits, it’s flavor is similar to the base: faint apple to start, before turning strongly earthy/peppery. White grape notes also help finish this off. Victory got the barrel profile down pat - it’s a subtle addition rather than an overpowering sledgehammer - a shame I’m just not a huge fan of Golden Monkey. Having said that, it’s reasonably complex.
M: It has a thin feel, and lacks in creaminess as well. There’s a bit of a sting on my tongue that feels more tannic than anything. Alcohol presence is about what you’d expect for 9.5%, but the dryness on the back end combined with the thin, tannic, well-carbonated nature means this one is fairly easy to drink.
O: Golden Monkey is average at best in my mind, and this isn’t too far off from that mark, either. This is probably the one instance where I would have preferred a shameless, unsubtle barrel profile; the base beer has never done anything for me, and probably never will. Golden Monkey fans will eat this one up, though.
Crispy34 (431) - Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle. Aroma is a white wine with some oak and an almost sour smell. Appearance is a gold with a little head, with some chunkage. Taste is belgian with some sour white wine flavor. Palate is slightly sour, and great. Overall, a great beer. Would buy again.
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RickTStiles (816) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet estery aroma with notes of cheese. Taste is chardonnay and white tea. Finishes warming.
JStax (3420) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a translucent gold with a fluffy white head of foam. The aroma has a good bit of banana esters comingon strong. Taste is fairly sweet and estery. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a nice tripel.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
25.4 oz. Not the best, but a decent price at least. No head over copper colo, bready apricot smell. The vinous white wine bites through the bready apricot flavor, which to me personally, amounts to an odd overall taste. Not really my style, but I love that Victory is experimenting like this!
jkwalking05 (4116) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Hazy gold appearance with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of coriander, white pepper, peach, and wood. Taste is of white pepper, wood, vinous, and straw. Quite dry.
travita (4304) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The look is clear, golden in color, and thin white head. The smell is nice, wine, oak, fruit, yeast, hay, and rustic. The taste is wood, fruit, alcohol, and ok. More delicate and balanced in the aroma.
radio_nowhere (1017) - Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into snifter glass. Reddish-tinted golden body with white head. Aroma of booze, grapes, wine, oak, pale malt and a slight floral note. Taste is fruity, yeasty, chardonnay, candy sugar, oak, vanilla and some grassy/earthy hops. Medium body, moderate carbonation, sweet, smooth, full with dry oaky finish. Definitely a wine barrel aged Tripel, a somewhat subdued Tripel pushing more for oak/wine flavors. Very enjoyable take on their Golden Monkey.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Overall this has a sense of a boozy tripel, but isn’t alcohol hot. It’s got wine character galore, and then even has the nice classic playful sweetness. I love wine like tripels, and I am more convinced this is grand more because of the barrel than the recipe. This barrel made this brew truly wonderful, cause I am not a fan of regular Golden Monkey. Real nice, real memorable.
tastybeer (1828) - Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky gold pour, white head. Good retention/lace. Aroma of white grape, citrus, oak, medicinal notes, booze. Taste is sweet, buttery chardonnay, lightly medicinal, orange sherbet. Palate is soft, slick, sweet finish. Big white wine flavor.