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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1837) - Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2332) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2013 Waited a bit before cracking this bottle. Pours orange with no head and some light coming through. The aroma has a ton of oaky wine barrel, a big tartness from the grapes, most of the monkey is lost. The taste has a lot of oak, some chardonnay notes, some sweetness. More wine than beer but solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3937) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle. Very pretty gold pour with thick creamy white head. Aroma is quite delicate and enticing, passion fruit, white flour and leather come to mind. Flavor is mild and well accentuated, winey notes, fruity with a dry almost earthy finish. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Floral and herbal hops ride this Tripel’s classy, polished profile, as comforting wheat and mild alcohol heat make sure you ponder each sip.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the clear golden.
-The mouthfeel is relatively lean.
-The flavor profile isn’t the most complex, but it is well presented and bright.
-Esters are delicate throughout.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiereLuc (1045) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
Bière blonde-cuivrée, peu mousseuse. Nez frais, vanillé, un peu sauvage dans les narines. En bouche, c’est boisé / fruité. Intéressant, mais il manque un petit quelque chose pour transporter cette bière à un niveau supérieur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Look: cloudy shade of gold, 1 finger white head. Smell: Fruity Belgian yeast notes, deep grape musk, honey, some oak is detectable. Taste: Nice blend between oak and fruity yeast. mild floral, vanilla, faint coconut, honey, hint of banana, alcohol is well covered, nice dry bittersweet finish. Feel: Medium-light body, par carbonation. Overall: I’m sorry to see this Monkey leave. The flavor profile is strong but the mouth feel makes it easy to savor. Victory is great at making quality brews, and this one should be added to their portfolio. Recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (5177) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow gold with no head. The aroma is clove, grape and oak. Medium mouthfeel with grape flavor and oak with boozey finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1608) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Pour is hazy pale gold with a tight white ring. Nose has a fair bit of oak coming through, Chardonnay is there, light honey, sweet golden raisins and fruit with some estery banana. Taste has strong oak with Chardonnay behind, golden raisins and fruits, nectarine. A touch unintegrated on the wood, rather sweet esters, softer carbonation, creamy full body, velvety on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Victory White Monkey. Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a hazy deep gold with a lasting white head. The nose is a mix of wood, sweet bread, and spices. A little boozy with fairly heavy oak influence and a little chardonnay note. The underlying base of golden monkey comes through with a little sweetness and spice. Light to medium body with a fairly dry finish. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewballs (210) - USA - JUN 24, 2013
Victory never disappoints and this is no exception to that rule. It’s in a bomber. It has a malty smell. It is real crisp and clear. The taste, well you either get it or you don’t. And I get it. It has a barley wine taste, but washes down like a sour. I enjoyed it the more I thought about. I like what they were reaching for. Try it to try it. Definitely not for everyone.

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