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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zickbeer_ye (248) - Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2013
Winey, Citrus, grape, and belgian yeast. Orange top that fades into a light golden bottom. White foamy head. Yeasty banana with other dry fruits and and clove and spice. Refreshing and a little bit of dryness and nice spice on the palate. Izzick

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2013
750ml bottle: Pours a clear deep golden bronze with a thin spotty-lacing ring of white head. Has a sweet biscuity malty nose with some peppery clove and slightly vinous oak. First sip is slightly sweet with lots of buttery oak. The buttery character either fades as the beer warms or is overtaken by notes of lavender, honey and white grapes. Finishes drier with some black pepper and light warmth with some lingering oaky complexity. A pretty unique brew that should age well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2553) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2013
Pours clear golden with an orange hue and white head. The aroma brings some sweet Belgian yeast, light oranges, and some of the barrel. The flavor is similar bringing dry and light grapey notes from Chardonnay barrels. The dryness isn’t overbearing, but prevalent for sure. The barrels cover the Tripel flavors of the yeast and malts well at first, but the sweetness of the Tripel comes through on the tongue at the end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3318) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma of oak, booze, chardonay notes, mild sweetness and fruity yeast. Flavor is strong of oak, chardonay, mild barrel funk, some fruit and yeast. Booze is apparent. Some saltiness. The barrel is very upfront in this year, and it compliments the base beer well. Interesting, medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Finishes boozy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sjohnny (365) - - APR 13, 2013
Fruity yeasty aroma. Orangey yellow foamy white head. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Wine, fruit. Tangy slightly boozy finish. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle, orange color with some white foam, aroma of vanilla and peach, flavor is vanilla, oaky with background fruit, peach, mango, lacking

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle from spirits Brick. Pours an odd dark golden color with a small off white head. Aroma is of banana, clove, some fruit, Belgian yeast, wood, white wine grape. Taste is complex, fruity yeast, banana, light clove, spice, wood, wine soaked fruit. A great marriage of wine and beer. Really tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1040) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2013
Bottle pour hazy yellow. Nose white wine, malt, and molasses sweetness. Initial taste Belgian esters and hint of white wine. Mid palate bitterness followed by syrupy malty sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2013
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. White wine and light yeast aroma. Malt and oak flavor with white wine and light yeast. Medium bodied. Malt and oak linger with vanilla, white wine, and light yeast.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2013
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a golden color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of yeast, grape skins, spicy, fruity, and some wood. Tastes of grapes, some vanilla, fruits, and wood. Softer body with the alcohol content well hidden.


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