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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1533) - 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 (207) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle from the Perfect Pour, Elkridge, MD. Okay, perhaps I was immoderately hopeful for this beer but this was a major letdown. Yes, Golden Monkey has fallen off since the mid-aughts. But still, white wine barrels ought to have been just the ticket with this beer, drying it out, accentuating crispness and hoppy spice. If only any one of those things had actually taken place. Instead, this is a murky orange wreck of a beer. Hot and generally flavorless, it was tough to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a golden body with a tall frothy off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, white wine, oak, caramel, citrus, and bread. Flavor of vanilla, yeast, buttery chardonnay grapes, caramel, peach, oak, and grass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
bottle. sweet muddled dough. cereal. candied sugar. hint of white wine. vanilla. not my thing. too much doughy big unfocused sweetness. style is not exactly my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lightrider (311) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle into a Lager glass. Pour is a hazy orange with a fine head. Aroma is a fruitful compound with a nice rounded edge. Taste is over the top, so many notes. Finish is warm. This is truly a great ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2013
750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a medium sized white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of white wine, bright citrus, spice, bready malts, cider apples, a mild candi fruit-like sweetness. The taste is wood, coconut, vanilla, wine, apples, spice, bready caramel malts. Medium bodied. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5065) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of banana/fruit, oak, vanilla, lemon, and white wine. It pours a golden-orange with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with light-moderate banana, citrus, and lightly sweet fruit. The finish has oak, white wine, and a hint of lemon/lemon peel. It’s medium bodied mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, real tasty and pretty damn rephrasing for a 9.5% Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2013
I find this much different than the original. The aroma is fruity and wine like. The flavor has the wood aging with some oak and vanilla. Finishes surprisingly refreshing despite the ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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