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RATINGS: 170   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ConnyPetersson (71) - SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2014
Flaska från Systembolaget. Mycket kolsyra men skummet dog väldigt fort. Ren och fräsch. Söt doft och lätt smak av mandel, päron och kanel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linnet (1088) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2014
Lovely oak aging. Yeasty, spicy, vinous, buttery oaky Chardonnay-notes, ABV evident, citric, grass, hay, bread. Hazy golden colour, small white head.medium bite, mid-sweet, slightly tart, complex and the barrel aging has really given it a lovely character. Fullbodied, average carbonation, spicy, yeasty and tart finish. Enjoyable indeed.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (1997) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Pours a dull medium golden color with a finger of white fizzy foam. Nose is sweet sugar, white grape, some yeast. Palate is cream soda juice, sweet toasted sugar, some complexity as it warms but with complexity comes weirdness. Interesting beer at a good price point but strange brew all the way through.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3586) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Very winey. The wine barrel takes over the coriander and finer elements of the style and doesn’t leave much behind. Pours golden with ok head and lacing. Golden Monkey far superior. Soft carbonation, with light sweet finish and lots more wine end in the end. Faintly detectable floral yeast. Tap at Churchkey.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2220) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a foamy white head. Notes of funk, oak, banana, white vinegar, and white pepper. Sweet and sour mouthfeel. Lingering finish. Nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 18, 2014
750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy, golden color. There was just a wisp of a white head on mine that didn’t leave any lacing. Nice nose to this one! The wine has had a big influence, as there is a good whiff of chardonnay as well as some oakiness. Just coming through is the coriander, lemon and some lemon. It has a very nice flavor. Definitely get the chardonnay flavor. The golden monkey is there also, with some lemon, coriander, yeastiness and wheat. The wine flavor almost equals the beer. I like the way they are balanced. Definitely on the buy again list!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1373) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Clear light golden yellow pour with almost no head. Wine grape and melon nose. Taste has a hint of oak, sweet, just a touch phenolic and a hint of wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Poured from 750ml C&C bottle, pours a dark gold with a thick white head and tons of lacing in the glass, aroma has a good amount of white wine and fruit with a little bit of spice as well, the flavor has a fruity front end with quite a bit of vanilla and oak, tons of stuff going on here, abv is still well hidden, not bad at all.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours gold, with a white head. Aroma is fruit, white wine, and sugar. Flavor is white wine, oak, fruit, sugar, and hops. Medium body. Pleasantly surprised with this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ester_ (92) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2014
Dark yellow color with a little bit of foam. Aromas of white wine, grape, wood and spices. Flavors of grape, fruity white wine, wood, spices and pineapple. Couleur jaune foncé, peu de mousse. Arômes de vin blanc, raisins, bois et épices. Saveurs de raisins, vin blanc fruité, bois, épices et ananas.


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