Darkmagus82 (1728) - - JUL 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed yellow-amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell –The aroma of the beer is a mix of the traditional golden monkey and some oaky white wine and vanilla (as may be expected). The heaviest aromas are of some light fruity smells with peach, pear, and apricot and a bit of orange along with a honey smell. The yeasty smells are the second most potent, but being contended in intensity by the oaky vanilla and white wine aromas which give a somewhat of a more boozy aroma to the brew overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a yeasty and fruity flavor with some honey flavors mixed within. The fruity flavors are those that were detected in the nose with just a hint of a yeasty white grape wine flavor upfront. The white wine flavor grows in intensity as the taste moves on however, with it being accompanied by some oaky and vanilla flavors. The wine, oak, vanilla, yeast, and wood really develop more toward the end, with other flavors of a lightly grassy and spiced taste of clove and coriander hitting the flavor profile. In the end, with all the transitions that have occurred, one is left with a rather dry and crisp, oaky mix of a wine and somewhat yeasty triple flavors to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high and effervescent. Both are rather appropriate for the triple style as well as nice for the white wine flavors of the brew, making for a crisp and rather brisk and drinkable brew even at 9.5 % abv.
Overall – The white wine and oak add an interesting dimension to the brew, but really don’t make it that much better. It is no better than the original in my opinion and hence, since it costs about 1.8x as much as the golden monkey, it is not really a worthwhile brew. It was good for one try, but not really outpacing the golden monkey and worth it.
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, caged and corked. Deep golden color, bordering on orange-amber. Thin, creamy head. The aroma gives away a definite barrel character ... woody and farm-ish. The drink is very heavy-feeling, with a thick mouthfeel, a big-time buttery, Chardonnay layer ... like super rich icing on a cupcake. (#5574, 7/8/2014)
Pyrmir (3418) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Slightly hazy golden with white head. Aroma at first very buttery reminding of bearnaise sauce. Later s malty and alcoholic aroma takes over with some spice and lighter butter. Taste is similar, buttery, malty, some spice and alcohol
RussianDragon (490) - - JUN 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Mekong, Richmond. Pours a dark golden yellow with tinge of copper on glass. Frothy head fades quickly to lacing and wispy head. Aroma is soapy upfront, white wine, yeast spicy sweetness. Flavor is tripel, oak, grapes and overall sweet. Best in small quantities.
Zekada (174) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from systembolaget. The nose has a sweet scent, with hints of caramel, pumpkins, bananas and sugar. It pours a darker golden colour with a small white head. The taste is equally sweet and has pumpkin and caramel as main indicators. The body is full and the taste lasts in a nice way. Overall a really good beer.
UDBeernut (1775) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a pretty translucent gold, medium white head. malt, white wine, musk, light oak. fairly sweet, mild booze burn wrapped in a medium to full body.
ekstedt (5482) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear deep golden, medium white head. Malty aroma with strong notes of vanilla oak. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi dry, low to medium bitterness. A bit cloying.
GMCC2181 (1509) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via GS. Light orange in color... poured into a snifter, decent head. Nose of sweet malts, apples, light musky grapes and some chardonnay. Taste is not as sweet as the normal monkey, light grape/chardonnay taste. Followed a light malt body and musky grapes and apples/fruit. Not a bad little brewski. Medium body, pretty easy to drink for a 9 percenter. Well done to the brewers.
TychoJames (115) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska från systembolaget. Äppeljuicefärgad vätska med vitt fluffigt skum. Sötknäckig doft med rejäl fatkaraktär. Fruktig smak och även här en mjuk smörkolatouch som jag ofta tycker uppstår vid fatlagringar.
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks pretty much like Golden Monkey, light golden color with fluffy white head. Big aromas of white fruits, big chardonnay characteristics in both the aroma and taste. It goes down easy for the ABV. i like me some Golden Monkey, but this is even better.