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RATINGS: 208   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (3464) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Smell of oak, wood and butter. Taste of oak and butter. A bit to much butter for my taste, but still drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19805) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2014
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Clear deep golden, brief head. Malty nose covered in raisins and oaked white wine. Sweet with full body and rounded mouthfeel. Lots of white wine and oak. Warming finish with low bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2014
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas lemon, orange zest, golden raisin, pear, apple, apricot, white wine, vanilla, oak, coriander, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast , wine barrel, moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, golden raisin, pear, apple, apricot, white wine, vanilla, oak, coriander, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, golden raisin, pear, apple, apricot, white wine, oak, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and pale malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/yeast/oak flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and slightly tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged tripel. All around great complexity and balance fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1100) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2014
On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY. Smells like a sour, very sharp, very acidic, and a little bit of acid up front. Mellows very quickly though. A little bit of spice and a little bit of sweet wine feel to it. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2524) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2014
Bottled:
Pours clear, deep amber with a mid-sized, lacing head.
Aroma is nettles, bourbon and white wine.
The taste is toffee, nettles, bourbon, oak barrells and white wine. Somewhat harsh alcohol finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4172) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear light amber-golden body with a lerge white creamy head. Nose is huge vanilla oaky tones, red berries, pale malts and hints of sugar. Taste is massive sweet vanilla oak tones, caramel, mild herbs and alcohol and hints of red berries and white sugar. Medium body and carbonation. Highly original stuff, this is like a light-hued barley wine, just barrel-aged intensely. I like it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2948) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours hazy deep golden with a rather small frothy and slightly fizzy offwhite head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, estery and phenolic with biscuits, Chardonnay wine, marzipan covered baked pears, banana bread, moist hay, white grapes, moist wood, glue and hints of alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet, tiny sour, estery and phenolic with biscuits, marzipan, baked pears, hay, white grapes, moist wood, leather, white pepper corns, coriander, lemon zest, white raisins and hints of Chardonnay wine. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny tart, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, tiny sour, estery and phenolic with biscuits, baked pears, lemon zest, marzipan, moist wood, white grapes, hay and white raisins. Quite nice white wine BA characteristics but a bit too marzipan and baked pears focused.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3612) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to hubsluvsbeer: Poured a copper orange with creamy off white head. Aroma is winey. Taste is strong with vanilla, wine, fruit. Overpowering at first but nice finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1578) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear dark golden/amber with a medium sized white head. Aroma is sweet malty, caramel, honey, ripe banana, vinous, alcohol, spices. Taste is medium sweet up front, vinous and finish is sweet esters with alcohol and lingering vinous oak notes. Medium bodied and average carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Hazy golden, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is white wine barrel, yeast, pale malt, grass. Medium bodied, big white wine flavors.


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