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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (7025) - Utah, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle shared at the holiday tasting
Cloudy straw golden with a small white head, some lacing. Aroma and flavors are woody, oak, wine, dry finish
Ok, but too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1623) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Draft at Big Wood 2014. White wine and honey. Not much oak. Golden. Only slightly boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (4625) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Draft at Big Wood 2014 at Brouwer’s. Chardonnay aroma, very oaky, vanilla pod. Golden Belgian - american style at least - with good yeast. Clear gold, sparkly. Apple and pear brandy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle pours medium gold with foamy white head. Aroma belgian yeast, malts and wine. Paste matches with typical tripel flavor and vinous notes. Didn’t get much oak. Full palate. Nice beer, pretty much what you’d expect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1554) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours golden with white head. Taste is sweet fruit with some oak and wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14092) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
750 c&c from Craftshack. Pours translucent gold with a white head. Aroma is oaky and slightly winey. Med body. Flavor is mildly citrus, winey and woody. Very pleasant, tho missing fruity esters of the standard tripels. Not strongly flavored, but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9139) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours golden with an attractive white head and a sourish fruit aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with some citrus and a white wine finish. No typical Belgian yeast esters, so it doesn’t realy tadte like a Tripel. Still pretty good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (6192) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 9, 2014
750 ml bottle. Aroma is mostly white wine with oak barrel. Appearance is hazy gold with a orange hue. Some head retention in the snifter.

Flavors shows musky grapes, chardonnay wine, wet oak leading into a very dry finish. Not sure how the wine barrel helps the base beer. In fact this is more like drinking a cheap chardonnay rather than a Belgian Triple. If you like white wine this is drinkable, otherwise I would skip it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Man, one smell/taste of this and I am reminded of the several oaked beers that I’ve made that just went fucking nuts. This beer is an oak bomb. Hazy straw gold pour with two fingers of frothy white head. Nose is super oaky with a defined cedar wood note. Very buttery with little to no vinous quality. Some spicy notes and a little yeasty. Very interesting but a little too much oak for my taste. Very buttery with spicy wood and a lightly herbal and vinous quality. Very woody/cedary in the flavor too. Almost cooked vegetable character. Medium boded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttutony (848) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Slightly hazy copper color with a white head. Strong Chardonnay aroma. Very smooth mouthfeel. Flavors of wine on the palate mesh really well with the base tripel flavors. I normally don’t like wine/beer combinations but this was excellent.

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