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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (776) - 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 (1419) - 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 (12968) - 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 (8010) - 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 (5030) - 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 (4457) - 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 (794) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JohnnyPlaga (13) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2014
The white wine flavor completely overwhelms an otherwise delicious beer. The aroma is white wine. The flavor is white wine. If you care for wine, go all out, otherwise, stick with the Golden Monkey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (869) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2014
Aroma is influenced by grapes, vanilla and light fruity notes. The taste on the other hand, is very heavily influenced by the barrel-aging and the wine association is imminent. Bubbling underneath is pear, grapes and marzipan (I love marzipan!) along with wet wood, vanilla and hay. This brew is like having a wineyard grape trampler work all day in the sun, and then have him wrench his boxers into a keg of belgian tripel - and I mean that in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - NOV 2, 2014
On tap @ 2SP. Pours a deep straw color with a white head that quickly falls, and leaves very little lacing. Smells of sweet oaky white wine and vinegar, some vanilla. Taste starts out kind of sweet, light and grapey, the barrel notes quickly take hold, vanilla, oak but the grape stays there throughout the finish. Medium bodied, and well carbonated, which keeps this beer from becoming syrupy.

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