Jayb0 (1077) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent. I’m surprised a bit by some of the low ratings but a fresh bottle from the brewery was great. Adds yet another layer of complexity to Golden Monkey while I think rounding it out, removing the sometimes slightly metallic character found in the base beer.
laakus (53) - Nossebro, - AUG 8, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
From Systembolaget. Neutral aroma, dull looking appearance. Fruity hoppy taste with a bitter tone, the alcohol pushes through what makes this less intresting beer that was expected.
VsXsV (2629) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Almost clear golden liquid with medium white head. Aroma of dill, butter, jenka, grain and sugar. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of jenka, butter and dill. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really bad.
olsvammel (3835) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
omhper (20554) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
superspak (3118) - Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
pete4999 (1175) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
pilsnerrogge (2588) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
ClubGonzo (4488) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
_angst_ (3256) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.