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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours gold, with a white head. Aroma is fruit, white wine, and sugar. Flavor is white wine, oak, fruit, sugar, and hops. Medium body. Pleasantly surprised with this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ester_ (106) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2014
Dark yellow color with a little bit of foam. Aromas of white wine, grape, wood and spices. Flavors of grape, fruity white wine, wood, spices and pineapple. Couleur jaune foncé, peu de mousse. Arômes de vin blanc, raisins, bois et épices. Saveurs de raisins, vin blanc fruité, bois, épices et ananas.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricTeusink (686) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Well priced for a 750ml Tripel. My thought was that the scent had a bit of bourbon on it. Perhaps I am mistaking oak for bourbon. Flavor is sweet with a boozy earthiness. Golden with perfect white head. Live to the tongue. Bottle - Sherlock’s - Decatur, GA

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
S_Side_Smitty (457) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours amber-gold with a medium white head. Aroma is yeast, oak barrel, faint alcohol, spices and maybe a little tobacco. Taste is clean with a nice wine-like overtone. The yeast is well hidden with a spicy clove finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gamin (100) - - MAY 5, 2014
Wine fruitiness prevalent in the aroma. Light golden color with a slight haze and quickly fading head. Flavor is dominated by buttery tannins. It's a good sipping beer and a wonderful way to experience barrel aging.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Poured into Trappist glass. Golden with a finger of white head. Smells like white wine, fruity, and yeast. Taste very vinous! I get also the yeast. Nice and light and a great amount of carbonation. This stuff is great for wine drinkers! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfc514 (64) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2014
I’ve had the golden monkey many times before. The wine barrel aging did this one well. Mellows out the fruity, banana-y flavors and adds a nice wood characteristic to it. Really good take on a tripel.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2014
750mL bottle. Poured crystal-clear, honeyed-golden with a short white head.. great color, but the whole presentation was just OK. The aroma picked up lots of almost syrupy vinous character paired with honey, cloves, and a hint of butterscotch.. soft oak rounded it out.. came across a bit heavy-handed and weird. The flavor found mostly honey at the core, with lesser bready support.. spicy white wine paired well with white pepper, cloves, and meaty lemon rind.. kind of tacky on the finish, with residual spices, oak, and unexpected bitterness. Heavier-bodied and slightly grainy on the palate.. I wanted to like this, but it didn’t really work.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFunGuy (642) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Light gold color. It ha an amazing aroma if cream soda. It has a slightly mild smokey sweet flavor. Oak and spice come through also. Really really well done all around. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7387) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2014
750ml corked and caged bottle. The Wine barreling made this a nice and refreshing yet high-gravity brew.


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