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RATINGS: 183   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6641) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of b3shine-- thanks!-- shared with Parksy and Ian. Hazy blonde body, creamy white head, solid retention, heavy lace. Delicate tropical fruit esters, vinous traits, sweet pale malts, light vanilla. Warming finish. Very nice.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pushkinwow (1990) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
On tap at Capones 2013 Black Friday event. Clear golden yellow with a white head. Lots of fruit (pear and peach dominate), alcohol, chardonnay, some vanilla. Low carbonation, moderate body, prefer the base beer.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Pours a nice golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma is tangy with a sour yeast aroma I was not expected was almost concerned for an infection. Some additional notes of pepper, vanilla, and wine. Flavor is a little astringent and not a big fan. I can pick out hte oak and the golden monkey that underlies this. Mouthfeel is fizzy carbonation is average. Overall I am not a big fan.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (8081) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Tap at Capones Annual Black Friday event, Norristown PA, 29/11/13. Lightly hazed golden with a moderate off white covering that thins to edgework. Nose is vanilla, white chocolate, grape skins, peach, sweet notes. Taste comprises a mellow white wine woody tang, vanilla caramel fudge, sugars, light yeast, background citric, much more mellow than the base beer. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, vinous fruit finale. Nice stuff, beats the base beer for me, the white wine BA seems to have tempered it well, alcohol well integrated.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
bottle cage & corked. golden pour, light head. white wine & barrell aromas. coconut, wine, oak in flavor. oak is very evident. Nice

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndyW68 (1056) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Hazy orange with short lived white head. Aroma of orange and wheat. Tastes of mild orange peel. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Pours a slightly hazed pale golden color with a soft, subtle white sudsy head. Aroma is fantastically complex, combining white wine and Belgian yeast; sweet grape-fruity wine character, honey and spice with a touch of alcohol. Taste is soft and sweet; starts with a fruity chardonnay character and a malty undertone, sweet and spiced throughout with some woody and alcohol notes in the finish. A great take on the Monkey!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (10035) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle shared with joes and judy, ajax25g. Hazy golden yellow color, white head. Aroma of vanilla, white wine, light citrus. Taste is smooth vinous vanilla, subtle grapefruit. Very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkinWell (259) - - OCT 5, 2013
Pours golden yellow with very light head. Banana and lemon zest notes. Very sweet, almost too sweet. The malts overpower the hops, but the beer’s still tasty (if you’re okay with sweet beers).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2013
750 ml bottle
Thanks to tastybeer for sharing this beer. It was a decent release from Victory in line with most of their other options from this Pennsylvania brewery. It was not good enough to pick up another one when I saw one on sale in Ohio but if you like sweet Belgians then give it a shot.

Aroma / Appearance - A carbonated orange body sparkles along with a crisp white head like a sheet of frosting. It almost looks like somebody inverted an orange creamsicle and stuck it in a pint glass. Lemons, citrus, and white reisling give it a fruity feel along with mango and other tropical contributions.

Flavor / Palate - Creamsicle, sugar, and orange melons feel like drinking a warm summer day at an ice cream shop. The creamy mouthfeel is sticky and a little boozy. The vinous finish tastes like drinking white wine in the guise of beer. Overall this is decent, especially the grapefruit and lemons, but it is hard to figure out what feature is meant to stand out the most.


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