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RATINGS: 215   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
voyageurmike (63) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Butterscotch with a chardonnay finish. A little sweeter than I might wish for, but still reasonable. This is a tripel I definitely will buy again, it may be the best beer from Victory I have tried.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ConnyPetersson (75) - SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2014
Flaska från Systembolaget. Mycket kolsyra men skummet dog väldigt fort. Ren och fräsch. Söt doft och lätt smak av mandel, päron och kanel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (2362) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Pours a dull medium golden color with a finger of white fizzy foam. Nose is sweet sugar, white grape, some yeast. Palate is cream soda juice, sweet toasted sugar, some complexity as it warms but with complexity comes weirdness. Interesting beer at a good price point but strange brew all the way through.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linnet (1154) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2014
Lovely oak aging. Yeasty, spicy, vinous, buttery oaky Chardonnay-notes, ABV evident, citric, grass, hay, bread. Hazy golden colour, small white head.medium bite, mid-sweet, slightly tart, complex and the barrel aging has really given it a lovely character. Fullbodied, average carbonation, spicy, yeasty and tart finish. Enjoyable indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Very winey. The wine barrel takes over the coriander and finer elements of the style and doesn’t leave much behind. Pours golden with ok head and lacing. Golden Monkey far superior. Soft carbonation, with light sweet finish and lots more wine end in the end. Faintly detectable floral yeast. Tap at Churchkey.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (2215) - SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
Pours clear amber with low white head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, light honey, wheat. Taste is sweet, butterscotch and burnt butter, sweet finish. Body is medium and creamy with soft carbonation. Boozy and warming.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2014
I actually sampled the test batch of this years ago. I thought it was fantastic, and am horribly ashamed that I can’t recall the specific circumstances or the kind soul who shared some with me. But I remember the beer as clear as a bell, an utterly beguiling mix of tripel with a bright burst of chard grape on a crisp finish. This wan’t quite that. Poured a medium gold, good head. Aroma was cotton candy pale malts, light Belgian yeast spiciness, and a soft fruit presence. Body is full, faint grape enters into flavors that matched the aroma, and vanilla is rather strong on the finish? Full bodied on the end, I miss the crispness of my probably foggy memories. But not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
callmemickey (3005) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Dark golden colored body, thin white head and sparse lacing. Assertive chardonnay notes: oak, vanilla, butterscotch, citrus, and booze. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a fair bit of booze. Ok.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8912) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2014
Malt liquour with white wine finish. Good drinkability. White wine aroma. Significant Retained head.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3551) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Barcade, Brooklyn tap: Pours cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma is wood, wine, citrus, and spice. Taste has the barrel-aged flavors kind of overwhelm the the Golden Monkey. The wood tastes are quite strong in this one, as is the taste of grapes. This was interesting.


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