That1Guy (1857) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL corked bottle. Floaty-infested, "golden" pour with a white head. Aroma is overpowering oak combined with nail polish remover, with some light fruitiness. Flavor is more oak and nail polish, with a dry oaky finish that doesn’t linger, with a boozy burn at the very end. It’s pretty good, but about 4 oz of this beer is plenty.
glenD (30) - - APR 3, 2013
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
750 ml bottle. This beer is out there. It’s something I would expect from dogfishhead because its seriously complex. The aroma is intense and I have not smelled much like it. The best way to describe it is earthy. The flavor is a tripel with a white wine grape palate. If I’m honest and I don’t let the price get the best of me, the two flavors do not meld very well. There is an intense white wine grape mouth feel followed with the tripel flavor at the end. The golden monkey is one of my favorite tripels and this beer just takes too much away from the original golden monkey. The beer is flat too. There is very little carbonation. I like experimenting and trying new things and that’s why I chose it, but honestly I would prefer to just drink two or three golden monkeys. Good brew, but odd.
DialSquare (2213) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Hunahpu day ’13. Limited notes: gold pour. fruit and pepper aroma. woody vanilla, apple, bready, pepper.
Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a medium white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is bready malts with some banana and grapes, pepper, minty flowers, yeast and fusel alcohol.
The flavor is sweet bready malts with some banana and grapes and quite a bit of peppery alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low smooth carbonation.
Overall, an OK tripel. I don’t notice much from the barrel - maybe a little more fruitiness.
DiarmaidBHK (3126) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine Sterling. Pours golden with an inch of white foam that disappears quickly. Big white wine notes on the nose. Lots of wine character on the.tongue which really brings out the hoppiness. Finishes clean. Solid!
magsinva (844) - Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from TWM Sterling - pours golden orange with a white head, great lacing on the glass. Aroma has notes of tropical fruit, wheat and malt. Taste is sweet with a hoppy bite at the finish. Overall, the wine aging seems to have mellowed it, but still leaving some interesting notes.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden color topped by a thin white head. Aroma of oak, white grapes, and doughy yeast. Bready malts, some herbal hops, light oaky tannins and just a hint of acidity. A bit of fruity yeast esters come through in the finish.
EithCubes (4575) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked and caged big ’un. Nose is lightly yeasty (with distinct Belgian mineral quality), sweet and hugely fruity, and I mean huuugely fruity out of the bottle, ripe and berrilicious, with strong oak and light white grape character, lighter vanilla. Some honey. Pours a hazy yellow-golden with a scant white head. Taste somewhat dry with white wine, vanilla, muscat, oak, pine, and a lot of heavy tannins. Light bitterness, skinny (as in ’from skins’), pleasant Pilsnerish malt on the underside and a touch of caramel. The fruit is peeled way back and cedes almost all of its territory to the barrel character. Faint spicy undertone, crisp and zesty full body. Alcohol is very well integrated. I think most people would enjoy the base version of this beer more, though as an example of what is possible, this is still pretty tasty (I’d just reduce the aging, or blend this in with ’base’ Monkey), and it’s a pleasantly adult turn.
b3shine (4218) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks watson1977). Looks good; a hazy burnt-orange with sticky white lacing. Smells and tastes solid; sweet and light with a clear Chardonnay barrel presence and a nice mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
dmac (3694) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from Spirits Fischer Blvd. Poured a nice bronze body with some rising effervescence with a normal sized almost creamy white head. Aroma is very woody, dry tropical fruits, apricot, over ripe banana, bread crusts, grains and some light white wine. Body is rather nice, medium mouthfeel that finishes dry with just a slight touch of alcohol heat that comes out midway, average carbonation and a slight woody feel. Flavor is much like the aroma where the wine barrel aging added more wood than wine. Additional flavors of dry tropical fruit skins, banana peel, wood, some white wine. I like it, I like it a lot.