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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
bottle. sweet muddled dough. cereal. candied sugar. hint of white wine. vanilla. not my thing. too much doughy big unfocused sweetness. style is not exactly my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lightrider (299) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle into a Lager glass. Pour is a hazy orange with a fine head. Aroma is a fruitful compound with a nice rounded edge. Taste is over the top, so many notes. Finish is warm. This is truly a great ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2013
750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a medium sized white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of white wine, bright citrus, spice, bready malts, cider apples, a mild candi fruit-like sweetness. The taste is wood, coconut, vanilla, wine, apples, spice, bready caramel malts. Medium bodied. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of banana/fruit, oak, vanilla, lemon, and white wine. It pours a golden-orange with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with light-moderate banana, citrus, and lightly sweet fruit. The finish has oak, white wine, and a hint of lemon/lemon peel. It’s medium bodied mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, real tasty and pretty damn rephrasing for a 9.5% Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2627) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2013
I find this much different than the original. The aroma is fruity and wine like. The flavor has the wood aging with some oak and vanilla. Finishes surprisingly refreshing despite the ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PattyBat (59) - - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle poured into snifter. Hazy gold pour with small white head. Smells of oak, white wine and some spice. Tastes include oak, spice, caramel malt and yeast. Very enjoyable beer, though it did not taste like the original.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redtechnj (200) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Appearance- Hazy deep rich golden color with a fluffy white head. Little to no lacing. Aroma- Yeasty, spices, Some oak and vanilla Flavor- Spicy Golden Monkey tripel flavor with some woody oak,slight wine flavor in the background. Light and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10404) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Complex wood, citrus and sour yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet & sour flavor with a medium to heavy sour & sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a refreshing solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReggieDunlap (3005) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Pours a hazy blond with a medium white head. Aroma has notes of chardonnay and tropical fruits. Flavor has tropical fruits beneath oak, vanilla, and white wine notes. Mouthfeel is full and the finish is fruity/vanilla/oaky and dry. Much better than regular monkey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7575) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Sample at the Hills Market beer tasting on 05/30/2013: The beer is a hazy orange-gold color with a medium white head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak, yeast and fruit. Medium to full body with flavors of oak, yeast, peaches and spice. The finish is dry with a lingering vinous oaky aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

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