Arayaga2 (1707) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish gold with a bit of white head. Aroma is sweet estery mulled apple spice with a cheesecake note on top, and a slight oaky sharpness. Taste is mostly the same, but the oak is prominent, and carries with it a chord of chardonnay flavors that dry on the palate into the finish. On balance, this isnít as sweet as the standard Monkey, and itís a nice tweak with a known good combination. $10/750ml #1600
swoopjones (4890) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle cage & corked. golden pour, light head. white wine & barrell aromas. coconut, wine, oak in flavor. oak is very evident. Nice
AndyW68 (702) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange with short lived white head. Aroma of orange and wheat. Tastes of mild orange peel. Nice.
dnstone (2046) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
Travlr (9809) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DrinkinWell (59) - - OCT 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden yellow with very light head. Banana and lemon zest notes. Very sweet, almost too sweet. The malts overpower the hops, but the beerís still tasty (if youíre okay with sweet beers).
Brigadier (2590) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jredmond (4567) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Blind Tiger with Paul, Andy and Pearl. Pours a pale hazy golden body with no head or lacing. Aroma is dominated by harsh spice, yeast and dry wine. Mouthfeel is okay with notes of spice, yeast, clove, oak and wine.
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: † Dark straw, slight orange hue, thick, moderate frothy white head, nice lacing. † Strong sweet bready nose, yeasty, slightly vinous in a white wine aspect. † Also some melon and mustiness. † Bready start, yeasty, a little musty, with melon and whit wine notes. † A little warming, but not hot. † Moderate to full body and mouthfeel. † A very interesting take on the style. † Not all that floral, but its not too heavy or mealy which is nice. † Soft bready and yeasty finish, moderate vinous aspects, white wine, a little melon. † Very different, and intriguing.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head is a small white shade, not even a finger high. Itís also of a relatively creamy consistency, fading away swiftly. Some vestiges of lacing are left on the glass.
S: Some of the phenols and pepper notes I expect from Golden Monkey exists in full force aromatically, with the barrel-aging adding some (pleasant) butterscotch, oak, and vanilla. There are also some distant fruit esters. I get a good oak character, but not much in the way of actual wine: so maybe I should call it a partial success in terms of its barrel aging goals? Anyhoo, this has a much nicer aroma than the base brew.
T: At first, the barrel notes have a lesser effect on the flavor profile, only appearing as a tannic dryness on the back end. Give it a few sips, and a hint of vanilla will build up. Before this hits, itís flavor is similar to the base: faint apple to start, before turning strongly earthy/peppery. White grape notes also help finish this off. Victory got the barrel profile down pat - itís a subtle addition rather than an overpowering sledgehammer - a shame Iím just not a huge fan of Golden Monkey. Having said that, itís reasonably complex.
M: It has a thin feel, and lacks in creaminess as well. Thereís a bit of a sting on my tongue that feels more tannic than anything. Alcohol presence is about what youíd expect for 9.5%, but the dryness on the back end combined with the thin, tannic, well-carbonated nature means this one is fairly easy to drink.
O: Golden Monkey is average at best in my mind, and this isnít too far off from that mark, either. This is probably the one instance where I would have preferred a shameless, unsubtle barrel profile; the base beer has never done anything for me, and probably never will. Golden Monkey fans will eat this one up, though.
Crispy34 (280) - Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle. Aroma is a white wine with some oak and an almost sour smell. Appearance is a gold with a little head, with some chunkage. Taste is belgian with some sour white wine flavor. Palate is slightly sour, and great. Overall, a great beer. Would buy again.
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