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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (34864) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2015
75 cL bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is milky and light fruity. Mild spiced, sweet and light milky. Bitter, fruity and slight herbal. Dry and slight spiced finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30255) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2015
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of hops, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and straw, leading to a bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23370) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle at yespr. Hazy amber colored with a medium sized white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and oak with notes of berries. Sweet and fruity flavor of oak and spices with notes of vanilla. Spicy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20929) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2014
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Clear deep golden, brief head. Malty nose covered in raisins and oaked white wine. Sweet with full body and rounded mouthfeel. Lots of white wine and oak. Warming finish with low bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (17889) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2014
3rd September 2014
Almost clear gold beer, decent white head. Smooth palate, mild fine carbonation. Smooth malts, light cream and a trace of honey. Mild vanilla oak and mild grape. Good white wine tang. Well integrated mild orange. Pinch of spice. Finishes smooth and semi dry. Mild winey linger. Lovely stuff, really nicely joined up and the last mouthful was as good as the first, lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15635) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (12590) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
750 c&c from Craftshack. Pours translucent gold with a white head. Aroma is oaky and slightly winey. Med body. Flavor is mildly citrus, winey and woody. Very pleasant, tho missing fruity esters of the standard tripels. Not strongly flavored, but tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a golden body with a tall frothy off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, white wine, oak, caramel, citrus, and bread. Flavor of vanilla, yeast, buttery chardonnay grapes, caramel, peach, oak, and grass.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11818) - 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.


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