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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - 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 (10455) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9998) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9522) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a hazy gold with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of oak, carmel, white wine, white pepper, vanilla and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of citrus, white wine, oak, vanilla and light spice with a smooth dry lingering oak finish.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SirADNielsen (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a hazy golden orange appearance with a creamy colored head. Chardonnay, white grape, banana, pear, spicy, a touch buttery, oaky aroma. Slightly tangy, chewy woody, apple, pear, white grape, light veggie, fairly buttery flavor. Not very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8925) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Dark yellow/gold pour, white head. Lots of chardonnay barrel comes through in this, the base beer shines. Good yeasty and bready qualities, a hint of sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2013
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a golden color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of yeast, grape skins, spicy, fruity, and some wood. Tastes of grapes, some vanilla, fruits, and wood. Softer body with the alcohol content well hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8398) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2014
Malt liquour with white wine finish. Good drinkability. White wine aroma. Significant Retained head.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8270) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
750mL at grape and Grain Exchange. Clear orange pour. Weaker white head. Served in incorrect glassware. Nose is sticky candies, sweet orange, mild oddities like salted tomato . Taste is spicy, chalky, slightly medicinal with cough syrup. Palate is slightly harsh. Prevalent alcohol.

3.8
   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.


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