Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
zoucrew102 (770) - - MAY 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, thanks ctomson! White wine aroma with yeast and fruity notes including grape and pear. Pours cloudy golden colored with a thin white head with no retention and very little lacing. Starts with a lively carbonated mouthfeel as well as vinous white wine grapes and pear fruitiness. Finishes smooth with Belgian yeasty notes as well as more white grape vinous flavors. Good stuff.
TheBeerGod (5466) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Hazy amber with a medium white head. Wine, grape skins, yeast, wet oak and yeast notes in the nose. Taste is grapes, wine, yeast notes, grains, malt, oak and light earthiness. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Light stickiness. Ends with more grapes, wine, wet oak, yeast notes, grains, soft malt and light earthy notes. Tasty!
Slipstream (2164) - USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Corked and caged bottleneck. This is Victoryís Golden Monkey aged in oak chardonnay barrels. The pour into a Belgian chalice is nice and not too foamy. This has a pretty odd but effective combination of flavors. The winey sourness and woody dryness is pretty powerful, and pretty much overwhelms the characteristics of the golden ale. (I see it is called a tripel here, but it didnít seem like one to me). Some complexity on the palate. It is interesting, but I wasnít blown away.
katrinaez (368) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 Had on my old rating system with no tasting notes. So I would like to have again in order to write real comments. Bottle
OmegaX (1326) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home shared with step father. Nose is fruity, with notes of pear, melon, citrus, wine barrel, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, and light sour notes. Interesting! Pours a fluffy head with a pale yellow body. Flavors are similar with tons of fruit, sour vinous notes, Belgian yeast spices, clove, tropical fruits. Very nice and a great price, too. 8$ is hard to beat for a barrel aged brew of this caliber.
beertholomeus (1075) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden yellow color with a white head. Wheat, yeast, clove, fruit, spice, honey and hop aroma. Yeast, pear, apple, orange, wheat, spice, clove, hop and honey flavors. Light body and lively carbonation. Fruit and spice finish. Little off.
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a snifter. I absolutely hate Golden Monkey, so I donít have high hopes for this. Hopefully Iím wrong.
2.75 A: Murky golden brown color. Not a lot of off-white head formed and what did fell pretty quickly.
4.5 S: Well this is already an improvement over the Golden. The wine and especially the barrel come through quite well. Vinous white grape, vanilla, melon, and wildflowers. Oak and vanilla. Spicy peppery yeastiness. Hay, light fruits, honey. I donít know if Golden Monkey just needs time to develop or if the barrel makes this the way it is, but this smells wonderful and totally unlike the regular.
3.75 T: The taste isnít nearly as good as the nose, but itís still a helluva lot better than Golden Monkey. Again the barrel leads the way. White grape, melon, floral, vanilla, and oak. Peppery yeast, honey, honeydew. Again, itís good, but itís just missing the smoothness the nose has.
3.75 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good here.
3.75 D: Infinitely better than Golden Monkey. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Give it a go if you see it.
DavoleBomb, Jun 05, 2013
Sledutah (5660) - Utah, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at the holiday tasting
Cloudy straw golden with a small white head, some lacing. Aroma and flavors are woody, oak, wine, dry finish
Ok, but too sweet.
trevor211 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Big Wood 2014. White wine and honey. Not much oak. Golden. Only slightly boozy.
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Big Wood 2014 at Brouwerís. Chardonnay aroma, very oaky, vanilla pod. Golden Belgian - american style at least - with good yeast. Clear gold, sparkly. Apple and pear brandy.