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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beaver (1507) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a medium white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts with some banana and grapes, pepper, minty flowers, yeast and fusel alcohol.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some banana and grapes and quite a bit of peppery alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK tripel. I don’t notice much from the barrel - maybe a little more fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (5561) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
How: Bottle..
Where: Tasting 2015-10-09, bought from Systembolaget.
Appearance: Golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Caramel, spices, alcohol, dried fruit.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, vinous, spices, alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours a clear, bright golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. The barrel presence is really strong in the aroma which is surprising considering it was only aged for three months. Decent amount of oak but not too overpowering or toothpick-like. Subtle vinous wine presence with grape, raisin and other light berries. The most prominent barrel characteristics in the nose are toasted coconut and vanilla. They really stand out and add another dimension to the base beer. That being said, the base beer is overshadowed with faint hints of American tripel. Picking up some ester-y light fruit along with some bready yeast, faint spice and alcohol. The barrel elements smell pretty good but I would have preferred a little more of the base beer in the nose. I don’t think I could have guessed that it was Golden Monkey if I didn’t know that it was the base beer. Medium body with soft carbonation and strong barrel flavors that linger over the yeast, spice, light fruit and alcohol into a sweet, slightly dry finish. A little more toothpick than in the nose but not overly charred or harsh. Dry, toasted oak along with some toasted coconut and vanilla. Again, these are most prominent but the white wine character is a little stronger in the flavor profile. Hints of wine, grape, raisin and other vinous fruit followed by peppery spice, bready yeast, light fruit and boozy sweetness. Some sourdough bread alng with cider and pear flavor before finishing with a touch of heat. The high ABV is decently masked, however and this beer is surprisingly easy to drink given it’s complexity. Overall, this isn’t the most interesting barrel aged beer but the white wine barrels provide a nice variation on the regular version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2015
bottle. Golden with two finger head. Really interesting flavors here. The white wine adds some mild tartness. The sweetness of the base tripel counters. Plenty of belgian esters. Yeasty goodness. Mild booze. A bit of a sipper, but very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (1821) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Tripel with some oak and sour aroma and flavor added. On special for $5.99 for 750 ML. No dating but will probably age for years!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CloakedDagger (1333) - - AUG 18, 2015
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Lovely complex vinous, woody aroma - very refined. Rich, malty, fruity body. Tart, citric again with this lovely silver lining of wood, Lovely and sophisticated and neatly balanced. 180815

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1273) - - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours a darkish golden color. Aroma and taste are white wine, fruits, and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beechner224 (978) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle in fridge. Pours a golden color, white head. Aroma is mostly wine. Taste is dry, sweet wine, weird. Not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brnandersen (2706) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2015
Sample from 75 cl. bottle. Slightly hazy, amber-golden colour with a thin, white head. Fruity aroma with citrus fruits, caramel malts, spices and vanilla. Taste is lightly sweet. Excellent flavour. Medium to full body, creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes dry and herbal-spicy with fruity hints. OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (31467) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (11067) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2015
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Aroma. Light butter, sweetness, fruits, yeast. Flavour. Perfume, sweetness, fruits, yeast, light cit5rus. me4dim bodied. ends sweet and light citric.

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