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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kirk36 (223) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Wine front and forward, then the triple shines through though not as wallpaper paste tasting as alone. I do enjoy the golden monkey and consider myself elite when drinking this. However, the aging in the wine barrels tones down the triple but in a good way, I would buy this again! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
ZacM612 (870) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2018 Hazy golden with little head. Belgian yeast and grape aroma. Strong grape character from the wine barrels. Nice.

3.9
nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Brilliant clear golden with a one finger white head. Aroma is very nice, Sauvignon Blanc or the like, oakonut, Belgian yeast, coriander, honey. Flavor is sweet honey and sugar, white wine, coconut. Medium full feel, can sense the booze! Pretty good stuff. Better than the original I'd say.

3.5
bth122 (1704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2017
Draft at HO1K Beers. Light fruits, grapes, slight buttery Chardonnay. Slight tart. Some Belgium spice. It's pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
Cybercat (6342) - Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2017
Pours clear topaz with a thick and frothy, if not lasting, cream head. Aroma presents fresh malt, sweet apple, white wine, and hints of wood and butterscotch. Flavor delivers sweet wine, fresh malt, fruity, and shy woody tones, almost more wine than beer, tasty and enjoyable regardless. Mouthfeel features smooth, if not robust, body and OK fizz, along with a woody and wine finish. Monkey around - but please do so responsibly.

3.1
malrubius (3088) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 18, 2017
Bottle from Brewtopia. Golden orange with haze and wing. White wine and honey and spice aroma with some banana esters. Very sweet honey peach with light spicy bitterness in long sweet sticky finish. Full body very fine carbo with a bite. Not pleasant. I'm going to let it warm up a bit while I have a different beer. Yeah, nah . . . too much like one of my bad homebrews.

3.8
alobar (3970) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2017
Golden yellow pour with aroma of fruit, oak, pepper, and yeast. Vinous favor with white wine influence combined with fruit, pepper, and spice. Touch of tartness. Delicious.

3.9
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2016
Pours a light golden yellowish color. Aromas of fruit, yeast and some pepper. Flavors are sour, yeasty, and a touch of wine barrel at the finish.

4.2
Vignale (4124) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2016
Flaska från SB, ca 2 år gammal. Disig gyllengul vätska med högt skum. Relativt mycket kolsyra. Väldigt mycket smörig och ekad chardonnay i doften. Fatkaraktären dominerar smaken men grundölet klara det riktigt bra och kombinationen är riktigt fin. Trippelns lätta sötma funkar väldigt bra med fatkaraktären. Druvor, söta äpplen, fat, halvtorrt mousserande vin. Riktigt snygg.

3.7
Leafs93 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Pours deep gold with a medium white fluffy head. Aroma is chardonnay, oak, florals, grass and hay. Taste is sweet with a tinge of sourness that is rounded out with some spiciness. Medium bodied, slick texture and a drying finish. Overall, this is solid and the aging turns this into a very enjoyable and well rounded beer.

3.5
AndySnow (8311) - Huddinge, 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.


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