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Victory White Monkey

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I decided to unlock the Untappd Badge celebrate the day by trying something different. A new offering from Victory, White Monkey takes the Golden Monkey recipe and ages it for three months in American Oak barrels that previously held white wine. After picking it up from a local pizza/bottle shop, I wanted to see how this stacked up to Golden Monkey.

White Monkey
The beer pours out in a solid gold color, a bit darker than its Golden relative. The head is fairly thin, with a good amount of active carbonation rising to the surface after the initial pour from the bottle.
The scent is definitely that of Golden Monkey, but with the expected twist. The belgian yeast and banana is still there, but now tied in is the subtle hint of the wine barrel.
I find the taste to be very mellow. The banana and spice is less striking to the palate, but still the focus of the beer. Taking their places is a tart white wine taste.
There is a good amount of active carbonation as I noticed when I poured it into the glass. I expect this came from the barrel aging process. The wine barrel addition is very noticeable in the aftertaste, as I expect it was a dry wine that was used.
I purchased this today as a $12 bottle. A little steep, but I think the exclusivity and rarity justifies the pricetag. You should be able to find this now in bottle shops that typically carry Victory's big bottles.
I think this is a great twist on one of Victory's well-known beers. For those of you who enjoy the things that happen when you age a bottle, plus include some wine/barrel flavor, this is for you.

Beer Stats
Style: Belgian Tripel
Serving: Bottle
Size: 750 mL
ABV: 9.50%
BA Score: 89
RB Score: 88

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Written by Kenton Martin

Kenton is a Southeast PA native who began diversifying his beer tastes alongside many of The Beer Circle writers at Zeno’s beerfests in State College, PA. He continues to live in the area and is an avid follower of the local microbreweries – going so far as to try his hand at brewing himself. Initial results have been very successful. Find Kenton Martin on Google Plus

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