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A Tale of Two Monkeys

When Victory Brewing announced that they were going to be releasing barrel aged renditions of three of their beers (Golden Monkey, Baltic Thunder, Old Horizontal), I knew these were bottles that were going to be on my "must get" list.  For this post, I am going to try White Monkey (Golden Monkey aged in white wine barrels), and compare it to the original, Golden Monkey.  

Victory Golden Monkey
Victory Golden Monkey
Victory Golden Monkey
Victory Golden Monkey

Golden Monkey, Belgian Tripel
9.5% ABV
Appearance:  Gold color with some haze, two finger rocky white head, pleasant lacing
Aroma:  Classic Belgian tripel aroma, hint of banana, pepper, yeast
Flavor:  sweet malt profile, peppery, big alcohol in the finish
Mouthfeel:  High carbonation, medium to medium-full body, bitter finish

Victory White Monkey
Victory White Monkey
Victory White Monkey
Victory White Monkey

White Monkey
Belgian Tripel aged in white wine barrels
9.5% ABV
Appearance:  Orange-gold, 2 finger fluffy white head, hazy, not much lacing
Aroma:  white wine aroma jumps out at me, apple
Flavor:  white wine, fruity (apple), slightly oaky in the finish, little bit of alcohol
Mouthfeel:  Average carbonation, medium body

Victory's Golden Monkey is one of my favorite beers because, well, it's delicious.  On its journey in wine barrels to become White Monkey, it becomes a completely different beer.  The aromas of white wine and apple completely dominate the aroma, and end up making the majority of the flavor.  If you're looking for a Belgian ale with only a slight wine influence, then this isn't the beer for you.  However, if you enjoy how wine aromas and flavors can impact a beer, go out and find this, and if you can't find it, trade for it!  I found it to be fantastic, but completely different from its original form, Golden Monkey. 

Have you had White Monkey and/or Golden Monkey?  How do you like them?  Let me know in the comments!

Other Victory Brewing related posts:
Otto - smoked dubbel
Yakima Glory - black IPA

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