Sour Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
HOPS: Tettnang
MALTS: Pilsner
FLAVOR: Aroma is very varied with lemon, sour, and mild brettanomyces notes. Flavor follows with a tart acidity. Not dry as it finishes with a malty grain flavor.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-26-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,816
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
851
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Trade:
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3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
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4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Quite possibly the least complex gose I’ve sampled. Sour and pleasant but a bit flat tasting.

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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev -1%
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3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow what a great looking beer. Gold as any beer you're likely to see. 1/4 finger head of foam rising from a gentle pour into a tulip glass from a 12 ounce bottle. Head dissipates within 30 seconds and forms a ring around the perimeter of the glass. Really a spectacular looking beer.

On the nose I'm getting white wine along with a nice blast of sour. Nice.

Like most things this beer tastes like it smells. Tastes like a medium to heavy white wine if there is such a thing. Sour at back palate. I find this to be a more approachable and drinkable beer than white monkey despite the similar abv and the grossly disparate price tag. $11 for a sixer locally? Holy cow!

Light in the mouth. Carbonation takes a long time to settle down which is not a problem. Not particularly a strength of this beer but not a problem either.

Very good. Something you can probably find in a super market, and also something that most folks are going to think nothing of, including people who otherwise know their beer. I have no idea why this brewery has become so underappreciated. Strongly recommend especially at the crazy price point.

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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

It's been a while since I had the original Golden Monkey, which was easily the best trippel I have had to date. I thought it said soul monkey at first lol...

L: Love the can. Evokes a juicy impression. Poured into a sniffer, it has a perfectly clear golden body with two fingers of white head. It dissipates fairly quickly, as it is a sour, but a film across the surface lingers pretty well.

S: Definitely retained some Belgian qualities. Earthy straw notes struggle for a moment against vinegar sourness, but get drowned in under a second, after which apricot, peach, pomegranate, and sour cherry take a shot at that funky Brett, but get kicked down too. In the end, it settles down with some lemon, quince, white wine and sourdough bread.

T: It follows the nose almost perfectly, except that the doughy malt base is much more present here, and really helps balance the sourness. I like it. Very much like Lagunitas' Eroica...except lightly Belgian. Really light on the Belgian character though. Heavy on the sour.

F: Excellent. I remember thinking that I had no idea how strong that Golden Monkey was, and this is the same. Drinks like an ale you'd expect to be be closer to 6%. Substantial body, but it's just so smooth and has a nice crisp finish.

O: I really like it. This could be even better than the original. Hard to tell though. I'll need to try it again to compare.

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Sour Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 851 ratings