Sour Monkey
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Ranked #44
Ranked #10,692
4 | pDev: 10.5%
May 06, 2022
Feb 26, 2015
Very Good
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Notes: HOPS: Tettnang
MALTS: Pilsner

Fruity notes from imported Belgian yeast swirl through a precise souring. Pucker up to a bite of citrus laden tang ending with a delectable experience.
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4.39 by Cfitty from New York on May 06, 2022
4 by doctorgary from New York on May 01, 2022
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3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Newtyg23

Easy warm weather drinker with repeatability. Very close to a summer shandy in concept. Citrus notes from start to finish.

Apr 25, 2022
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4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by burnstar from Pennsylvania

Pours pale gold with a small head that dissipates quickly. Smell is sour yeasty citrus. No funk. Taste is sour up front with a little sweetness in the background balancing things out. Slightly bitter and sour in the finish. Really good. Not as bracing as most sours and wild ales and not as complex. Sort of the beginner's sour ale. But on the other hand, this is delicious. Great medium bodied highly carbonated feel like Golden Monkey. Very drinkable. A great sour Belgian.

Apr 24, 2022
4 by redfox405 from California on Apr 24, 2022
3.21 by RockyM72 from Florida on Apr 21, 2022
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3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by KurtDrinksBeer

A: strong lactic smell
L: clear straw color, moderate foamy head, moderate lace,
T: acidic up front with notes of pale caramel malt turning into a gradual subtle bitterness
O: crisp with a nice sour tang, but lacking complexity. The malt flavor outweighed by strong acidity. Surprising how high the abv is

Apr 17, 2022
3.87 by Boone757 from Virginia on Mar 30, 2022
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3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a cloudy, but not at all opaque light golden color. Thin, weak white head forms then fizzles out rather quickly. Aroma is interesting - it is got some citric tart notes, but then you get the spice from the tripel base. The combination of the gives it this green apple like aroma with some notes of nutmeg, allspice and clove. It's different, but not bad.

Taste follows the nose with notes of green apple, apple, allspice, and some lighter malt notes with notes of the belgian yeast and an overarching moderate tartness. Feel is lighter, somewhat crisp, and bright with the tartness. Moderate carbonation - noticeably less carbonated that what I expect from the style.

Overall it is an interesting beer - unique and different - but not one that I personally would drink again.

Mar 28, 2022
3.77 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia on Mar 19, 2022
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by detgfrsh from Texas

From a can. Clear golden orange with a thin layer of white head. Smells of banana with a little sourness. Light body. Sour green apple with a floral finish. More sour/wild ale than tripel but an interesting variant overall.

Mar 09, 2022
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3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by KT3418 from Colorado

This was really boring to me. Feel was average but the flavor was just typical sour yeast. No complexity to me.

Mar 05, 2022
3.33 by jsh420 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2022
4.06 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Jan 09, 2022
4 by irishevans from California on Jan 04, 2022
3.64 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 10, 2021
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3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by JamesB

Over all a unique Beer ! This is a good beer if You're building your own Six' Pack ... very good taste but I personally could not see drinking more then two in a row. BUT.. that's okay, it is very well put together and DEFINITIVELY worth at try!

Thanks for reading !

Nov 27, 2021
3.53 by RBorsato from Virginia on Nov 21, 2021
4.1 by rpw from New York on Nov 06, 2021
3.8 by QuintusHorace from California on Oct 23, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Kiiz

L: Straw, white medium head that dissipates into spongy lacing.
A: Malty, coriander, light fruit. But if apple with banana and maybe kiwi or lemon.
T: Tart green apple flavor that’s moderately sour. Simultaneously but separately a coriander caramel malty backbone. Stronger malty finish but the sour apple definitely lingers. Almost like a 2 in 1 sour and trippel.
F: The sour aspect is light and creamy on the tongue, the malty aspect hits the throat more and is a more medium feel.
O: This was one of the first craft beers I tried and I didn’t originally like it as much. Trying it much later on with a more refined palate and I hate to say it but I kinda like it. Definitely a unique change of pace beer good on occasion. Also fair warning relatively high ABV very well hidden.

Oct 16, 2021
3.98 by Newtobeet345 from Georgia on Oct 05, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Straw colored ale with a one-finger head. Citrus comes through in a one dimensional way, sour lemon pretty much squashes any flavor from the Belgian yeast. Without that underpinning, hard to say this tastes like an actual Tripel. It's much more consistent with a straight-up sour. Tart without being too sour, but Sour Monkey Tripel is a bit of a mis-direct.

Sep 29, 2021
3.94 by kds2437 from Texas on Sep 27, 2021
4.44 by Gubblecote from New York on Jul 29, 2021
1.33 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Jul 20, 2021
4.2 by phatsmackey from Texas on Jul 17, 2021
2.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Jul 16, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Shelbs90 from Montana

very sour. almost tastes like a warheads candy but at the same time it’s somewhat smooth. smells amazing. definitely not a bad beer but also not one to have multiple times in a row

Jul 11, 2021
3.49 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania on Jul 07, 2021
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3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

Pours a golden with soapy white head. It's a little lighter in color, more close to straw than its non-sour partner-in-crime. Lactic on the nose. It's nicely tart, but the tartness has really done a number on the underlying beer as far as sweetness and expression of Belgian yeast. This no longer feels like a tripel - more devolving into a wild ale. I think the original had a lot of room for improvement, but I'm not sure I would classify this "precise souring" as the improvement it needed.

Jul 04, 2021
4.4 by evostudios12 from Florida on May 26, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a clear golden color with a small long lasting head and lots of lacing.

Smells of bitter tart citrus. Tastes very salty with a tart lemon/lime citrus finish. The alcohol hides well.

Medium light body with light carbonation. Light clean dry mouthfeel.

This brew is a kin to those that mimic margaritas but is clearly a cut above.

May 22, 2021
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3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BeerByBelle from Florida

A fun beer that is more sour than refreshing. I appreciate the lack of hops, but after a while it feels more like a sour drink than a beer. It grows on you from first sip, but I can’t imagine having two in a row.

May 15, 2021
4.17 by 10Crumra from Texas on May 07, 2021
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