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:
#7,156
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
934
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
51
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Trade:
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Ratings: 934 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of Jmatz
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've enjoyed the original monkey, a solid tripel, if not a bit heavy on the bananas and cloves...so the idea of a sour monkey was intriguing...

Well...I can't tastell the monkey a lick. What I can taste is a great sour that pours a bit inconspicuously and doesn't smell, well...much at all...a bit of salt and sour, I suppose, but not nearly as funky as some beers with half the flavor.

But it's love at first taste. Crisp, tart, clean, perfectly carbonated, with just a bit of maltiness. So well balanced. This is an outstanding offering from a great brewery, and totally dangerous at 9.5% abv, as you simply cannot tell at all.

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Photo of ViggieMech
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at NAS Pensacola NEX Package store. Poured into a chilled 16oz glass. Slight bit of head which disappeared shortly after dispensing. Pale yellow in color. Nose is citrus to the max! Mouth feel full and robust. After taste is lemon and heavy on malts with a slight sweetness. I think this ale is definitely a repeat!

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Photo of dleurf
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cunning_stunt
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dzag
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a mixed fifteen pack from StateLine Liquors off I-95 on my way home for Thanksgiving Break. Lemon and yeast notes dominate the nose from the beginning. The flavor has a strong fruit and sour note that dissipates about halfway through the sip into a balanced, malt based finish. Surprisingly enjoyable, if a little sweet in places.

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Photo of caffeinelogic
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mightycookie
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of williamv0123
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CreightonSM
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light color -- straw. Clear. Minor head which recedes quickly leaving minor streaks on the glass.

Tart like cranberries and Lambics to the nose.

Straight up mild sourness. While not strong, it does cover up all other flavors. Long lingering pucker in the aftertaste.

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Photo of ButterMelon
4.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I have ever tasted. Hands down, head and shoulders above the rest. If you don't like this beer, I don't trust you.

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Photo of JohnTurano
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NedFredHead
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart af! Lemony vibes, sour all the way through, goes down smooth and pleasurable. Decent fizz with a slight head that fades pretty quickly. Just a tad bit of haze. I'm not huge into sours, but this one is refreshing without overpowering the senses. Would definitely drink again. Oh, did I mention is packs a 9.50% wallop? Sign me up.

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Photo of mustbeaweasleyy
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Can't tell it's derived from Golden Monkey, improves upon Golden Monkey.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

A nice variation of the original. It has all the qualities off the original but adds a nice lemony vibe, Brett and finishes tart. Not too acidic and works well. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of Spiceepicklez
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I adore this beer! Ever since I first tried it, this beer has been my absolute mainstay. Look is a great clear amber/gold, with a decent amount of fizz and head. Smell is incredibly dank and sour, almost makes you pucker just whiffing it! The taste brings a wonderful punch of brett, lactobacillus, and funk. Yet, amidst all the ABV and crazy flavours, it is really balanced, smooth, and absolutely no taste of Alcohol. The feel is a perfect complement to this beer.

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

My apologies but, I'm just not in to sour beers. My criteria for beer is flavor, ABV% and price point. This beer loses it on number one. I really don't care for this Monkey and it saddens me to say that because I love Victory's Golden Monkey.

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mfigueroa713
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of aristotleamadopolis
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jbu0126
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Panda_Rock
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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Sour Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 934 ratings