Sour Monkey
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #934
Ranked #5,071
4.04 | pDev: 9.65%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: 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.
Reviews: 218 | Ratings: 1,086 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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spectru from Florida

3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

6/4/2020 - I am newbie to sour beer. I've had one once before this. Eewww. Ptui. Blech. So I hope I enjoy this six.

Almost clear light gold, white foamy head recedes as I write this. By the time I get to the smell part, the head is just a film. The smell is light, a hint of fruitiness maybe, but not sour; Oh! Not bad. Definitely different. Yeah. Second sip is less remarkable, but not bad. It's mildly sour, not too sour. Glad I'm not having my reaction to my earlier attempt at sour beer. Whew; Not carbonated much really, but still tingly. The tingle calms down near the bottom of the glass and lets the sour strut a little. The head is gone now. It looks flat. Is that an attribute of sour beer that I'll need to adjust to? I like a heady beer. And I really like decent carbonation. Hey if I can adjust to flatness in stouts maybe I can do it in sours.

Well, this one is certainly a change of pace for me. I can't think this will become a favorite, but I've five more to learn on. I really don't like the look and feel. At least it opens me up to trying more sour.

This Sour Monkey. It raised my eyebrows in appreciation at the first sip, and then it slowly soured on me. heh heh.

Thursday at 10:03 PM
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FortyouncestoFreedom from Virginia

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was wondering why everyone has loved sours lately. Every one I've had hasn't been impressive at all. I was starting to lose faith in craft beer fans. Then I had this beer. Outstanding sour. Finally a good one worth having again. Thanks Victory.

May 25, 2020
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Wi_brew_bud from Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So the highest I ever usually rate my Beers is 4.5. So that’s for a beer that does it’s job to the best of its abilities. Every beer CAN be improved upon obviously since we are imperfect beings after all. This one gets a 4.75 meaning it’s the best beer I can expect to taste in it’s respective category.

L. Fizzy light golden hue with a very pleasant frothy foam head. Literally what I’d expect to see on McDonald’s drive thru Menu, simply too good to be true

S. Sour sweet Granny Smith apple goodness. It’s very inviting make you think of green apples very very pleasant and not just for a beer but for a smell in general.

T.Very sour but soft and sweet. Very refreshing like a ex girlfriends fizzy drink but with 9.5%. I DO WARN!!!! This does NOT taste like 9.5% you can very easily cruise right threw a six pack. As manly or tough as you say you are a six pack of this WILL leave most of you praying to a porcelain God! But it tastes absolutely amazing.

F. Very crispy keeping with a nice apple feel. Very refreshing! Great summer drink!

O. Overall it’s purely very tasty very refreshing and just a master-craft of a beer! Truly one of the best beers I’ve had in a very long time. Just mind your P’s and Q’s

May 17, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reading the the reviews confirmed i like bad beer, the first thing i noticed was it was impossibly thin for 9.5% but i loved that. My first impression 10 or so six packs ago was like a slap in the mouth with warhead powder and a quick buzz, yet i loved it. Im not experienced enough to know what this beer should or shouldnt have, but what ever it is (or isnt) i keep them on hand. Bottom line for me is , ultra thin feel, warming after 2 or so beers, smells a bit like old cheap pink wine, has a spice up front but the sour finsh doesnt linger.

May 12, 2020
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed pale yellow small white head falls quick sparse lacing.

Aroma is cracker like malt with a light sweetness, tart lemon, green apple, hints of pear and brett notes.

Taste lemony brett dominating some other white fruits, and a white grape wine like that I didn't find in the nose. Not overly sour but enough to cover up the malt sweetness. Nice tart little beer that I wouldn't guess is 9.5%

Mouthfeel is light medium lightly peppy , somehow it feels lighter then the abv.

Overall a single non complex little sour, nothing to exciting going on but nothing bad going on either.

May 06, 2020
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Ryan15 from New Jersey

3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours with a golden color and a short head
Looks similar to a pilsner
Smells like a cheaper white whine
Tastes bitter which is typical of a tripel. It has a citrusy overtone and a lingering sour aftertaste. Uses brettanomyces with Belgian yeast. This is a sour ale that is bitter. The sour component presents itself subtlety.
Feel is nice, more carbonation than expected.
Overall decent bitter beer with a light-medium body. Was looking for more in the sour notes

May 05, 2020
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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

L: Pours pale, with heavy looking carbonation. Short frothy head.
S: Smells like dry wine.
T: It is dry, but more in a tart way. It doesn't have a particularly fruity taste imo, at least not of a distinct fruit. Taste is sharp.
F: The alcohol is very well hidden, but it is drying. Warms the throat after a while.

It's really pleasant, but one dimensional.

Apr 20, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden with some clarity and a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a thin cap and no lacing.
S - Tangy citrus notes as well as some Belgian yeast - some grains as well and some brett funk
T - Lots of bright, sour fruit notes - citrus (lemon and orange stick out), sour apple, along with Belgian yeast and some brett funk as well as a little bit of biscuit
F - Medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation.
O - A nice belgian sour

Apr 18, 2020
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can - Canned on 07 Feb 2020:

Pours yellow with a thin fizzy white head. A little lacing sticks.

The smell is of tart fruits - apple and lemon/citrus. Some sourdough bread in the back.

The taste is puckeringly tart/sour. Alcohol very well-hidden. Nice citric touch. Refreshingly tart finish.

It is very smooth despite sourness and high abv. Refreshing.

An American Wild Ale with a trippel flair. An interesting, enjoyable, dangerously drinkable brew!

Apr 06, 2020
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gestyr from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

Pours a clear gold with a very tight knit white head.
Smells of citrus with a slight bit of graininess
Taste ... sour. sour lemon/orange
Light bodied and refreshing
Overall a beer I will buy again. It will be very nice on a hot day.

Mar 27, 2020
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pmorey from Indiana

3.19/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sour. Beer. That’s really the best way I can describe it. Poured light hazy gold with a lasting cap, strong lemon juice flavor that was not particularly pleasant. The kick will sneak up on you.

Mar 14, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow with a 1/4 inch white head, which dissipates. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is acrid, lemon, grassy.

Taste is quite sour, citrusy, acetic.

Light bodied, light carbonation. Dry, sour finish.

A good sour ale. Lack of a lasting head is a bummer.

Mar 06, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a huge head of puffy white foam. The head fades super fast leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is quite sour with lots of aromas of green apple and a bit of sour lemon. Along with these smells comes some biscuit malt as well as a touch of fruitiness of apricot and peach. There is also a small amount of a yeasty smell as well as a bit of coriander and clove spice.
Taste - The taste begins with a sour green apple flavor mixed with a light cracker malt taste. Along with these flavors comes a little bit of a spice flavor of clove and a touch of a yeasty taste. The sourness seems to increase as the taste advances with some other light fruit tastes of apricot and tangerine coming to the tongue. Some lemon is there as well with this flavor getting stronger and stronger as the taste moves forward. At the end some grass and grapefruit come to the tongue and leave one with a sour and tart, crisp taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp for a brew of 9.5 % with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the sour and tart tastes the feel is great and makes for a nice easy sipper.
Overall – A tart and sour brew with a decently easy sipping style and a light Belgium triple taste. Not as good as the regular golden monkey (even rating just on style) but a nice brew to try.

Feb 07, 2020
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6string from Germany

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head disappeared like a fart in the wind. Will admit I'm not a sour guy, but it pairs all so well with spicy food, I have to give sours another chance. Yes there's a sour bite, but it smooths out nicely. A nice wakeup beer to remind you you're still alive. I'd buy singles again, but leave the 6 packs in the cooler.

Feb 04, 2020
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farrago from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright white head, pocked by a multitude of larger bubbles, average lacing at best, credible retention. Vinous nose with considerable grassiness, yeasty, wheat germ, lemon zest, pineapple, pear to green apple fruit scents, develops an almost metallic smokiness as it warms. Medium-bodied, more grippy then dry per se, feels like an octopus slowly sucking the moisture out of your palate. Peppery, herbaceous, the yeasty qualities more powdery than doughy. Add in the nicely crisp carbonation and it bristles with energy. Baled straw, tar and lots of lemon fill it out. Apricot, pear, apple fruit, maybe a hint of banana or bubblegum at room temperature. Keeps both the general funkiness and sourness under control, through the finish you feel like you are chewing on a few blades of grass. Quite pleasant with a high score for sheer drinkability.

Jan 18, 2020
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ryantaussig from New York

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm partial to sours, so take this with a certain grain of salt. That said, this beer hits all the major points of interest with a decent pucker, a strong percentage, and a decent head. Lacing leaves a little bit to be desired, but overall this is an excellent beer to knock back while leaning back and enjoying Discord with a group of your closest friends.

Jan 11, 2020
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very light in the sour / ph department so those new to sours, this is entry level 101. So crisp and pleasing, but after 450 North just got caught making sub 4% abv beers and calling them 8%, I'm suspect that this one is over 9%. It doesn't taste anything above 4.5% Regardless, very solid. Go Bills!!!!

Dec 30, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

I’ve never had this. I ordered it on draft. I got it and immediately thought they gave me a flat beer from the look. Then I tasted it and was 100% convinced they poured me the wrong one. It taste like cider. I went to the web and found out this is correct. Just amazing. Taste like a beautifully done cider. Absolutely no trace of the 9.5. Man these sneak up on you. My new go to

Dec 22, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

very light yellow, a couple bubbles and a small white head that dissipates quicky
smells delicious, even the smell makes your mouth water because of the tartness
the sour is pretty intense right in the front along with a small hit of carbonation, gives way to sour apple and lemon. the yeasts and malts of the golden monkey provide a rich background.
light mouthfeel in the front with the carbonation and sour, medium as it rides out with the fruit and malt. not sticky. just right.
i love this beer. tart golden monkey. mmmm. i could drink these all day, or until the 9.5abv caught up to me.

Nov 18, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The first sip of this beer I instantly felt like it was some grapevine wine ordeal(not in a bad way of course). Alcohol percentage is above normal at 9% but you cannot tell! Taste sour of course with that grape, sour, extra hit alcohol after taste. Good beer !

Nov 18, 2019
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HandMeAnother from New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome sour!! Sour & tartness are strong but not too overpowering, perfect at concealing the 9.5 abv. Very drinkable, nice to start with to get a good buzz going :)

Oct 11, 2019
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woodyswenson from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft, bottles, and cans this stuff is awesome. The sourness is a little much at first hut the taste really grows on you. It also doesn't take a lot to get buzzed overall a great beer.

Sep 22, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

28 beers reviewed from Victory on here but this was one of the few popular offerings of theirs that I never got around to having. I picked this up from Gary's in Wayne recently and am glad that I gave it a go as it was just as good as anything else that I've had from these guys, even if most of what I had from them was ages ago!

Sour Monkey? May as well have been the Golden Monkey based on how it poured and looked. Lovely golden appearance to it that was clear, bright, and lively. Tons of foamy head topped the liquid off and the lacing left behind was quite webbed and extensive. Loads of apple, pear, lemon, and yeast in the nose as this was Belgian in spirit from the get-go. Lots of those in the taste as well along with light wood, Belgian hops, and a fall-like tartness that held my attention through the last sip. A lively carbonation kept this brisk and bright as the suds complemented the flavors wonderfully, making this feel like a fall cider minus the sugar. This was categorized as an American Wild Ale that was as strong as a Tripel and combined the best of both of those stylistic worlds...

With that being said, there was a good amount of alcohol in this but with so much fruit, funk, and sweetness going on, you'd be hard-pressed to find evidence of that on the palate. Yes, I don't have Victory's offerings that much anymore but something like this served as a reminder of how I used to love these guys back when I was getting into the craft beer scene. This was lovely and deserves a higher rating then it has on here. The only question is what category this deserved to be in!

Sep 18, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, I'm revisiting this review. I tried this again to be sure I was giving it a fair shot and I have to say I enjoyed it this time around. Almost champagne like in the effervescense with a pronounced lemony flavor. I upped my rating.

* Original Review *
I'll preface this review by noting that I haven't had a lot of sours so I'm no expert on the style. Aroma is lemony, grainy, subtle. Pours not unlike a Bud light in color without a short lived ring of foam. Taste is puckering, lemon like with a backseat hint of tripel going on. The sourness lingers on the palate for a long time. Certainly not an offensive beer but not something I could drink more that one of.

Sep 09, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is excellent. there is tart apple, grainy and bready throughout, lemon, a funky and yeasty character, hay, mellow spice and a super pleasant hint of booze on the finish. it is quenching and tart, drinks super light even though the abv is high. wow!

Sep 06, 2019
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1086 ratings