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
Ratings:
744
Reviews:
117
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
257
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Giantspace
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draft at The Vine on August 13, 2017.

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Photo of TSuthard
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Loud and vibrantly bubbly head fizzled quickly. Grapefruity nose. Cloudy golden body. Upfront sour snap reminding me of a cider leaving nothing else on the backend. Short and sour.

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Photo of Prost76
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bryantan
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of _nickg_
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trevor_martin
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Techcontraps
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a local Weis Beer Cafe. Bottled: July 18th 2017.

A: This pours a dark golden color, small head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells crisp, sour, very tart. Honestly under-welming.

T: Again, sour. I get a lot of green apple notes with a very slight touch of honey. Swallows nicely, can't even taste the ABV.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Not really much more to it.

O: This beer is actually pretty good. I enjoy green apples personally, and I get a lot of that from this. I'll definitely be enjoying the rest of the 6 pack!

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Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy body, low carbonation, and small head made this beer a little less lively than expected. The aroma was very sour, bringing to mind green apples and vinegar. The taste was tart as expected, followed by a yeasty and spicy mid palette taste, and a creamy finish. The feel was quite dry, and alcohol quite hidden. Decent offering from Victory.

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Photo of bpopovich
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaethJam
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atr2605
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a hazy straw color with a white head that fades rather quickly
S-tart apple, apricot, pear, lemon, yeasty funk
T-lots of tart apple, with apricot and pear flavors following, some sweetness in the finish
M-medium bodied with above average tight carbonation
O-I really dig this sour. big fan of golden monkey, and I liked this just as much, if not more. will definitely have again

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Photo of Kokabetical
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle from TW Arrowhead on 4-15-17 for $2.79. Bottled on 15MAR2017.

Beer poured clear golden with a decent white head which quickly dissipated.

Nose is only a faint sour, like the sweet tarts candy.

Taste is sour lemon forward to the point that it dominates all other flavors. i could not detect any phenols from the base beer yeast strain. The brewers definitely hit the target style with the brett infusion.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and neither overly smooth nor refreshing.

Overall a decent brew that is not overly unpleasant for a sour brew neophyte like me. I gave it a shot as i can handle small doses of brett and i can handle bigger non brett brews but after half of a bottle this one was a bit too much for my palate.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

See through lighter color with a thin white head from tap at Victory. Lemon, yeast, brett and sour notes from the nose of this brew. Sweet and Funky on the flavor with a sour turn on the end of this beer. Somewhat complex if not my favorite taste here. Thin beer with less carbonation and a high alcohol content.

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Photo of Trackster219
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MTGoeltz
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rypkr
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's certainly better than many sours I've had, and at a much better price to boot. My gripes about this beer are that it finishes a bit too bitter and the high abv isn't really worth the experience. For something lost 10% I want my socks knocked off. I'd drink this here and there if it were 6% but this much alcohol/calories give me a dipa or big stout not an OKAY wild ale.

I'll note that I should try this a,second time as it isn't BAD and I may enjoy it in a different frame.

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Photo of caahare
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a murky golden orange color with a small white head. The aroma is definitely sour with fruit and yeast driving the train. The taste matches the nose.

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Photo of flek
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I thought I had reviewed this previously. This is going to be my 1,300 th review on BA. Bottled on June 9th 2017. Opened on 7/9/17

A fizzy, golden color. Hyder style carbonation with a very thin white foam cap, dissipates to only scattered lace.

A tart , lemmon zing aroma comesfrom the Brett yeast. Green, sour apples, candied fruit, honey malt, sour grains and golden wheat round out the nose.

I'be always enjoyed the original Monkey as one of my favorite American brewed Tripels. The BRETT addition makes this a totally different animal! A serious, bitter, metallic, wild and very sour flavor rolls around the palate with a touch of heat, crispy malt and even more tangy fruit. A bold, sweet wild fruity complexity is most excellent. Sweet, tart, bitter, tangy....but seriously refreshing and crazy complex for the style.

It might be Monkey-see-Monkey-Do when it comes to the sour/wilds styles right now, but this one leads the way as far as depth of charecter and complexity. Tripel style plus BRETT is damn impressive.

The mouthfeel has a serious bite, bitter, slightly dry but very Champagne -like and refreshing. Honestly, you would never know it's got a 9.5 % abv. Very well hidden.

Overall, a very excellent hybrid sour with big, complex and bold aspects and dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a pretty light yellow with a small head. The aroma is tart but I do not detect any Brett. The taste is fairly sweet )the base oft his beer is a Triple after all) with some tartness coming through. Light body. The lack of Brett may be due to the fact that this is a fairly fresh bottle. Refreshing on a hot day.

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Sour Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.98 out of 5 based on 744 ratings.
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