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:
#6,884
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
919
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
48
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315
Trade:
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Ratings: 919 |  Reviews: 168
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

Photo of Rengersc
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Csjacko
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidD3
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first sour beer I've ever had, and it's delicious. It packs a punch on the first sip (at least for those that may not be exposed to such a beer), but after that it's smooth sailing.

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Photo of SoccerSeuss
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Poured a hazy gold with slight white head. Hints of fruit and funk on the nose. Taste followed the aroma, tart up front with a fruity almost wine semi-dry finish. An enjoyable sipper that masks the high APV well

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Photo of kitch
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle, bottled on 1st July 2015… wow, pulled from the cellar just over 3 years old. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy light copper colour with a less than half finger white head that disappeared almost immediately while leaving behind some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Tart, grape, prunes, plum, apple and lemon with maybe some light funk.

Taste: Sour, tart, grape, prunes, lemon and apple cider.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, but there didn’t seem to be much complexity to it. Not getting much funk or wood. It was just straight sour and fruit. I was very surprised that it was 9.5% ABV though, as it did not feel anywhere near that at all.

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Photo of twage04
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light yellow with low-medium carbonation, very little head. Aroma is a sour/cidery thing with a hint of funk. Taste is much the same and the funk seems to increase as it warms up. A sipper with a lot of depth for a mass produced beer I got at trader joe's for 2.50. Overall a fun journey!

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Photo of ferrisskull
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

medium head of light color. golden in appearance. taste...a true sour with a tart after tart. one of the best sour i've experanced

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Photo of Griphon
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Greybrew
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pohr10
2.89/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fear4Beer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I haven't tried many sours but this is by far my favorite.

There is a distinct flavor in this beer that is so apparent and easy to point out and that's white grapes. I used to have a several grape vines at my home when I was younger. White grapes can be VERY sour when they aren't ripe. This is this beer in a nutshell. It is sour white grapes. Tastes just like a white wine but more sour. That's the most accurate way someone will describe this beer to you.

I'm enjoying this quite a bit especially after having so many disgusting sour beers.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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08/27/18

bottle to snifter.

Actually quite enjoyable. I may be warming up to the sour idea. If I have heartburn issues tonight, I will erase this commentary.

pale yellow color, small white head.

AROMA: mold, lemon
TASTE: sour pear, sour apple, hint of peach. There is a light rice flavor in the malt. Pretty Tasty.
FEEL: very light, thin, light carbonation

Very sipp-able and enjoyable. Peripherals are poor, but I would drink this again.
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Photo of depechemode1983
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out clear golden. The head is white with great retention. There is some uneven lacing around the glass. I like the color. It almost seems to glow.

The nose carries tart white grapes, sour lemon, and some funk. Very white wine like.

Very much like chardonnay. Tart white grapes up front but this time around they sweeten out. The funk is still there and shines through in the finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden as well at 9.5 abv.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. I would say since its very much like a chardonnay it reminds me of a white wine spritzer.

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Photo of BeanBump
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An odd but good beer. Its equally malty and sour but surprisingly thin in the mouth. It took me a few sips to start to appreciate it. Its definitely unique and packs a punch at 9.5%. It's surprisingly affordable; I scored a 6-pack for $10. If you have the chance, give it a try!

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Sour Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 919 ratings