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:
#3,537
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
800
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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43
Gots:
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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Klub98
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart and Refreshing just the way i like em

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy with a goldenstraw hue; spots of lace all over the glass, with a curtain clinging just above the foam line

Smell: Crab apple funk and white wine vinegar

Taste: Acetic as all get out, with crab apple tones building, through the middle; the honeyed aspect of a tripel shows up, after the swallow; but are clobbered by the vinegar, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This one is a cellar dweller for me; tossing wild yeast into a tripel creates chaos on the palate

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Photo of Rifugium
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Tart but not too sour, this beer lacks the complexity of other sours. It's fine, you can pick up the sour apple flavor and smell - but it's not particularly a strong sour. The head doesn't last although the aroma is good.

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Photo of sashmont
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickS95
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boto
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle: This one pours a hazy golden color. Almost no head as it dissipates right after pouring. Good nose. Tart and sour apples, some funkiness, spices. The taste is good. Sour apples, wheat, some spice and some sourness. Good!

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Photo of SociableJimmy
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of G_Shoe
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viaduck
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber body with a thin head that doesn’t last long. Interesting & gard to describe aroma: earthy, hibiscus, citrus & candy. Same applies to the flavor with the addition of peach, pepper & the malty finish. Tart, not to sour, slightly salty. The first sip surprised me, not what I expected, sour & malty. But after it lost its chill, I warmed up to it. Thin, tongue tingling & surprisingly strong. Odd, interesting & delicious.

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Photo of Holderness
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a pale straw body with a two-finger white head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention and a little lacing
S -- Wheat, barnyard funk, sour apple, cranberry, and dank must. Mild
T -- Tart, but not overpoweringly so. Sour apple, wheat, bready malts, Belgian yeast, and a touch of raspberry
F -- Moderately fluffy. Medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Very drinkable for the ABV
O -- Very distinct from Golden Monkey

79/100

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed gold swirling with dusty particulates. Abundant effervescence streams from the bottom of the glass. The pour produces slightly more than a finger of weak, finely bubbled, short-lived off-white head which recedes to weak island cap & collar ring leaving little lacing. Aroma is acidic/lactic, bread, green apple, stone fruit, lemon wrapped around a hint of Brett funk. Taste is moderately Sweet Tart sour & mildly citric, thin pilsner malt, pomegranate & stone fruit with a reserved note of Brett. As mentioned before a number of the wild ale style beers I have tried have a Gose-like brine developing in the finish & riding over into the aftertaste. Ditto on this one. I don't believe salt is an ingredient in this brew but a brine hint or something like it is there. Throughout the first half of the sip there is a loose balance of sweet & sour with sour rapidly increasing finish & climaxing in the acidic, drying aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, dry but wet, tongue clinging, prickly & lightly drawing in the aftertaste. A good and highly drinkable example but it lacks complexity for a Brettanomyces brew.

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

Photo of Dcsmith126
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has a nice color and didn’t seem overly carbonated when poured. Smells almost fruity. Definitely very tart but it’s pleasant. Enjoyed the beer and worth the purchase

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Photo of entenduintransit
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MacStinson
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ltdsaint
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brotherbill96
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LUE_Shane
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DrewTheBrew
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Sour Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 800 ratings
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