Sour Monkey
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Ranked #49
Ranked #10,955
4 | pDev: 10.75%
Wednesday at 05:05 AM
Feb 26, 2015
Very Good
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Notes: HOPS: Tettnang
MALTS: Pilsner

Fruity notes from imported Belgian yeast swirl through a precise souring. Pucker up to a bite of citrus laden tang ending with a delectable experience.
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Reviewed by Tree_powers from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look is a pale and hazy with a white head. Smells fruity with a little spice and citrus.
On the pallet though it is a sour bomb. Not heavy like sour candy but sour is most of the Pallet with some citrus spice when searching for it.
Wednesday at 05:05 AM
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Reviewed by NorsemanOne from Utah

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Best by 2.7.25

Poured at fridge temp into a tulip glass

Pours a slightly hazy/cloudy dull gold and accompanying sheen, with a fair sandy colored head that settled fairly quickly. Some tracing lace and a tight ring left behind. 4.25

Puckering tart candy apple like aroma, with a touch of sweet spice - cinnamon sugar? Its very nice. 4.25

Flavor follows aroma on the sour candy fruitiness, tart green apple on the finish, spice is very faint and almost lost. 4

Enamel-stripping acidic, and medium-high carbo. 3.5

Overall a very enjoyable if not occasional treat, only because it is SO acidic. Aroma was very pleasant. I was a bit disappointed because I felt like I missed the yeastiness, which is a favorite mark of mine on Belgians. 4
May 21, 2023
Rated: 4.08 by DrStiffington from New Jersey

May 20, 2023
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Reviewed by dditto2 from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Oh yeah this hit the spot tonight. Nice sour fruity taste. Light and refreshing feel. Let me tell u from my current state that it gives you a buzz. This might be my worst beer review but it's good and goes down super smooth.
May 14, 2023
Rated: 2.43 by coolforcats from Vermont

May 12, 2023
Rated: 3.7 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

May 08, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by JHeard79 from North Carolina

Apr 14, 2023
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
From a 19.2oz stovepipe can, best by 11/15/24 - so there’s a broad target, eh? Served in a spiegelau tulip.

Pours a barely hazed sunshiney honey-gold with a finger of soft, fizzy suds. The head holds up for a few seconds before collapsing down into a narrow margin and a barely rousable, slippery film of lacing. It is a pretty colour!

Nose is faint, floral. Aromas of sour apple candy, caramel and carnations. Not much, really; having to work at it.

Taste is tart, spicy, resinous. Tasting candy apple, spicy grass, lime juice, lemon peel. Sour patch kids. What I do not taste is the alleged abv.

Feel is smooth, full bodied with fine, zesty carbonation. Again, no trace of booziness.

Easy drinking, tangy and refreshing - all well and good until you remember that it’s 9.5% abv, try to get up off the papa-san and fall on your ass. At some point I really have to stop insisting that I don’t like sour beer.
Apr 03, 2023
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Reviewed by Not_A_Cistercian

1.09/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Had this out of a can. One sip and it immediately hit me: this tastes like puke. Acidic, putrid smelling vomit. Ive never had a bad beer, until this. I cant believe others havent noted the same; was there a fluke in this batch? My two companions agreed: vomit 100%. We called it the barf beer. Left it on the bar. Absolute yuck!
Mar 26, 2023
Rated: 3.63 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Feb 23, 2023
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Rated by Nass from Florida

3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
The pour is bright yellow colored. The taste is tart, sour, lime, & slight orange. Cheers! B
Feb 13, 2023
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Rated by JordanDrinker

5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Never had a sour beer before. Loved it!
Feb 06, 2023
Rated: 3.86 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Feb 04, 2023
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The only thing I can say I appreciated with this beer is the uniqueness, and there it ends. Odd murky gold appearance, weird assorted candy nose, and fruity drink mix flavors with a puckering sour profile. Mouthfeel was full with balanced carbonation.
Jan 08, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by SeymourDunn from Wisconsin

Jan 01, 2023
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Reviewed by tyden46

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I really liked this one. Sour but not particularly fruity, other than maybe lime. A little dry and cider-y. Overall really yummy, especially if paired with something that goes well with something tart.
Dec 17, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by Eman17 from Illinois

Nov 26, 2022
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Reviewed by walser from New York

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Really good. Kind of wakes you up out of beer slumber. Not an everyday beer but a great Belgian style tripel made with an American accent. Cidery, tart with a malt backbone and very clean finish. Awesome beer, completely hides its high abv which is what the best tripels should do. Victory makes great beer.
Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by nickb2000 from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Nucleated Tulip
Look: Poured a clear yellow. Pouring a 1 finger head which dissipated into a thin cap
Smell: Trad citric sour smell. Fruity, zesty, light tinge of malt
Taste: very tart, lime juice, hint of hops, strong alcohol presence. Finish is clear, with not of citrus
Feel: Light body, moderate carbonation and crisp finish
Overall: Its alright, taste good but the strong alcohol presence ruins it
Nov 11, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

2.82/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3
Given to me as a 12oz can from a friend of mine. Poured into a tulip glass.

L - Hazy gold, with a one-finger pale white head. Laces well.
S - Mineral & citron. Generic "sour" note. Wheat.
T - Follows nose. Heavier on the citron & pear peel. Cracker. Well-balanced. Tart wheat finish.
F - Medium-bodied, with lots of carbonation. Warming. Easy-to-drink. Pretty refreshing, actually.
O - An underwhelming a tripel as it is a sour. Sort of like if you watered down Delirium Tremens, took out half the complexity, and added lambic yeast. Not great, but not too bad. Just sort of wish there was more to it. The ABV is damn near undetectable, so I'll give it that. Probably won't get this one again, but I won't turn one down if handed to me.
Nov 05, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Nov 04, 2022
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Reviewed by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Reminds me of LaFolie by New Belgium, only mor carbonated. This is a good sour, with with a bit of a dry sweetness, if that makes sense. Besides the obvious citrus, I taste yeast. This is going to be in my regular rotation.
Oct 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Legendary_Geko from Florida

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: Yellow, 2 finger head, nothing crazy

Smell: Smells like a normal sour. Smells sour with some lemon or lime

Taste: Sour at first but very sweet, this is the only sour that's actually good (in my opinion)

Feel: Weirdly heavy, lingers for a bit

Overall: Enjoyable, makes me want to try something else from this brewery.

EDIT: Came back to this beer to say i was wrong. This is phenomenal. I am thoroughly impressed. It is one of my go to beers now.
Oct 02, 2022
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

2.74/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
From the bottom of the can: "BEST BY JUL 15 24 PBG 22196 09:42 FL"

Appearance: The body is a medium shade of gold and is cloudy. There is a short white cap that quickly fades to a white ring and leaves no lacing.

Aroma: It has an odd sweaty aroma giving it a bit of an old laundry scent. At first I thought it was me but it wasn't. Not much else comes through on the beer. At least the aroma isn't very strong.

Flavor: It is tart up front with a bit of a berry flavor. There is a touch of cereal grain in the front which gets stronger as it crosses the palate. It tastes a bit like fruity pebbles at first, then a touch of alcohol kicks in as it rolls to the back of the palate. There is this light grain sweetness to the beer which is interesting. The aftertaste has some alcohol and a bit of a sour pineapple character.

Mouthfeel: It is tart and semi-dry on the finish. It has a somewhat odd bitterness to the beer which is kind-of like if you bite into the core of an apple but otherwise it's fine.

Overall: The flavor of the beer was pretty good and it had this fruity pebbles cereal character which was interesting. The aroma was off-putting though, and it never went away even when drinking the beer. It made it a bit hard to enjoy the flavor when the odd sweaty aroma was overpowering everything. I probably wouldn't buy it again because of the aroma but for some people it might not bother them as much. It wouldn't be something I would recommend unless I wanted to see a person's reaction to the aroma.
Sep 13, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Sep 11, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by BeerLover99 from Illinois

Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Jul 25, 2022
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can from Bottle Stop.

A clear light orange with a dense white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is pure base tripel with apple, pear esters, phenols and a mild acidity and clove funk that complements the base tripel. Mild honey and fruit.
Jul 17, 2022
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Rated by mschrei from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Drinking a seven year old bottle but very tasty. Still sour. Fruity. Tasty.
Jul 15, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by Beecham from California

Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 2.92 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Jun 28, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Jun 20, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Clear gold appearance with a small white head and not much lacing. Yeasty, tart aroma with a substantial citrus footprint. Pungent taste; sour but not off-putting. Citrus still a factor. Despite the high abv, the alcohol taste is obscured. A nice offering if you like sour/tart beers.
Jun 14, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by Burgy from Minnesota

Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can

pours lighter golden, clear, white head. Tart citrus but kinda one-note, a little boring. overall I thought the Berry Monkey was better.
May 29, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by DavyDnIndy from Indiana

May 26, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by Cfitty from New York

May 06, 2022
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