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:
#6,834
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
916
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
314
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 916 |  Reviews: 166
Photo of bundy462
2/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of chrisroarshack
2/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of RaginBowener
2.35/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of harryhops
2.36/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Yargamo
2.56/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sorry, but this one note sour did not do a thing for me. The Tripel was lost completely, there was no discernible funk from the Brett dosing, and basically lacked character. Some might argue that for the price it's a deal, but I disagree. I love Victory but this is simply a dull beer and a real chore to finish off the bottle

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Photo of Bombas
2.57/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Way, way, way too much alcohol !!! Over-Filtered!! Tin taste, flat head and thin feel. Seems like a Macro mass production approach versus a Micro craft approach for a sour. Out here in Colorado we are blessed with several great sour Brewers using various techniques and methods, such as, aged barrel and kettle forms. This PA beer seems to getting high grades because of the lack of local NE competing sours.

Maybe this brewery played it "too safe," was not familiar with the bacteria and process, and was afraid of the air released bacteria risk, and potentially getting a hazmat crew onsite, , SO, , , they went BIG on the alcohol. If that is the case, then don't mess with Brett.

The 9.5% alcohol is WAY too much and harsh and over powers the palate taste and the back of your mouth and throat. Sure, this beer has a nice, clean, sour finish, but you won't be drinking several of these beers on a hot Summer day, unless you want a headache.

Over filtered! If you are looking for traditional Brett funk, forget it! Save your money. This is an Anti-Session sour beer. If you are looking primarily for just an expensive buzz, then buy this beer. I also noticed this beer ONLY gets a 56 Grade on the "other" notable "rate beer" grading Website. That's about right, a 56 Style rating (not mine, but the Beer Experts)! Cut the alcohol down to at least 7% and things will improve for this over-filtered product.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.6/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of spinspinupup
2.79/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

I picked this one up because i think the golden monkey is a pretty solid brew. nice artwork. looks ok, smells like a sour. the first taste was surprising. almost candylike sweet and sour. then the second sip i could block out the acidity mixing with the sour that just struck a chord with that sour acid taste of vomit. i dont give it super poor ratings becaise maybe its just stuck in my pallet now amd maybe its just not my thing. i guess if it was a no name brewery i would be harder on it.

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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 CTmantis
2.89/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of TSuthard
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
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 srletend
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: lack of carbonation, head, lacing
S: interesting, but not special
T: nice attempt at something different, but just an average sour and average tripel
M: decent body
O: maybe a good one for those new to sours, but disappointing otherwise

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Photo of PprBurke
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of anthony-s
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Th3bigdirty
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nothing special With this sour.

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Photo of RandalFlagg
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brew_ski
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of bendnorman
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DaveHack
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 LeftoverCrizack
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Sour Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 916 ratings