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:
#7,307
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
945
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
322
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 945 |  Reviews: 174
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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Photo of Shade1951
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This has been my "go-to" beer for the entire summer. It is spectacularly refreshing, and the more I drink it, the more I like it. I was initially very skeptical of sour beers. I couldn't imagine how they could be any good. But enough people seemed to vouch for them that I figured I'd give one a try. Sour Monkey was the first of several that I've had over the past 6 months, and it remains one of my favorites among ALL beers.

Poured into a glass, it's not much to look at. It looks like, you know, beer, but with almost no head. It does leave lacing, for those who care. (I don't.) If that's a flaw, it's the only one.

The smell is tart, and in a good way. The taste is outstanding. Sour like a good white wine. I don't know if the flavor is "balanced," and I don't care. It's just good, and it goes down so well on a hot summer's day. Even with the high ABV, which is off-putting to some people, but which I also like.

Carbonation is fairly high, enough to tickle the throat and add to the summery refreshing experience.

I've probably had dozens of bottles of the stuff since March. I pick some up almost every time I see it.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mortarforker
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Speartron
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy yellow with light white head. Smells of sour green apple and almost sweet. Taste is very tart, tasting strong of citrus and tropical fruits. Occasional hint of spice, perhaps corriander. The burn and taste lingers temporarily, but short enough you want to go back for more. Very light, almost watery, but this works well with the beer. Excellent sour and tastes nothing like Golden Monkey though.
6pk 12oz bottles for $9.99. Excellent for the money. Highly recommend

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Photo of Beaver13
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, canned 3/3/18. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a fizzy white head that goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is earthy malt and some tart green apple.

The flavor is sweet wheat malt with big tart and sour apple. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, an interesting sour - very different from Golden Monkey.

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Photo of ZacharyMoell
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A near perfect sour

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Photo of Branlott42
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryant1985
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dacrza1
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: July 10, 2018... OCCASION: the final Downton Abbey has begun, and we are prepared for the best AND worst.... GLASSWARE: Chimay chalice... the introduction is an effervescent flame uprising at its center, striking upward through its translucent gold, while it creates a head of off-white smears that form an egg-shaped island... fruity melon and boozy esters swirl with honey, rye bread, spiciness, lager-like hops that embolden and spike of strong flowers--a somewhat magical elixir in its aroma... in many ways, it's the old Monkey with tart implications... a champagne-like mouthfeel, bubbly, tart, taut, sharp and dry at the throat... this makes for a great toasting beer, balanced and without the effect of its powerful 9.5% punch... this sour revels in its lemon, white grape, pepper, pine, and sharp cheeses... this is quite a strong variation of the original, one I would look forward to having again in the future, with its sweetness and tartness making for a unified, enjoyable ale...

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Photo of cafequaid
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fatty_Mccracken
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nkloos
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the perfect sour. Not too light, not too sour. Great balance of flavors to the point where you can easily knock back a six pack. And at 9.5%, this beer is simply amazing.

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Photo of tigers1901
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MattSkidmore
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neliam24
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbehlar
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Sour Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 945 ratings