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:
#3,917
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
861
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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45
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Ratings: 861 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of themayorkoch
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RMC501
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheRock7755
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsnouffer
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChrisG523
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Declanisadog
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of average_sketch
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass.
4/3.75/4.25/4.25/4.25
Light head, heavy lace, clear pale copper, effervescent.
Smells heavily acidic with topnotes of lemon peel and deeper notes of sweet malt grain and lactic bits.
Initially super tart, instantly mellowed by a surprising robust body and welcome sweetness. The endtaste is more spicy and complex, and the aftertaste has some residual sugar you might expect from a Belgian style tripel. An interesting interplay of traditional and new. I don't get much Brett on the flavor, more tart citric acid, spicy-fruity yeasty flavors, and a malty-heavy body.
It's more interesting than amazing, but it's certainly worth drinking at least once. Recommended!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden body, minimal head, and a thin white head. Sour nose, which lands on the tongue bright and full. The feel is full, a tart crisp treat. Tasty.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Light golden & a bit hazy. Thin white head that went to a film quickly and left very nice lacing.

S---Apple, lemon, a little funkiness going on.

T---Follows the nose. Apple & lemon. Tart, but not actually sour.

F---Tart. Leaves a little pucker. Mouthwatering from the tartness and lemon.

O---Very good, but I can't see any relationship between this and Golden Monkey, which I'm assuming it is supposed to be a cousin of. I'm biased towards Victory, but I will certainly seek this one out again.

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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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Sour Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 861 ratings