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:
#6,845
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
916
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
314
Trade:
5
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Photo of goblue3509
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottK22
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

It takes a good bit to surprise me in my role as founder of The CANQuest (tm), but this one is kind of twofold. Vctory B.C.'s co-founder, Bill Covaleski, told me in ~ 2006 that Victory beers would go into CANs at the same time that Hell freezes over. Fortunately, I took him at his word, signed a long-term contract to supply Hades with foul weather gear & now, I am a VERY rich man. The other big Q when craft beer CANning really started to take off was in regard to Tart/Sour & CAN-conditioned beers with added yeast. Clearly, if Victory is CANning a Sour Beer, we have answered that Q!

From the CAN: "Sour, Brettanomyces Tripel"; "Taste Victory Responsibly * Please Recycle"; "This Sour, Brettanomyces-fermented Tripel puts a tastefully tart twist on Golden Monkey's sweet, fruity essence with its sharp, citrus-laden tang."; "Brewmasters' Approval[: undersigned] Bill [&] Ron".

The Monkey inside fought me on the Crack!, but one I got the upper hand & forced him open, he got really Sour. I decided to fix his little red monkey wagon with an inverted Glug. This generated two-plus fingers of foamy, fizzy, rocky, bone-white head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was a very pretty Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, but the nose caused The Gelt Gang to decline. Nose was more tart than sour, kind of lemony, but with a light funkiness, causing my lips to lightly purse. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, not precisely watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste had the sharp sourness of aged cheese, lemons and the barnyard funk that others have tried to describe in the past. Phew! Not my bag, but I am to rate to style, not to personal taste. This was more intense than I expected, but Victory was never shy about pushing boundaries. I could feel it in the hinges of my jaw as my ears began to ring. That's sour! Finish was bone-dry and I was glad that I had water near-to-hand. It left me with a cheesy, lemony taste that was not bad, but one was it for me. YMMV.

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Photo of japa2434
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This groovy sour will place you firmly in your chair without really feeling the high abv. A delicious, puckery sour to start the evening right.

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Photo of rdub
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into an oversized wine glass to a deep gold topped by a finger of dense off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of apples and orchard fruits with a hint of sweetness
T: Taste is surprisingly sour on entry with a lot of apple and orchard fruits along with a little honey like sweetness. The finish on this beer is some lingering sourness, apples, orchard fruits, and some residual honey sweetness.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body with a slightly slick feel. Carbonation is effervescent but not prickly while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. Lots of fruity esters and a solid backbone of sourness to keep the sweetness in check. Definitely an interesting drink that is fairly unique. It's worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of alexPKeaton
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Stella Chalice.
L: yellow fizzy beer
S: sugar and rose
T: sour apple into guava and citrus, and then the Brett. A bit sweeter than Lagunitas' Eroica, and fuller mouthfeel too. All round good sour with a touch of funk and some strange fruit.
O: At $13/6 not sure I'd buy again as I prefer a tad dryer. Would definitely order if I found it in the wild with some fish and chips.

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Photo of Dillinger
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Jwale73
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can served in a tulip. Canned on 26 April 2018 printed on the base. Pours a hazy, straw gold with a loose, quarter inch, bright white head. Nose expresses tart fruit and a hint of sea salt. Taste consistent with nose - somewhat reminiscent of a sour jolly rancher (thinking tart green apple, cherry and/or watermelon). Mouthfeel is light in body with an assertive carbonation and a mild acidity that stimulates the back of the tongue. Overall, a decent sour for the price point. Abv is dangerously well-hidden. I don't get any of the Brett on this one.

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

Photo of buschbeer
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a sour glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color. It is topped with less than an inch of off white head that leaves very little lacing.

The smell is tart and fruity and spicy. I swear I can smell the original tripel base.

It taste just like it smells. I get tart pear with green apple carrying into the finish.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a fine example of a soured beer. I like the fact that I can try the base and see how the souring has affected it.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mariellemartin
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DangerDawg
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Photo of Saucy813
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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