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%
 
 
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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply an awesome American sour.

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Photo of Coorsy
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CMundt4994
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 05/29/15. On tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Nice and fruity, light sour notes, but not a vinegar bomb or overbearing. Oranges, citrus, fruity malts, pineapples, brett. Medium body and moderate carbonation, not acedic or hard to drink.

Overall very good; worth checking out for a light and refreshing sour.

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Photo of kilo_005
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft in Philly - 10 oz pour into a small goblet.
A: N/A - I was in a very dark bar. I just gave it a 4, under the assumption that it looks like regular Golden Monkey!
S: Good aroma of various Belgian wild yeast. The smell is not particularly sour.
T: I think this beer is incredible as far as the taste. I have no problem giving it a 5/5 - there's several things amazing about it. First, there is an entirely as far as I know unique aspect to it: it starts with an extremely sour taste (as sour as any standard sour beer a la Petrus or something like that) but that taste immediately dissipates, and you get a wonderful Belgian triple-like flavor. I have never had a beer with that strong of a sour kick but little to no sour after taste - completely replaced instead by a Belgian beer taste. This is unique, and pleasurable. Secondly, the overall taste is amazing considering the high alcohol content - this is refreshing and delicious. You'd think it was a 4% beer. Thats also unique. These guys have really come up with something intriguing here.
M: Good - there's like a nice champagne-like carbonation, at least for me on draft - kind of like a Duvel or something like that. Very pleasant.
O: I'm not some huge Golden Monkey fan or booster or anything like that but I think this beer is unique (because of sour-to-triple shifting taste and the refreshing nature given the alcohol), and tasty. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Apearn87
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Taste like golden monkey sour!

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

On tap at The American Craft Beer Fest Yesterday.
Very fruity tart and funky. Nice American sour ale.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so delicious. Quite fruity. Not artificial though. Slightly earthy. Bitterness can be up front or back of pallet. barely any hops present. Booze is nearly undetectable. So drinkable its scary.

edited 7-4-17:
Had batch 2 on tap, and its very different than early bottles. Not really sour. Less hazy too.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TeddyDob
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of craigdb
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NateMac13
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lattydaddy07
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of n2pux
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on tap at Brewhouse Grille served chilled in a tulip.

The color is golden as the origninal with gentle haze and thin white head with fine bead. The smell is lightly fruity with a slight tropical and plum-like fragrance with lemony and pineapple scents with slight juicy quality and mild alcohol odor. The feel is great with tangy and sweet mix with slight acidity with moderate carbonation and light sweetness with semi-tart and dry finish.

The taste is semi-fruity with a cider-like entry and subtle tropical tangy fruit with mild lemony and lactic type taste with slight malt aspect in the middle with slight spice in the back with slightly dry and astringent puckering finish with some alcohol noticeable in the taste as it warms. This is very good as far as how strong it is a stealthy triple disguised as a sour beer. This does begin to show its strength later in the taste but it is so light and generally tangy/lactic and refreshing that I could probably handle a bomber myself if it weren't for the abv.

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Photo of RacerX5k
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

well. golden monkey was one of the first extreme beers I had so you know I had to try this. was it good? sure. would I get it again? at this flavor, abv level? for $9 bucks? no I wouldn't. there, how to improve a beer 101? lose the fucking annoying tough cork which caused a little spillage, go to regular bomber size 22 oz, make it $6 bucks and I'd buy it all day. I'm one of those crazies who actually prefers bombers, so many examples Lagunitas / Port and Victorys own Helios jump to mind.

The beer? Looks ok, smells real good husky malty Belgiany Golden Monkey no bubblegum that's good. Have I mentioned before? I hate Belgian beers. Taste? This is actually one of those beers that gets better as it warms. I enjoyed over the course of an hour early Saturday AM and this definitely got more complex, and depth of body and flavor as it warmed. Bitter tart fruits, mainly lemon, leaving a nice tart bitter aftertaste. I like lemon.

Overall? Weyerbacher Riserva will still be what I reach for when I want a sour. Helios when I want a bret, fruity Victory. Oh well. $9 bucks? could've got a Blasphemy and saved a dollar for? hmmm? what does a $1 buy anymore?

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Photo of Crab_gang
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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