Twisted Monkey
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #74
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #42,692
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 15.43%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
110
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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SCORE
83
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Twisted MonkeyTwisted Monkey
Notes: Born into a family of mystical monkeys, this light-hearted sibling brings a twisted spin to the bunch. Hearing about the flavorful excitement that the overgrown jungle had to offer, he set out to explore. It was a sensory overload, and he had to try it all. His favorite – the mango. Introducing hints of his favorite fruit to the same imported malts and Belgian yeast favored by the family, this magical ale results in big flavor refreshment that only the Monkey can deliver.
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Reef from South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint.

Slightly hazy gold with a half finger fine white head that quickly reduces to partial ring and small islands.
Clove Belgian yeast aroma, mango.
Mango, lemon, clove flavors.
Sweet, medium bodied, light carbonation.
The combination works for me. A good hot weather beer.

Jun 14, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale yellow with a 1/2 inch white head, which fades to a wisp. light lacing. Slight haze.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, mango, lemon, spice.

Taste follows nose: Belgian yeast, mango, lemon, spice. A bit tart.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Spicy, semisweet finish.

Pretty good!

May 03, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Put a couple of 12 oz. cans into a clear glass liter mug to observe. The liquid is a hazy light amber. Almost no head atop, nor glass lacing. Belgian yeast dominates the smell, in fact, it's the only smell. The mango does make a taste appearance as a nice compliment to the yeastiness. It makes the overall taste nicely complex, albeit sweeter. There's also a malty base helping out with the body. But, surviving the blast of Belgian yeast ends up being insurmountable for the other taste contributors.

Dec 14, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mango, little else. Taste is yeast, mango, somewhat sour, some spices are present. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Oct 14, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Hazy dull golden blonde.

S: It doesn't have much for an aroma.

T: Overpowering clove.

F: Sticky and flat.

O: I"m going to pour this one out...

Oct 04, 2020
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brodyonthecorner from Pennsylvania

2.27/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is just not a good beer. Taste is cloyingly sweet mango with typical clove, banana flavor. No carbonation and thick feel just reinforces how sickly sweet it is. Could barely finish the can

Sep 27, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight mango hints
The taste follows the nose with a juicy mango flavor
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent Blonde Ale

Sep 20, 2020
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Lampro from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was delicious! The aroma carried the tropical fruit odor of mango, while the flavor fulfilled this promise in a great balance between the estery-yeasts of Belgian ale and the sweet fruitiness of mango.

Aug 30, 2020
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Jaasoares from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous-looking hazy Belgian blonde ale. Yeasty and fruity on the nose. Initially tastes like a delicious juicy blonde Belgian ale but over time the sweetness overwhelms. The mango is not apparent but more conspicuous notes of clove. Overall a good beer for a warm day but the sweetness needs to be toned down a couple notches.

Aug 29, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An attractive hazy blonde (ale). Decent head production and OK retention. Body is a gold-struck lemon color.

Sweet and yeasty nose, with an emphasis on esters - surely complemented by the mango, which isn't strong enough to stand out as an additive. Floral, with lesser notes of clove.

Mango is much stronger on the palate, which is sweet and slightly thick, almost syrupy, but pretty tasty and refreshing. A bit too sweet and syrupy, as it borders on cloying. Very low bitterness.

There needs to be something to balance out the intensity of the mango sweetness: a dash of citrus, a dry hop, something. Still, it's pretty tasty, and while I won't revisit it, neither would I turn it down if offered. A good choice for Summer.

Aug 22, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Cloudy yellow. Two finger head that quickly dissipates to nothing. No lacing. … All of you who buy a beer based on how it looks can now leave the room.
Smell: Aroma of banana and clove. Beautiful Belgium example. Smells clean and fresh.
Taste: Sweet on the tip of the tongue, both sweet and bitter over the middle of the tongue and then mostly bitter on the back. Wow!
Flavor: Flavor follows the nose, banana and clove.
Feel: A bit of alcohol sting on the tip and on the back of the tongue (in a pleasant way) Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation to give it a clean dry finish.
Overall: The mouthfeel of this beer might be the best thing about it. The flavor is also amazing. Wonderful balance. Definitely NOT an also ran in the Belgian Tripel category.

Jul 28, 2020
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EricB68 from Pennsylvania

1.3/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Terrible. Brew. Too sweet. Sickening. Monkey Puke after eating too many bananas. I will usually buy Victory on faith. This is the first beer of theirs that I have hated. Hated. Hated.

Jul 07, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a hazy complexion. There’s a faint wisp of off white around a quarter of the rim. The aroma is dominated by mango. I’m tasting mango with a bit of sweet Belgian malt. The mouth is moderately acidic and crisp.

Apr 05, 2020
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Zylod from West Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Oh this was a bit of shocker. Usually, I enjoy Victory offerings but this is a mess. Mixed bag of sugary sweetness that comes out flat on top of it. If you want to try it buy a single first, I'm going to have to mix these in when the fridge is empty to get through it. Terrible stuff.

Feb 29, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A pale lemon-straw pour sits a bit darker in the vessel, a faint tangerine tint. Frothy, dirty white head is thick and clumpy atop, with a moderate rate of retention. Good show of bubbly crispness.

S: Sour mangoes, tart oranges with hints of watermelon. Slight funk, crisp grains, with some bublegum yeastiness. Average awareness.

T: Fruity funk of mangoes and slightly tart tropical oranges and bubblegum yeastiness as with the nose. Bright and fruity, crisp grains, kiwi-strawberry, and pineapple. Spicy hops, with hints of watermelon, tangerine and peach.

M: Very crisp and sharp carbonation. Clean and tingly, very slippery smooth and easy feel. Very nice feel with a spicy fruit lacing.

O: Very nice crisp and bright flavor with a easy and very like-able funk. Very drinkable, crisp and sharp and highly sessionable with a great Belgian yeastiness of bubblegum and fruit. A classic example that many may overlook. Glad to see the Belgian pale making a comeback. Victory nails the yeast factor here, the most important aspect per style by an outside brewery. Outstanding.

Feb 01, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden yellow color with a big billowy white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a tiny bit of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heavy of a nice mango smell mixed with some cracker aromas and a big showing of spice of coriander and clove. Along with these smells comes some notes of yeast and a touch of grass.
Taste – The taste is big and sweet of mango right from the start. Along with the big mango flavors comes notes of a biscuit malt flavor mixed with a rather strong showing of a candied sugar and some spice of a coriander and clove. As the taste moves forward there is more and more mango that hits the taste buds with some other light yeast and herb tastes joining as well. These tastes take the taste to the end and leave one with a nice sweet and smooth mango taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly higher. The feel is great for the mix of sweet mango and Belgium crisp malt and makes this a very approachable and refreshing brew.
Overall – This is a great tasty and sweet mango Belgium style pale ale. Rather well done!!!

Jan 18, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Stamped on can bottom is 'ENJOY BY: 24 DEC 2019'.
Opaque, pale gold colored body. Has a skiff of white hear upon pouring but soon disappears. No lacing.
Aroma of Belgian yeast and a vague fruit component.
Taste is Belgian yeast bubble gum and sweet tropical fruit. This is an odd combination.
Medium mouth feel. Has a dry touch.
Drinkable but not a combination that is expected.

Jan 02, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm 3.75 x the board, as this is a great morning beer for those so inclined on the holidays.
a) Yellow, translucent, sports thin head that laces.
s) Floral, fruitful, with estery yeast backdrop.
t) Adds more flowers, mango, honey, and cookie dough.
f) Thinner than full monkey, but aptly tingly, and bright.
o) Lighter and brighter, manages the sweetness well in the end. Morning beer. Eye Opener.

Dec 23, 2019
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, enjoy by 9/4/19. Pours slightly hazy yellow with a medium creamy white head that quickly goes to a light dusting that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is yeasty bready malt with coriander and some fruit.

The flavor is a lot of sweet syrupy tropical fruit with some coriander and some malt in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK fruity beer with a little bit of wit.

Oct 22, 2019
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Tantonys from Maine

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting and unique brew. Fruity, decent bitter. Takes a little while to get used to. I've never had mango in my ale before. I don't detect any coriander as I'd expect in a Belgium ale, but its not a wit beer. Anyway, I like it!

Sep 25, 2019
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superspak from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 12/24/2019. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy mangoes, fruit skin, melon, lemon, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of mangoes, fruity/spicy yeast, pale malts, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy mangoes, fruit skin, melon, lemon, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness; light herbal, floral, woody, grassy bitterness; and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lightly tart/tangy mangoes, fruit skin, melon, lemon, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, cracker, white bread, banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of mangoes, fruity/spicy yeast, pale malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic malt/bitter/spiciness and tart/tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness, tart/tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly acidic/tangy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.8%. Overall this is an excellent fruited Belgian blonde. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of mangoes, fruity/spicy yeast, pale malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink; with the mellowly bitter/spicy/tart/tangy/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome balance of juicy fruits, and Belgian yeast; with a great clean pils malt backbone, and solid earthy Tettnang hop presence. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example as expected.

Sep 05, 2019
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Cfitty from New York

1.85/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Big fan of the golden monkey and sour monkey so I thought this would be another great choice. Unfortunately this is too sweet and isn’t reminiscent of a beer whatsoever. There was no carbonation. It was more of a sweet tea than a beer. Couldn’t even finish the sixer.

Aug 30, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is unbearably sweet and cloying. It's as if they took the malt bill for Golden Monkey and just didn't bother to ferment half the sugars. There is some mango aroma/flavor but the heavy sweetness takes over completely. A relatively low level of carbonation doesn't help either.

Aug 23, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From golden to sour and now to tropical, the new twist that Victory Brewing Company puts on their "Monkey" series lightens its profile, strength and punch but elevates its fruitiness with a generous mango application to a Belgian styled blonde ale.

Hazy golden and glowing with a translucent gaze, the frothy Twisted Monkey kicks off with a spicy, citrusy perfume and those very bold tropical fruit impressions. Once on the tongue, a rich sweetness of cookie dough, fruit sugars and honey coats the tongue with unapologetic fashion.

As the ale rolls along the middle palate, its sweetness hold firm while the rich mango flavors add a tangy, sweet and succulent combination. Natural esters of apple, pear and white grape trend slightly winey while a peppery balance of white pepper, paradise seen and coriander. Lightly hopped, the beer trends sweeter and heavier into a late palate of a bready sangria.

Medium bodied but seemingly fuller, a vinous spice attempts to take an edge off of the fruit and malt but only to a slight degree. While most Belgian styled beers prize themselves in their dry drinkability and spice forward character, many Belgo-Americanized versions trend under attenuated and fruit heavy. This monkey certainly suffers such fate as it dearly misses its 9+ percent in alcohol.

Jul 22, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 11/24/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; small white head that quickly fades leaving decent retention and little lacing. The aromas have peach and mango upfront. Some banana and bubblegum. Yeasts and malts are there. The flavors are definitely on the sweeter side due to the mango. More peach along with some apricot. Subtle hints of banana. More bubblegum in the mix. Mild spice notes. Yeasts and malts do their thing. Finishes juicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's thick, syrupy and fluffy.

This is an alright brew. The sweetness hurts this one a little bit, but maybe that's just me. It's borderline cloyingly sweet. They deliver exactly what they advertise. The mango definitely comes through, which makes this one sweet. It starts off rough around the edges, but it becomes a little more balanced the more you get into it. It's not bad at all.

Jul 15, 2019
Twisted Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 110 ratings