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Twisted Monkey | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of drtth
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The lightly hazy pale yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” off white head that visibly recedes to become a thin irregular island of foam and a small ring around the glass while leaving behind no foam or lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a few scattered patches of foam on the sides of the glass. By mid-way through the beer there’s only a partial ring and sipping creates tiny speckles of foam on the sides.

The aromas include some mango as well as some light yeasty character some malt, with some light banana and clove in the background

The moderately complex flavors are much as expected from the nose with a good bit of malt and mango sweetness blending with the yeast, a bit of banana and a bit of clove. Early on there’s also a light bit of tartness but there’s no real hop bitterness showing.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly prickly from the light carbonation that persists for most of the beer. The finish begins as the fruit and spice flavors begin to fade. About midway through the medium length finish there’s still some lightly spicy and fruity sweetness that eventually disappears into a bit of dryness.

On the whole a reasonably drinkable beer which is worth trying at least once. I think however that I’d have enjoyed it more if there were more mango showing, less sweetness and at least a bit of dry bitterness in ending.

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Photo of jmcki13
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass. Light gold with a thin white head. Smells sweet and fruity with a little spice. Taste is overwhelmingly, sickly sweet citrus to me that persists, masking any other flavors. Mouth feel is thick and syrupy with medium carbonation. Overall I was a bit disappointed. Golden Monkey is one of my favorite medium/high abv beers and this just felt like Golden Monkey that’s been heavily diluted with mango syrup.

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Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC; $2.29) with a 22 July 2019 BB date stamp on the label.
Pours slightly hazy, pale golden with a short, weak white head that leaves little lacing.
Aroma: lemony and spicy, with some mango and a faint but unfortunate hint of rubber.
Flavor: follows the aroma. Sweet for style.
Feel: medium-light body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of hman43
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours light gold and clear. It has a white head and medium head retention.

Smell: It has some spicy orange like and spice characteristics in the aroma. It also has a very light perfume character with some grainy sweet character.

Taste: It has a sweet character throughout the tasting. There are some orange flavors with some light spice. It has moderate grainy sweetness with some sugary flavors on the palate.

Feel: It has medium high carbonation with a somewhat creamy texture.

Overall, it is a bit sweet with some orange and spices.

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Photo of teromous
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label states: "ENJOY BY 20 JUL 2019 0939 P"

Appearance: It is a golden colored beer with a medium amount of haze giving it a cloudy opalescence. There are no visible solids. The head never really forms and it only ever has a short white ring around the glass.

Aroma: There is an aroma of cereal grains with a slightly herbal undertone. It contains some Belgian yeast character along the lines of bubblegum, cherry, spearmint, and dusty books.

Taste: Up front there is a slight tartness to the beer at first, with a bit of a lemon and lime flavor. Towards the middle it takes on a sweet grain flavor with a hint of what tastes like wheat. It finishes with a bit of mellow banana character. The label states that this is a "BELGIAN-STYLE BLONDE ALE WITH MANGO" but it's hard to really make the mango character out. It could exist a bit in the tartness and the initial fruit character but it isn't discernible. Still, the flavor of the beer is nice and it works well.

Mouthfeel: The beer starts off light with a slight pucker of tartness, then it thickens towards the middle of the palate and mellows out with a touch of sweetness. The beer does a good job of managing both of these characters independently. The beer has a nice texture to it with just a light bit of alcohol warmth. The only downside to the mouthfeel is that the carbonation feels a bit too low.

Overall: The beer had some nice fruity qualities to it, specifically this lemon and lime taste which pushed forward with the tartness and drove the beer into the more sweeter midsection. Unfortunately it really didn't taste like mangos so I wouldn't heartily recommend it to people who love mango beers. It was still a tasty beer and I would drink it again from time to time. I purchased a bottle but seeing that there is a can I would like to review it again in a can to see if more of the mango flavor is preserved.

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Photo of wac9
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very good

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Photo of MDDMD
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque golden honey color with quickly receding head- no lacing to speak of. Smell is very muted, sort of an earthy smell-Tastes somewhat funky from the Belgian yeast and this is supposed to be a Mango infused beer (I don't smell mango, and barely taste it) Feels well carbonated, finishes almost dry- Overall a quaffable brew- Not my style though. Days later... after drinking some sour beer I could taste the mango definitely, also it (not surprisingly) tastes almost too sweet-

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Photo of Keene
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grodd87
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Accomplice IPA glass

L: Clear light golden pour with 1 finger of fizzy white head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Fruit and yeast... strong mango.

T/F: Sweets and mango... very fruit forward... not enough balance/Belgian character to go with it. Easy drinking... highly forgettable. Light bodied... well carbonated.

O: Mango soda. Very drinkable but nothing to really recommend it. Victory can do way better.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vik007
4.46/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great easy drinking beer. Not overly mango flavor but yet has a great back bone mango flavor with all we love about monkey family.

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Twisted Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 16 ratings