Beer Profile: Victory Sour Monkey

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Profiled by Maria Devan

Looks like a tripel. Sweet golden color. Creamy white head Slight chill haze.

Smells like a tripel. Soft sweetness of the pils malt. Fruity middle wafting out to the top of the nose without any fanfare from the tettnang. They simply look on and give out pepper and floral as a greeting. Spice as your bring your head down to drink.

Taste is a gentle sour on all that nose. Citrusy fruit mingling with soft breaddy malt. A sparkling touch of acidity to enliven the palate before a crisp finish. Tettnang is known for it’s clean bitterness and in this beer it only shows you as much as it needs to to finish the beer and let that malt come to the finish breaddy and dry while they wait for all that long finish earthy and herbal . A warming from alcohol so slight, so pleasant a touch of sweetness from the alcohol . The finish is where you finally get a sense of the body of the beer. Medium, creamy, and carbonated to a bubbly perfection.

It’s amazing at 9.5%. Drinks like a sour tripel.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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mdMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is a great beer writer. That’s Maria in the middle. She lives on a hill, but has to walk down and up it because she has yet to buy a jet pack.