This was my first ever sour ale. It’s not bad, but really doesn’t taste like beer. The flavor is closer to that of a wine. It reminded me of one of my favorite rieslings. It is entirely possible that I’ve ruined myself for sours after all the bitter IPAs and Double IPAs I’ve had over the last few years.
While Sour Monkey is never going to be a favorite for me, I’m glad I’ve finally got around to trying a sour. I wouldn’t hesitate to try another.
03/30/2019 Update: I had my second Sour Monkey this weekend. This will sound gross, but the flavor reminded me of vomit. I’m not sure why I didn’t notice this with the first bottle.
I did some research, and apparently butyric acid is responsible for that vomit taste. If the beer is allowed to continue to ferment the vomit flavor will actually transition into something resembling the flavor of pineapple. However, it seems like Sour Monkey was bottled too soon – locking in puke taste. Gross.
At this point, I’m probably going to have to throw the remaining bottles away. I hate to waste a product that I paid for, but I just don’t think I can stomach another Sour Monkey. The review score will be adjusted accordingly from 6.5 to 1.