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CynicAle - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,232 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 230
Gots: 118 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tavernjef on 06-02-2006)
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Reviews by Erdinger2003:
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great, pours a big head and there's some lacing. Color is golden. Smell is just you would think a saison would taste like with the farmhouse smells, but then there's also floral aroma hops that make a big hop character. Funky farmhouse with huge hop floral notes that remind me of perfume, then leaves a bitterness on my tongue my lasts a while. Yeah, the hops are very perfumatic with their almost grassy fruity flavors. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, very good medium-full bodied beer. Overall I like it, but something in the hop character makes it a once in a while beer instead of a "drink many of them" beer. I think I just have to get used to grassier hops...especially since it's paired with a Belgian beer profile, I haven't had many of the grassy hop profile beers. Just read Surly's website and they imported some new hops for fruity character, so that's the perfume hops I must be smelling.

Erdinger2003, Feb 28, 2008
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

tectactoe, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

OhioBobcat, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

MadScientist, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to JDV and pintsized for sharing

A-Orange, amber tinge, slightly hazy
S-Citrus hop upfron with underlying eaethy yeast
T-Drying in mouth with grassy hay feel to go on top of hop taste and bitterness. Earthy flavor underneath with grain malt.
M-Pretty smooth feel with decent carbonation
D-Probably wouldn't reach for another-maybe not my favorite style. Enjoyed the beer mostly because of the added hop flavor.

hopsleeroy, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of blackearth
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with a thick white head that reduces to a thin foam cap with good lacing in the glass. Aroma is floral and estery yeast. Light bodied with subtle carbonation medium sweetness and a slightly sour and bitter finish. Excellent drinkability.

blackearth, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love these 16oz cans! Pours into my glass a slightly hazy yellow orange with a creamy, bubbly inch of white head on top, makes me think of summer. Aromas start with crisp, light malts amidst bright fruity citric and floral tones. There's a snappy Belgian yeast that brings pepper and clove spiciness into the mix. A touch of honey with earth tones that leads into an afterthought of hops.

First sip brings a crisp malt upfront that carries a marriage of fruit and floral flavors upfront. Notes of citrus are predominant. Earthy Belgian yeast character rolls in bringing notes of pepper, clove and spice. The oats lend a good creamy aspect as the brew flows down with a quick hit of bitter hops on the back of the palate. Finishes with a mellow honey sweetness. Everything seems to be in harmony here - this is a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth and refreshing with a solid medium body and touch of creaminess. An incredibly easy drinking brew with a great overall flavor profile. I could see myself going through a 4 pack of this in no time flat! This ranks up there as one of my favorite Surly brews I have yet to sample. A fine example of a Saison.

orbitalr0x, Jan 09, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

supa0525, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of ROBORB
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can thanks to DBhog, thanks man!, poured into a normal pint glass. This beer has a murky yellow color. There was a very thin head that disappeared quickly. The aroma smells of pine, fruits and hops. I found the beer to have a nice spicy taste and a bitter finish. It was very well balanced and I would love to seek it out again. Not a bad seasonal beer.

ROBORB, Mar 24, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

danthehopslamman, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

NWer, Apr 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

SD-Alefan, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DaftPatrick, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

csmartin6, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/14/11 consumed 8/13/11

A - Pours clear straw color with two fingers of white head. Head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Pepper and Belgian yeast come through first, followed by a bit of lemon and honey. Very nice.

T - Bright spice notes up front. A bit of funk followed by lemon and honey in the middle. There is more honey presence in the taste than the smell, but the taste is definitely not too sweet, just a faint sweetness that is very complimentary to the other flavors. A nice citrus taste near the finish, which is pretty clean.

M - medium mouthfeel with a mostly dry finish. Pretty creamy throughout.

O - Overall this is my favorite of the Surly year-round lineup. Great flavor profile and creamy mouthfeel. I'll get this whenever I can.

warnerry, Aug 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

cschepers, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Billolick, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of badbeer
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty nice golden color with a pillowy white head; good retention and lace. There is some clove and other spice in the aroma, some earthy hops, and maybe a hint of bubble gum. Taste starts out much like the smell, but there's maybe a little more bubble gum in the middle; has an earthy finish. Nice medium body, carbonation is about medium. Sits on the tongue pretty nice and doesn't get cloying. I think I like this a touch less than my ratings will show, but it is another well made beer from the guys at Surly.

badbeer, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a white head. The aroma is bananas and cloves, not what I was expecting but still nice. The flavor is bananas with some spices and maybe the slightest bit of funk. There are some other flavors in there, possibly orange and bubble gum. Medium mouthfeel. This is much more like a hefeweizen or dunkel weizen, but still a very good beer.

Mora2000, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +0.3%

ryancl, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Snifter.

Appearance: Mostly clear sunset gold, slight head and lacing.

Smell: Cloves, pepper, banana - very dry smelling.

Taste: Slightly sweet banana, fleshy fruit and cloves upfront and turns more spicy and peppery on the finish. Fairly light overall.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, slightly dry finish but not nearly as dry as other Saisons.

Drinkability: Great thirst quenching summer brew with an ABV (almost 7%) that will sneak up on you.

bsp77, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of strangebrew52
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden color with about a fingers worth of white head that disappears quickly.
S: Cloves, bread, yeast, and a little fruity.
T: Belgian yeast flavor stands out, slightly sweet honey taste and a nice peach flavor
M: Relatively light bodied, well carbonated, goes down smooth
D: A good summer session beer.

strangebrew52, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of deebo
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden orange/amber with slight haze. No head.

S-Wheat aroma is strongest, hints of sweet yeast.

T-Sweet and yeasty initially, slight ester fruitiness is next with plenty of hops to finish it off. Extremely well done.

M-Very smooth, especially considering this is almost 7%.

D-Nice. I think I'll have another!

For those of you that like to play around with blending beers-try blending Cynic with Bender-it's awesome.

deebo, Apr 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

mrw1zard, Jul 17, 2013
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CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.