CynicAle - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by NoLiberty:
3.75/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to GrassrootsVT for this, another treat, from Surly.
It pours into my Saison Dupont glass with a thick, white, two-finger head that lasts throughout the drink at about 1/4 inch. High lacing and good retention. Color is a slightly cloudy orange to gold.
The smell is correct for a saison, but not quite at the right degree. Dominant aromas of honey and an herbaceous hop character. Subtler notes of barnyard, earthiness and further down a warming alcohol tone. Yes, this is a hoppier than normal saison but still considered "traditional." But there's a level of inviting aroma that's missing.
The flavor characteristics equally match the aroma, but again, the full flavor of a good saison is missing. Front leads with a active hops and carbonation, followed by a smoother floral and honey flavor and finishes with an empty dry and slightly bitter ending. The aftertaste is almost non existent.
The beer is light to medium bodied with a good crisp carbonation that reaches everywhere. Maybe a result of the canning?
I like where they were going with this but feel the execution is a bit lacking. It's not quite the full-flavored, exceptional beer that I've come to expect from Surly.
Serving type: can
10-10-2007 22:16:10 | More by NoLiberty
More User Reviews:
3.59/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pint can poured into taster. 4-6oz.
Appearance: Golden ale, decent amount of head. Can't complain about how it looks in the glass.
Smell: This was the highlight of the beer for me. Tantalizing Belgian aromas, some malt underneath, what you'd expect.
Taste: Spotted Cow on steroids. A farmhouse ale for folks who haven't jumped full-on into the Belgian beer camp.
Mouthfeel: Average, not going to do anything crazy to your palate. Where Spotted Cow shines with a touch of corn, Cynic goes for a more straight-forward mid-level ale feel.
Overall: Alrgiht. Probably wouldn't spend $10+ on a 4-pack, but would like to try this on tap sometime. A decent lawn-mowing beer, a bit more Belgian than I was expecting.
Serving type: can
07-19-2014 14:46:16 | More by robear
CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.