CynicAle - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip pint glass.
A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: Belgian aromatic malt is restrained in the presence of complementary yeast esters. These qualities combine to produce an effect of mild mixed fruit, although with a sharp metallic edge.
T: Begins dry, with pale malt that is very yeast-affected. Qualities of light tree fruits, particularly white nectarine and pear, tend to dominate early. The transition to the middle is easy, where some clove and pepper phenolics are detected. The finish retains the pepper quality late on the palate, and although bitterness is minimal it is tinted with an authentic thread of stale hops.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced and substantial on the palate, with low carbonation.
D/O: A satisfying and approachable saison; this beer has just the right amount of Belgian yeast influence, not to mention the other detectable continental ingredients. Surly's Cynic is something of a black sheep for that brewery, and probably worth a try even by those that do not favor ales such as Furious or Bender.
Serving type: can
12-13-2013 02:16:47 | More by beagle75
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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
4.41/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The Belgian yeast really comes on strong with this one and that's a good thing. Great balance between the malt and hops. This one comes on slowly and leaves you thinking, "dam, that's an awesome farmhouse style beer." If you like this style, this is one of the better examples.
Serving type: can
06-21-2014 01:42:04 | More by Flatlands
4.16/5 rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Surprisingly clear golden farmhouse ale. The aroma was mildly phenolic, but also a bit sweet and earthy. The taste was wonderful and complex. There was a gentle malty flavor with earthy/green components, but a great finish that defines the beer. A sweet honey flavor, with some banana esters as well as yeasty earthiness, not as pronounced as a hefeweisen though. A zest of lemon and possibly pepper is present throughout, but a nice sweet finish really balance it out and made me want another sip. The saison has a light feel and was overall very drinkable, complex but light and sweet, worthy of a summer drink on a patio as we enjoyed it.
Surly Cynic is a light, enjoyable drink that keeps you on your toes with a complex, sweet finish.
Serving type: on-tap
06-16-2014 04:39:24 | More by juanny
CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,182 ratings.