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
CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.