CynicAle - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From: France 44
Date: Canned on 12/06/2012
Pours a tall, 3cm head of marginally off-white bubbles that begin as small, then move to medium-sized as the head coalesces and begins to collapse. The result would be a time-lapse shot of bubbles congealing, growing in size, then becoming too large and infiltrated by air and popping, leaving a cavernous void where the head used to be. Thus, retention is above average and declines with cataclysmic intensity, though it reduces to a fairly standard ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is present, though not particularly substantial, a few spots and washes of lines scattered across the glass. The body is a copper orange color, somewhat hazy, with light bringing out red and orange hues. Carbonation is visible, streaming from the center and sides of the glass.
Aroma is simultaneously grainy, Belgian saison-yeasty, slight funk, and peaches. In general, this is appetizing and intriguing, spurring the act of drinking.
The primary flavors are grain-like with white pepper, Belgian saison yeast, and mild apricot and peach. Front of palate picks up grainy, slightly cracker-like malts with hints of peach ester sweetness and slight hop bitterness. Mid-palate finds an explosion of peach complexity melded to white pepper, Belgian saison yeast with mild funk, subdued graininess, and relaxed bitterness. Back of palate experiences increased Belgian saison yeast presence with subdued peach, grain, and white pepper. Aftertaste of peach and grain flavors, remaining appetizing and never cloying.
The beer is medium-light to medium in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that foams up nicely as it moves across the palate, traveling fairly smoothly and without harsh fizz. Closes out semi-dry and with little stickiness lingering across the palate.
Serving type: can
02-16-2013 06:56:51 | More by falloutsnow
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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 1,174 ratings.