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CynicAle - Surly Brewing Company

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90
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1,184 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,184
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 230
Gots: 117 | 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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jgasparine

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the can with 1 finger of frothy white head, which quickly receded to a haze layer and edge lacing. The body was an optically clear golden color (hate to say it- the exact color of urine), with traces of visible carbonation.

S- Smells of rich pale malts and spicy Belgian yeast phenolics. Some nutty aromas are also evident, presumably from the oats used in the malt bill. This beer has a simple, but rich and elegant nose overall.

T- The beer starts out as anticipated, with rich pale and nutty malt impressions; but then the Belgian yeast phenolics grow on the midpalate to levels that are nearly overpowering. The finish is dry with perceived spiciness and a hint of quinine-like bitterness... and it lingers nicely. No hops or esters really evident here.

M- A thin to medium body, with a pervasive carbonation that walks the line between soft and coarse. A mild astringency detected.

Overall- This is a decent Saison. I like the use of oats, but the huge yeast phenolics keep this beer from realizing its full potential. I would definitely drink this again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Serving type: can

08-06-2011 02:10:27 | More by jgasparine
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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.

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CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,184 ratings.