CynicAle - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by orcasteve:
3.18/5 rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
this one was poured into my duvel tulip, poured a slightley cloudy orange/yellow color with minimal head on it, the smell is sour and bitter. the taste is yeastey and golden malt in the begining, apricots, peaches honney, and a strong spicey black peeper notes in the middle, the end is floral/piney hops that fade quickley and leave only a minimal aftertaste.
Serving type: can
12-09-2008 11:45:08 | More by orcasteve
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3.48/5 rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to amerak for sending me this alongside other awesome Surly offerings. Poured into a tulip glass out of a 16oz can. At the time of consumption (late December), this was about 2 months old.
Orange amber in color, in the same similar vein as other saisons, but when held against the light, this produces a golden hue that reminds me of Belgian pale ales, as well as slightly more generic ones that are produced around the country (as well as in Belgium). Contains a frothy white head that dissipates rapidly over the course of consumption, and leaves behind minimal stickiness. This is a pretty modest effort overall from a brewery that's known for pretty oily, concentrated beers. Something tells me that this will be pretty light on the hops, for whatever reason.
By golly, I was right - most Surly beers are pretty hoppy and dank in their own special way, but this is among those that are not. This isn't to its detriment, however - the beer produces a lot of nice crisp, grassy, and spicy yeasty notes that good saisons are known for: pears, apples, and white grapes. At the same time, it also embodies lots of aromas that many generic saisons made in this country showcase: bananas, clove, and candy sugar. Finishes quite grainy, with minor notes of toffee. Not a chore at all to wade through, and it's good to see them tone things down a bit. It smells refreshing and down to earth, but it's extraordinarily underwhelming given what I've seen this brewery churn out.
The flavor is far more mild than anticipated, however, and I suppose I should have seen that coming given the simple, nearly anemic profile in the aroma, as far as saisons go. Tastes a lot like a run-of-the-mill Belgian pale ale, with crisp toasted cereal grains, apples, pears, and some raisin notes at the finish. Brief pepper, vanilla, and toffee (as well as candy sugar) finish it off, with a light grassy hopped element that cleanses the palate. Medium bodied, although it does get progressively thinner as time goes on. Definitely really easy drinking, but doesn't embody any of the dry, pungent, or spicy yeasty aromas that I tend to drink saisons for. Still, as far as the style goes, it's really unique to see a canned saison, and see it work out.
I really think that Surly decided to make a pretty easy going Belgian-style pale ale when they made this, and rebranded it as a saison due to the grassy hoppy profile, as well as the spice and funk in the yeast. Don't expect anything super complex, however - this drinks far more like a Belgian pale ale or a lowly pilsner, at the end of the day. It definitely wouldn't be a bad option for me if I had it at a bar or something, but with so many far more complex and intriguing saisons out there, as well as those that are equally refreshing, this does feel a bit lost out at sea overall.
Serving type: can
03-07-2014 06:20:20 | More by magictacosinus
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured 16oz can (12/05/13) into tulip - huge fluffy white head took time to settle Color is a medium golden with a slight haze.
Aroma of fruity esters, citrus and floral notes
Taste has some slight malty sweetness / a touch of honey, pepper spicyness, the belgian yeast definitely noticeable.
Mouthfeel - highly carbonated , medium body, crisp
Overall this is an enjoyable saison will def pick some of this up for warmer weather. Binnys had a $2 off coupon so I had to try it
Serving type: can
02-01-2014 23:22:45 | More by maxcoinage
CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
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