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CynicAle - Surly Brewing Company

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90
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1,183 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,183
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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Reviews by ryantupy:
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ryantupy

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a standard pint glass.

A - This Saison pours a golden yellow color with a white head.

S - Nice balance of hops and malts here. You can instantly notice the Belgian yeast. Overall a nice sweet malt aroma with a mild spice hint.

T - Tastes good and sweet, true to the malts scent. It has a nice hop balance and hints of spice (black pepper) add an interesting twist on this beer.

Overall - A great Saison from Surly! Not my favorite Saison but definatly an honerable Saison. This is a nicely balanced beer that stays true to the style but adds a few non traditional flavors.

Serving type: can

12-05-2007 02:50:31 | More by ryantupy
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%

07-24-2014 13:51:34 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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robear

Wisconsin

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
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Florida

4/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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Illinois

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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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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

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juanny

Minnesota

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.

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CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.