CynicAle - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by xymyl:
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I was at the brewery for the first tapping of the first keg of CynicAle but the beer was not quite ready with yeast floating all over the place and very little carbonation. That beer showed promise but I couldn't review it because it was not clear what it would become. That beer was far more fruity and far less hoppy than this.
Well, I now have the packaged product at long last! Huge fluffy white head and golden brew beneath are very much in the realm of a Saison, however, the strong hop aroma blocks all my farmhouse receptors.
The taste is so overpowered by hops that I had to divorce myself from the idea that this was a Saison or Farmhouse Ale by ant definition. After doing that I could see the farmhouse qualities start to emerge & I imagine that after about a year (@55 degrees) this will start to reveal its hidden beauty.
Overall: At the moment it reminds me more of a amped up Stella Artois because the hops hide so much of what I was looking for. But this clearly has a lot more complexity to show over time.
Serving type: can
08-21-2008 17:20:46 | More by xymyl
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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.