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CynicAle - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,257
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 232
Gots: 125 | 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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2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CraftFan5, Sep 19, 2014
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2.68/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a soft orange color, white head of a solid finger leaving nice lace.

Aroma is lightly peppery with a soft belgian yeast note and mild citrus tones.

A bit of a spicy bite on the taste, folowed by some light fruity esters and citrus notes.

Light, creamy body, slick with pretty good carbonation.

In the end, it's really a boring Saison. Maybe having several Stillwater Saison's has ruined me. Either way, for as long as this has been a want, I'm left unsatisfied.

EgadBananas, Aug 21, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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, Jun 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer is very aggressive in coriander flavor. I never been a fan of coriander and this feels over the top to me. the beer itself is light and a bit watery. does not taste like a saison. more of an american version. not impressed Surly makes a great IPA so far nothing else

exonthebottle, Nov 01, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

cfitterer, Aug 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

mmulebarn, Nov 12, 2013
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2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first Surly I've had, and I really wanted to like this beer, as it is a new local microbrewery. Haaa.

Very little head that went away quickly, but as it was on tap, it may have been under carbonated by the bar. Strong hop aroma with not unpleasant citrus and some malt. The taste is where it really went downhill.

Flavor was overly bitter, without some of the nice volatiles that go alone with proper hopping. Perhaps they relied too much on boiling hops, and not enough on, say, dry hopping?

Missed on almost all counts for a saison. Needs spice or more creative fermentation, and better use of hops.

CH3CH2OH, Jul 10, 2006
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2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hm, bit of a disappointment to me. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, off-white, foamy head that quickly subsided to a large island and ring with almost no lace. Color is a clear amber with one bubble trail. Aroma is yeast, malt, grass, caramel. Flavor's similar to nose, a little too sweet for style, and sweet up front, some carbonic tang, and yeast/hop bitter. Body and carbonation are ok. Finish is like flavor, kind of long and again, too sweet; couldn't finish it. Not for me.

drpimento, Jul 11, 2012
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2.85/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got as an extra from surlytwinsfan, thanks!

Pours hazy orange, thin white head quickly dissipates to a slight cap and ring around the edge. A little lacing left.

Faint belgian yeast and spice in the scent, a decent hop presence...not too much there.

Taste is somewhat astringent to me...yeast, peppery spice and coriander are overpowering. A jumble of fruity tastes such as pear and orange along with floral notes and bubblegum, bready finish.

Somewhat high carbonation, feels soapy. Some decent flavors but just feels like a big unpleasant mess most of the time.

I hate to be harsh, but the Americanized hoppy saison just doesn't work for me, it's a clash of flavors that just tastes like a mess.

Chico1985, Mar 28, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Poured a golden/light orange color with a nice amount of head and had lacing present. No complaint about appearance

S-A bit of pepper, belgian yeast, citrus, and pear. Not as intriguing as some saisons I have had, but certainly a decent nose

T/M Just bland. It has a touch of pepper, but not much. It has a touch of citrus, but not much. The Belgian yeast is okay when cold, but as it warms up, it gets musty, tasting a bit of old library book. I suppose one might call this "funk", but it is not even funky enough to be that. The mouthfeel was okay I guess, nothing wrong with the carbonation and not too sticky.

Overall- When I poured this and smelled it, I had some high hopes (or at least hope). However, it simply is not on par with Le Merle, Saison DuPont, Tank 7, Hennipen, Sofie, or any of the other go to saisons I enjoy.
Not a bad beer, but not a must have.

bismarksays, Aug 24, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a clear light golden orange color with a thin foamy off-white head that immediately fades leaving no lacing.

Bland aroma with little more than some earthy hops and light crisp fruit notes.

Medium bodied with hints of honey, floral notes, light crisp fruit such as apple, pear apricot and peach. Slightly spicy with hints of pepper and lemon zest as well as a subtle hop presence and a nice malt backbone. Dry finish. The flavor of this beer was surprising considering how unimpressive the appearance and nose were but I would pass on this one again.

corby112, Dec 15, 2010
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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Photo of CooperEllis
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In a Poker BIF box, from Retail1lo who killed that box w/ several choice/want brews. 16oz can into 8 oz taster.

Canned on 6/13/11 - don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Consumed a week after receipt on February 3, 2012.

Thin white bubbles rim the glass, the pour is brite, well carb'd and gives a nice appearance in the faint copper coloring.

Nose is yeast: bread and sour apple.

Very peppery initially but that fades quickly. There is a touch of bread at the back end but most of this is empty.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, light, carbed, but the end on this is not pleasant. It is white pepper and 'off' sour dough. There isn't really any 'funk' more just a flat experience.

Certainly the Surly offering I've been most disappointed with. Not sure if it was a freshness issue, or a 'dead period' for this particular batch but this is a pass for me in the future. By no means a drain pour, just average.

NOTE: My can is also listed as 6.5% abv, not the 6.7% currently listed on BA.


CooperEllis, Feb 04, 2012
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CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
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