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CynicAle - Surly Brewing Company

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very good

1,232 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 230
Gots: 118 | 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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3.72/5  rDev -6.8%

ryanpj, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Justdoit1234, Sep 05, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$3.69 single canned 8/8/14 and poured 9/4/14.

Appearance: A deep yellow/golden color with a very slight haze to it. Despite an aggressive pour, there was no head at all. Really, it kind of looks like apple juice. Mediocre looking beer. (3/5)

Smell: Smelling like a Saison. Has those Wit/Hefe characteristics as well. A moderate yeast "funk" with a cherrywood kind of aroma. The can notes apricot and peach aromas, but all of it together smells like something along the lines of cherrywood. Not super wild on the nose, but very nice. (4/5)

Taste/feel: A very, very drinkable Saison. While some are incredibly funky and probably off-putting to many, this one's fairly tame when compared to others in the style. Despite that, distinctively a Saison. The cherrywood kind of flavor comes through in the flavor, as do the peach and especially apricot tastes that are described on the can. Finish is very slightly tart with a biscuity malt flavor and maybe a liiiittle bit of the black pepper that's described on the can, though it's very slight. The finish just has me wanting more. The feel is very good -- moderate body with a moderate/high carbonation. The alcohol's nowhere to be found. (4.25/5, 4/5)

The price is preeeetty steep on this beer (no doubt cheaper per can in a pack), but it is a very good Saison that hit the spot, since it's been awhile since I've had one. Certainly not the most wild Saison I've had, but it's a very, very good example of one and one that is super drinkable. If it weren't for the price (and the fact Surly doesn't distribute to Michigan...), I'd make this a go-to Saison. Delicious.

Alextricity, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

jmbot4371, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

masterofsparks, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

I just started getting into Saisons this summer and although I don't have a huge sample size to go off of, this was one of the better saisons I have had. I know Surly is known more for their IPAs but this beer was very refreshing on a hot summer day.

mjpolzin, Aug 28, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Served from the can in a tumbler.

Gotta thank VDubb for allowing me to finally try this stuff out. It pours a mostly clear brass-gold topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises mild clove, black pepper, Belgian yeast, light sourdough, and a touch of dried honey. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of grass and flowers for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty solid saison (or whatever they're calling it nowadays), especially from cans. 'Nuff said.

TMoney2591, Aug 26, 2014
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CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.