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CynicAle - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,234 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,234
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 232
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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Tyecko, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

MikeCactusGordon, Jul 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev -10%
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.

robear, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

mrebeka, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Stillyman11, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Brewzma, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

MartinHook, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Keizerjl, Jul 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Jaulizia, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

gio540, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jdelbalzo99, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

CaptainPancakes, Jul 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

trizzone52, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

EdFed, Jun 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

ajevne, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

sjjn, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Sweffin, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Flatlands
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Flatlands, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

yankeej13, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

drunkciclista, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of juanny
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

juanny, Jun 16, 2014
CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.