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CynicAle - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,175
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 228
Gots: 116 | 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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4/5  rDev 0%

03-10-2012 01:29:01 | More by 2dogbrew
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4/5  rDev 0%

03-06-2012 03:06:32 | More by bhayle
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4/5  rDev 0%

03-03-2012 15:29:00 | More by aclark44
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-02-2012 21:31:52 | More by theminutemen
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, packaged on 1/16/12

Pours a very pale, clear gold with a small head. Good retention.

Aroma is very phenolic, with notes of clove and snappy, grassy hops.

There's a lot of yeast flavor here, mainly phenols-- herbal, clove-like, some rubber-- and esters-- banana, ripe fruit-- to a lesser degree. Malt flavor is light, with the oats providing some smoothness and nutty character. Highly carbonated and lively on the tongue.

Nice and drinkable.

Serving type: can

03-01-2012 22:10:54 | More by dasenebler
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3/5  rDev -25%

03-01-2012 17:23:27 | More by Elstad
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4/5  rDev 0%

02-29-2012 02:13:33 | More by SweJon
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4/5  rDev 0%

02-27-2012 21:29:19 | More by BarrelAgedBarry
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4/5  rDev 0%

02-26-2012 22:58:43 | More by greenbeer29
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-21-2012 21:58:18 | More by joshuacavett
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

02-21-2012 20:07:27 | More by atoulouk
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5/5  rDev +25%

02-18-2012 22:56:01 | More by specialkheese
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3/5  rDev -25%

02-18-2012 17:53:25 | More by chrispoint
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint during my travels. Pours a hazy golden yellow with good white head decent lacing that lasts well throughout. Aroma of peaches, grass, cereal grain ,light pepper/herbs, fruity. Typical saison characteristics. Taste grassy, fruity, cereal grain , nice bitterness, peaches, mango, apricot, yeasty, lemon. Medium mouth feel and light carbonation throughout. Overall a nice spring/summer drink from Surly!

Serving type: can

02-14-2012 20:35:35 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice pale golden color with a 1 finger white head

S-Has a nice aroma of Barley,Straw, Malts and some citrus notes as well. Smells like a Saison

T-Starts off with a nice malty barley flavor up front. Alittle more sweet up from then excepted. Its then followed by some Cirtus and fruit flavor and then ends with a nice spice flavor. Really hard to put this one down

M-Medium Bodied with Good carbonation

D-Overall this is an awesome Saison. Im not big on the style.. Ive never had one i thought was bad but this style never excited me. I feel like this is a great session beer. I would like to get this again and might actively seek this out in a trade with some furious of course. If you get a chance try this.

Serving type: can

02-13-2012 11:49:24 | More by zrab11
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-11-2012 21:31:21 | More by baerb69
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

02-06-2012 00:22:52 | More by stairwell2811bre


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-05-2012 06:14:39 | More by MITCHELLMPLS
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New York

3/5  rDev -25%
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.


Serving type: can

02-04-2012 01:15:33 | More by CooperEllis
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper in color with a white fizzy head that quickly fades. Excellent clarity. Very little haze.

S: Aroma reminiscent of Dupont saison yeast, sweet orange peel, grassy, some mild apple, and hay.

T: Sweet, more tripel like than a Saison, though Dupont and Avec Les Bons Voeux are on the sweeter side too. Definitely thinking they use Saison Dupont yeast in this one. Some fruity earthiness, hay and grassy on the finish.

M: Great mouthfeel. Smooth, great level of carbonation, candy sweetness on the finish.

O: I would drink this again, but it feels and tastes more like a tripel and is on the sweeter side of my personal preferences.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 08:23:19 | More by julian
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4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Canned 12/5/11.

Pours a brilliant, clear, golden body. Fairly substantial off-white head that fades away to a mere ring, leaving no lacing.

Earthy yeast, lemon, banana and pepper on the nose.

Starts with dry cracker malts that morphs into a creamy, lemony twang midpalate. Tons of spice and earth towards the finish. Very fruity on the finish, with the faintest hint of hop bitterness.

A saison in a can!? And it's awesome. Done to almost near perfection. Don't pass this one up, even though I can see it being overshadowed by their hoppy offerings.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 05:14:53 | More by litheum94
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just recieved this in a trade, thanks jschonert!

P - pours an amber gold with a nice 1 finger white head. Looks like a thirst quencher...

S - Smell isn't too crazy. Smells like a like tripel, definetly smelling some belgium yeasty qualities here. That's see what this is all about..

T - much more in depth than the smell. A slight tart taste, which is enjoyable immediately. This is intertwined with a refreshing but not overpowering hop bitterness. I do see while this is "peppery", but not like black pepper. cooked banana, peaches, mango come out, making this oh so refreshing. Yeasty, sourdough bread"ish", delicous.

M - thin, but just very refreshing. I could drink this all summer, Pleasant aftertaste. I wanna go to a beach with a case of this!

O - This is my first saison/farmhouse ale, and I am really enjoying it. Definetely a style I need to dive heads first in. Hope places around me have similar brews comparable to this. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a refreshing delicous craft brew.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 00:51:40 | More by TomTwanks
CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,175 ratings.