SeVIIn - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by davey101:
3.98/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml yellow waxed bottle into a teku glass. Huge thanks to Obiwankushnobi for this want of mine. Pours a clear dark brown/red body with a finger of tan foam that has some crazy lacing and retention.
S - Huge Belgian yeast notes of banana, bubblegum, and spices. Booze, caramel, rye spice, and some stone fruits. Piney hops. This aroma is really complex and all over the place. Really awesome.
T - Banana, clove, wheat, caramel, raisins, grapefruit and piney hops and straight fusel alcohol. A bit of hop bitterness lingering on the finish. This is a real cluster of a BSPA. The flavor reminds me a bit of Bolt Cutter, but tamed down and lacking the barrel notes. This is awfully tasty but really confusing and intense. Mouth feel is thick and coating but well carbonated. Alcohol is somewhat prohibitive.
O - This is a huge and complex beer. Really intense, boozy and massive. Frankly it's kind of a mess of a BSPA. I'm kind of a fan though. This is really unique and different. Thanks Kyle!
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2013 02:11:06 | More by davey101
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3.41/5 rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This ale was orange in colour, and smelled of belgian yeasts and rye, with aromas of honey and orange. It tasted pretty good, fruity and yeasty, with a strong alcoholic flavor and finished with bitter citrus hops. Plenty of flavor with a medium body.
Would I buy this beer again? Probably.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2014 18:39:26 | More by NilocRellim
3.08/5 rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
750ml brown glass bottle with gold (possibly beeswax?) waxed-over pressure cap and printed-on label art acquired at a Minneapolis bottle shop and served into a stem-tulip in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, MN. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. No ABV is listed on the bottle.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a half finger head of white colour. Decent cream and thickness. Head retention is poor - maybe 30 seconds tops (not including the floater ring it resigns to, which lasts maybe 1.5 minutes more). No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a nontransparent nontranslucent dull amber-brown. Abundant fine floating yeast particles are plainly visible.
Overall, it looks nothing like a Belgian Style Pale if that's what they're going for, but then the description claims they're after a Belgian Style Ale, so I'm optimistic. Not quite sure how this is meant to be Trappist, but okay. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.
Sm: Belgian candi sugar, plum fruit, brown sugar, Belgian amber malts, bready/crust malts, caramel, and distinctly Trappist yeast - which I love. It's biscuiy with that fruity edge that really evokes a fine Belgian character. Hints of fig. Maybe dates or prunes; the fruit is a bit timid.
I'm not finding any rye (no subtle spiciness), oats (no refined smoothness), or wheat (no crisp leavened body). I also don't find clove or Banana. The label's description is off, at least for the aroma.
No alcohol is detectable.
A pleasant, appealing aroma with a distinct Belgian character. Average to mild in strength.
T/Mf: Brown sugar and bready/crust malts. Plum fruit. Stonefruit. Some light fig. No prune or dates. It's a biteen jammy. Belgian amber malts. Some biscuit malt. Light candied character. Hardly any hop presence is noticeable - maybe a light complementary fruitiness. Caramel. Trappist yeast is obvious here, with plenty of subtly fruity Belgian character. Rich, biscuity, and vitamin-filled. There's not too much sediment. Faint raisin, even dried grape (as pretentious as that sounds). Fermented cherry.
Not as well balanced as it should be. A bit too sweet; probably too candied as well. Has a cohesive enough build, but it's far from gestalt. Shockingly shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Lacks complexity and subtlety - especially for a Belgian style ale. Not intricate or nuanced. I'm a bit disappointed given the brewery, but I guess there's a reason they're not known for their subtle styles. You go to Surly for IPAs, imperial stouts, and sours. Subtlety isn't their strong suit.
Not finding any brettanomyces yeast.
No alcohol comes through, which is quite an accomplishment.
Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and nicely thick. Medium-bodied. Decent presence on the palate. Plump. Could be more accessible. Fairly filling. The texture suits the flavour profile decently, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. A biteen overcarbonated.
Not crisp, oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.
Dr: Downable but forgettable. A real disappointment for a Surly anniversary brew. There are elements I like, but ultimately it falls short. What it does succeed at is hiding its ABV nicely. I wouldn't get it again, and it's not Surly's strongest fare, but I'm glad I got to try it. A nice brew for the Thanksgiving holiday, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. As a Trappist style devotee, I'm pretty let down.
And the rye/oats/wheat? Nowhere to be found. But I think that's a good thing. You don't muck up a traditional Belgian with those additions to the grain bill.
I'd recommend setting this one down for 1-2 years. It might develop, and at this price point, it needs to.
An unambitious safe attempt at a traditional style that ultimately falls short, but surprisingly not due to its unorthodox grain bill - just its lack of mastery of the essentials of the style.
Surly should stick to their strong suits - IPAs, imperial stouts, and sours - and should abandon attempts at intricate styles like this. As much as I like Surly, they're just not cut out for traditional Belgians.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2013 19:33:17 | More by kojevergas
SeVIIn from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.