CynicAle | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tavernjef on 06-02-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by jhawth:
Photo of jhawth
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear gold with a fluffy, two-finger head that dissipates but leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Some earthy yeast character, as well as some breadiness. Pepper and a little bit of citrus are also discernible.

Taste: Grainy malt flavors blend into an earthy yeastiness. Some spice character and just a hint of tartness as it finishes.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, creamy smooth head. Very pleasant.

Overall: A solid saison, with a nice subtle earthy and tart character.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Hazy-clear. It smells like fruity-sweet Belgian yeast. Hints of coriander and sour grain. The taste is full, rich, and surprisingly sweet. The aftertaste smacks of a traditional saison, but the maintaste is white grapes and pluots. Interesting and compelling. I like it! Recommended.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an oversized wine glass an oranged tinged lighter golden with a fluffy white head atop.Overripe tropical fruits stand out in the nose with a bit of a creamsicle element to it,some toasted grain in there as well.Tropical fruits and spicy yeat on the palate with more toasted grain notes,a shot of white pepper hits the throat in the finish.Another bigtime beer from Surly...thanks Eric!

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of MadScientist
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to JDV and pintsized for sharing

A-Orange, amber tinge, slightly hazy
S-Citrus hop upfron with underlying eaethy yeast
T-Drying in mouth with grassy hay feel to go on top of hop taste and bitterness. Earthy flavor underneath with grain malt.
M-Pretty smooth feel with decent carbonation
D-Probably wouldn't reach for another-maybe not my favorite style. Enjoyed the beer mostly because of the added hop flavor.

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Photo of Brent_B
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blackearth
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with a thick white head that reduces to a thin foam cap with good lacing in the glass. Aroma is floral and estery yeast. Light bodied with subtle carbonation medium sweetness and a slightly sour and bitter finish. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love these 16oz cans! Pours into my glass a slightly hazy yellow orange with a creamy, bubbly inch of white head on top, makes me think of summer. Aromas start with crisp, light malts amidst bright fruity citric and floral tones. There's a snappy Belgian yeast that brings pepper and clove spiciness into the mix. A touch of honey with earth tones that leads into an afterthought of hops.

First sip brings a crisp malt upfront that carries a marriage of fruit and floral flavors upfront. Notes of citrus are predominant. Earthy Belgian yeast character rolls in bringing notes of pepper, clove and spice. The oats lend a good creamy aspect as the brew flows down with a quick hit of bitter hops on the back of the palate. Finishes with a mellow honey sweetness. Everything seems to be in harmony here - this is a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth and refreshing with a solid medium body and touch of creaminess. An incredibly easy drinking brew with a great overall flavor profile. I could see myself going through a 4 pack of this in no time flat! This ranks up there as one of my favorite Surly brews I have yet to sample. A fine example of a Saison.

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Photo of supa0525
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of irrevjim
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a can to a beer tulip
look; bright golden caramel, 3/4" fluffy head leaves a covering, not a lot of retention or lacing
smell; cream soda, some citrus, yeast, banana
taste; like a belgian cream soda, some crisp floral hoppiness, pepper, yeast, malty cream soda flavor,
feel; a little peppery tingle on the tongue, otherwise smooth, creamy, a little odd
overall; nice, interesting belgi-cream ale, refreshing, moderately carbonated but almost too creamy to be refreshing

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Photo of ROBORB
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can thanks to DBhog, thanks man!, poured into a normal pint glass. This beer has a murky yellow color. There was a very thin head that disappeared quickly. The aroma smells of pine, fruits and hops. I found the beer to have a nice spicy taste and a bitter finish. It was very well balanced and I would love to seek it out again. Not a bad seasonal beer.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of NWer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/14/11 consumed 8/13/11

A - Pours clear straw color with two fingers of white head. Head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Pepper and Belgian yeast come through first, followed by a bit of lemon and honey. Very nice.

T - Bright spice notes up front. A bit of funk followed by lemon and honey in the middle. There is more honey presence in the taste than the smell, but the taste is definitely not too sweet, just a faint sweetness that is very complimentary to the other flavors. A nice citrus taste near the finish, which is pretty clean.

M - medium mouthfeel with a mostly dry finish. Pretty creamy throughout.

O - Overall this is my favorite of the Surly year-round lineup. Great flavor profile and creamy mouthfeel. I'll get this whenever I can.

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Photo of cschepers
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MrUse
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of badbeer
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty nice golden color with a pillowy white head; good retention and lace. There is some clove and other spice in the aroma, some earthy hops, and maybe a hint of bubble gum. Taste starts out much like the smell, but there's maybe a little more bubble gum in the middle; has an earthy finish. Nice medium body, carbonation is about medium. Sits on the tongue pretty nice and doesn't get cloying. I think I like this a touch less than my ratings will show, but it is another well made beer from the guys at Surly.

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CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,514 ratings