CynicAle
Surly Brewing Company

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From:
Surly Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
Saison
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Reviews:
616
Ratings:
902
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 23, 2019
Added:
Jun 02, 2006
Wants:
  244
Gots:
  221
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: None
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Ratings by specialkheese:
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Rated by specialkheese from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +25.9%

Feb 18, 2012
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 4 by Samnem from Georgia

Sep 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.61 by socon67 from New York

Aug 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.59 by Calabash from Pennsylvania

Jun 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by rjd722 from Maryland

Nov 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.29 by Gaddabble from Ohio

Sep 27, 2018
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: My cousin Sam
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received July 21, 2018
Consumed: July 27, 2018
Reviewed as: Belgian Pale Ale
Misc.: Canned on May 29, 2018 at 9:33 a.m. CT

Thanks, Sam!

Got this with another 10 from Sam. Was psyched to try another beer from Surly. Online description on Surly’s website read, “A pale-gold hued ale, fermented with a Belgian yeast strain, resulting in a beer that has notes of lemon citrus from the hops, and black pepper spice from the yeast, with a dry “tingly” finish.” Not the biggest Belgian Pale Ale fan, but was still looking forward to this one.

Poured an amber semi-clear color with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Outstanding watery lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled cloves, apple, pear, banana, lemon peel, citrus zest, Circus Peanut candy, peach, apricot, Belgian candy sugary, grass and black pepper notes. From the can got pear, apple, cloves and pilsner malt. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted similar to the nose, maybe not quite as good overall. In order got cloves, apple, pear, peach, Circus Peanut candy, banana, black pepper, apricot, lemon zest, Belgian candied sugar, grass and sourdough bread. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Really liked this surprisingly. Would recommend this to any Belgian Pale Ale fan. (Overall - 4.00)

3.92 | 88 | B+
Aug 08, 2018
 
Rated: 3.6 by craigmj7 from Kansas

Aug 06, 2018
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Rated by hommeside2 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Complex refreshing, pleasantly balsamic aroma, taste of berry, wonderful hops.
Jul 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.71 by sethcroisant from Nebraska

Jun 11, 2018
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Reviewed by ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a light amber, lots of bubbles and very clear. Strong yeast profile on the nose with a bit of sweetness. Taste is malt-forward, slightly spicy, decently sweet, with a tart and slightly fruity finish. Light bodied, smooth and leaves a dry feeling at the finish. I know I tried this about a year ago and didn't love it, but I've changed my mind (and my palate!). Very refreshing and will definitely be in my summer rotation.
Apr 27, 2018
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a nice light amber color with a slight head and lacing. Aroma had nice saison hints. The taste follows the nose with nice saisin flavor. A well made well balanced beer.
Feb 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Feb 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by jcb7472 from Florida

Dec 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by j-rod18 from North Dakota

Dec 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by t2grogan from Arizona

Oct 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by redcloverkid from Minnesota

Oct 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Surly beers were always too different for me... (I'd be considered a fuddy-duddy, malt-head by much of the craft culture.)
The six Surly beers I Had were all rated below the BA average... two, far below.
I've changed my mind. (And that's hard to do for a fuddy-duddy.)
Despite its name, CynicAle is a very pleasant drink as a session and even more pleasant to complement my favorite food (it involves lots of garlic.)

While this saison opens average and, to be generous, Smells that way also, the Taste is very, very well-balanced. (This balance of not leaning on the hops makes me wonder if this ale almost didn't come from a different brewer.) Malt-forward, spicing for interest write the rules in this can. With English oats in the malt bill, the Feel is soft enough to be nearly perfect to let garlicky food work. But you know what? I missed the hops typical of saisons. So, I had to add pepper to my food for added spicing. (Maybe I'm not such a fuddy-duddy after all.)

I bought a 4-pack of cans (which also is outside the comfort zone of Belgo-phile fuddy-duddies.) It may prove to be my best purchase this month. I was also glad to read on the package that Surly's Beer Hall has an upstairs gastro-pub that pairs their ales and food (and where they send fuddy-duddies.) This gives me cause to visit the Twin Cities and witness who I used to be.
Oct 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Sep 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by bnes09 from Illinois

Sep 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by SuomenAmerikkalainen from Minnesota

Sep 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.47 by evanwoertz from California

Aug 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.86 by bcsbeer from Florida

Aug 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Aug 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.79 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Jul 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Bwbrev from Pennsylvania

Jul 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Jul 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.67 by Cincy_Beer_Fan from Ohio

Jul 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by onlymurderers from Illinois

Jul 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.86 by bplabernie from Michigan

Jun 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.45 by zkoehn from Wisconsin

Jun 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jun 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.01 by jmh21 from Minnesota

Jun 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by jmccraney from Washington

Jun 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by LostHighway from Minnesota

Jun 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by aemowgli from Minnesota

May 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by BrewsandBlues from Florida

May 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.21 by cmsfish from Minnesota

May 17, 2017
CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1518 ratings