CynicAle | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tavernjef on 06-02-2006

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1,482
Reviews:
612
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Derek's can from a trade in WI. Yellow to grapefruit with a good head, lacing. Really easy drinking, 35 IBU but show more. A great summer deck beer. Restrained spiciness including the pepper. Light clover honey mouthfeel, about middling. I repeat, really easy drinking.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to UMNbeerhunter for sending me this one!

Pours a clear light orange-yellow with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a thin cap. Random chunks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of grains, spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is exactly like the smell with the Belgian yeast taking prominence and the grain and spice flavors coming through on the finish. Reading the can I see that the hops are supposed to impart apricot/peach flavors and I do get them if I search for it. Beer has a good level of carbonation but seems a tiny bit flat. Very smooth in the mouth. Overall, this is a good beer from Surly but not one of my favorite styles. I am glad I got to try this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a real generic saison for a brewery i know to be one of the most distinct of all, so this was a real letdown, not that i expected much from their saison, its not their game, but still, this was disheartening. a flat looking hazy blonde beer, thick with sediment and hardly holding a quarter inch head. its all belgian yeast esters, very little real grain character or funk to this, and without that, it needs to be elegant, but unlike the lively belgian or french versions, this one is just heavy with spent yeast and wheat malt, and never gets anywhere. there is a grassy hop thing to it, which is its only real unique feature, but the mouthfeel is dense and sweet, and it really doesnt work all that well. against all saisons on the market, its not at all bad, above average even, but by surly standards, its pretty poor. stick to what you are good at here, because you are SO good at it!

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy golden color. It had a nice looking white head on top with a good retention and a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has some subtle fruit and spice notes to it, there is an aroma of fresh grain as well with a mellow sweetness. The taste of the beer is light, refreshing and doesn't really show it's true colors till the aftertaste. The settling flavors of the earthy hops and the black pepper notes shine bright. The mouthfeel is crisp, smooth and clean feeling, leaving behind some stickiness in the mouth afterward. Overall I didn't know it was supposed to be a Saison but I could definitely make that assumption from the first sip to the last.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down quickly but left some delicate lacing on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apricots and other fruits in the nose along with some hints of lemons, spices and floral and grassy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, there are flavors of apricots in the overall taste along with notes of peaches and a slight amount of initial sweetness. The flavors of spices are not really evident until the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Not much dryness is noticeable.
O: This beer is goes down very easily due to the lack of dryness and strong spicy flavors. I would have no problem having more than one of these on a hot summer day; the beer actually seems to be somewhat thirst quenching.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always get a kick out of these wonderful beers decanted from a can. CynicAle definately qualifies as a wonderful Saison.

The beer falls clumsily from the can because of the unusual lip of the aluminum. But afterwards, a short but creamy head forms from a stark white foam. Light lacing and significant haze are both evident. A nice look but not as creamy or billowing as I need from great Saisons.

Sharp and spicy phenolics and pepper strike first, but with a quick follow-up of pears and appricot esters. An earthy (nearly musty) note blends into the sweeter and breadier malt base. All weave together with attention given to each scent with each visit to the glass.

Flavors of the bready, doughy, biscuity, confectionary malts give a very bold flavor to the beer- kinda odd for a Saison. But those peppery/phenolic and fruity esters are quite the quentessential flavors expected. Pears, apples, appricots, and lemons quickly become the leading flavors of the beer. Light soapy notes give a strange flavor but bounce off of the musty and acidic tastes.

While the beer starts off creamy and relatively full, the dryness never really comes into play. Even as the carbonation regresses, the beer remains sweeter and more bready than do classic Saisons, leaving the beer fuller and richer- keeping it from the evaporative and digestable qualities that keep me reaching for another. While the oats are a great bennefit to the creaminess early, the slickness on the tongue late only add to the full/fatty texture in the finish.

A very nice and smooth beer, but the long lasting sweetness and weight hurt the beer's body in the end. Thanks Chicksdighops!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the 8th street bar and grill. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Amber hops, light cherry, cream, and full barley.

T: Cinnamon spice - especially on the finish and aftertaste, light cherry tones obscured by light amber hops, and assorted spices. Maybe a touch of Belgian-inspired candied sugar on the climax. Not horribly complex, but pleasant and refreshing for the style.

Mf: Tingly, smooth, and wet, suiting the flavours mildly.

Dr: Very drinkable, but innovative for the style. A unique take on the style that I'd have again. Lovely on draught.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a surprisingly modest head that does splash a bunch of lacing around

Smell: Spicy farmhouse yeast aroma, somewhat cheesy and peppery

Taste: Opens with a bready flavor (with hints of honey) and a yeasty farmhouse character that turns in a hoppy bitter direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the peppery, coriander elements join a fruity peach flavor along with honeyed undertones

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Saison in a can - who knew?

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Photo of oline73
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a half finger of white head that goes away pretty quickly.

Smell: Herbal notes with some citrus, malt, and yeast spice.

Taste: There is a very strong herbal presence with some citrus notes mixed in. There is a hop bitterness in the finish along with some spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I really liked the herbal notes in this one. The bitterness in the finish was a bit much, but I still really liked it. I would have another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of Stine: Poured a medium amber color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light pepper, medium sweet malt and some ester and yeasty notes. Sharp note of pepper are noticeable as well as some medium toffee sweet malt and a nice yeasty finish. Body is quite full with some medium filtration and some good carbonation. This beer was well done and I am getting to be more and more impress by the quality of the beers brewed by this brewer.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale amber in color, hazy but fairly clear. Not a lot of head on this one, which is somewhat unusual for the style.

Smell: Peppery and floral, semi-sweet, lots of estery fruit character (honeydew melon, banana).

Taste & mouthfeel: This one opens with a mix of esters and spice, white pepper being particularly prominent. A bit of melon-like sweetness appears mid-sip, followed by a strong resurgence of spice. The finish is long and peppery with a firm bitterness. Body is medium-light, right on target for the style, though carbonation is a bit low.

Notes: Very good stuff, definitely up to Surly's standard of excellence. Doesn't quite compare to a lot of authentic Belgian saisons, but great nonetheless (plus I love the idea of a saison in a can).

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a crystal clear, orange/gold color with a thick, off-white head of foam. It left wispy trails of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled peppery and spicy with some fruity characteristics. There were spicy and funky notes, too.

T - It tasted quite spicy with a peppery kick. There was a sweet caramel malt taste with some fruity flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied ale with a good kick.

D - This is a great beer. Amazing to find a great saison in a can.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear rich golden honey color with a nice big off white head that settles into a decent lacing.

Light spices like cloves with lemon pepper and some yeast aroma.

Light dark spices with cloves and peppers mixed in a lightly sweet grain malt taste.

A medium bodied beer that has a dryish aftertaste with just a hint of the spices remaining.

A decent enough beer but not really up my alley, would be cool to have this with just a touch of the traditional American hops taste added to it.

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CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
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