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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Ratings:
1,488
Reviews:
612
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
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243
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211
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Photo of Dspader1
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sour_Lord
1.58/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of mbraverman123
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FriedSlug
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep gold almost orange beer with a nice haziness to it. A White fluffy head of about two fingers fades rather quickly and leaves a spot or two of lacing. The aroma is bananas, cloves, lemon and coriander notes. The taste is pleasantly sweet with the same tastes as in the nose. The banana and clove stick out the most but the beer finishes with the lemon/coriander flavors and some mild bitterness. Nice and very tasty beer.

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Photo of SFC21
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 5/6/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, apple, peppercorn, light clove, biscuit, light honey/toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, apple, peppercorn, light clove, biscuit, light honey/toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and light herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, apple, peppercorn, biscuit, light honey/toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/creamy/sticky, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is a great saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp/clean to drink. A bit on the malty side for the style; but still stays spicy/drying enough to feel like a saison. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kraticus41
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a trace of haziness. There's an inch of off white to tan creamy dense head. I smell peppery to earthy Belgian yeast and faintly bready light malt. The taste is sweet Belgian yeast and bready malt. The mouth is moderately carbonated and otherwise light.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ctylinebeer
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. can slow poured into a tulip glass. Plastic ring 4-pack. Bought in Minnesota. Description on can says it was brewed with French barley, English oats, Slovenian hops, and Belgian yeast. Definitely of the saison/farmhouse ale style.

L - golden yellow color, super hazy/cloudy hue. Lots of effervescence of the champagne sort. Fancy beer from a can

S - usual suspects of clove and banana, lemon, spice. Belgian yeast is very distinct vs. German yeast.

T - wheat, spice, clove, lemon peel, Belgian yeast. Not as malty as you'd think with the oats but the yeast is quite potent.

F - watery to fluffy when swished around. Malts and yeast punch the tongue of a little bit with a fine clove clean finish

O - saisons are a very popular style and I'm glad that Surly put their own spin on it. Usually part of the fancy Belgian beer club, this will fit in the crowd of regular canned beer and a fancy beer when in a glass. A champagne beer if you will! Cheers!

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Photo of jonbonfondle
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sappyjoker
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jkolls
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of minterro
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Miami66
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A sunny, honey colored vibe with a fluffy 2 finger head, that lasts only a little bit until it descends to a ring.

Floral, spicy, fruity aromas. Belgian spices, dry wheat, coriander.

Flavors of the Belgian spice, caramel malts, dry wheat, toffee, some dried banana, dried apple, white pepper, lemon pepper.

Feel is immediately parching, with a semi-dry stickiness throughout. Carbonation. Medium or light-medium bodied. Refreshing.

This was a lot better than I thought it'd be. Surly makes a pretty good Saison. I like the caramel notes.

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Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ardeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Commandophile
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,488 ratings.
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