CynicAle | Surly Brewing Company

1,500 Ratings

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy canned 3/21/2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today 8/27/2013. Yes I realize this beer is 5 months old but after drinking some of it, I thought it would still be a good review.

Clear, golden copper body with a thick, and I mean thick! white head that has great retention and leaves all kinds of sticky lacing all over as the beer makes its way into my stomach. Outstanding appearance that fits the style very well.

The nose is relatively non-existent though. Smelling it gives me a nice Belgian yeastiness- cloves and a bit of spice. Not much in way of the malt or hops contribution. Mostly a slight yeast nose. Nothing particularly impressive; I wonder if its because its a 5 month old can.

I really like how the taste comes out in this beer. Tastes like a nice Belgian farmhouse ale with a good bit of complexity.. banana and cloves round out the yeast contribution, with a little bit of peach that I'm assuming is from the hops. A bit of honey and biscuits are to be found here as well. Very smooth and mellow with the flavours being distinguishable but not clashing with each other.

The body is thinner medium bodied, very well carbonated and it is a very refreshing beer with a slightly dry finish of clove spiciness mixed with a little bit of honey. Very easy to drink, refreshing on a hot summer day like this one (90 degrees outside!)

Very interesting take on the Farmhouse style. I definitely like this better than Ommegang Hennepin.. which is ironic as Minneapolis is located in Hennepin County. Funny that Ommegang is pricing themselves out here.. Surly makes some great shelf beers here that holds up well, style-wise.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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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CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,500 ratings
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