CynicAle | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tavernjef on 06-02-2006

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Photo of vandemonian
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surly cynic is a tasty saison which is dominated by malt, spices and lemon. Quite nice.

A: Orange colour and a crappy head. 3.5

S: Spicy aroma. Cloves. 4

T: Malty with strong spices. Subtle lemon flavour. Quite nice. 4

M: Good carbonation. 4

O: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

Photo of drpimento
2.82/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hm, bit of a disappointment to me. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, off-white, foamy head that quickly subsided to a large island and ring with almost no lace. Color is a clear amber with one bubble trail. Aroma is yeast, malt, grass, caramel. Flavor's similar to nose, a little too sweet for style, and sweet up front, some carbonic tang, and yeast/hop bitter. Body and carbonation are ok. Finish is like flavor, kind of long and again, too sweet; couldn't finish it. Not for me.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of NODAK
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here is quite sweet...definite notes of honey and sweet fruit here...peach....a note of yeast and maybe a little pepper. Overall I really like the nose.

Pours a dark golden in the glass with a healthy head to it.

Many saisons I've had seem to tone down the sweetness and have a pretty decent bitterness on the finish. This one strays from that. It has a pretty big honey, fruity sweetness to it. The can says I should get honey and apricot/peach notes and they're certainly there in quite a big way. Spice is also noted at the same time, playing second fiddle. I get just a hint of yeast near the finish and a very small herbal bitterness peeking through. All in all though, this is more a sweet, smooth saison without much hop character.

One of the smoothest drinks I've had in some time. Some may lament the lack of high carbonation and hops often found in saisons but I think it only enhances the drinkability and makes this one a great tasting beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is in my regular lineup, just never got around to posting a review I guess... this can has just over 4 weeks on it, poured from can to Surly imperial pint glass:

Pours a nice pale straw yellow with a very healthy, swelling white head that leaves gobs and gobs of lacing. Minimal beading.

Fresh spicy yeast notes, subtle hop character, some wheat type aromas at work, just a nice refreshing smell.

Really hits the spot after a long hot day. Tons of wheat and yeast, bready malts, spicy saison qualities, super smooth.

The feel is nice and light - appropriate for the flavors that it supports.

Just one of many fantastic beers from Surly.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of rlee1390
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation, two finger head that tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Lemon, grass, pepper and spice.

T-Great balance, lemon, grass, wheat and spices. Nice and sweet.

M-Medium bodied, like velvet, good deal of carbonation.

O-A wonderful Saison, not the best one but a solid one indeed. With a few more Surly beers to go from a trade I'm starting to see why everyone is so high on this brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of samie85
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with two fingers of creamy white head.

Peppery with fruity esters with a light bitterness on the finish.

Follows the nose with peppery and fruity esters with some light bubblegum and finishes with a decent bitterness.

Light and effervescent with a prickly feel in the mouth.

I like this one in that it leans towards the hop side of the spectrum of Saison instead of the spiced side.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

A- pours a cloudy shade of yellow with a half finger pure white head. Looks pretty saisonesque

S- very spicy scents. Some flowery aroma from the Belgian yeast. Interesting...

T- there is a light bit of spice here. A little bit of fruity Belgian notes as well. Not bad

M- medium bodied. Its fine

O- not too shabby. The canned format gets bonus points, but I'm not sure I'd love drinking a saison straight out of the can...

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of augustgarage
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 5/2/2012; Poured from a pint can into my Minneapolis Town Hall tulip.

Golden liquid with a voluminous ivory creamy cap. Thick tendrils of lacing create an ornate web, and thousands of micro-bubbles rise at varying rates to support head retention.

Lovely barnyard aromatics suggest goat cheese, hay, lemon peels, wildflowers, and a wonderful light yeasty funk.

Phenolic palate entry is loaded with yeasty complexity - offering up a flavor profile suffused with peppercorn, coriander, and bread dough. The malt bill suggests honey comb and baguette while a moderate bitterness melds with the phenols to create a dry spicy finish, offset with hints of white peach from the hops.

Smooth (the oats presumably help here), effervescent, creamy, medium-bodied, yet crisp, bracing, and refreshing at the same time.

One of the better domestic examples of the style I've tried - though lacking in the floral notes or intensity of the best saisons - the Surly cult was not founded without reason.

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Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev -0.2%

CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
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