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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 augustgarage
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of Holland
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mista for this treat!

A: light golden or straw colored with a hefty head made of unnaturally large bubbles. Very clear and pleasant looking.

S: peppery, fruity, and yeasty. Very nice, I like the amount of fruit I can smell here.

T: light malt, pepper, then more light malt to finish. Not crazy, but good.

M: medium to light body with a medium-heavy carbonation. Just as I like a saison to be.

O: solid, nothing spectacular. The smell got me really excited that it would be a bit more balanced in taste, but it's a pretty regular but good saison.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can with many thanks to Yamar68, poured an inviting golden orange color with 1 finger of white head which quickly reduced to a nice cap/ring with a mild amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yeast up front, fruit, cloves, bubblegum.

Taste is warm toast combined with peach, creamy malt, a touch of floral essence that finishes with a good amount of cracked pepper, the flavors linger on for a good while. No alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth drinking with a crisp dry finish.

Overall nice Saison, interesting blend of yeast, fruit and spice. Really nice balance with this one, good one for an introduction to this style.

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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange cloudy body with 2 finger head. lots of lacing. Great looking beer! (a bit darker than a typical saison, imo)

S: Cloves, yeast, banana, some pepper notes

T: I actually can detect peach (near the finish) in the taste that wasn't present in the nose. I personally think this is a bit too peppery and a bit too sweet, but I really love the peach finish at the end. I don't think I get much of the apricot (as stated in the bottle). This is like a mix of saison and wit-bier, infused with peach.

M: A bit too thick, imo, for the style. Carbonation is also on the low side for the style. It's not as dry as other saisons I have had.

O: I enjoyed this beer. As mentioned above, I really enjoyed the peachy taste near the end. I wish it was a bit less sweet and lighter (and more refreshing) in mouth feel.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C. Review from notes.

The beer is orange with a thick head that leaves some random spots of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma offers oranges, spice, lemon, grass, dank hops, lemon zest, malt. Light in body, this is easy drinking. While I would not put it on par with the better, authentic Belgian saisons, this is a solid brew. Refreshing and enjoyable. Another solid offering from Surly.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clean orange-yellow our with a frothy finger of head which went away quite quick. smells of grass, celery, pepper, lemon, coriander, orange. tastes bitter up front with a spicy pepper backbone. a bit of lemon citrus flavor, black pepper, belgian yeast, grassy and soapy hop profiles. light bodied with nice fizzy carbonation, slight amount of lacing.

this is a very tasty saison with a nice pepper kick! i was told by a friend who is a lot closer to MN to not bother with this one, and almost listened. since i ended up placing an order form a company that also had it, i figured what the heck - surly hasn't let me down yet, so i picked up a 4-pack. i am not at all disappointed. i think it's a great saison, even though a bit one sided with the pepper kick, it's still very refreshing and very tasty. looking forward to the rest of the cans on hot summer days!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours is orange gold with a nice rocky white head of a finger and a half in height. Average retention with some clumps of lacing on the glass.

Orange peel but dominated by clove, slight fruity banana esters and bubble gum are present but this is very much a standard saison aroma.

Pale malt but really exudes a bubblegum flavor and sweetness as it warms, finishes nice and spicy with clove, grassy hops and coriander.

Well carbonated and lively with a nice dryness provided on the finish despite the sweetness but a little rubber to accompany it. Average body.

A good saison the bubble gum phenols make this one stand out a bit but other wise very much stock saison flavor. A clean good ale and represents the style well. Worth a try.

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CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,502 ratings
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