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 facundoCNB
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Bradbury
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Doyle
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of rawfish
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of RWNewhouse
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of jcjerabek
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Cooper
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy amber with a nice sticky white head.

The smell was light, with clove and pepper along with a touch of musty yeast.

The flavor was dominated b the yeast, musty spices and light sweet citrus notes. Had a bit of a tinny metalic bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel was dry and crisp.

A good basic saison, nothing that sets apart.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of beergod1
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy peach color, with a nice fluffy head. Smell is very yeasty, funky, with a light tropical fruit sweetness. Taste is along the same lines– lots of yeast, plus a bit of pepper and slightly sweet malts. Smooth, crisp, light body; medium carbonation, and dry finish. I was expecting a hoppy ipa style beer, I'll have to start reading the description. But it was a nice surprise.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Photo of brystmar
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 2/15/2012.

Golden body with orange hues. Crisp bubbles form minimal white head and leave beads on my glass.

Aroma is uncharacteristically malty; spices, yeast, and hops are in the background.

Bready, malty, spicy, hints of banana. Finishes mildly hoppy with lingering bitterness. Flavor profile is quite mild for a saison. Almost as though they blended a full-flavored saison with a pale ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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