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 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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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of deanis30
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jimmah120
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange-gold with a two-finger head that dissipates to a thin film with decent lacing. Smell is light malt with some pepper and a grassy hop tinge. The taste is equally peppery and funky but is dominated by a light sweet malt flavor reminiscent of a saltine cracker with nutella spread on it. There's also a barnyard flavor, some caramel, biscuit, dried apricot, clove, green apple, and a slight bitter hop aftertaste. Finish is dry.

This is a great weird example of the style. Just what you'd expect from Surly.

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Photo of ernestenvy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother for driving this one...and a whole lot of other Surlys from Minnesota to New York. Beautiful golden yellow color, totally clear, with a thick, creamy white head. Good retention and a bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is a little spicy, maybe a touch of pepper, indistinct fruitiness. Not a big aroma but appealing.

Very tasty and well balanced; light cracker malt, peach and apple, black pepper, bitter grassy hops in the finish, lots of yeasty esters. Light bodied with medium carbonation, very easy drinking and smooth. Fairly dry, quite refreshing. I really enjoyed this surprisingly nuanced saison in a can!

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Photo of Timmuh
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of match1112
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: hazy golden yellow body. thin white ring with no lacing. pretty boring looking.

s: citrus, spice, floral, yeast and some grains. not one of the better smelling saisons, but not bad either, just average.

t: yeasty black peppery and citrus. tastes more like a wheat beer to me than a saison.

m: medium to thin body with decent carbonation. kinda oily with a spicy finish, but not bitter.

o: easy drinkin and tasty. just not quite what i look for in a saison.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of GreyGhost4
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of BrooklynBrewers
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of smakawhat
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a small snifter glass at Churchkey DC.

Off white head is made, really doesn't stick around for long off the pour. A real nice golden brass color color body, but not much else to say here. Looks alright.

Faint sweetness on the nose, behind a musty sense of wild yeast. Mild butter comes out a bit, faint herbal which mixes nicely with the butteryness, there's some heat here also from the wildness more so than alcohol.

Saison like mild yeast hits, brings the butter sense with it also. Soft bodied nicely, with some playful carbonation, some good crispness. Although palate seems to lack much more variety (floral, fruit, honey, sweet, anything).

Overall it comes off just pretty simple and straightforward but good.

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Photo of craytonic
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey DC

Appearance: golden orange-yellow pour, nice large white head

Smell: Citrus, coriander, earth and other spices

Taste: citrus, pepper, earth, coriander. All the typical notes of a decent saison but the sum is not greater than the parts

Mouthfeel: medium body and mothfeel.

Definitely not one of the better saisons I have had, and not one I would seek out.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oc can into a 20 oz pub glass.

A: Pours a very pale golden straw color with a thick white head. Good head retention.

S: Lots of spice, herbal aromas as well.

T: A very good saison. Loads of spice, black pepper, very herbal, phenolic. Straw like hops, great spicy hop bite. Very present herbal flavors as well. Finish is very dry.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

O: A very good saison, definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of davidthebruce
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of theminutemen
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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

16oz can, packaged on 1/16/12

Pours a very pale, clear gold with a small head. Good retention.

Aroma is very phenolic, with notes of clove and snappy, grassy hops.

There's a lot of yeast flavor here, mainly phenols-- herbal, clove-like, some rubber-- and esters-- banana, ripe fruit-- to a lesser degree. Malt flavor is light, with the oats providing some smoothness and nutty character. Highly carbonated and lively on the tongue.

Nice and drinkable.

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Photo of Elstad
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of SweJon
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BarrelAgedBarry
4/5  rDev -0.2%

CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
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