SeVIIn | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 06-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml waxed bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing.

Smell: A yeasty Belgian style aroma with hints of fruits, spice, and Brett funk. Belgian yeast upfront with hints of funky Brett, clove, and pepper spicing. Big fruit scent of bananas along with some dried apple and pear. Also some citrus orange hints. Belgian candied sugar along with some hints of honey. Bready malts and wheat with hints of biscuit, oats, rye spice, and caramel. Earthy hop hints in the background. Very forward on the banana and yeast. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a big yeasty Belgian style taste of wheat along with notes of fruit, spice, and funk. Belgian yeast with notes of clove and pepper spices and some Brett funk. Big taste of bananas and some fruit notes of apple and pear along with citrus orange. Belgian candied sugar and some sweet honey like taste. Bready malt presence with notes of wheat, biscuit, rye spice, oats, and a little caramel. Subtle bittering earthy hops towards the finish. A very nice Belgian style taste with some good banana flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and fairly juicy with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is there but tame for the high ABV.

Overall: A very good spin on a Belgian "Trappist" style beer. Very good yeasty banana flavor with some nice spicing and funk. Unique and tasty like you expect from Surly.

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Photo of 1niquity
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with a touch of red. Very clear. Poured with a fairly thick off-white head that dissipated after a few minutes.

Smell: The nose is dominated by banana and clove scents. A hint of earthy hops as well, maybe? Brettanomyces tartness also makes an appearance. Overall the smell is very pleasant, but not quite as strong as I would like.

Taste: Initial flavors are earthy hops that blend into the banana and clove characteristics of the Belgian yeast. A hint of spiciness and an amount of booziness follow. Although the alcohol flavors are present, it's less than I would have expected from 12.5% ABV. I would have guessed more along the lines of 9-10%, maybe? Malty sweetness is present, especially as the beer warms. Little subdued hints of Brettanomyces sourness poke through every few sips - certainly nothing overpowering - it might even be hard to pick out if you weren't looking for it specifically. Creamy banana flavors come back in the aftertaste and linger nicely with a hint of clove and other spice. I found that the flavors were quite muted when the beer was cold, but they really start to shine through as the glass warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bordering on creamy. Carbonation is fairly low (although maybe it is just because I have been sipping it for a while). Just slightly less thick than I had expected, but enjoyable.

Overall: Initially, I was a bit disappointed with how subdued the flavors seemed. I was very happy with how things developed and the flavors shine through as the beer warmed, however. If you had Surly Five and Syx in the past, this beer could almost be described as a less woody Syx that was fermented with Belgian Yeast and then a small splash of Five was thrown into the mix. The flavor is nicely complex - definitely something I look forward to trying again as it ages.

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Photo of jera1350
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber bodied with a dense head of fluffy khaki foam that produces plenty of lacing.

Very intricate nose of complexity. There is banana, clove, bubblegum, cream, vanilla pudding and some mild citrus notes in the background. Smells like hefeweizen meet belgian ale meet dessert.

The taste contains the same flavors as was present in the nose. Banana cream pie, clove, spiced rum, booze; light leather, wood and earth notes towards the end. The Brett gives a unique leathery/earthiness to the overall beer. If I wasn't told it was in here in a small dose, I would never know. It doesn't give the usual sour/funk as I was expecting. I much prefer it like this. Very nice complexity.

About a medium feel with lower carbonation that is soft. The palate is left quite dry from the finish. Certainly does not feel like a beer of ten percent alcohol with the exception of the booziness.

Really like the uniqueness and take on the belgian style beer here. Lots of complexity to the beer and very enjoyable. Glad I had it, but at $20 plus per bottle, it will probably be my last. Definitely worth a one time splurge though.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surly Seviin. Trappist yeast, 3 malts, rye, wheat (first time at surly), and oats. 12.5 % ABV. Topped off with brettanomyces. I'd been looking forward to this one. Had a few (too many) at the release party last night, didn't go hunting for bottles today, but got a keg of it, which I just now tapped. Now, to drink. But first, to look, and then to smell.

Gorgeous, bright shining crimson hue, under a lush, creamy head. Fantastic looking beer in this glass (an old Darkness snifter from 2007, with the logo still hanging on there).

Aroma: deep fruit and wild funk hit first. Lovely stuff, herbal, floral, fruity, very rich and complex. Tart cherries, mangoes, and far below, some banana. Amazingly intriguing. Mystery upon mystery.

Taste: big and bold fruit flavors match with the vast malt complexity. Spicy rye meets smooth wheat, while cherries and raisins abound in the flavor. Very bright and bountiful. Low bitterness, high maltiness, caramel tones, sweetness is kept in check, with a tart twist rising up and blazing the palate.

Medium-bodied, long finish, bit of fruit and funk. High alcohol shows itself, bites a bit.

Rich rye malt spice, …maelstrom of malt…spice meets sweet…big booze, …if anything it reminds me of a Scaldis, mixed with a trappist quadruple.

very bright, brash and loud while young…have to wonder what it will be like in a year or two.

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Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark orange with a one finger light tan head which fades slowly. The aroma has bananas, bubblegum, pale malt, citrus, wheat, and grapes.

Tastes much like it smells. There are bananas, bubblegum, grapes, pale malt, wheat, citrus, some alcohol, and caramel. A sweet tasting beer. Not overly sweet or cloying, also no bitterness for balance either.

full bodied with mild carbonation. Has a sweet sticky banana and caramel aftertaste. Finishes dry. Well made, but not in the true Belgian style. An interesting take on the style from Surly. Tastes delicious, and I think it will only get better with age.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-07-22 in Maple Grove, MN at 3 Squares.

A - Quite clear, dark amber with a 1/2 finger head into a 10 oz glass. Good lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, cherry, caramel, light banana and clove. Sweet and quite aromatic.

T - Well-balanced Belgian strong with the flavors echoing the smell although with less banana and clove. Plenty of dark cherry, touch if orange, quite malty; almost like a wee heavy, which I am enjoying. Not too sweet and enough offsetting bitterness. Alcohol is there but complimentary.

M - Medium body and carbonation. A bit spritly.

O - I'm impressed. Smell, flavors and feel suited me well. Another winner from Surly.

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Photo of sbxx
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear, deep red amber. One finger of head disappears quickly.

Smell - Cloves, spice, alcohol

Taste - Kinda like it smells, without any semblance of alcohol bite. Hints of banana. Rye, oats and wheat all blend together nicely to give it a super clean, spiced taste. Very easy to drink! 12% ABV?! You'd never know it.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, dry, clean finish. Awesome.

Overall - Wish it was easier to get another bottle of this. Goes down so clean, so smooth. Super enjoyable. Well done, and congrats on VII years!

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Photo of Dspader1
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vintage bottle opened jan/17
A- nice copper color with light head
S- slightly wheaty smell with an odd white grape smell.. fruity sweet.. ages well..
T- starts off with a strong caramel works its way to a light wheat and ends with a surprisingly smooth boozy flavor..
M- smooth, creamy, great aged mouthfeel with light to no carbonation
O- great Belgian style ale ages well and was way better than expected

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Photo of TCMike
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Produced a 2 finger beige head. Beer color is reddish-brown, and non translucent.

The smell is of caramel, bananas, pears, cloves.

The taste similar, sweet, and a bit boozy, but it is 12.5% abv. Heavy mouth-feel,and an upper-low carbonation.

Nice beer if you are in the mood for a boozy sipper.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage purchased 6/13...poured 5/16.
A - normal, straw color with 1/2 inch white head, no lacing and minimal retention.
S - Mild sweet/sour mallt, only a hint of hops.
T - Non-dominant Belgian flavor accompanied by a good blend of slightly sweet malt and well-balanced, but generally lighter, hops. A great American interpretation of a Belgian Strong Ale. Alcohol is well masked (vs. 2014 tasting, which was still a bit hot). I have to believe the 2013 is peaking or n ear peaking about now.
MF - Just right for this style. Definitely lacking, but clean...just the right viscosity.
O - I wish I had shared this with others. Three years really made a difference. No longer hot. For my liking, a subdued Belgian yeast flavor. But, top of class.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted 20 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours medium-deep golden color, clear, with one-half finger of yellowish-tan head. Good retention, excellent lacing. Quite nice, actually.

Smell is big on golden grains, Belgian yeast, some fruity esters. Smells relatively sweet, with clean syrup and light stone fruits. A touch of funk adds some character.

Taste is, well, brawny. Starts out grainy and mildly sweet, then bursts through with a hop/alcohol rush that's too smooth to be a kick, but too potent to be ignored.

Feel is quite good. Medium-bodied, with that characteristic evaporative feeling from the high ABV. Has a fluffy sense to it, perhaps from the wheat. Medium-high carbonation that tingles my mouth and re-disperses the flavors.

A good strong Belgian ale, with a funky twist and a little fluff addition from the wheat. Good stuff, but not worth the price tag, IMO.

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Photo of Mdog
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear orange/amber, good head.

Smell: Dark fruits, boozy, a kind of tartness.

Taste: Mildly tart cherry, fruity, not too sweet, raisins, quite a malt bomb.

Feel: Tingly feel, not too heavy.

Overall: The Surly anniversary beers are always really interesting mixes of flavors. This kind of reminds me of a Belgian quad but with more tartness. Congrats on another good year.

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Photo of mnphish
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think BA should add 'Value' under the ratings category because I spent $25 after tax on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, absolutely outrageous for the style. This better be good.

Nice looking copper body with a small head that leaves boozy legs. The aroma is very good: Big belgian yeast with overripe bananas, spices, and lots of booze.

This is tasty stuff as notes of cinnamon, cardamon, pepper, banana, and sweet malt guide the palate to a massive boozy finish. I actually think the booze plays a significant role in a positive way, but might hide some flavor. There is almost a banana cognac taste because of the booze. I am a big fan.

It's a heavy beer with a big mouthfeel and some heat. Overpriced? Yes. Unique? You betcha.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't a huge fan of SeVIIn when it was released. But now that it has had 6 months in the bottle, I thought I would give it another try.

And time has done wonders for this beer. It has rounded the edges, and brought out more interesting aromas and flavors. I am having a very difficult time coming up with descriptors, but I am definitely not finding anything described on the bottle.

All I can say, is that it's a tasty, musty surprise. I can't wait to see what another 6 months will do to it.

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Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: A nice wood stain red with decent light tan head.

Smell: Brown sugar, toffee, banana, clove, floral notes, and maybe a touch of citrus.

Taste: Deep malt flavors of toffee, brown sugar and caramel - reminiscent of a Barleywine. The Belgian yeast is noticeable with banana and clove. The finish is fairly spicy, partly from the clove yeast notes, partly from the rye, and partly from the hops. Some light citrus and floral aspects from the hops as well.

Feel: Full body but not chewy as expected. Extremely smooth with a dry finish. Much easier to drink than the abv would suggest. Not too boozy.

Overall: Complex but subtle. Maybe a little too subtle, as nothing really shines. However, this is dangerously drinkable. However, and while this does not impact my score, this is certainly not worth paying over twenty dollars for.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Burgundy orange with a thick, white soapy lacing that's quite sticky and viscous.

S - Bready, funk, spice, citrus, light caramel.

T - Bready, fruity, light caramel and alcohol, bananas, cloves.

M - Thick medium body, slick.

O - A solid beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SeVIIn pours a dark reddish color with a small lacing head. Aroma is fruity, tart like notes, boozy, with wine like notes. The taste is very complex, strong wine like fruit notes, with a warm alcohol buzz, yeasty bread like notes, with some ester like flavors. Good body, good flavors, lots of things going on. Overall it is a very complex multi dimensioned beer, it is very enjoyable, and the flavor really evolves as it warms up.

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Pours a dark amber color with a nice active two fingers of head that holds up pretty well and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is at first reminiscent of a nice clean brewery for some reason. After that I get a nice hop punch followed by the Belgian yeast coming in with some peppery and banana notes. Wheat makes itself present but in a less dominate way.

T= The taste on this beer starts with a nice Belgian yeast punch. Peppery bananas with a nice hop bite. There is also a bit of an alcohol bite. This beer is gonna knock me on the ass I can already tell. The wheat is sort of soothing and coating in a way. I don't get much rye or oat from it. The oats may be contributing to the coating mouthfeel of it.

M= Coating

O= Seven years in the books. This beer I thought was an bit of an "easy" job for the seventh anniversary. I was wrong. This beer holds a lot of complexities to it. It's unique and something I didn't expect Surly to make. My favorite? Prolly not. While it's a crazy unique beer and it is delicious I'm just not a big fan of the strong Belgian yeast presence. Who knows though you may love it. The great thing about Surly is that they try their best to make enough beer for everyone who wants some enjoy.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy golden color with a nice creamy two finger foamy head. Foam fades slowly leaving nice sticky lacing and a thin foam cap that lasts throughout.

Smell: Sweet and spicy with aromas of clove, fruit, yeast and alcohol. A very spicy Belgian ale aroma.

Taste: Much like it smells, sweet and spicy with a strong alcohol presence. Fruity and yeasty with some citrus hops in the mix. A blend of many big flavors, but nonr of them overwhelming.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with medium creamy carbonation. Finishes semi-sweet on the tounge with a little alcohol burn.

Overall: A very heart Belgian strong ale with a lot of spice and fruit flavors, and a nice mix of hops in there, too. I liked this, and would buy it again for sure.

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Photo of yamar68
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying this from a bottle. Was impressed with the small taste I had at the brewery. Let's see...

Reddish caramel body stuffed with slow and steady beading. An off-white to khaki head swells to form a few fingers before receding to a thin but stubborn cap that laces very well. Booze is certainly evident judging by appearance alone.

Bright Belgian yeast aromas dominate the nose. Vanilla, clove, honey, cinnamon?

Again, loads of semi-sweet grains, vanilla, cardamom... a subtle medicinal astringency comes with the after burn. It's difficult to pull out the subtler flavors that hide beneath. Dial back the yeast character, dial back the alcohol. I will admit that the flavors seem to meld as the beer warms and my palate adjusts.

I'd love to try something that lie somewhere between Diminished SeVIIn and SeVIIn itself. I'll be honest... I sort of wish Todd had stood by his desire to only brew beers <10%.

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Photo of davey101
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml yellow waxed bottle into a teku glass. Huge thanks to Obiwankushnobi for this want of mine. Pours a clear dark brown/red body with a finger of tan foam that has some crazy lacing and retention.

S - Huge Belgian yeast notes of banana, bubblegum, and spices. Booze, caramel, rye spice, and some stone fruits. Piney hops. This aroma is really complex and all over the place. Really awesome.

T - Banana, clove, wheat, caramel, raisins, grapefruit and piney hops and straight fusel alcohol. A bit of hop bitterness lingering on the finish. This is a real cluster of a BSPA. The flavor reminds me a bit of Bolt Cutter, but tamed down and lacking the barrel notes. This is awfully tasty but really confusing and intense. Mouth feel is thick and coating but well carbonated. Alcohol is somewhat prohibitive.

O - This is a huge and complex beer. Really intense, boozy and massive. Frankly it's kind of a mess of a BSPA. I'm kind of a fan though. This is really unique and different. Thanks Kyle!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 9.1.13

A - Pours a hazy ruby-amber with a one inch tan head that fades slowly.

S - A touch of tartness, then lots of sweet fruitiness. Apple, banana, cherry.

T - Similar to the nose, mostly sweet fruits and some breadiness.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Very, very sweet and fruity.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Surly Darkness Glass, shared with scoand.

A- Pours darker than i expected, 1/2 finger white head dissipates to a thin ring around the glass, splotchy lacing, orange.copper color.
S- Brown sugar right away, the alcohol is very evident in the aroma, comes out strong, this definitely needs some aging. Slight clove aroma in the back, malt as well.
T- Hot right away but still drinkable, not as bad as I was expecting. The belgian yeast is evident the more i drink it, clove, and banana come out on the backend, brown sugar and caramel upfront, allot going on, very complex and unique.
M- Big mouthfeel, coats the palate, sticky/dry finish, bitter after taste.
O- Not to bad, needs some aging, but overall i enjoyed this beer, definitely need to share with someone else, would be hard to drink on your own. Complex, i look forward to trying this again in a year or so. Happy Seven Years Surly.

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Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surly. Rye. Big. Where do I sign over my paycheck? Delicious on tap, finally sitting down to work my way through a bottle. With help from my lovely wife. Nice artwork & yellow-waxed 750ML bottle.

The pour is just the dirty side of clear orange. Clear white head. Nose is head-over-heels yeast, big Belgian bananas, cloves. I feel like I should be able to inhale something else, but I can't.

SeVIIn is an admirably clever name, & I wonder how long it took Surly to think it up. Oh, the beer. It's as complex as a quadratic equation. The yeast remains in the forefront of the beer, tossing in a chaw of bubblegum to go with the bananas & cloves. The rye adds a tag to the yeast's (probably) inherent spiciness, which makes it veer completely off Belgian territory. Mid-section is fruit, like those sheets of fruit sold to tweens, what the hell are they called? Cherry, pearish, fruit influence grows as the beer warms. 'Fires of hell' level of alcohol, & my belly is electric-blanket warm. Sweet sweetness takes over on the finish. With my sweet tooth, this is going down rather swiftly.

Not as good out of the bottle as on tap. Very good, but not the ryegasm that I was secretly hoping for.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from cellared bottle, burnt orange with fluffy white head. Scent of malt, spice, citrus. Flavor is spicy, clove, banana, malt with unique citrus and boozy backbone. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.

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SeVIIn from Surly Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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