SeVIIn | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 06-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
287
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
112
For Trade:
13
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with gold (possibly beeswax?) waxed-over pressure cap and printed-on label art acquired at a Minneapolis bottle shop and served into a stem-tulip in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, MN. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. No ABV is listed on the bottle.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger head of white colour. Decent cream and thickness. Head retention is poor - maybe 30 seconds tops (not including the floater ring it resigns to, which lasts maybe 1.5 minutes more). No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a nontransparent nontranslucent dull amber-brown. Abundant fine floating yeast particles are plainly visible.

Overall, it looks nothing like a Belgian Style Pale if that's what they're going for, but then the description claims they're after a Belgian Style Ale, so I'm optimistic. Not quite sure how this is meant to be Trappist, but okay. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: Belgian candi sugar, plum fruit, brown sugar, Belgian amber malts, bready/crust malts, caramel, and distinctly Trappist yeast - which I love. It's biscuiy with that fruity edge that really evokes a fine Belgian character. Hints of fig. Maybe dates or prunes; the fruit is a bit timid.

I'm not finding any rye (no subtle spiciness), oats (no refined smoothness), or wheat (no crisp leavened body). I also don't find clove or Banana. The label's description is off, at least for the aroma.

No alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant, appealing aroma with a distinct Belgian character. Average to mild in strength.

T/Mf: Brown sugar and bready/crust malts. Plum fruit. Stonefruit. Some light fig. No prune or dates. It's a biteen jammy. Belgian amber malts. Some biscuit malt. Light candied character. Hardly any hop presence is noticeable - maybe a light complementary fruitiness. Caramel. Trappist yeast is obvious here, with plenty of subtly fruity Belgian character. Rich, biscuity, and vitamin-filled. There's not too much sediment. Faint raisin, even dried grape (as pretentious as that sounds). Fermented cherry.

Not as well balanced as it should be. A bit too sweet; probably too candied as well. Has a cohesive enough build, but it's far from gestalt. Shockingly shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Lacks complexity and subtlety - especially for a Belgian style ale. Not intricate or nuanced. I'm a bit disappointed given the brewery, but I guess there's a reason they're not known for their subtle styles. You go to Surly for IPAs, imperial stouts, and sours. Subtlety isn't their strong suit.

Not finding any brettanomyces yeast.

No alcohol comes through, which is quite an accomplishment.

Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and nicely thick. Medium-bodied. Decent presence on the palate. Plump. Could be more accessible. Fairly filling. The texture suits the flavour profile decently, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. A biteen overcarbonated.

Not crisp, oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. A real disappointment for a Surly anniversary brew. There are elements I like, but ultimately it falls short. What it does succeed at is hiding its ABV nicely. I wouldn't get it again, and it's not Surly's strongest fare, but I'm glad I got to try it. A nice brew for the Thanksgiving holiday, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. As a Trappist style devotee, I'm pretty let down.

And the rye/oats/wheat? Nowhere to be found. But I think that's a good thing. You don't muck up a traditional Belgian with those additions to the grain bill.

I'd recommend setting this one down for 1-2 years. It might develop, and at this price point, it needs to.

An unambitious safe attempt at a traditional style that ultimately falls short, but surprisingly not due to its unorthodox grain bill - just its lack of mastery of the essentials of the style.

Surly should stick to their strong suits - IPAs, imperial stouts, and sours - and should abandon attempts at intricate styles like this. As much as I like Surly, they're just not cut out for traditional Belgians.

Lowish C+

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Washington square.

Beige head. Lots of lace. Color is a golden orange. Vibrant.

Flavors of very sweet malts. A lot of bready flavors. Candied sugars. Bananas and cloves. Wheat. A lot of spice. I think it is brewed with rye which makes sense. Just massive malts. I get a bit of pineapple as well. Very strong and boozy.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Medium feel to it, but you can tell it is strong.

Overall, this beer is way to hot right now to enjoy. It is too sweet and too malty. Needs some time to round out a bit. Just not for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Light fluffy head, nice messy lacing, hazy orange red color

Nose booze and phenols, some juicy malts, floral spicy hops lighter, candy syrup.

Taste sweet candy, little syrupy, bright citrus and floral hops, mild spicy, candy orange peel, syrupy light caramel, mild booze and phenols, mild fruit notes. Long bitter spicy hop finish.

Mouth is med bod, syrupy, lighter carb, mild booze.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.43/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Big white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Boozy. Toasty malt. Phenols. Lightly spicy.

Taste - Yikes. Boozy. Caramel and spicy rye. Lots of wheat. Phenolic Belgian yeast. And more booze.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium carbonation and heavy.

Overall - This is downright unpleasant.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

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