SeVIIn | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of kojevergas
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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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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Photo of jlindros
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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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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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 stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share thanks to Steve. Edging towards sour, tart and tangy. Medium amber, soft soapy head. Soft yeasty notes. I wish it went more solidly in one direction, than trying to span genres.

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Photo of rudzud
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Received in a trade and shared at a party at JLindros's place. Poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a clear honey hue with thin light wisps. No real lacing though

S - Quite phenolic, very very light fruit and esters.

T - Taste is loads of phenols, sweeter fruits, light sugary malts. LOADS of booze though.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with a good amount of alcohol noticeable.

O - Overall this beer was FAR too phenolic to be truly enjoyable. Still, a nice little tick.

Serving Type: Bottle

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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 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 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 rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep amber cloudy orange with a one finger head.

S-Darker fruits, yeast, clove, rye.

T-Unblanced. Balance isn't even close. Lots of Belgian yeast, cove and darker fruits. But they do not go together with the rye and caramel.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-The flavors were good individually, but as a whole, no balance. Maybe letting the beer age would help it.

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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 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 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 gatornation
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a dark amber color with an off white head nice lacing a few floaters
S- herbal with dark and light fruits grainey with Belgian yeast
T- fruits dark and ripe bananas and raisins plum, and fig with clove and malts
M- medium carbonation fruity and sweet ABV well hidden
O-good stuff but overpriced IMO

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Jeff for knocking off all these Surly Anniversary beers. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger light cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a bright red-orange. Lacing is stringy and web-like with great cling. Solid.

Nose is a mellow Belgian yeast mixed with intense citrus hops and cane sugar. Sappy and resiny. Aromatic and very interesting but I'm not sure I like it.

Opens citrus, starfruit and pineapple. Belgian yeast, acrid, sap hop bitterness in the middle. Cane sugar and booze at the middle and end. More sap and amber in the end with resiny hop bitterness at the finish. Sweet, sappy aftertaste. Enjoyable but a touch awkward.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down slightly hot and aggressive. Messy finish with a filmy, light but lingering aftertaste. Pretty nice.

Not one of the better anniversary beers. The fruity flavors from the Belgian yeast and the dank, sap and resin hop bitterness just don't quite work together. This is a decent beer but not quite my style.

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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 thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, let's get right to it.

Not sure exactly what Surly was trying to accomplish here, but this was not good.

Several different tastes immediately assault the tongue, clove, hops, something weird and almost dirty, and a kaleidoscope of other unintelligible flavors. This does not work well together.

Of the four of us drinking this, two of us (including me) drainpoured our glasses. One of us quasi-enjoyed it, and the other thought it was okay. Not something I would drink again, let alone seek out.

Score - 3.19

Edited - With a year or so in the bottle, this is starting to come together some. I would increase my original score from a 3.19 to a 3.75.

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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 Beerlover
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is what it is. a good Belgian. nothing spectacular, nothing mind-blowing.... I REALLY wish b.a. would add a "price" tab to the required fields, because this like most all other surly would get a BIG OLD FAT "1.00 - AWFUL" rating from me. I really hope that once surly opens their new 20 million dollar brewery that their prices come down a bit, in fact that what i'm attributing the price gouging on all their beers to - they gotta pay for that new brewery somehow right? so yeah 19.99 for a 750....i'm sure other surly crazed suckers paid more...serves ya right! I feel like a chump for the fact that I shelled out so much for this one but I had to try it since I skipped the "pentagram" and surly syx was pretty solid plus the bottle art is awesome as it always is with surly.
a: i'm not a Belgian expert by any means but to me this looks more like a dubbel than a tripel, its clear dark brown with an amber tint. half inch off white head
s:smells like a normal Belgian to me nothing really pops, some clove, some yeast, some flowery grassiness and what you'd expect.
t: not bad, nothing great, typical Belgian.
m: a little too much carbonation for me like an 8 outta 10, 7 being higher than I care for.
overall: another overprice mediocre beer for the guys that I have a love/hate relationship with. oh well its to be expected from surly, at least I got a cool bottle to add to the collection!

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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 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 angrybabboon
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 11/14/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: A somewhat medium amber, darker than I expected - some ruby and some gold highlights - pours with a medium sized, eggshell white head, fades to a borderline solid cap, leaves a nice web of lacing

Smell: An interesting mix of malts and Belgian influences - rich caramel, pale malts, and a touch of rye - decidedly bready - the Belgian yeast strain imparts some clove and banana - some candi sugar - some other light fruity esters, like pear and apple - some cooked, caramelized aromas - some alcohol in the finish

Taste: Interesting and tasty - some definite Belgian influences, but really tastes more American than Belgian - interesting blend of pale malts, caramel malts, lightly spicy rye, and a touch of oats - malty sweetness from the malts, and some candi sugar sweetness - Belgian yeast, with banana and clove - apples and pears - some booze in the finish

Mouthfeel: Close to full body, rich, very smooth, nice carbonation

Overall: I've got a friend... Who I've known since I was SeVIIn

This is quite interesting. The malt profile is quite unique, and the Belgian influences work quite well. This isn't the best thing I've had from Surly, but that is far from an insult. Very tasty and worth a try.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale was orange in colour, and smelled of belgian yeasts and rye, with aromas of honey and orange. It tasted pretty good, fruity and yeasty, with a strong alcoholic flavor and finished with bitter citrus hops. Plenty of flavor with a medium body.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

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