Misanthrope | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian style Saison aged with Brett in used white wine barrels.

Added by MasterSki on 08-10-2013

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i have been wanting to try this one for a long while now, finally got my chance at the great american beer festival. this was one of the top beers on my list this year, very unique for how simply they describe it. been a long time fan of surly, so this was pretty cool to get into. its a belgian strong golden as a base, mostly clear in appearance with bubbles like a ginger ale and a similarly airy white head. it smells great, you get the herbaceous belgian yeast right up front and a sweeter round pils and honey type malt base. what makes the beer interesting though, is the wine barrels and the brett. the acidity is there from the wine, which is often lacking in straight brett beers, so that was a smart choice. the fruity wine flavor marries with the fruity esters in the yeast, and a lovely synergy is formed. the brett is moderately immature, its not the funkiest thing on the block, but it absolutely adds a layer of rustic appeal and yeast depth that would be missing if it wasnt there. mild tang in the finish, a ton of carbonation, and dried right out form the brett. what i dont get is a lot of wood character, it makes the beer feel more fresh and alive, i dont really miss it. one of my favorite non-hoppy beers i have had from surly, and i am looking to get my hands on some more of this. a fascinating and delicious specimen!

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of deebo
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz darkness snifter in the tap room.
A-a burnt hazy golden color with a thin white head that quickly recedes to a thin film on the glass.
S-sweet funky earthy aroma with a noticeable white wine aroma. Spicy phenols here too.
T-a bit sour upfront with a sweet white wine taste. A bit black peppery with a dry finish
M-plenty of tingly carbonation with a warming finish. Not much body with a very dry tart finish.
O-tastes like a lot of wild beers. Fairly easy to drink with moderate funkiness and sourness with a white wine quality. Needs some more barley or "beery" flavor for my tastes.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Surly's taproom. 10 oz. serving in a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Color is a bright and somewhat hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A very funky and yeasty Belgian style aroma with lots of fruit esters. Belgian yeast upfront with some farmhouse funk, white and black peppers, and clove. Huge scent of Brett funk with a white wine presence. Fruit hints of banana, cherry, pear, orange, pineapple, apricot, and peach. Pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and crackers. Subtle earthy hop hints in the background. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a very funky Belgian yeast driven taste with lots of fruity notes. Belgian yeast notes with some farmhouse funk, clove, and some white and black pepper. A very big taste of the Brett funk giving some sour white wine notes. Fruity notes of bananas, pear, tart cherry, pineapple, orange, apricot, and peach. Bready pale malt presence with notes of grains, straw, and cracker. Very forward with the sour funk. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Sour, fruity, and pretty drying on the finish. Pretty smooth with well masked alcohol.

Overall: Another very good Brett beer from Surly. This is like a Cynic mixed with Pentagram. Nice combination of farmhouse esters with the Brett.

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3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is peppercorn, Brett and lemon with a light, peppery, yeasty bitterness. Aromatic. Spot on with an appreciable funk. Beer opens bright. Hints of lemon zest, peppercorn, coriander, wet wood and a touch of Belgian yeast. A nice, Brett funk in the middle takes over the light, prickly saison flavors with a sprinkle of bitterness and finishes with a bit of hay and wet grass. Delicious! Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on palate and aggressive going down but with a surprisingly soft finish and a clean aftertaste. Goes down easy and makes me want to go back for more.

I haven't always appreciated Brett'd saisons but this is very very good. Super drinkable and great complexity. Definitely a sleeper for me.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, brouwers

hazy orange body - very brett forward, some nice barrel notes, chardonnay, hay, wood, white pepper, clove. This was a nice beer - a nice prelude to heavier barrel aged beers on this day. Pentagram was a dud, but misanthrope is solid

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Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MynamesRickJames
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Clear golden with a medium white head. Smells of oak, brett, a little fruity, and a bit sweet. Tastes very winey. Sweet and fruity. Oaky. Brett lends a little earthy bitterness. Kinda heavy and sweet, but it tastes good enough to justify it.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arniepnminne
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Misanthrope from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 174 ratings