decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A light orange pour with a very nice white head. An aorma of corriander and light fruit. A flavor to match the nose. Just more fruit in the flavor than the nose. A mild pleasant bitter that seems to push the flavor well. Carbonation as expected is aggressive. Overall a very surprising beer. Not overly fizzy and full bodied. Very good offering.
beastiefan2k (2197) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2009 Can from theisti. Pours with a light copper color with a small head. Lots of light but cannot see through it. Aroma is malty breadiness and some faint flowery hoppiness with a growing grassiness as it warms. Taste is similar with some light sugar candy sweetness on the back end of the flavor. Itís a decent beer but just kind of uninteresting, just too plain of a Saison. Finishes a bit bitter and lightly yeasty sweet. I do pick up just faint corn/macro flavor here and there. 7/3/7/3/14
I believe that was the first batch of Cynic I had. I finally tried this again hoping for something better but did not get it. Shaker pour @ Stub and Herbs. Basically, its just not a good Saison. Its way to sweet, not lively, not effervescence and the malts and hops are way off. It does have a Belgian yestiness but its muffled but all this not to style characteristics. They could have called this an IPA as well its so allover the place. Its just not what I want when I am looking for either a hoppy beer or especially a Saison. 7/3/6/3/13
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared with Zinister. Thanks to Tim for lugginí this great brew with him from Kansas. Pours solid cheddar orange with a one-finger head of white. Scents of licorice and bubblegum dominate the nose. Flavor starts out as a mixture of grassy hops; then, mysteriously, it morphs into a subtle sweet candied malt blend. Not done yet, it finishes the metamorphisis by finishing in what I describe as a Belgian IPA. The mouthfeel is full and coating, leaving a wonderful bitterness on the tongue. Very interesting beer; controlled anarchy in a can.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Many thanks the theisti for the can. (I canít even say ía can of saisoní without giggling)
Hazy orange color with a large head. Aroma of yeast and spices with an apricot base. Tastes fruity; apricots and pears with a major amount of peppery spices. Finishes on a nice floral note. Probably the freshest tasting saison that Iíve had.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can via trade with Robertsreality. Shared with bikesandbeer. Pours orange with a 3 finger really beautiful tan head. The nose is yeasty with a Belgian edge. The nice is sweet and biting with a clear hit of the black pepper mentioned on the can. There is also some spicyness. A bit to astringent for me but tasty nonetheless.
asedzie (565) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy copper/orange, with short off-white head. Aroma is grainy, wheat-like with damp, spicey yeast scent. Also, faint aroma of oranges, bannana and cloves. Many complex flavors married into a coherent whole. Middle is full, slightly sweet with citrus-like hop bitterness, earthy yeast and oats. Aftertaste is more bitterness and citrus hop flavors - lemon peel and oranges.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/24/2007: Surly CynicAle pours a mostly clear orange color and has a lating, frothy, beige-colored head. The aroma is sweet and contains some light apricot, fruit and sprice, and a bit of yeast/doughy malt. The flavor contains tropical fruit. It also has a light, delicate spiciness and a soft hop bitterness. The aftertaste is apricot and peach. The medium-body of this beer is smooth on the palate. This is the third Surly beer that I have had. It isnít quite as good as the other two (<a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer/surly-bender/551 and <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/surly-furious/55 but it is still great beer from a can. Who would have ever thought that somebody would make a can a Saison-style beer?! Thank you Surly for thinking outside the bottle!
16 oz can (6.5% Alc/Vol, 33 IBUs) from buckybeer. Thanks Mark. This was shared with Rob and Lance at the Oatmeal Stout Brewout. Rating #68 for this beer...
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2009 Pint can from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN. Pour is almost clear orange-gold with a medium sized slightly off-white head. Aroma is cloves, bananas and spicy Belgian yeast. Nice, almost wheatiness to initial taste with a sour / sharp hop bitterness to the finish. A bit of earthiness throughout. There is quite a bit going on in this one. Another very interesting style-buster from Surly.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Canned. beer is clear light caramel-brown with an average-sized, white, frothy, diminishing, but mostly lasting head.<P>The aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain; Hoppy with light herbal notes of resin/pine, Yeasty with light notes of basement, trace of sweaty dish rag; Light miscellaneous notes of coriander seed, trace of peppery orange zest. <P>The flavor is light/moderately sweet, trace acidic, trace bitter with a lightly/moderately bitter, lightly sweet finish.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught sample at brewery during the Surly tour, RBSG Minneapolis, June 23 2007. Quite bright gold with a bit of lasting head and a touch of lacing.....juicy citric-apricot dominated aroma, lots of nice dry herbal qualities....the flavor is at first rather sweet, again very fruit-juicy, but that dies away fairly quickly and the texture becomes dry and somewhat mineralic....very little in the way of herbal or spicy character, perhaps a touch peppery in the middle/end. Very drinkable and enjoyable, but not necessarily what I think of when I think "saison."