UkrainPubCrawler (92) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a delicious saison style pale ale. Beautiful crystal clear golden color with rich foamy head. Smooth with plenty of character from the pepper and malt.
jbuskirk (413) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Surlyís CynicAle is as delicious as it is unconventional. The appearance is everything youíd expect from a farmhouse ale: heady, lively, golden. The smells of yeast and fruit are extremely enticing, too. The taste is what blew my mind. Surly really nailed this one. The flavors of stone fruit and yeast blend perfectly to create a lovely earthy/sweet balance. While Iím partial to saisons that boast a big (and slightly sour) yeast strain, CynicAle shows that tropical flavors can also be a welcome addition to this style.
crm114 (1) - USA - JUL 24, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I find Surlyís take on this style to be an excellent summer session beer. The fact that itís available in a can has made it my go to beer all summer long.
tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great session saison but be careful. Went great with BBQ ribs and potato salad. Sweat, spicy, and delicous. Go Surly.
NearABeer (8) - COKATO, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite ale of all time. Cloudy golden pour nice head. Great on tap even great out of the can Highly recommend.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a clear amber copper color with about an inch of tan foam. Okay head retention, good webby lacing. Spicy and a light saison funk in the nose.
Quite tasty with flavors including dry spices (corriander and pepper flavors), orange, slight barnyard funk, and black tea. A somewhat floral hopping throughout becomes more noticeable in the finish, lending a gentle citrus touch. Lighter than medium body, well carbonated, smooth and refreshing.
kungfujesus (14) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden pour with a good head. First sip tastes slightly of apples and as the beer warms tends to lean more towards pear. Slightly sweet with the perfect amount of hops and a really great aftertaste on the palate. One thing I really enjoy about this beer is the mouthfeel, it is light and extremely refreshing.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Freshly tapped at the Blue Nile.
appearance: hazed amber in the glass, clearer near the foot, under a good, staying 1/2" cover of beige-toned foam. A duskier look than other saisons Iíve sampled, but whatís wrong with that.
Aroma: nice spices, and sleek citrus. Very fine. Tickles the nose with ethereal pleasures. Lively hop play. Gorgeous.
Taste: a phenomenal blast on the palate, that sits and lingers deliciousness in the mouth. Hops, yeast, and spicy malt combine to deploy just the right amount of spicy notes and light fruit. (Lemon and lime with a side order of orange.) Dries near instantly, and demonstrates perfect balance, almost never showing sweet, not too hoppy, not too hot, nor too spicy, just spreading this ingenious, beautiful, utterly satisfying flavor.
Light bodied, like any saison should be, but so substantial in flavor, so sophisticated...tea-like, at times, broken up by hop happiness, and a malt character that takes turns at juicy and peppery. Exquisitely drinkable, massively enjoyable.
Also, I find myself admiring a certain sublimity I donít often encounter in other saisons, Belgian-brewed or otherwise.
Lordy, itís lovely!
One of the best beer names conceivable, and one of the least apt, in this case. I canít imagine any cause for skepticism, Surly has done it again!
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16 oz can. Pours a slightly hazy yellowish gold color with a big white lacy head that laces very well. Aroma is of yeast and pepper. The flavor is excellent! Very floral with apricot and a hint of "grassyness". This years version is just as wonderful as I remember it (despite a new recipe!) One of my favorites from Surly.
TomDecapolis (4437) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much thanks to hopdog for passing this can onto me. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium creamy/bubbly white head...exactly what a saison should look like! Aroma of that same great citrusy hops that I have come to expect from a Surly beer. But itís not a hop bomb...the saison qualities are still there. Fruity (apricot), honey, floral, spicy saison yeast notes, some light peppery and bready malt. Flavor of honey, peppery saison spiciness, floral and citrusy hops, a touch of some hop bitterness, bready dry maltiness. Surly does it again! Now if only they could start shipping those cans to PA.