bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2009
(Cask) Pours a murky amber body with a spare white head. Aroma of pineapple, florals, grass, honey, and herbs. Flavor of grass, herbal, citrus, florals, and subtle wood undertones. arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours hazy orange/yellow with white head at Darkness Day 2010. Aroma of spicy yeast, with notes of lemon, wood, and apricot. Taste is sweet lemon, ash, and apricot with a note of spice, finishes fairly sweet and a touch dry. The way this brew melds together is remarkable, drinkable and highly complex. jackl (8210) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2016
Cask @ Surly. Amber pour with a creamy head. Not loving Surly’s choice to use a sparkler. Nose suggests all kinds of fruity esters. Baked apple and marmalade. Saison yeast. A bit of lemon. Flavor has some moderately spicy yeasty character. Sweet dough and honey. Pretty dry mineral finish. Medium body, a bit sticky. OK. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
On tap at FoBAB. Poured slightly hazy medium golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweeter light fruits, clover honey, and pale malts with pineapple and woody accents.. OK. The flavor found tangy lighter fruits and heavy ash over sweeter caramel and floral notes.. finished kinda sour and very woody. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. decent spicage and OK feel.. the ash was a bit much. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Sampled at GTMW 2009 (Madison, WI). Pours a hazy dark gold, a few orange notes, natural small bubbly head. Aromas are Cynic to a T. Beglain yeast light, pear, apple, light with subtle ash notes that dry and add slight spice. Citrus notes come out a bit more in this version, fruit forward.. Maybe the ash killed out the yeasty qualities a bit more? Sessionable, smooth, and well flavored. Finish slight spice, dry, and fruity. Very mild bitterness.
Skyview (6076) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2009
On cask and drawn at Grumpy’s NE bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pours a hazy light golden orange brew with a thick and creamy white head that stays with the beer and excellent lacing. Aroma of mild banana esters, apricot, pineapple, peach, honey and light golden multi-grain malt. Taste is close to the regular CynicAle with slight dry herb flavor. Finish continues a semi-dry aftertaste with some light lemon zest and wood character. Not as smooth as the oak aged version but still memorable.
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
FoBAB 2008, Chicago: I must admit that some of my disappointment with this brew stems from the idea that I had that this was aged on ash... like the remnants in my old fireplace. Then I remembered that I was at a "wood and barrel aged" beer festival, and I realized that it was the baseball bat ash. Be that as it may - This seemed a bit muted from the can of CynicAle that I had last year. It had an aroma of lemony pale malts and mild spices, but gone was the zesty spiciness of the original Saison. I’m not sure what the baseball bat contributed to the mix, but, to this Fantôme lover, this was just a sessionable, decently quiet ale. edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2015
16 oz can pours golden with a thin white head. Aroma of yeast, fruit and some citrus. Taste is yeast , malts and spice. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2009
at GTMW ’09. pour murky gold with no head. aroma of ash, yeasty, citrusy. flavors are ash, dry, yeasty, esters, grainy. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
FoBAB 2008. Poured a slightly hazy medium orange color. Smelled of honey touched cereal grain with whiffs of banana and clove. Medium bodied and delicately sweet. I tasted orange, flower blossom, honey, and wood. Good, but I prefer the regular Cynic.