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RATINGS: 722   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Oh great, a fizzy yellow beer in a can, thats just what the craft beer world needs! CynicAle melds Old World ingredients in a new school style. French malted barley, English oats and Belgian yeast create honey and black pepper flavors. Lively Slovenian hops provide the floral, apricot and peach notes. Toss your doubts away, toss one back and enjoy!
33 IBUs.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2008
16 oz can. Pours a slightly hazy yellowish gold color. The nose is strong with yeast, a slight bubble gum, and slight citrus fruits. Comes across the palate as balanced hops and malt with slight grassyness. It has subtle finish that gradually dissipates. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2009 Tap at that cool lofted-ceiling trippy-decor pasta bar in Dinkytown

Pours gold with a modest head, strong yeast aroma, bubblegum and a bit of citric hops, over-ripe peach, hefe-like notes. Flavor follows the aroma, not as funky or a fieldy as I like my saisons but unmistakably aiming at the broader defintion of the style, a pleasent hop edge never overpowering but certainly contributing to the overall profile.

I guess I wouldnt really hold this up as a great saison, but its an interesting beer and a nice effort. 7/3/7/4/13=3.4

Can courtesy of kosko20. I liked this a little better from the can than I did on tap, actually. Definitely in that bubblegum and cloves style, but better balanced than I remembered and very drinkable. Goes about 3.6 - 3.7 from the bottle; Ill split the difference.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2008
[Can] Pours a hazy gold with a small off white head. Aroma is fresh grassy hops, citrus fruits, and a little bit of barnyard. Flavor is really nice and rich. Nice malty flavors come across balanced by the above average hops for the style. There are apricot flavors, a little bit of funk, and some peppery spiciness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Pours a clear golden honey with thick cream-colored foamy head that dissipates to a bit of lacing. Aroma is a bit fruity with notes of yeast and spice. Flavor is spice, definite yeast. The flavor is yeasty but with a definite twist/kick. The spice in the flavor is noticeable. Body is medium with definite carbonation present. Definitely enjoy the cynic ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2008
On tap. Very nice, slightly cloud gold in color. Big soapy white head. Apricot, honey, sweet pepper and yeasty spice in the nose - very enticing. The flavor picks up most of the characteristics of the aroma, but none of them seem quite as pronounced. So the flavor is very good, very well balanced, and very clean (especially as some citrus hops that werent apparent in the aroma come through in the finish), but is a little subdued, especially for a surly brew. The mouthfeel is pretty full, but manages to be crisp enough to make the brew quite refreshing. Great brew overall - could definitely be this summers session brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2008
amber in color with a minimal head. the pepper is overpowering. not much what i have in mind when im drinking a beer. ick

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle. Pours a yellow orange with a thick foamy white head. Aroma is good an unaffected by the canning, belgian yeast, honey, peach and orange. Some hop character in the finish. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lothore (644) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours a nice golden yellow hue with a huge 2 finger head that just wont quit with lots of visible carbonation. I found myself thinking "now this is how a beer should look"... and I dont think that very often. S- Smell is fairly mild yet earthy, spicy with hints of belgian yeast. T- Taste is much different than I was expecting ... not your average saison. Light with an earthy character which finishes with quite a bit of hops and something distinctly lageresque about it that I cant put my finger on. M- Fairly thick with just the right amount of carbonation. D- This is clearly a very drinkable brew. Perhaps a bit different than something I would session but I liked it none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 July 07 tasting. 16 ounce can provided by theisti. Aroma is spice (clove), pepper, and a mild earthiness. Taste is spice/clove, pepper, and maybe a touch of banana.

Additional notes. The color is nearly gold, which places it on the dark side for a typical saison. The color means a fair amount of specialty malts were used, not something I typically enjoy in the style. There is a profound pepperiness to the beer, with all the heat you might get eating a peppercorn that has not been crushed well, as well as the pepper flavor. It seems like the beer improves after a few minutes, maybe it is purging some of the more funky volatile yeast byproducts. The beer is just a bit on the harsh side, it might be the hops, it might be the yeast, but something is amiss. It also seems like the beer is much smoother when it has a chance to warm. Right out of the fridge, it seems a bit too aggressive, but after a bit of time the fruit comes out a little more in the aroma and the thickness given by the oats becomes more apparent. This is a good beer, the best saison out of a can that I have ever tried, but I have to disagree with the brewers choice of specialty malts, they add too much to the beer, and I am not keen on the yeast selection and/or the fermentation process. It tastes alot like Safeale T58, with all the pepper. Score stays the same, but I fear I overrated it the first time around. Thanks for the can Tim.

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