JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2008
16oz can from Mrthirstyneck - thanks, Shane! A lovely amber pour into my Hennepin glass. Lively carbonation, medium head and minimal retention. Very pleasant aroma of yeasty funk and some mellow fruits (maybe apricot). The flavor is dominated by slight elements of pepper but mostly yeast. And while I’m hugely impressed at Surly - what balls, doing a saison in a bloody can - the beer ends up being perhaps too one-dimensional. barncatmatt (2287) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2008
from a 16 oz can shared with hyde and sammy. hydes can. poured golden with a small white head. very hop driven fruity aromas. flavours are hopped up begian ale without any hops bitterness. i didnt really get and saison flavours but this was a very good hoppy belgian blond. a very enjoyable brew that i didnt fully take in. id love to try it again but a big thanks to hyde for sharing. KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2008 I had this last year and thought it was better then than it is this year. Clear golden pour with a small white head. Subtle bitterness. Yeast and light banana nose. Light fruits in the flavor and spices. 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. OldMrCrow (2444) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2009 Tap at that cool lofted-ceiling trippy-decor pasta bar in Dinkytown
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2008
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 wouldn’t really hold this up as a great saison, but it’s 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; I’ll split the difference.
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. 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. 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. 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 weren’t 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. 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 i’m drinking a beer. ick