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Surly Brewing Company

Surly Brewing Company
Cynic Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Category: Belgian Style Pale Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Surly Brewing Company
Cynic Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Category: Belgian Style Pale Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.5%
Old gold color. Pungent, roasted, smoky aromas and flavors of singed herbal banana muffin, dark roasted nuts, and grilled root vegetable with a supple, crisp, spritzy, light-to-medium body and a peppery, brisk wheat wafer, peppered jicama, corn pudding, and citrus rind finish. A rambunctious Belgian pale ale with a bitter hop finish.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Funky, Hoppy & Malty
Aroma Aroma: singed herbal banana muffin, dark roasted nuts, and grilled root vegetable
Taste Flavor: wheat wafer, peppered jicama, corn pudding, and citrus rind
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Kiev, Margherita Pizza, Brie
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rambunctious Belgian pale ale with a bitter hop finish.

The Producer

Surly Brewing

The Producer
4811 Dusharme Dr.
Minneapolis, MN 55429
USA
1 763-535-3330

Belgian Style Pale Ale

Belgian style pale ales are pale straw to amber in color and range from 4-6% in alcohol. These beers are medium in body and are characterized by a moderate fruitiness, medium to sweet malt flavor, and a floral, spicy hop finish. Hop flavors may range in intensity, but tend to be slightly more delicate than the hop profiles found in American or English pale ales. Hop flavors range from floral to spicy to black pepper. Beers in this category may also have varying degrees of flavors derived from Belgian yeasts. These flavors should not dominate the overall flavor profile of the beer, but instead compliment the complex hop aromas and flavors. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Orval Trappist Ale, Brewery Ommegang BPA and Russian River Redemption.

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Belgian Style Pale Ale