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Quick Take: Surly Seviin

posted Jun 24, 2013, 5:27 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 24, 2013, 5:30 PM by Heritage Liquor ]

by Patrick Doran

Every year, we all await the release of Surly's anniversary beer with the mantra coming from Todd, their brewer, that it's ready when it's ready rather than giving a hard release date early in the year. This is wholeheartedly respectable and hints at the amazing amount of quality control that goes into the brewing process at Surly.

On to the beer!

Seviin pours out a light amber color into a snifter with a tiny wisp of off white head. The smell is green hops and earthy musty Belgian yeast. The flavor is a large amount of green fruity hop character mixed with a pepper spice and slightly warming alcohol yeast flavor. The finish is dry but has a sneaky cereal malt impression from the thickness of rye, oats, and wheat. No real wild yeast presence is detectable yet, but given time this beer could turn into something very complex with all of the malt there is for the Brettanomyces to ferment through while in the bottle. A great candidate for the cellar. There is an amazing crispness to this beer with all it's malt complexity and abv.

Much like all of Surly's other anniversary releases you have never had a beer quite like this.