Sneak Attack Saison - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can that is stamped on the bottom with a canning date of December 2012. I wouldn't ordinarily review a year-old can, but this particular style can hold up over some time passage, and after drinking it, I thought it held up quite well. People might want to know that this beer can be enjoyed 12 months after packaging.
Appearance - Pretty standard saison appearance with a body that is a sunny golden yellow with noticeable haze and a steady drift of carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass. Where the light refracts, the body is the color of a bright yellow lemon rind. Atop the body is a finger and a half head (can't help but wonder if a younger can would provide more) the color of bone white which is made up of tiny champagne-like microbubbles. Lacing is faint and barely present.
Smell - Surprisingly, I still get a nice amount of the cardamom that the can says is contained in this beer. I figured after a year, any of the adjuncts that were added would be barely detectable at best. Instead, the cardamom provides a nice floral sweetness, almost like nectar, to compliment the bready yeast characteristics of the saison. Some generic fruit phenols are present, but this aroma is mostly grain and cardamom.
Taste - The cardamom isn't nearly as present in the taste as it was in the aroma, but it still seems to impart a delicate softness to the taste that might not otherwise be there. Sourdough, toasted wheat and some spicy yeast-like phenols. Light lemon is present as well to provide some faint acidity. It could certainly use a bit more of said acidity--perhaps the age showing itself again.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate to light carbonation. Finish is semi-dry and there isn't really much of a lingering aftertaste. Pretty clean.
Overall, this is a nice saison, but I have to say it probably gets a little bit of extra credit because it is canned, and canned saisons seem so rare. It's a tasty brew, but I'm unlikely to go out of my way to get it again, especially since 21st Amendment doesn't distribute anywhere near my current location. I can think of dozens of saisons I'd choose first, and I can even think of two canned saisons that I'd likely pick ahead of this one.
Serving type: can
01-16-2014 18:27:25 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.54/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - pale yellow, translucent, 2 finger head
S - sharp aromatic smell of fruits, cardamom is very dominant, can detect some other spices, underlying smell of banana, slight nutty smell
T - very sweet, strong taste of cardamom, pineapple and bananas, very slight bitterness left on the palette that follows the sweetness
M - watery and light, sharp taste
O - The cardamom is very strong here and doesn't leave much taste/smell other things, which is both a good and bad thing. I enjoyed this beer overall and would drink it again. I personally really liked how the beer smelled and tasted. The strong cardamom was welcoming with the fruity and nutty undertones being barely present but still existing. Good saison overall.
Serving type: can
07-06-2014 02:06:59 | More by mthomp081
3.1/5 rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A-Funny can art. Pours a lightly hazy yellow with a thinner, white head. Soft on the lace.
S-Aroma is heavy with the pungent cardamom. That combined it's the Belgian yeast makes for one spicy, clovey aroma. Some peppery aromas, too. Somewhat fruity.
T-Cardamom, clove, pepper. Light fruity notes with some grassy hops as well. The spices are too bold.
M-Medium bodied, well carbonated. A bit of a lingering feel to it.
O-Was not a big fan of this. Not into all the spice flavor. It takes away from the other elements of the beer.
Serving type: can
07-04-2014 16:59:43 | More by VelvetExtract
Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.