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Sneak Attack Saison - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

417 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 13
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hoptometrist on 01-04-2013)
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Reviews by Stinkypuss:
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -16.2%

LOOK: Pours a cloudy pale golden color. White head forms and leaves a bit of lace on the snifter.

SMELL: Wheat, hay and a light Belgian funk with some bubblegum/banana like esters. Grassy.

TASTE: Light tartness supported by a wheat malt base. The can says its brewed with cardamom, and it is very strong in the taste with a seedy, peppery, poppy like dryness. Very mild bitterness and a spice bite. There is a small citrusy acidity that is the saving grace for the flavor. Yeast phenols are muted for the most part.

FEEL: Light bodied, fairly drinkable since its so light and packs in the flavor. The cardamom in the end just becomes overbearing in the finish and leaves a seedy oil coating on the palate. Some tasters have detected a numbing sensation, I concur.

OVERALL: Very average and over spiced. I'd probably quite enjoy it if they left the cardamom out of the recipe entirely. Cardamom. That's the sneak attack here. Mediocre but beats a trip to the dentist.

01-30-2013 05:08:34 | More by Stinkypuss
More User Reviews:
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csmartin6

New York

3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-16-2013 01:40:02 | More by csmartin6
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Lazaro

Florida

3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-04-2013 04:09:21 | More by Lazaro
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz can with a freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed pale yellow, thin ring of lace

SMELL: Semi-agressive cardamon, peppery, faint juicy fruit, medicinal, grassy

TASTE: Spicy, smooth, slick, nutty yeast, grassy, medicinal, herbal, ghost-like ginger, green peppercorn, bready, semi-dry spicy finish

A good Saison, don't know of many canned Saisons which is cool and all but on the flipside it does detract from the crispness I look for within this beer style. This pulls away from the flavor a bit as well, perhaps I am used to the bottle conditioning and big dryness in most.

01-08-2013 03:31:00 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.69/5  rDev +4.8%

In a can, with dating info on the bottom. Purchased for $2.49 a can at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pour is lightly hazed, yellow/dull golden, loose off white head, with minor blobs of lace here and there..

Heavy cardamon spiced up nose, with some background pepper

Spicy up saison in a can. More cardamon, pepper, ginger and light citrus.

Near over spiced, sort of a heavy handed take on the style. Not my favorite saison, but on a hot summer day....

03-06-2013 01:24:49 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +9.1%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: huge pepper smell and hay

Taste: pepper dominates, hay, flowers--maybe lavender, dry hops at the end

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a big bitter end, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: I really like the powerful pepper here and the flower is nice as it warms up. The end is a bit bitter for the style, but I still like this one as a more affordable saison. I could sip on a couple as the weather started to warm.

02-25-2013 14:22:46 | More by tigg924
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev +10.5%

Serving glass: Poured from can into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw color with stark white head and some clingy lacing.

Smell: Banana, straw, grass, cardamom. Fairly spicy and dry aroma overall.

Taste: Mostly matches the aroma, with banana, pepper, lemon, straw and hay. Fairly spicy and bitter finish - more bitter than most Saisons. However, it does not quite have the depth of flavor to make this top notch.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a relatively light body. Finish is quite dry.

Overall: A very nice Saison. Since it is lighter and more bitter than many others, this would be better as a summer beer, rather than releasing it late in winter. I won't ding the score for being released at an odd time, but I wish I could have this while mowing the lawn.

02-16-2013 21:39:06 | More by bsp77
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juicebox

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

02-19-2014 13:53:38 | More by juicebox
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +18.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Canned on 12-17-12.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Big four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very spicy and yeasty aroma with good hints of citrus. Belgian yeast with some hints of barnyard funk, pepper, and clove. Big scent of cardamom spicing that really sticks out. Herbal, earthy hops with a hint of grass. Hints of citrus orange and lemon zest along with some banana. Soft malts with hints of wheat grains, hay, and biscuit. A nice spice driven Saison smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a very spice driven Belgian farmhouse taste with esters of citrus. Belgian yeast with pepper and clove spicing along with a little ginger. Big taste of the cardamon spice. Fairly herbal with some earthy hops and grass. Taste of banana and citrus fruit including orange and lemon zest. Soft bready malts with notes of wheat grains, hay, and biscuit. A pretty nice twist on the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, and very smooth. Fairly drying.

Overall: A pretty good tasting take on the style. A pretty untraditional take on it with the heavy cardamon, but it works well.

03-08-2013 07:29:20 | More by MattyG85
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briandaube

Delaware

4/5  rDev +13.6%

01-26-2013 22:42:55 | More by briandaube
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-26-2013 23:41:15 | More by williamjbauer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.89/5  rDev -17.9%

Clouded golden body with a bright white head, speckled lacing left behind. Aroma has spice mild citrus notes, brewed with cardamom well I couldn't have pulled that one out by itself. Slightly metallic note in the nose and definitely in the flavor, bitterness from the spice additions, lemon lime quality just plain unbalanced and not a good representative of the style. Mouthfeel is dry bitter, tingling with acidity, and spices hard to get down each sip lasts around longer carbonation is forced a bit much in all regards. Overall, I tend to like 21st Amendment releases this one has to be off, or it was just a straight miss.

03-02-2014 14:41:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-24-2013 17:40:08 | More by ianjsullivan
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bdtva

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

03-05-2013 17:22:42 | More by bdtva
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

02-02-2014 22:53:44 | More by acurtis
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-15-2013 14:03:06 | More by ltdantheman
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roostor07

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-12-2013 00:57:28 | More by roostor07
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Shawner

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -43.2%

11-10-2013 15:51:31 | More by Shawner
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b2611

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

02-12-2013 23:13:39 | More by b2611
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InfernoBoss

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-01-2014 07:57:53 | More by InfernoBoss
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wildcatboy

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

07-21-2014 22:40:10 | More by wildcatboy
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imbuckeye

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-13-2014 12:59:07 | More by imbuckeye
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TheSixthRing

California

3.49/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance - Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white, 2 finger head. Fair retention. Nice top layer of microbubbles, most gravitating to the edge.

Smell - Aroma is strongly herbal; mint mostly, with a healthy pepper kick. Soft banana. Peppermint gum.

Taste - Light, with notes of mint and faint banana character upfront. More herbal qualities come through mid-taste, bringing with it a touch of peppery spice. Finishes with a mild, drying grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a dry, crisp bite. Bone dry finish.

Overall - Well, it's unique. I'll give it that much. The cardamom is just too dominant, not allowing any other aspects of the beer to truly shine through. The brewery refers to it as a nice palate cleanser; I'd say that about sums it up.

03-17-2013 04:22:56 | More by TheSixthRing
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JoeBlevins

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -29%

04-14-2013 17:19:37 | More by JoeBlevins
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%

A - pale, golden yellow with a thin lacing of bubbly white head

S - huge Belgian yeast funk, some faint spice, some faint fruit

T - white grapes, Belgian yeast, big fruitiness, funky, a mild bitter finish

M - crisp, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a decent saison. It's rather typical in flavor, but that's ok if a saison is what you're seeking. This is a sound, balanced beer with a solid drinkability. If you enjoy saisons this is worth finding and trying.

02-02-2013 02:09:45 | More by tdm168
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Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.