Sneak Attack Saison - 21st Amendment Brewery
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3.98/5 rDev +12.7%
Poured from the can into a tulip glass.
A real nice deep brass gold, a good small column of middle carbonation in the middle, capped with a two finger fluffy and very white egg creamy head. Some good retention here as well, pretty solid.
Yup smells like cardamom, with a nice yeast sticky bread quality matching in the background. Controlled sensing sweetness as well. As advertised, quite nice, and more importantly not overpowering.
Palate is interesting, a little ferrous finish and metallic twinge, but a nice mid blast of cardamom and crisp carbonation. Slightly wet body but gives a real nice quinine and hinting tonic water crisp character. Quenching but also dry, with some good white bakery bread action, but also very tonned down brett heat.
An overall nice take on a saison, very easy drinking as well.
01-19-2014 23:31:29 | More by smakawhat
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
The head starts beautifully, but subsides quickly, and leaves little lacing, leaving the pale gold liquid. The taste is quite good, citrusy, highly-carbonated, moderately-hopped. The 6.2 ABV is masked fairly well.
And of course, great can art as usual from 21st amendment.
01-06-2014 01:16:10 | More by BrewViking
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
A - Not really sure what this one looks like since I drank it from the can but I can assume it's a bright hazy yellow with a 1/2 inch of fizzy white head.
S - Smells of subdued cardamom and spices, decent bittering hops, and some wheat.
T - Not very traditional but I will be damned if it was border line session-able! Just the right amount of hops, wheat flavor is constant and cardamom/spices take a backseat. Also the yeast isn't chalky and comes in rather fruity.
M - Light and bubbly, went down quicker than a Saison should.
Overall I guess I just accepted that is is a bastardized American version of the style. If they were going for drink ability this beer is a winner!
02-01-2013 00:48:42 | More by DrDemento456
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
I found the doubts about this beer because it came in a can to be groundless.
I love this brewer and I vastly prefer cans.
A: Big yellow body with big dense Belgian head, lots of floaters. However, it fades too fast and laces not enough after the first rings. Initial visual impression is good.
S: Classic saison, almost in direction of a white Duvel, with grainy toast malt, lemon, lemon grass, cracker, floral and effervescent.
T: Follows smell, plenty of sweetness and yeast that fall right into my expectation, so much so that I can drink more of these if I had them. Pilsner yes, but not bland, like every other American version I have tried, this is more like a real Beligan. Coriander, and hops, fill out the bill in a lovely long tingly finish.
MF: As noted long tingly finish, fluffy feeling, refreshing, well made.
04-03-2014 00:26:50 | More by Act25
3.89/5 rDev +10.2%
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
3.89/5 rDev +10.2%
A: Pale honey hue, slightly cloudy with a nice velvety head with ½ inch head, a thing of beauty.
S: Spiced notes abound over the strong yeast like characters. Hints of ginger detected faintly, slightly reminds me of Chinese Five Spice powder.
T: Lots of spices with a hint of some sort of citrus. I can definitely taste something that keeps reminding me of ginger. It is hard to pick out the different spice notes. It leave a slightly bitter after taste, but this grows more or less more pleasant as you sip and enjoy.
M: Medium bodied mouth feel, ample carbonation- just enough. It is much more pleasant after sitting a while on ones palate.
O: I was sold by the label, however silly that sounds. But I also was impressed by the Saison itself, I have not had many Saisons to my knowledge. I will later compare them. I must admit I like it much better after it has had time to breath and warm up. The flavors are much more robust and it seems to develop sweeter notes taste wise. Would I buy this again? Absolutely.
05-10-2014 01:46:23 | More by etownhooligan
3.84/5 rDev +8.8%
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
3.83/5 rDev +8.5%
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
3.81/5 rDev +7.9%
a: Hazy, pale yellow; poured with a short lived fizzy head.
s: Lots of something I haven't smelled very often. Can says cardamom so I'll go with that. Mineral-y pils malt, lemon grass, and peppery yeast.
t: Plenty of what I guess is cardamom dominates. Odd, but it works pretty well. A bit funky which is nice, some lemon and pepper as well. A little grainy sweetness too.
m: A tad bit heavy for the style, but nicely effervescent.
o: No classic saison here, but this was pretty damn good nonetheless.
04-24-2014 20:15:52 | More by DIM
3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
Poured from a 12oz can to my chimay challice
A:verry nice looking beer looks like a White wheat beer nice yellow orange color with a nice cloudy look to it
S: can't smell much maybee a little grass and orange peal
T: great beer not to much going on but what is going on taste realy good. I taste some lemon or orange peal,fresh grass,with a decent amount of hops in the end realy good beer
M:nice crisp and dry good taste that lingers for a wile
Overall: I'm surprised a realy good beer dosent taste much like a traditional saison but it taste great I think I found a new session beer
Live life drink beer!!!:-)
02-16-2013 09:01:47 | More by dertyd
3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
Yay craft beer in a can, cause everybody likes it in the can... although I have a feeling this will be a generic American saison, which is not my style of saison, but can't count the flavors before the can is cracked. Canned on 12/16/12, don't you love dating cans!
Big fluffy fizzy almost 2 finger head fades semi quickly with a bit of lacing, over semi clear but sediment laden watery looking pilsner color.
Nose brings some light watery saison aromas, a little grainy toasty malt, lemony, lemon grass, cracker, little bread dough, light saison spices, somewhat floral and effervescent.
Taste starts surprisingly with a little farmhouse funk, saison earthy Belgian yeast like funk but not a lot, then into the grainy malts with more cracker flavors, a little dough, some pilsner malts with a nice toasty wheat, and toasted hay, a light wheat flavor and complexion. Saison brings light spices as well, with a little lemony citrus fruit , coriander, clove, etc, and finally a cardamom bite which adds an interesing complexity. Then hops cut in, of course... it's 21st A, a lemony grassy and slightly spicy and chewy hop profile that gets fairly bitter. The hops, besides the lemony flavor, brings an interesting terroir earthy like flavor, perhaps some sorachi ace hops... Finish is dry, quite dry, decent bitterness with more lemony earthy spicy hops and a bit grassy, as well as saison grassy flavors, wheat, more spices with even more of the cardamom coming through, and a bit more farmhouse funk lingering.
Mouth is med bodied, decent carb that gets fluffy and almost overcarbonated as it goes.
Overall not bad, a bit surprising as I expected an "American" boring saison with some light pilsner, watery lemon, and hint of spices. This had some of that, but even some nice farmhouse funk, a decent malt profile with toasty pilsner and wheat, the lemony flavors get a little overbearing, and the hops get a little too bitter for a saison, but that's typical for 21st A. Cardamom comes through lightly but nice in conjunction with the saison spices. So a decent saison that comes in a can so i can take it on trips easily. I wonder if the few months in the can helped the funk develop.
04-19-2013 02:08:17 | More by jlindros
3.79/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured from 12oz can into a tulip.
Appearance: yellow hue with a bit of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a single finger of frothy, fizzy white foam which seems to be falling pretty quickly. Not bad, but nothing special here.
Smell: sweetish malt with almost a wheaty character, along with a mild farmhouse funk. The spicing is readily apparent, although to me it didn't read as cardamom immediately; I admit I had to look at the can to see what it was. All in all a pretty nice aroma.
Taste: good malt flavor, again with a very wheat-like taste to it. Lightly funky and a little bit grassy with a little bit of a tongue-numbing quality that has got to be the cardamom. Bitterness also seems a little high, although within the style and relatively balanced. An interesting beer.
Mouthfeel: here's where Sneak Attack shines! Despite the medium-light body, the well-integrated carbonation yields a fantastically smooth and creamy texture. Wonderful!
Overall: I like this beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. For an offbeat brew in a can, though, this one is worth a try.
01-28-2013 23:32:56 | More by flagmantho
3.79/5 rDev +7.4%
Had this from a can to frosted mug at Fremont Diner in Sonoma. Pours hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Aroma of cardamom, some grassy hop, hay, a hint of light fruit sweetness. Flavor follows the aroma closely with lots of hay flavor, sweetness and honey, spice like cardamom, and a nice light slightly banana-like yeastiness. Light bodied, but creamy with medium plus plus carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot. Surprised at its relatively low score.
03-10-2014 03:55:03 | More by BMMillsy
3.78/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head, lots of carbonation. Smell is of spices, some fruits. Taste is good. Lots of spices, cardamon standing out, some fruits, yeast, good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.
02-22-2013 06:30:00 | More by tone77
3.76/5 rDev +6.5%
(on tap at the 2nd St brewpub, mid-Apr 2013)
A: pale amber, cloudy... lazy foam and lace
S: nice basic spicy-floral, biscuit aroma - smells like a Saison
T: same basic flavors as aromas... pretty spicy tart.... very nice hot cinnamon-like finish.... fruity/malty aftertaste
M: nicely dry but no burn or heat
O: not distinct or unique, but well-constructed - does its job
05-11-2013 05:54:51 | More by Bouleboubier
Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.