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Sneak Attack Saison - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 563
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 21
Gots: 98 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hoptometrist on 01-04-2013

You might not expect a Saison in winter. But the enemy didn’t expect Washington to cross the icy Delaware, either. Expectations be damned, we say. We’re sneaking up on winter with a boatload of bravado and this Belgian-style farmhouse ale. Dry hopped with whole organic cardamom pods, our Saison has an assertive spiciness. In your face, winter.
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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lightly hazy yellow with a white head. In the aroma, cardamom, lemon citrus, and small tart earthiness.. In the taste, lemon citrus and cardamom, with a small tart and dryer end. A small spice bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cardamom and lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Dry and small earthy tartness, big lemon citrus, just above average. (362 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy straw yellow-golden color with a one finger pure white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a persistent white foam on the top of the brew with almost no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a wheat and lemon smell with a large amount of a funky yeast smell. With the funky yeast comes a grassy and herbal smell. Along with these smells is a good dose of spice being largely of cardamom and some clove.

Taste – The taste begins with a more smooth bready and cracker taste mixed with a lemongrass taste. The flavors have a bit of lemonade sweetness upfront, but these sweeter tastes are soon lost more toward the middle of the taste. The sweeter lemonade is lost largely due to spice flavors of coriander and clove as well as a more grainy wheat flavor coming to the tongue more toward the middle to the end of the taste profile. Along with these tastes, a yeasty flavor comes, bringing with it a grassy and hay like funky taste leaving a rather grainy, grassy and somewhat funky yeast s taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is slightly above average. Both are quite appropriate for the style, keeping a very drinkable brew while not accentuating the funk, yeast, and wheat too much so that it is overpowering, but yet allowing it to be appreciated by the tongue.

Overall – A rather tasty and enjoyable saison with a nice blend of lemon, wheat, yeast and funk. (1,582 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (498 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with barely one finger of head that quickly settles to a thin skim of suds. A nice amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a combination of yeast esters and cardamom. In fact the cardamom is a little strong for me and would of been better at a lower level to let more of the beer aromas to come through.

I prefer the flavor much more than the aroma. Nice fruity ester and dry malt flavor that the cardamom compliments. Still feel the cardamom is too strong. Nice dry finish that I prefer in my saisons.

Body is very light. Lively carbonation in an otherwise unremarkable body.

Not the most impressive saison. Enough of the Belgian yeast comes through to make this a worthwhile effort. (730 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (464 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz tin into a pilsner glass, bought from Fred Meyer in S.Salem. $8.99 a sixer. Clear corn oil yellow colour, nice thick creamy white head. Attractive lively carbonation. peppery,yeasty aromas slight dough. nice Taste is moderately spicy wit a touch of bubblegum,some German white wine tones coming through. I likey. Mouthfeel is OK maybe a little too thick and under carbonated for style but still OK. Overall i enjoyed this one nice drink. (442 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy light golden body.
The aroma is lemon, grain and cardamom.
The taste has a dry cardamom flavor with some mild lemon bitterness bring it to an end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It light and airy overall. Mild flavor. Drinkable and sort of interesting. (308 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow color that's seemingly clear at first. Some exposure to light will reveal a hazier body. The head is a one finger white color. It's kind of disappointing by style standards, as it doesn't have the supreme retention or lacing qualities I expect.

S: Well spiced. And I really mean well spiced. Aside from the strong lemongrass quality the aroma provides, many spices - such as ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and the advertised cardamom - come through in an almost explosive manner. If there any such thing as a winter saison, this would be it.

T: There is a lot of lemon flavor in general, with a finish that evokes not only cardamom, but both gingerbread cookies and fresh cut grass as well. Complexity is muted at best. Works as simple refreshment quite well. Let's be honest, though, it's not a great saison.

M: A bit on the syrupy side - which is usually a deal breaker in a saison. I'm almost content to blame the slight undercarbonation (though it seems to perk up as the wet finish builds up), but I'm thinking its caused by the general sweetness. The texture features excellent initial crispness, but that syrupy, vaguely sweet linger comes close to ruining things completely. Dryness tries to accumulate past the aftertaste to no avail.

O: Those looking for a complex, thought evoking saison, look elsewhere. Those looking for a simple thirst quenching beer in a can, give it a try. I have to dock points for not being a good representation of the style, but as a regular 'spiced beer', it's solid. (1,572 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color, very light haze. Airy white head sticks and deflates. Crowned nicely. 3.75

Coriander, cardamom, pepper, yeast funk, light peppermint, and almost an aroma of treacle. Strange, but likable. 3.5

Herbal, like the nose. Cardamom is right there along with white pepper, grapefruit pith and rind, light nuttiness, and a few trapped malt sugars. Lively and spicy with big herbal notes and barely definable citrus. Flatter in the finish. 3.75

Drinks lighter and refreshingly so, but with a tad too much sweetness. Carbonation is big and fluffy. Warrants a more careful approach, as it can burn you out too quickly if you try to guzzle. 3.5

Canned saisons. Steps in the right direction. Not exceptional, but good enough to approve. 3.75 (752 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,299 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Canned on 12/16/2012 and cracked open one month later. The can says "hand crafted & canned by 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA."

This pours a light hazy golden wit color with a light foam that rapidly dissipates. I get a delicately floral aroma with some cardamom notes, maybe a little honeyed-basil hints. The aroma doesn’t come out & grab you, tho.

The flavor has an upfront bitter bite which quickly blunts, a light spice & some more cardamom notes.
The 38 ibus on it helps. As it opens I get an almost soapy, cilantro vegetal note to the aroma and flavor. There’s some coriander seed as well. And is this a whisper of cinnamon? The elements are there but they don’t result in an end product that stands out. Ultimately however this is more middle-of-the-road than anything exciting. While it’s perfectly mundane and I wouldn’t think twice about this in a session but under scrutiny it doesn’t hold up. (930 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (505 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, as pictured below.
Clear, light yellow color, lots of carbonation bubbles. Shiny white foam, head slowly fades, lots of thin lace lines.
Smells of light yeast, toasty grains, slightly spicy.
Taste has some spiciness, as expected from the style. Citrus notes, and finishes with a bit of grassy hops.
Light to medium body, refreshing, then dry at the end.
A nice suprise. (381 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasty enough beer, just not a great Saison. Pours a hazy pale gold color from a can into my pint glass. A hard pour gives you a decent size delicately bubbly white head. Average retention and a little lacing.

Smell is primarily lemon zest and some cardamom. Pleasant.

Taste is more of the same. Lemon zest is most prominent. Spices are cardamom and black pepper. What is missing is the musty, yeasty funk that has been described as "horse blanket" or "barnyard". To me that funk is an essential part of a great Saison.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

Overall, a good summer beer, but if you are looking for a top shelf Saison...this one isn't it. (653 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny, golden bubbly body, trace white head, slight lacing

S: lemon peel/grassy, Belgian yeast, floral, light spice

T: lemon peel/grass, yeast, malt, floral, mild bitter/semi-dry finish

M: med/light body, bubbly/semi-dry mouth

O: Nice; enjoy 21st Brewery. Good intro Saison,
but could be improved.

QUITE NICE; NOT MUST HAVE! (332 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow color with a snow white foamy 1-2 finger head that faded at a moderate pace and left decent spotty lacing.

Smells of clove, ginger (apparently that’s the cardamom listed on the can), grass, cinnamon, herbs, spices like potpourri, wheat, lemon and dried flowers; this is all spices and zero malt or hops in the nose. Fans of potpourri will really dig this nose; fans of basic beer smell will not.

Tastes of strong ginger up front, followed by clove, wheat, dry yeast, herbs, grass, cinnamon and spices like coriander, pepper and potpourri, lemon, hay and dried flowers; a hint of toasted grains and floral hop peek through, but just like the nose the flavor is all spices with the ginger/cardamom being the dominant aspect. Not my cup of tea, but some people may like this.

Mouthfeel is light and zesty, with high fizzy carbonation, a medium body, and a grainy semi-dry finish that leave nothing but the ginger taste in your mouth; feels like having a piece of fresh ginger that comes with sushi.

Overall this was interesting, but this is a one-time beer for me. Not my flavor profile of choice and not all that enjoyable to me. (1,173 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright golden with a fair amount of carbonation, small and large bubbled head that fades fast like a melting mashmallow. A cloudiness to the beer, with a swirl of white sediment near the center.

S: Light and citrusy, reminding me of a heffe weizen. Some spice, perhaps coriander, most likely cardamom as the can indicates. Some Belgian yeast smell as well.

T: Light, dry, citrusy and herby, a grapefruit rind bitterness near the end with herbs. Definite Beligan yeastiness as well. Reminds me of a lemonade with the rind in, and without sugar. Somewhat fruity aftertaste.

M: Light body, medium high carbonation.

O: Very dry, and almost no sweetness. Would go great with some dry cheeses like a parmesan. Its growing on me as I drink it. First time to have a 21st Amendment Brewery’s beer. The picture on the can is outrageous and funny. (845 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By: 04/30/15

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves spotty lacing

S: Quite yeasty, with lots of fruitiness and light spices. Cardamom doesn't pop, but it's definitely in there with the spices

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a big yeast presence, which imparts fruitiness and some spices. A little bit chalky with all that yeast. Very wheaty as well. Finishes with lingering yeast tones

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, quite chalky

O: A nicely refreshing brew that is definitely a sneak attack on the winter season. Would be more enjoyable in the warmer weather, but it still works with the cold. Dominated by yeast and wheat, so if you're not into one or either of those, then stay away (792 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Straw yellow, tan tint, nice thick, foamy 1 inch head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Floral hops, spices, pepper, banana, lemon, grassy/earthy. Lots of yeast and sugars.

Taste - Starts of with classic flavors, floral hops, lemon, orange, yeast, spices. Grassy and earthy but, rather bland without any funky saison flavors. Some sour notes near the finish. Kind of a one two punch, floral fruits, then spices and that's all.

Mouthfeel - Fruits, spices coat the tongue. Palate gets more of the same with a little yeasty notes. Aftertaste is weak and mild sour.

Overall - Bland, forgettable and very boring. It starts out promising but quickly dies fast. Flavor is very basic and lacks sweetness of yeasts and sourness that most saisons have. Not a winner from a brewery that I really enjoy. (823 characters)

Photo of dertyd
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!!:-) (617 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (771 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a thinnish white head, large bubbles that disappear rather quickly but plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom constantly.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with some spiciness thrown in, yeasty with a mild coriander presence.

Taste starts out with a slight bubblegum flavor, quickly dissipates which leads to a yeasty spiciness, sweet malts finishes, hop presence is minimal, medium-high carbonation with a crisp finish. (443 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a craft beer glass.

A: Pours a clear golden straw with a 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail and ending in a sold lace.

S: Belgian yeast and fruity aroma.

T: Sweet Belgian fruity malt with a tangy and yeast-like backbone.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid farmhouse ale – went down smooth and easy. (377 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy light yellow pour with 2 fingers of white head which left behind nice amounts of lacing. smells of lemongrass, pepper, a nice fruity citrus scent of tangerines. a very floral flavor.. lemongrass, pepper are both there, honey, sunflower petals come to mind in a weird way. medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. a slight sting on the lips from the alcohol.. feels nice.

this is a pretty decent saison in a season where there's barely any competition. i gotta hand it to 21st amendment for the bold move of releasing this now.. and thank them at the same time :) (577 characters)

Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.