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Sneak Attack Saison - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

424 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BeerForMuscle, May 15, 2014
Photo of jbaker67
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

jbaker67, Jan 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

ncstateplaya, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -15%

KevMo84, May 19, 2014
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Hanzo, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

jsanford, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Immortale25, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

buckyp, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

BMMillsy, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Falcone, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

VeganUndead, Mar 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

2dogbrew, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

RedneckBeerz, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of DIM
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

DIM, Apr 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

vermilcj, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

hoppymcgee, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of BeerLover99
3.46/5  rDev -2%
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!

BeerLover99, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

JayQue, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Fatehunter, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

shigg85, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

ThisWangsChung, Jan 16, 2013
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3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

elNopalero, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

MattyG85, Mar 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Lukass, Jan 08, 2014
Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.