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Sneak Attack Saison - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

430 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 15
Gots: 31 | 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 Stinkypuss
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

The_Craft_Deviant_Rob, May 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

BeerBuzzGuy, Mar 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

rkcrozier, Feb 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

mpalestino, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of BostonPhilly
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

BostonPhilly, Jan 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

wisegreensoul, May 01, 2014
Photo of themind
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

themind, Apr 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

ncstateplaya, Jun 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Sovietfox, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Hanglow
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Hanglow, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

I feel like I got a mouthful of junk with this one. It's a big soapy, spiced mess. I literally feel like I am chewing on something, which in this case is not good. Feel is weird. Overall, this is a prime example of an American brewery failing at making a saison; this is nowhere near what a saison can and should be. Stick to what you can do well and leave the other stuff alone.

RblWthACoz, Mar 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

BigGingDrinker, Mar 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

domnalbrecc, May 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Bloodbuzz99, Feb 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

f_raud, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of brentk56
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw; for a Belgian style, the head is underwhelming, as is the lacing

Smell: Bread and cardamom; possibly a hint of acetone

Taste: Bready, up front, and then the candi sugar, Belgian yeast and cardamom take over; there is quite a medicinal character going on, verging on acetone, though also infused with lemon; the hops linger into the finish, bringing a surprising amount of grassy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Way too much cardamom and the beer just has too many other negative attributes for me to want to spend any more time with it; drain pour

brentk56, Apr 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

JoeBlevins, Apr 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

largadeer, May 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

mwbrady12, Jul 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

wshell1, Apr 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

waughbrew, Jun 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

terence, Dec 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Waveoff, Apr 29, 2014
Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.