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Sneak Attack Saison - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Sneak Attack SaisonSneak Attack Saison

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104 Reviews

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 566
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 28.85%
Wants: 21
Gots: 99 | 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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Reviews: 104 | Hads: 566
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of MarioM
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter

A: Hazy yellow with a one finger fluffy soapy white head. Nice looking brew and very pale but refreshing looking.

S: A lot of belgian yeast character, nice bubble gum and spicy sweetness is very dramatic, which is great and glad to see such character from my local Bay Area brewery. Strange but I almost get a holiday like spice aroma, very similar to all spice or maybe even a little pumpkin spice, interesting.

T: Follows the nose with its spice character and very bubble gummy Belgian yeast. Definitely more spice forward than yeast forward although yest character is present just takes a back seat to the spice.

M: Nice spiciness lingers with a tad bit of yeast character as well as a gentle bitterness. Very refreshing and sessionable.

O: A nice saison but does not have the yeast character that I look forward to and is common in traditional imported examples but still tasty. Will buy again and thoroughly enjoying.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

on tap in a pint glass.

A- Hazy straw yellow color with a pure white color long lasting head; 2F, heavy lacing.

S- Lemon, pear, funky yeast aromas.

T- Lemon citrus flavor over yeast.

M- Thin feel but sprite and easy drinking.

O- Not bad.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass:

A: Ok head settles to barely a covering, opaque but not cloudy, very very pale gold

S: Smells like a typical wheat beer, wheaty malt, defintely some lemon too, not sure what cardamom smells like but it is definitely present and unique

T: Cardomom flavor comes through very strongly, tastes like a beer mixed drink, too strong for me, but interesting

M: Medium light body, lower carbonation than I expected, feels smooth

O: Good, just not my thing

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can that is stamped on the bottom with a canning date of December 2012. I wouldn't ordinarily review a year-old can, but this particular style can hold up over some time passage, and after drinking it, I thought it held up quite well. People might want to know that this beer can be enjoyed 12 months after packaging.

Appearance - Pretty standard saison appearance with a body that is a sunny golden yellow with noticeable haze and a steady drift of carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass. Where the light refracts, the body is the color of a bright yellow lemon rind. Atop the body is a finger and a half head (can't help but wonder if a younger can would provide more) the color of bone white which is made up of tiny champagne-like microbubbles. Lacing is faint and barely present.

Smell - Surprisingly, I still get a nice amount of the cardamom that the can says is contained in this beer. I figured after a year, any of the adjuncts that were added would be barely detectable at best. Instead, the cardamom provides a nice floral sweetness, almost like nectar, to compliment the bready yeast characteristics of the saison. Some generic fruit phenols are present, but this aroma is mostly grain and cardamom.

Taste - The cardamom isn't nearly as present in the taste as it was in the aroma, but it still seems to impart a delicate softness to the taste that might not otherwise be there. Sourdough, toasted wheat and some spicy yeast-like phenols. Light lemon is present as well to provide some faint acidity. It could certainly use a bit more of said acidity--perhaps the age showing itself again.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate to light carbonation. Finish is semi-dry and there isn't really much of a lingering aftertaste. Pretty clean.

Overall, this is a nice saison, but I have to say it probably gets a little bit of extra credit because it is canned, and canned saisons seem so rare. It's a tasty brew, but I'm unlikely to go out of my way to get it again, especially since 21st Amendment doesn't distribute anywhere near my current location. I can think of dozens of saisons I'd choose first, and I can even think of two canned saisons that I'd likely pick ahead of this one.

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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.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pale yellow, translucent, 2 finger head
S - sharp aromatic smell of fruits, cardamom is very dominant, can detect some other spices, underlying smell of banana, slight nutty smell
T - very sweet, strong taste of cardamom, pineapple and bananas, very slight bitterness left on the palette that follows the sweetness
M - watery and light, sharp taste
O - The cardamom is very strong here and doesn't leave much taste/smell other things, which is both a good and bad thing. I enjoyed this beer overall and would drink it again. I personally really liked how the beer smelled and tasted. The strong cardamom was welcoming with the fruity and nutty undertones being barely present but still existing. Good saison overall.

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Photo of BigBry
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright lemon peel coloring, slight, misty haze with a medium dense, slow rise of effervesce. Big, creamy white capping, lasting appeal, leaving a thick band of lace behind.

S: Quick, initial wiff of bananas, then some light musky citrus. Tart orange, dry sweetness of caramel grains and bread, with sliver of barnyard air.

T: Flavor had an initial sweetness of caramel-orange, toasted grains, soft hay and a touch of barnyard muskiness. Lightly dry lemon tartness with a nice leave of dry tropical, pineapple, lightly tart frutiness and banana.

M: Mouthful was spritzy , nice snappy bite of carbonation, bready feel, that turns frothy on the hold.

O: Overall a fairly solid saison, tart citrus in a can, sharp carbonation, though flavor could of been a bit sharper and more defined.

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Photo of seand
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow amber, with a fair amount of fizzy white head. A thin layer retains, leaving good lacing.

S: Yeasty and sweet, pretty standard for a saison. Pleasant enough, though not outstanding.

T: Medium sweetness, with the yeasty not-quite-funky saison coming through as well. Again, good, not amazing.

M: Medium body, medium to strong carbonation.

Overall, it's a solid saison. It's probably not going to be the best or most unique saison you'll ever try, but it's enjoyable, and it's also more easily available and affordable than the average saison.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of brewtus
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours straw yellow with a foamy white head.
S- straw, some sugar, a little honey, earthy
T/M- some banana, a lot of dry grain, a little Belgian yeast, not too much else
O- not too bad but nothing stands out here.Glad I tried it but also glad I bought a single can.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip, the beer is a bright, clear, vibrant, goldenrod colorin with no head whatsoever. Aromas of roasted grains and belgian yeast initially, with a sweet, rich spicing from the cardamom. Almost has a buttery, saffron characteristic, too. Flavors are tangy and spiced, with the cardamom blending with nutmeg and cinnamon to achieve a mild warming component. Toasted grain backbone, with a fruity, funky profile from the yeast. Slightly charred and buttered popcorn aftertaste, with a slick, clean, slightly frothed finish. Very tasty beer, throwing a different spin on the Saison style.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of stercomm
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale yellow with an initial big white head that quickly receded to a slight white covering.

S - Definitely get the Cardamon along with some spice and peppery notes.

T - Starts out as a subdued Saison, some nice bitterness and then you get a hit of the Cardamon, some citrus and spice. Long finish that lingers.

M - medium bodied, medium carbonation

O- Not a bad Saison, less sweet the traditional ones.

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Photo of ckollias
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can that's about 3 months old.

Look is a light straw color with plenty of suspended sediment. Smell is wheat and vomit. Taste is crisp and bitter, whole spectrum of yeast flavors: spice, pear, apple, bandaid, clove. Sweet buttery malt shows up once in a while, and the hops are English and in the background.

Good but the smell was terrible.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is straw gold, slightly translucent, head is bright white, presents about 1/2 inch thick, then dissipates to a ring.

Smell is sweeter than many saisons, not caramel but a sweeter malt note, bread and biscuit are there as well, some light clove and maybe banana, and some light ginger.

Taste is dryer than the nose would lead to believe, malt is light, pils, biscuit, wheat, yeast notes are clove, banana, maybe some ginger interplay, hops are grass, bitter, drying.

mouthfeel is drying from the thinner profile and light malt flavors, yeast attenuation and hop bitterness interplay in the drying qualities.

Overall, a sweeter smelling saison than many, malt flavor does dry in the mouthfeel but there seems to an added flavor, such as ginger that is a touch too much in this style.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
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.


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Photo of tmm313
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Hazy dark yellow. Nice creamy head. Good lacing.

S- Yeast, lemon, apple, straw, light banana, and a pretty dominant spice I'm assuming is the cardamom.

T- Sweet apple, yeast, lemon, and funk up front. Also has some wheat characteristics and peppery spice. Nicely sour. Finish is super bitter, chalky, and drying. At times, painfully so. Bitter grapefruit aftertaste.

M- Medium body with crisp carbonation.

O- It was ok I guess, but I definitely walked away with the impression that cardamom just isn't my thing.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied, prickly and tasty Saison. Pale lemon amber in the tall Saxo glass. Handsome foam with plenty of carbonation in the mouth.

This seems more innocuous at first, but it does have a lot of the dry yeastiness. Some lemony taste as if it was flavored like a Witbier. Quite a bitter finish. Seems to loose some significant sudsiness in the glass. Pleasant enough and certainly a far better bargain than many more pretentions Saisons.

A Saison in cans! From the sixer of 12 oz cans bought at the Jug Shop in San Francisco.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can (canned on 12/16/12) poured into a pint glass
A: Very pale yellow with a 1.5-finger head that slowly settles
S: Cardamom stands out along with a bit of clove, a hint of banana, and a fair amount of grass/hay
T: A peppery spice comes through initially, a very empty midpalate, then some additional spice and dried grains on the fairly long finish. Not much fruit or hops to talk about
M: Light-bodied overall, spicy, but the empty midpalate is a killer
O: I wish the palate matched the nose. I'll admit I was not impressed by this overall, but there seems to be a wide discrepancy in scores here so I will seek out a bottle from a different batch to compare.

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Photo of corby112
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, dark straw color with golden yellow edges and a 2.5 finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap/ring. Very good retention with sporadic spotty lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Earthy, musty aroma with peppery spice, bready yeast, ester-y light fruit and funky yeast. Hints of pepper, clove and cardamom along with some bread, banana and bubblegum. This is countered by funky farmhouse yeast along with a bit of cider and pear sweetness. I was expecting more cardamom, spice and farmhouse funk in the nose but the aroma is somewhat pedestrian.

Full bodied with a stronger spice presence than the aroma suggests. Some musty, peppery funk with bready yeast, slightly wild farmhouse yeast and bread along with sweeter light fruit flavor toward the finish. Spicy clove, white pepper, ginger, allspice and cardamom up front followed by hints of sourdough bread, banana, apple and pear. The saison/farmhouse character is still a little weaker than I prefer but the cardamom really stands out on the palate especially after it warms up a bit. An interesting take on the style with interesting Indian spices. Not the most complex beer but the spices are refreshing and the ABV in nicely masked making this beer pretty easy to drink.

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Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.