Sneak Attack Saison
21st Amendment Brewery

Sneak Attack SaisonSneak Attack Saison
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,952
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,409
Avg:
3.58 | pDev: 12.29%
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
691
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21st Amendment Brewery
 
California, United States
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Winter
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Gots
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SCORE
81
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Sneak Attack SaisonSneak Attack Saison
Notes: 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: 139 | Ratings: 691
Photo of macrosmatic
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from the 12 oz. can into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Brilliant gold with only a mild haze. Lots of active visible carbonation and a few floaters. A big fluffy three-finger white head forms, but fades fairly quickly.

S: Cracker malts; mild pilsner as well. A bit of mustiness within the yeastiness. Some black pepper in the yeast esters as well. A mild citrusy lemon – I'm not sure if there's some citric acid or if it's from the cardamom.

T: Cracker and pilsner malts. Saison yeast, a bit of musty basement. Cardamom, lemon rind, and mild citric acid. Mild grainy husk. More yeast and a fair amount of hop bitterness (citrus and herbal) at the end.

M: A light body; although carbonation sensation is lower than the appearance suggested it remains adequate. Low alcohol presence.

O: Not a bad saison, but nothing great nor likely anything better than a lot of other stuff on the shelf. Not at all the “modern” tart or funky saison, this stays somewhat more traditional. Not overtly flawed but nothing I’d seek out.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE: June 24, 2018.... OCCASION: celebrating Michael's 9U undefeated championship run in Branchburg... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde tulip... though I was having this a bit out of season, but the light golden body--rife with bubbles and a sizzling, finger-width of white head suggests this could work in the early summer as well... in fact, the swirling storm of effervescence suggests this is still quite fresh... banana, clove, Saaz hops, white grapes, pepper, peppermint, and cardamom, which gives this a unique aspect... in addition, the yeasty esters create a nice floral arrangement that invites the next sip... speaking of which, each sip is soft, somewhat thin, but effervescent at the throat, with enough texture at the teeth to suggest reasonable hop bitterness... refreshing, subtly sneaky at 6.2% ABV... outside the season it was intended for, the flavor profile shoulders its yeast well, creating a florid sweetness, flirting with a honeyed bourbon but settling on a smooth, blunted spiciness that doesn't distinguish itself much from the other saisons that are in year-round circulation... still, not one I would refuse if handed to me, and a welcome offering in the break box mix pack I got this in...

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright gold with a fairly large head. The aroma is rich and sweet with notes of clove, green banana, white grape and brown toast. The flavor is fairly light, with notes of white grape, clove, green banana, biscuit malts, and cardamom. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively small bubble carbonation. Overall this is a perfectly well done beer - very much an American interpretation of the style, but still well done.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yet again 21st Amendment Brewery delivers rather crafty can art!

Pale yellow, ultra thin head, lots of bubble streams, and tuns of rustic junk floating about!

The scent is an Old World delight, rustic malt, citrus.
Spice: well balanced & bold.
Taste follows the nose. Crisp and dry. Herbal.

Difficult to avoid two or more; a most tasty temptation!
Digging this Farmhouse style!
(Rather like a lighter ABV version of North Coast's Le Merle, for this alchemical accent ... I'll be back!)

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Photo of BuehlerBuehlerBuehler
2.46/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It tastes like can. Kind of reminds me of Pabst if it was stronger. It gets you where you need to be, but tastes like aluminum butt while it does so.
It's not bad enough to keep me from drinking it. But it's getting there.

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: a fairly pale yellow (piss-colored haha), with good amount of white head
S: fairly standard saison aroma, with an array of various spices. smells tasty.
T: a little breadier/heavier than I was expecting given the pale color. the saison spice is not as strong as I was expecting, although now that I think about it, that's only because many saisons are over-spice, but this one seems very balanced. flavor is a little bland though. its not quite spiced water, but it's definitely on the weaker side of the flavor spectrum.
F: crisp, refreshing. carbonation is medium-light. slight bitterness. medium-bodied
O: overall a very drinkable saison. a bit light on the flavor, but still quite good

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Photo of FLima
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber color with initially huge somewhat fluffy head with good retention.
Elegant nose, more subtle than average Saison with notes of fresh oranges, mild cloves, a bit of cardamom, some pine, Saison yeast and white grapes.
Flavor with notes of candi sugar, oranges, a bit of medicinal herbs, white grapes, pineapple, Saison yeast, ginger, banana, cloves and bubble gum. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness. It feels lower than its 38 IBUs.
Light body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.2% is completely absent.
Refreshing Saison for summer days with relatively lower intensity of flavors, but much higher drinkability. Good that the cardamom was restrained here.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a can of this off the Binny single shelf. It poured a hazy yellow with thin/no head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had a floral white wine presence. The taste was nicely balanced for a saison. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with fizzy carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a hazy golden yellow colored body with a half finger’s worth of white foamy head that dies at a moderate pace leaving some clingy foamy lacing. Carbonation is seen rising fairly rapidly. The smell is sweet yeasty with a decent amount of peppery spiciness that combines throughout the beer. The taste has a nice sweet yeastiness enters in with the peppery spiciness that ends up having a sweet peppery aftertaste with the same finish. The palate has a light to medium body, fairly sessionable, carbonation is good for the style and for me as there’s a moderate amount lightly hitting my mouth and tongue. Overall, I say this is a solid saison that I’m glad I tried and will have no problem finishing off this sixpack.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can
A - thin white head caps an effervescent pale golden ale; yeast particles suspended within
S - farmhouse yeast, wheat, spice, lemongrass
T - lemongrass, spice and cardamom, bold farmhouse yeast, mild fruity esters create pear and apricot, along with some white grape
M - lighter body with higher carbonation, semi-dry finish
O - its main attributes are that its easy to drink and quite refreshing; decent flavors for the style. Probably nothing I'd recommend unless someone had a thing for cardamom - even though I'm not sure I'd pick it out if it wasn't listed on the packaging.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL OZ can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a brilliant golden color and is topped with an inch of white head. The second pour clouds it.

I smell bananas and some Belgian yeast esters.

I get banana in the taste too. It tastes more like a hefe than a saison. There is a nice spice flavor.

Medium mouthfeel. Not as effervescent as most saisons.

It was okay. I am glad that I did not pay for it though.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at The Vine on April 8, 2017. Look is hazy yellow with a thin white head and spotty lacing. Smell is fruit, grass, pepper and spice. Taste is fruit, grass, herb, nut and spice with bread malt flavors. Feel is slick and smooth.

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Photo of lastmango
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a cloudy straw yellow with a 2 finger fizzy white head that dissipated quickly to nothing. Light lacing in the beginning that quickly departs. Pronounced aroma of spicy pepper and clove. Tastes of clove, banana and yeast. Moderate carbonation. The beer is a bit watery. Drinkable but not nearly as good as some of the other Saison beers.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is spices, fruit and grainy malts. The flavor is fruit/berries, slightly grainy malts, Belgian yeast and a mix of spices and mild tartness in the finish.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice saison. I was afraid the cardamom was gonna be overpowering but it really just adds a general spice character to the beer that plays well off the yeast. A nice full flavor and crisp. Much more spiciness than tart fruitiness. yb

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks: poured from can. light amber with some haze. thick head.
Smell/taste: lemon-pepper, lemon peel with some funk. Coriander seems subtle.
Feel: on the lighter side, slick.
Overall: liked it, would get again. Good alternative to a wheat beer for late winter/early spring.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The pour is slightly hazy with a head that said goodbye rather swiftly - carbonation is fairly lively. Came out of my main fridge cold so gave this a few minutes to warm before starting to dive in. The spice and yeast notes give up a nice yield when getting a whiff of this. Even more so as it warms. First few sips don't give up too much in terms of the cardamom, and the feel at first is slightly restrained. Pepper and cloves try to pop out to take over the show here but blend in overall to what is quite a balanced saison. There's little to no funk here, but the aftertaste leaves a pleasing spiciness, with hints of ginger and plantain coming in (you were expecting me to say banana right? Well more savory than that really). Bit of a citrus zing cuts through the spice and slightly bready yeast elements.

Half way through drinking this I put together some queso style dip with chipotle cheddar (at my wife's request) and found the beer to complement it fantastically well. I think this is one that I will likely enjoy better with food rather than on its' own. I can see Indian curries, grilled meats and rich casseroles pairing up well here.

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Photo of redgorillabreath
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 2 pints from a tap at a local bar. Pleasantly surprised that this tasted like a "real" Saison to me, even when served on the cool side. Plenty here to enjoy; taste, aroma, mouth feel.

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Photo of EMV
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish tulip

L: Cloudy light golden pour. 2.5 fingers of foamy white head. Falls quickly... 360 degree rim of lace.

S: Citrus... lemon and hay mixed with spice.

T/F: Off-sweet and citrusy to start. Lemon rind and tangerine. Fresh cut grass and herbs... not detecting the cardamom per se, but spice for sure. A little yeasty. Medium in body... well carbonated and zesty. Refreshing. Finish is sticky and reminiscent of a white wine.

O: A very citrus/lemon forward saison and quite tasty. I could see this going great on a hot summer day by the pool. A very easy drinker.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a saison, this is oddly light in color, and even in taste, it has a tartness to it that's unexpected. But the spiciness it has is just perfect. The can says it's brewed with cardamom, and that must be what gives it a nice effect that combines a light and crisp summer beer with a stronger bodied session beer. The combination is nice.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden with yellow highlights and a thick creamy head of white foam that is too lazy to fall. As it sits there tempting and teasing the cardamom that has been added to this beer gives the nose a bit of perfumey buoyancy. The nose exudes spice, citrus and a sumptuous breaddiness . The sweet perfume lifts the rest of the nose to you without overtaking it completely so I liked that. Pepper and plenty of spice, plus a sweet herbal. The yeast adds some sweet funk of it's own and that smells earthy to me. I thought that the scent of this beer was sensational and very old world. It smells very beery. IS beery a word? As citrusy as it is, it reminds me of bread not fruit. Lemon is light but pervasive.


Taste follows the nose all the way. Breaddy, crisp malt accented by tiny prickly bubbles that bring a somewhat surprisingly hoppy middle to you. Herbal notes and generous citrus finish this with a small tartness that is characteristic in the saison. It also has plenty of dry earthy funk on the palate and I think that sensationalizes the malt breaddiness as well. The cardamom offers a citrusy quality of it's own but leaves the perfume on the nose rather than on the palate which keeps the malt prominent in the finish. The hops are more succulent than you think at first and just when you think the beer is not really dry, it is.

I loved this and have paired it with all kinds of food since I bought it. Crisp, refreshing and a very satisfying malt. The difference I think the cardamom makes in this beer is that it's perfume actually increases the perception of dryness and marries well with the yeast they have chosen. It is not brut dry because it is just too hoppy for that, but it's dry enough. The hops bitter the finish just a little and then as you drink , just a little more. Soft and juicy hop flavors. This was rustic and charming with a lightly sweet funk that resounds in the finish and in the aftertaste with the malt.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold showing a lot of carbonation with a good two fingers of a soapy bone colored head.

Smells like bread, biscuits and malts. The smell was almost like sniffing sourdough bread.

The taste was peppery and minty with just a bit of sour followed by some bitterness. The minty flavor would kind of come and go in intensity but each swig was full of the pepper taste.

The mouth feel is fairly light with a bit of a wet finish.

Overall this is a nicely crafted beer. This one seems to be a bit of a sipper as the beer did not lend itself to anything like a large swig of beer.

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Photo of atr2605
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a clear yellow color with a white head that fades fairy quickly, a bit of lacing
S-spicy, banana, apple, some grassiness
T-apple, pear, some spiciness, and finishes a bit sweet
M-medium bodied, slightly above average carbonation
O-very fruity saison, bit less esters than some others but still a solid saison

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.88/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

L: Hazy, slightly translucent yellow--almost straw--with a thin, bubbly white head, and rings of lacing.

S: Fresh, tart, bright, juicy, apple, pear, and lemon. A little cracker malt, honey, straw, clover, clove, white grape, and honeydew melon.

T: Bright, juicy, tart and sweet pear, apple, lemon, and watermelon. A bit of cantaloupe and honeydew melon as well. Crisp, cracker malt with straw, grass, and a bit of clove and clover. Finishes lightly dry and subtly spicy. but with loads of juicy melon and orchard fruit character. Finishes clean and dry with lingering notes of pear and green apple.

F: Medium-light, with a slight juicy character, dry, and well-carbonated.

O: It's hard to really describe in a review, but for some odd reason, the aroma and taste of this beer brings back tons of memories. It reminds me of my craft beer tastings at a friend's apartment years ago. It reminds me of summer, of childhood, of loving life. This may not be the best saison in the world, but, by golly, it's amazing to me. Fucking phenomenal beer. It tastes like the best summer of my life.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

6/21...pale yellow, cloudy/hazy, foam settles out. Faint malt/yeast nose, but very light and non-distinctive, which is odd for a saison. Citrus grain yeast flavor. Subtle spice that I assume is the cardamon. Clean and fast moving. Not earth shattering, but tasty enough.

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