Sneak Attack Saison | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Sneak Attack SaisonSneak Attack Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Hoptometrist on 01-04-2013

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118
Ratings:
623
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
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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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Photo of ordybill
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. I am not a huge fan of Saisons, but I did find this one really lacking in the taste department. I normally love 21st Amendment beers.

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Photo of Alpha309
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter.

Pours a hazy dark yellow. Very cloudy and murky. About one finger of head that dissipates almost immediately into a thin film.

Nose is a little citric with a hint of banana like yeast. A few earthy and wood odors after.

A very quick initial tartness in flavor that quickly faded to a grassy, oak flavor. Slight hints of banana. Very strong alcohol flavor on the swallow.

Very light and bubbly in the mouth yet somehow still sticky at the same time. Has a bit of heat from alcohol.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served from the can in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If Washington crossed the Delaware in the Summer... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw (minorly hazed) topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises powdered sugar, lemon rind, mild cracked wheat, and mild cardamom. The taste is a blast of cardamom backed by a slightly wheaty melange of Belgian yeast, lemon peel, and Band-Aid-y phenols. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent enough saison that's ruined by the heavy emphasis on cardamom. I feel the spice could have done well as a complement, but its central position was way too much and drowned out everything else.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours about a half inch white head into my pint glass. Quickly fizzing away. Lacing looks like it could be alright though. The body is extremely cloudy, visibility is basically zero. Body is yellow in color, with some orange. It almost looks like lemonade. Carbonation looks about medium. So far an ok looking beer.

Very spicy on the nose. Maybe the spiciest beer I’ve ever smelled. There is a lot of that cardamom going on here. Also, not a lot of Belgian yeast aroma to overwhelm the nose, which is surprising. Light scent of lemon. A smalll yeast aroma hiding in there, but again, super small for a saison. Aroma borderlines almost a ginger smell. Aroma is light, but I’m starting to think that might be due to using a pint glass, rather than a snifter or something else. Overall a very nice aroma.

The flavor is good, but a little underwhelming. I need more of it. You get that spice up front, cardamom. Followed by the fainted yeast, slight banana. A little zesty, lemon is very mild. Finish is somewhat dry. Not really any bitterness in here. It's a tasty beer, but the flavor just isn't big enough. Close to a 4, but not there.

The mouth is ok. Carbonation is about medium. Body is just a hair lighter than I want in a saison, but it kinda fits that lighter flavor. Not bad, but I’d want something thicker, with a bigger flavor to go along with it. This seems like more of a session saison, and the mouthfeel accompanies that, and I’m not a huge fan of that aspect.

After a while the body filled out, so I think I’ll actually bump it up to a 4.

The drinkability is very high, this is a super sessionable beer.

Overall this is a good beer, the yeast characters are coming out more. I consider bumping flavor up to a 4, but I think doing a 4 overall is good enough. It’s a good, easy drinking saison. Definitely highlights the spice, but other than that it's a good, safe beer.

The appearance turned out really bad, head died completely, and there was zero lacing.

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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong earthiness, yeast, pale malt, slight hops, floral notes, wheat, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of spices (ginger), earthiness, pale malt, yeast, slight hop, floral notes, and a hint of citrus. Overall, spice and earthiness dominate, weak appearance, good complexity, body, and aroma.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a Mad Elf snifter.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a finger of foam that dissipates without lacing. Aroma is is mostly funky saison yeast with a hint of bready malt. Has a bit of a barnyard funk in the nose.

Flavor is full of saison yeast flavors. Lots of fruity esters with a moderately sweet finish. Wish this was a touch drier. This obviously dominated by yeast flavor profiles, which is to style, but it doesn't all come together in a cohesive experience for me. Getting a lot of banana, which is a bit strange.

This is a decent beer, but nothing I'd bend over backward to get again.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Can to tulip glass. Love the can art. Hazy yellow, large but quickly fading white head. Aroma: esters, banana, lemon, pear. Taste: grass, some pear and lemon, hint of pepper at the end...not sure if that is the cardamom's effect, but i do not taste the cardamom. Feel is thin, almost like the beer isn't thick enough to give your taste buds a chance. Enjoyable enough, especially while staring at General Washington's Beer Belly.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 4/30/16.

Pours a murky golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, yeast, earth, spice, and herb aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, spice, herb, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice mix of spice and herb qualities all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of slt
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- yellow in color

S- spice aromas to me tastes like cloves.

T- strong clove or coriander taste not appetizing

M- hard to drink

O- not my type of beer

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cardamom are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of cardamom and also has some hints of other spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This dryness and relatively light body makes this beer particularly refreshing. It really imparts lots of nice aromas and flavors of cardamom.

Serving type: can

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Jeff_Winger
1.43/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Either I got a bad six pack, or this beer is terrible. It didn't smell or taste good, and had just a horrible aftertaste. I tried 3 different cans, all bad.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

For Saison this was pretty tame, It looks, tastes and feels more like a Pils than a Saison to me. Very minimal sourness and mild bread slightly sweet flavor. The head retention was way less than what I expect from the style. Not a bad beer but If I am in the mood for a Saison I will look elsewhere.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored beer with a puffy white colored head.

Smells floral and spicy with a powdery yeast scent. Smells sweet with a fair aroma of coriander. Scents of summer flowers and a faint bubblegum scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a quick drying flash of spice. Lemon and pepper with fainter taste of mineral water and bubblegum. Moderate bitterness. Taste of flora but no fauna.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a tasty Saison.

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Photo of ddean
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a can at Fireworks Restaurant in Brattleboro Vermont, poured into a cold pint glass.

Look--
Pleasant straw yellow with even haze throughout the column, little foam.

Smell--
Subtle lemon, banana ester that you might expect from a Hefeweisen like Hoegaarden. Enjoyable.

Taste--
Again reminded me of the notes in Hoegaarden, and good, but some sort of relative hole in the taste that I cannot describe….Perhaps I wanted a little more of that thick, syrupy banana taste that I expected from the scent. It may be that the saison style is supposed to be leaner, more crisp, and less sweet. More of that nice banana does linger as the beer warms, so I'd definitely suggest having this one luke cold.

Feel--
Hard to separate from the taste. Overall I really like what the beer has up front and I personally would prefer some of those qualities lingering. There is nothing new and unpleasant as it goes down. I just meant to say that I want the nice qualities of this beer to stick around longer after a sip.

Overall, I did enjoy this one (fun label art too, with the Crossing the Delaware reference). A lot of nice qualities that I wanted to get more of, like with Paulaner Hefeweisen's yeasty banana thing. On the other end, the few saisons I know well have that barnyard quality, which I do not get here. This one has a thin flavor profile to me but is still tasty and nicely balanced.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.50] The beer is a transparent straw color. It is pale compared to most beers. There is very little head - just a white covering on the beer. Lots of nucleation bubbles from the bottom. The can lists the best by date 4/30/15, the ABV 6.2% and the IBUs at 38. As an aside I also like the art on the can. Kind of a spin off of Washington crossing the Delaware - but in all beach otfits.

S: [2.50] Funky yeast. Heavy wet wheat. Earth tones.

T: [3.50] The front of the palate is Belgian yeast/wheat. But the mid palate transforms to something different (better). It has a nice citrus flavor. The finish is a combination of both flavors.

M: [3.75] It is on the carbonated side of things. The overall feel is decent - not too watery.

O: [3.25] I think this would be a decent beer on a dock or a beach. It seems a little out of place on a 7 degree day in Buffalo. The citrus flavor really livens up what I thought would be a big mouthful of Belgian wheat and yeast. I would drink this again just to say I have a "go to" Saison.

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Photo of twillingthenoz
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip glass. Pale golden opaque. Tall frothy head, dissipates quickly. Smells sweet, that classic saison smell which I cannot characterize... I guess it is cardamom. Mild hop flavor, yeastyness, and light sweetness. Mild carbonation. Overall good beer but my mind is not blown.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light, hazy, golden yellow with a one finger white head. The nose is pretty welcoming. Cardamom, lemon, hay, slightly yeasty, with a very slight malt sweetness. The flavor is okay. The cardamom completely overwhelms the other flavors and the carbonation is too high. I would like a little more presence of that barnyard funk. It's not bad just not great.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice almost clear gold with a nice white head that comes in at about one finger. The atom is interesting with some saison notes of fruity esters but with a strong cardamom addition. The taste dials the cardamom back and it blends well with the traditional saison qualities. Just a little carbonation on the palate and doesn't overwhelm the lighter body weight.

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