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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127
Ratings:
649
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
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Photo of vkv822
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip
canned: 11/14/13

Hazy, pale golden yellow with a fizzy, foamy white head with short retention.

Big spicy, Belgian yeast character, herbal, floral notes predominately.

Medium body, low foamy carbonation. Fine, but not quite as crisp as I usually expect in the style.

Surprisingly well done for a saison-in-a-can. As stated above, I would have liked a bit more crispness in the mouthfeel, but it was still pleasant.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thick film and ring around the glass, leaving lacing. Aroma dominated by cadamom and cloves with light bready yeast and wheat, hint of wild yeast. Flavor is subdued and dry; light lemon, biscuit malt, cardamom, developing a slight sweet flavor then finishing dry with mild wild yeast and bittering hops. Light bodied as to style. A non-assertive saison style ale that is refreshing, but not memorable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, canned on 11/14/13. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch white head. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like peppery spice, cardamom, bready/grainy malt, and some citrus. It tastes like wheat malt, lemon peel, clove, cardamom, peppery spice and some earthy/floralness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and easy enough to drink. I liked this brew, it's worth trying if you've never had it before.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Weisenbeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The great can design attracted me... The above average taste will make this a repeat buy. Very good...but not great or super "memorable." I'll be interested to try other selections from this brewer.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head, lots of carbonation. Smell is of spices, some fruits. Taste is good. Lots of spices, cardamon standing out, some fruits, yeast, good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of dertyd
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can to my chimay challice

A:verry nice looking beer looks like a White wheat beer nice yellow orange color with a nice cloudy look to it

S: can't smell much maybee a little grass and orange peal

T: great beer not to much going on but what is going on taste realy good. I taste some lemon or orange peal,fresh grass,with a decent amount of hops in the end realy good beer

M:nice crisp and dry good taste that lingers for a wile

Overall: I'm surprised a realy good beer dosent taste much like a traditional saison but it taste great I think I found a new session beer

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(on tap at the 2nd St brewpub, mid-Apr 2013)

A: pale amber, cloudy... lazy foam and lace

S: nice basic spicy-floral, biscuit aroma - smells like a Saison

T: same basic flavors as aromas... pretty spicy tart.... very nice hot cinnamon-like finish.... fruity/malty aftertaste

M: nicely dry but no burn or heat

O: not distinct or unique, but well-constructed - does its job

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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 KFBR392
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Straw yellow color with a hazy body. Average active carbonation for a saison. Half a finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Random sticky lacing left at each level.

Smell: Floral hops pop out right away. Grassy earthy herbal yeast tones back up the hops well. Some spices provide a solid base for this brew. Nothing overly complex but bright and refreshing.

Taste: Complex spices really dominate the taste. Coriander, cloves, kale, straw, pepper, and leafy greens carry the body. Distinct bright fruitiness with some bananas as well. Lingering vegetal and spices tones remain into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, it's there but not overpowering. Same deal with the dryness, lingers but not in an offensive way.

Overall: Solid saison here. Has a lot of traditional tones with some added touches as well. Really like the fruity hop tones this one brings. Feels like a great summer brew but went great on a very cold Illinois night.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of jzlyo
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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 flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a tulip.

Appearance: yellow hue with a bit of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a single finger of frothy, fizzy white foam which seems to be falling pretty quickly. Not bad, but nothing special here.

Smell: sweetish malt with almost a wheaty character, along with a mild farmhouse funk. The spicing is readily apparent, although to me it didn't read as cardamom immediately; I admit I had to look at the can to see what it was. All in all a pretty nice aroma.

Taste: good malt flavor, again with a very wheat-like taste to it. Lightly funky and a little bit grassy with a little bit of a tongue-numbing quality that has got to be the cardamom. Bitterness also seems a little high, although within the style and relatively balanced. An interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: here's where Sneak Attack shines! Despite the medium-light body, the well-integrated carbonation yields a fantastically smooth and creamy texture. Wonderful!

Overall: I like this beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. For an offbeat brew in a can, though, this one is worth a try.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yay craft beer in a can, cause everybody likes it in the can... although I have a feeling this will be a generic American saison, which is not my style of saison, but can't count the flavors before the can is cracked. Canned on 12/16/12, don't you love dating cans!

Big fluffy fizzy almost 2 finger head fades semi quickly with a bit of lacing, over semi clear but sediment laden watery looking pilsner color.

Nose brings some light watery saison aromas, a little grainy toasty malt, lemony, lemon grass, cracker, little bread dough, light saison spices, somewhat floral and effervescent.

Taste starts surprisingly with a little farmhouse funk, saison earthy Belgian yeast like funk but not a lot, then into the grainy malts with more cracker flavors, a little dough, some pilsner malts with a nice toasty wheat, and toasted hay, a light wheat flavor and complexion. Saison brings light spices as well, with a little lemony citrus fruit , coriander, clove, etc, and finally a cardamom bite which adds an interesing complexity. Then hops cut in, of course... it's 21st A, a lemony grassy and slightly spicy and chewy hop profile that gets fairly bitter. The hops, besides the lemony flavor, brings an interesting terroir earthy like flavor, perhaps some sorachi ace hops... Finish is dry, quite dry, decent bitterness with more lemony earthy spicy hops and a bit grassy, as well as saison grassy flavors, wheat, more spices with even more of the cardamom coming through, and a bit more farmhouse funk lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb that gets fluffy and almost overcarbonated as it goes.

Overall not bad, a bit surprising as I expected an "American" boring saison with some light pilsner, watery lemon, and hint of spices. This had some of that, but even some nice farmhouse funk, a decent malt profile with toasty pilsner and wheat, the lemony flavors get a little overbearing, and the hops get a little too bitter for a saison, but that's typical for 21st A. Cardamom comes through lightly but nice in conjunction with the saison spices. So a decent saison that comes in a can so i can take it on trips easily. I wonder if the few months in the can helped the funk develop.

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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
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 DIM
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of ddean
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
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 tdm168
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pale, golden yellow with a thin lacing of bubbly white head

S - huge Belgian yeast funk, some faint spice, some faint fruit

T - white grapes, Belgian yeast, big fruitiness, funky, a mild bitter finish

M - crisp, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a decent saison. It's rather typical in flavor, but that's ok if a saison is what you're seeking. This is a sound, balanced beer with a solid drinkability. If you enjoy saisons this is worth finding and trying.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By: 04/30/15

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves spotty lacing

S: Quite yeasty, with lots of fruitiness and light spices. Cardamom doesn't pop, but it's definitely in there with the spices

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a big yeast presence, which imparts fruitiness and some spices. A little bit chalky with all that yeast. Very wheaty as well. Finishes with lingering yeast tones

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, quite chalky

O: A nicely refreshing brew that is definitely a sneak attack on the winter season. Would be more enjoyable in the warmer weather, but it still works with the cold. Dominated by yeast and wheat, so if you're not into one or either of those, then stay away

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: huge pepper smell and hay

Taste: pepper dominates, hay, flowers--maybe lavender, dry hops at the end

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a big bitter end, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: I really like the powerful pepper here and the flower is nice as it warms up. The end is a bit bitter for the style, but I still like this one as a more affordable saison. I could sip on a couple as the weather started to warm.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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 etownhooligan
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale honey hue, slightly cloudy with a nice velvety head with ½ inch head, a thing of beauty.

S: Spiced notes abound over the strong yeast like characters. Hints of ginger detected faintly, slightly reminds me of Chinese Five Spice powder.

T: Lots of spices with a hint of some sort of citrus. I can definitely taste something that keeps reminding me of ginger. It is hard to pick out the different spice notes. It leave a slightly bitter after taste, but this grows more or less more pleasant as you sip and enjoy.

M: Medium bodied mouth feel, ample carbonation- just enough. It is much more pleasant after sitting a while on ones palate.

O: I was sold by the label, however silly that sounds. But I also was impressed by the Saison itself, I have not had many Saisons to my knowledge. I will later compare them. I must admit I like it much better after it has had time to breath and warm up. The flavors are much more robust and it seems to develop sweeter notes taste wise. Would I buy this again? Absolutely.

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Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw color with stark white head and some clingy lacing.

Smell: Banana, straw, grass, cardamom. Fairly spicy and dry aroma overall.

Taste: Mostly matches the aroma, with banana, pepper, lemon, straw and hay. Fairly spicy and bitter finish - more bitter than most Saisons. However, it does not quite have the depth of flavor to make this top notch.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a relatively light body. Finish is quite dry.

Overall: A very nice Saison. Since it is lighter and more bitter than many others, this would be better as a summer beer, rather than releasing it late in winter. I won't ding the score for being released at an odd time, but I wish I could have this while mowing the lawn.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not really sure what this one looks like since I drank it from the can but I can assume it's a bright hazy yellow with a 1/2 inch of fizzy white head.

S - Smells of subdued cardamom and spices, decent bittering hops, and some wheat.

T - Not very traditional but I will be damned if it was border line session-able! Just the right amount of hops, wheat flavor is constant and cardamom/spices take a backseat. Also the yeast isn't chalky and comes in rather fruity.

M - Light and bubbly, went down quicker than a Saison should.

Overall I guess I just accepted that is is a bastardized American version of the style. If they were going for drink ability this beer is a winner!

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Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.59 out of 5 based on 649 ratings.
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