Sneak Attack Saison | 21st Amendment Brewery

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82
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663 Ratings
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
663
Reviews:
130
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
141
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 663 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of JamesGrove
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanKininger
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Barnoloid
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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 kylehay2004
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redgorillabreath
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
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 +9.7%
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 drews240
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmeehan
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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 jmaskell33
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 8BaconBits
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MisledTitan
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DucksFan16
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

01/29/2017

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Photo of flek
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 devilmakesthree
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brauseboof
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ambruns1979
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBobber
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Jsalz21
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atr2605
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Timtac
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.88/5  rDev +35.9%
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 Beef_Curtains
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.59 out of 5 based on 663 ratings.
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