Sneak Attack Saison | 21st Amendment Brewery

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667 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:
667
Reviews:
131
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
142
For Trade:
2
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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TMoney2591
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
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 +1.7%
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 +6.1%
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 womara
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brocktune
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Walleybeer
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ryanhooks81
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SFNC
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Nice basic saison, good esters, lemon on the nose. Pairs well with food

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Photo of JustinSparks
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breardon1776
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FickleBeast
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -21.2%
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 TwoTrees
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CruzWilder
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of suckaj
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Modernrickk
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LauraGG
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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 enelson
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of slt
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
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 ivegot3Dvision
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Apollo98
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.59 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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