Sneak Attack Saison | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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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128
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651
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can that is stamped on the bottom with a canning date of December 2012. I wouldn't ordinarily review a year-old can, but this particular style can hold up over some time passage, and after drinking it, I thought it held up quite well. People might want to know that this beer can be enjoyed 12 months after packaging.

Appearance - Pretty standard saison appearance with a body that is a sunny golden yellow with noticeable haze and a steady drift of carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass. Where the light refracts, the body is the color of a bright yellow lemon rind. Atop the body is a finger and a half head (can't help but wonder if a younger can would provide more) the color of bone white which is made up of tiny champagne-like microbubbles. Lacing is faint and barely present.

Smell - Surprisingly, I still get a nice amount of the cardamom that the can says is contained in this beer. I figured after a year, any of the adjuncts that were added would be barely detectable at best. Instead, the cardamom provides a nice floral sweetness, almost like nectar, to compliment the bready yeast characteristics of the saison. Some generic fruit phenols are present, but this aroma is mostly grain and cardamom.

Taste - The cardamom isn't nearly as present in the taste as it was in the aroma, but it still seems to impart a delicate softness to the taste that might not otherwise be there. Sourdough, toasted wheat and some spicy yeast-like phenols. Light lemon is present as well to provide some faint acidity. It could certainly use a bit more of said acidity--perhaps the age showing itself again.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate to light carbonation. Finish is semi-dry and there isn't really much of a lingering aftertaste. Pretty clean.

Overall, this is a nice saison, but I have to say it probably gets a little bit of extra credit because it is canned, and canned saisons seem so rare. It's a tasty brew, but I'm unlikely to go out of my way to get it again, especially since 21st Amendment doesn't distribute anywhere near my current location. I can think of dozens of saisons I'd choose first, and I can even think of two canned saisons that I'd likely pick ahead of this one.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has decent retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a dull and pale straw that appears as a bright, lemon yellow in the light. No real lacing is left behind. Maybe a spot or two.

Nose- The cardamom is pretty dominant on the nose but it is quickly followed by other spices and herbs. Coriander, lots of botanicals, and juniper (very reminiscent of gin) with light notes of apple and lemon in the background. Some white pepper. Swirling shows a brighter note of apple. Some banana. Some grassiness, some earth.

Taste- Starts off with a front of lemon with notes of apple in the background. Moves into aforementioned botanicals and juniper. Notes of clove, wood, earth, and grass on the finish. A pretty big linger of chalk and ash. Seems a little thin in comparison to the aroma. Not as much cardamom as on the nose either. After a while, most notes fade away and there is lemon, coriander, slight juniper, and chalk left. Some ashiness. Not intolerable but rather boring. I think that the best that I could rate this would be average. Okay for a saison in a can but I've had better from a can. This lacks too much presence and complexity to be more than average. It's similar to Stone Saison but without the in your face presence. A little more hopped than I would like a saison to be, especially considering there isn't much else to push back against the hops. This is, without a doubt, an extremely mediocre beer.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with maybe a little bit too much carbonation and a faint carbonic sting. Somewhat dry finish. Maybe a little watery.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing but also fairly boring. It was only 7 bucks for a 6 pack and now I know the reason.

Overall- There are worse beers out there. Pretty much just average. I wouldn't worry about passing this up. This will not be a repurchase.

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Photo of Docer
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- A very nice light and clear straw-yellow brew with a quickly fizzing white head that settled to a small thick ring and some hazing over the brew. Out of a can especially, I was hoping to see a much more frothy and lasting head. But where can you get many saisons in a can?

Smell: (4.5)

- The wonderful cardamon is rather present, but well placed with a nice funky farmhouse yeast. Much like a berliner weisse, you get a slight funky rubber mat sort of nose. That's not in a bad way! Light bread and biscuit, grassy and herbal aromas, and more funk. Super solid. Surprised.

Taste: (4.5)

- This is a great saison. Nice light funky yeast and bready character, with a perfectly placed amount of cardamon to lighten things up. A very zesty, yet lemon-like sweetness adds great character to this brew. The after-taste is fantastic, and one may find awesome floral flavors lingering behind. Zesty, lightly sweet, floral, and bready all in one balanced shot. I am very impressed.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Overall this is a light to medium bodied brew. It has only the slightest syrupy feel to it, but it is hard to grasp. It is well carbonated and has nice little tiny sparkling bubbles. It's a touch chewy and cloying, but overall well played.

Overall: (4.5)

- I have finally found another beer from this brewer that I like. I found myself a bit partial to their Back in Black (though I find many other local CDA's to topple it). Others I have had I wasn't very impressed. This however, and even in a damn 6-pack of cans, is fantastic. This is a must have. I really think this is something they should brew year-round. I would love this brew on a summer day.... just being outside drinking killer beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can that's about 3 months old.

Look is a light straw color with plenty of suspended sediment. Smell is wheat and vomit. Taste is crisp and bitter, whole spectrum of yeast flavors: spice, pear, apple, bandaid, clove. Sweet buttery malt shows up once in a while, and the hops are English and in the background.

Good but the smell was terrible.

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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 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 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 tmm313
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Hazy dark yellow. Nice creamy head. Good lacing.

S- Yeast, lemon, apple, straw, light banana, and a pretty dominant spice I'm assuming is the cardamom.

T- Sweet apple, yeast, lemon, and funk up front. Also has some wheat characteristics and peppery spice. Nicely sour. Finish is super bitter, chalky, and drying. At times, painfully so. Bitter grapefruit aftertaste.

M- Medium body with crisp carbonation.

O- It was ok I guess, but I definitely walked away with the impression that cardamom just isn't my thing.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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 brewtus
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours straw yellow with a foamy white head.
S- straw, some sugar, a little honey, earthy
T/M- some banana, a lot of dry grain, a little Belgian yeast, not too much else
O- not too bad but nothing stands out here.Glad I tried it but also glad I bought a single can.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pale yellow, translucent, 2 finger head
S - sharp aromatic smell of fruits, cardamom is very dominant, can detect some other spices, underlying smell of banana, slight nutty smell
T - very sweet, strong taste of cardamom, pineapple and bananas, very slight bitterness left on the palette that follows the sweetness
M - watery and light, sharp taste
O - The cardamom is very strong here and doesn't leave much taste/smell other things, which is both a good and bad thing. I enjoyed this beer overall and would drink it again. I personally really liked how the beer smelled and tasted. The strong cardamom was welcoming with the fruity and nutty undertones being barely present but still existing. Good saison overall.

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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 Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

12 oz can, 2013 edition, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, golden, straw color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that sat atop of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of Belgian yeast, banana, clove, barnyard, malt and freshly baked sourdough bread and honey.

Taste: Great! Strong flavors of citrus (orange and grapefruit) mixed with lightly toasted malt. There are notes of spices such as black pepper, coriander, clove, and Belgian yeast. Finally, there’s a little honey-like sweetness to round everything out. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Crisp and very effervescent due to a lot of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.2%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good American version of a Belgian Saison, and is the beer that made me a fan of Saisons. Big flavors, nicely balanced to make a delicious, refreshing quaff. I love this beer!

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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 nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sneak Attack Saison brewed by 21st Amendment Brewery, with an ABV of 6.20% This brew pours out a amber color with a nice white head. The smell is rich with flavors. You pick up on spices, malts, and grains. The taste is bold with spice and grains. There is a lot going on in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice, clean and refreshing. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving Sneak Attack Saison a 4.25 out of 5 . I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Huffs
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a light head which dissipated fairly quickly. Appearance was a cloudy straw. Aroma was very unusual, though I'm not to familiar with saisan style, was strong of spice and citrus, spice was like cardamom. Taste was light, almost woody with citrus and cardamom hints. Mouthfeel was light and carbonated with the aftertaste being spicy and lasting.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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 MarioM
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter

A: Hazy yellow with a one finger fluffy soapy white head. Nice looking brew and very pale but refreshing looking.

S: A lot of belgian yeast character, nice bubble gum and spicy sweetness is very dramatic, which is great and glad to see such character from my local Bay Area brewery. Strange but I almost get a holiday like spice aroma, very similar to all spice or maybe even a little pumpkin spice, interesting.

T: Follows the nose with its spice character and very bubble gummy Belgian yeast. Definitely more spice forward than yeast forward although yest character is present just takes a back seat to the spice.

M: Nice spiciness lingers with a tad bit of yeast character as well as a gentle bitterness. Very refreshing and sessionable.

O: A nice saison but does not have the yeast character that I look forward to and is common in traditional imported examples but still tasty. Will buy again and thoroughly enjoying.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy golden with a white ring of head.

S: Peach, tropical fruit, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: Tropical fruit, similar spices to the nose, and peach. Maltier on the finish but second sip is fruity all the way through.

M: Medium bodied with the typical saison feel.

O: Flavors are amazing. It could stand to be smoother, and the peach and tropical fruits could be stronger.

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Photo of TaylorK
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is another in a set I picked up on a whim while I was out of state (West Virginia doesn't have a lot of great options). I'm glad to present a fairly positive review on a 21st Amendment beer because I really didn't like their Back in Black I just reviewed.

A: Poured into a pint glass from a can. The beer is golden in color and poured a very light head. Carbonation is quite visible after the initial pour.

S: The smell of the beer is sweet like a fruity candy smell. Banana really jumps out to me. A really deep smell does yield a spring-like cut-grass odor.

T: Taste is great. It's very spicy but the advertised cardamom is present on the back end. I taste a bit of lemony flavor that at first tastes like a hard-lemonade, but does unfortauntely sort of fade off into a harsher bitter lemon zest.

M: Light, crisp and refreshing. Borders on watery, but I thought it was a comfortable drink. The beer does kind of cling a bit after the swallow, but it's not bad at all.

O: This beer is great. I'll admit I can sometimes be a sucker for nifty packaging and aside from being a farmhouse ale in a can, it's also a pretty great beer. I'd definitely consume this again.

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Photo of twillingthenoz
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
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 seand
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow amber, with a fair amount of fizzy white head. A thin layer retains, leaving good lacing.

S: Yeasty and sweet, pretty standard for a saison. Pleasant enough, though not outstanding.

T: Medium sweetness, with the yeasty not-quite-funky saison coming through as well. Again, good, not amazing.

M: Medium body, medium to strong carbonation.

Overall, it's a solid saison. It's probably not going to be the best or most unique saison you'll ever try, but it's enjoyable, and it's also more easily available and affordable than the average saison.

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Photo of Swift989
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Can poured into pint glass.

half inch head that dissipates quickly. beautiful golden yellow color with lots of carbonation at first that continues to bubble throughout the drinking experience.

Smell is ok, defintely strong/dominated by the cardamom. slightly sour.

Taste: 38 IBUs, but sour hint is definitely evident. Cardamom is pretty overwhelming and meets the box discription of "in your face." enjoyable at first but wanes as you drink. This is a winter take on a typically summer beer. I am not really familiar with Saisons, but the taste does have a "Farmhouse" quality to it.

Mouthfeel: slightly thin, but summery. little tangy in back of mouth.

Overall: I would definitely try another more traditional Saison before drinking this again. The brewery does got props for marketing and naming, as Sneak Attack is fitting for something brewed out of season. Art work on can is fun. Would try other ones of their beers.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
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 alaimoa
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked these cans up a few months ago just wanting to try. Pours a hazy gold and instantly smell spice, citrus and biscuits. Taste instantly citrusy and bready with a hit of fall spices. Not initially bitter but there is a late bitterness that lingers in somewhat of an unpleasant way.
Overall this beer is okay, I would possibly buy it again but not seek it out

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Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.59 out of 5 based on 651 ratings.
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