Sneak Attack Saison | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Sneak Attack SaisonSneak Attack Saison

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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 tmm313
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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 brewtus
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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 KFBR392
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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 NiceTaps
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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 q33jeff
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
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 Huffs
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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 mthomp081
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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 MarioM
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +16.5%
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 +23%
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 nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
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 fscottkey
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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 seand
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 twillingthenoz
3.64/5  rDev +2%
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 Swift989
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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 alaimoa
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
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 dpodratsky3
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass:

A: Ok head settles to barely a covering, opaque but not cloudy, very very pale gold

S: Smells like a typical wheat beer, wheaty malt, defintely some lemon too, not sure what cardamom smells like but it is definitely present and unique

T: Cardomom flavor comes through very strongly, tastes like a beer mixed drink, too strong for me, but interesting

M: Medium light body, lower carbonation than I expected, feels smooth

O: Good, just not my thing

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Photo of jellikit
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: yellow. Hazy. Small head. No lacing. Small grain particles sunk to bottom of glass upon pouring.
S: essence of banana. Small spice notes.
T: medium maltiness. Belgian like flavors. Definite cardamom. Strange bitterness at the end/aftertaste.
M: medium to high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
O: meh. Has a funky aftertaste. Kinda metallic or weird bitterness that is not a yeast profile. Had grain fragments in can.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.75/5  rDev +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 MaltsOfGlory
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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 joefuzz
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned on 1/14/13

Pours cloudy straw yellow with a small head smells of lemon and grapefruit taste follows the nose with a hint of grass and black pepper. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both on the soft side. Good seasonal but here in ny I think its the wrong season for it.

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Photo of stercomm
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale yellow with an initial big white head that quickly receded to a slight white covering.

S - Definitely get the Cardamon along with some spice and peppery notes.

T - Starts out as a subdued Saison, some nice bitterness and then you get a hit of the Cardamon, some citrus and spice. Long finish that lingers.

M - medium bodied, medium carbonation

O- Not a bad Saison, less sweet the traditional ones.

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Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
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