Sneak Attack Saison | 21st Amendment Brewery

BA SCORE
82
good
662 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
662
Reviews:
130
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
141
For Trade:
2
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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 RblWthACoz
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

I feel like I got a mouthful of junk with this one. It's a big soapy, spiced mess. I literally feel like I am chewing on something, which in this case is not good. Feel is weird. Overall, this is a prime example of an American brewery failing at making a saison; this is nowhere near what a saison can and should be. Stick to what you can do well and leave the other stuff alone.

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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 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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2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Chicken69
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Clouded golden body with a bright white head, speckled lacing left behind. Aroma has spice mild citrus notes, brewed with cardamom well I couldn't have pulled that one out by itself. Slightly metallic note in the nose and definitely in the flavor, bitterness from the spice additions, lemon lime quality just plain unbalanced and not a good representative of the style. Mouthfeel is dry bitter, tingling with acidity, and spices hard to get down each sip lasts around longer carbonation is forced a bit much in all regards. Overall, I tend to like 21st Amendment releases this one has to be off, or it was just a straight miss.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

LOOK: Pours a cloudy pale golden color. White head forms and leaves a bit of lace on the snifter.

SMELL: Wheat, hay and a light Belgian funk with some bubblegum/banana like esters. Grassy.

TASTE: Light tartness supported by a wheat malt base. The can says its brewed with cardamom, and it is very strong in the taste with a seedy, peppery, poppy like dryness. Very mild bitterness and a spice bite. There is a small citrusy acidity that is the saving grace for the flavor. Yeast phenols are muted for the most part.

FEEL: Light bodied, fairly drinkable since its so light and packs in the flavor. The cardamom in the end just becomes overbearing in the finish and leaves a seedy oil coating on the palate. Some tasters have detected a numbing sensation, I concur.

OVERALL: Very average and over spiced. I'd probably quite enjoy it if they left the cardamom out of the recipe entirely. Cardamom. That's the sneak attack here. Mediocre but beats a trip to the dentist.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Sneak Attack Saison from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.59 out of 5 based on 662 ratings.
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