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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1486) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
(tap) clear pale yellow colour with a small white head; aroma of spice, lilies; light, balanced flavour with a long, light sour finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TATE (327) - Lubec, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Can. Pours a cloudy yellow with thick white head. Lemon aroma. Seems like I can taste the alcohol. The beginning is spicy and citrusy and it finishes with a hop bite. A little stronger and heavier than I was expecting but it grows on you as you drink it. Low rating more indicative to the style not being my favorite. 21st is new to my market so I’m trying them all and overall they are very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lightbias (238) - USA - MAR 8, 2015
Can dated Enjoy by 4.30.2015 and cracked the top to an aroma of light, earthy spices and Belgian yeast. Pour is honey-lemon with a soft head, dissipating almost as fast as it rises. Lemony flavor and a lightly sour taste that pulls under the back of my tongue creating a bit of a salivary response. The finish is dry, but short, the swallow leaving an oily feeling across my tongue and the carbonation just saving it from being flat there. Not a bad experience, but nothing terribly exciting either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anthony850 (330) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Spicy winters saison with a little tart maybe ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
666seth (229) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Great example for an American style Belgian Session. I’m sure medieval Belgian Monks would have approved and would have joined forces with Washington to perfect his Sneak Attack. 21st Amendment: Please keep up your creativity, and I hope you will soon come up with the perfect CALI/ US Piisner, that combines the greatness of the west with some flavor of the East, and of course the NOBLE hops from the ’old world’ Thanks and please contact me @ erkan.diri@gmx.net Thanks again!! Erkan Diri

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (271) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 20, 2015
On tap at Evernote. Aroma is mild funk, hay, potpourri. Taste is tart citrus peels, mild funkiness, some spiced Belgian-style notes. I liked the tarter notes but something doesn’t really meld well here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (3163) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2015
12oz can from Kroger in Grandview. Murky yellow-gold pour with a finger of bright white head. Aroma is big spicy cardamon, herbal, lemon. Tastes are along those lines - lots of spice, clove, little belgiany banana, floral, wheat. Faint tartness. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (995) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 8, 2015
lightly clouded yellow-orange with with a cm of off-white head, medium-fine, that fades moderately quickly. Aroma is slightly tart, hay and grain, some light berry and orange underneath. Smells like it has lactic acid added directly. Body is light, somewhat oily with a bit of grit, medium-fine carbonation of moderate fizzly coarseness with medium-light burn. (Meh on body.) Flavor is tart hay, touch of lemon, a bit of naked lactic, and some light, residual bitterness in the finish that lingers and is slightly astringent. Overall, a subpar saison that has naked lactic in aroma and poor flavor (astringency, lactic). Needs better yeast quality.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1327) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2015
I notice a lot of breweries release witbiers in the winter, which I’ve always found a bit odd. With their “Sneak Attack Saison, 21st Amendment Brewery has kept in this tradition, except they’re going the saison route. Regardless, this beer definitely has a lot of witbier qualities in terms of taste, palette and drinkability. It’s the kind of unique winter seasonal I can appreciate.

I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It had an enjoy by date of 4/30/15 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale shade of bright yellow not unlike a witbier. Fairly hazy, but translucent with tiny particles floating in suspension. Pours to an average size, white, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Clean, floral scent with notes of banana and spicy cardamom.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the flavor palette here could be described as “clean.” A fruity, refreshing taste of lemon fruit is prominent, with an underlying spiciness of black pepper hiding in the background. Light malt character creates for minor sweetness, but is still strong enough to keep the brew well-balanced. Some bitterness through the middle, but each swig ends with a strong taste of cardamom. It’s almost minty, which sounds odd, but actually works quite well. Overall, this is one of the more interesting saisons I can recall having.

Drinkability: With a palette as light and refreshing as this, I was a bit surprised to learn 21st Amendment Sneak Attack Saison is 6.2% ABV. The mouthfeel is noticeably light, but not to the point of being thin or watery. The carbonation is at a reasonable level – not spastic like many of the style. It goes down extremely smooth. This would be better in the summer than the winter, though the cold weather helps resist the temptation of sessioning this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
njnut (320) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Poured into tulip a hazy pale yellow with a quickly receding white head and some lace. Aroma is yeast, spice and pepper. Taste is yeast, lemongrass with a peppery finish. Mouthfeel is thin. Not horrible but not what I expected from 21st.

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