RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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DialSquare (5119) - 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.

PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - 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.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, 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.

njnut (486) - 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.

Sledutah (7788) - Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2015
12oz can at 21st Amendment
Cloudy yellow with a medium sized white head, some lacing. Aroma is floral, herbal, honey and black pepper. Taste is herbal, flowery, grains, lemon and sweet
Ok, but I wouldn’t want another one.
Earlier Rating: 6/14/2012 Total Score: 3.7
On tap at the brewpub
Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a medium sized white head and some lacing
Aroma: Banana Esters, spices and pepper
Taste: Citrus, peppery and lemon zest
Nice and smooth, a little too sweet for me.

undsioux7 (876) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Pours yellow gold with a large white head. Aroma of pepper spice and grass taste is the same. Thin body and not much else.

BroSpud (2233) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2015
12oz can. Pours a light yellow with a white head that evaporates quickly. A bit on the thin side and also kind of bland. OK for the style but I expected better from 21A.

revolution2718 (379) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Pours straw with a finger of soapy head. Nose is Belgian yeast, spicy, white pepper. Starts off lemony, yeasty, then becomes a bit spicy and quite bitter and dry. Lemon candies off the top is strange, and I don't really care for the finish. Also could use more carbonation. Not great.

Oscbert (1319) - Lincoln, California, USA - JAN 19, 2015
~Lemongrass aroma with coriander, wheat and white pepper. ~Pours a bright golden color, hazy tubidity with lasting bubbly white head. ~Lemony flavor, slight bitter lemon peel, coriander with peppery spiciness. ~Light to medium bodied with high CO2, lingering lemony and bitter finish. Refreshing. ~Fantastic. Just what I needed. This a beer that is great for any occasion. Very tasty and enjoyable to drink.

kespecial (255) - - JAN 14, 2015
Pours a nice bright light orange, though head dissipates quickly. (I guess not bottle-conditioned?) Aroma is assertive and nice pepper, cardamom obviously, lemon peel, grains of paradise? Body however is a little thin, and tastes over-spiced, one dimensional. Finishes dry. Not bad, but just an average saison IMHO.

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