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RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
You might not expect a Saison in winter. But the enemy didnt expect Washington to cross the icy Delaware, either. Expectations be damned, we say. Were 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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2015
I notice a lot of breweries release witbiers in the winter, which Ive always found a bit odd. With their Sneak Attack Saison, 21st Amendment Brewery has kept in this tradition, except theyre going the saison route. Regardless, this beer definitely has a lot of witbier qualities in terms of taste, palette and drinkability. Its 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. Its 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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (7456) - 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 wouldnt 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undsioux7 (872) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2156) - , 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1289) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kespecial (246) - - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrewje41 (3653) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2015
12 oz can poured. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a big cloudy foam head. Great can artwork by the way. Lemon, and grassy aroma. Flavor stays true to that as well. Minimum spices flavor all throughout. Creamy body to it. Interesting beer. Definitely not your typical saison. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ctplt777 (530) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Grassy, barnyardy, wet grass and some sweet spicy hoppiness. Tons of Belgian yeast and sweetness. This is whats awesome about a Saison. Tons of funkiness, sourness and sweet malt. Its awesome, I could drink this all day!


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