Friday, February 6, 2015

21st Amendment Sneak Attack Saison


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1276) - 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. 
Grade: 9/10