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
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.