Farmhouse ale brewed with cardamom – 6.2% ABV, 38 IBUs
21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA
By Bill Lau
I’m pretty sure this was the first saison I’d ever seen in a can when I picked it up. I’ve tried several beers from 21st Amendment and enjoyed them all, and this seemed perfect for the summer weather that has arrived here in southwest Ohio. The color even evokes the bright summer sun, with a bit of the typical haze we get from that summertime humidity. I tend to lean towards lighter bodied brews of more modest alcohol levels during the summer, looking more for that refreshment factor while still enjoying plenty of flavor.
This can of Sneak Attack indicated it had been canned on 11/25/13. It showed a cloudy, golden-yellow hue with some visible yeast sediment when poured. The white head started out over a finger’s width thick but eventually settled to a collar and thin cover. I noted a generous amount of tiny bubbles rising.
A wonderful aroma reached my nose – yeasty, with spices, including cardamom, coriander, and the faintest suggestion of cloves. Very Belgian and inviting.
Body was on the light side with a crisp texture. Very fine carbonation bead possessed a pleasant bite on the tongue.
The flavors were in line with the aromas; spices, especially cardamom, earthy, yeasty, with a slight tang/tart edge. A bit of floral hop character appeared as well. Light bitterness allowed the spices and tartness to balance the overall profile. Very refreshing and drinkable, yet quite flavorful. Awesome summertime/hot weather brew! Really tasty.
Rating: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 8.5/10 Palate: 3.5/5 Flavor: 8.5/10 Overall: 16.5