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Civil Disobedience #7 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #7Civil Disobedience #7

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 15.63%

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of Art (2 years in wine barrels) and 2 year old unblended Lambic.

(Beer added by: scotv on 10-16-2013)
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Photo of PacktLikeFishees

New York

2.13/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

I had this bottle thanks to a great and consistently generous friend of mine.

We poured it out equally into HFS glasses with an air of expectancy. This was supposed to be the crown on the night. It was the one to make sure that the tasting wouldn't end on a sour note, and how could it? This is a beer we've been after since it was CD6.

All poured out, we paused a beat before grabbing our glasses and taking a look. It was a golden color that glowed in the light. It was darker than I imagined for an Art and Cantillon blend, but appearance is shallow metric to judge a beer by.

I took a series of smells over the glass. We expected more of a Cantillon aroma but hoped for something with a strong HFS backbone to it. I could immediately say that the Cantillon didn't over power it. I now wish it did. There was a sharp front of lambic aggressiveness before the smell of butter took over. It didn't start unpleasantly but certainly ended so. I decided to keep it to myself until I made eye contact with the rest of the group. The cat was out the bag.

At this point I give up a quote from the night: "I wanted this to be great at every step, and at every step it fought back against me." If this beer were given to me in the form of popcorn, I would send it back for fear of the health risks that so much butter would surely cause me.

All Art is lost in the front end (the only end that tastes as it should). I taste a soft acidity and tartness infused with a citrusy fruitiness before the butter takes over. At every sip I fought to take back the beer inside, only to lose to the diacetyl.

This right here is a metaphor. This is Thomas Keller battling against Paula Deen. The only winner here was the drain.

And that there is your pretentious review for a pretentiously praised beer. Anyone who lauds this beer was looking to like it more than they were looking to taste it. I don't intend to denigrate this brewery, but this is a beer that someone should be ashamed to give out, let alone sell. CD7 is worse than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 03:22:10 | More by PacktLikeFishees
Photo of ThatsThatDude

New York

1.08/5  rDev -75.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks again to a very generous friend for sharing this with me!

This was the one beer in the series I was super excited for. Unfortunately not only is this the biggest let down of the series but the biggest let down of a Hill Farmstead beer. The only good thing going it had for it was the appearance. The aroma was a straight up diacetyl bomb!!! It should have been named "I can't believe it's not butter". If that's not bad enough the entire flavor is butter as well. The so called "Unblended lambic" get a cruel mean death to the butter assault on the pallet which annihilates every other layer of the beer if there ever was one... :(

Not only is this by far one of the worst beers I have ever had.. but it's a disgrace the praise and hype this god awful beers get. It is also a sin what you have to give up to get this and most their other overrated beers. Wake up people. This beer is horrible, atrocious, vial and an excuse of a so called "master piece". Steer clear of this hype train! Cause that's all it is!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 03:13:02 | More by ThatsThatDude
Photo of xenjoiii

New York

2.28/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Bottle from the final round of Collected Works.

A: Poured lightly golden with yellow undertones, and two fingers of white head.

S: the aroma is dominated by diacytel and faint notes of Belgian lambic character. Immensely disappointing.

T: Hints of lambic (similar to the flavor profile of cantillon classic geuze) that are overtaken by diacetyl. Zero trace of Art. The taste is rather awful.

O: Previous reviews hint of diacetyl, but do not forwardly proclaim that the beer is off. Such reviews are misleading. The aroma and taste are dominated by an off flavor, which is undeniably diacetyl. This beer is off. Without a doubt, this is the first bad beer I've had from Shaun.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 02:54:24 | More by xenjoiii
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a trip to the brewery a few months back when it was available. Glad to finally be giving it a try and I'll be using the bottle's dregs to help out my own saison.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow. The stark white head quickly fades to a thin collar. There is a strong scent of un ripened apple and pear. Beautiful earthy a undertones with a hint of leather, but not overly funky.

The initial impression when drinking the beer is that it is very lively. Lots of carbonation, yet refrains from being spritzy. The taste begins with an initial fruity impression that quickly moves to a peppery and phenolic spiciness. This in turn finishes with a mild acidic bite from the lambic. The barrel aging doesn't provide any strong impression of oak, but does give a slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, but very lively. Fantastic beer all around. A shame it is so tough to get these releases.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 19:17:00 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of smakawhat


4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks Jim. Poured from the bottle into a tall wine glass.

Slightly murky, minor gush off open like typical HF Saisons. Solid topaz gold body with a bright white head. Mild gush but head has to pour aggressive for some creation. Always leaves a puck to simple even collar. No lacing.

Large brett nose. Medium acid body, hints of green leafy herbs like sage and thyme. Large strong buttery ghee component but not diacetyl sensing. Great warmth and mild green leafy hop. Slightly indistinct herbality as it warms.

Palate hits nicely. Sharp white pepper finish, and butter thick palate feel. Chewy sensing wheat (possibly) with earth hop dirt. Perfect balance of acid with the buttery sense providing some pastry dough sweetness. Light mouthfeel but large aromatics that carry with nothing distracting. Great mouthfeel that carries the flavors nicely, with some moderate carbonation and oaky roundness.

It may not be my favorite beer that Shaun has ever made, but it's a great creation.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 16:06:58 | More by smakawhat
Photo of cfrances33


4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Pours a lightly hazy, bright straw yellow with a finger and a half white, fluffy head. Some nice lacing, and the head sticks around for a little while. Wonderful looking saison.

Smell: Big white wine barrel up front, mixed with funk, oak, and bright lemon. As it warms, the funk becomes more pronounced. Citrusy and bright.

Taste: Immediate white wine barrel and oak up front, with a heavy funk and strong lactic tartness. Lemons and citrus. Very Art forward. Mineral funk controls the mid and finish, but plays well with the bright lemony tartness. Finishes quite dry. As it warms, the oak and funk become more pronounced, exhibiting more lambic qualities.

Mouthfeel: Quite tart and borderline sour. Perfectly carbonated.

Overall: One of the best Hill Farmstead beers yet, and time is only going to help this beer progress.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 14:04:47 | More by cfrances33
Photo of Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Glowing sunny gold, with a lasting ring of foam and some veil. Aroma is marvellous with funk, cheese and barnyard from the lambic. Definitly feels like Cantillon. Art is also present with white wine, honey and earthy peppery hops.
Taste is puckering lemon, white wine, juicy hops and citrus rind. Mouthfeel is sharp and dry as it should be. White wine and honey makes it a little bit more mellow but it feels more like a lambic. Awesome lambic with a saison touch. Definitely more pungent than #6 and at least on par with #5 which I loved.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 04:04:49 | More by Luk13
Photo of Skrip

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ glowing tangy orange with a gushing head and slight lacing.

S~ spicy saison yeast and wine barrel funk up front. Followed by nice citrus and cherry aspects.

T~ a lot like Art with a thicker cherryish lambic undertone. Other than that it pretty much follows the nose. spicy pepper saison yeast up front, citrus rushes the palette with darker tart fruits, all followed by amazing funk. As it warms up a lot of oak starts to come out.

M~ very well carbonated, just where I like a saison. Smooth and extremely refreshing.

O~ I think this will be really amazing with some age. The CD series seems to get better with 6 months to a year of age but no more than that! Overall a very amazing blend as always, here's to more Civil Disobedience!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 00:30:31 | More by Skrip
Photo of rodkin


4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From the bottle, picked up yesterday at the brewery.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a small, soapy head. Spotty lacing.

Smell is incredible. Huge blast of musty funk, lemon rind, green apple, slight sweetness, and oak. I overheard someone saying that this is about 80-85% Art, and 15-20% unblended Cantillon lambic (full disclaimer, I have never had Art on its own). However, based on smell alone, I would have thought it was closer to 50-50. Really great funky lambic notes. Other than maybe Saison du Fermier, this is the best smelling saison I've ever had.

Taste is a little less funky, a little more fruity. Oak and green apple upfront, followed by citrus, which creates a really nice sour-sweet balance. Barnyard funk follows, with a drying, slightly tannic finish. The sweetness is super refreshing, and the finish just begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel is light, with spritzy, lively carbonation. Very dry. Kind of tickles the tongue. Spot on, perfect for the style.

This thing is dangerous; I could drink it by the gallon. Really impressive, and well worth the trip up here. I've enjoyed every Hill Farmstead beer I've ever had, but I'd say this is the first one that really justifies the Greatest Brewery In The World hype.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 20:41:30 | More by rodkin
Photo of bahnfire


4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle to HF stem.

A: Glowing opaque golden yellow. 1/4in head of bright white frothy bubbles that recedes quickly to a thin ring that clings to the glass.

S: Funky, smells like a sour, which of course it is in part. Hints of stone fruit, nectarines, green apples. As it warms the aroma is more dominated by the lambic characteristics. I could just sniff this for hours.

T: Can taste Art immediately. Less sour than the nose would lead you to believe, but that HF tartness we all love is there. Vinous, white wine, lemon, green apple. As it warms the lambic components become more pronounced.

M: Prickly on the tongue. Leaves your mouth feeling wet and slick, wanting another sip. Good carbonation. Very, very easy to drink.

O: Fresh and chilled the Art appears to dominate the experience (not like that is a bad thing!). As it warms the lambic elements become more pronounced. I will be very interested to see how this develops with some time. If you are a fan of HF saisons CD7 is certainly worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 02:40:06 | More by bahnfire
Civil Disobedience #7 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.