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Civil Disobedience #7 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 151
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of Art (2 years in wine barrels) and 2 year old unblended Lambic.

Blended with 2 year old Cantillon lambic. Bottled in July of 2013.

(Beer added by: scotv on 10-16-2013)
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Reviews by cfrances33:
Photo of cfrances33
4.98/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

cfrances33, Oct 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of ThatsThatDude
1.05/5  rDev -75.7%
look: 2 | 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!

ThatsThatDude, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Aaron for opening up this beer!

375 ml bottle sealed with a pressure cap.

6oz pour into a HF wine stem.

Appearance: Glowing pale straw yellow bodied beer with slight haze and thick cap of white head. Head drops down to thick ring around the glass. A gentle swirl immediately brings back the full cap if not even more head atop the beer.

Smell: brine, red wine, oak, and acetic sour in the nose.

Taste: the flavor of this beer is all about the lambic and a little bit about the wine barrel. Slight brine note with acetic sourness like an unblended lambic would taste like. Red wine barrel in middle of the beer. Minimal funk. Slightly earthy. Finishes with more acetic sourness that is moderate in intensity, oak, and a light brine note. Not as balanced as most barrel aged HF beers that I have drank, but I like the overall effect that the flavor profile delivers.

Mouthfeel: light bodied almost medium boided beer with low carbonation. The intensity of the lambic flavors tends to decrease drinkability, but I really enjoy how this beer lingers on your palate for atleast 5 minutes after each sip.

Overall: This is my first beer from the Civil Disobedience series by Hill Farmstead. CD7 wasnt really what I thought it was going to be. This beer has a stronger lambic influence and is less identifiable as a saison. With all that said... I really did enjoy it because I like lambics and saisons, so it was a win win situation. Looking forward to trying more beers from this series because it is truely a unique beer.

4DAloveofSTOUT, May 17, 2014
Photo of PacktLikeFishees
2.13/5  rDev -50.7%
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.

PacktLikeFishees, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Skrip
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Skrip, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of xenjoiii
2.28/5  rDev -47.2%
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.

xenjoiii, Apr 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

joel66, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

warnerry, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Janis_Hoplin
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Janis_Hoplin, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of doremite
4.75/5  rDev +10%

doremite, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

stereosforgeeks, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

acurtis, May 18, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

mdaschaf, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of blabaer
3.5/5  rDev -19%

blabaer, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of joshwith
3.5/5  rDev -19%

joshwith, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Gonzoillini, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 7/2013.

Appearance - Pale orange. Hazy body. Nice white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Wine barrel saison is immediately prevalent. White wine. Oak. A little bit of yogurt lactic aroma. The lambic pushes through in the back. White pepper. Some hay and funk. Lemony acidic aroma.

Taste - Has that same lactic sourness. White wine right up front. Oak and some funky cheese flavors. Grainy malt. A little bit of sweetness in the back. Lingering oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - It isn't crisp, but it is light. Well carbonated with a pleasant sourness.

Overall - Truly superb. I never quite got past the lactic sourness, but nonetheless, I really loved it.

Alieniloquium, Apr 29, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +10.2%

MichaelLamb, Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

cfrobrew, Oct 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

SpdKilz, May 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

raqnroll, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

smakawhat, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of BrewUSA
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 90/100


Part of me feels like this beer is so far beyond my comprehension that I don't even know what to enjoy. It's a tad sour for me. Which is personal preference. Tartness is very pronounced. It's a blend of farmhouse ales aged in assortment barrels. Almost as if Shaun Hill may have over killed here. One sip seems complex. The next seems muddled. Taste like lambic and white wine. I can not seem to pull much oak out of it. Acidic Lemon, Citrus and Grass are the lead notes. Too much acid, sour and tartness for me to rate this amongst the other Hill Farmstead brews I had. Seems to be a miss by their standards. Again, I'm not being sarcastic when I say, this beer might literally be beyond my comprehension of complexity~

BrewUSA, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of BKArmstrong
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

BKArmstrong, May 25, 2014
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Civil Disobedience #7 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.