Civil Disobedience #7 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by rodkin:
4.68/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
10-19-2013 20:41:30 | More by rodkin
More User Reviews:
4.55/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
04-29-2014 02:18:10 | More by Alieniloquium
4.39/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
10-27-2013 16:06:58 | More by smakawhat
Civil Disobedience #7 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.