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Civil Disobedience #8 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Civil Disobedience #8
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 45
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 02-05-2014

Single oak barrel of blended black farmstead ale. Edith et al. 1 year in oak.
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3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black with dark brown hues at the edges when held to the light. A finger of tan head slowly recedes to a solid film and leaves some laving.

S- Smells of toasted oak, nuts, lightly tart apple, and a firm barnyard funk. The walnut is wonderful and reminiscent of Elaborative #1. A subtle smokiness brings complexity and pulls the aroma together.

T- There is sweet and nutty malt at the front, followed by oaky tannins, smoke, and finally a puckering tartness on the finish. Walnut, green apple tartness, and oak are the primary flavors here, with light smoke and sweetness bringing complexity and Roundness to the flavor.

M- Incredibly smooth with light, prickly carbonation. Puckering in the finish.

O- What can I say? Another fantastic and eclectic beer from Hill Farmstead! So complex, strange, but wonderful!

Photo of jaasen64
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed during a CD4-10 tasting. Pours a dark black with slightly off-white bubbly head and some spotty lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, grapes, cherries, dark malts, light char, and a hint of black chocolate. Tastes of black cherries, grapes, lightly tart wine, oak, lightly charred malts, and a light black chocolate.

Overall this was a great blend that lives up to the other blends in the series. You definitely get the Edith however I think the barrel smoothed it out nicely and added an additional complexity and tartness. Wasn't my favorite of the series and was slightly below CD4 in terms of black saisons, however I think this is better then a lot of people give it credit for.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -14.7%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Medium off-white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Light fruitiness. Roasty. Light acidity.

Taste - Sharp tartness. Toasty malt moves into deep roasted malt. A bit of lemon. Yeasty. White wine peaks out behind the roast.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Tough to pull off the dark saison. Doesn't really work. A bit of a struggle.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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Photo of Stevedore
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a mini-snifter 8/9/2014.

A- Dark black body, opaque with a finger's worth of white head. Was a gusher out of the bottle unfortunately.

S- Tart cherries, a bit of lacto and some funk. Sort of a plant matter thing going on here. Smells good.

F- Not quite so complex as the nose; some tart cherry and the Vermont funk with a bit of oak.. again, sort of a plant matter thing going on the finish. Nothing too special to be honest.

M- Medium in body, just right in the middle of thick and thin, good carbonation.

O- It's a solid BA black saison, but definitely nothing I'd go for again. Highly recommend Phenomenology of Spirit instead.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Deep brown to near black body, hinting at dark chocolate color. Slightly one finger cream tan head. Spotty lacing and a good tan collar.

Aroma hints at moderate funk and oud bruin slight character. Mild sweetness but hitting at faint caramel and minimal sourness. Moderate acid quality and faint spicy vinegar.

Palate comes with a good sourness and moderate funk. Light toast and matching vinegar mild quality. Hints to oud bruin with less sugars and depth. Classic peppery saison yeast but with a lighter touch.

Overall a decent hybrid saison and reminds me of mild bruin quality. Not mind blowing but quite fun.

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Civil Disobedience #8 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.