Civil Disobedience #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by Bardwashrind:
4.83/5 rDev +17.2%
Bottle acquired from aapp, thanks again for making this happen.
Took close to a minute to open the bottle. A long hissing spewed from under the cap that was being slowly pried off. Bubbles were rising near the lip of the bottle but no liquid was lost. Great color that held a tone similar to fresh squeezed lemonade with a think unfiltered haze. Almost a shade of grey but that's the kind of thing I get excited about most of the time.
People could smell this one from across the room. The orange component gave off floral high notes, with a subtle but distinct crispness coming from the saison base and then all rounded by the earthy brett. Seamless was the first thing that came to mind. The beer was a pleasure to sniff and smell and admire.
Long on the tongue with a creamy carbonation giving amazing weight. Flavors of wild flowers, tangelos, white grapes and a little limestone. The brett added such a finesse through complexity that the typical 'barn-yard funk' didn't do justice in explanation. Even when it left the palate, the flavors kept persisting for close to a minute. Orange bitterness, grassy perhaps and that lovely, lovely brett drying it all up.
This was tasted in conjunction with a series of other big beers and stood on a level all it's own. I kept a small taster aside and would periodically come back to it for a comparison sake. Unreal how distinct and unique these Hill Farmstead beers come off. They taste crafted rather than manufactured, simply delicious rather than overly complicated. Civil for sure and winning me over in obedience.
10-19-2011 16:09:06 | More by Bardwashrind
More User Reviews:
4.85/5 rDev +17.7%
750ml bottle poured into a tasting glass and split with the family after my grandfather's funeral.
Pours a hazy amber with a nice white head. Nose is funky Brett, a bit tart and very crisp.
Taste is exquisite, very bretty and tart, this is up there with many the great Belgians thative had, and ery refreshing with a full Mothfeel, an awesome beer. I wish I was up for a more I. The depth review.
08-16-2011 19:59:40 | More by kingcrowing
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
Wow was this carbonated. The head just kept growing and growing, but to be fair, we had some coffee porter in the same glass before the pour (tailgating does not lend itself to ideal glassware situations, but thanks to jh1982 for taking care of that). Citrus and bready aroma, some wisecrack about SF Lemon Sourdough.
Really excelled in the flavor department, a chunky bready mild tang and sour thing going for it, so clean, not having this in a barrel may have lent this a cleaner vibe instead of the horse blanket with spoiled expensive cheese aroma flavor thing. All the better says I, I've tended to notice that my favorite saisons are almost indistiguishable from berlinner weisses as to my favorite qualities in the better examples of them. This was light, yet substantial, sour, citrus, tangy kind of beer. Man, these must be awesome to drink around a pool.
02-28-2012 04:47:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
Convinced my sister to share this with me. Thanks sis!
I should say before hand that I dont care for saisons in general, but do apprciate the style and occasionally find one I really enjoy. This is one of those.
Pours a light hazy light straw yellow with some huge rocky head that fades away to soapy whisps of white lacing.
A bit of fruity funk in the nose. Tropical, I get some lemon cause I know its there.
Taste is sweeter than expected. Lots of soft fruit flavor, pinapple, some light tart lemonyness. Crisp and very refreshing, enjoyed this a great deal and is my favorite of all the saisons had at Hill.
08-18-2011 01:45:01 | More by baconsausage
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
Reviewed from notes from 1/11/14
Thanks Skrip for sharing!
A- Pours a hazy straw yellow with orange hues. A medium sized white head of medium-large bubbles that retains well and leaves good lacing.
S- Straw and wheat are in the fore-front of the aroma. Spicy, moderately funky, and juicy brett. Light tartness and a bit of citrus and lemon grass.
T- This is like a slightly less tart, more spicy version of Arthur. Nice citrus notes in the middle, followed by hay, wheat, and spice. Very bright and pleasant. Moderate funk reminds you that this is indeed brett fermented.
M- The mouth feel is highly carbonated, medium bodied, slightly puckering, and quite dry. Fits the style nicely.
O- Overall I really liked this saison. I would have loved a little more tartness and citrus, but it is still quite nice!
02-15-2014 01:19:20 | More by SadMachine
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
Thanks to starrdogg for sharing this bottle. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.
Pours a clear and fairly-bright yellow color with a good white head. Mostly clear, though there's a bit of haze. Head stays around for a good bit before falling and leaving behind some nice lacing to coat the glass. Thin collar throughout.
The nose starts off pretty tame, but really starts to open up as it warms and after a few good swirls. Light oak and wine character come through along with a touch of Brett, which is there with more of a light pineapple and lemon-rind character than pure funk.
Flavor isn't quite as nice, as the Brett doesn't really make its way through yet. Maybe a bit more time on these bottles to let the Brett develop a little bit more. Other than that, still quite good with some nice wine-barrel character plus some light wheat. Mild earth and lemon.
Mouthfeel is quite crisp with good carbonation and a light body. Very dry finish.
Overall, really quite nice and thoroughly enjoyable. I wish the bugs had come through just a bit more, but this was really nice as is.
08-30-2011 11:46:47 | More by Thorpe429
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
A: The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a tall white head.
S: Very complex aromas here. Lots of floral hops with tons of citrus notes to it as well. Grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest are all there, as is a bit of pepper and some sweet fruits. Light bready malt and yeast in the background.
T: There is a bit more fruity sweetness to the flavor. Lots of pear and sweet apple to go with the lemon and orange zest. White pepper notes along with some yeast and grass with just a hint of bready malt sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.
O: A very solid saison. Great flavors and a pleasure to drink.
08-30-2011 03:11:32 | More by womencantsail
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
A cellar temperature bottle poured into a large red wine glass. I was lucky enough to get one of the last bottles available from the brewery, purchased a week after the release. It's been in my cellar since that time.
The beer is a clear golden liquid with many streams of carbonation rising within. There is a large white foam head. It has settled down to about two fingers worth of thickness, leaving plenty of lacing.
Even while pouring this beer, I could smell a healthy amount of Brett. The Brett is still apparent while I actively inhale from my glass, but there is a lot more going on here than just the wild yeast. I smell orange and lemon citrus, Belgian candi sugar, and some grassy hops.
The beer has a light, grassy flavor. There is plenty of orange and lemon. I really like the sweetness a touch of funk in the finish. There is a great mustiness in the aftertaste that works really well.
The beer is slightly thick, with plenty of carbonation. Despite all of the bubbles and the sour flavors, there is hardly any tingling sensation. Nor is there much stickiness. A slight coat has plenty of fruit and grass flavors.
This is a really great beer. Like everything else brewed here, it is worth checking out. Too bad this one was a one-time only brew.
04-09-2012 00:15:58 | More by ToasterChef
Civil Disobedience #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.