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Civil Disobedience #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 18.25%
Wants: 144
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

A blend of two different batches of Arthur and a bit of a beer called ’mimosa’, a saison brewed with orange zest and Brett Claussenii. All stainless. Not barrel aged.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 08-14-2011)
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Reviews by GonzoHomebrewer:
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

GonzoHomebrewer, Jun 10, 2014
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Photo of kingcrowing
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

kingcrowing, Aug 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

doremite, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -2.7%

jh1982, Feb 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

SpdKilz, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

BeerFMAndy, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Bardwashrind
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Bardwashrind, Oct 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27%

largadeer, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of baconsausage
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

baconsausage, Aug 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

mendvicdog, Sep 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

oline73, Sep 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

alalvarez75, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SadMachine
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

SadMachine, Feb 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ygtbsm94, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thorpe429, Aug 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

MaineMike, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

nathanjohnson, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

AgentZero, Feb 05, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

womencantsail, Aug 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

oregonskibum, Jun 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

airbag11, Jun 01, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

chippo33, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2011
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Civil Disobedience #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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