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Civil Disobedience #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 18.25%
Wants: 145
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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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
Photo of womencantsail
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
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -2.7%

ygtbsm94, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -27%

largadeer, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from AshleyMiller. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Hefty white foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lacing. Lightly hazed peach body.

S - My initial perception is one of white pepper. However, as the beer warms a complex bouquet of earthy and floral hops, lightly dusty brett, and a crackery malt backdrop emerges. There's a faint medicinal twang in the periphery.

T - I like the taste better, as a bit more stone fruit and pale malt sweetness complements the crackery malts, peppery yeast, and floral and earthy flavors. The brett contributes a hint of tropical fruit and citrus - or perhaps that's the tiny amount of Mimosa in the blend.

M - Medium-light body, soft but present carbonation, smooth, velvety soft, and creamy texture. Supremely dry finish.

D - Extremely enjoyable stuff, but also quite delicate and subtle. The bottle emptied extremely quickly, but I don't think anyone felt inspired to actively seek out another bottle. If you missed out on this one, you can console yourself in the fact that many of Hill Farmstead's other Saisons are just as good.

MasterSki, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.

Beer poured into a tasting glass, beer is yellow with a slight haze, lazy head, low carbonation, no lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is Brett c with a mild grainy sweetness. Minimal lactic acid, perhaps some Brett b.

Beer is light and pretty bitter on the back end the bitterness is accented by the dryness of the beer, thin bodied, nice yeast character, overall enjoyable, basically it is a brett c / brett b saison but I'm more betting on c at this point. More pineapply in the palate than funky. Funk is there, i'd have it again.

drabmuh, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

oline73, Friday at 06:11 AM
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -2.7%

mendvicdog, Friday at 02:28 PM
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, sampled along with a summer 2011 Arthur bottle (pre-new yeast) and Winter 2011 Art.

Pours a slightly hazed, mostly clear gold/yellow with a large white head. Nice retention, fading to a collar and adequate lacing. Balanced aroma between fruity, oak and light funk, but more sweet and juicy with mild tropical fruits. While Arthur was a little too yeasty and Art a little too intensely wine-forward, CD#1 split the difference nicely between both extremes, with a stronger fruit and lemon presence than the others. The brett has yet to develop much of a presence and is subtle throughout. Light bodied, crisp and dry finish. Fresh, this isn't quite as "special" as hoped for, but that doesn't take away from this being an exceptional wine barrel saison (without, you know, actually being a wine barrel saison having been aged in stainless steel and all).

yourefragile, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -2.7%

duceswild, Friday at 09:22 PM
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.

Served along side Hill Farmstead Art, Arthur, Flora, and McKenzie Irma Extra.

The beer is hazy and yellowish orange in color with a thick white head that leaves some nice lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings some wine, brett, oak, funk. Good flavor, with brett and oak notes. Well balanced and tasty. Medium bodied and smooth. Really nice mouthfeel. Overall, a solid beer. I would have this again.

Huhzubendah, Sep 02, 2011
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 HopHead84
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

8/14/2011

Bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead glass on a lovely summer day. Bottle opens with a sinister hiss.

A: A soft pour yields a transparent straw yellow gold body with three fingers of white sea foam that recede in craters and caverns after five minutes. Thick sheets of soapy lacing are all over the glass. This beer looks fantastic.

S: Earthy and lightly musty, with bright notes of apple, pineapple, and pear. Tangerine is most pronounced, with a light tangelo zest presence. I get hay and a touch of mineral. There's a moderate floral presence with a light spiciness.

T: The flavor opens with a very light tartness accompanied by hay, earth, and a lightly spicy floral aspect, this segues into lightly sweet apple, pear, tangerine, and tangelo zest. There's a light leather note, as well as a lower earthy bitterness. The smooth finish displays pepper-like phenols with a light acidity and a nice dry highly attenuated finish.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

Overall: This is a delicious Saison, one of the best I've had. Seek it out.

HopHead84, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

TurdFurgison, May 04, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev -2.7%

BeerFMAndy, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

chippo33, May 23, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Pear-gold body. Pillowy white head leaves a rocky lace with great topography.

S – Yeasty with crisp, white-fruit flavors like pear, white peach, and tart apple. Subtle, fresh washed lemon citrus. Reminds me of a dry Riesling.

T – Lemon, yeast, green banana, white grape, pear, and a mild under-ripe white peach tartness. The tart note ebbs sour right before an acidic, semi-sweet finish.

M – A medium body with surprising smoothness and breadth holds level throughout the profile.

O – Refreshing, bright and fruity.

vfgccp, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -2.7%

AgentZero, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is clear yellow, bubbles flowing throughout, pure white head. Nose has fair bit of Saison, light pepper, hints of citrus and maybe a faint touch of barrel. Taste is similar, Saison yeast and light pepper, a bit sweeter, citric and lemon with a bit of malt showing. Still rather dry and highly carbonated. Not as bright as Ann, a bit less deep and a touch sweet in the finish but still extremely drinkable with gentle barrel integration.

cpetrone84, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

kscaldef, Jun 24, 2014
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Civil Disobedience #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.