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Civil Disobedience #2 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 50
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

95%+ Clara plus a hair of Edward - not barrel aged. Spiked with funk from dregs of our favorite bottles.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 10-16-2011)
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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +9%

imperialking, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +9%

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael. Civil Disobedience 1-3 side by side.

The beer is hazy and pale yellow hued with a towering, white, frothy head. The aroma offers citrus, lemon, grass. The flavor brings forth a nice citrus character, with additional notes of earth, wheat, light funk. Light in body and easy drinking. A delicate hop bitterness in the finish with a bit of sour funk. Overall, I enjoyed this brew. Well done.

Huhzubendah, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Mebuzzard, May 28, 2012
Photo of Fux
3/5  rDev -18.3%

A: Hazy golden yellow with quite a fuzzy head

S: A bit sour with lots of citruses (lemon, lime, etc.), fruity. Interesting nose.

T: Way too much lemon inside this brew. Very overpowering. Some floral aromas help balancing a little bit, bu overall not very enjoyable.

M: Not very long on the palate. Quite refreshing but the finish is a bit watery and fuzzy.

O: Interesting nose but very disappointing after that. I almost felt drinking washing-up liquid. I will probably not have this again.

Fux, May 14, 2012
Photo of CummingsK21
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

CummingsK21, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of kels
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%

Thanks to my awesome fiance for picking this up for me on his last trip to Vermont. Nice to try something special that I don't get to see everyday.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with tinges of warm orange. Completely opaque with a decent bit of sediment floating low in the glass. The most notable feature, however, is the huge, airy, rocky, porous head - it's at least 4 fingers tall and started in the bottle when it was opened, flowing over the sides. It's practically sculptural and stays around for at least a few minutes before collapsing on itself. Tons of thick foamy lace sticks to the walls throughout the whole drink.

Nose is full of tangy, fruity yeast. Soft notes of lemongrass are cut with the notable presence of a slightly sour funk of wet hay.

So complex but still soft and balanced somehow. The effervescence is out of this world and perfect with the flavors on the beer. It's so light and full. It's very herbal, like lemongrass and chamomile and parsley. The yeast is fruity and pungent, and the slightest bit of funk only serves to fill out the body rather than dampen the flavor. Exceptionally tasty for such a light body. The finish is pleasingly drying and clean.

Could definitely drink this all day. It's refreshing and tasty and fragrant with such a nice contradictory simple complexity. Would love to have another opportunity to enjoy this one. It's so drinkable that it's hard to savor.

kels, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Khazadum, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev +9%

ygtbsm94, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

nmann08, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Thanks, Alex. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a mirky orange/yellow color, white head, spotty lace.

S - Pretty funk & yeast-foward, big bretty saison, nice herbal and bread notes, some citrus in there too. This is a funky brett bomb with some of the other notes really secondary to the yeasty funk.

T - Light bitterness that's pretty much gone now, lots of funk, hay, grass, citrus lemon/orange peel. The herbal and floral notes are a little more prevalent on the palate when compared to the nose, which is nice. The finish is slight lemon peel/citrus and herbal notes that balance out nicely.

M - Light body, high carbonation, clean/dry finish.

O - This is a nice blend, but not quite as good as I was hoping for. The carbonation is a little too much right now, but I imagine that's the bugs doing their work. Looking forward to see how this continues to evolve over time. Good stuff.

Sean9689, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Another AshleyMiller joint. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Looks pretty similar to CD#1. This one was a slow gusher, and there's a tad bit more foam. The roused yeast results in a slightly murkier body, and it's a shade lighter as well.

S - Smells like lemons - I'm guessing as a result of the hops and brettanomyces-laden Jolly Pumpkin dregs. Unfortunately it's a slightly artificial and chemical lemon flavor that I associate with Pledge. There's some residual herbal hop flavors, suntan lotion, as well as a earthy, dirty funk - perhaps a hint of soiled diaper.

T - The taste thankfully loses some of the chemical lemon character and replaces it with grainy pale malt flavor - guessing that is from the Clara? The flavors seem to coalesce better here, with a decent combination of wheat, dusty brett, lemon, and herbs. Somewhat understated, although relatively flavorful for such a low ABV beer.

M - Nice medium body heft considering the ABV. Super dry, with pleasant, soft carbonation. Even though the flavor profile is a bit of a miss this is still quite nice on the palate.

D - Not a bad beer, by any stretch, but a disappointment considering its pedigree. The worst of the series, and probably the only Hill Farmstead beer I've had that actually had off-putting elements in play. I'd rather have Clara, Edward, or Jolly Pumpkin beers on their own.

MasterSki, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3/5  rDev -18.3%

AgentZero, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +9%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of starrdogg
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Thanks to Michael for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy light orange/yellow with a pretty big white head. Smell is heavy on the brett with some muted hops and lemon in there in the background, though there's something a bit plastic-y about it. Flavor definitely is a step up from the nose, same combination of hoppiness (though faded from where it used to be according to my fellow drinkers) and brett, but the flavors combine a bit better than they do in the smell. Mouthfeel is very light, carbonated and excellent. Overall, this is another really nice saison from HF, it's very interesting, though I wish I'd had it when it was a little hoppier, as I think it might've been excellent then. Instead, it's still good, but probably on its way downhill.

starrdogg, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

deemed as one of my desert island styles... the table saison. this one comes in at 4.5 abv and has an outrageous amount of complexity to something so small. a wonderfully fashion yeast with a very nice and complex floral grassy aromatic note. looks like a saison with a bit of murk. the drugs are add to it much like the clara. pour is brett lemon balm, and grass with hints of floral that can actually separate and have distinct flower notes as it warms. i got predominately lavender. palate is a bit pickled lotus root funky, floral perfume and cilantro. there is a fruit not of a under ripened peach. a great beer for a summer day and so so delicate on the palate you have to slow yourself down because there is not enough.

rtepiak, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

WeisGuy, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%

750ml bottle poured into a HF tulip.

Pours a hazy straw color with a small white head with some thin white lacing. Nose is funky and tart a bit of grassy early flavors.

Taste is soap, lavender, and Brett all day. Super dry and bretty on he finish. Its just not quite there since it was fresh. Has nothing on the first one.

kingcrowing, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of nathanjohnson
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

nathanjohnson, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Pours clear gold with a large rocky head. A shade darker than CD 3. Nose is a bit bready with some apple, pear, not as citrus forward as CD 3, and a bit of weird plastic/medicine. Mouth is pretty bitter throughout, kind of medicinal up front and even into the finish. Minerally and a bit phenolic. This one is only 4.5%, there isn't much to cover up that off flavor. I'm not sure if this is an off bottle but it's not close to the beer that CD 3 is. Still some enjoyable fruit and hops going on but I don't think it's something to really seek out.

JAXSON, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%

750 mL bottle opened at the end of our Fantome tasting. Blend of Clara, Edward and some JP dregs I believe?

Hazy light golden color with a massive frothy white head with exceptional lacing and retention. Aroma is lemon, grassy and light citrus, with some wheat and earthiness. Light and dry body with a slight lactic lemon finish. Crisp, refreshing flavor, hoppy and lemony. Earthy and grassy flavors balance out the fruitiness. Wasn't super excited for this blend, but in execution this is really nice.

yourefragile, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +18%

Thanks Michael for sharing this recently. Beer served in a Fantome glass.

Beer is yellow, light, hazy, with a big white head of small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is lemony, sweet, mildly lactic, interesting.

Beer is super light in body, mildly dry on the finish, midpalate is a little creamy with strong citrus notes on the center with leading sourness and tart at the back, a nice little interesting beer.

drabmuh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Huge thanks to imagineiii and aapp for bottles of this. Can't wait to see how it evolves.

Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazed light golden color with a huge, frothy white head with great retention and really nice lacing on the way down. Sheet of lacing. The nose brings some light acidity and lemon plus a bit of citrus. Some tropical fruit and wheat as well. The flavor has a nice bit of earth and light funk plus a very faint lemony acidity. Great hop presence and a bit of Brett. Really fantastically blended. Simply awesome.

Thorpe429, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of RSchaeffer
4/5  rDev +9%

RSchaeffer, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

Gushue3, Nov 16, 2011
Civil Disobedience #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.