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Civil Disobedience #3 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 59
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

A blend of wine barrel aged Arthur and Vera Mae.

(Beer added by: rudzud on 11-21-2011)
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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for contributing this one to our Civil Disobedience showdown. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Looks a lot like the other ones, but surprisingly this is the palest of three.

S - Big white wine notes at first, but they give way to light oak, some lotion, spicy yeast, and a bit of floral and herbal character. Quite nice - probably the most aromatic of the lot.

T - Taste is heavy on grain (spelt?), bread, with some light malt sweetness and a lotion flavor I get from other Saisons. Wine and oak presence are surprisingly low after the aroma, though this finishes with light tartness.

M - As usual, the mouthfeel is spot on. Medium-light body, with creamy and soft carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Not quite as quick-drinking as #1, but nearly as enjoyable. I see some aging potential for this one, and it's a bit easier to procure than the first release. Looking forward to revisiting this in a few months.

MasterSki, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -0.5%

AgentZero, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into HOTD tulip. Thanks a ton for sharing this one, Michael.

A: Pours a cloudy, glowing, chalky straw color with a finger of bright white head that faded into a long lasting film that left great streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Chalky yeast, wheat, pale malts, light funk, citrus and light spices. This beer smells amazing!
T: I get notes of citrus rind, melon, sweet fruits, light grassy hops, chalky wheat and yeast, bubblegum, clove, mint, pepper, spice and a hint of vinous oak. Just as complex as I was hoping.
M: Fuller body, soft and creamy carbonation, with a soft medium body.
O: This was an extremely good saison. HF does this style right. I am really glad I got to try this one. Thanks again SneezyAchew.

scottfrie, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of mltobin
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in South Central , Mass.

Appearance is a burnt orange tone with a bit of clouds. Its` nose has earthiness, funk, citrus. While the taste has flora, spices, oak and brett present. Mouthfeel is easy going, finishes crisp. The balance of everything is impressive in this saison. Quite a few of them produced in the US miss the mark, but this one is damn good.

mltobin, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the kind dude who poured a generous sample of this to everyone sitting at my table during the Southampton RIS release. The brew appears a hazed pale straw yellow color. White froth appears a finger strong and holds with pretty decent retention.

The smell of this brew is pungent with Brett. Excessively dry and earthy to the nose with a hint of straw grains and something almost like crackers. A bit of lemony tart character is noted with some accenting fruit. Brett'd and very dry earthy feel all over the place. Coriander spice a little but with a cheesy yogurt appeal.

For how dry and bretty the aroma of this brew is, I am still taken back a surprised by the taste. It is dry with a straw to hay-like grain invkusion with lots of earth and Brett. Mild herbs are almost grassy at times with a light menthol-like very herbal aspect. The finish is lightly bitter with a long drawn-out and lingering oily feel that takes me back to more thoughts on oily hops and coriander inclusion.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. There is seemingly no abv invlusion but a huge funky appeal. Lots of wild enjoyable character going on in this offering. In recent memory this is one of the most dry and bold with Brett funk offerings for a saison I have had in a while. Thanks again for sharing man!

stakem, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Starr. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin lazy white head, some carbonation, no lacing, low retention.

Aroma is nice! Very fruity, wine, grapefruit, a little pineapple, that medicinal aroma you get from certain Brett strains.

Beer is nice and thin / watery with a good amount of funk, earthy grinding hops, nice finish, oaky, bretty, interesting. I'd have it again. I support childhood literacy and don't age beers.

drabmuh, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of AutumnBeerLove
5/5  rDev +24.4%

AutumnBeerLove, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Starr for sharing this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear yellow-golden color with a good white head and some nice lacing. The nose has really nice wine notes, especially while it was cold. As it warms, there's more dandelion coking from the Vera Mae. Flavor has good wine notes and wheat i'm the background. Light spice. Light body and a really dry finish. Mild oak. Excellent as always.

Thorpe429, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of starrdogg
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SneezyAchew for sending me this one.

Beer pours a cloudy light yellow with a pretty substantial fluffy white head. Smell is fantastic, I'm getting a lot of wine and oak primarily. The taste isn't nearly as vinous as the nose would suggest, however. It's a bit more vegetal than I expected and slightly bitter (due to the dandelions?), but still a very good tasting saison, just not as outstanding as I'd hoped. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, I'd say that this is a slight disappointment after having some of the other HF saisons, particularly CD1, which was amazing, but it's still a very good beer, but after the smell, it didn't quite live up to expectations.

starrdogg, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of rpstevens
5/5  rDev +24.4%

rpstevens, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

twowheelssoar, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the hill farmstead event At armsby abbey. This beer pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a large fluffy white head that lasts. The smell is grassy with vinous notes from the barrel aging. There is a hint of funk but very light in the smell. The taste is again grassy with a touch of funk and notes from the barrel as well as a slightly lemony tartness. The mouthfeel is light and dry with a lot of carbonation and a nice tartness. Overall this is the best saison I have ever had and I look forward to seeing how this ages

rowingbrewer, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of emdawg
5/5  rDev +24.4%

emdawg, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Reagan1984, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ejl4
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ejl4, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey Hill Farmstead takeover.

Light fizzy head hint of lacing, hazy golden wheat colored beer.

Nose brett funk, light saison malts, hint of floral dandelion, light honey sweetness, dry rustic farmhouse and funky barnyard, bit of vanilla and oak, slight hint of citrus and wheat, little vinous, bitter floral and light citrus like lemony hops.

Taste wow, some Brett funk, barnyard funky flavors with light horse blanket gives way to farmhouse dry rustic saison, light wheat and pale malts, juicy malts and light floral lemony hops. yeast brings in light citrus with the funk, more fruits like pear and lemon zest, with a bit of bitterness. Saison rustic flavors linger with the dry finish, funk fades and bitterness stays for a little while.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, plenty of carb.

Overall great, amazing funky saison, perfect balance of farmhouse saison and funky barnyard Brett beer, nice malt and hop balance with the yeast.

jlindros, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow with a large rocky head. Nose is a bright collage of juicy citrus fruits, grain, faint wine barrel. Mouth is dry up front but quite barrel forward. Round flavor expression somehow, I think that's from all the dryness this barrel imparted, which is neat. Apple and citrus carry through, as does a dry brett (this is bretted right?) Carbonation is pretty sharp and tight. Dry and crisp, fresh, enjoyable. Barrel is restrained and works well, hops are lightly bitter throughout and on the finish. Nothing very novel is happening here but this is a good example of a fresh wine barrel saison that stays sharp and integrated.

JAXSON, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of aapp
5/5  rDev +24.4%

aapp, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the Thanks Given event at the brewery last weekend.

Appearance: Pours a classic straw to light golden with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and good lacing.

Smell: Soft saison yeast, pear, apple, egg shell, light band aid note, and a hint of graininess.

Taste: Same as the nose but dialed down and muted by comparison.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery....a real detractor for me.

Overall: The nose got me super excited but the taste was too mild and the mouthfeel was a let down.

koopa, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of GatheringBrews
5/5  rDev +24.4%

GatheringBrews, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the bottle release day on 11/19/11. Two bottle limit. Believe this was a blend of Vera Mae? and Arthur then aged in wine barrels.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a beautiful summer sunshine yellow (dandelion) with a nice white two finger head that fades to leave nice side lacing and a nice creamy blanket. Its worth noting, this bottle did slowly foam up upon cracking and as result there is some light yeast sediment in the bottom of my glass.

S - There is a light floral aroma at the start with some subtle barn funk along with light lemon/citrus. Light pepper too along with more light white grapes and a ever so slight oak.

T - Starts off light and sweet with some nice vinuos qualities (grapes, some oak), more light floralness, dandelion, some slight herbal brightness. No real lemon or bitterness. Super mellow and bright.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but not overly aggressive. More of that smooth mellow unassertiveness that works quite nice. Super pleasant slightly funky vinuos on the finish. Definately has that "wine aged" mouthfeel with none of the ill side affects.

O - Overall this was a rather tasty saison from Hill Farmstead. Nice appearance and aromas, flavour was delicious with a nice mouthfeel. This was a very nice, very limited saison offering from these guys. Guess I was expecting a bit more from it? Still, delicious and worth the money. Glad I have another bottle left!

rudzud, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Skrip
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ bright glowing neon yellow/orange with a nice white fluffy head and a tad of lacing.

S~ lemony tartness, black and white pepper, bready saison yeast and white wine barrel funk on the finish.

T~ pretty much follows the nose with some floral notes here, probably from the dandelions from Vera Mae. not too much else going on.

M~ amazing carbonation, very smooth, but definitely a little thin...

O~ not bad but definitely the worst i've had of the series. i have a feeling these weren't aged in the bareel for very long. the wine barrel funk isn't as present as i would like it to be. don't know why its so thin as well but i've never had the 2011 versions of either Arthur or Vera Mae. but the more recent version of Vera Mae is my favorite seasonal saison for sure so this is all very surprising to me.

Skrip, Jul 07, 2013
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Civil Disobedience #3 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.