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Civil Disobedience #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Civil Disobedience #4Civil Disobedience #4

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 13.63%
Wants: 68
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 05-27-2012)
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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by brystmar:
Photo of brystmar
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mac = the man!

Beautiful pour is typical of a HF brew; dark brown/black body with copious tan head. Great retention.

Aroma smells infected. Phenolic and muddled, sour yet slightly riddled with infection. Hmm, not the greatest.

Dark fruits against the saison background. Still a touch phenolic, yet the blend of flavors seems to (kind of) work. Creamy body might be the best part of this beer.

Disappointing for a HF brew; everything else they make is among the best of style. Speaks volumes about your brewery when a better-than-average brew is a massive disappointment.

brystmar, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

joel66, Jul 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Callmecoon, Jun 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

jaminjohnson, Sep 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

standardcherry, Aug 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Janeinma, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

A very, very dark ruby body, but dark brown, and nearly black in the glass with a small dark brown head. Clinging dots of stick left down the glass. A very pretty beer, as are most Hill Farmsteads.

An interesting aroma with lots of elements combining fairly nicely: mild roast, some citrus, lots of oak and wine, some smoke, and some mild chocolate. Interesting, though there seems to be just a little too much going on.

The flavor is similar to the aroma: a black saison (roast, earth, mild citrus, yeast), combine nicely with oak, tannin, and wine characteristics. Interesting and certainly good, but not mind-blowing.

Medium bodied with creamy, moderate carbonation. Very well crafted.

An interesting saison experiment, but I'm glad I split the bottle with a couple friends. I couldn't drink a ton of this.

ehammond1, Oct 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

SPRichard, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

acurtis, Sep 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

MrVonzipper, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

leschkie, Jan 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Gonzoillini, May 03, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - It's a slow gusher. Consistent, but slow, sludge-like flow of foam and chunks of sediment. A very careful pour yields a medium khaki head and nice lacing.

Smell - Tons of brett. Some lemony and orange-y citrus. Not really heavy on the dark malts.

Taste - Lots of brett. It has really taken over. More dark malts than in the nose, but it isn't really strong. Tart citrus. Lemon and orange. Yeasty. Slightly harsh bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry, acidic, and bitter. High carbonation. A little harsh.

Overall - The brett has taken over, but it's still interesting. I expected more dark malts.

Alieniloquium, Jun 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

KMcG, Jul 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

FalconA, Oct 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to cmrillo for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, earth, brett, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, spice, earth, funk, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I had heard good things about this brew, but never thought I would get the chance to try it. Really glad it showed up for this special tasting! This one really had quite a bit going on in it throughout each sniff and sip. A lot of it overlapped which is always welcomed, but I just wish that one or the other would have taken it to the next level as with some of the other HF brews I’ve had. This is a definite must try if you get the chance and I would definitely love to try it again in the future.

thagr81us, Nov 21, 2012
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Civil Disobedience #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.