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Civil Disobedience #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 67
Gots: 20 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

djrn2, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

zestar, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Michael. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours a fairly-dark brown with a moderate tan head. Needs a bit of time. A bit too much oak. Light acidity. Dark fruit. Some currant. Slightly tannic. Touch of roast. Will have to revisit in a few months.

EDIT: December 16,2012. Doing much better now with dark fruits, some grape, and a light acidity to backup the dark saison. Highly enjoyable.

Original scores: 4/3.5/3.5/4/4

Thorpe429, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

acurtis, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

GRG1313, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -2.4%

ygtbsm94, Jul 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.4%

JAHMUR, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this offering. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam lingers before slowly settling to a solid cap and splotchy lacing. Very dark brown body.

S - Very interesting blend of flavors here - vinous oak, mildly tart fruits, a touch of sulfuric funk, citrus hops, and a bit of smoke and roasted malt.

T - The taste is similar, but with a heavier emphasis on the smoke and roasted malt character - almost a touch a ham. Finishes with vinous acidity, lactic sourness, and dry oak. The smokey and sour combination is a pretty unusual one.

M - Medium-bodied with a juicy texture and a touch of grit. Finishes dry and tannic, with extremely well-hidden alcohol. Pleasant carbonation.

D - I enjoyed this beer a fair bit, but I imagine it will be polarizing - our tasting group was pretty evenly split. Much better than #2, but a bit worse than #1 & #3. I'd be interested to see which flavors 'win' with some additional aging. Not a beer that you'd want to drink in large quantities though.

MasterSki, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shaun for this one.

Pours a light creamy head covering, slight hazy dark murky brown colored beer with decent lacing.

Nose has a nice creamy dark malt aroma, hint of lactose like with bits of chocolate and caramel. Light dark saison malts underneath with saison spices as well, lots of vanilla oak, light lactic sour and hint of wild funk.

Taste starts with light bitterness the quickly turns to malts. A hitn of a metallic twing, light vanilla oak and creamy brown malts, lots of tartness with light lacto and other funk, hint of chocolate like porter malt, light tart berry flavor too, long tart berry fruit profile that lingers a while, and some fluffy malt to round it off. Finish is a bit drier, long lingering tart berry flavor, hint of dark saison spices and dark malts, and just a bit of funk.

Mouth is fluffy, good carbonation, med to fuller bodied.

Overall awesome! Great malts, saison flavors, dark malts, tart berry, and nice funk. A well made beer with lots of good flavors and still very drinkable. Wonder how it will age.

jlindros, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Beer is slightly over carbonated but very good overall. Beer is black with a tight brown head of small and tiny bubbles that has great retention, rests as a cap on the beer the entire time I'm drinking it. Carbonation is steady and high, head forms quickly and leaves some stiff peaks that persist. Looks great.

Aroma is a little sour, mild roast, mild lactic / succinic acid. It smells a little like a watered down consecration with some roast, I like it.

Beer is medium to light in body, the carbonation thins out the palate considerably and tartness is present in the back half of the palate. It is a little sour, a little acetic perhaps, not quite, lactic, oakiness, tannic finish with a mild roast, the palate drops off a lot at the end but the finish is nice, leaving the mouth clean and clear. I'd definitely have this again. I wish I could get more Hill Farmstead in general.

drabmuh, Sep 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

oline73, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Rifugium, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

mendvicdog, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

beernads, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

oriolesfan4, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

InspectorBob, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is aka "Look at me, I'm an idiot reviewing a beer on draft and from a bottle". As long as you let me BA, as long as you let me... 750 mL bottle shared with Dyan.

Pours a clearish dark brown, muddy mahogany with a large, retentive light tan head. Thick streaks of bubbly lace cascade down my HF wine glass. Similar to Jimmy, this has a complex nose that is pulled in seemingly divergent and incompatible directions: lemon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, citrus rind, plum and apple all mingle in each whiff. Body is medium thin with moderate carbonation, thin throughout, with a dry oaky finish. The bottle has a much more prevalent fruity presence than I recall from draft samples. Cherry, honey and red grape hit the front of the palate before the oak and barrel dry out the finish which still has a residual vanilla like sweetness. Darn, this is a complex and distinct dark saison that will be interesting to age.

yourefragile, Jul 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

orangesol, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

duceswild, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The beer is opaque, a deep, dark shade of chestnut brown. The head is over an inch thick, receding quickly and settling in at around a half inch. Copious lacing all over the vessel.

The aroma is funky, earthy. Notes of wine are evident from the start. Tart fruit, perhaps currants.

Great flavor. Everything comes together beautifully. Delicious. What a complex and fantastic beer. Lots of tartness and wine barrel notes. Dark fruit character.

Medium bodied and smooth. Lingering sour, lactic, tart feel on the palate.

Overall, yet another fantastic brew from Shaun and the folks at Hill Farmstead.

Huhzubendah, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -39%

Gonzoillini, May 03, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.1.12.
Bottled May 2012

A - Pours a dark coffee brown with a huge light brown, foamy head that lasts forever.

S - Sweet woody, maple, brown sugar, subtle floral notes.

T - Sweetness, then some tart wood, Belgian spice finish. Multi-layered.

D - Great carbonation with a lighter body. A nice tart and spicy finish.

O - This one hits you in stages, very good and multi-dimensional.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 06, 2012
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Civil Disobedience #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.