Civil Disobedience #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev -20.8%
Received this bottle in a recent trade and I'm excited about finally getting to try a HF beer.. I love saisons as well so...
Hmmmm... The nose on this has me thinking more, "Gueuze" than "Saison". Right off the bat, I get this sharp acidic grape note that definitely screams wine barrel.. Very little of the yeasty funkiness one would normally find in a saison, but I'm not really complaining. It's just.... different that I was expecting..
Loads of wine notes flood the palate with each sip... Tart and acidic although not bracingly sour... this definitely drinks like a gueuze to me... a mild one, mind you... but a gueuze... I'm not 100% sure I'm a huge fan of putting this in a barrel as opposed to just blending all 3 together... This seems a little all over the place... the barrel dominates and not necessarily in a good way...
I really wanted to like this more, I really did.. It just fell a little short for me... there are much better examples of the style than this...
12-10-2012 18:15:16 | More by Tilley4
3.73/5 rDev -15.6%
pour is pale yellow, slightly hazed, tight white head. Nose is a bit sulfuric, notes of Saison, some sweet lemon, fairly brett forward, a bit peppery and a touch of honey. Taste is a bit less Saison, honey, sweet citrus hop, strong brett, thins out in back, a touch sweaty, not as carbonated as Ann or cd 1, a bit heavier.
12-10-2012 19:59:15 | More by cpetrone84
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev -10.6%
375 mL bottle shared by Starr. Thanks.
Pours a hazy, pale straw gol with a thin, crisp white head. Fades to a thin collar and dots of lace. Nose of oak, grass, lemon, peach, red grape, straw and light acidity though it lacks the immediate visceral punch of some of HF's other saisons. Flavor starts with citric acidity, grape, and grass. Reminds me a lot of how Art batch 1 tastes currently, with a little bit of Flora's lactic and tart presence. Honestly not tasting much of Ann other than the strong doughy base to the body. Mouthfeel is medium thin, well carbonated and a strong woody and slightly acidic finish. Very balanced and crisp, but honestly let down by what were admittedly colossal, unfair expectations. Probably wouldn't age this or trade your soul for this (I'm confident that if you pulled a Pepsi Challenge on this with new batches of Arthur and Vera Mae, well, rare wouldn't win), but still an exceptional saison as usual from HF.
11-17-2012 02:46:26 | More by yourefragile
3.99/5 rDev -9.7%
Bottle shared by schooner12 at NWI Super bowl tasting
A - Very light lemonade with a slight hazy white to it. It looks to have a thicker body for the style. Not much of a head but did have lots of white foam on the side
S - Smells like a sour saison. Tart vinegar, slight blue cheese, grassy, lemon, and slight pepper
T - Tart vinegar, lemon rind, light green apple, and slight pepper initially. There is also a blue cheese and farmhouse funk that makes itself known near the end and lingers on in the finish
M - Light body with good carbonation. There is a dry finish to it
O - Solid slightly sour saison that has good flavor throughout. it's nice to get the mix of tart and funk together.
02-18-2013 03:58:04 | More by jeonseh
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -8.4%
Huge thanks to Prost76 for sending this my way.
Beer pours a hazy light yellow with a thin white head. Aroma doesn't hit you over the head, but still is pretty impressive, though a little more subtle than I would've expected. It's a nice mix of oak, some unidentified fruit and funk. Flavor is very nice and complex, but I think I was expecting a bit more. I'm certainly getting the oak of Art and light tartness of Flora, with a hint of funkiness, but it's got a bit of an odd woody flavor in the finish. Whatever fruit (grape?) that was in the smell certainly comes through here as well in a nice way. The flavors, unfortunately, aren't as bright as I expected. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side too and carbonation isn't huge to give it more life. tOverall, another nice saison from HF, but this one isn't as outstanding as the earlier reviews would indicate. It seems to be less than the sum of its parts.
11-17-2012 02:43:47 | More by starrdogg
4.1/5 rDev -7.2%
Big thanks to Kyle for this one. 375ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead flute. Shared with schen9303.
A bit of a gusher. Pours a .25 finger coarse white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear, pale gold. Lacing is stringy and web-like with good cling. Very nice.
Nose is lemon zest, yeast, barnyard funk, and a lively tartness. Moderately aromatic. Solid.
Opens tart lemon zest and slightly bitter yeastiness. Middle is coriander, more lemon tartness, and a clean bittersweet spice. End is hay, wood, and yeast. Finishes messy and yeasty with a tart, sticky aftertaste. Great balance. Just really enjoyable.
Light bodied with high carbonation. Lively and aggressive in the mouth and goes down foamy and yeasty. Messy and accented finish with a lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable.
Very good, but overall, as a Hill Farmstead saison, this one's a bit of a disappointment. The body and nose are nice enough but the flavor is a bit plain. There's nothing that stands out to me in CD5 that separates itself from its brethren. That being said, this is still Hill Farmstead and therefore, a more than enjoyable beer.
04-14-2013 01:08:13 | More by SpeedwayJim
Civil Disobedience #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.