Civil Disobedience #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.53/5 rDev +2.5%
Big thank you to montrealbcr89 for this treat from Vermont!
Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a finger of frothy white head.
Smell. Very light belgian yeast, lightly funky. There's some honey, woody chardonay, and a bit of orchard fruits and blossoms.. Smells very refined and very delicious.
Taste. Lightly funky, woody white wine and saison yeast, light sourness, some fruit blossoms and a touch of honey. Again, very refined and delicious.
Mouthfeel. Lighter body with fairly lights, delicate carbonation which suits this beer well.
Overall. A fantastic saison. Delicate and delicious. Thanks again, montrealbcr89. A nice way to celebrate the end of a great year, and the start of another.
01-01-2013 04:04:47 | More by Rutager
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
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
4.33/5 rDev -2%
375ml bottle opened on November 29, 2012.
Pours a slightly hazy saffron with a half-finger of creamy head. Resilient, spotty lacing.
Juicy Fruit™, jackfruit, faint peach, and orange. Complementing oak, with a touch of tart citrus rounding out the back end of the nose. Bright, clean, and appetizing aroma.
The palate is comparatively cluttered; there's a clear sense in which all three of the base beers are present in the blend. CD5 opens with a sharp, short citric acidity which blends with a note of juicy white grape, followed by soft mango and pear, and finishing oaky and lemony. The base is fairly sweet and biscuity.
Medium-thin bodied, but a little heavy on the tongue. Tightly acidic. Nice balance between the fruity notes, acid, and saison base.
The nose is delightful, but this doesn't translate to the palate as well as Ann or Art do. Very good, if you can believe it, just not very, very good.
11-30-2012 02:52:46 | More by Verecund
4.95/5 rDev +12%
Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.
Pour: Hazy yellow-orange, with two fingers of white, fluffy head. Head hangs around a bit, and leaves superb lacing. Per the usual, this Hill Farmstead beer looks flawless.
Smell: Wow. White grape must up front, followed by a nice pear and green apple tartness. A slight touch of lemon in there. Sweetness is light and yeasty.
Taste: At first, a twang of pear tartness, followed a lemon tartness and then a more complex white grape funk. Lots of white wine comes in next as this beer flexes its barrel treatment. Finishes with a biscuit sweetness, and a really nice oaky dryness. A light white grape must lingers on the palate.
Mouthfeel: Tartness is beautiful, but not acetic or puckering, just clean and lemony. Sweetness is just barely there. A little doughy through the middle to finish, but the oaky dryness makes the finish here beautiful.
Overall: Hands down the best saison I’ve ever had. Super clean, and incredibly delicate. The flavors from Ann, Art, and Flora really meld together here beautifully.
Also, it feels weird to review all of these beers from HF so highly, but seriously, there are no complaints with this beer. The slight doughyness in the mouthfeel was nitpicking at best. Another beautiful beer from HF. Thank you Shaun!
11-21-2012 00:54:36 | More by cfrances33
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
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
Civil Disobedience #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.