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Civil Disobedience #6 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 6.38%
Wants: 113
Gots: 44 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of wine barrel aged and wild versions of Sankt Hans, Clara, Flora, and Juicy.
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Photo of Clonies720
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served into a Cantillon degustation glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow. Fizzy off-white head. An aggressive pour creates only about a 1-finger sized head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: A mash-up of juicy tropical fruits and sourness hit the nose first. Followed by a warm, pleasant woody undertone. Touch of lemon and mustiness. Finishes with a spicy, earthy funk aroma.

Taste: Masterful balance of sweet and sour work in tandem to create one of the most balanced beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. The beer is bright, yet packs a slightly mouth puckering quality. Decent amount of funk and mustiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation pairs up perfectly with a silky smooth medium body.

Overall: This is truly an impressive beer. The first Hill Farmstead I've drank that I actually liked. I thought a few other beers were overrated, but this deserves every bit of praise. Combines the qualities of a saison with characteristics of a gueuze, and it's a lovely match-made-in-heaven.

The wine barrel aging is very slight, and if you're not looking closely enough like I was, you'll miss it.

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience from a 12 oz bottle to a small snifter.
Has more clarity than expected but a weak head.
Wild ale here, but not challenging (as many are for me). Very Tart. Fruity (non-specific). Slifght hint of vinegar.

O: excellent for style.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

People are getting real lazy with the "Had" function. I'm the first review! Shared by schen9303. 375ml capped bottle into a Hill Farmstead taster.

Pours slightly flat. Very slight white ring that dissipates quickly. Lacing is patchy and web-like with good cling. Beer is a clear, light bronze-orange. Decent but not the best.

Nose is pretty subtle. Nose is citrus, caramel, cane sugar, cake batter, oak and a light, creamy tartness. A great mix of sweet and tart. Mellow though.

Opens pineapple, starfruit, and citrus. Pretty tropical. A light yeasty bitterness mixed with tart oak and citrus. Your typical HF Saison yeastiness at the end. Slightly sweet, cobweb-y, with the lightest bit of funk. Finishes accented and tart with a foamy but ultimately clean aftertaste. Good complexity and great balance. A real nice beer.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly, bubbly and lively in the mouth and goes down abrasive and clean. Finishes accented with a spritzy, foamy aftertaste. I like it.

A real nice blended sour Saison from Hill Farmstead but at this point, its expected. CD6 is a nice beer that I think will develop for a while. It should gain carbonation and I hope the flavors evolve a touch. There's a lot to like here and I'm glad I have some to age.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 5/2013.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange, almost amber. Decent white head. A few surface islands.

Smell - Wine aroma. Strong malty aroma. A little bit acidic. Yeast aroma.

Taste - Very winey. Strong white wine. Malty again, with a bit of sweetness. Tartness builds slowly. Some caramel back there.

Mouthfeel - A little heavy. Malty and tangy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Greater than the sum of its parts. Not my favorite Civil Disobedience, but damn good nonetheless.

Photo of Rutager
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thank you to franklinn for this treat.

Appearance. Pours gold-orange with almost a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Funky old red wine barrel and yellow grapes, orchard fruits, some light sweet tropical fruit.

Taste. Wine and musty old oak barrel, sour light orchard fruits again, a very light grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body, light+carbonation. Could use a little more in both areas.

Overall. Sour, fruity, wine barrel? Nothing to hate here. Interesting but lacking something that I can't put my finger on.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
Bottled 05 2013 Batch 06

A - A frothy foam floats on the rich warm golden beer, shimmering with clarity. Webby lacing is moderately adherent, struggling to linger on the glass.

S - Funky wild yeast munching on oak presents aromas of wet straw, barnyard horse blanket, and suggestions of pool toys. Lemon pepper is aroused by a swirl and compliments the bugs well with underlying pale malt and floral hop tones.

T - The congregation of wild yeast fermented the pale malt base wonderfully, letting lingering sweetness trickle through the white grape, spicy, complex oak profile to it's tart and funky finish.

M - Fragrantly thin feeling at first, Civil Disobedience is almost watery, not helped by a lighter level of carbonation but is somewhat made up for by a lovely tart, almost sour finish that lingers on the palate with wild yeast spice esters.

O - Civil Disobedience proves, once again, that Hill Farmstead really knows what they're doing with wild yeast and saisons. The beer base falls away almost perfectly, allowing the yeast to be elevated and showcased with it's time in oak. A fantastic saison!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 05/2013.

A -Slightly hazy golden orange with a thin layer of white head.

S - Funk up front. Oak, red wine/grape, lemon, spice and a bready sweetness.

T - Funk, oak and peppery spice up front. Lemon zest, bready malt sweetness and some yeast esters.

M - Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Dry. Light carbonation.

Photo of jegross2
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing Civil Disobedience #6 from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro, Vermont. This beer is a blend of wine barrel aged and wild versions of Sankt Hans, Clara, Flora, and Juicy.

Score: 93

2013 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead bulb glass and enjoyed on 02/22/14.

Appearance: Pours a murky/cloudy peach color with a thin layer of white head that settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing, but solid retention. 4/5

Smell: Tart grain and white wine. Grapes, tropical fruit, and lemon. A touch of honey sweetness. Reminisce of Juicy, only with more of a white wine/grape twist. 4.5/5

Taste: Tropical fruit, grain, and peach upfront, followed by an oaky white wine/grape finish. Tasty mix. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, appropriately carbonated. Very dry finish. 4.25/5

Overall: This is a really nice blend of Hill Farmstead wild ales/saisons, and superior to Clara and Sankt Hans in my opinion.

Cost: $12 for a 375 ml bottle.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep orange, semi-clear, one finger head.

S-Grapes, oak, slight funk, lemon and citrus.

T-Starts with grapes and oak. Then nice lemon and citrus notes. Grass as well, nice and tart as well.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, dry finish.

O-Was expecting more from HF. First beer of theirs that didn't blow me away. Was looking for more sour notes.

Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Last bottle shared in Tampa with sonnysideup.

A- Split from the bottle into two glasses with a hazy apricot orange body. Small fizzy white head forms just a small layer and doesn't have much retention at all. Foam recedes to a tiny ring and no lace.

S- Brett and white wine driven. Dry white grapes, horse funk, barnyard and some band aid hints comprise most of the aroma.

T- Follows the nose with the Brett and wine. Mainly I get a blend of Brett funk, white wine vinous grapes, some oak and lemon juice. Tartness at a medium level and mostly lactic acid. Some farmhouse yeast spice.

MF- Super dry and lighter end body somewhat like a lambic. Carbonation at a medium level with a bright lactic lemony tartness in the finish.

Good blend of white wine, Brett and tartness. Glad to see more and more great beers using Brett and bugs.

Photo of Luk13
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy blond pour with small white head. Aroma is rustic and winey. Nice white wine aroma with some bugs and a touch of citrusy hops. The rusticity reminds me of Clara and the white wine combined with NZ hops showcase Juicy's personnality.

Tast is gently tart with a light bitter hop presence and some yeast.
Flavor is more tame than I would like but this beer is highly drinkable even per HF standards. Carbonation is rather low a saison. A very good saison but not better than the sums of its parts especially due to its low carbonation.

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, thanks to Kyle for this beast.

Light fizzy head, murky golden orange color.

Nose nice sour apricot peach fruit, nice floral stone fruit, nice tart funk, etc.

Taste brings nice tart fruit, little funk, peach like stone fruit, juicy fruity tangy, little acidity. Little flemmy finish, nice bitterness and juicy stone fruit.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall, awesome.

Photo of amnesia85
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Chilled in the fridge, served at 50deg F exactly. Poured into a hill farmstead stem.
A: from a mild pour this beer gives forth a mild reaction forming a 1cm white froathy head. Tightly packed Co2 bubbles, cloud like. The second pour was more reactive and gave forth some nice big frog eyes! The color of this beer is dark for what you would think a regular saison would be. the sankt hans beer here now dominated the color. It is amber, clear yet cloudy.

A: MMM citrus melon right up in the front nose followed by a strong white wine waft. The saisons take the back end of the nose giving forth their individual qualities, and if I had time I could pick them apart. This smells fantastic, and yes I really pick up the mimosa/juicy qualities in this aroma.

T: its like a lighter version of juicy. A wet splash of melon/citrus fruit followed by the individual components of the beer. Out of all beers involved I pick up sankt hans and juicy. It does have a subtleness like clara however and I would not downplay the involvement. This beer has layers and depths.

M: Crisp, smooth, perfect level of carbonation. Initially you get a nice wave/wet splash in your mouth followed by a clean crisp sensation.

O: I loved this beer, more so than the others in the series due to the involvement of the fruiter qualities mixed with the wine barrel flavors. I thought that all the individual saisons gave forth their proper qualities and would have loved to do a formal tasting involving all partners in this beers make up! A+

Photo of cfrances33
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Pours a lightly hazy, amber orange with a finger of bubbly white head. Light lacing, and the head quickly recedes to a rim.

Smell: Lots of tropical mango, passion fruit, and pineapple up front, with a nice musty and earthy funk. Some lemon and bit of lactic tartness. Funk is typical for a Hill Farmstead wine barrel saison. Smells great!

Taste: Lots of the same pineapple, mango, and tropical fruits from the nose, a nice tartness, but with a more substantial doughyness and a light touch of caramel. A hefty earthen funk throughout. Finish is more citric with lemons, funk, and light vinous oak. As it warms, more musty funk and oak develop.

Mouthfeel: Lightly tart and very drying, especially as it warms. Lower carbonation.

Overall: Delicious. A lot of Juicy characteristics. I personally prefer #5.

Photo of DaveHack
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, dark gold. Not a whole lot of head, quickly settles to a thin layer on the beer.

Smells fantastic! Musty with some earthy fruit as well.

Taste is grassy, earthy, and brings the funk.

Feels dry, but overly so, in the mouth. Carbonation is good, maybe could be a little more, but it's not too low.

Overall this is a damn fine beer. I think CD 5 was a little better, but this is no slouch. A must try for saison fans for sure!

Photo of Gosox8787
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 375 mL bottle chilled since the release and poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden brown in color and clear. Pours a light white head that sticks well and settles into a pretty thick lacing. Definitely doesn't have the same carbonation level as some of the other Hill Farmstead saisons.

Aroma: Lots of barnyard and fairly developed brett notes, considering how young this beer is. Light lemon tartness a pretty strong wheat character. The sweetness gives off some nice peach and mango notes.

Taste: Light lemon, overripe peach, and pineapple really stand out. There really is a nice, light tone to this beer overall. The tartness is not overpowering at all. The wheat comes through pretty nicely as well. The yeast also gives off a nice funky cheese and barnyard character. Really refreshing and subtle.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lower than average carbonation for a Hill Farmstead saison. Still smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, a really refreshing saison from Hill Farmstead that is definitely unique. The blend gives a nice combination of wheat character, strong funk, and fruit tones. The carbonation level is a little disappointing, but more time in the bottle will definitely help. Definitely looking forward to see how this evolves, even though it is tasty now.

Photo of Chico1985
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/2013. Thanks to Cam for bringing down a bottle for me, awesome that I get to try this.

Poured into a flute-type glass a pale honey color with some clarity to it. White head of about a half-finger retains as that while leaving nice lacing.

The scent seems tame but I do get some light lemon/citrus fruits, white wine, some light bretty funk, and oak.

Taste is a much brighter picture however, a bit puckering, very nice brett flavors stick out the most. Definite peach, green grapes, apple, lemon, light farmy funk and oak. Some bready and sweetish malts but this is kind of a brett bomb.

Mouthfeel is just about spot-on for this beer, great smoothness, carbonation, and refreshing drinkability. The ABV is a mystery it seems but I'd guess it to be in the 7-8% realm.

I'm a little weary of big blend beers but this was supremely tasty and refreshing, enjoyed every sip. Not sure it was quite balanced but can't complain.

Photo of justforrazors
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Golden orange, slightly cloudy with a soapy white head about two inches thick. It quickly fades to a ring around the glass, leaving excellent lacing behind. Carbonation appears slightly low for style, but apparent either way.

S- Tons of earth, barnyard, and mustyness (I can't think of a better word, maybe wet earth?) followed by a huge blast of agressive citrus, specifically lemon acidity. It smells VERY sour.

T- This was deceptive, I was expecting a sour bomb, but it has incredible balance. Musty barnyard that contrasts the acidity, as well as a sweet note that balances the beer. I was expecting more acid from the nose, but it is present in just the right amount. There is also some characteristic HF yeast, followed by a long finish of oak and lemon.

M- Incredibly easy to drink, I could down a couple of pints without realizing it. There is no alcohol presence whatsoever. Velvet soft mouthfeel and moderate carbonation support the complex flavors. The oak is very present, but it doesn't give you cottonmouth or anything to that effect. The dryness is definitely very apparent, and it lasts with the lemon flavor for well over a minute after drinking.

O- Top 5% kind of beer for sure, once again another home run from Hill Farmstead. The word that comes to mind when drinking this (like many of their beers) is balance. Nothing overwhelms the other, all elements are just in the right amount to work together and make each other shine. Nothing is muddled or dull, everything pops individually to create an insanely good beer. I wish I had a case to see how this beer ages.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is transparent golden amber with a white head. Nose is bright, juicy, apple skin and some malt. Taste is dry, soft carbonation and a light body. Apple skin, pear, some malt complexity with a moderate tartness but a fair bit of sweetness.
Check with the guys, struggled to come up with descriptions.

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

A little bland.... Lots of white wine, Chardonnay if I had to guess.

Photo of cavedave
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unexpectedly dark amber, with a quick to vanish half inch off white head. Thick looking and cloudy.

Vinous, tart, a bit of caramel, herbal, and light fruit and citrus in an aroma that makes my mouth water. I get a floral note in there too as I drink. Not hugely aromatic, but delectable.

Really well balanced flavors that are clean and rounded, if a touch less bright than one would hope. White wine, earthy funk, lemon, and tasty tart yeast, hints of barrel as it warms, some other fruitiness, some really tasty floral much more forward in the taste than nose, and just a hint of herbal to compliment that mix at the end of the sip. Despite its subdued, for style that is, nature, it has complexity easy to love and enjoy.

Quite full bodied, yet so easy drinking, good cling to it and an excellent finish, a bit more carb. would improve it, but the clean presentation makes this succeed. Rated as a wild, since this is hardly a saison with the earthy funk components and choice of yeast.

Excellent beer, one I would recommend, but not worth what it would probably cost to obtain it. I would drink any of the Captain Lawrence wilds in preference to this.

Photo of Stevedore
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle split two ways with Dustin. Thanks a lot man! Bottled 5/2013, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/3/2014.

App- hazy amber copper body. One finger white head, good retention, drops into a nice medium sized collar. Nice lacing.

Smell- Quite tart, with a vinegary acidity that isn't overwhelming with a nice citrus, orange peel nose that comes out much more as it warms. Background notes of grapes and oak. I can't understate how much the citrus comes out in this beer. Damn. What a great smelling saison.

Flavour- Quite tart with that Northeast Kingdom funk that is so pleasant when combined with a 6/10 acidity that makes me think American wild ale. Warming up, I get more citrus- orange juice, orange peel, lemon zest. White wine grapes and oak. If this is Juicy, sign me up! Very tasty, complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, perfect carbonation, mellow and not intense on the backend aside from citrus peel.

Overall- This blended saison exceeded my expectations. Enjoyed this one a lot!

Photo of Skrip
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ dark glowing copper, orange, a little red in there as well. not too much head and no lacing at all.

S~ lemony tartness up front and lots of pineapple. smells strongly like Juicy. all followed by saison bready yeast, black pepper, and coriander.

T~ everyone of the blended brews comes out here with lots of complexity yet very balanced. Juicy seems to be the most present, lots of pineapple and citrus. Amber malts and peppery saison yeast from Sankt Hans, nice wheat hints from Flora and Clara and also tons of wine barrel funk from Juicy and Flora. this beer goes a long way! something different comes out with every sip. delicious!

M~ nicely carbonated, not as carbonated as most HF brews but not bad once so ever. very smooth and keeps the pineapple juice feel like Juicy.

O~ every time i'm amazed with the complexity and balance that HF always seem to achieve. if you like a complex, fruity, should i say "perfect" saison you'll wanna give this a try lol definitely worth seeking out! i can't wait for the 7th of the series with their "favorite lambics" i wonder if thats literally pours from bottles/kegs or just dregs.

Photo of rudzud
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kyle for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of funky, juicy hops, Nice sour funk, great wine notes. Wow.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great juicy hops, funky wine barrels. Really juicy.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, very juicy.

O - Overall this beer was delicious, great profile. Very nice juicy wine notes.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of brewandbbq
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml capped bottle, courtesy of Ruth...Thanks!

Pours orangey copper with a half inch head of white. A partial skim coat on the surface with stringy lacing for the duration of the glass.

Vineous funk and mild barnyard notes lead off the palate. Winey overtones with shades of pineapple skin, citrus fruit, apples, and pears.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is light for the style.

Ripe fruit and a light tartness start the palate. Wine-spritzed apples with some drying tannins and an oaky dryness.

Finishes quickly with a flash of ripe fruit, warming wine notes, and extremely refreshing and quaffable.

Great balance to this one, just complex enough to keep things interesting but insanely drinkable. It would be nice if the carbonation was higher though to help release all those aromatics.

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Civil Disobedience #6 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.