Civil Disobedience #7
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #7Civil Disobedience #7
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
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4.42 | pDev: 11.76%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Civil Disobedience #7Civil Disobedience #7
Notes: A blend of Art (2 years in wine barrels) and 2 year old unblended Lambic.

Blended with 2 year old Cantillon lambic. Bottled in July of 2013.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 173 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Tommo from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So delicious. Had it from the bottle at HF, dec 2016. Poured with a ton of head, this is bursting with lambicy goodness. Im not sure how much of the art im picking up, but it really doesn't matter. Tart, with great good body and flavor with a deep hop flavor on the back. This is masterfully crafted, a beautiful collaboration beer that is absolutely delicious

Dec 29, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very wine-like. Light blonde body with minimal head. Nose includes some oak and vanilla but turns toward white grapes and lemon. The acidity is reserved, likely given the age. Wine & lambic. Grape skin. White table grapes. Oak tannins. Hay and funk.

Jun 13, 2016
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazed yellow with a tight white ring. Nose has a good bit of barrel with a hint of buttered popcorn and strong citrus and tangerine notes. Taste is stronger citrus with lots of orange pulp and a faint barrel with a lingering citrus bitterness. Light body, flavor is short, a hint slick with assertive carbonation.

May 22, 2015
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe this has been sitting quietly in my basement for 22 months.
Poured from the 375 ml bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a slightly hazy dark to mellow golden hue with half a finger of head that recedes.
Aromas are incredible. Full lambic presence, notes of sugary sweetness, notes of light spring flowers in the nose.
Taste is full of lambic tartness with hints of honey, just a hint of sugary candy.
Mouthfeel is fantastic, with perfect carbonation.
This beer is insanely well crafted. It's not a sour bomb. It has full lambic tartness. But the flavor is round, and complex. This beer is world class.

May 15, 2015
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Rutager from Canada

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers, franklinn. Cellar temp (just asking to paint the ceiling, right?) and into a cantillon tumbler. #kindavaguelyproper

Appearance. Pours a rich gold with a touch of orange, a ton of bubbles rising from the depths in streams, and a finger of frothy, almost creamy white head with great retention that pretty much paints the sides of the glass. Great stuff so far.

Smell. Big ripe pears, peaches and white grapes, funky old lambic barrel, slight powdery sweetartz. Man, this smells great.

Taste. Lemon juice and zest, dry funky brett and tart orchard fruits. Some funky barrel.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, smooth medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Fantastic stuff. While not exactly an authentic tasting classic lambic ...or gueuze since it's blended ...but both 2 years old!?! Hurts my brain more than it should. Anyways, it does hit many of the right lambic-gueuze notes with another layer of fruits and dry funk.

Dec 24, 2014
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ClePaul from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 90/100

Part of me feels like this beer is so far beyond my comprehension that I don't even know what to enjoy. It's a tad sour for me. Which is personal preference. Tartness is very pronounced. It's a blend of farmhouse ales aged in assortment barrels. Almost as if Shaun Hill may have over killed here. One sip seems complex. The next seems muddled. Taste like lambic and white wine. I can not seem to pull much oak out of it. Acidic Lemon, Citrus and Grass are the lead notes. Too much acid, sour and tartness for me to rate this amongst the other Hill Farmstead brews I had. Seems to be a miss by their standards. Again, I'm not being sarcastic when I say, this beer might literally be beyond my comprehension of complexity~

Nov 08, 2014
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a pale yellow to dull orange. Small white head that leaves a slight lacing along the side of the beer. slightly cloudy and almost opaque

Smell: white wine. Earthy sour vinegar. Wheat grass.

Taste: opens with lemon and strong vinegar. White wine comes in of the back of the sourness. the end is comprised of an earthy farmhouse yeast

Mouthfeel: the sourness on this one is fairly strong, along with an acidic dryness. leaves a barnyard coating.

Overall: not overly impressed with this one. very vinegary and vinous. I wish I could have picked up on some oaky flavors or something to increase the complexity a bit

Sep 21, 2014
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Aaron for opening up this beer!

375 ml bottle sealed with a pressure cap.

6oz pour into a HF wine stem.

Appearance: Glowing pale straw yellow bodied beer with slight haze and thick cap of white head. Head drops down to thick ring around the glass. A gentle swirl immediately brings back the full cap if not even more head atop the beer.

Smell: brine, red wine, oak, and acetic sour in the nose.

Taste: the flavor of this beer is all about the lambic and a little bit about the wine barrel. Slight brine note with acetic sourness like an unblended lambic would taste like. Red wine barrel in middle of the beer. Minimal funk. Slightly earthy. Finishes with more acetic sourness that is moderate in intensity, oak, and a light brine note. Not as balanced as most barrel aged HF beers that I have drank, but I like the overall effect that the flavor profile delivers.

Mouthfeel: light bodied almost medium boided beer with low carbonation. The intensity of the lambic flavors tends to decrease drinkability, but I really enjoy how this beer lingers on your palate for atleast 5 minutes after each sip.

Overall: This is my first beer from the Civil Disobedience series by Hill Farmstead. CD7 wasnt really what I thought it was going to be. This beer has a stronger lambic influence and is less identifiable as a saison. With all that said... I really did enjoy it because I like lambics and saisons, so it was a win win situation. Looking forward to trying more beers from this series because it is truely a unique beer.

May 17, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 7/2013.

Appearance - Pale orange. Hazy body. Nice white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Wine barrel saison is immediately prevalent. White wine. Oak. A little bit of yogurt lactic aroma. The lambic pushes through in the back. White pepper. Some hay and funk. Lemony acidic aroma.

Taste - Has that same lactic sourness. White wine right up front. Oak and some funky cheese flavors. Grainy malt. A little bit of sweetness in the back. Lingering oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - It isn't crisp, but it is light. Well carbonated with a pleasant sourness.

Overall - Truly superb. I never quite got past the lactic sourness, but nonetheless, I really loved it.

Apr 29, 2014
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PacktLikeFishees from New York

2.15/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

I had this bottle thanks to a great and consistently generous friend of mine.

We poured it out equally into HFS glasses with an air of expectancy. This was supposed to be the crown on the night. It was the one to make sure that the tasting wouldn't end on a sour note, and how could it? This is a beer we've been after since it was CD6.

All poured out, we paused a beat before grabbing our glasses and taking a look. It was a golden color that glowed in the light. It was darker than I imagined for an Art and Cantillon blend, but appearance is shallow metric to judge a beer by.

I took a series of smells over the glass. We expected more of a Cantillon aroma but hoped for something with a strong HFS backbone to it. I could immediately say that the Cantillon didn't over power it. I now wish it did. There was a sharp front of lambic aggressiveness before the smell of butter took over. It didn't start unpleasantly but certainly ended so. I decided to keep it to myself until I made eye contact with the rest of the group. The cat was out the bag.

At this point I give up a quote from the night: "I wanted this to be great at every step, and at every step it fought back against me." If this beer were given to me in the form of popcorn, I would send it back for fear of the health risks that so much butter would surely cause me.

All Art is lost in the front end (the only end that tastes as it should). I taste a soft acidity and tartness infused with a citrusy fruitiness before the butter takes over. At every sip I fought to take back the beer inside, only to lose to the diacetyl.

This right here is a metaphor. This is Thomas Keller battling against Paula Deen. The only winner here was the drain.

And that there is your pretentious review for a pretentiously praised beer. Anyone who lauds this beer was looking to like it more than they were looking to taste it. I don't intend to denigrate this brewery, but this is a beer that someone should be ashamed to give out, let alone sell. CD7 is worse than the sum of its parts.

Apr 11, 2014
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xenjoiii from New York

2.3/5  rDev -48%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Bottle from the final round of Collected Works.

A: Poured lightly golden with yellow undertones, and two fingers of white head.

S: the aroma is dominated by diacytel and faint notes of Belgian lambic character. Immensely disappointing.

T: Hints of lambic (similar to the flavor profile of cantillon classic geuze) that are overtaken by diacetyl. Zero trace of Art. The taste is rather awful.

O: Previous reviews hint of diacetyl, but do not forwardly proclaim that the beer is off. Such reviews are misleading. The aroma and taste are dominated by an off flavor, which is undeniably diacetyl. This beer is off. Without a doubt, this is the first bad beer I've had from Shaun.

Apr 11, 2014
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Jmamay22 from New York

4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a trip to the brewery a few months back when it was available. Glad to finally be giving it a try and I'll be using the bottle's dregs to help out my own saison.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow. The stark white head quickly fades to a thin collar. There is a strong scent of un ripened apple and pear. Beautiful earthy a undertones with a hint of leather, but not overly funky.

The initial impression when drinking the beer is that it is very lively. Lots of carbonation, yet refrains from being spritzy. The taste begins with an initial fruity impression that quickly moves to a peppery and phenolic spiciness. This in turn finishes with a mild acidic bite from the lambic. The barrel aging doesn't provide any strong impression of oak, but does give a slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, but very lively. Fantastic beer all around. A shame it is so tough to get these releases.

Apr 06, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks Jim. Poured from the bottle into a tall wine glass.

Slightly murky, minor gush off open like typical HF Saisons. Solid topaz gold body with a bright white head. Mild gush but head has to pour aggressive for some creation. Always leaves a puck to simple even collar. No lacing.

Large brett nose. Medium acid body, hints of green leafy herbs like sage and thyme. Large strong buttery ghee component but not diacetyl sensing. Great warmth and mild green leafy hop. Slightly indistinct herbality as it warms.

Palate hits nicely. Sharp white pepper finish, and butter thick palate feel. Chewy sensing wheat (possibly) with earth hop dirt. Perfect balance of acid with the buttery sense providing some pastry dough sweetness. Light mouthfeel but large aromatics that carry with nothing distracting. Great mouthfeel that carries the flavors nicely, with some moderate carbonation and oaky roundness.

It may not be my favorite beer that Shaun has ever made, but it's a great creation.

Oct 27, 2013
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cfrances33 from Illinois

4.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Pours a lightly hazy, bright straw yellow with a finger and a half white, fluffy head. Some nice lacing, and the head sticks around for a little while. Wonderful looking saison.

Smell: Big white wine barrel up front, mixed with funk, oak, and bright lemon. As it warms, the funk becomes more pronounced. Citrusy and bright.

Taste: Immediate white wine barrel and oak up front, with a heavy funk and strong lactic tartness. Lemons and citrus. Very Art forward. Mineral funk controls the mid and finish, but plays well with the bright lemony tartness. Finishes quite dry. As it warms, the oak and funk become more pronounced, exhibiting more lambic qualities.

Mouthfeel: Quite tart and borderline sour. Perfectly carbonated.

Overall: One of the best Hill Farmstead beers yet, and time is only going to help this beer progress.

Oct 25, 2013
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Luk13 from Canada

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Glowing sunny gold, with a lasting ring of foam and some veil. Aroma is marvellous with funk, cheese and barnyard from the lambic. Definitly feels like Cantillon. Art is also present with white wine, honey and earthy peppery hops.
Taste is puckering lemon, white wine, juicy hops and citrus rind. Mouthfeel is sharp and dry as it should be. White wine and honey makes it a little bit more mellow but it feels more like a lambic. Awesome lambic with a saison touch. Definitely more pungent than #6 and at least on par with #5 which I loved.

Oct 25, 2013
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A~ glowing tangy orange with a gushing head and slight lacing.

S~ spicy saison yeast and wine barrel funk up front. Followed by nice citrus and cherry aspects.

T~ a lot like Art with a thicker cherryish lambic undertone. Other than that it pretty much follows the nose. spicy pepper saison yeast up front, citrus rushes the palette with darker tart fruits, all followed by amazing funk. As it warms up a lot of oak starts to come out.

M~ very well carbonated, just where I like a saison. Smooth and extremely refreshing.

O~ I think this will be really amazing with some age. The CD series seems to get better with 6 months to a year of age but no more than that! Overall a very amazing blend as always, here's to more Civil Disobedience!

Oct 23, 2013
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rodkin from New York

4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From the bottle, picked up yesterday at the brewery.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a small, soapy head. Spotty lacing.

Smell is incredible. Huge blast of musty funk, lemon rind, green apple, slight sweetness, and oak. I overheard someone saying that this is about 80-85% Art, and 15-20% unblended Cantillon lambic (full disclaimer, I have never had Art on its own). However, based on smell alone, I would have thought it was closer to 50-50. Really great funky lambic notes. Other than maybe Saison du Fermier, this is the best smelling saison I've ever had.

Taste is a little less funky, a little more fruity. Oak and green apple upfront, followed by citrus, which creates a really nice sour-sweet balance. Barnyard funk follows, with a drying, slightly tannic finish. The sweetness is super refreshing, and the finish just begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel is light, with spritzy, lively carbonation. Very dry. Kind of tickles the tongue. Spot on, perfect for the style.

This thing is dangerous; I could drink it by the gallon. Really impressive, and well worth the trip up here. I've enjoyed every Hill Farmstead beer I've ever had, but I'd say this is the first one that really justifies the Greatest Brewery In The World hype.

Oct 19, 2013
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bahnfire from Vermont

4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle to HF stem.

A: Glowing opaque golden yellow. 1/4in head of bright white frothy bubbles that recedes quickly to a thin ring that clings to the glass.

S: Funky, smells like a sour, which of course it is in part. Hints of stone fruit, nectarines, green apples. As it warms the aroma is more dominated by the lambic characteristics. I could just sniff this for hours.

T: Can taste Art immediately. Less sour than the nose would lead you to believe, but that HF tartness we all love is there. Vinous, white wine, lemon, green apple. As it warms the lambic components become more pronounced.

M: Prickly on the tongue. Leaves your mouth feeling wet and slick, wanting another sip. Good carbonation. Very, very easy to drink.

O: Fresh and chilled the Art appears to dominate the experience (not like that is a bad thing!). As it warms the lambic elements become more pronounced. I will be very interested to see how this develops with some time. If you are a fan of HF saisons CD7 is certainly worth seeking out.

Oct 19, 2013
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