Civil Disobedience #14
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #14Civil Disobedience #14
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Belgian Saison
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4.48 | pDev: 5.8%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Civil Disobedience #14Civil Disobedience #14
Notes: A blend of various beers/barrels from Summer 2012 through Summer 2013. Consisting primarily of Anna and Florence - aged in wine barrels for 16 to 30 months.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 134 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of PHBoiler
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smells of hay, white wine, and stonefruit. Light blonde body with perfect carb. Semi dry. White grape, stonefruit, Brett funk, and crisp apple. Getting more Florence in the blend. Very wine like in flavor.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fairly crisp and clear orange color. The nose is a clean farm house smell. The taste is a slightly sour saison that takes the bed t d it's base beers. Feel is a little thin and harsh. Overall a fantastic saison that is an extension if the great base beers.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the first in January 2016, the second in November 2016. Both were phenomenal.

A - Golden, clear and bright, with wispy white head. Fine lacing on the edges.

S - Lemon juice and bright acidity, apple skin and oak, a hint of zest and a touch of funk, horse blanket and grass.

T - Very strong sour line, lemons and limestone. A middle that brings forward the grass and horse blanket notes, hints the wine and oak, then a bit of bitterness joins the sourness in the close.

M - Brisk and clean. Pleasant and quite drinkable. This is one that sits very easily on the tongue despite the full range of flavors.

O - A blend that makes for a bright, sour brew. Incredibly well modulated. In a word, lovely.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is pale golden, slight haze, small amount of white head. Nose is a lot of anna, not much barrel, moderate sweetness, light dustiness, notes of honey and a bit of lemon. Flavor follows suit, bright lemon and notes of honey, a bit of sweetness, faint if any barrel, light dustiness, assertive carb, medium body, oily feel, light bitterness through the finish.

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Photo of stakem
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kegatron for sharing this one with us. Into a matching HF wine glass, it appears a clear golden color with a thin film of white bubbles stretched across the top.

This smells all sorts of vinous and lactic with hints of yogurt, cheesiness, oak and fruity qualities.

It tastes tart and fruity to vinous with noticeable oak and sour aspects before more mild oak tannins. The finish is a different mixture of vanilla and greek yogurt.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Effortlessly crushable with significant barrel qualities and enjoyable vinous character. For the most part I dont understand the Hill Farmstead diehard fans but this is the type of beer that could make me into a believer...maybe.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is a cloudy golden orange with no head.

Aroma is sour vinegar like from a white wine with a slight malt sweetness.

Taste is less sour than I expected, but it has light wine barrel notes with a definite malt presence.

Excellent barrel aged beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Clear golden body with almost no head. Heavy white wine aroma. Oak. Wheat. A little floral. Tastes citrusy up front with an aggressive wheat graininess. Sweet white wine and oak round it out. Medium body. Heavy on the wine with low carbonation. Delicious, but maybe a touch heavy on the white wine.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 1/2015.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, fruit, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, white wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic sour aromas and flavors that make this one super tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle of blend #14. Served in a Hill Farmstead taster glass.

Pours a slightly hazy lighter yellow-orange body with a one finger white head, very good retention, nice collar and lacing. Looks very much like its constituent saisons. Smells of lemon, citrus, a little grapefruit, wheat, moderate oak, mineral, even a slight bit of that Vermont funk. In some ways, there is more lemon than in some of the other saisons from Hill Farmstead. Flavour is citrus, lemon, wheat, a small bit of sweet malt. Oak. Not so much funk or minerals. Very drinkable, with a nice bit of complexity to it. Even a little bit of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, and mild tangerine sweetness. Mouthfeel is very soft, medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and incredibly easy to drink. Crisp and refreshing, a bit different than CD11. Overall, a very tasty barrel-aged blend of saisons that did the job very well today on a fresh palate. It's very balanced, crisp, citrusy and moderately drying.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer has a nice funky oak wine barrel aroma to it. The taste is very bright and citrusy, very nice and refreshing. The feel is light bodied and dry. Overall this beer is very nice.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle sealed with silver pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: glowing and semi-opaque golden yellow bodied beer with almost 2 full fingers of bone white head resulting from a hard pour into wine stem. Head drops down to a thin cap on top the beer. No lacing and the head recedes fairly quickly.

Smell: Pretty bright and clean nose. Lots of citrusy, tart aromas and an adequate dose of farmstead microflora funkiness accompanied with wild honey that is very reminiscent of the honey in Anna.

Taste: Nice tart saison when it is below cellar temp, but this is not the most tart saison from Hill Farmstead that I have tasted. I would say a 3.5 out of 10 on the level of tartness present in this beer. Green apples, lemons, limes, and orange peel / orange zest is abundant just not the dominate flavor. Almost a moderate level of funk, it is without a doubt Hill Farmstead microflora funkiness. Rotten hay and very obvious wild honey notes on the back end adds sweetness to contrast; and maybe even gets close to over powering the tartness found on the front end of this beer. The honey is almost over the top and gets daringly close to being a bit to much. You really taste a lot of Anna in this beer and not so much of the Florence. Hint of white wine and light oaky tannins add some layers to this beer as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. This is not as dry as I would have expected it to be. It has barely semi-dry finish at its strongest. The finish is clean. I think the massive amount of honey in this brew weighs down the beer and doesn't allow the be as light as expected. The overall mouthfeel of the beer comes across as slightly watery; I would have liked this to be a bit more crisp and dry. Perhaps time in the bottle might change that and help dry the beer out more to work for my personal preferences of barrel aged saison.

Overall: Anna is a huge player in this blend. I would say 80% Anna and 20% Florence if I were to break it down in percentages. The barrel aging is pretty light and the mouthfeel is a little bit of a disappointment for me since I hold almost all Hill Farmstead beer that I have drank in extremely high regards especially concerning the mouthfeel. I will also add that I haven't had very many barrel aged saisons or saison blends from Hill Farmstead. So maybe this is the "norm" for barrel aged or blended saisons from Hill Farmstead. At this point, I think that Side Project's barrel aged saisons are at a little higher caliber than similar Hill Farmstead's offerings. The positive side about this beer is that is was interesting and completely different than any other barrel aged saison that I have had. I have never tasted so much honey in a saison before, it is like honey was poured directly into the beer glass along with the beer.

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Photo of HookemHoos
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

375 ML Bottle poured into Teku - A nice golden pour and honey smell immediately hit you when poured. The taste is perfectly tart and tangy . A really well done Blend of Anna and Florence.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As soon as you crack open the bottle a sweet, tangy honey hits the nose
Pours out a golden sunset color with almost no head
Taste was very unique. The mix of Anna and Florence being aged brought out a big sour taste, but still held onto the sweetness of the honey in Anna. The taste lingers on the pallet for some time and never gets old
Relatively soft mouthfeel and would be highly drinkable if it wasn't so limited. I'm happy I was able to get my hands on one

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Photo of spycow
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been fortunate to try several of the Civil Disobedience blends. All are unique and all always seem to hit the mark. Nice level of carbonation, color is spot on, and the taste is unbelievable. If you like Anna and Florence then you will no doubt love the blending and what the barrel aging adds to this beer. Another great blend from Hill Farmstead

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Photo of Skrip
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

A~ glowing lemonade! ohhhhh! TINY head and a little lacing.

S~ awesome funk!! sooo bright and i already get the Florence and Anna! honey and tangy wheat followed by a lot of lemony tartness.

T~ ohhhhhhh yesss! so much honey! follows the nose with tangy wheat mid pallet and crazy barnyard lemony tartness on the back end that just lingers for days!!

M~ a little thick from all that honey but otherwise pretty dry with great carb.

O~ don't know if it was just the mood i was in or my love for honey but this seriously might be my favorite of the series!! yes i know i've said this before haha! this Anna and Florence (or should i say Ann and Flora) cuvee is just over the top! this will probably age very nicely as well.

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Photo of JStampler
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

375ml Bottle pour into HF stemmed glass.

A: Bright with very little head that fades quickly into a ringlet.
S: Citrus funk on the nose with some honey coming through.
T: More funk in the taste with noticeable Honey. Slight barrel character but just enough to not overpower this. This is what other breweries strive to make their BA Saisons taste like.
M: Moderate mouthfeel and perfect carb.
O: Great beer. Best saison I've had from HF hands down and I've had a ton. So glad I have another bottle of this!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect summer beer, like a classic gueuze a la Hill Farmstead.

Advertised as a blend of barrel aged Anna and Florence, this beer tastes like a 20% better version of a blend of its already fantastic base beers. If you like Anna or Florence with a bit more funk, tartness, and a barrel presence, then this is a beer worth trying.

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Photo of bassist286
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

(l) - looks like a standard pale straw ale

(S) - aroma of limes, basement funk, wet hay and, orange peel

(t) - medium citrus zing upfront, juicy and moderately tart ( kiwi like), finish of funk and damp basement

(F) - stylistically light in body, crisp

(O) - Fantastic blend work by Shaun. Another offering showing why he is one of the best Brewers in not only NE but the world.

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Civil Disobedience #14 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 134 ratings