Civil Disobedience #16
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #16Civil Disobedience #16
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Belgian Saison
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4.23 | pDev: 5.67%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Civil Disobedience #16Civil Disobedience #16
Notes: Keeping with the theme of dark beers landing on 4 in the series, this is a blend of five beers, aged between 8 and 30 months in oak barrels.
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark brownish black color, with a small head and a bit of lacing.

This smells like berries, grapes, roast, Brett, oak, and chocolate.

I don’t usually like dark saisons much, but of course Hill Farmstead was going to nail this one. It’s got a very nice balance between dark malts and acidity/funk. I get dusty chocolate and light roast, plus red wine and funky acidic berry flavors.

This is medium bodied, crisp, and pretty drinkable, with a soft level of carbonation.

Of the 3 dark CDs that I’ve had - the 3 most recent ones - this one is the “weak” link. It’s still very good.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found that “occasion” to open this beer - got thirsty for a HF beer. Go figure. Stored for a couple years in appropriate conditions.

Light brown hue with a minor effervesce. Little white head fades quickly. The brown hue speaks to the oak conditioning...or more likely brown is the color that emerges when blending multiple multi-hued vintages.

Aroma is green apple, oak, purple grapes and light cherry.

Dry, wine-like tannins and an earthiness beneath. Crisp and lightly tart. Balanced. Amazing with food.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown burgundy with a large beige head leaving tons of cobweb lace.

Smell is red wine oak with a little toasty char, cherry and grape gummies, and green apple.

Taste is almost like a sour brown, slightly nutty, except for a substantial lean into mature red wine, oak and tannin, with a hint of toasted cocoa and fruity grape, cranberry and cherry.

Body is medium with a nice crisp froth and a dry, red wine-like finish. This becomes exceedingly drinkable as it warms, becoming a tad less potent in flavor, and a bit thinner--both of which are developments that are quite unique to my experience with the style.

Originally tasted at DLD '17, but I have since had my own 2015 bottle on 9/26/17, so the review has been updated to reflect that more thorough experience.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic sour from Hill Farmstead. One of the best brewers when it comes to wild ales etc. Nice tartness with a bitter finish and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of mothman
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light beige head. Dark caramel brown,

Sour and acidic. Brown sugar. Some lemon and green apples. Funk. Oak.

Light to medium bodied.

Solid beer. Nothing too crazy though.

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

I had this beer with my friends in Sharlot, Vermont, and it was outstanding! It has a beautiful brown hue, a short head, a lovely aroma, and tastes really good!

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Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on site.

A- 750ml bottle into 3 stemmed snifters with a deep red to mahogany body. Foamy off white head quickly rises to a finger high dying slowly to a wide puffy belt. Several small sheets of lacing.

S- Three major aspects come to mind up front which are lactic acid bacteria, nutty toasted malts and wet oak. Hints of sour cherry, raisin, musty grapes and slight funk.

T- Lactic acid flora provides the stage with a moderate overall sourness and a lemony yogurt feel. The dark character provided by the kilned grains blends in with the tartness and woodiness with a nutty brown feel, toast and a fruit touch. Grapes, cherry, raisin and apple skin come out.

MF- Foamy and smooth. The carbonation comes off high but very padded and fluffy. Finishes sour.

Well blended dark sour as the smoothness shows off here as worlds collide between toasted grains and sour bacteria. The oak and a fruit character give it a vinous touch that helps create this bridge.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, dark reddish brown hue with a small, bubbly off-white head. No lacing or retention. Definitely not the best looking beer.

The aroma is lightly tart and citrusy with plenty of oak. Some light cherry notes are hiding in the back.

The taste is sweet and tart, with lemon and black cherry flavors, as well as some sugary plum and fig. The lightly sweet, lightly roasted malt is present as well. Nicely complex.

The feel is medium-light bodied with huge carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall a very good and very complex beer with lots of tart and sweet flavors. But at $30 a bottle it's difficult to imagine picking it up again.

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Photo of Skrip
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a HF FOFA fest. glass.

A~ chocolate with red hues. nice tan head and a little lacing.

S~ mostly dark roasty malt, lots of barnyard brett, dark fruit skins and a little floral on the back end.

T~ follows the nose with some lemony tartness puckering the pallet. malt turns to roasty coffee and a little tart hibiscus on the finish.

M~ medium thick feel with great carb., refreshing and a little creamy.

O~ reminds me more of a flanders than a dark saison, could be the addition of Jim. very strange blend that works very well! i know theres hardly any Convivial in there but that hibiscus shines threw! let the series continue...!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle. Smell is murky deep brown. Smell is pretty acidic. Dark fruits and acetic notes. Chocolate and nutty malts. A bit of yogurt. Taste has roasted malts. Sharp dark fruit sourness. Red wine and oaky finish. High carbonation. This is quite good. The dark ones seldom are, but this has a lot less of the intense roast and more of the barrel flavors.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mahogany hue with a loose, 1/8th inch tan-colored head. Nose is quite complex - I get a suggestion of the wine barrel as well as a trace of something sweet; perhaps cocoa. Taste consistent with nose - I definitely get some Convivial Suarez in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light in body, with a mild acidity and pleasant, even carbonation. Overall - delicious, nuanced and amazingly drinkable.

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Photo of Resuin
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was bottled 10/23/2015.

A: Pours a deep caramel that turns black as the glass fills and leaves a couple fingers of off-white head. There could have been some gushing if I weren't careful when opening.

S: Delicious apple orchard, cheese, hint of leather, melon. Very nice nose.

T: Tart green apple skins, notes of tobacco, leather, figs, hay funk, lemon. Well balanced flavors.

M: Creamy with medium carb. A tad sticky, and a bit dry. Nice feel.

O: This is a very well integrated, drinkable yet complex beer. Seems to be a blend between a roasty dark saison and a bright citrusy saison.

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Photo of SABERG
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - Dark cocoa in color, back light shines crimson through the glass. Champagne size carbonation keeps
an off white froth from fading.
S - Vibrant nose, warm blackberry in the sun, plum, red grape skin, and hints of young tobacco.
T - Sharp snap of tartness, mellows into mixed dark fruit, sage, persimmon, and kumquat, very lively flavors.
M - Delightfully soft, with carbonation adding to the experience, the tongues edges are on alert for the tartness. Then warm sweet elements take over, leaving that tartness to linger as a calling card.
O - Special come to mind, a dark barrel aged, blended delight to had if possible.

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Civil Disobedience #16 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 129 ratings