Civil Disobedience #17
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #17Civil Disobedience #17
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
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4.45 | pDev: 4.72%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Civil Disobedience #17Civil Disobedience #17
Notes: Nearly 3 years of development, this is a blend of four threads aged in wine barrels between 16 and 24 months including, notably, a fragment of spontaneously fermented citrus beer. Bottle conditioned for 11 months.
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As the frankenstein series of Hill Farmstead lands on a winey seam, the golden blend that undertakes an extended wine barrel slumber emerges from its oaky cocoon with bold woods, fruit and tartness.

Peachy gold and hazy, the creamy and heady beer rolls onto the nose with both dry white wine and rosé. Musty with a brisk scent of the sea, cider and cellar aromas soon follow. Soft on the palate, the beer's early maltiness is of lightly toasted poundcake and cashew.

As the sweetness rapidly recedes, the middle palate is rife with macerated fruit. Orange, lemon, green apple, grape, pear, peach and apricot all take on a fructose sweet taste with a pep of honey and a blast of acidity. Racy carbonation brings about a tingle of sourness and a snappy, minerally herbalness.

Medium light in body, the beer's hop finish has a light bitter bite that's akin to hay and straw. Hints of leather and weathered oak carry a tannin filled closure with a dry, powder fine arid taste on the throat.

Feb 24, 2017
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip. Light peach color with a fairly long-lasting head. Light acidity, smooth oak through the finish. Touch of fruit. Really nice blend.

Jan 23, 2017
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JMUbrewz from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy yellowish orange. It smells amazing. Citrus, maybe some Chardonnay, and a hefty dose of funk on the nose. Lemon, orange, and white wine notes dance on the tongue, with a tart, dry finish. The tartness lingers , leaving me wanting another sip.

Very, very good wild Saison from HF. It's not worth $20 more than a bottle of Arthur, but I'm so glad I bought a bottle of this.

Sep 10, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Curran the other night, thanks man.

This one pours a nice mostly clear orange/yellow color, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells incredibly fresh and citrusy, lemon, lime, and orange, with sour white wine, and just a hint of funk.

The spontaneous citrus beer features the most strongly in this one, with *tons* of delicious citrusy character here, lots of lemon and orange, and a hint of sour lime, with a little bit of classic HF-style funk, and a good level of white wine. It's not quite as complex as some of HF's other saisons I've had, but that doesn't detract from how delicious it is.

This is light bodied, airy and pillowy, mouthfeel-wise, with a normal level of carbonation.

I expect nothing but amazingness from this series, and this lived up to those expectations.

Aug 07, 2016
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- A beautiful pour in the glass, this beer is mostly clear in the body and a bright, orange to deep gold in color. A small, but somewhat dense and foamy head forms and hangs around a little bit. There is a decent amount of lacing for the amount of head left. In the glass, it actually kind of looks like a mead.

S- As you nose the beer, barnyard funk greets the nostrils first. Light hay and grassy notes comes first and are quickly followed by a lightly tart scent. The tartness is mostly citric in nature, leaning heavily towards a lemon forward profile. The back end of the smell blends both the funky barnyard and the citric tartness, with an addition of some light, oak dryness at the very end and leaves you begging for a sip.

T- The beer hits the tongue with the same blend of funk and tart from the scent leading off the flavor. Lemon is again the star of the tartness, but in a more subtle way than in the scent. Next, the barnyard funk moves forward a bit and takes the more prominent lead in flavor, drying out the overall taste. A light graininess displays itself before the tartness and oak dryness/wine flavor ramp back up at the end. As the beer washes off the tongue, the lingering flavor is just a touch of tartness and plenty of funk.

M- This one is mostly drying on the tongue overall. As far as weight goes, it is pretty light in body, while still maintaining its smoothness. It is really just a touch away from being able to be described as "fluffy," and it is a shame, because that would really enhance the overall feel of the beer.

Overall, this is a superb beer. The citrus and lemon flavor is present and detectable without being overpowering, and the weight of the beer is close to perfect for the style. My favorite part of this beer is that it displays tartness, dryness, funk, and light fruitiness, all without any aspect being overpowering or off-putting. This is really a star of a beer.

Jul 01, 2016
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doremite from Vermont

4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wine barrel and tartness yet a soft ease of feel that make you quickly want another sip while realizing there is still time to savor. Complex but easy. Citrus. Transcends saison to another level of intricate delight.

Jun 20, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a darker golden-orange body, one finger white head, good retention, some lacing, thin collar, overall about standard for a Hill saison. Smells of white wine grape, oak, wheat, lemon, citrus, light lactic tartness, minerality. Essentially, a citrusy saison aroma similar to the other saisons coming out of the brewery. Flavour is similar, with more of a white wine grape must, lemon, orange peel, lactic acid, light cereal sweetness, mineral. Moderate complexity, refreshing, not too heavy handed but not a delicate beer either. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, good carbonation, refreshing with a nice tartness. An overall solid citrus saison from Hill Farmstead, keeping in character with their other saisons. You won't discover anything new or interesting here.

Jun 18, 2016
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Tommo from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

While this is very nice, it does not necessarily in my opinion, command the enormous price tag it holds. A fruity and dry, complex saison is highly apparent in this beer. The "threads" of spontaneous sour are very present, and it is overall amazing. However, for 30 bucks, it better be

May 22, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased 4/8/16 at brewery. Poured into Belgian tulip glass.

L: Hazy amber clear enough to see lots of rising carbonation bubbles. 2F head, not a lot of retention, little lacing and ring.

S:Light citrus, like grapefruit and lemon peel. Wine barrel and yeast funk. Light malts.

T: Follows nose. Citrus up front, slight bitterness but in line with flavor profile on finish. The citrus beer definitely plays large here.

F: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Incredibly well-balanced and well-constructed.

O: I hated saisons until I started drinking Hill Farmstead and now I have a much better appreciation of them. I honestly think their well water has a lot to do with it, but the effort on this one is extraordinary.

May 04, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some of Hill Farmsteads finest! Had this bottle along with many others of its caliber for a small group tasting and it was amazing! Need to track down more of this series.

May 02, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale, hazy gold with a loose white head that quickly dissipates into a tight band around the shoulders. Nose express bright citrus notes and yeast. Taste reveals citrus, stone fruit and yeast. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a mild tartness. An immensely drinkable and bright farmhouse.

Apr 24, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Lightly hazy orange. Smells of white wine and citrus. Some hay and acidity behind it. Flavor is very citrusy. Bright orange and strong influence from the spontaneous beer. Lots of oak. White wine sweetness in the back end. Medium light body. Delicious. The spontaneous beer is the star of the show here.

Apr 11, 2016
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Talkbeer tulip.

A~ light yellow/orange with a slight head and no lacing.

S~ citrus brett cooler! tons of orange and lemon, barnyard funk follows hard and a little oaky vanilla on the back end.

T~ once again a lot of brett and a ton of citrus. nice wine barrel funk, little white wine as well. the citrus really shines though! lemon, orange, tangerine, kumquat, etc...

M~ great carb! very refreshing and delicate.

O~ another great one for the CD series! this is definitely up there with 10, 11 and 14! everything i could ask for in an awesome blend, barrel funk, brett, fruit and extremely well rounded! that young mimosa!

Apr 05, 2016
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bobv from Vermont

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 3/4 inch head, dissipates to a ring with minimal lacing after a few minutes.
Nose of lemongrass, flint, (and dill pickles?) Very, very nice.
(I did just finish a dinner of poached salmon with dill!)
Tastes crisp, tart, slight grapefruit. Also very, very nice.
Ah, that mouthfeel!
I don't think I'll be trading any of these any time soon.
To the BA's who put this on your "gots" list before trying it, you don't deserve it.

Apr 02, 2016
Civil Disobedience #17 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 129 ratings