Civil Disobedience #18
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #18Civil Disobedience #18
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Belgian Saison
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4.44 | pDev: 5.86%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Civil Disobedience #18Civil Disobedience #18
Notes: Civil Disobedience 18 is a vibrant yet elegant beer woven from various threads, including barrel-aged Dorothy and Arthur from puncheons.
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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at GAB tasting
Light fizzy head, little lacing, hazy blond color

Nose mild funk, blond malts, little citrus tartness

Taste little sweet blond malt acidic tart funk, funky sour, little funk

Mouth med bod decent carb, fair acidity

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Photo of jhavs
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On site pour at Hill Farmstead. 750ml poured into two wine goblets.

Copper, clear, active carbonation bubbling up into foamy white head. Head settles into thin whispy collar and a few floating islands. Lacing hangs in wide swoops on the glass.

Aroma is citrus zest, juice, white wine grape and must. Bit of sweet tartness and hint of grass.

Flavor is tart, zingy, citrus zest, wine grape juice and white wine skin. Has an underlying earthiness and noticeable oak from the barrel. Excellent balanced flavors.

Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

A great blend, full of rich layers of flavor. I am really happy they released some for retail.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Hazy pale orange. Smells of white wine, oak, some grain. Tastes pretty tart right up front. Kinda grapefruit tartness. White wine. Oak. As it warms, the back end becomes a little more grainy and yeasty. A touch of brett. Medium light. Low carbonation. Got much better as it warmed. Maybe not as good as the individual components, though.

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Photo of Skrip
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a unmarked oversized wine glass at Hill Farmstead.

A~ glowing copper with a big head and a little lacing.

S~ lots of lemon/lime up front followed by slight bitterness and black pepper. wine barrel brett funk on the end.

T~ funk is up front here! nice white wine, bretty barnyard funk. here comes the citrus! lemon, lime, yuzu, and orange. little acidic on the back end but it doesn't take away from it!

M~ great carb. very soft and refreshing.

O~ another great addition to the series! you can really tell that its BA Dorothy and Arthur Puncheon. nice hop bitterness from BA Dorothy, citrus and soft, delicate feel from Arthur Puncheon. delicious!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is really tasty, super kind of my buddy to bring this back for me from his trip to the brewery! lucky me! i liked this a lot, but maybe its not quite as compelling as the beers its comprised of would be on their own, and as good as it is, im not sure it ranks among my favorites that these guys do. it still has the amazing hill farmstead wild yeast elements i love, and it sort of has their signature, but it seems a little samey, like something a lot of other breweries are making right now, and i didnt perceive a ton of the wine barrel on it, woody as it is, the wine aspect is much less than i had anticipated. that said, its very good saison, and has a nice pale malty profile right away, maybe some oats in with the wheat, not as delicate as some, and i like the extra little flavor and mass here. some light sourness, funky brett, musty wood, and light citrus. id like more of the wine, it would make it a more interesting beer, and some of the arthur character is lost to the wood i reckon. really cool yeast profile though, like all their wild stuff, more funk than acid. its just a bit flat, not much head on the pour, and not much liveliness to it on the feel, its not quite still, but it really doesnt pop either. i almost always prefer saison styles to be well carbonated, so that aspect of this isnt my favorite. somewhat of a rarity from what i understand, so stoked to have enjoyed this one! only my second beer in this now prolific series!

edit: just popped a bottle thats absolutely amazing, almost an entirely different experience than the one i had last year, it has aged superbly well, now drier, more bubbly, and really quite regal, fruity with peach and apricot notes and more wine than i remember. raising a few scores as the cellar time has made this noticeably better!

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Civil Disobedience #18 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 71 ratings