Civil Disobedience #21
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #21Civil Disobedience #21
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Belgian Saison
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4.37 | pDev: 5.03%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Civil Disobedience #21Civil Disobedience #21
Notes: Civil Disobedience, our nonviolent protest against the homogenization of flavor, comes in the form of a spontaneous, circumstantial and unpredicted series of beer releases. We relinquish control in favor of an anarchistic collaboration of microbial activity. This is the expression of our conscience, our opposition to oppression and an act of creative freedom.

Civil Disobedience 21 is composed of beers from a diversity of barrels ranging from 10 to 25 months of age—including Anna, Elaborative 4 and a mélange of Leaves of Grass—then bottle conditioned for over 10 months, resulting in a delicate yet complex beer that represents its individual elements as a seamless panorama.
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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle. Served in a HF stemmed glass. Lighter caramel body, or a darker orange body, take your pick. One finger white head, plenty of lacing, fair retention. Smell is freshly squeezed lemon, citrus zest, light honey, a bit of white wine grape, mild lactic tartness, touch of caramel. It's essentially a different take on a blended saison; a bit more lactic on the palate than other Hill Farmstead beers which usually tend to skew more towards acetic. Lemon, grapefruit zest, sweet caramel, a touch of wheat, slight leathery Brett. A nice complexity to this. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and appropriately carbonated, very easy to drink but also mildly difficult to just chug your way through this without pondering it. Another well-executed blended saison from Hill Farmstead. Not their best in the series, but overall a very good Vermont saison.

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

750 mL bottle. Clear golden with a small white head. Smells of white wine, some stone fruit acidity, and vanilla oakiness. Taste follows suite. Strong white wine and stone fruit tartness. Wine flavor builds and there's a spike in fruitiness and oak in the back end. Medium body. Excellent, but strong barrel character.

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Photo of kevanb
3.69/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, stamped #21, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 11.12.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, golden hues, light amber with a loose finger of white head that offers little retention and spots of lace. The aroma is nice, lightly funky, lots of wine barrel character, mildly grainy, pale and soft with plenty of fruity esters and a touch of candied hop and a hint of spice but quite tart and berry forward. The flavors are very nice, pleasant wine barrel, sweet yet tart stone fruits and mineral water with some citrusy and earthy noble hop character with pale doughy grain and a lingering vinous and floral finish. The mouthfeel is okay, a bit thin and undercarbonated yet it coats well and has a nice heft to it and finishes tartly.

Verdict: A good farmhouse ale from Hill Farmstead. Perhaps a bit undercarbonated, but still a nice expression of the base components and there is a nice wine barrel character in this beer that really brings out some nuance and complexity.

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Photo of Tommo
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a very nice civil disobedience. Wonderful barrel character and an almost lambicy flavor, tart with huge funk. Effervescent with a beautiful floral nose. Worth seeking out

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy-ish bright and sunshiney yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet and funky honey, sweet grain, hay, lemon, and wheat.

Anna is quite dominant in this blend, which works for me. You get the honey and the citrus- mainly lemon, a bit of Mandarin orange, with grapefruit, with the usual Hill Farmstead oak, and Greensboro wheaty funk.

This is light bodied, crisp and clean and airy, with a good level of carbonation.

This is definitely near the top of this series- it's excellent stuff.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright yellow color ale with a light foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of sour notes with light acidic presence with some floral notes of mango and some oak and vinous notes also perceptible. Taste is a complex mix of sour notes with some mango, light floral undertones with some oak and vinous notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable with nice level of complexity but sour/acidic notes are a little bit overpowering.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle share with my buddy.
We both poured into tulips.
The appearance was a semi-muddled to hazy burnt orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off ever so slowly. Moderate amount of lace.
The aroma had a marvelous blend of sweet to tart red delicious apple, Granny Smith apples, some lemon pith, light hay, delicate amount of earthiness, light smooth "basement" funky notes, lemongrass, light sweet wheat, touch of sour, some wine barrel and ended with an ever so slight driftwood character.
The flavor was moderately sweet pulling in the tart and the sour and the funk all up in there with a light bleu cheese note far underneath. Aftertaste pulled all of those notes of tart, sour, funky and woody.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it due to some of the "bleu cheese" funkiness coming out and ending up contrasting just a bit with the vinous notes. It's a good contrast and leads to some harshness along my tongue but has a nice escapability to subside gently. Carbonation felt on par. Semi-soothing finish, with that funkiness there and some driftwood.
Overall, saison? Well, it's a damn great one. One of those "blended ones" by the Hill that tend to be knockouts. Of course, I'd have this again.

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Photo of Skrip
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Fantome tulip.

A~ copper orange with a light head and a lot of lacing. also a lot of sediment.

S~ lots of things going on! apple, lemon, wheat grass, hibiscus and a ton of honey

T~ follows the nose with even more honey here along with a little barnyard and wine barrel funk.

M~ nice carb but a little clawing. kind of a sugary feel like Clover.

O~ not my favorite of the series but it definitely holds its own! Anna definitely punches it way through with some awesome honey and thats ok cause i love Anna!! would like to see how this ages for sure!

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Civil Disobedience #21 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 52 ratings