Civil Disobedience Citrus | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Civil Disobedience CitrusCivil Disobedience Citrus

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Comprised of Arthur and Florence, which were aged in barrels for between 10 and 24 months and then conditioned atop a variety of fresh organic citrus for many months. Bright, lightly tart and delicate, this enlivens the memory of spring citrus as we wend our way towards cooler temperatures.

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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 09-30-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by BoldRulerVT:
Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into stemmed HF glasswear.
Pours a nice light honey color, slightly hazy with pone finger of tiny bubbly head.
Aromas are a ton of citrus, lemon peel, candied lemon. Good yeast zest in background.
Flavors are much like a lemon drop/limoncello. Also good yeast here.
Mouthfeel was excellent.
Overall, nice beer and maybe a bit too much citric acid for my palate.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevedore
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Pours a slightly cloudy, pulpy golden orange body, one finger thick white head, perfect retention, lots of lacing. Smell is rich pulpy orange flesh and touch of grapefruit, light wheat, mild-moderate acetic tartness, a bit of white vinous character, lemon peel, light funk. Not too heavy on the Brett, lots of fruity citrus aromas abound. Flavour is ridiculous as in taking a bite into a freshly peeled grapefruit that has been briefly soaked in pulpy orange juice, wheat and slight grainy sweetness balanced with a moderate lemony acetic tartness, bit of white vinous character, orange pulp, touch of leather and hay, with a grapefruit pulp and zest bitterness on the backend. Wonderful, complex and as full of citrus as advertised. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and slightly more carbonated than typical Hill saisons, which isn't a bad thing. Lots of grapefruit pulp and zestiness on the backend, a little bit like a grapefruit soda made with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Something like that. It's unique, and I found this to have more "juice" than Juicy, to be honest. Wonderful citrus-heavy saison that I can imagine Mimosa tasting like.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doremite
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeB51982
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Montanabeerz
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ace1117
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle. Golden body. Smells of tangerine and lime. Acidic and a bit of white wine. Tastes of all citrus up front. Quite tart. Lemon and lime with some faint orange. White wine in the back end. Dry and oaky finish. Some sort of citrus flavor lingers that I can't place. It's not what I expected. All citrus and not much subtlety. Not the best from HF, but it's still a good beer.

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Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samact
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Run4theRoses
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a medium white foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some oak and some 5-alive citrusy notes. Taste is a mix tart notes with light acidic notes also noticeable with some oak presence with fresh citrusy notes reminiscent of 5-alive. Body is about average with good carbonation. I actually quite enjoy this one and I like how the citrusy flavours offset some of the acidic notes.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a slightly hazy light yellow, with a small fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells incredibly pithy, with a huge Meyer lemon aroma, some clean herbal spruce, lemon candy, bready funk, and grassy funk.

The lemony citrus character is absolutely dominant here. It's not balanced and delicate affair Shaun Hill is usually known for, but it's still tasty. It almost kind of has a pine-sol taste to it, but I think that's the acidity, sweetness, and spruciness of the lemons, which definitely seem to Meyer lemons. There's not a ton of underlying funk- it's a bit bready and slightly grassy, but doesn't have the expressiveness I'm used to.

This is light bodied, and fairly juicy, with a good level of carbonation.

This is fairly good, but nowhere near the level of wizardry Hill Farmstead is known for.

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Photo of JeanJacketLover
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 6/17/18

A: Deep gold with some yellow and orange highlights - nicely clear - pours with a medium sized white head, fades to a few wisps and a small collar, leaves some streaks and spots of lacing

S: Aroma seems more reminiscent of a cocktail than a beer - tons of citrus, with loads of orange, grapefruit, and lemon rinds, zest, and some juice - ripe undercurrents of saison and barrel funk - some lactic notes, but the emphasis is on acid - acidic funk and some citric acid - some sharp barrel - smells somewhat boozy, but I'm pretty sure it isn't, but again... it kind of smells like a mixed drink with a lot of triple sec of something along that line

T: Sharp citrus for days - tons of citrus, with a lot of orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest, rind - floral citrus and some spicy citrus - again, the amount of citrus is intense, as the name of this beer implies - some saison funk, with some notes of pepper - some light lactic funk notes, but it's mostly acid - lots of barrel and oak - puckering sour and tart notes - some light sweetness, with lingering acidity

M: Medium body, low carbonation, sharp acidity

O: Yo dawg I heard you like citrus

This is quite possibly the weirdest Hill Farmstead beer I have ever had... At least to the extent that it does not taste like a "typical" Hill Farmstead beer. It's a citrusy cocktail. It's worth a try, but I don't think I need to try it again.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright, vibrant gold with a medium sized white head that dissipates to a collar that leaves some lacing.

Holy citrus Batman! This just absolutely explodes with aromas of lime, lemon, and underripe orange. It's like they are all being zested directly into your nose! Some sweet orange and barnyard funk in the background, but make no mistake, this is ALL about the citrus!

The flavor is just more of the same! Really tart, lightly sweet limeade that us ultra fresh squeezed is the closest I could come to a direct comparison. There's some bright lemon, a touch of bitterness, and just a hint of funk. The wine barrel peaks its head out as it warms. This just continues to feature the citrus as promised by the name!

The mouth feel is medium, with excellent carbonation. A lot of puckering tartness, and a little drying bitterness on the finish.

This beer declares what it is on the label, and follows through with near flawless execution! Just phenomenal! As long as you enjoy citrus you should seek this out!

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Photo of pisano
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhavs
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle carefully poured into fluted snifter.

Big fluffy cloud head just off of pure white. Yellow straw with a hint of haze. Head settles and leaves a lot of clingy lacing and whispy collar and foam islands.

Aroma is full of citrus layers. Lemon zest, orange rind and juice, lime. Background of grassy grain and light hint of yeast and wood.

CItrus is definitely the defining characteristic of the flavor. All the bases covered, get lemon/lime/orange/grapefruit in all forms (juice, rind, zest, pith). Base farmstead brew keeps the flavors balanced and clean.

Moderate carbonation, soft, medium body.

Lots of layers of flavor, a nice addition to the CD line.

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Photo of zoober911
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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