Civil Disobedience #23
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #23Civil Disobedience #23
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
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4.62 | pDev: 4.11%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Civil Disobedience #23Civil Disobedience #23
Notes: This iteration in our series of blended barrel-aged Farmstead® ales is a curation of beers brewed in November of 2014 and May 2015, consisting primarily of Arthur and Florence, aged in wine barrels that formerly held Le Sarrasin and Art, as well as a single thread of wine barrel aged Anna. After more than two years of extended bottle conditioning, this beer is now ready for release. Please open and consume between 44ºF and 50ºF.
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another gem in this civil disobedience series, an expert blend, and a beer thats drinking incredibly well and righteously mature at this point, bottled in 2016 with threads brewed will before that. for me this was very much a two part experience. the first was the top two thirds of the bottle, split with my brother who shared it so liberally. clearish and bright, straw shaded and heady from the bottle, with strong wine notes, belgian esters, herbal qualities, and lots of well developed acidity. its tempting to try to pick out the known elements of the blend, its only natural, but its not easily done here, as this is just so well integrated that they kind of cease to be themselves and take on this much greater identity. lots of white wine on this for me, fruit beyond grape like kiwi, mango, and honeydew, but also heaps of oak, with vanilla and tang to it, earthy but well refined, its lovely. its also bright and popping on the palate and clean to drink even with some residual bacterial aspect. the second half is a totally different thing, the bottom of the bottle is thicker with sediment and well warmed up by the time we get to it around the fire late night. it gets quite a bit more acidic and tannic at the same time, and tons of stone fruit comes out, peach for sure, and then a weird papaya thing with the white wine, sharp but also clean, rustic but also not as wild as some, here i think i can see some of its constituent pieces. i wish for just a little more carbonation through the whole thing, but this is just an expert blend, so interesting and good, the right amount of subtle, but giving some new life to some hill farmstead beers we know well now. i loved this, and am grateful to my brother for procuring, cellaring, saving, and sharing. lucky me, this is money!

Aug 01, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle. Wine glass. Slightly cloudy, haze-tinged golden orange body, one finger white head, good retention, even a dab of lacing. Smell and flavour is classic Hill Farmstead- white wine, light tart citrus, floral, mineral, a bit of grainy sweetness, touch of stone fruit. Slightly delicate, but its components do a good job of making magic happen. Medium in body, on the slightly lighter side of the saison spectrum but still substantial, good carbonation, refreshing and each sip makes you want to take another one.

Apr 09, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This one pours a light straw yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This has so much tropical and exotic fruit on the nose, without any fruit added. I get passionfruit and pineapple, with funky pulpy citrus, lemon bars, white wine, white pepper, and oak.

The complexity of this beer is absolutely staggering, with so much tropical exotic fruity goodness coming through. There's a slight peppery bitterness, and overripe kiwi/guava/pineapple/passionfruit/something going on and that's just addictive. There's some nice oak and light wisps of vanilla. There's more classic tones of lemon and hay, and some dry grassiness as well. This is just stupid delicious.

This is light bodied, and lightly carbonated, with a soft feel to it. It has a feeling that it's quite old.

This is absolutely wonderful and exceptional, and I'd say probably the best beer that HF has done in this series overall - or at the very least, since #10.

Mar 14, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

its a stunning beer that pours out a bright slightly hazed straw color with a golden orange hue, brightest white head fizzes away quickly and leaves some lace. aroma is lactic, hay, funky, slight barnyard and mellow musty quality, floral and leafy, bright lemon and slightly grassy, oaky notes hinting at vanilla. wow, talk about enticing.

on palate is crisp lemon for daysss, crisp green apple pleasant grassy and hay qualiy, floral, very bright fruity character with a massive dose of underripe nectarine flavor - just incredible that no fruit was used on this!! complex oak, hints of vanilla that come out as it warms, mellow spice, some tannins and vinous quality. there is some zippy but light carbonation, relatively still compared to some other ones, but i think it works and thats sort of unsurprising given that it has been sitting around for some time!! overall this one is seriously delicious ... i can vaguely detect some florence and arthur quality, and probably a bit closer to the puncheon versions ... but this is just so next level with the complexity and the lack of carbonation adding this immense smoothness, wine like. it just tastes so mature and complex and smooth. wild wild stuff!

Mar 07, 2019
Civil Disobedience #23 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 27 ratings