Civil Disobedience #30
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #30Civil Disobedience #30
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #354
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Ranked #51,477
4.4 | pDev: 3.18%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Civil Disobedience #30Civil Disobedience #30
Notes: This blend is composed of beers aged in red and white wine barrels, which formerly held Art, Flora, and (the yet to be released) Double Honey Ann. Blend components include Sankt Hans, Brother Soigné, 90% Wheat base, a Buckwheat base that aligned with the formulation of Samuel, and several barrels of Florence. Bottled in October of 2017, this beer has benefited from its three years of bottle conditioning.
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you jrc1093 for sharing this one with me.

Consumed 02/04/21 - Poured into a wine stem at roughly cellar temp.

Pours a deep honey golden hue topped with a short coarse cream-coloured head with great retention. Crystal clear, slight particulate, and a shocking display of effervescence for a non-nucleated glass.

Nose: Musty grain opens beneath a huge white vinous presence, with juicy green sauvignon blanc grape, buttery chardonnay, lemon-lime zest, wet hay, milkweed, stone cellar, with a bottom end of old funky honey, sweaty armpit, and dusty barn, coming to a point with bay laurel leaves and camphor. Very colourful aroma.

Palate: A forward but balanced acidity greets the palate with a wave of lemon-lime and tart unripe grape, fruity white wine, and gooseberry, followed by a very distinct seashell saline quality. Green apple, pear, and perhaps even an unripe green element keep circling back to tart green wine grape. The Finish sees a subtle hint of lemon curd with a malted roundness that seems to highlight some oaky vanillin as well. A dry, woody conclusion.

Mouthfeel/Body: Fairly light in body - crisp and tight, with just a little bit of sweet wetness, like an extra dry champagne, avoiding that ultra dry territory. A bit of grain and perhaps even honey character lends presence and weight, while the fairly lively effervescence provides sprightly lift and vigor. Bright and tart, the finish dries out well, showing a bit of tannic oak and oily cling that lingers.

Overall: There's a particular character about this that really seems to live up to what it actually is - a Hill Farmstead blended barrel saison. It really does seem to possess this certain je ne sais quoi that feels like a tapestry of various Hill Farmstead elements. It's fresh, funky, wine-driven, and complex, with a seamless evolution of flavour. Somewhere between delicate and invigorating, it's simply a beautiful execution.

Feb 07, 2021
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/4/17; consumed on 2/4/21

Pours a crystal-clear honey-gold body, radiating a seemingly unceasing effervescence and capped with multiple fingers of fluffy, dense, eggshell-white foam; good head retention recedes to a large, frothy collar, a paper-thin layer of cap, and sparse webs of lacing holding briefly to the walls of the glass.

Aroma offers a rounded, buttery funk, reminiscent of well-oaked Chardonnay, focused and concentrated, and followed with more defined notes of white wine grape bursting through; dusty barn brings dryness to what is ultimately a bleu cheesy peak into the back end as a delicate honeyed lemon curd sweetness dances between waves of minerality and a lime peel edge to the close.

Taste opens with pear skin, lemon zest funk, and a steady glistening backdrop of wet rocks/damp cave; lemon brushes the mid-palate as it eases to a resurgent pear and deepening hints of dusty cellar; fresh grain brightened with white wine and green grapes meets old honey on the back end, with tinges of vanillin coming through on the finish.

Mouthfeel features a light body, vaguely wet though unwavering in composure and bolstered with an ample, rounded carbonation; a wispy crispness over the mid-palate sees a slightly gritty grainy character fade before a semi-oily texture coating a brightly tart back end, finishing with a moderate dryness.

Intensely funky and fresh, this saison articulates itself with clarity and simplicity, intermingling notions of oily funk, minerality, grain, and zest for a rounded conglomerate of the 'wild' spectrum with all of the composure and depth of a top-tier saison.

Feb 05, 2021
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Derek. Socially distanced on Matthew’s porch on a beautiful autumn afternoon. Thank you, sir!

Golden / bronze hues with a thin layer of bone white head. Aromas of earthy, dank, hops. Notes of honey and apple. Sweet but tamed, never cloying. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Well water, earth, minerality. Complex and easy drinking. Winning.

Nov 20, 2020
Civil Disobedience #30 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 10 ratings