Civil Disobedience #1
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.22 | pDev: 17.3%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Civil Disobedience #1Civil Disobedience #1
Notes: A blend of two different batches of Arthur and a bit of a beer called ’mimosa’, a saison brewed with orange zest and Brett Claussenii. All stainless. Not barrel aged.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 72 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge head, wasn't sure whether it was gonna stop. Bready, hip, hearty, citrus rind.

Takes a chunky citrusy sourdough bread saison yeast flavor. A little bitter, enjoyable good bitter, has some funkiness to it, maybe wheat grist. Real good saison, tier 1.

Dec 23, 2015
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 1/11/14
Thanks Skrip for sharing!

A- Pours a hazy straw yellow with orange hues. A medium sized white head of medium-large bubbles that retains well and leaves good lacing.

S- Straw and wheat are in the fore-front of the aroma. Spicy, moderately funky, and juicy brett. Light tartness and a bit of citrus and lemon grass.

T- This is like a slightly less tart, more spicy version of Arthur. Nice citrus notes in the middle, followed by hay, wheat, and spice. Very bright and pleasant. Moderate funk reminds you that this is indeed brett fermented.

M- The mouth feel is highly carbonated, medium bodied, slightly puckering, and quite dry. Fits the style nicely.

O- Overall I really liked this saison. I would have loved a little more tartness and citrus, but it is still quite nice!

Feb 15, 2014
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

A~ glowing yellow with a nice head and a little bit of lacing.

S~ lots of citrus up front, lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. followed by some peppery saison yeast. all leading into some hay/straw like brett funk.

T~ once again the taste is more subtle than expected like CD2. pretty much follows the nose to a T. definitely a lot more citrus going on here though, oh its the little bit of Mimosa!

M~ a lot thicker than i expected but in a good way. still super smooth and refreshing. nice carbonation as always.

O~ such a nice treat! i love to see how all these brews blend together. you can really tell that its 2 versions of Arthur surprisingly, if that makes sense haha. and i'm gonna say the little bit of Mimosa adds that nice citrus of course, and more! this really held up better than i expected, still worth drinking if you have a bottle!

Jan 11, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is clear yellow, bubbles flowing throughout, pure white head. Nose has fair bit of Saison, light pepper, hints of citrus and maybe a faint touch of barrel. Taste is similar, Saison yeast and light pepper, a bit sweeter, citric and lemon with a bit of malt showing. Still rather dry and highly carbonated. Not as bright as Ann, a bit less deep and a touch sweet in the finish but still extremely drinkable with gentle barrel integration.

Dec 10, 2012
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trxxpaxxs from New York

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to metalgdog for sharing this bottle...

A: Pours a great light yellow straw with light orange hues around the edges. The head on this beer is ridiculous. Even when pouring just a bit into my tasting glass, there is about a full finger of foam.

S: The nose is citrus (more orange than lemon or grapefruit) with a mix of brett and rose hips. There is also a good amount of peppery spice. In the background, I'm getting a bit of light malt. Mmm.

T: The beer starts out with it's funky notes right up front. A bit of brett and pepper mix on the palate for a few seconds. The light citrus and comes on next as the peppery notes linger. A punch of orange peel and light malt shine through in the finish.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts out wet and engaging, but finishes really dry.

O: This is a really good beer. The funk, pepper, citrus, and malt are all working together on this one to make the experience really enjoyable. However, I think I liked Anna a bit more.

May 09, 2012
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rare bottle to taste.
The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a big, fluffy white head. The nose is a slightly yeasty citrus. The taste is also very yeasty with a big, bitter aftertaste. It definitely pushes the Saison to the limit with it's hoppiness and reminds me a lot of the only other hill farmstead Saison I've ever had. Very drinkable Saison that goes down incredibly smooth. Grab a bottle if you can!

May 06, 2012
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ToasterChef from Maine

4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cellar temperature bottle poured into a large red wine glass. I was lucky enough to get one of the last bottles available from the brewery, purchased a week after the release. It's been in my cellar since that time.

The beer is a clear golden liquid with many streams of carbonation rising within. There is a large white foam head. It has settled down to about two fingers worth of thickness, leaving plenty of lacing.

Even while pouring this beer, I could smell a healthy amount of Brett. The Brett is still apparent while I actively inhale from my glass, but there is a lot more going on here than just the wild yeast. I smell orange and lemon citrus, Belgian candi sugar, and some grassy hops.

The beer has a light, grassy flavor. There is plenty of orange and lemon. I really like the sweetness a touch of funk in the finish. There is a great mustiness in the aftertaste that works really well.

The beer is slightly thick, with plenty of carbonation. Despite all of the bubbles and the sour flavors, there is hardly any tingling sensation. Nor is there much stickiness. A slight coat has plenty of fruit and grass flavors.

This is a really great beer. Like everything else brewed here, it is worth checking out. Too bad this one was a one-time only brew.

Apr 09, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow was this carbonated. The head just kept growing and growing, but to be fair, we had some coffee porter in the same glass before the pour (tailgating does not lend itself to ideal glassware situations, but thanks to jh1982 for taking care of that). Citrus and bready aroma, some wisecrack about SF Lemon Sourdough.

Really excelled in the flavor department, a chunky bready mild tang and sour thing going for it, so clean, not having this in a barrel may have lent this a cleaner vibe instead of the horse blanket with spoiled expensive cheese aroma flavor thing. All the better says I, I've tended to notice that my favorite saisons are almost indistiguishable from berlinner weisses as to my favorite qualities in the better examples of them. This was light, yet substantial, sour, citrus, tangy kind of beer. Man, these must be awesome to drink around a pool.

Feb 28, 2012
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Alex! Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, nice white head, lots of lace, thick collar, and some wisps on top. Nice looking stuff.

S - Funky HF yeast, some light sweet fruity notes, straw, perhaps a touch of orange peel. All very subtle and delicate, and you really have to sit back and think about this one to really appreciate it. I want to say I could pick out the Mimosa beer on the nose, but I might just be fooling myself.

T - Similar to the nose, very complex, yet subtle. There's a larger cracker/bread presence mixed with the light malty sweetness, funk, hay, and light mango/pineapple note. Again, there's so much to pick out here, you really have to work to find everything that's happening with this beer.

M - Light to medium body, soft carbonation, refreshing and complex.

O - My favorite of the three Civil Disobedience Blends. This is a very delicate, yet complex saison. There's just so much going on here, it's hard to pick out everything. Good stuff, yet again, from Shaun and Dan. Recommend.

Feb 09, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from AshleyMiller. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Hefty white foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lacing. Lightly hazed peach body.

S - My initial perception is one of white pepper. However, as the beer warms a complex bouquet of earthy and floral hops, lightly dusty brett, and a crackery malt backdrop emerges. There's a faint medicinal twang in the periphery.

T - I like the taste better, as a bit more stone fruit and pale malt sweetness complements the crackery malts, peppery yeast, and floral and earthy flavors. The brett contributes a hint of tropical fruit and citrus - or perhaps that's the tiny amount of Mimosa in the blend.

M - Medium-light body, soft but present carbonation, smooth, velvety soft, and creamy texture. Supremely dry finish.

D - Extremely enjoyable stuff, but also quite delicate and subtle. The bottle emptied extremely quickly, but I don't think anyone felt inspired to actively seek out another bottle. If you missed out on this one, you can console yourself in the fact that many of Hill Farmstead's other Saisons are just as good.

Feb 06, 2012
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, sampled along with a summer 2011 Arthur bottle (pre-new yeast) and Winter 2011 Art.

Pours a slightly hazed, mostly clear gold/yellow with a large white head. Nice retention, fading to a collar and adequate lacing. Balanced aroma between fruity, oak and light funk, but more sweet and juicy with mild tropical fruits. While Arthur was a little too yeasty and Art a little too intensely wine-forward, CD#1 split the difference nicely between both extremes, with a stronger fruit and lemon presence than the others. The brett has yet to develop much of a presence and is subtle throughout. Light bodied, crisp and dry finish. Fresh, this isn't quite as "special" as hoped for, but that doesn't take away from this being an exceptional wine barrel saison (without, you know, actually being a wine barrel saison having been aged in stainless steel and all).

Nov 23, 2011
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SFLpunk from Vermont

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL brown glass capped bottled. Summer 2011.

Pours a hazy bright golden yellow with thick, billowy bleach-white head that stands up like meringue. Nose reminds me of Vera Mae, very floral and like a field of wheat next to a field of wild flowers in late summer. There's touch of earthy funk there too.

Palate is clean and crisp while the carbonation provides a creamy side note. Orange and lemon-like citrus flavors, a nice underpinning of minerality, and lush wheat play on the palate like nymphs on a mountain stream...ok, I know. A little over board. But damn fine!

Cheers to Shaun and crew!

Nov 07, 2011
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RSchaeffer from New Hampshire

4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #24
750mL bottle

A sincere thanks to Tucker for this treat.

A - Pronounced hiss upon opening the cap. Pours hazy straw in color with two fingers of foamy white head, sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Complex and beautiful nose. Tangelos, lemon zest, floral notes, and hints of earthiness from the brett.

T - Tangelos, lemon zest, pear, and white grapes. A mineral note that I've come to expect from Hill Farmstead's saisons.

M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Exceptionally smooth, almost creamy yet dry.

O - Hands down the best saison that I have had from Hill Farmstead. I honestly don't think my review does the beer justice. Quite a way to kick off the Civil Disobedience series. Given the blend, I'm anxious to try 'Mimosa' when it's released.

Oct 23, 2011
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Bardwashrind from Colorado

4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired from aapp, thanks again for making this happen.

Took close to a minute to open the bottle. A long hissing spewed from under the cap that was being slowly pried off. Bubbles were rising near the lip of the bottle but no liquid was lost. Great color that held a tone similar to fresh squeezed lemonade with a think unfiltered haze. Almost a shade of grey but that's the kind of thing I get excited about most of the time.

People could smell this one from across the room. The orange component gave off floral high notes, with a subtle but distinct crispness coming from the saison base and then all rounded by the earthy brett. Seamless was the first thing that came to mind. The beer was a pleasure to sniff and smell and admire.

Long on the tongue with a creamy carbonation giving amazing weight. Flavors of wild flowers, tangelos, white grapes and a little limestone. The brett added such a finesse through complexity that the typical 'barn-yard funk' didn't do justice in explanation. Even when it left the palate, the flavors kept persisting for close to a minute. Orange bitterness, grassy perhaps and that lovely, lovely brett drying it all up.

This was tasted in conjunction with a series of other big beers and stood on a level all it's own. I kept a small taster aside and would periodically come back to it for a comparison sake. Unreal how distinct and unique these Hill Farmstead beers come off. They taste crafted rather than manufactured, simply delicious rather than overly complicated. Civil for sure and winning me over in obedience.

Oct 19, 2011
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vfgccp from New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Pear-gold body. Pillowy white head leaves a rocky lace with great topography.

S – Yeasty with crisp, white-fruit flavors like pear, white peach, and tart apple. Subtle, fresh washed lemon citrus. Reminds me of a dry Riesling.

T – Lemon, yeast, green banana, white grape, pear, and a mild under-ripe white peach tartness. The tart note ebbs sour right before an acidic, semi-sweet finish.

M – A medium body with surprising smoothness and breadth holds level throughout the profile.

O – Refreshing, bright and fruity.

Oct 14, 2011
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wadecats from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So - "The mystery saison is a blend of two different batches of arthur and a bit of a beer called 'mimosa' (working title... not official)."

The smell of the Mystery Saison was orange and citrus for sure, giving off moderate unicorn blanket stink. The balance was just right, definite orange citrus flavor with slightly more carbonated than their other saisons. A white clean head held it's own and settled at a cool speed, minimally sticking to the side of our glasses - best summer breakfast beer I've ever had.

Sep 18, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.

Beer poured into a tasting glass, beer is yellow with a slight haze, lazy head, low carbonation, no lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is Brett c with a mild grainy sweetness. Minimal lactic acid, perhaps some Brett b.

Beer is light and pretty bitter on the back end the bitterness is accented by the dryness of the beer, thin bodied, nice yeast character, overall enjoyable, basically it is a brett c / brett b saison but I'm more betting on c at this point. More pineapply in the palate than funky. Funk is there, i'd have it again.

Sep 07, 2011
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.

Served along side Hill Farmstead Art, Arthur, Flora, and McKenzie Irma Extra.

The beer is hazy and yellowish orange in color with a thick white head that leaves some nice lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings some wine, brett, oak, funk. Good flavor, with brett and oak notes. Well balanced and tasty. Medium bodied and smooth. Really nice mouthfeel. Overall, a solid beer. I would have this again.

Sep 02, 2011
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Verecund from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Civil Disobedience #1. "[A] blend of two different batches of arthur and a bit of a beer called 'mimosa' . . . a saison brewed with orange zest . . . and brett clausenii."

Opened up on September 1, 2011. Huge thanks for this, Jesse.

I only let this sit for a day or so, and the pour is a hazy golden straw with two fingers of white head that leaves intricate webs of lacing.

Bright and pronounced tangerine and citrus, lemon zest, pineapple, and soft floral attributes. There's a touch of that typical Hill Farmstead saison earthy, mineral component on the nose; combined with the orange/citrus and straw backbone, it reminds me of the scent of wet stone.

Very soft sourdough bread graininess with just a hint of citric tartness on the front of the palate. Fairly fruity and sweet through the mid-palate - green apple, tangerine, pear - though there's a bit of spiciness (especially white pepper) on the mid-to-late-palate. The finish expresses both a light fruitiness and the 'wet stone' mineral and earthy bitterness. It's a step down from the nose, but it's pleasant and complex enough.

Medium, medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Champagne-like feel. Fairly dry on the finish, which stretches the bitter-sweet mineral note for a few seconds.

Based on the description, I was hoping CD1 would feature a brighter orange component than it does. Nevertheless, this is a superb example of the style. I'm really glad I got the chance to try this.

Sep 02, 2011
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starrdogg from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed alongside its relatives Art & Arthur.

A: Pours a bright, hazy yellow/orange with a big fluffy white head.

S: Smells initially of a mild brett/funk, but has some oak and wine come through upon further examination.

T: First thing I notice about the flavor is how much brighter it is than Art & Arthur. It's not a nice, semi-sweet flavor with great balance. There's some subtle wine barrel in there and the brett comes in at the end, but doesn't overpower it.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation and one of the driest finishes I've experienced in a beer. Michael noted that it makes your mouth feel like when you get that suction thing at the dentist . . . in a good way.

O: This is my favorite of all of the Hill Farmstead saisons I've had. The flavor just has an amazing balance to it, and it's got such a bright flavor for a saison. I'd love to try this one again with some age on it to see what the brett does, but it was great as is.

Sep 01, 2011
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koopa from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Hill Farmstead's Saison Event a few weeks ago.

Appearance: Pours the classic hazy straw yellow with a nice 3 finger white crown composed of fine carbonation bubbles that display medium retention and nice lace.

Smell: Classic, albeit very nice, saison yeast flavor with the faintest hint of spice....ginger perhaps and something a touch floral? Whisper of sulfur gives it that nice egg shell quality that works so well in both saisons and belgian wits in my humble opinion. Also a hint of green grape/white wine character that blends seamlessly.

Taste: A surprisingly down hill departure from the appearance and smell...Some of the same notes detected in the aroma but also a grainy characteristic, almost a bit of fusel alcohol like presence, and some honey. Hops seem a touch floral but also add a touch of harsh bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with a sweet finish and carbonation that's actually a bit prickly.

Overall: The taste needs some work and the mouthfeel could use some improvement but the appearance and smell are wonderful.

Aug 31, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to starrdogg for sharing this bottle. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a clear and fairly-bright yellow color with a good white head. Mostly clear, though there's a bit of haze. Head stays around for a good bit before falling and leaving behind some nice lacing to coat the glass. Thin collar throughout.

The nose starts off pretty tame, but really starts to open up as it warms and after a few good swirls. Light oak and wine character come through along with a touch of Brett, which is there with more of a light pineapple and lemon-rind character than pure funk.

Flavor isn't quite as nice, as the Brett doesn't really make its way through yet. Maybe a bit more time on these bottles to let the Brett develop a little bit more. Other than that, still quite good with some nice wine-barrel character plus some light wheat. Mild earth and lemon.

Mouthfeel is quite crisp with good carbonation and a light body. Very dry finish.

Overall, really quite nice and thoroughly enjoyable. I wish the bugs had come through just a bit more, but this was really nice as is.

Aug 30, 2011
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womencantsail from California

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a tall white head.

S: Very complex aromas here. Lots of floral hops with tons of citrus notes to it as well. Grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest are all there, as is a bit of pepper and some sweet fruits. Light bready malt and yeast in the background.

T: There is a bit more fruity sweetness to the flavor. Lots of pear and sweet apple to go with the lemon and orange zest. White pepper notes along with some yeast and grass with just a hint of bready malt sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: A very solid saison. Great flavors and a pleasure to drink.

Aug 30, 2011
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baconsausage from Vermont

4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Convinced my sister to share this with me. Thanks sis!
I should say before hand that I dont care for saisons in general, but do apprciate the style and occasionally find one I really enjoy. This is one of those.

Pours a light hazy light straw yellow with some huge rocky head that fades away to soapy whisps of white lacing.

A bit of fruity funk in the nose. Tropical, I get some lemon cause I know its there.

Taste is sweeter than expected. Lots of soft fruit flavor, pinapple, some light tart lemonyness. Crisp and very refreshing, enjoyed this a great deal and is my favorite of all the saisons had at Hill.

Aug 18, 2011
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kingcrowing from Vermont

4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a tasting glass and split with the family after my grandfather's funeral.

Pours a hazy amber with a nice white head. Nose is funky Brett, a bit tart and very crisp.

Taste is exquisite, very bretty and tart, this is up there with many the great Belgians thative had, and ery refreshing with a full Mothfeel, an awesome beer. I wish I was up for a more I. The depth review.

Aug 16, 2011
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