Civil Disobedience #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Civil Disobedience #1Civil Disobedience #1

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by HopHead84 on 08-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of wadecats
5/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of RSchaeffer
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of Bardwashrind
4.82/5  rDev +17%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of mrebeka
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HopHead84
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead glass on a lovely summer day. Bottle opens with a sinister hiss.

A: A soft pour yields a transparent straw yellow gold body with three fingers of white sea foam that recede in craters and caverns after five minutes. Thick sheets of soapy lacing are all over the glass. This beer looks fantastic.

S: Earthy and lightly musty, with bright notes of apple, pineapple, and pear. Tangerine is most pronounced, with a light tangelo zest presence. I get hay and a touch of mineral. There's a moderate floral presence with a light spiciness.

T: The flavor opens with a very light tartness accompanied by hay, earth, and a lightly spicy floral aspect, this segues into lightly sweet apple, pear, tangerine, and tangelo zest. There's a light leather note, as well as a lower earthy bitterness. The smooth finish displays pepper-like phenols with a light acidity and a nice dry highly attenuated finish.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

Overall: This is a delicious Saison, one of the best I've had. Seek it out.

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4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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).

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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