Civil Disobedience #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
17.4%
 
 
Wants:
136
Gots:
6
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 26
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of SadMachine
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of Skrip
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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1/5  rDev -76.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

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4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
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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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Sean9689
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Civil Disobedience #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.31 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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