Civil Disobedience #2 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #2Civil Disobedience #2
60 Ratings
Civil Disobedience #2Civil Disobedience #2

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
95%+ Clara plus a hair of Edward - not barrel aged. Spiked with funk from dregs of our favorite bottles.

Added by HopHead84 on 10-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of kels
4.66/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my awesome fiance for picking this up for me on his last trip to Vermont. Nice to try something special that I don't get to see everyday.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with tinges of warm orange. Completely opaque with a decent bit of sediment floating low in the glass. The most notable feature, however, is the huge, airy, rocky, porous head - it's at least 4 fingers tall and started in the bottle when it was opened, flowing over the sides. It's practically sculptural and stays around for at least a few minutes before collapsing on itself. Tons of thick foamy lace sticks to the walls throughout the whole drink.

Nose is full of tangy, fruity yeast. Soft notes of lemongrass are cut with the notable presence of a slightly sour funk of wet hay.

So complex but still soft and balanced somehow. The effervescence is out of this world and perfect with the flavors on the beer. It's so light and full. It's very herbal, like lemongrass and chamomile and parsley. The yeast is fruity and pungent, and the slightest bit of funk only serves to fill out the body rather than dampen the flavor. Exceptionally tasty for such a light body. The finish is pleasingly drying and clean.

Could definitely drink this all day. It's refreshing and tasty and fragrant with such a nice contradictory simple complexity. Would love to have another opportunity to enjoy this one. It's so drinkable that it's hard to savor.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to imagineiii and aapp for bottles of this. Can't wait to see how it evolves.

Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazed light golden color with a huge, frothy white head with great retention and really nice lacing on the way down. Sheet of lacing. The nose brings some light acidity and lemon plus a bit of citrus. Some tropical fruit and wheat as well. The flavor has a nice bit of earth and light funk plus a very faint lemony acidity. Great hop presence and a bit of Brett. Really fantastically blended. Simply awesome.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deemed as one of my desert island styles... the table saison. this one comes in at 4.5 abv and has an outrageous amount of complexity to something so small. a wonderfully fashion yeast with a very nice and complex floral grassy aromatic note. looks like a saison with a bit of murk. the drugs are add to it much like the clara. pour is brett lemon balm, and grass with hints of floral that can actually separate and have distinct flower notes as it warms. i got predominately lavender. palate is a bit pickled lotus root funky, floral perfume and cilantro. there is a fruit not of a under ripened peach. a great beer for a summer day and so so delicate on the palate you have to slow yourself down because there is not enough.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle opened at the end of our Fantome tasting. Blend of Clara, Edward and some JP dregs I believe?

Hazy light golden color with a massive frothy white head with exceptional lacing and retention. Aroma is lemon, grassy and light citrus, with some wheat and earthiness. Light and dry body with a slight lactic lemon finish. Crisp, refreshing flavor, hoppy and lemony. Earthy and grassy flavors balance out the fruitiness. Wasn't super excited for this blend, but in execution this is really nice.

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Photo of Skrip
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

A~ cloudy, glowing light orange with a huge fluffy head and a good amount of lacing.

S~ tons of brett funk! really in your face! along with strong citrus notes, white pepper, and bready saison yeast.

T~ a lot more subtle here but still pretty much following the nose. Clara definitely shines bringing white/black pepper and bread like saison yeast to the table. then the tad of Edward pops in with surprisingly still some hop presence and the citrus that comes along with it! brett funk all around!

M~ extremely refreshing! the carbonation is still spot on and its oh so smooth!

O~ i honestly wasn't expecting too much from this blend but i'm rather surprised. the dregs had to have been from some Belgium lambics/geueze, the brett funk is just so pronounced! which really adds a lot to this brew and i'm sure has matured over time. i'm glad i could finally complete the CD series, CD1 up next!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Michael for sharing this recently. Beer served in a Fantome glass.

Beer is yellow, light, hazy, with a big white head of small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is lemony, sweet, mildly lactic, interesting.

Beer is super light in body, mildly dry on the finish, midpalate is a little creamy with strong citrus notes on the center with leading sourness and tart at the back, a nice little interesting beer.

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Photo of illidurit
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of facesnorth
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Big thanks to whoever shared this one at Geist's birthday tasting (I think yourefragile or craytonic? either way, thanks!). Poured into a snifter.

a - Pours a hazy pale yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells citrus hops, lemon, floral hops, some earthy and grassy notes, and oranges. Nose reminds me a bit of Vera Mae with the oranges, and I think it is really great.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lightly bitter, light floral hops, earthy notes, and yeast. Light dirt as well. Nice, I'd say a slight step down from Vera Mae and the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some light bitterness, but overall easy to drink.

o - Overall another really nice saison from Hill Farmstead. I liked Vera Mae slightly better, but this is still a great beer I'd love to have again.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle split with Arthur. Snifter.

A: Straw yellow with perfect clarity and a mountain of white sea foam. Retention is impressive and lacing is all over the glass.

S: I get some straw with pronounced lemon notes. There's a little earth-like funk with leather and a touch of mineral. Phenols are lightly spicy and reminiscent of pepper. Floral notes are evident.

T: Wheat, straw, and earth with a light mineral presence and a touch of leather. There's a faint pepper-like spiciness. There's a good deal of lemon in the flavor. The finish has a light bitterness.

M: Light in body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: Nice stuff. Highly drinkable...dare I say sessionable? Regardless, it rids one of one's perishing thirst.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A- Pours a bright, hazy orange with a huge plume of white foam that leaves lots of lacing. Head retains great!

S- Smells intensely of brett funk, horse blanket, and wheat. Some subtle bright citrus as well. A touch of spiciness.

T- The brett funk and spiciness are really what dominate here. The barnyard hay funkiness and horse blanket are big players, along with a lot of wheat and spice. There's only the slightest hint of citrus, but really all the flavors are pretty subtle.

M- the mouth feel is super carbonated, medium thickness, and very dry.

O- Overall this was a very nice blended saison, but it could have been a bit more bold/complex flavor wise. I know saisons tend to be subtle, but this was almost bland at points. It was still very pleasant and easy to drink.

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Photo of Verecund
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure what this blend is for this one. Consumed on two separate occasions. I appreciate the opportunity to try this.

Pours a bright, pale [cadmium] yellow with two to three fingers of frothy white foam. Nice lacing.

Two clean, dominant aromas dialogue within the glass: sun-baked straw and sweetened lemon juice. As it warms, there's a touch of earthy bitterness and a little more than a touch of mineral character.

"Sunny" pale malt, citrus, and pear join a faintly spicy brettiness and some of that rustic, earthy bitterness, especially on the mid-to-late palate. More mineral as it warms. Fairly light, but elegant.

Fairly light, with medium (or so) carbonation.

Another nice blend; this went down easily. It doesn't pop like some of Shaun's other saisons, but I enjoyed its grace, especially on the nose.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Civil Disobedience #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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