Civil Disobedience #3 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Civil Disobedience #3Civil Disobedience #3

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of wine barrel aged Arthur and Vera Mae.

Added by rudzud on 11-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Bottled Winter 2011.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with floral, spice, and wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an interesting floral presence in the flavor.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Knapp85
2.91/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey Hill Farmstead takeover.

Light fizzy head hint of lacing, hazy golden wheat colored beer.

Nose brett funk, light saison malts, hint of floral dandelion, light honey sweetness, dry rustic farmhouse and funky barnyard, bit of vanilla and oak, slight hint of citrus and wheat, little vinous, bitter floral and light citrus like lemony hops.

Taste wow, some Brett funk, barnyard funky flavors with light horse blanket gives way to farmhouse dry rustic saison, light wheat and pale malts, juicy malts and light floral lemony hops. yeast brings in light citrus with the funk, more fruits like pear and lemon zest, with a bit of bitterness. Saison rustic flavors linger with the dry finish, funk fades and bitterness stays for a little while.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, plenty of carb.

Overall great, amazing funky saison, perfect balance of farmhouse saison and funky barnyard Brett beer, nice malt and hop balance with the yeast.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Starr for sharing this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear yellow-golden color with a good white head and some nice lacing. The nose has really nice wine notes, especially while it was cold. As it warms, there's more dandelion coking from the Vera Mae. Flavor has good wine notes and wheat i'm the background. Light spice. Light body and a really dry finish. Mild oak. Excellent as always.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Pale golden orange. Big white head. Laces beautifully even in the plastic cup.

Smell - Wine barrel. Yeasty. Some pale malts. Some light fruitiness.

Taste - Light tartness. Very yeasty, almost bitter. Pale malt. Some mild grassiness. Wine barrel is fainter.

Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation. Lightly tart. Drinkable I suppose.

Overall - Doesn't reach the heights of complexity that the othet Civil Disobedience beers do, but good.

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Photo of BEER88
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orangesol
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael. Civil Disobedience 1-3 side by side.

The beer is fairly hazy and straw yellow with a substantial white head. The aroma offers floral notes, oak, tart citrus, wine, oak, grass. Very enticing. The flavor is quite good as well. Additional notes of brett and earthy funk. Light bodied and easy drinking. Complex and delicious. Another winner from Hill Farmstead.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the kind dude who poured a generous sample of this to everyone sitting at my table during the Southampton RIS release. The brew appears a hazed pale straw yellow color. White froth appears a finger strong and holds with pretty decent retention.

The smell of this brew is pungent with Brett. Excessively dry and earthy to the nose with a hint of straw grains and something almost like crackers. A bit of lemony tart character is noted with some accenting fruit. Brett'd and very dry earthy feel all over the place. Coriander spice a little but with a cheesy yogurt appeal.

For how dry and bretty the aroma of this brew is, I am still taken back a surprised by the taste. It is dry with a straw to hay-like grain invkusion with lots of earth and Brett. Mild herbs are almost grassy at times with a light menthol-like very herbal aspect. The finish is lightly bitter with a long drawn-out and lingering oily feel that takes me back to more thoughts on oily hops and coriander inclusion.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. There is seemingly no abv invlusion but a huge funky appeal. Lots of wild enjoyable character going on in this offering. In recent memory this is one of the most dry and bold with Brett funk offerings for a saison I have had in a while. Thanks again for sharing man!

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for contributing this one to our Civil Disobedience showdown. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Looks a lot like the other ones, but surprisingly this is the palest of three.

S - Big white wine notes at first, but they give way to light oak, some lotion, spicy yeast, and a bit of floral and herbal character. Quite nice - probably the most aromatic of the lot.

T - Taste is heavy on grain (spelt?), bread, with some light malt sweetness and a lotion flavor I get from other Saisons. Wine and oak presence are surprisingly low after the aroma, though this finishes with light tartness.

M - As usual, the mouthfeel is spot on. Medium-light body, with creamy and soft carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Not quite as quick-drinking as #1, but nearly as enjoyable. I see some aging potential for this one, and it's a bit easier to procure than the first release. Looking forward to revisiting this in a few months.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Starr. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin lazy white head, some carbonation, no lacing, low retention.

Aroma is nice! Very fruity, wine, grapefruit, a little pineapple, that medicinal aroma you get from certain Brett strains.

Beer is nice and thin / watery with a good amount of funk, earthy grinding hops, nice finish, oaky, bretty, interesting. I'd have it again. I support childhood literacy and don't age beers.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the bottle release day on 11/19/11. Two bottle limit. Believe this was a blend of Vera Mae? and Arthur then aged in wine barrels.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a beautiful summer sunshine yellow (dandelion) with a nice white two finger head that fades to leave nice side lacing and a nice creamy blanket. Its worth noting, this bottle did slowly foam up upon cracking and as result there is some light yeast sediment in the bottom of my glass.

S - There is a light floral aroma at the start with some subtle barn funk along with light lemon/citrus. Light pepper too along with more light white grapes and a ever so slight oak.

T - Starts off light and sweet with some nice vinuos qualities (grapes, some oak), more light floralness, dandelion, some slight herbal brightness. No real lemon or bitterness. Super mellow and bright.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but not overly aggressive. More of that smooth mellow unassertiveness that works quite nice. Super pleasant slightly funky vinuos on the finish. Definately has that "wine aged" mouthfeel with none of the ill side affects.

O - Overall this was a rather tasty saison from Hill Farmstead. Nice appearance and aromas, flavour was delicious with a nice mouthfeel. This was a very nice, very limited saison offering from these guys. Guess I was expecting a bit more from it? Still, delicious and worth the money. Glad I have another bottle left!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Thanks to a few guys for hooking me up with this. Shared alongside CD 1 and CD 2. Also thanks to Starr for sharing one earlier.

Pours a clear, light golden color with a large, fluffy white head and nice lace. Very fruit and juicy nose, of wine, grape, citrus and light floral flourishes. Flavor is more of a typical saison than nose suggested, but that's not a complaint. Yeasty spice, earthy hops, slightly funky and some dry oak. Light crisp body with a refreshing dry finish.

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Photo of mltobin
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in South Central , Mass.

Appearance is a burnt orange tone with a bit of clouds. Its` nose has earthiness, funk, citrus. While the taste has flora, spices, oak and brett present. Mouthfeel is easy going, finishes crisp. The balance of everything is impressive in this saison. Quite a few of them produced in the US miss the mark, but this one is damn good.

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Civil Disobedience #3 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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