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Civil Disobedience #4 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.11/5
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181 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blended black farmstead™. A blend of 5 beers from four select oak barrels.

Added by yourefragile on 05-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
181
pDev:
13.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
22
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 31
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shaun for this one.

Pours a light creamy head covering, slight hazy dark murky brown colored beer with decent lacing.

Nose has a nice creamy dark malt aroma, hint of lactose like with bits of chocolate and caramel. Light dark saison malts underneath with saison spices as well, lots of vanilla oak, light lactic sour and hint of wild funk.

Taste starts with light bitterness the quickly turns to malts. A hitn of a metallic twing, light vanilla oak and creamy brown malts, lots of tartness with light lacto and other funk, hint of chocolate like porter malt, light tart berry flavor too, long tart berry fruit profile that lingers a while, and some fluffy malt to round it off. Finish is a bit drier, long lingering tart berry flavor, hint of dark saison spices and dark malts, and just a bit of funk.

Mouth is fluffy, good carbonation, med to fuller bodied.

Overall awesome! Great malts, saison flavors, dark malts, tart berry, and nice funk. A well made beer with lots of good flavors and still very drinkable. Wonder how it will age.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Michael. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours a fairly-dark brown with a moderate tan head. Needs a bit of time. A bit too much oak. Light acidity. Dark fruit. Some currant. Slightly tannic. Touch of roast. Will have to revisit in a few months.

EDIT: December 16,2012. Doing much better now with dark fruits, some grape, and a light acidity to backup the dark saison. Highly enjoyable.

Original scores: 4/3.5/3.5/4/4

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - It's a slow gusher. Consistent, but slow, sludge-like flow of foam and chunks of sediment. A very careful pour yields a medium khaki head and nice lacing.

Smell - Tons of brett. Some lemony and orange-y citrus. Not really heavy on the dark malts.

Taste - Lots of brett. It has really taken over. More dark malts than in the nose, but it isn't really strong. Tart citrus. Lemon and orange. Yeasty. Slightly harsh bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry, acidic, and bitter. High carbonation. A little harsh.

Overall - The brett has taken over, but it's still interesting. I expected more dark malts.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The beer is opaque, a deep, dark shade of chestnut brown. The head is over an inch thick, receding quickly and settling in at around a half inch. Copious lacing all over the vessel.

The aroma is funky, earthy. Notes of wine are evident from the start. Tart fruit, perhaps currants.

Great flavor. Everything comes together beautifully. Delicious. What a complex and fantastic beer. Lots of tartness and wine barrel notes. Dark fruit character.

Medium bodied and smooth. Lingering sour, lactic, tart feel on the palate.

Overall, yet another fantastic brew from Shaun and the folks at Hill Farmstead.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this offering. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam lingers before slowly settling to a solid cap and splotchy lacing. Very dark brown body.

S - Very interesting blend of flavors here - vinous oak, mildly tart fruits, a touch of sulfuric funk, citrus hops, and a bit of smoke and roasted malt.

T - The taste is similar, but with a heavier emphasis on the smoke and roasted malt character - almost a touch a ham. Finishes with vinous acidity, lactic sourness, and dry oak. The smokey and sour combination is a pretty unusual one.

M - Medium-bodied with a juicy texture and a touch of grit. Finishes dry and tannic, with extremely well-hidden alcohol. Pleasant carbonation.

D - I enjoyed this beer a fair bit, but I imagine it will be polarizing - our tasting group was pretty evenly split. Much better than #2, but a bit worse than #1 & #3. I'd be interested to see which flavors 'win' with some additional aging. Not a beer that you'd want to drink in large quantities though.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Beer is slightly over carbonated but very good overall. Beer is black with a tight brown head of small and tiny bubbles that has great retention, rests as a cap on the beer the entire time I'm drinking it. Carbonation is steady and high, head forms quickly and leaves some stiff peaks that persist. Looks great.

Aroma is a little sour, mild roast, mild lactic / succinic acid. It smells a little like a watered down consecration with some roast, I like it.

Beer is medium to light in body, the carbonation thins out the palate considerably and tartness is present in the back half of the palate. It is a little sour, a little acetic perhaps, not quite, lactic, oakiness, tannic finish with a mild roast, the palate drops off a lot at the end but the finish is nice, leaving the mouth clean and clear. I'd definitely have this again. I wish I could get more Hill Farmstead in general.

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Civil Disobedience #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 181 ratings
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