Civil Disobedience #4 | 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): 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
Ratings:
181
Reviews:
31
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
22
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 31
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to cmrillo for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, earth, brett, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, spice, earth, funk, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I had heard good things about this brew, but never thought I would get the chance to try it. Really glad it showed up for this special tasting! This one really had quite a bit going on in it throughout each sniff and sip. A lot of it overlapped which is always welcomed, but I just wish that one or the other would have taken it to the next level as with some of the other HF brews I’ve had. This is a definite must try if you get the chance and I would definitely love to try it again in the future.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split, into a tall wide flute

A: Pours a very dark amber, almost pitch black. Two fingers of dense, long lasting head.

S: Lots of citrus and funk in the aroma, I smell sweet caramel and roasted malts behind the citrus and funk. The two main aromas mix well together.

T: The first thing I get out of the flavor is smokey sweetness. I get caramel and molasses sweetness that is accompanied by citrus. I get funk, light lactic acidity, and a fruity acidity that adds a lot to the flavor. The dark fruit sweetness and acidity remind me of a plum.

M: Light mouthfeel with strong carbonation - appropriate for the style.

O: Great beer - obviously an odd beer with a sweetness and acidity that play well off each other. The smokiness also adds a complexity not typical for the style. I rarely like a dark Saison, but this is great.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

A very, very dark ruby body, but dark brown, and nearly black in the glass with a small dark brown head. Clinging dots of stick left down the glass. A very pretty beer, as are most Hill Farmsteads.

An interesting aroma with lots of elements combining fairly nicely: mild roast, some citrus, lots of oak and wine, some smoke, and some mild chocolate. Interesting, though there seems to be just a little too much going on.

The flavor is similar to the aroma: a black saison (roast, earth, mild citrus, yeast), combine nicely with oak, tannin, and wine characteristics. Interesting and certainly good, but not mind-blowing.

Medium bodied with creamy, moderate carbonation. Very well crafted.

An interesting saison experiment, but I'm glad I split the bottle with a couple friends. I couldn't drink a ton of this.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of DaveHack
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a HF stem.

Poured extremely dark, basically black. Huge off white head with a lot of lacing down the glass.

Smells of roast and bitter chocolate. There is a little must in there as well.

Taste is a little acidic and roasty. There is a bit of plastic aftertaste, it's a little odd.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is excellent. Considering how dark it is, I expected it to be heavier, but it is rather light bodied.

This isn't the best HF beer I've had. It is still a good beer, but definitely not my favorite from them.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.2 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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