Civil Disobedience #4 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #4Civil Disobedience #4
181 Ratings
Civil Disobedience #4Civil Disobedience #4

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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.

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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a very dark brown/nearly black with a fluffy off-white head. The nose on this beer is incredibly interesting and unique - it's tart and vinous at first, but underneath is a bit of roastiness and even a little bit of smoke. The flavor follows the nose, but the elements don't come together quite as well as I hoped, but this is still a damn tasty and unique beer. It's tart with notes of oak red wine up front, but the finish is chocolatey with a nice amount of roast. It almost tastes like two different beers, and I wish the two distinct aspects of it blended together a little bit better. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with pretty significant carbonation. I honestly can't say I've had another beer quite like this - I've had sour stouts, but this one is different. It's not incredibly sour, nor is it super roasty, but it has elements of both and brings them together in a way I've never experienced before.

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

Bottle 750ml. Pours a beautiful black with reddish highlights and a huge rocky beige foam. Aroma is brettamonyces, balsamic vinegar and sesame oil with light roasted malt. Taste is dark and ripe fruits with a nice lactic and slightly acetic sourness. Vinegary notes blends nicely with the ripe fruits and bugs. Very light roastiness adds another layer of complexity. Lively carbonation and light bodied. I've had this one many times now (6-7 times) from fresh to aged and this is definitly a prime example of its style and a personal favorite. A masterpiece considering how hard it is to craft succesfully a dark sour ale. 4.5+

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3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on 12/21/2012, served in a tulip.

A-Looks like a black lager with a high inch of white head which recedes slowly.

S-Very wine forward, smells like a spoiled red wine, but not so much in a bad way.

T-Very odd, I get roasted malt mixed with tart black cherries and a hint of bitter chocolate, somewhat sour.

M-the mouthfeel was consistent with other HF saisons I've had, not bad, nice and prickly.

O-Meh, I wasn't impressed at all, maybe I just don't care for black saisons. Although I would favor this over the others I've had.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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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.

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4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Deep, deep brown, almost black. Brown edges on the glass. Nice three finger tan head that hangs around for a while, and leaves really nice lacing.

Smell: Kinda light on the nose. I get some tart pears and musty red grape skin up front, followed by a light roast. Some funk. A light brett yeastiness on the end.

Taste: Wow. Beautiful tannic red grape skin up front, accompanied by a very nice funky tartness. A nice bretty funk next. More clean tartness, characterized by pears. Finishes with a lemon zest, and a really nice roasted malt. Amazing that this is a black saison, because while it has a deep roasted character, the saison and barrel qualities own the taste.

Mouthfeel: Beautiful carbonation, and with the tartness provides a nice prickle on the tongue. Super drinkable and light, despite the malt bill. Refreshing, astonishingly.

Overall: In my opinion, this beer redefines black saisons. Roasty yet light. The wine barrel character really takes this beer to another level.

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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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