Civil Disobedience #5
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Belgian Saison
4.42 | pDev: 7.24%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Civil Disobedience #5Civil Disobedience #5
Notes: A single barrel blend of Ann, Art, and Flora.
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Photo of SABERG
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 40CL Hill Farmstead glass
A - Wonderful clarity, strong carbonation and a wonderful tight cap.
S - Loire valley white, mineral, chalkiness, white grape skin. Ash.
T - Follows the nose, wonderful salinity, minerals mirror a dry white wine, fabulous characteristics.
M - Smooth across the palate, a bit oily in he middle, quickly cleaned up by the carbonation. A linger that
begs for another sip.
O - A true delight, the blend offers a complexity that challenges on all levels.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened during a CD4-10 vertical tasting. Overall this beer had a huge white grape/wine presence that was semi Chardonnay-like with a nice light tartness. Although this beer was super drinkable and still tasty it seems like the flavors may have become slightly muted since it was released over two years ago and wasn't quite drinking as good as other CDs or the components it is made up of.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml, Autumn 2012 release
HF wine glass

*** 1,000 BA review! Even though there have been many more.... Been holding this for a little while.***

A: Cloudy bright golden yellow color. High carbonation. Streaming bubbles from the bottom. Sticky lacing sheeting.

S: Smells fabulous. Very vinous. White grape. Some horseblanket. Some lemon zest and slight pepper hints.

T: Again, very vinous. Really get that oak aging and wine character. It's a delicious Saison. Getting that pepper spice. That grassy grainy character. Also, white grape and slight green apple flavors. Very dry and refreshing. Enjoying on a warm summer day.

M: Medium bodied. Round mouth from aging.

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Photo of BAstoutsNsours
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

4oz pour from bottle on 07/03/2012

A: white golden color with a nice 1/2 inch head which recedes slowly

S: nice funk, white grapes, hay, fresh baby diaper

T: funky white wine mixed with fresh white grapes. lemon peel, fresh cut wood. tart

M: nice carb with medium body

O: Really liked this, best CD I've had, I'm going to seek this out again. I feel it fell under the radar with the Juicy release. Awesome!

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Photo of Skrip
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a 3 Floyds Teku.

A~ glowing creamsicle orange, almost as if theres a light illuminating the beer. looks like an amazing glass of tang lol. nice fluffy white head with a little lacing as it goes down.

S~ lots of citrus, lemon, lime, mango, orange, grapefruit, guava and i could probably keep going haha followed by an amazing peppery saison sensation then some bready yeast and honey all around.

T~ well the nose doesn't come up short here! lots of barnyard, tart, funky goodness. i love how sour the CD series brews end up being. some wheat from Flora is there and the honey from Ann really shines to make this brew all sorts of amazing!

M~ smoooth! of course... very nicely carbonated, not as dry as i expected and nice thickness from the honey.

O~ yup... holy shit! a perfect 4.5 in my opinion! i love the acidity, blending these wine barrel aged brews is just a whole another beast. why can't i drink HF saisons every single day!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Kyle for this one. 375ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead flute. Shared with schen9303.

A bit of a gusher. Pours a .25 finger coarse white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear, pale gold. Lacing is stringy and web-like with good cling. Very nice.

Nose is lemon zest, yeast, barnyard funk, and a lively tartness. Moderately aromatic. Solid.

Opens tart lemon zest and slightly bitter yeastiness. Middle is coriander, more lemon tartness, and a clean bittersweet spice. End is hay, wood, and yeast. Finishes messy and yeasty with a tart, sticky aftertaste. Great balance. Just really enjoyable.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Lively and aggressive in the mouth and goes down foamy and yeasty. Messy and accented finish with a lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable.

Very good, but overall, as a Hill Farmstead saison, this one's a bit of a disappointment. The body and nose are nice enough but the flavor is a bit plain. There's nothing that stands out to me in CD5 that separates itself from its brethren. That being said, this is still Hill Farmstead and therefore, a more than enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to phingdong for getting this one to me. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Pours a crystal clear straw color. Nice and sparkling with a good white head. Nice retention and lacing.

The nose has light hay and a bit of lemon. Dry and light; very crisp. A bit of lingering citrus, earth, and farmhouse funk. Flavor is very dry with hay and a very faint acidity. Touch of white wine and oak in the background. Light lemon zest through the finish. Very bright. Supremely drinkable.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle served into a teku.

A: Hazy golden colored beer with about an inch of white, foamy head.
S: Smell is super funky. Lots of fruitiness, grape and oranges. White wine aroma. Some spicy pepperiness. Smells amazing, kinda like a lambic/saison blend going on here.
T: Wow. I have to say this is one of the best beers I've tasted so far. Starts off with funky grapes and white wine. Lactic acid character, lemony, tart fruits. Must be the bugs used but it reminds me a lot of Juicy/Mimosa. Finishes with oak dryness paired with wine and brett earthy/mustiness. A bit of a sweet malty/bready flavor close to the end as well.
M: Very nice clean, lemony tartness. Not overpowering though, very well done. Nice, medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. The dryness at the end is great.
O: One of my favorite Hill Farmstead beers and one of my favorite overall. This is a very well done soured saison. I'm glad I have another bottle left, I will be trying it down the road to see if the funkiness develops into something nice.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another rarity shared by Todd. Served in a tulip at my post-dissertation defense party.

A - White foam, thin cap, splotchy lace. Milky straw body - definitely a single barrel sort of look here, although perhaps a more careful pour would have yielded better results.

S - The smell is surprisingly heavy on the honey, with a nice tropical fruit funk, and light hand lotion and lavender soap malt flavors. A bit of peppery yeast and mild phenolic character.

T - The flavor is a little more dry, oak, and slightly seltzery, with less malt sweetness and honey present. A tad soapy, with lactic lemon character, and tart stone fruits. Finish is oaky, vinous, with a bit of musty brett.

M - Dry, oaky, tannic, with soft medium-low carbonation. No alcohol presence, and medium-light in body.

D - Good beer, and among the best in the series. That being said, it seems like a bit less than the sum of its parts, as I think I like all the base Saisons just as much. Not worth a king's ransom, but certainly a well-made brew.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Quite a clear yellow golden body. Nice white head. Nice retention. Clings to the glass.

Smell - Complex aroma. Some acidity. Honey. Musty grapes and white wine. Slightly peppery. Yeasty.

Taste - Much more sour than any of the base saisons. Tart without being sour. Grainy malt. Sweet, but less honey. Peppery flavor in the back. Less complex, but excellent.

Mouthfeel - Just shy of crisp. Excellent tartness. Well carbonated.

Overall - Maybe not as good as Ann. The flavor isn't quite as complex, but it's excellent.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by schooner12 at NWI Super bowl tasting

A - Very light lemonade with a slight hazy white to it. It looks to have a thicker body for the style. Not much of a head but did have lots of white foam on the side

S - Smells like a sour saison. Tart vinegar, slight blue cheese, grassy, lemon, and slight pepper

T - Tart vinegar, lemon rind, light green apple, and slight pepper initially. There is also a blue cheese and farmhouse funk that makes itself known near the end and lingers on in the finish

M - Light body with good carbonation. There is a dry finish to it

O - Solid slightly sour saison that has good flavor throughout. it's nice to get the mix of tart and funk together.

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Photo of claaark13
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with mongo a couple weeks ago, poured into a HF tulip at cellar temp. Thanks jedwards, the HF you send never gets old!

A - Light orange body, good white head. Nice lacing.

S - Slightly tart with Saison spices, hint of citrus, lemons and oranges.

T - Soft Saison spices with mildly tart lemon. The lemon bites and then a malty finish comes through.

M - Light side of medium.

O - Pretty good overall, which is what I've come to expect from HF Saisons. The only thing that I'd change would be the finish.

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Photo of montrealbcr89
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden-straw like colour. Poured slowly, minimal head.

Smell: A little funky, citrusy, oaky. Very nice smell, very "soft", if that makes any sense.

Taste: Very nice. Funky, saison-like character is there. A bit of citrus. Very refreshing. Oak is definitely there.

Mouthfeel: This is where I feel the CD 5 is different. It has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel unlike the crispness of other saisons (Arthur, Anna, etc). I would credit this characteristic to the blending and the barrel.

Overall: I drank this in celebration of attaining a internship with an organization I had wanted to become involved with for years. The beer did not disappoint. Was it the best beer I've ever had? No. I really liked it, but I believe I would still consume Arthur more regularly if both were released on consistent basis.

I bought this beer on a trip made from Montreal to HF. Everyone should visit if they have the chance. It's a great experience.

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Photo of Rutager
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to montrealbcr89 for this treat from Vermont!

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Very light belgian yeast, lightly funky. There's some honey, woody chardonay, and a bit of orchard fruits and blossoms.. Smells very refined and very delicious.

Taste. Lightly funky, woody white wine and saison yeast, light sourness, some fruit blossoms and a touch of honey. Again, very refined and delicious.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with fairly lights, delicate carbonation which suits this beer well.

Overall. A fantastic saison. Delicate and delicious. Thanks again, montrealbcr89. A nice way to celebrate the end of a great year, and the start of another.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is pale yellow, slightly hazed, tight white head. Nose is a bit sulfuric, notes of Saison, some sweet lemon, fairly brett forward, a bit peppery and a touch of honey. Taste is a bit less Saison, honey, sweet citrus hop, strong brett, thins out in back, a touch sweaty, not as carbonated as Ann or cd 1, a bit heavier.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle in a recent trade and I'm excited about finally getting to try a HF beer.. I love saisons as well so...

Hmmmm... The nose on this has me thinking more, "Gueuze" than "Saison". Right off the bat, I get this sharp acidic grape note that definitely screams wine barrel.. Very little of the yeasty funkiness one would normally find in a saison, but I'm not really complaining. It's just.... different that I was expecting..

Loads of wine notes flood the palate with each sip... Tart and acidic although not bracingly sour... this definitely drinks like a gueuze to me... a mild one, mind you... but a gueuze... I'm not 100% sure I'm a huge fan of putting this in a barrel as opposed to just blending all 3 together... This seems a little all over the place... the barrel dominates and not necessarily in a good way...

I really wanted to like this more, I really did.. It just fell a little short for me... there are much better examples of the style than this...

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Photo of Verecund
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle opened on November 29, 2012.

Pours a slightly hazy saffron with a half-finger of creamy head. Resilient, spotty lacing.

Juicy Fruit™, jackfruit, faint peach, and orange. Complementing oak, with a touch of tart citrus rounding out the back end of the nose. Bright, clean, and appetizing aroma.

The palate is comparatively cluttered; there's a clear sense in which all three of the base beers are present in the blend. CD5 opens with a sharp, short citric acidity which blends with a note of juicy white grape, followed by soft mango and pear, and finishing oaky and lemony. The base is fairly sweet and biscuity.

Medium-thin bodied, but a little heavy on the tongue. Tightly acidic. Nice balance between the fruity notes, acid, and saison base.

The nose is delightful, but this doesn't translate to the palate as well as Ann or Art do. Very good, if you can believe it, just not very, very good.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy yellow-orange, with two fingers of white, fluffy head. Head hangs around a bit, and leaves superb lacing. Per the usual, this Hill Farmstead beer looks flawless.

Smell: Wow. White grape must up front, followed by a nice pear and green apple tartness. A slight touch of lemon in there. Sweetness is light and yeasty.

Taste: At first, a twang of pear tartness, followed a lemon tartness and then a more complex white grape funk. Lots of white wine comes in next as this beer flexes its barrel treatment. Finishes with a biscuit sweetness, and a really nice oaky dryness. A light white grape must lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Tartness is beautiful, but not acetic or puckering, just clean and lemony. Sweetness is just barely there. A little doughy through the middle to finish, but the oaky dryness makes the finish here beautiful.

Overall: Hands down the best saison I’ve ever had. Super clean, and incredibly delicate. The flavors from Ann, Art, and Flora really meld together here beautifully.

Also, it feels weird to review all of these beers from HF so highly, but seriously, there are no complaints with this beer. The slight doughyness in the mouthfeel was nitpicking at best. Another beautiful beer from HF. Thank you Shaun!

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Photo of yourefragile
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle shared by Starr. Thanks.

Pours a hazy, pale straw gol with a thin, crisp white head. Fades to a thin collar and dots of lace. Nose of oak, grass, lemon, peach, red grape, straw and light acidity though it lacks the immediate visceral punch of some of HF's other saisons. Flavor starts with citric acidity, grape, and grass. Reminds me a lot of how Art batch 1 tastes currently, with a little bit of Flora's lactic and tart presence. Honestly not tasting much of Ann other than the strong doughy base to the body. Mouthfeel is medium thin, well carbonated and a strong woody and slightly acidic finish. Very balanced and crisp, but honestly let down by what were admittedly colossal, unfair expectations. Probably wouldn't age this or trade your soul for this (I'm confident that if you pulled a Pepsi Challenge on this with new batches of Arthur and Vera Mae, well, rare wouldn't win), but still an exceptional saison as usual from HF.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Prost76 for sending this my way.

Beer pours a hazy light yellow with a thin white head. Aroma doesn't hit you over the head, but still is pretty impressive, though a little more subtle than I would've expected. It's a nice mix of oak, some unidentified fruit and funk. Flavor is very nice and complex, but I think I was expecting a bit more. I'm certainly getting the oak of Art and light tartness of Flora, with a hint of funkiness, but it's got a bit of an odd woody flavor in the finish. Whatever fruit (grape?) that was in the smell certainly comes through here as well in a nice way. The flavors, unfortunately, aren't as bright as I expected. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side too and carbonation isn't huge to give it more life. tOverall, another nice saison from HF, but this one isn't as outstanding as the earlier reviews would indicate. It seems to be less than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Civil Disobedience #5 pours a hazy straw yellow with a moderate sized creamy head on top. A fair amount of lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma is fruity with a touch of funk. Notes of lemon rind, orange peel and a touch of oak and spice (pepper?) are present. I think I detected a little alcohol too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor begins sweet and finishes tart. Pale malt sweetness is quickly followed by lemon rind, orange peel, grape, mango and a touch of oak. It finishes moderately tart. Once gone the lemon and oak linger.

This is a very tasty, well balanced beer that's not overly spicy.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 55 degrees into a HF tulip

Pours a hazy orange with a bright fluffy head that settles leaving some nice lacing and a ring of head around the glass

Smells of musty basement and a touch of oak.

First taste produces some tart citrus (lemon/grapefruit). Then you get the more funky, earthy tastes. Finishes with a white wine like quality. I'm diggin' this!

This feels great! There is a nice tartness that make your mouth water. As you swallow, it is just dry enough to make you want more.

Hill Farmstead fucking nails saisons, and this is no exception. This is one of my favorites...right up there with blue label Arthur. Haven't had Ann, so I can't compare that...Thanks Shaun for what you do.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you Bill for bringing this
Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a nice toothy white head. Looks great!
Smells oak and yeasty. Lots of great spicy saison aromas. Smells like a blend of Ann and art...
Tastes very solid. Maybe not as solid as Ann. Certainly reminiscent of Art in a lot of ways. Very tasty beer.
Mouthfeel a great. Well carbonated and solid overall.
It's beer is very solid. One of hill farmstead's best barrel aged saisons yet.

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Civil Disobedience #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 124 ratings