Civil Disobedience #6
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Belgian Saison
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4.4 | pDev: 6.59%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Civil Disobedience #6Civil Disobedience #6
Notes: A blend of wine barrel aged and wild versions of Sankt Hans, Clara, Flora, and Juicy.
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 331
Photo of Roy_Hobbs
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's not often that I'd gladly pay $10 for 4 oz. of beer, but when I saw this on the tap list yesterday, there was no way I could say no. A wonderful example of what a good brewer can do with quality ingredients, creativity, and patience. Wonderful smell, look and taste. I consider myself lucky to have been able snag a taste.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at Hill Farmstead tasting room on May 6, 2016.
Pours a beautiful and clear medium to light amber with very little head.
Lots of yeast sourness in the nose, some sweetness and bread is present as well.
Flavors are incredible, complex and sour. Tartness abounds.
Mouthfeel is excellent and finished so crisp and dry.
Overall, this beer is masterfully crafted and so happy this was available to enjoy from the bottle years after it was initially bottled.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served to me at hill farmstead from a 375 ml bottle into a HF stem

Pours clear Amber body small white head.

Aromas are white wine champagne wood funk hay, heavy grapes. Taste is lightly tart white wine on the follow through is oak green apples grapes. Dry easy drinker low carb.

Great beer great experience

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Photo of jjdc
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely amazing funky vinous nose when the bottle was cracked. Wet straw color in the glass. This has a huge Sauvignon Blanc and oaky barrel flavor that is cut with just the right amount of tartness. Funk keeps things a bit twisted. The only small ding is a light wateriness on the backend. Great beer.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at 2015 Festival of Farmhouse Ales. This is the first Civil Disobedience that I have tried. Very pale color with a very subtle flavor - nice and delicate, but perhaps a little too delicate. Still an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color with a medium white head with minimal retention and light lacing. Aroma of funky yeast notes with light vinous notes and some tart notes. Taste is a mix of light acidity notes with some tart notes with funky yeast notes. Light wine barrel notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice level of complexity in this one.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to pushkinwow for sharing the bottle!

Hazy, golden hay color with a thin, fizzy head. Funky nose, grapes and citrus, very vinous. Taste also funky and vinous with a prominent red wine barrel character. Overall…awesome!

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, thanks to Kyle for this beast.

Light fizzy head, murky golden orange color.

Nose nice sour apricot peach fruit, nice floral stone fruit, nice tart funk, etc.

Taste brings nice tart fruit, little funk, peach like stone fruit, juicy fruity tangy, little acidity. Little flemmy finish, nice bitterness and juicy stone fruit.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall, awesome.

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Photo of rudzud
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kyle for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of funky, juicy hops, Nice sour funk, great wine notes. Wow.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great juicy hops, funky wine barrels. Really juicy.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, very juicy.

O - Overall this beer was delicious, great profile. Very nice juicy wine notes.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Rutager
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thank you to franklinn for this treat.

Appearance. Pours gold-orange with almost a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Funky old red wine barrel and yellow grapes, orchard fruits, some light sweet tropical fruit.

Taste. Wine and musty old oak barrel, sour light orchard fruits again, a very light grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body, light+carbonation. Could use a little more in both areas.

Overall. Sour, fruity, wine barrel? Nothing to hate here. Interesting but lacking something that I can't put my finger on.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Hill Farmstead stem.

Pours light bronze in color with orange highlights when viewed in light. Small almost non-existent head. Tiny white ring of froth left around the edge of glass. Given this is barrel aged it's not surprising and also not a big hit to the appearance as it can be expected.

Aroma is huge on the wine and grapes. Berries, pear, apple, and oak deeper in. Deep citrus much like blood orange but certainly not citrus heavy. Overall just very vinous with a raw, tangy honey like sweetness.

The flavor is really clean with more of those grape notes teetering between white grape juice and a heavy Chardonnay. Lots of cider qualities showing up with crisp pear and apple juice concentrate as the main players showing forth. Flighty orange peel and lemon come through late palate. Really exquisite yet clean. I feel as though this may have been bigger on flavor when fresh.

Mouthfeel is light, low carbonation, again leaning towards cider like or next day sparkling wine pour realm of things. Though it's pleasant, I am missing some more bubbles.

Overall a very tasty brew and it exudes sophistication while refraining from blowing my mind. I could drink a lot if this beer and would not tire. And it's a beautiful representation of the profound possibilities on what beer can be. Such versatility and Hill Farmstead feeds on that. Great to have had this.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is transparent golden amber with a white head. Nose is bright, juicy, apple skin and some malt. Taste is dry, soft carbonation and a light body. Apple skin, pear, some malt complexity with a moderate tartness but a fair bit of sweetness.
Check with the guys, struggled to come up with descriptions.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 05 2013 batch 6

Pours a hazy and very dark golden yellow color with orange/banana colored hues and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

The aroma is kind of bland with a decent spice and earthy funk presence. Subtle oak and earthy funky along with barnyard, grassy hops, straw, peppery spice and light fruit. Opens up a little as it warms but the nose isn't too inviting.

Much more interesting than it smells with soft carbonation and a nice balance of oak barrel, musty, grassy funk, zesty spice, sweet citrus and light fruit. Dry oak/toothpick but it's not overwhelming with hints of white pepper and ginger, citrus zest, apple and pear. Well balanced and easy to drink. Pretty complex and much better than anticipated.

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Photo of jegross2
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing Civil Disobedience #6 from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro, Vermont. This beer is a blend of wine barrel aged and wild versions of Sankt Hans, Clara, Flora, and Juicy.

Score: 93

2013 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead bulb glass and enjoyed on 02/22/14.

Appearance: Pours a murky/cloudy peach color with a thin layer of white head that settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing, but solid retention. 4/5

Smell: Tart grain and white wine. Grapes, tropical fruit, and lemon. A touch of honey sweetness. Reminisce of Juicy, only with more of a white wine/grape twist. 4.5/5

Taste: Tropical fruit, grain, and peach upfront, followed by an oaky white wine/grape finish. Tasty mix. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, appropriately carbonated. Very dry finish. 4.25/5

Overall: This is a really nice blend of Hill Farmstead wild ales/saisons, and superior to Clara and Sankt Hans in my opinion.

Cost: $12 for a 375 ml bottle.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle split two ways with Dustin. Thanks a lot man! Bottled 5/2013, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/3/2014.

App- hazy amber copper body. One finger white head, good retention, drops into a nice medium sized collar. Nice lacing.

Smell- Quite tart, with a vinegary acidity that isn't overwhelming with a nice citrus, orange peel nose that comes out much more as it warms. Background notes of grapes and oak. I can't understate how much the citrus comes out in this beer. Damn. What a great smelling saison.

Flavour- Quite tart with that Northeast Kingdom funk that is so pleasant when combined with a 6/10 acidity that makes me think American wild ale. Warming up, I get more citrus- orange juice, orange peel, lemon zest. White wine grapes and oak. If this is Juicy, sign me up! Very tasty, complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, perfect carbonation, mellow and not intense on the backend aside from citrus peel.

Overall- This blended saison exceeded my expectations. Enjoyed this one a lot!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep orange, semi-clear, one finger head.

S-Grapes, oak, slight funk, lemon and citrus.

T-Starts with grapes and oak. Then nice lemon and citrus notes. Grass as well, nice and tart as well.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, dry finish.

O-Was expecting more from HF. First beer of theirs that didn't blow me away. Was looking for more sour notes.

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Photo of peensteen
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppypocket for this

Deep rusty orange colour, ring of white head, some lace. Smell is bretty and wine forward, lemon and green apple skins, funky with more vinious white grape, acidity and a bit of oak as well. Taste is funky with brett, lemony, citrus fruits with a moderate sweetness, yeasty with a dry finish, lingering white wine aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, semi light creamy feel. Really good stuff here, I would have this again but I think I liked Arthur much more on this particular evening.

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Photo of danedelman
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From batch 6 in May 2013

Poured into HF tulip

A-copper, amber with 2 finger fluffy white heat.

S- grapefruit, wet hay, lemon zest. Like a great lambic.

T-dry, tart citrus slight grape must, very dry, only slight tartness. Less than typical HF Saisons at this time. Honey, complex esters. Can't figure out the finish.

M-medium high carbonation. Medium/thin body. Very pleasant.

Wish I had another bottle to age.

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Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Last bottle shared in Tampa with sonnysideup.

A- Split from the bottle into two glasses with a hazy apricot orange body. Small fizzy white head forms just a small layer and doesn't have much retention at all. Foam recedes to a tiny ring and no lace.

S- Brett and white wine driven. Dry white grapes, horse funk, barnyard and some band aid hints comprise most of the aroma.

T- Follows the nose with the Brett and wine. Mainly I get a blend of Brett funk, white wine vinous grapes, some oak and lemon juice. Tartness at a medium level and mostly lactic acid. Some farmhouse yeast spice.

MF- Super dry and lighter end body somewhat like a lambic. Carbonation at a medium level with a bright lactic lemony tartness in the finish.

Good blend of white wine, Brett and tartness. Glad to see more and more great beers using Brett and bugs.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience from a 12 oz bottle to a small snifter.
Has more clarity than expected but a weak head.
Wild ale here, but not challenging (as many are for me). Very Tart. Fruity (non-specific). Slifght hint of vinegar.

O: excellent for style.

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Photo of koopa
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 6 bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear tawny orange with a 1 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: Nice soft brett character over saison yeast. Not much oak presence but some wine characteristics and light citrus notes emanate from my glass. Hints of butter cream and band aid phenolics add extra complexity that I enjoy.

Taste: Same as the nose but a bit more mellow. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Fairly low carbonation coupled with a nice crisp soft water profile.

Overall: Drinkability is very high. Flavor a bit tame. This is more of an every day HF drinker. At least it would be if I had more of it :)

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Photo of Luk13
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy blond pour with small white head. Aroma is rustic and winey. Nice white wine aroma with some bugs and a touch of citrusy hops. The rusticity reminds me of Clara and the white wine combined with NZ hops showcase Juicy's personnality.

Tast is gently tart with a light bitter hop presence and some yeast.
Flavor is more tame than I would like but this beer is highly drinkable even per HF standards. Carbonation is rather low a saison. A very good saison but not better than the sums of its parts especially due to its low carbonation.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 5/2013.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange, almost amber. Decent white head. A few surface islands.

Smell - Wine aroma. Strong malty aroma. A little bit acidic. Yeast aroma.

Taste - Very winey. Strong white wine. Malty again, with a bit of sweetness. Tartness builds slowly. Some caramel back there.

Mouthfeel - A little heavy. Malty and tangy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Greater than the sum of its parts. Not my favorite Civil Disobedience, but damn good nonetheless.

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Photo of mikecharley
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory of last night's great bottle

Pours a clear fizzy golden body. The only knock here is that there is no saison style head. It is much more fizzy, without much retention at all.

Smell is all day. Great funk, with a nice lemon pepper thing going on. Smells nice and sour too. There is a very nice sour lemony thing going on. Great smell

Taste is everything the nose promised on, but there is a bit of a detracting cheesyness that is distracting, but I am getting nit-picky. This is a delicious beer. Super lemony, nice background funk. If I were blindfolded, I would guess this is somewhere in the lambic category. Very well done.

Mouthfeel is fleeting, and spritzy. Great.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Seek it out, as I know I will, for sure.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml capped bottle, courtesy of Ruth...Thanks!

Pours orangey copper with a half inch head of white. A partial skim coat on the surface with stringy lacing for the duration of the glass.

Vineous funk and mild barnyard notes lead off the palate. Winey overtones with shades of pineapple skin, citrus fruit, apples, and pears.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is light for the style.

Ripe fruit and a light tartness start the palate. Wine-spritzed apples with some drying tannins and an oaky dryness.

Finishes quickly with a flash of ripe fruit, warming wine notes, and extremely refreshing and quaffable.

Great balance to this one, just complex enough to keep things interesting but insanely drinkable. It would be nice if the carbonation was higher though to help release all those aromatics.

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Civil Disobedience #6 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 331 ratings