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Civil Disobedience #6Civil Disobedience #6

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of wine barrel aged and wild versions of Sankt Hans, Clara, Flora, and Juicy.

Added by MasterSki on 04-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of amnesia85
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Chilled in the fridge, served at 50deg F exactly. Poured into a hill farmstead stem.
A: from a mild pour this beer gives forth a mild reaction forming a 1cm white froathy head. Tightly packed Co2 bubbles, cloud like. The second pour was more reactive and gave forth some nice big frog eyes! The color of this beer is dark for what you would think a regular saison would be. the sankt hans beer here now dominated the color. It is amber, clear yet cloudy.

A: MMM citrus melon right up in the front nose followed by a strong white wine waft. The saisons take the back end of the nose giving forth their individual qualities, and if I had time I could pick them apart. This smells fantastic, and yes I really pick up the mimosa/juicy qualities in this aroma.

T: its like a lighter version of juicy. A wet splash of melon/citrus fruit followed by the individual components of the beer. Out of all beers involved I pick up sankt hans and juicy. It does have a subtleness like clara however and I would not downplay the involvement. This beer has layers and depths.

M: Crisp, smooth, perfect level of carbonation. Initially you get a nice wave/wet splash in your mouth followed by a clean crisp sensation.

O: I loved this beer, more so than the others in the series due to the involvement of the fruiter qualities mixed with the wine barrel flavors. I thought that all the individual saisons gave forth their proper qualities and would have loved to do a formal tasting involving all partners in this beers make up! A+

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Photo of justforrazors
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Golden orange, slightly cloudy with a soapy white head about two inches thick. It quickly fades to a ring around the glass, leaving excellent lacing behind. Carbonation appears slightly low for style, but apparent either way.

S- Tons of earth, barnyard, and mustyness (I can't think of a better word, maybe wet earth?) followed by a huge blast of agressive citrus, specifically lemon acidity. It smells VERY sour.

T- This was deceptive, I was expecting a sour bomb, but it has incredible balance. Musty barnyard that contrasts the acidity, as well as a sweet note that balances the beer. I was expecting more acid from the nose, but it is present in just the right amount. There is also some characteristic HF yeast, followed by a long finish of oak and lemon.

M- Incredibly easy to drink, I could down a couple of pints without realizing it. There is no alcohol presence whatsoever. Velvet soft mouthfeel and moderate carbonation support the complex flavors. The oak is very present, but it doesn't give you cottonmouth or anything to that effect. The dryness is definitely very apparent, and it lasts with the lemon flavor for well over a minute after drinking.

O- Top 5% kind of beer for sure, once again another home run from Hill Farmstead. The word that comes to mind when drinking this (like many of their beers) is balance. Nothing overwhelms the other, all elements are just in the right amount to work together and make each other shine. Nothing is muddled or dull, everything pops individually to create an insanely good beer. I wish I had a case to see how this beer ages.

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Photo of jjdc
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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 cfrances33
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Pours a lightly hazy, amber orange with a finger of bubbly white head. Light lacing, and the head quickly recedes to a rim.

Smell: Lots of tropical mango, passion fruit, and pineapple up front, with a nice musty and earthy funk. Some lemon and bit of lactic tartness. Funk is typical for a Hill Farmstead wine barrel saison. Smells great!

Taste: Lots of the same pineapple, mango, and tropical fruits from the nose, a nice tartness, but with a more substantial doughyness and a light touch of caramel. A hefty earthen funk throughout. Finish is more citric with lemons, funk, and light vinous oak. As it warms, more musty funk and oak develop.

Mouthfeel: Lightly tart and very drying, especially as it warms. Lower carbonation.

Overall: Delicious. A lot of Juicy characteristics. I personally prefer #5.

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Photo of mikecharley
4.58/5  rDev +6%
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 Stevedore
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Clonies720
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served into a Cantillon degustation glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow. Fizzy off-white head. An aggressive pour creates only about a 1-finger sized head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: A mash-up of juicy tropical fruits and sourness hit the nose first. Followed by a warm, pleasant woody undertone. Touch of lemon and mustiness. Finishes with a spicy, earthy funk aroma.

Taste: Masterful balance of sweet and sour work in tandem to create one of the most balanced beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. The beer is bright, yet packs a slightly mouth puckering quality. Decent amount of funk and mustiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation pairs up perfectly with a silky smooth medium body.

Overall: This is truly an impressive beer. The first Hill Farmstead I've drank that I actually liked. I thought a few other beers were overrated, but this deserves every bit of praise. Combines the qualities of a saison with characteristics of a gueuze, and it's a lovely match-made-in-heaven.

The wine barrel aging is very slight, and if you're not looking closely enough like I was, you'll miss it.

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Photo of Skrip
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ dark glowing copper, orange, a little red in there as well. not too much head and no lacing at all.

S~ lemony tartness up front and lots of pineapple. smells strongly like Juicy. all followed by saison bready yeast, black pepper, and coriander.

T~ everyone of the blended brews comes out here with lots of complexity yet very balanced. Juicy seems to be the most present, lots of pineapple and citrus. Amber malts and peppery saison yeast from Sankt Hans, nice wheat hints from Flora and Clara and also tons of wine barrel funk from Juicy and Flora. this beer goes a long way! something different comes out with every sip. delicious!

M~ nicely carbonated, not as carbonated as most HF brews but not bad once so ever. very smooth and keeps the pineapple juice feel like Juicy.

O~ every time i'm amazed with the complexity and balance that HF always seem to achieve. if you like a complex, fruity, should i say "perfect" saison you'll wanna give this a try lol definitely worth seeking out! i can't wait for the 7th of the series with their "favorite lambics" i wonder if thats literally pours from bottles/kegs or just dregs.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 05/2013.

A -Slightly hazy golden orange with a thin layer of white head.

S - Funk up front. Oak, red wine/grape, lemon, spice and a bready sweetness.

T - Funk, oak and peppery spice up front. Lemon zest, bready malt sweetness and some yeast esters.

M - Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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 BoldRulerVT
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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 MarcWP
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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 rudzud
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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 DaveHack
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, dark gold. Not a whole lot of head, quickly settles to a thin layer on the beer.

Smells fantastic! Musty with some earthy fruit as well.

Taste is grassy, earthy, and brings the funk.

Feels dry, but overly so, in the mouth. Carbonation is good, maybe could be a little more, but it's not too low.

Overall this is a damn fine beer. I think CD 5 was a little better, but this is no slouch. A must try for saison fans for sure!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
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 brewandbbq
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
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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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 BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
Bottled 05 2013 Batch 06

A - A frothy foam floats on the rich warm golden beer, shimmering with clarity. Webby lacing is moderately adherent, struggling to linger on the glass.

S - Funky wild yeast munching on oak presents aromas of wet straw, barnyard horse blanket, and suggestions of pool toys. Lemon pepper is aroused by a swirl and compliments the bugs well with underlying pale malt and floral hop tones.

T - The congregation of wild yeast fermented the pale malt base wonderfully, letting lingering sweetness trickle through the white grape, spicy, complex oak profile to it's tart and funky finish.

M - Fragrantly thin feeling at first, Civil Disobedience is almost watery, not helped by a lighter level of carbonation but is somewhat made up for by a lovely tart, almost sour finish that lingers on the palate with wild yeast spice esters.

O - Civil Disobedience proves, once again, that Hill Farmstead really knows what they're doing with wild yeast and saisons. The beer base falls away almost perfectly, allowing the yeast to be elevated and showcased with it's time in oak. A fantastic saison!

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Photo of Caleb
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Hill Farmstead Tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours with a light head and nice fine bubbles which lace the glass after each sip. It's clean with no haze. Dark amber.

Aroma: Citrusy aroma and for my nose there is a little dissonance in aromas, nice individual aromas that don't quite blend well together. Coriander/cilantro, grassy, maybe apricot. As the beer warmed they aromas melded better together and both improved and increased in strength.

Taste: Apricot, lemon tart but not strongly tart, grassy, starts and ends tart, turning to grapefruit at the tail end.

Mouthful: Nice cider/lemon taste throughout, refreshing but little carbonation which prevents it from opening up fully, seems to just disappear in the mouth, very clean.

Overall: Pleasant and drinkable. It's a refreshing beer to have on a hot summer day.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
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 SpeedwayJim
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

People are getting real lazy with the "Had" function. I'm the first review! Shared by schen9303. 375ml capped bottle into a Hill Farmstead taster.

Pours slightly flat. Very slight white ring that dissipates quickly. Lacing is patchy and web-like with good cling. Beer is a clear, light bronze-orange. Decent but not the best.

Nose is pretty subtle. Nose is citrus, caramel, cane sugar, cake batter, oak and a light, creamy tartness. A great mix of sweet and tart. Mellow though.

Opens pineapple, starfruit, and citrus. Pretty tropical. A light yeasty bitterness mixed with tart oak and citrus. Your typical HF Saison yeastiness at the end. Slightly sweet, cobweb-y, with the lightest bit of funk. Finishes accented and tart with a foamy but ultimately clean aftertaste. Good complexity and great balance. A real nice beer.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly, bubbly and lively in the mouth and goes down abrasive and clean. Finishes accented with a spritzy, foamy aftertaste. I like it.

A real nice blended sour Saison from Hill Farmstead but at this point, its expected. CD6 is a nice beer that I think will develop for a while. It should gain carbonation and I hope the flavors evolve a touch. There's a lot to like here and I'm glad I have some to age.

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Photo of jegross2
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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 cavedave
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unexpectedly dark amber, with a quick to vanish half inch off white head. Thick looking and cloudy.

Vinous, tart, a bit of caramel, herbal, and light fruit and citrus in an aroma that makes my mouth water. I get a floral note in there too as I drink. Not hugely aromatic, but delectable.

Really well balanced flavors that are clean and rounded, if a touch less bright than one would hope. White wine, earthy funk, lemon, and tasty tart yeast, hints of barrel as it warms, some other fruitiness, some really tasty floral much more forward in the taste than nose, and just a hint of herbal to compliment that mix at the end of the sip. Despite its subdued, for style that is, nature, it has complexity easy to love and enjoy.

Quite full bodied, yet so easy drinking, good cling to it and an excellent finish, a bit more carb. would improve it, but the clean presentation makes this succeed. Rated as a wild, since this is hardly a saison with the earthy funk components and choice of yeast.

Excellent beer, one I would recommend, but not worth what it would probably cost to obtain it. I would drink any of the Captain Lawrence wilds in preference to this.

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Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Civil Disobedience #6 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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