Civil Disobedience #6 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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 chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -19.7%
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 corby112
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
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 cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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 HoppyKilaMonster
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from the bottle, into a snifter

A- Honey/ Golden in color. Very little head to speak of.

S- The brett really comes through, not a whole lot else

T- Very 'typical' wild ale. I was hoping for more flavor, not nearly complex as I was hoping. A little bit of the barrel can be tasted in the back of the mouth.

M- Surprisingly, underwhelming. A little watery. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall- This is a good beer. Maybe I was expecting too much out of HF? The body could defiantly use more work, it was a little too watery for me.

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Photo of Rutager
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
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 rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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 koopa
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
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 danedelman
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Luk13
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Gosox8787
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 375 mL bottle chilled since the release and poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden brown in color and clear. Pours a light white head that sticks well and settles into a pretty thick lacing. Definitely doesn't have the same carbonation level as some of the other Hill Farmstead saisons.

Aroma: Lots of barnyard and fairly developed brett notes, considering how young this beer is. Light lemon tartness a pretty strong wheat character. The sweetness gives off some nice peach and mango notes.

Taste: Light lemon, overripe peach, and pineapple really stand out. There really is a nice, light tone to this beer overall. The tartness is not overpowering at all. The wheat comes through pretty nicely as well. The yeast also gives off a nice funky cheese and barnyard character. Really refreshing and subtle.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lower than average carbonation for a Hill Farmstead saison. Still smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, a really refreshing saison from Hill Farmstead that is definitely unique. The blend gives a nice combination of wheat character, strong funk, and fruit tones. The carbonation level is a little disappointing, but more time in the bottle will definitely help. Definitely looking forward to see how this evolves, even though it is tasty now.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/2013. Thanks to Cam for bringing down a bottle for me, awesome that I get to try this.

Poured into a flute-type glass a pale honey color with some clarity to it. White head of about a half-finger retains as that while leaving nice lacing.

The scent seems tame but I do get some light lemon/citrus fruits, white wine, some light bretty funk, and oak.

Taste is a much brighter picture however, a bit puckering, very nice brett flavors stick out the most. Definite peach, green grapes, apple, lemon, light farmy funk and oak. Some bready and sweetish malts but this is kind of a brett bomb.

Mouthfeel is just about spot-on for this beer, great smoothness, carbonation, and refreshing drinkability. The ABV is a mystery it seems but I'd guess it to be in the 7-8% realm.

I'm a little weary of big blend beers but this was supremely tasty and refreshing, enjoyed every sip. Not sure it was quite balanced but can't complain.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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