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Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 1)

Formerly brewed at Hill Farmstead Brewery
Style: Saison
Greensboro, Vermont USA
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Civil Disobedience, our non-violent protest against the homogenization of flavor, comes in the form of a spontaneous, circumstantial, and unpredictable series of beer releases. We relinquish control in favor of an anarchistic collaboration of microbial activity. This is the expression of our conscience, our opposition to oppression, and an act of creative freedom. Civil Disobedience (1849), Henry David Thoreau’s moral call to action, is a perennial challenge against the contemporary sopor of individual political conscience... "It is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize." Question. Act. Evolve... Civil Disobedience #1: A blend of two different batches of Arthur and a bit of a beer called ’mimosa’, a saison brewed with orange zest and brett clausenii. All stainless. Not barrel aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Bottle, 10/16/2012. Light golden orange pour, fluffy creamy head dies down slowly, thick soapy lacing left behind, sparkling carbonation. Aroma is a cloud of soft yeast and brett, tangerine, light lemon wheat, mild herbal hops, barnyard funk. Taste still great but a bit less complex- orange, tropical fruits, little spiciness with herbal hops, brett and light funk. Dry, sparkling palate. Definitely one of the best saisons that has crossed my path so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (6259) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
Rating #3000. 750mL bottle, pours a cloudy yellow with a voluminous white head. Aroma is very rustic, with loads of yeast, a bit of barnyard and lots of brett. Flavour is very complex with loads of the brett character now fully revealing itself, some regular yeasty notes, and moderate funk. All the qualities that a saison should have, in my book. Super drinkable, with perfect lively carbonation. One of the best and most complex saisons I’ve had. Beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2547) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Pours hazy light yellow with a big foamy white head. The aroma brings very light funk and sweet fruity malty notes. The flavors brings white grapes and it is juicy at first, but then a dry pleasant ending comes in a classy manner as the brewer would brew with such a special beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5290) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Lightly hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, light honey, vanilla, toast, orange, citrus, and light bacteria. Taste of citrus fruits, vanilla, toast, orange, and a tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2012
750ml bottle. Poured a medium yellow with a large sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, ’green’ peppery, some funk, and fruits. Tastes follow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy yellow body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, floral, citrus, herbs, pepper, and barnyard. Flavor of herbs, grass, orange, vanilla, brett, and grain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9042) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Lightly cloudy yellowish pour with a light head. Nice yeast and tropical fruit aromas. I get some fruit coctail, fragrant hops and a light dusting of a pepper note. Flavor is tropical, soft on the tongue, yeasty, a bit of wheat, dry and juicy at the same time. How do they do it!?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle shared at RBSG Grand Tasting, 2012. A pinkish-white, really interesting color. Nose of lychee and tropical fruits. Interesting yeast. Really tasty. Soft, fruity, citrus and tropical. Really great body. Really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10407) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle. Golden-yellow colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, brett, citrus, malt, spices. Flavour is fruit, brett, citrus, dust, spices, malt, hop. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
750 mL bottle, sampled along with a summer 2011 Arthur bottle (pre-new yeast) and Winter 2011 Art. Pours a slightly hazed, mostly clear gold/yellow with a large white head. Nice retention, fading to a collar and adequate lacing. Balanced aroma between fruity, oak and light funk, but more sweet and juicy with mild tropical fruits. While Arthur was a little too yeasty and Art a little too intensely wine-forward, CD#1 split the difference nicely between both extremes, with a stronger fruit and lemon presence than the others. The brett has yet to develop much of a presence and is subtle throughout. Light bodied, crisp and dry finish. Fresh, this isn’t quite as "special" as hoped for, but that doesn’t take away from this being an exceptional wine barrel saison (without, you know, actually being a wine barrel saison having been aged in stainless steel and all).

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