Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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."
Opened up on September 1, 2011. Huge thanks for this, Jesse.
I only let this sit for a day or so, and the pour is a hazy golden straw with two fingers of white head that leaves intricate webs of lacing.
Bright and pronounced tangerine and citrus, lemon zest, pineapple, and soft floral attributes. There’s a touch of that typical Hill Farmstead saison earthy, mineral component on the nose; combined with the orange/citrus and straw backbone, it reminds me of the scent of wet stone, like chalk cliffs after the rain.
Very soft sourdough bread graininess with just a hint of citric tartness on the tip of the tongue on the front of the palate. Fairly fruity and sweet through the mid-palate - green apple, tangerine, pear - though there’s a bit of spiciness (especially white pepper) on the mid-to-late-palate. The finish expresses both a light fruitiness and the ’wet stone’ mineral and earthy bitterness. It’s a step down from the nose, but it’s pleasant and complex enough.
Medium, medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Champagne-like feel. Fairly dry on the finish, which stretches the bitter-sweet mineral note for a few seconds.
Based on the description, I was hoping CD1 would feature a brighter orange component than it does. Nevertheless, even a slightly disappointing blended saison by Shaun is a superb example of the style. I’m really glad I got the chance to try this.
AdamJackson (2106) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a beer I’ve been trying to track down for a while. I met a Ratebeerian in California who wanted to share some beers. He gave me a choice between a 2001 3F Oude Gueuze or a Civil Disobedience #1. I chose this because I’m a weirdo. While the Gueuze may have held up better, this was a real treat!
A - Insanely cloudy but most of these traveling beers are. Although, the hint of Mimosa may have led to this being a bit cloudier. More of a dark yellow, fluffy head and huge carbonation. Not a gusher just a lot of carb on each pour which is a very welcome thing.
S - Smells like Vanilla and Cream Soda with a tiny bit of wet cardboard and ropy leather. Nice grassy notes but clearly showing its age.
T - Taste was good and improved as it warm dup throughout the evening. Taste is loaded with a ton of funk and Brett and really hearty ropey leather. Finish is nice. Slightly cheesy and bitter orange peel and spice at the finish. Cardboard and funk lingers
M - Great mouthfeel, full bodied lemon meringue texture.
O - This beer was probably excellent a year ago but a Summer 2011 beer may not have just fallen off but who knows how well it was stored and how many hands it changed over the years. Still, it was great to try this. Thanks CheepBeerBuzz for sharing!
JStax (2664) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small format bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Pours a translucent copper with a thin white head of foam. Fruity, yeasty, a little herbal. Mildly tart and acidic. Finishes dry and acidic.
merc7186 (1755) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Most Light, White Head, Great Lacing
S: Lemongrass, Yeast, Pepper
T: Lemongrass, White Pepper, Yeast
M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Spicy, Yeasty
Overall, a decent yeasty saison with a nice spicy nose and flavor.
cpetrone84 (1204) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pour is clear yellow, bubbles flowing throughout, pure white head. Nose has fair bit of Saison, light pepper, hints of citrus and maybe a faint touch of barrel. Taste is similar, Saison yeast and light pepper, a bit sweeter, citric and lemon with a bit of malt showing. Still rather dry and highly carbonated. Not as bright as Ann, a bit less deep and a touch sweet in the finish but still extremely drinkable with gentle barrel integration.
JAXSON (524) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light hay pour, eggshell white head. Nose is bright citrus rind, dry white wine barrel, slight eggy sulfuric note. Mouth is saison yeast, light biscuit, less barrel than expressed in the nose. Lemon rind, Belgoan yeast, grass, black pepper. Barrel influence is minimal, more of a pleasant Dupont like saison than something you would really ponder over. Nice.
madmitch76 (13425) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
19th October 2012
THE Sour and Saison tasting. Again thanks to our Hill Farmstead pusher - Leighton - for another rare HF beer. Hazy gold beer with big off white head. Light milky nose. Light airy palate with minerally carbonation. Super mild citrus, mild brett. Airy finish. It’s all a bit ephemeral and reminds me of some of the early HF Saisons that were nothing special.
Huhzubendah (2266) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.
Served along side Hill Farmstead Art, Arthur, Flora, and McKenzie Irma Extra.
The beer is hazy and yellowish orange in color with a thick white head that leaves some nice lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings some wine, brett, oak, funk. Good flavor, with brett and oak notes. Well balanced and tasty. Medium bodied and smooth. Really nice mouthfeel. Overall, a solid beer. I would have this again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-02-2011
jackl (3867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ THE Sour and Saison Tasting. Cheers to Leighton for bringing this. The pour’s deep gold with a massive white head. The nose is light attic dust, some cork, wood and mild summer fruit salad. Plenty of tangerine and peach. Mild brett funk. The taste is light yeast, brett. Orange and tangerine fruit salad. Dusty, earthy flavors. The body’s light and zippy, the carbonation active on the palate. Overall, a very nice saison. This was a bit of a comedown after trying Ann, but what wouldn’t be?
Leighton (9883) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at THE Sour and Saison Tasting, London. Another contribution from LKS. Pours hazy, shiney gold, effervescent, with a lively, white foam head. Great funk in the nose with suggestions of fruits (citrus, lime) and socks. Light to medium sweet flavor with some dough, bread, big brett funk, mellow bitter grass, wet blanket. Light to medium bodied with high, lively carbonation. Bit more sweetness to finish, with rich white bread, cleansing dryness, socks, dough, very modest grass. Quite wonderfully balanced and delicious.
Scopey (5557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton at THE sours & saisons tasting (part 1). It pours hazy light orange, with a thick white head. The nose is spice, freshly baked farmhouse bread, brett, earth, citrus fruit (particularly tangerine) and some subtle tartness. The taste is smooth, spice, peppery, tangy citrus, zesty orange, tangerine, dough, light tartness, earth, faint astringency, bitterness and brett, with a long, dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. Well balanced and flavoursome. Delicious.