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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: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
In short: The ultimate wild and smooth session Saison with amazing complexity. Perfection
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when
The look: Cloudy shining blonde body topped by large white head with good retention leaving lots of lacings on the glass. A stunningly beautiful beer to start with.
In long: Nose has a smooth but dense brett character, nothing leathery or sharp grapefruity here, the wild character of the beer comes as pure bretty wilderness on a bed of flowers. This is a flowery bouquet of brett, very wild without being overly funky. Taste is as smooth as it is complex. There is a fruity component to the beer with fresh tropical fruits, some oranges, light notes of bananas. There is also a enticing floral component with both country side wild flowers and aromatic garden flowers. Some dry grass help to dry out the finish but not too much. A slice of my mother homemade lemon pie with a thick meringue but without the crust. Also a smooth tartness make it even more drinkable. The Arthur hopping is somewhere in there blended with the flowery and fruity flavors. To some people the ultimate session beers are American hoppy beers, to others it is quality pilsners, to others it is German lagers… to me it is a Saison just like this one, smooth, moderately dry, very complex, refreshing and highly sesssionnable. This is a smooth beer, not an intense beer, not something you want to split in a tasting with a bunch of other beers, this is a session beer, even if a rare and pricey one. Mouthfeel is as full and lively and it feels light, this beer melts in your mouth. I’m giving it a perfect score but don’t ever ask me to make an ordered list of my 10 favorite beers because:
5) I can’t count
2) I always confuse numbers and letters
J) I’m very bad at ordering things
8) All of the below

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2139) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
750ml bottle thanks to MtGoat.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with big foamy white head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma : Lots of herbal hops with nice belgian yeast. Light tropical brett with light citrusy tang.
Taste : Yeast with great brett and nice citrusy tang. Finish dry and sharp with awesome herbal hops and citrusy notes. Light tropical fruits.
Overall : Wow another masterpiece. Nose is awesome with fresh herbal hops, pillowy malts and delightful funky brett. Taste gets even better with the same characters but leading to a sharp and complex finish with a light rustic tartness. Overall very well balanced, very drinkable, very complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
czar (7723) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
pours hazy almost cloudy pale golden with a nice white head, excellent retention and lacing. citrus, oranges, tropicalness, brett, dry fruitiness, light to medium hopping - herbal hopping. also, herbs and yeast, a lot of yeast. delicate livelyness, medium body - silkyness, nice relatively short grassy-citrusy finish. just awesome. enjoyed every sip of it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4047) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle, shared with the custmister. Another tasty saison from HFB. I didn’t take notes as I was enjoying this beer and mr. johnson’s fine conversation. But I can tell you that I liked it. Very well balanced on all accounts. Its tough to judge these saisons against each other when they are all so fucking good. This is right up there with the best. Look forward to sampling the other two and subsequent releases (lets be honest, everything shaun makes beerwise).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (14411) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2538) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 20, 2011
My favorite of the evening and that’s really saying something. Enough going on while still controlled and moving in the same direction. Mild farmhouse funk, some camembert cheese, damp hay, light citric tang, light feel of fine bubbles. This is fantastic, thrilling. Light biscuit, grape nuts, edge of toast in the malt. hop aromas all over seemingly in the Noble range and melding with the farmhouse elements.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
750mL thanks to Travlr. Holy god. This was quite the surprise. Appearance: really superlative pour for saison. Glowing, clear yellow with a billowing white head. Big ice cream float retention. Big lace. Nose is quite obvious from the start that it is HF house yeast- very distinctive: fresh sourdough, pineapple, rose, pina colada, mild Brett B lemon and hay/straw. But this exhibits lots of pineapple sorbet...much more than I remember in their other beers. Such a soft, non-contrived nose with delicacy that needs to be appreciated. Taste is similarly incredible: very doughy, crackery, and fully bitter with hop leafiness (stolen from craftycarl) like a well made pils. Quenching in palate with sweet pineapple up front moving to bone dry biscuit and cracker in finish. Makes you want more and more. This is such a great example of the style- fresh and delicate and demanding to be drunk quickly as a summer quencher rather than sweet and forceably savored. Probably the best HF beer yet, which is saying a hell of a lot. Finally, a saison in my Top 50.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Thanks Travlr! This beer is absolutely phenomenal! The pour is typical Hill Farmstead saison- a beautiful golden straw pour with the slightest of haze, and a mountainous white frothy head. Fresh vibrant dough, lemon, pineapples, tropical fruits, bread, herbal hop notes, and graham cracker lead to a dry crisp body with perfect fine bubbled effervescence. Dear lord this is good- I never want it to end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Huge thanks to travlr for this bottle. Clear gold pour with a huge dense frothy head. Nose of dough, lemon, tropical fruit including pineapple, and floral presence. The flavor yields incredibly bready character, light barnyard funk, lemon, floral leafiness, sage, and pepper. The palate is superbly dry and crisp. Just a phenomenal example of the style, and seems a fitting hearkening back to the true old school Wallonian concept. Phenomenal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
750ml bottle at a Hill Farmstead event. Beautiful bright clear golden color with a large lacy white head that lasts. Looks phenomenal. Great bretty aroma with lemon, orange zest, barnyard, and floral hops. The flavor is great - dry and light but flavorful as anything. Big pineapple, orange, and lemon along with a grainy bready pale malt base and funkiness. Just a slight hint of sweetness. Medium-light bodied and very dry with lively carbonation. Wow, really impressed with this beer. One of my favorites from Hill Farmstead so far.

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