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Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 4)

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


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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A blend of 5 beers from Four Select Oak Barrels.
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1177) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2013
750ml bottle, a gift from Dan and Tim, split with dwm1034. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a huge tan head. Aroma is red wine, sour cherry, grape must, oak. Medium on the palate with soft, smooth carbonation. Flavor is lightly sour, more sour cherry, a little roasty coffee, a little smokey, a little yeasty, with a light sour finish. Very complex. Not sure all the flavors work together perfectly, but very interesting, and tasty too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (7052) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a deep dark brown / near-black with a large beige head. Nose is very complex, full of farmhouse notes, deep earthy notes, oak barrels, some wood tannins, a little roast, and a touch of dark fruits. Flavour is remarkably complex, full of wood tannins, oak barrels, a strong earthy farmhouse dominance, some mild lactic notes, light-to-moderate sourness, yeast and some dark fruits. A blend of stunning complexity here, with all the notes working in incredible harmony. I feared the carbonation would be too lively, as has been the case in many other black saisons I’ve had, but this is perfectly suited. One of my favourite Hill Farmstead beers and one of the best black saisons. Remarkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11826) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell - big thanks to Momma Smith for picking this up and to Sister Nellie for bringing it to London (via Cluj, Romania). A moderate gusher! Pours dark brown with a creamy, beige head. Good and tangy berry aroma, big funk, leather, grapes. Light sweet flavor with some sweat, leathery dark fruits, ripe berries, sturdy wild funk. Light to medium bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Fairly tangy to finish, some acetic bite, more sweaty and leathery fruits. Another great one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5038) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2013
750mL bottle at GT2’s place - so probably thanks to Huhzubendah? Poured a light brownish color, tiny off-white head. Aroma had some dark fruits, sugar notes. Flavor with some sweetness, touch of fruit, malt character. Not sure what to think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
750mL big thanks to Huhzubendah. Slow gusher. Pours overcarbonated deep ruby. Gray foam. Spotty lacing. Nose is musty attic, dusty, hints of cranberry and redcurrant, hazelnut, German chocolate. Too musty. Taste is quite lactic, sharp cranberry, more of a Flanders red/oud bruin than saison. But muddled, harsh acid in finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle shared by Matt. Pours hazy brown, medium fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is farmhouse yeast, pepper, fruity esters and spicy hops. Flavor is malt forward with farmhouse yeast, fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1047) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle share, pour is deep red/ brown, aroma is funk and spice, taste is very smooth tart and spice finish. Great

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is malt, brett, grapefruit, flower, perfume, light oak and light cherry notes. FLavour is malt, grapefruit, brett, light chocolate, light cherries and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
In short: A complex oaky/tannic dark ale with a strong farmhouse character and mild sourness. Great beer.
How: Fresh a few times on tap at the brewery (not ready imho) then this rating for a 750ml aged 6 months.
The look: Very dark burgundy body (near black) topped by a large beige head with good retention.
In long: Complex and somewhat intense nose with many elements, strong farmhouse character, a slice of freshly baked fruit cake, roast, citrus fruits, more… Taste is roasted, rich fruitiness ranging from fresh dark fruits to citrus fruits, lactic notes, mild sourness, yeast, lots of tannins, cherry skin, red meat. Very astringent finish leaving the mouth totally dry without saliva. Splendid full foamy and fluffy mouthfeel with lots of soft bubbles. This is a very complex beer, although the Saison category may be a bit misleading, this is far from a classic Saison. It could have been one of my favorite HF beers if it wasn’t for the light bloody red meat flavor I had all the way through. Still a truly excellent beer. Drinking a full 750ml of a great beer like this one by myself is a perfect time to sit back and quietly reflect on what beer I’m gonna open next.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
750ml bottle.
Appearance : Dark amber with foamy brown head. Nice lacing, long head retention.
Aroma : Light coffee and light vinous notes. Light chocolate, fruits and frunky brett notes. Roasted malts. Complex.
Taste : Nicely vinous with nice funk and light acidity. Woody. Roasted malts.
Palate : Full body, finish is a bit dry with a small bit of residual sugars.
Overall : Greatly complex and nicely balanced. Roasted malt is well incorporated into this original creation. Nice wood, nice vinous notes. Really well made and quite original.

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