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Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 4)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (13419) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle split at Craft Clerko, thanks to Nellie then Leighton, 26/06/13. Murky mahogony brown with a tan head that clears to a film. Some little floaty friends make themselves known! Nose is sour cherries, tarte berry fruit,oaky wood notes, light smoke, burnt straw. Taste comprises tarte berry fruits, touch of yeast, grass, funky, famyard, light herbals. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry crisp finish. Solid enough stuff but came over more as a sour than a saison to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwm1034 (713) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Split a bomber with Sherm1016. Thanks! Only my second Hill Farmstead so happy to have a chance to sample / imbibe. Pours almost black with full frothy head. Nose and initial taste is sour with interesting notes of smoke and cherry...oak in there too - or that’s what I guess it to be. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1250) - 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 (10042) - 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 (14703) - 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 (5953) - 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 (9410) - Oceanside, 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 (10908) - San Diego, California, 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 (1222) - 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 (4789) - 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.

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