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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: 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.

jtclockwork's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11246) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle shared by GOTC. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of roast chocolate malt, saison yeast, sour cherry, grape and cocoa. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (364) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2015
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes, but didnt date it. Sometime in 2013? Its a slow gusher. Consistent, but slow, sludge-like flow of foam and chunks of sediment. A very careful pour yields a medium khaki head and nice lacing. Tons of brett on the nose. Some lemony and orange-y citrus. Not really heavy on the dark malts. Taste also has lots of brett. It has really taken over. More dark malts than in the nose, but it isnt really strong. Tart citrus. Lemon and orange. Yeasty. Slightly harsh bitter finish. Dry, acidic, and bitter. High carbonation. A little harsh. The brett has taken over, but its still interesting. I expected more dark malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (1974) - Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2014
750 ml bottle. Thanks Dany. may 2012. Watch out, this ones a gusher. Black pour with a puffy beige head. Smell is lemons, sour apples. Tastes is a balanced sour and tart, some sour apple, raspberry, tart cherry. Nice tart pinch on the finish. Very low acidity. Somewhat flat watery mouthfeel. Quite good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1310) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2014
From notes taken at last weeks tasting. Aroma has a medium light, sweet roast note with light chocolate. Moderate notes of dark stone fruit and light berry character. Pours dark brown with a large tan head with good retention and lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet with medium light roast and faint smoke notes. Light chocolate notes. Moderate dark stone fruit and light berry notes. Light phenolics. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a really nice dark saison. Lots of nice malt and dark fruit notes. Good yeast character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (5087) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle thanks Phil. Black pour with tan head. Roasted and dark malts, some tart aromas. Nice funky fruit and funk, light berry and tart tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6461) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a cloudy brown with large frothy beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong dark fruit, oak, yeast, roast. Thin mouthfeel with nice oak, rich malt, light sourness, spice. Easy to drink, very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luk_ (238) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Pours a beautiful black with reddish highlights and a huge rocky beige foam. Aroma is brettamonyces, balsamic vinegar and sesame oil with light roasted malt. Taste is dark and ripe fruits with a nice lactic and slightly acetic sourness. Vinegary notes blends nicely with the ripe fruits and bugs. Very light roastiness adds another layer of complexity. Lively carbonation and light bodied. Ive had this one many times now (6-7 times) from fresh to aged and this is definitly a prime example of its style and a personal favorite. A masterpiece considering how hard it is to craft succesfully a dark sour ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (7709) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle shared at the 2014 tasting in the Cellar of Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Pours near black with a medium tan head. Aroma of Brett, citrus, peppery saison yeast. Flavor is light sweet, light acidic. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (3384) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
Des petits fruits rouge, du pain brl, des notes lactiques, rustiques, vineuses et chaque gorge voit une facette prendre le dessus. Elle a vieillie merveilleusement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
From notes on 8/11/2013 at the HF FoFA.

Gorgeous pour! Somehow sports a dark, creamy, viscous body despite the carbonation. Tart and funky with unmistakable notes of soured plums. Oak barrels add a pleasant accent.

Another excellent farmhouse ale from HF.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (4835) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2015 Bottle tasting with Kaufmanised; dark mahogany pour with velvety beige head, stewed fruit aroma, fruitiness come through in the taste cherries plums, some toasted malt action, some funk, rewarding beer experience very complex and compelling would love to try other versions. Bottle during HF CD night; opaque mahogany red pour with a thin beige head, tart vinous aroma, taste has cherries, tart dark fruit, a hint of chocolate, still good.

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