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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: 3.91/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2012 On Tap at Hill Farmstead Tap Takeover at Positive Pie in Plainfield.

A - Huge carbonation of 4-finger head with a leather appearance. The beer is dark brown to black. Clarity is pretty great.

S - There’s this really pleasant farmhouse funkiness on the nose. Brettanomyces? I get a hint of Raspberries as well. Very sweet and tart.

T - Lots of tart characters but a solid nutty malty finish. Smoked malts are pretty up front. Very tart as the malts fade. Funky and wild for sure. There is a underlying white wine taste that has me excited.

M - Swishing in my mouth, I only get 10% re-carbonation. Very light body with a nice tart malty finish.

O - I’m VERY happy I tried this before the release this weekend on tap. I was not sure if I’d get all 4 bottles for myself but now I am. This beer is PHENOMENAL and it’s only going to get better.

UPDATE: Bottled Version

Appearance is more carbonated so therefore a 4-finger head, overflowing bottle of carbonation even though it’s sat in the fridge for 3 days and gorgeous head lacing. Beer itself is the same.

Smell is unchanged except I get more lemons on the nose.

Taste is the same except more tart, more sweet and less nutty than the draft version. Very tart and far more closer to a wild beer than a saison

Huge difference in carbonation on the mouth feel. Getting 80% carbonation on the mouth swish versus on tap. No malts on the finish but there is toffee

Overall, this beer is greatly improved in bottle form. I can’t wait to see how this ages. Glad I have 3 more of them. Increasing my rating from 4.5 to 4.7.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
czar (7890) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
on tap at saison festival, 2012. pitch black with a creamy beige head, very good retention and lacing. delicately roasted malts, hints of smoke, hints of sweetness, bretts, layered in oak, light acidity. lively and soft carbonation, medium to full body, very nice medium long bitter coffee and citrusy-grassy finish. really enjoyed this one with a burger!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luk_ (242) - 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. I’ve 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (14682) - 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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (5925) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Bottle w/ some heads at Evans going away party. Been waiting to try this sour black saison blend from HF. Pours a deep black with medium off white head, awesome lacing. Aromas are tart lactic cherry funk, earth, roasty malt. Taste is dusty oak, cocoa powder, cherry, peat, currants, and other misc berries. Perfect balance of sour and light roasty notes with a full body long lasting flavor. Very solid and tasty brew meh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 30, 2012
Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a beige head. The aroma is malt, tart, fruit and brett. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness with some bitterness. Overall a really good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukaduke (3038) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Pours a deep mahogany brownish black with a big frothy eggshell foam. Aromas and flavors a re a complex mystery of dark fruit, leather, tart sweetness, cocoa, dark cherry, caramel... the flavors unfold as the beer goes from cold to warm. Lots of vinous berry notes from the start with dark rustic background... but as it warms more deep dark notes take hold tobacco, leather, wet funky wood, smoke, bitter chocolate... wow this beer keeps on giving. Really Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2012 on draft at the anniversary party, what an amazing black saison. Bretty and rich with a great barrel wine flavor. Another home run!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (441) - Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2012
tart grapes, earthy maple/chocolate notes in the most abstract sense. Hay, slight citrussy white/red grape character. incredibly complex flavors. uber dry finish. great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strawberry (14) - Hanover, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass revealing a finger or two of tan head over dark brown body. Caramel and smoke on the nose along with a bit of lemony funk and a stone fruit floral essence. Taste is slightly tart and evocative of grilled unripe plum with some smoke and woodiness on the finish. Earthy underneath. Lively carb on the tongue, medium-bodied. Overall very refreshing and deliciously complex.

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