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 Thoreaus 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle thanks to jay for sharing. Pours a nice hazed golden yellow with massive big sticky white head, good lace. Aroma is orange zest, big fruitiness, orange and lime zest, and citrus tropical brett added to orange juice, nice phenol brettiness, light stinky brett and mineral. Flavor, is mineral then a fruity orange with brett, then light creamy orange creamsickle, bready malts, light malty sweetness with orange citrus juicy light hint of sweetness, not as crispy airy and dry as vera mae but still pretty damn good, more complex, and very unique overall. As it warms a bit more stinky brett funk comes out to balance out the fruity funk and orange zest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichTheVillan (7429) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle during HF CD night; hazy golden amber pour with a frothy white head, zesty citrus aroma with light funk, taste had some light aroma, mellow lemon, a hint of grain, some barnyard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (5379) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 12, 2014
750ml bottle in an HF tulip. Pours hazy golden with a big, lacy, white head. Aroma of a lot of Brett and light funkiness/tartness, some pale and light caramel malts, some light citrus, and light fruits/spices. Flavor a really cool blend with a lot of Brett. Average HF light saison texture. A cool beer that Im glad I got to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (4846) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2014
This is a beer Ive been trying to track down for a while. I met a Ratebeerian in California who wanted to share some beers. He gave me a choice between a 2001 3F Oude Gueuze or a Civil Disobedience #1. I chose this because Im a weirdo. While the Gueuze may have held up better, this was a real treat!

A - Insanely cloudy but most of these traveling beers are. Although, the hint of Mimosa may have led to this being a bit cloudier. More of a dark yellow, fluffy head and huge carbonation. Not a gusher just a lot of carb on each pour which is a very welcome thing.

S - Smells like Vanilla and Cream Soda with a tiny bit of wet cardboard and ropy leather. Nice grassy notes but clearly showing its age.

T - Taste was good and improved as it warm dup throughout the evening. Taste is loaded with a ton of funk and Brett and really hearty ropey leather. Finish is nice. Slightly cheesy and bitter orange peel and spice at the finish. Cardboard and funk lingers

M - Great mouthfeel, full bodied lemon meringue texture.

O - This beer was probably excellent a year ago but a Summer 2011 beer may not have just fallen off but who knows how well it was stored and how many hands it changed over the years. Still, it was great to try this. Thanks CheepBeerBuzz for sharing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (5910) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Small format bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Pours a translucent copper with a thin white head of foam. Fruity, yeasty, a little herbal. Mildly tart and acidic. Finishes dry and acidic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (3054) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Most Light, White Head, Great Lacing S: Lemongrass, Yeast, Pepper T: Lemongrass, White Pepper, Yeast M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Spicy, Yeasty Overall, a decent yeasty saison with a nice spicy nose and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
pour is clear yellow, bubbles flowing throughout, pure white head. Nose has fair bit of Saison, light pepper, hints of citrus and maybe a faint touch of barrel. Taste is similar, Saison yeast and light pepper, a bit sweeter, citric and lemon with a bit of malt showing. Still rather dry and highly carbonated. Not as bright as Ann, a bit less deep and a touch sweet in the finish but still extremely drinkable with gentle barrel integration.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (586) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Light hay pour, eggshell white head. Nose is bright citrus rind, dry white wine barrel, slight eggy sulfuric note. Mouth is saison yeast, light biscuit, less barrel than expressed in the nose. Lemon rind, Belgoan yeast, grass, black pepper. Barrel influence is minimal, more of a pleasant Dupont like saison than something you would really ponder over. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (23979) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012
19th October 2012
THE Sour and Saison tasting. Again thanks to our Hill Farmstead pusher - Leighton - for another rare HF beer. Hazy gold beer with big off white head. Light milky nose. Light airy palate with minerally carbonation. Super mild citrus, mild brett. Airy finish. Its all a bit ephemeral and reminds me of some of the early HF Saisons that were nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3676) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt. Served along side Hill Farmstead Art, Arthur, Flora, and McKenzie Irma Extra. The beer is hazy and yellowish orange in color with a thick white head that leaves some nice lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings some wine, brett, oak, funk. Good flavor, with brett and oak notes. Well balanced and tasty. Medium bodied and smooth. Really nice mouthfeel. Overall, a solid beer. I would have this again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-02-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7466) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle @ THE Sour and Saison Tasting. Cheers to Leighton for bringing this. The pours deep gold with a massive white head. The nose is light attic dust, some cork, wood and mild summer fruit salad. Plenty of tangerine and peach. Mild brett funk. The taste is light yeast, brett. Orange and tangerine fruit salad. Dusty, earthy flavors. The bodys light and zippy, the carbonation active on the palate. Overall, a very nice saison. This was a bit of a comedown after trying Ann, but what wouldnt be?

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