Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 4)

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


on tap


Add Distribution Data
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.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.

Fred82 (2311) - 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.

crossovert (12614) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 Dark pour, this one has a dusty and yeasty aroma with some fruitness. Flavor is lighter than expected, has a nice oak flavor and ends with a beautiful bit of smoke.

SudsMcDuff (8382) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
pretty sure i had #4 .. .. nice night for a walk? .. . pours a dark brown .. mild head, solid lacing .. . starts out great, but the finish is unpleasant, has a dirty tartness .. . . hey buddy! did you just see a real bright light!?!

Lukaduke (3206) - 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.

hopscotch (11043) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. The nose presents purple grapes and lightly funky acidity. Light to medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The otherwise-bready flavor furnishes a stupid-good, grape-flavored SweeTarts component that I’m totally digging. Unfortunately, there is misplaced, uninviting, tannic bitterness in the finish. A shame, because I enjoyed just about everything else about this beer. Still, excellent overall. Bottle selflessly shared by ctipping!

boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle shared on New Years Eve... Poured brownish with red/amber highlights and a thin grayish head. Nose had yeast with vinous wood-like characters. Tasted of dark grains, some spice, cocoa, and dark fruits with vinous wine-like wood tones adding depth. Some toasted sugars with black pepper spice too. Not widely accepted among us tasting bottles but I took more of a shining to this from our group. That could be because I favor on the concept behind the name and it could be clouding my palate. But overall, this is complex and unique. Yet nothing to run home screaming about.

fonefan (48579) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

Clear medium to dark red brown colour with a small, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly to fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, fruity, moderate yeasty, saison yest, fruity, wine, wood, pepper, brett, brett - smoke notes ? Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, fruity, yeast, peppery, tart, rubber notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121116]

jackl (8011) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Cheers to Adam for bringing this along! The pour’s deep brown with a tiny off-white head. The nose is cherry, light vinous wine barrel, some mild chocolate and general roasted aromas. The taste is sweet cherry, farmhouse earthiness. As the beer warms, you get more vinous and slightly tangy funky notes. Roasted malt. Soft body, mild carbonation. Overall, decent. Admittedly I’m not a massive fan of this kind of saison.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by Kan. Thanks, dude! Pours a richer blackish pour, good darker body with no real light. Perhaps a touch of brown on the edges. A cakey chocolate milk head is moderate sized, sits around firmly, laces well. Aromas are cocoa, oak, and gentle spice. Some gentle smoke, banana, some estery fruit, gentle yeast. Cocoa, sweet fruits, toast and toffee. Some cocoa, touches of oak, firm hopping is citrusy, fruity, and floral. Great rich aromas, a bit sweet and some candylike Smarties. Vanilla, oak, and darkness, fruity elements. Initial is a touch tart, dry, and fruit. Some fruit, a bit toasty and dry into the middle. Darker malts, some fruity esters, with cocoa and dryness hit the palate at odd times. Tart and fruit through the middle, firm terroir and wild yeast elements, rich oak. Good tartness and fruit from middle into backend. Dry and oaky, vanilla, light tannic feel. Finish is tart, tannic, gentle almost white wine feel. Good gentle smokiness lingers with tartness, fruit, dry tannic barrel. Pretty fun blend that seems to offer a lot of flavors. Some popcorn on the backend and finish, dry gentle cocoa, smoke, yeasty funk and dryness. Some richer oak, tartness. Complex, but overall a bit odd and overwhelming at times. Nice beer.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3  4  5 6 7 8 9 10
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5