Civil Disobedience #19
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #19Civil Disobedience #19
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
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4.41 | pDev: 4.76%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Civil Disobedience #19Civil Disobedience #19
Notes: Release #19 is a blend of beers brewed in fall/winter 2014, consisting primarily of first, second, and third filled 225 liter and 500 liter barrels of Arthur and Florence in addition to several other fractional threads.
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jhavs from New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour onsite. 750ml shared between two people in HF globes.

Careful pour creates a clear and golden straw brew with a bubbly head that is just off white.

Aroma has a layer of zesty citrus, fresh cut oak and slight funk.

Flavor is layered and complex with bright citrus, light sweetness, balanced tartness. Grass and barrel wood blend nicely with the light earthy funk and fruit.

Moderate carbonation, soft, smooth, great feel.

Perfect balance of subtle, yet still complex flavors.

Sep 12, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

this beer is very much a product of its threads, which sounds sort of obvious, like, of course it is, but being familiar with some of the base beers in the blend, i really taste them here, and despite being a really delicious wild farmhouse ale, its not all that different from some of the beers that comprise it, like the synergy some of the others have displayed isnt quite here, but that said, this is really tasty, leagues better than most of whats out there in the style, it just doesnt quite impress me the way a lot of the others have. hazy straw colored from the bottle with an initial rush of carbonation but then quite flat, this one certainly doesnt effervesce and sizzle like i wanted it to. the yeast aspect here is fantastic, a somewhat more mature funk to this, woodier and more developed, and also a somewhat higher acidity than i know in the base beers, like its just got a little more wild character too it, not quite so subtle, and there is all kinds of nuance here, oak tannins, light vanilla, fresh lemon, lemongrass, kiwi fruit, and a light brine thing going on, maybe even some faint herbal green tea bitterness in this, but it doesnt present itself as hoppy. lemon lime soda flavors, lots of oak, white wine, and fresh grasses, this is rustic and yeast driven, but there is a nice tangy acidity through here and a fuller body from the wheat. more carbonation would really help it for me, i want this to feel alive. really excellent beer by itself, but in the context of a lot of the other hill beers, its middle of the road, delicious as it is...

Jan 04, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with white foamy head. Aroma of tart notes with light floral undertones is quite nice. Taste is a nice mix of tart notes with floral undertones. Taste is a mix of tart notes with oak presence and some lemon notes with nice floral undertones. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice beer with lots of subtle complexities.

Dec 24, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a sunny gold with a hazy clarity and a tight band around the edges. Nose expresses citrus, elements of the wine barrel and spicy notes. Taste follow nose - citrus hits upfront, followed by wood, wine and cork. Mouthfeel is light and lively with mild acidity. Overall, a very nice wine barrel presence in this farmhouse - well done!.

Nov 25, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml into a matching HF oversized wine glass appears clear golden with a white cap that fades leaving soapy lace.

Smells vinous and lemony with a hint of vanilla/oak. Some earthy brett is also present.

Tastes tart, lemony lactic, vinous and bretty/wild. There is a tannic aspect to this that takes this into an earthy feel towards the finish. The oak is present with a neutral woodiness and soft vanilla addition.

Light in body, modestly carbonated. As much as I like to hate on the HF hype and hysteria that I normally dont get in their beers, this one is pretty damn good.

Nov 20, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a bright and sunny orange, slightly hazy, with a fluffy white head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells super distinctive, it's that classic punchy HF farmhouse yeast- biting citrus and hay-like funk, with vinous white wine, some oak, and mineral water.

This is stupid delicious. It's got a great mineral water/mineral funk character to it- it's that classic HF water coming through and influencing the yeast in the best way. There's a lot of fruit and citrus here- apricot and grapefruit, some white grape, and a good white wine character. There's an expressive floral and grassy character, too. This is stupid complex.

This is light bodied, and very clean, with a lingering acidity on the finish that demands you take another sip.

This being essentially a mix of Art and Flora certainly helps out. It's absolutely delicious.

Oct 11, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 4.14.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, copper hues with a hazy complexion and a thin, fizzy white head, decent retention with good lace. The aroma is nice, lots of wine barrel character, distinctive Hill Farmstead funk, citrus peel, acidic mineral water character with some soft grain and lingering oaky aroma. The flavors are nice, lots of mineral water and acidity up front, buggy funk, red wine like vinous character, bright floral bouquet with a hint of lemon citrus and a very grainy finish. The mouthfeel is good, thicker medium body, coats well with a tart and prickly texture and a dry finish.

Verdict: A good wine barrel aged saison blend from Hill Farmstead. It's not the most complex beer they've made and the balance is just okay, I wish it was a bit brighter and less grain forward. The funk and buggy acidity is a good thing, but does come off a bit one note at times.

Sep 05, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellow/orange, clear with 2 inch head. Medium high carbonation.
Smell: Lemon, pear, white wine, and pepper.
Taste: Lemon, pear, white whine, funk, and pepper.
Mouthfeel: Light, but complex.
Overall: A good whine barrel aged saison from hill Farmstead.

Aug 28, 2017
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: yellow body with bone white head.

Smell: White wine and dry oak. Smells clean and it might have some nice tartness as well.

Taste: lots of dry oak and tart white wine with a hint of well water minerality. Light tartness. Well blended flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy on the palate and finishes with slight dry note. The beer is very clean and also lightly tart. Light bodied beer, but it feels a little bigger than you average Hill Farmstead saison. Moderate carbonation level.

Overall: Another fantastically blended saison from the Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience series. This is up there with one of my favorite offerings in the Civil Disobedience series. Such a great job done in regards to blending of and the balance of wine barrel and saison.

Jul 30, 2017
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle splited 4 ways. Warmed up before opening, gush coming out when the bottle popped. Yellow/orange liquid, white head trying to stick to the glass as it diminishes. Aroma is acetic acid, citric acid, funk, lemon. Taste is tartness, white wine, lemon going from sour, slight acetic to more earthy brett finish, medium orange peel bitterness. Light body with a oily brett texture, carb was perfect!

Jul 19, 2017
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quite carbonated, not exactly a gusher, but there is some foam to capture almost immediately after opening. Good head production, excellent retention, and nice lacing. Golden transparent brew, with lots of lively action.

Rustic and musty aroma, with pale sweetness, wildflower honey, and a light sourness. Smells simultaneously strong and delicate. Reminiscent of Cantillon.

Exceptionally tart up front, carrying a distinctly vinegary note. Oaky, slightly sweet and grainy, musty. Retains a saison backbone, but has little else in common with the base brews. Apples, pears, vinegar, white wine, hay, honey, earth, light tobacco. Really deep; every sip begs for another, to further explore the depth and complexity.

Slightly puckering; medium bodied. Soft.

An exceptional brew. More sour than I anticipated, much like the sours of Belgium, and less like the saisons I expect from HF.

May 28, 2017
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Tommo from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one starts out kinda light when its cold, normal hill farmstead deliciousness. But as it warms it opens up the wine barrel and floral notes and really comes together. Excellent beer

May 28, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over an oh so slightly hazy, almost clear, golden body with no lacing and dissipates to a ring with very thin cap after a few minutes. Nose of French oak, white wine, citrus; all kinds of tropical fruit aromas appear as it warms. Flavors mirror the aromas very nicely with an almost perfect tartness. Very nice feel and overall I'm glad I waited to open one of these. So nice paired with my Friday fish feed. Second glass is a bit more hazy and less clear but no change in aroma, flavor, or feel. Cheers!

Apr 22, 2017
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Black Tuesday taster glass.

A~ burnt orange with a little head and a little lacing.

S~ following the appearance burnt candied oranges, wheat, other citrus and some sweet red wine.

T~ follows the nose, more acidic here with a ton of honey maybe from Anna?

M~ nice carb with lingering acidic burn.

O~ definitely a nice blend! maybe a tad too much barrel and a little to acidic but other than that i have nothing bad to say about this one. will age nice for sure!

Apr 19, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from Roguer. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/20/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, apricot, pear, pineapple, guava, grapefruit, mango, melon, white grape, white wine, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and cracker; with light leather, musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, apricot, pear, pineapple, guava, grapefruit, mango, melon, white grape, white wine, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and cracker; with light leather, musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast, tannic wine/oak spiciness, and fruity/lactic tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, apricot, pear, pineapple, guava, grapefruit, mango, melon, white grape, white wine, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and fairy grainy/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a fantastic wine barrel aged saison! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink; thanks to the balanced tart/tannic/spicy flavors. A highly enjoyable offering.

Apr 08, 2017
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edthehead from New York

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 1000 beer check in on BA, so had to make it something special. I felt it had to be a Hill Farm and had to be something special ... barrel Aged, limited, and representative of what makes HF the iconic brewer HF is, oh and it also had to be something that I had in my cellar ... the winner was Civil Disobedience 19. Met and exceeded expectations! Thanks to you world best Brewers up there in Greensboro Bend!

Apr 03, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Hazy body. Smells of lots of wine. Oak. Some vanilla. A bit of acidity. Tastes of lots of white wine. Almost sweet. Fruity. Oak. More white wine. Lightly tart. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Very slight astringency. Tasty, but it’s a wine bomb.

Apr 02, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the brewery. Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Pours a hazy medium-lighter orange body, slight yellow hue, one finger thick white head, very much appropriate retention, lots of lacing all over. Beautiful beer, and a bit brighter than I remember Arthur or Florence being. Smell is a rich white vinous character, tart lemon, minerals (a little bit of sulfur circa Arthur), oak, underripe stone fruit skin, light grain. The vinous character is impressive and somewhat forward; with the tart lemon, in a way it isn't that far off from the brilliance of Flora batch 5. Flavour is similarly complex. White vinous character, a bit of oak and musty funk, tart lemon, minerals (but a bit less sulfur than you'd expect based on the nose), light leather, citrus zest. This is vintage Hill Farmstead flavour profile right here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly crisp and dry on the finish, with citrus zest, light leather and white wine on the finish. A wonderful blended saison, absolutely fits what Hill Farmstead has strived to accomplish in their barrel aged saisons in the past. A very nice reminder of the brilliance of Flora batch 5, but it goes in a slightly different path.

Mar 17, 2017
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AlpacaAlpaca from New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice blend. It balances the zip of carbonation, sour, and dry citrus zest with the earthier tones of the barrel and smooth easy aftertaste. Almost a bit savory to start, it settles into a delicate ride of wine grape and softened fruit

Mar 17, 2017
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle dated 10/20.2016 into a large goblet.
A - Apricot honey color, gently carbonated, rushed out of the bottle then settled in. A thin white cap of
tight spheres resides at the edge of the pour.
S - Pineapple, winter wheat, apricot, some rine ash, chalk, green apple skin. Complex to say the least. Reminiscent of Rhine river Riesling, a touch of minerals as well.
T - Melon ripe in the sun, White wine grape, beautiful touch of barrel, fruits including apricot, guava, warm pineapple, a bit of toast, delicate graininess. apricot jam.
M- What a delicate touch, round in body, full on the palate and yet gentle, soft water and near perfect carbonation matched to the volume of the offering. The finish is forever, and evolves with each sip, desire and hope are all that remains.
O - This blended offering with Arthur and Florence as the base is an enriching experience. The Arthur is forward, and passive, Florence and her friends form the other "threads" add complexity. the touch of barrel ices the cake. The mouth feel is remarkable, soft, and fully coating, then a dry mineral finish.
Complex and delightful, rewarding in every way.
Worth seeking out


Mar 05, 2017
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KevSal from California

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

outta the box and into the fridge.

looks fantastic in the glass, murky pale yellow, appears well carbed

aroma is fantastic, tart, funk, and that hf character yeast. yes a lot of arthur coming through

this is quite delicious. big on the arthur. lots is sweetness, nice wine notes. really soft finish, starts off try but real nice sweetness at the very end. arthur is significantly prevelent

mouthfeel helps create the nice flavor. it's well carbed but very delicate, with a juicy mouthfeel and dry sweet finish

overall this might be the closet i'll ever get to trying art lol. very well done and a very nice blend. i like these blends that the big guys put out, i could drink nonna's blends, pulling nails and civil disobedience's for the rest of my life!

Mar 02, 2017
Civil Disobedience #19 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 104 ratings