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Hill Farmstead Phenomena

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Hill Farmstead Phenomena
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Formerly brewed at Hill Farmstead Brewery
Style: Saison
Greensboro, Vermont USA
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A black saison - Phenomena is the base beer for Phenomenology of Spirit... but is released straight from the stainless steel and sees no honey, no microflora, and no primary fermentation in the oak. Draft only.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Lucky enough to find this on tap at the Pitcher Inn in Warren, VT the same weekend I got to try Phenomenology of Spirit and Phenomenology of Flora at HF. This pour looks even less like a traditional saison than the oaked or blended versions do. Near black with a mahogany/maroon hue. Bubbly light beige head that has good retention and leaves extreme amounts of web like lacing. Aroma is surprising at first, and quickly becomes intriguing and enjoyable. I didnít make the hefe connection like previous reviews when sampling, but that jumps out now. Instead I picked up on more of the dark fruits (plum, cherry) and mild chocolate and burnt aromas. Some underlying spice and if I twist my mind just right I can believe this is a "saison". The saison yeast and earthy spiciness are more present in the base of the flavor but again this quickly becomes dominated by brown sugar, plums, apples, jam, chocolate and mild roast. Medium bodied, with lighter than expected carbonation. Combination of the lacking body and rich, sweet flavors is the lowpoint of this otherwise enjoyable beer. The end result of this makes perfect sense as a saison even if the description of the individual components fail to suggest it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2011
growler. pours a dark brown body with a tinited head. smell is of dark malts saison ester spiciness and a bit of flora hops. taste is moderately sweet dark chocolate estery spicy herbal floral. a small bitter bite. moderate carbonation with a medium body. really enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Growler. Pours a dark bruin body with an off white head, not your classic saison so to speak. Spicy herbal with some earth and dark hop tones, almost a big more like a black ipa with the various dark malty tones. Caramel, coco and dark fruit yeast tones. Interesting beer, i prefer the phenomenology though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9162) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2011
GrowlerÖ Dime-n-Hetfieldís "All the Way to 1K" ThrowdownÖ Pours especially dark brown with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The bouquet furnishes nutty chocolate and mild notes of sassafras and other roots and herbs. Medium-bodied with buzzing carbonation. The flavor tilts toward the bitter side of balance, but not by much. Burnt, but refreshing. Finishes bitter, singed and dry. Growler courtesy of Glougouburp!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2818) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 15, 2011
The aroma is roasty, chocolate, earthy. The appearance is a deep brown/black, light tan head. The flavor is roast, chocolate, light pine. The finish is pine hops. Medium to Medium/thick in body. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2011
In short: An sweet and nutty dark ale with a rustic Saison character. Decent unusual beer.
How: Tap on location at the brewery
The look: Near black body topped by a persistent small beige head
In long: The unusual nose is burnt hay, rustic yeast and fudge. Taste is has a lot of nutty malts, cookies, burnt hay, caramel fudge, bread crumbs. A bit sweet but somehow the Belgian rustic yeast manages to express itself in this unusual environment. Full lively body. A bit too sweet to please the Saison love that I am. And also one of least favorite Hill Farmstead so far. It is nonetheless a fun beer to try. This beer sure ainít unusual for a so-called Saison. But Hill Farmsteadís brewer is an original dude and he plays by his own rules, and heís very good at basketbowling.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 11, 2011
Growler thanks to Hopscotch! You rule man. Dark brown color with a thick bubbly head. Aroma is full of dark fruits and coffee. Flavor is malty and a tad sweet with the fruits coming through on the back end. Flavor wasnít over the top but I really enjoyed it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2011
Draft at Rattle Ní Hum. Pours a pitch cola black with a mighty, frothy tan head. Leaves cappuccino-like lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma of sweet licorice, molassess, ginger-snap cookies, hops, malted milk balls, lavendaer, and corriander. Flavors of flat cola with cinnamon, ginger, and clove on the finish. Really tasty man. Try dis.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5334) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 8, 2011
Draft with pat at rnh in NYC. Pours deep brown, nearly black body with great off white lacing that coats the side of my glass. Aroma is wheaty, yeasty and spicy. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium with notes of spice, yeast, wheat and finishes with cherry, wood and grapes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (1380) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Thanks to, Iím assuming, Fred and Danny and whoever else came from the great white north. Destroys the other black saisons Iíve had, but then thatís not really much of an accomplishment. Lots of roasted malt flavors, chocolate, lightly sweet, not particularly funky or "saison"-like. But pretty good. Want to try again.


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