yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Working through a backlog of reviews. Sampled at the 1st Anniversary party. Nothing particularly novel to say about this beer if you’re familiar with Phenomenology of Spirit and Flora (Batch 1 or 2)...
Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a retentive off white head. Strong nose of wood and brett, some spice and dark fruits/wine present. Flora does a nice job of balancing out the intensity of the barrel from PoS and adding some depth to the flavor. Strong malt body with dark fruit, bread, and light funk finishing with subtle wine flavors. Light bodied with high carbonation and funk throughout. Very nice blend!
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2011 I had this on tap at HFS. Let me tell you something about the combination of the two incredible beers. Pour from tap. looks a dark red almost black. Light dense foam cap covering the top of the liquid. The smell begins with slight tart saison esters and dark malt then continues through oaky vinous notes and a bit of wheaty malt. Much like the smell, the taste is a bit tart with clean saison esters, dark carmel. Through out there is an oaky light vinous tannic note. Not sweet and a light bitterness balancing out. Mouthfeel is crisp not overly dry. Carbonation is moderate and creamy. This is one I kept going back for more.
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A yeasty, woody and muddy/doughy barnyard dark Saison. Good beer but an acquired taste.
How: Tap at the brewery
The look: Cloudy brown body topped by an enormous beige head with good retention
In long: Nose is rustic in a dirty-barnyard-kind-of-way. Taste has a strong moist wood barrel presence, a lot of doughy yeast, barnyard, some dark fruits, a bit of leather, fungus-like notes, light nuttiness. Body was full, doughy and the carbonation was lively. This is far from a clean and crisp beer but it will nonetheless charm those who (like me) enjoy the type of muddy Saison/barnyard beers like a Fantome Automne. Drank this one at the Hill Farmstead highly successful first anniversary party. A bit too successful as there were very long lines to get beer, but to keep my sanity while waiting on long lines to get beer I imagine I’m at a very orderly gangbang.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"A blend of our Phenomenology of Spirit and Flora."
On tap at the Hill Farmstead Anniversary Celebration. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.
Pours a dark amber color with a good off-white head and nice lacing as it went down the glass. The nose is fairly funky with quite a bit of brett and some darker malts. A bit of leather and lots of wood. Some dark fruit type character. The flavor carries moderate bready malt along with some funk, light roast, and some mild fruit. Body is light with really nice carbonation and a good funky feel. Really a nice blend that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-04-2011
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the anniversary party. Pours a clear ruby amber copper with a large white to beige head. Big funky brett, dry and leathery. Sweet vinous funk, brett. Smooth with a touch of dry brett. Sweet and bretty, smooth and tasty with a touch of toast.
Jblauvs (1339) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap at Hill Farmstead 1st Ann.
Pours a dark ruby with thin offwhite head. Aroma is bready, vanilla, dark fruit, yeast, very woody. Creamy mouthfeel, flavor is complex wood tannin, currant fruit, light cheesy funk. Soft, rustic, yeasty. One of my favorite offerings at the Farm this weekend.
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at HF first anniversary.
Appearance : Hazy amber with big foamy head.
Aroma : Lots of yeast, light funk. Nice fruits too.
Taste : Lots of yest with light funk and hops. Finish is very yeasty with light hops.
Overall : Nice finish, nice yeast but maybe a bit too much. Tasty but feels a bit "out of control..."
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Hill Farmsteads first anniversary celebration. My favorite saison of the day. Hazy copper pour with a mountainous white head. Awesome doughy fruitiness, cheesy brett funk, woody grapes, and some light roast put this brew in a league of its own. Amazingly pleasant palate with fine bubbled caressing carbonation and a dry finish.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Prevalent doughy yeastiness supports this Saison’s red wine currents, as wooden subtleties, cereals and herbal hops add depth.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam laces atop the cloudy cherry red.
-The cushiony effervescence and diplomatic flavor profile made this extremely drinkable.
-A definite countryside personality emerges from the important character.
-I thought this very yeast character took a little too much room in the aroma and flavor profile for my tastes.
-Both base beers are better accomplished than the result of this blend imho, but this blend is still better (and more pleasantly rustic) than a large majority of American-made Saisons.
On tap at the brewery.
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Hill Farmstead’s 1st Anniversary. Beautiful ruby red pour with a large frothy head. Aroma and flavor are both marked with a beautiful fruitiness that mixes some light cherry and red plum along with a fantastic tart and bready saison profille. You can really taste elements of both the regular Flora and Phenomenology of Spirit in this, and it absolutely works. One of my favorites of the day.