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Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2013)

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


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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This bottling of our Dark Farmhouse Ale, Phenomenology of Spirit, was cooled overnight, exposed to winter air and 100% spontaneously fermented in oak barrels through the introduction of airborne yeast residing in and around our brewery. The beer has rested, quietly, in a diverse selection of oak barrels for nearly 18 months. Naturally carbonated and unfiltered, we feel that this is an authentic expression of our environment and of our brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4239) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle, minor gusher on opening. Thanks to jcvanderbilt. Pours clear mahogany black, medium beige head that dissipates fairly quickly with good lacing. Aroma is pretty light overall, mostly oak tannins, some roasty malts, dust, a touch of funk. Flavor is similar, dry and light plus tart, just a tiny note of funkiness. Lots of oaky and vinous notes, light musty, lemon. Medium body, fine champagne like carbonation. A bit hot on the finish, which is odd for the ABV. Good beer, easy to drink, not hugely complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
A deep beige head clings to the side of the veiled dark brown pour. Moderate bubbliness. Not powerfully scented, but layered and growing on you in the nose. Interestingly floral, wild, but elegant, with layers of ripe fruits, wood toastiness and subtle vanilla. The mildness takes a one-way ticket as in mouth, it is very tasty indeed, albeit expectations in regards to intensity should not be at Cantillon level. The background is definitely one of lactic acid, without vinegar and piling up with each sip. It is a good fit to the wild floweriness and the long oak barrel sojourn left plenty of agreeable tannins, providing plenty of texture in spite of residual sugars being virtually inexistent. Vigorous effervescence, but not over the top, probably less than your average bottle-conditioned spontaneously fermented beer. In the background, earthy notes remain discreet whilst cobwebby attic dust enhance complexity and dryness sensation. Puckering after a few sips and developing spicy notes whose origins I’m not clear on - oak or wild yeast’s phenols? Idem for the subtle smoke. It has depth that one, and it invites you for contemplation as it warms and opens up furthermore. Not something I would drink very regularly even if I had an unlimited supply, but this was worth the effort to visit the brewery at the right time and it sure is fun to see more regional spontaneous efforts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
[6328-20140519] 375mL bottle. Grainy fruity malt aroma. Dark brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Tart fruity flavour. Medium-full body is surprisingly funky. Good. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(c/o Big Red, w/ jercraigs, pfriesen)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1525) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2014
I’m having a hard time calling this a saison, per the RB description, but this is a good sour. My only complaint is that the base beer doesn’t come through as much as I’d like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14246) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle at Øl & Brød - Hill Farmstead Dinner. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Metallic aroma. Oxidation. Bitterness. Nice acid. Funky notes. Dried fruits earthy. Roasted. Tart. Dryness. Sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBPortland (1095) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 12, 2014
375ml bottle pours dark almost opaque brown with ruby light edges and a finger of offwhite head. Nose is big woody funk, woodshop, sawdust, gunpowder, soft tart grape and fruit cola. Taste is creamy, tart balanced acidity, earthy dark fruit, date, and tart grape/cherry, musty wet basement funk, woody, hints of roasty cocoa ash. Finish is tart fruity vinous wood and dark roast, funk, grape, wine. Wonderful dark wild.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10428) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of coffee, oak, cocoa and sour funky vinegar. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (1763) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle at Hill Farmstead Beer Maker’s Dinner at Øl & Brød October 11th. Pours black with a medium tan head. Aromas of chocolate, Juniper, roasted malts, roasted nuts, blackberries and funk. Taste is chocolate, Juniper, funk, roasted malts, blackberries and roasted nuts. Mouthfeel is quite dry and tart with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (2585) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
Pours deep dark brown with low light tan head. Aroma of light juniper, bread, chocolate, dark fruit, raisins. Taste is rich sour, cherries and red berries. Body is light and crisp with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10602) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2014
Bottled. Dark brown coloured. Dense lgiht brown head. ARoma. Yeast, sweetness, some fruits, spice, oak. Flavour. Oak, yeast, light sourness, grape, berries, oak. medium to full bdoied. Ends sour and citric with berries. Nice.

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