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Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2013)

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

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (784) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is cherry and chocolate and roast. Wow! Taste is sour cherry with a hint of chocolate. Slight acetic, quite dry. Roastiness rounds out the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2637) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
The beer is chestnut brown with a quarter inch of khaki head. The aroma offers saison yeast, funk, currants. Similar flavor. Dark fruits, currant, malt, funk, yeast, a touch of lactobacillus. Really tasty. Super easy drinking. Perfect carbonation level. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1979) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Dark brown in colour with strong carbonation. Lots of brett influence on the nose, with elements of leather, cherry pits, and muted roast. Fairly tart in the mouth with more leather, vanilla, cherry wood and minerals. A bit of an initial slick mouthfeel, but the tartness and strong carbonation balance it out nicely. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (505) - - AUG 9, 2014
500 ml bottle shared by Huhzubendah, thanks Matt! Pours a dark nut brown with light passing as dark cherry red hues. Lasting beige head is uneven across the meniscus, and focused to the edge. Aroma is sour tangy dark fruits, slight brett yeast, red sour fruits. Flavor is same with yeast, funk, oak and vanilla, bright carbonation, tangy lactic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3820) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma of roasted malt, oak, citrus, lacto. Taste is dark fruits and nice oak with good sour finish. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1467) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Pour is dark brown, mostly opaque, with a light tan head. Nose is sweet, sugary malt with notes yeast, a touch of roast and a fair bit of leathery brett. Taste is malt sugary, berries and red wine with a light dark roast. Very assertive brett presence, leathery brett with moderate carb, a medium body and a sweetness lingering through the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8011) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2014
Sampled under less than ideal circumstances No head left, deep cola-coloured still beer. Strong lactic nose, buttermilk, wood, milkchocolate and dark (red) fruit. Sourish and bonedry flavours, wood & chocolate, tanninerich. Less fruity than the nose. Finish has again a pharmaceutical streak. Dry-out effect, astringent, medium bodied at best; very light acidburn. Seen the circumstances, excellent oud bruin. Txs to Mathieu!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1988) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clear dark brown beer. Small stable beige head, NOSE: brett, wood, fruity, lactic. TASTE: brett, little sour, fruity, wood.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2628) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle from a recent trade and shared with the crew. Damn nice and smooth and light sour flavors. Finish is lots of red fruit. Gritty and dirty texture. Little bit of bittersweet roastiness to the flavor. Medium bitterness and a burst of red fruit on the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1804) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Just another pimp tasting day with the group. This one was dark amber and appeared to be a mix of saison and sour red. Either way delicious. Wild, funky dark berries, oak, long lingering palate.


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