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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Godofthecellar (597) - NYC, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Poured deep brown with no head. Smell was vineous and oaky. Flavot of wood, wine, very sour. Dark fruit, really nice dark saison

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
teorn88 (1916) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2013
37.5cl bottle, Steasy66 tasting at CBC Islington. Massive thanks to Leighton for initiating me to world of HF. It pours a dark brown bosy with a small tan head. Aroma is huge, complex and in your face, with strong vinous and sour citrusy notes. Red wine, wood, vanilla and funk. Great mix. Taste is similarly funky and sour with some woody, port wine notes. Medium bodied with good carbonation. This beer is tasty, complex and balanced. Plus is a mix of styles I love. Reminded me somehow of Oerbier Reserva.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2136) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle again gigantic thanks to oteyj! Deep cola, dark mahogany pour with a fluffy off-white head. Nose and flavor are superb, with a gorgeous combination of dry roast, stunning vinous dark fruit, oaky dryness, and barrel-based funk. Complex, crisp and refreshing on the palate despite the richness of flavor. This and Tired Hands Guillemot make other dark saisons look like childs’ play.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (1760) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle shared with Leighton at Craft Islington. Colour hazy dark brown, off white head. Nose is deep sour berry, very light balslamic vinegar, crisp clean sour yeast. Taste is a brown sour but with awesome balance, big sour and blends into slight fruit. There’s leather, some dark fruit, chocolatey dark malt tones and then tartness. It’s clean, crisp and well balanced. Beautiful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (12674) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle thanks to Leighton. Dark beer. Good sourness. Some tarmac. Good though. Good sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (5372) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
375mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a deep dark mahogany-tinged brown with a small beige head. Nose is extremely funky and wild-smelling, with loads of wild yeast, considerable tart funky notes, and oak barrels. Flavour brings out loads of tart leathery notes, lots of funk, lots of oak barrels, a touch of dark dry fruity notes, and finishes on tart woody notes. Very complex, with a wonderful array of flavours all working in harmony. Much more complex than the regular Phenomenology of Spirit. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
Consumed 8-13-13, whole bottle minus yeast poured into a HF glass. Reviewed from notes. A- Pours black with a lingering 1 inch head. Noticeable carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The head falls over a minute leaving a thin layer of mocha head with decent retention. Looks like it has good clarity, but the color makes it difficult to tell. S- Brett, lactic acid. There is a sourness off the bat that reminds me of a flanders red. It presents with cherries, lemon and oranges intertwined, although cherries are the standout. A touch of vinegar as well. There is a phenolic note on the end, although it works well with the rest of the flavors. A touch of chocolate as well, but very subtle. T- Cherry, raspberry, some coffee and chocolate too. Lemon-zest acidity. A touch of bitterness on the end. M- Wow, this thing is dry. I feel like I just chewed on a chunk of chalk. Medium to high carbonation. Very drinkable on the get-go, but the insanely dry finish leaves you walking around shouting for water. O- This stuff is awesome as is, no aging needed. Tons of fruit flavor, and very little phenolics. Definitely another hit from Hill Farmstead. Their wilds and saisons continue to blow me away one after the other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (1753) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Pours a deep burnt umber almost ruby mahogany color with a finger of eggshell foam. The nose is leather, tart vinous notes, some forest floor stuff going on.... the palate follows with some vinous tart cherry fruit, musty earthiness, hint of cocoa dust and a dry finish. Great mouthfeel and a mysterious beer for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (2465) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle. Brown pour with brown head. Dark sweet malt aromas. Dark malts and dark fruits. Little but different than most of their saisons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (2788) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2013
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 Bottle cheers to Leighton. HF beers so far always look the part! Nose has plenty of tart which I wasn’t expecting. A touch of soda, wild yeast, vanilla/oakiness. Nice. Taste is something different entirely - vinegar, cocoa, tart, barnyard. Quite wild and funky. Very lengthy stuff and incredibly balanced. Great beer

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