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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: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
2014-05-19. Very dark brown-black body with a modest beige head. Aroma is relatively mild, subtle with vaguely vinous fruit quality. Oak character comes out as it warms. Flavour is surprisingly tart and sour up front, vinous fruity character, light earthy undertones, dark malt, very light funk. Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Just a touch to subtle overall fro my preferences, I’d like a little more oomph to some of the flavours but still enjoyable and quite drinkable. Bottle cellared several months, originally bought at the brewery by Big Red.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (3377) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Une impression de brown ale en entrée et en finale. Au mileu, un monstre de complexité sauvage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
pfriesen (113) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Tart cherry, lemon and oak are at tue forefront, low carb but a lighter body makes up for it. Finishes semi-dry with a creeping hay-leather funkiness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle at HF Saison Fest 14. Pours a dark chestnut with a cream colored, bubbly head. Tart, red wine, cherries and leather, slightly acidic finish. Much different than first batch, more sourness and fruit presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2014
Darker pour, off white head. Sour up front, hints of darker fruits, nice oak presence. I’m not sure this beer is truly a saison. More sour than funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Bouteilles de 375 ml, merci beaucoup à David et Catherine. Arômes de grains légèrement toastés et de levure phénolique. Beau côté vineux. Robe brune et trouble, effervescence de moyenne à active, et légère dentelle. En bouche, le côté rustique de la bière demeure relativement sous contrôle pour une fermentation spontanée. On retrouve de belles notes de céréales qui se marient bien à la levure phénolique. Belles notes vineuses. Finale sèche et plutôt acide, surtout citrique et lactique. Intéressant, mais je crois que j’ai préféré la première version de la Phenomenology of Spirits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (4340) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 16, 2014
Dark bodied and with a creamy head. Funky, resin, fresh, bit woody, fermenting fruit and clear. Quite sour tasting at first and plucky. Not acidic at all though, so it’s certainly a taste that gets right in it. Somehow very well balanced though, because it developed so well. Absolutely nothing to do with a saison, not in the slightest. (Bottle shared with Fx and Tommy)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle shared by someone at the West Lakeview Zwanze 2013 event. Light funk, oak, dark fruits, and acidity in the nose and leading into the flavor. Lightly acidic on the palate with earth and fruit out front. Really easy drinking and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5916) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle @ The HUGE Tasting. Deep brown pour with a small head. Pennies, mineral. Some cherry and cantaloupe and fruit salad. The taste is moderately tart. Strawberry, peaches. Vibrant funk. Moderate acetic tang. Light body, deft. Overall, really tasty. Another solid offering from HF. I’m generally not a fan of dark saisons, but this works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10180) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2014
(60th Hill Farmstead Rating) Bottle... This beer rocks!... Muddy dark-brown pour with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The aroma is a funky, malty marriage of toasted barley, barnyard, horseblanket, lemon peel and damp, fallen wood. Medium-bodied and milky with nearly-expired carbonation. The flavor is funky, toasty, earthy and mildly sour - musty oak, malic acid Michigan cherries and a hint of acetic acid. Crisp, tart, earthy finish. Muchos gracias to ctipping for providing this bottle of world class beer!

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