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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: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3455) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
> Younger brother to CD8, full dark sour

[ Bottle ][ 375mL ][ oteyj ][ Tasting ][ Snifter Tulip ][ 5.28.14 ]
>> 2013 version. Clear, black cherry cola pour. Wispy tan foam. Nose is awesome cranberry, cake, black raspberry, similar to CD8. Tart, spicier, more lime compared to CD8. Not as complex either. Sharper acidity. Dark sour, sour red essentially- just so far away from black saison it is silly. Super lime heavy. Way beyond saison, should be dark sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2014
June Tasting Group Beer No. 1. Seems highly similar to a Sour Red/Brown. Pours a little browner than a Sour Red/Brown. Scent is sour fruit. Flavors starts quite sour and finishes slightly sweet. Live. Bottle - Shared by jrob21

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9872) - 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 (5021) - 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 (140) - 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 (10883) - 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.

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