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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (13424) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle shared at the rather large Friday tasting, lashings of thanks once again to Leighton 03/01/14. Hazed dark mahogony brown with a moderate light beige covering. Nose is tarte dark berry fruits, bitter orange, dank red grapefruit. Taste comprises soured dark berry fruits, hedgerow, earthy, bitter grapefruit, straw. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry closure. Solid execution form HF once again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (18956) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
3rd January 2014
Mega Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to HF requistioner extraodinairre Leighton. Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light and dry and crisp. Sourish dark fruits. Light touch of dark chocolate. Brett. Small dash of hops. Light dry finish with a sourish linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (9768) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle thanks to leighton at the Returneth of Jack tasting. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is dark fruit, blueberry, blackberry, bramble, jammy aspect and a touch of funk. The taste is crisp, tart, bramble, black grape, sherbet, tangy fruits, wood, earth, slightly vinous and a touch of spice. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Nice tart, funky dark farmhouse number. Plenty going on and well-balanced. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (14703) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared in London while Jack’s in town. Picked up at the brewery. Pours clear, deep brown with a strong, creamy beige head. Tangy dark berries in the nose, good funk, sweat. Light sweet flavor with assertive tangy dark fruits, nice funk, hints of dark malts. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Great finish, loads of tangy dark fruits, dirty sweat, funky earth. Exceptional depth. All the flavors are true and deep. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pour brown dark amber. Nose is of sour cherry. Taste has sour cherry and raisin. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1973) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Thanks Erik via TB. This is a dark ass beer. Almost looks like a light porter. Aroma of sour cider. Taste is Grammy smith apple cherry. Just the right amount of sour and tartness. This is a really good sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6055) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has some strong toffee and dark fruit notes. The flavor is a mix of dark fruit, caramel and toffee malt, and some light tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
birdmachine (226) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
375ml bottle poured into the #properglassware. Aroma is almond milk, faint cocoa, earthy spice, faint vinous quality with a mix of sour vinegar. Pours cola brown with off white that that recedes to the sides of the glass. Taste follows aroma with nutty earthy tones, bakers cocoa, some red wine, oak, dates and figs with a sour bite. Definitely a funky beer. The body is light, maybe a little thin with high carbonation and a dry finish. I enjoyed the HFs wild ales quite a bit, and this was an interesting mix of flavors that are not overly acidic, or off. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5843) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
(375ml bottle) clear medium dark brown, dark tan bubbles. Nose of chocolTe malt, light oak, bugs, wet wood, bit of cellar floor. Taste of tart lemon, wet wood, complex, light smoke. Palate linger is as good as it gets. Perfect carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Black with little head. Tart and fruity aroma, hint of dark malt. Really lactic and fruity. Really great beer.

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