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Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2013)

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


on tap


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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (40833) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2014
37.5 cl bottle. Pours dark brown with a deep amber glare and a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty, spiced, herbal and solid hoppy. Spurish, overripe fruity and wineous. Slight acetic. Mild citric. Lingering dark malty finish. Overripe fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34658) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2014
Bottled. A Black beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, pepper, spices, and bread. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, spices, yeast, and straw, leading to a tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (26200) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle at yespr. Dark brown colored with a medium sized off-white head. Fruity aroma of caramel and spices with notes of oak and white wine. Fruity and light acidic flavor of red wine with notes of oak. Tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22315) - , 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18700) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle thanks to Leighton. Dark beer. Good sourness. Some tarmac. Good though. Good sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (17228) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle at Øl & Brød - Hill Farmstead Dinner. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Metallic aroma. Oxidation. Bitterness. Nice acid. Funky notes. Dried fruits earthy. Roasted. Tart. Dryness. Sour finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of coffee, oak, cocoa and sour funky vinegar. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (14660) - 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.

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