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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (4916) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (2391) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
teorn88 (6473) - Out of the EU, 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Chestnut pour with garnet tints. Fluffy off white head. Vinous funk and dark fruit jam lead to bright lactic acidity and light oak character. Medium body with caressing effervescence and a super dry finish. Most struck by the complexity of funk. Hard to pinpoint and wholly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2013
pours dark brown wirh a medium tan head. aroma has nice tart oak...vinous...some tart dark fruit and just a hint of booziness. Flavor is much more tart than the aroma suggests...pleasant soury/roasty dark fruit and lots of oak...wonderfully vinous and tart. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is tart/fruit/oak and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Black with little head. Tart and fruity aroma, hint of dark malt. Really lactic and fruity. Really great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (5757) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle shared by NJ Alan with BaRry, Alan and I latenight in VT. Poured dark brownish red, notes of cherry, tartness, smoke, cocoa dust, black cherry, roasty malt, acidic funk and sour fruit. Lots of watering sourness in this one. Medium bodied. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Rich sour oud bruin, delicate and moderate tartness, fantasic base beer, a model of what this style represents

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkwood04 (5281) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2014 375ml bottle in a Hill Farmstead glass. Pours dark brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of funkiness and tartness, some light oak, and dark malts. Flavor the same with a lot funkiness. Average texture. Another incredible beer by this brewery. Edit: 10/29/14 Tried another bottle. Wow. Just wow. I wish the batch that was just brewed was spontaneously fermented, but I bet this next batch will also be great too.

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