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Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2011)

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


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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Phenomenology of Spirit is our first collaborative saison - brewed with friends at Tired Hands, McKenzie, and our sister brewery, Grassroots in Denmark. This unique, Dark Saison was primary fermented in french oak wine casks along with multiple strains of brettanomyces and resident microflora. All of our collaborative beers receive names in the likeness of the great philosophical work that suits them. In this case, Hegel’s masterwork, which posits a foundation of dialectic and consciousness - seems to summarize the Spirit of this Saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours dark amber with a small tan head. The nose is spice, light bubblegum and white pepper. The taste is the same as the nose with some light sourness in the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (3038) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle shared by Brendan, Huge Thanks ! Pours a roasted umber color with a finger of eggshell foam. The nose is upfront charcuterie. Lots of salami, musty wood, earthy malts and some composted layers of fruit. The palate follows the nose with great carbonation, leather, vinous fruit, musty wood a touch of barnyard funk. Soft and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3542) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks a lot Michael! The beer is chestnut brown and fairly hazy. Small beige head. The aroma offers oak, malt, fruit, wild yeast. Funky with Flanders characteristics. Smooth with low carbonation. Currants and brown bread. Really tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (1161) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pours a murky light brown. Coffee and chocolate notes. Tart rabble rabble rabble rabble

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6817) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle via international trade; Dark chestnut brown pour with beige head, citrus aroma, tart fruit taste a bit of Brett action, very funky some roasted malt not massive but apparent, some remnants of vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2013 A fantastic dark sour. Bubbly carb nails the feel, tartness balances perfectly with soured grain & yeast. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Backlog, tasted on 08/13/2011. Bottle thanks to gn0sis. Pours dark brown, nearly black, pillowy tan head, nice lacing clinging to the glass. Fresh aroma, soft brett with sweet dark fruits, vinous elements, tickle of vanilla caramel on the end. Taste begins with a suggestion of caramel, dark fruits, transitions to roasted dark malts, smokey, light bitter hop finish, bright brett. Smooth body, pleasant and drinkable. Nice beer with a lot of interesting things going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2013
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a deep dark amber-tinged brown with a small beige head. Aroma is quite complex, bringing out notes of leather, slight roast, some oak barrels, wild yeast, and some mild fruity tartness. Flavour is similar, starting off with notes of farmhouse, sight roast, and leather, leaving off on notes of leather, brett and then some vinous tartness that becomes more pronounced the more you drink. The wine is not really that noticeable until the very end of the mouthfeel, become more and more apparent with each subsequent sip. Elegant and complex, though not close to the elegance of Civil Disobedience #4 (another HF black saison). Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (5468) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle from trade with MtGoat. Pours a near-black dark mahogany brown body with a big off-white head. Aroma is bretty wooden tones with dark malts, red wine, hints of citrus and straw. Taste is deep malts, citrus, bretty farmhouse notes, grass, hay, hints of straw and chocolate. Quite freakin’ delicious. Medium body, high carbonation. Great dark saison with a bretty touch; impressive again from HF! :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
20th April 2012
Clear deep red - brown beer, good pale tan head. Smooth palate, a little dry. Nice fine carbonation. A trace of dark and creamy malt leads seamlessly to a little sourish fruit. Riding alongside is a nice woody tone. Not overdone. Just a touch of vanilla oak. Finishes with more mellow sour fruits. All flavours in good balance.

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