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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 91
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our Dark Saison.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 10-03-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

goldspire, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

danwho, Feb 17, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into a Carton Teku.

A~ dark oak like brown with a huge fluffy head and a lot of lacing. Very surprising for it's age.

S~ dark tart cherries rush the nose followed by roasty dark malts, finishing with oaky wine barrel funk.

T~ a little less tart here, otherwise it pretty much follows the nose. I get a little burnt coffee and a lot of charred oak mid palette. Finishes where it started with a nice tart black cherry after taste that I never want to end!

M~ perfect carbonation for a saison! Smooth as can be, a little thick and very refreshing.

O~ this is surprisingly drinking great right now! Any more age though and I can see this getting a little watery like the early CD's seem to be getting. So drink it now if you have it! Less tart than the newest version but the coolship would explain that haha. I believe this is the oldest HF I've had, maybe...? And the only beer that HF has corked? Absolutely amazing for it's age! I really hope they do this again but slightly different every time. I'd have to say that "dark saisons" have to be my favorite hard to come by style. CD4, Edith, and this have blown me away. I love the complexity!

Skrip, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

iatethecloudsfor, Oct 15, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Huhzubendah, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

VTBeerTrade, Oct 03, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle at the release.

A- very dark brown with huge 3 finger tan head.

S- very acedic, dried fruits, cherries, figs. Oak tannins in the background.

T-tons of bitter almost harsh tannins. Tastes reminiscent of a cherry sour patch kid when swirled in the mouth. All other flavors from nose come into play. Very sour with no real balance. Not very complex of a sour. Really just tart with no funk. Hoping this will develop in bottle but heard that wine yeast was used to bottle condition so we shall see.

M- prickly carbonation with medium light body. Perfect for style to not allow the tartness to settle on the tongue.

O-good beer that needs to develop a bit more to reach that greatness I have learned to love about HF.

danedelman, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Rainblows, Sep 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

oglmcdgl, Sep 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

POTABLE83, Sep 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

DrewGingras, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Quackus, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

LambicKing, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

monitorpop, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

diverite, Sep 01, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml capped bottle from June 2013.

Pours opaque dark brown with a quarter inch head of creamy tan. A few whisps on the surface with errant dots of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of roast and bakers chocolate. Shades of coffee beans, balsamic, and apples follow though.

Medium bodied with an oily, slickish mouthfeel. Creamy with a crisp edge.

Soured fruit dusted with burnt malt starts the palate. Tart apples, coffee grounds, singed chocolate, and a hint of rhubarb runs underneath.

Finishes with lingering roast and soured fruit.

The roasted, chocolaty character overshadows the funk and essence of a wild ale, and the beer could use a higher carbonation level to reveal it's true potential. Otherwise this beer comes off as a soured porter.

brewandbbq, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ncaudle, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

drgonzo2k2, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

xenjoiii, Aug 27, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a thin, clingy, filmy, off-white ring resting on the surface. Aromas of tangy, tart, and sour all at once. Roasty notes on further inspection, with some very richly sweet old world fruit flavors of date, fig, cherry, and grape. Very dynamic nose. Flavors are roast forward, with a blasting undertone of fruit sour and tart. Amazing juxtaposition of flavors, and well balanced at that. Chocolate and coffee notes provide a bittersweet backbone to support the grape and cherry tart and sour, with more rich date and raisin flavors present in the follow, and some earthy notes, also. Very layered flavors. The body is robust, but with a crisp, clean, tart finish. You get a sour build that provides some activity in the jaw muscles. The aftertaste is a hint of roast with an abundance of tart and sour. What a great beer.

GarthDanielson, Aug 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

polishkaz, Aug 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

oldp0rt, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

egrace84, Aug 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

WanderingFool, Aug 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

montrealbcr89, Aug 23, 2013
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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.