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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
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111 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 92
Gots: 25 | 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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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -29.4%

08-25-2013 15:09:37 | More by oldp0rt
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chippo33

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

11-30-2012 03:29:45 | More by chippo33
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on my phone back in March. This brew appears a clouded dark brown color. A fingers worth of thick head forms across the top and leaves a webby pattern of lace across the glassware.

The aroma has hints lemon zest and some spicy Belgian yeast notes before turning a bit funky. Across the back there are notes of sulfur mixed with a lightly fruity sweet character. Not bad.

The taste unfortunately falls apart, initial flavors of plastic are a bit off-putting. More sips reveal a musty character, lightly earthy with lactic indications of sourness coming across with lemon zest. The plastic flavoring is constant exaggerated with a big fusel alcohol flavor and warmth through the back of the throat. The aftertaste is lightly smoked and roasty which starts to make things interesting,

This brew is a bit puzzling and disjointed. It didnt really meld well. It is a light bodied brew with a high amount of carbonation that gives it a fizzy and bubbly feel yet at times seemed watery as well. It was not an issue finishing my glass but I don't think I'd care to pay the cost of admission on this offering again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 14:56:57 | More by stakem
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is dark brown with red edges and a tan tight head. Nose has a touch of roasted malt, fair bit of Saison note, touches of lemon. Taste is heavier roasted malt, very different, Saison and sweet in back. Some citrus and lemon. The malt is very strong, assertive carbonation, maybe a hint of dryness but not really.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 19:53:32 | More by cpetrone84
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hannydawg

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-23-2012 13:15:13 | More by hannydawg
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renegadeburger

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

only beer from the hill i got to try from the bottle so far all others from the brewery or on draft or in growlers from local area ok here we go

pours nice big hazy straw color and a big ole white fluffy head i like this so far

smell intense spice here some black pepper but some crazy nutmeg too

taste is in the same route here except some banana in the end too finishing with some nice herbal hops and grassy bitterness

nice mouthfeel definitley more pop and feel here than the other saisons i had from them

this is the best saison i had from the hill i still think their ipas are the best but this was pretty good

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 19:03:34 | More by renegadeburger
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead glass... The body is a dark brown, that can look much darker in certain light. Nice contrasting head that is a bright tope that is very carbonated. The cap is awesome, just doesn't go away, thick and nice lacing as well... The aroma is a touch light for me, but shows off some nice caramel to start. A little floral on the back, not enough, a little boring... The taste is equally as boring. A dead front with a peppery floral oak finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:27:14 | More by jrallen34
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with deep red edges and a billowing off white head. Nose is a fairly robust collage of grass, yeast, baker's chocolate, and some kind of fruits. Very fresh and interesting, well-melded. Mouth is grassy, lightly oaky, some faint wild yeast, bitter chocolate, hops. Seems immature in the mouth, as the flavors are not quite there yet. Reminds me of some recent Jolly Pumpkin bottlings. Still, pretty interesting, soft stuff, balanced despite being too young.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 16:26:42 | More by JAXSON
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for the hookup.

A - A surpringly almost black beer that poured with a frothy white head that had great retention. Nice lacing throughout the drink, really a superb looking beer.

S - Caramel, good funk, some nice floral and grass notes. It smells like a nice saison with a pretty present malt backbone (for the style).

T - Tastes better than average, a solid saison with good grass and floral notes surrounding a stronger than normal malt backbone. There is a bit of belgian funk to it. Not bad.

M - Approriate dry finish on a light and moderately carbonated beer.

D - Very solid drinker and pretty easy for the ABV. Not mindblowing, but this is a good beer I could drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 22:36:07 | More by AgentZero
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inkdemention

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

08-12-2013 16:34:17 | More by inkdemention
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seeswo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

06-14-2012 12:01:52 | More by seeswo
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Autumn Saison" collaboration with Iron Hill/Grassroots/McKenzie's. Dark Saison.

Tried at the brewery's "Autumn Festival" today in the HF wine glass.

Notes from my phone:
Deep dark brown, almost opaque with some thin cream-colored head. Nose is subtle with some faint forest floor aromas and faint red wine berry notes.

Palate is crisp with brett acidity. Some nice dark bitter chocolate and dark wheat fluffiness. Brett dominates the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 03:35:08 | More by SFLpunk
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, khaki head

Great mixture of brett strains in the nose. It's a pleasant, earthy, and smooth brett aroma. All-around wonderful farmhouse aroma with maybe a slightly lower than normal pH level.

Dried hay and wheat flavor on the front of the palate. Slight burnt sugar or roasted malt on the back. Dry and minor acidity on the finish. There's also a vinous oak character throughout the taste. It's not strong. Brett seems to drive this beer the most.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 00:41:25 | More by BearsOnAcid
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Florida9

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear dark reddish brown. Forms a thin light tan head. Leaves moderate lacing.

S: A very nice aroma with a blend of bubblegum, dark malt, dark fruit, and just a touch of smoke. Slightly sour.

T: unfortunately the taste is thin and falls flat. Taste is of dark malts, raisin, light toffee, but then turns watery and slightly bitter.

M: on the heavier side of light with moderate carbonation. Moderate astringent bitterness.

O: a decent beer though taste really falls flat.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:39:28 | More by Florida9
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle courtesy of Jason, thank you sir.

A - Pours black, white frothy head, lots of lacing, big bubbles on top, and a thin cap. Really cool looking, black and white.

S - Nice Belgian funk, malty, slight burnt sugars.

T - Tastes pretty much like a Saison but has an added malt character, some burnt sugars, and hints of dark fruits. Slight oak barrel finish.

M - Light, smooth, refreshing, dry finish.

D - I like this beer and would recommend this to anyone who likes Saisons and wants a little twist. Would have this again, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:24:23 | More by Sean9689
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-10-2013 03:56:06 | More by Gonzoillini
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-16-2011 04:00:09 | More by eat
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-01-2012 12:39:52 | More by jsilva
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-13-2013 04:25:04 | More by oline73
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-10-2013 21:57:04 | More by Rifugium
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a tall off-white/khaki colored head.

S: The oak really dominates the aroma. There's a mild roastiness as well some hints of pepper. Fruit notes of apple and pear, maybe some lemon peel, too. A touch of tartness along with bready malts.

T: Pretty oaky flavor, too. Pepper, banana, and citrus peel make for an interesting flavor. There's a decent level of roast and some of the same fruit flavors that were present on the aroma. Just a touch of tart lemon.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: This was good, but it was pretty much just as good as the regular version and that was easier to get.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:59:12 | More by womencantsail
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-07-2013 23:30:06 | More by cadaugherty
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-02-2012 18:40:59 | More by InspectorBob
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imperiallibations

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-24-2013 23:06:13 | More by imperiallibations
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-01-2012 13:04:39 | More by Rollzroyce21
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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.