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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 112
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle at the Night of the Funk 2011 forum. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown -- bordering on black -- with a good, thick tan head that lasts a bit before leaving some spotty lacing and falling to a collar. The nose is really complex and the wine-aging really comes through. Some red wine and moderate saison funk. A bit of roast there as well. The flavor melds wine, oak, and roast really well, taking it up a notch with the saison yeast. The finish is where the yeast really shines, combining with the roast for a spectacular finish. Really well done. A highlight for me.

Thorpe429, May 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

acurtis, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber with minimal head and side lacing leads to a ruddy, lightly hazed look.

deep notes of oak and fig, light sourness, but not over the top in any way, really just nice and mellow. warming brings more balance to the profile with caramel malts and lots of dark fruit notes. very nice. clean with light aftertaste and nice touches of oak that seem to pop up at just the right time. a very well done beer here.

mikesgroove, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Sep 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

oline73, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Rifugium, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

mendvicdog, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

InspectorBob, May 02, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped and corked 750 mL bottle shared recently with who cares. Collaborative dark saison with McKenzie and Tired Hands.

Pours a cola dark brown with a few fingers of khaki, creamy head that leaves behind webs of lacing. Excellent, rich dark saison aroma, blending roast malt and burnt sugar with ripe, dark fruit and an oak presence which is starting to blend over time with the other flavors. Strong roast and burnt flavors throughout the palate with ripe fruit at the start and a dry, oaky finish. Spicy yeast lingers throughout adding a nice balance to the dry roast and oak. Medium light body with active carbonation. Becoming a little more balanced and less harsh as it ages, looking forward to whatever form this is revisited in (CD 5?)

yourefragile, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Jul 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

duceswild, Aug 13, 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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

BARFLYB, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Gonzoillini, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
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  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This dark saison is a collaboration brew between the Hill Farmstead, Grassroots Iron Hill and McKenzies breweries.

It pours a darkish-brown/black color with a decent head.

The aroma is chock full of raisin and clove in the nose. Simple and yet, appealing.

Clove and raisin greet the tongue followed by a slight tang in the middle.

The mouthfeel is a bit dry with lingering hints of clove in the mouth.

Very nice collaboration brew. I always enjoy a drinkable, high-quality saison.

Brad007, Oct 05, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

chippo33, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of jrallen34
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.

jrallen34, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Beautiful, especially in direct sunlight. Bright black/brown body with cola highlights. Bone-white, creamy head sticks with nice lace and solid retention.

S - This is everything I’m looking for in dark saison – darker notes of toffee and burnt caramel are held in balance by bright orange zest and bridged by a field of chamomile, honey and hay. A little more intensity and this is a 5.

T – Stellar. Bright acidity and tart white peach clear your palate for a gentle, sweet, burnt caramel. A memory of roast laces in and out of the profile, and a kiss of floral chamomile and lavender soften the on the backend. Stunningly balanced.

M – Super smooth with a nice carbonation.

O – Simply fantastic. One of the best saisons I’ve ever had.

vfgccp, Sep 30, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo as well! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep red brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, tart, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I never would have guessed that this was a saison without looking it up or knowing it. I would have guessed more along the lines of a Wild Ale due to the funkiness I got in this one. If there were any saison spices present, the funk aspect of this one definitely covered them up. With that said, this was still a good tasting brew despite its lack of complexity. Really glad I got the chance to try this one at an awesome tasting with some good friends.

thagr81us, Jul 12, 2011
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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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