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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2013) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.26%
Wants: 86
Gots: 34 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Second release was sent through our coolship and 100% spontaneously fermented with Greensboro/Hill Farmstead airborne yeast.

(Beer added by: backbaybrewer on 09-18-2013)
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Reviews by ShemRahBoo:
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

ShemRahBoo, Apr 18, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into snifter. Thanks again AutumnBeerLove!

A: Pours near black with a couple fingers of very fuzzy and soft looking dark tan head. The head slowly faded into thick and well retained fluffy film. Large patches of spotty lace were left down the glass.
S: Wild yeast funk, slightly cheesy, and oak barrel dominate, with scents of dark fruits, wood, raisins, and faint chocolate.
T: Bright tartness up front, with dark flavors of berries, caramel, raisin, dark roasted malt coming next. The finish is full slightly vinegary acid, tart berry skins, and tannin oak barrel, and the aftertaste has funky flavors of wild yeast, lingering oak, and a hint of toasted marshmallow.
M: Medium-full body, very airy, frothy, ample but soft carbonation that fluffs up on my palate, and an airy, tart and full mouthfeel. The super frothy carbonation is distracting and takes away from the beers drinkability.
O: I like the wild yeast flavors but over all there isn’t a ton going on in this beer. It’s pretty far removed from a saison as well. I enjoyed it, but it’s not that memorable. Thanks again for sending me this, Kevin.

scottfrie, Jul 26, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is chestnut brown with a quarter inch of khaki head. The aroma offers saison yeast, funk, currants. Similar flavor. Dark fruits, currant, malt, funk, yeast, a touch of lactobacillus. Really tasty. Super easy drinking. Perfect carbonation level. Delicious.

Huhzubendah, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

joel66, Oct 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

sourdog, Jul 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

doremite, Sep 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

williamjbauer, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

stereosforgeeks, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

acurtis, Sep 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

roostor07, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of weonfire
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown/burgundy, light lacing which dissipates quickly.

S - Oak, wood, tart cherry/grape/raspberry

T - similar to nose. Tart oaky tart cherry/grape/raspberry. lots of funk

M - Great carbonation, medium body, gives my tongue and throat a tingle on the way down

O - Very different 'Saison' I've ever had- much more of Wild Ale. Excellent funky tart flavors. Very wild. Loved it tho.

weonfire, Sep 22, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- dark brown with reddish tones with a thin khaki head and lacing.
S- sour aromas, wood, oak, dark fruits, green apple
T- tart cherries, sour, raspberries, wood, red grapes, plums, sour apple
M- well carbonated, thin body, semi dry.
O-This beer is very tart and almost puckering. A lot of nice flavors. Well done especially considering the different treatments this beer went through.

AdamF625, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Griffith, Monday at 01:22 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

blabaer, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 2, bottled 6/2013.

Appearance - Deep brown. Khaki head. Settled to a few wisps.

Smell - Dark malts. Chocolate and some coffee. Lactic and lemony acidity. Slightly fruity, wine character.

Taste - Really lactic. Tart more than sour. Lemony and grainy. Dark malt is masked here. White wine-like bright fruity flavor. Roastiness comes back in the finish a little bit.

Mouthfeel - Bright tartness. Medium carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - Surprising lack of complexity from the yeast. There's a bit of the malt complexity left, but the sourness is a bit one dimensional.

Alieniloquium, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

JSBILK, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

sfr26, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Atomicskis5, Sep 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

rondufresne, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

jegross2, Mar 24, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +4.6%

campfirebrew, Sunday at 03:29 AM
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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a stemmed Teku glass.
Bottle date 6/2013; Poured 3/2014

A: Pours a very dark brown with almost red hues, becoming transparent on the edges with 1 to 2 fingers of creamy tan head that settles to a persitant collar and leaves excellent lacing.

S: The nose is tart with nice fruit notes (cherries), oaky, toasted malt and maybe a touch of coffee.

T: The flavor is complex starting tart, lots of cherries, oak but smoothes out a bit and toasted malts a hints of toffee come through. There is a dry spiciness like black pepper come through on the finish (from the bittering hops?).

M: It has a medium body and nice carbonation making it light, refreshing and round.

O: Overall, a very complex yet drinkable beer whose flavors evolve with every sip. A truly remarkable and interesting beer.

mtomlins, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

largadeer, Oct 24, 2013
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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2013) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.