Phenomenology Of Spirit (2013) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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5/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured from a bottle to a 16oz 7venth sun tulip glass
Appearance: Black/dark bodied beer with a nice 1-2 finger tan head
Smell: Right away there is a wonderful tart, sour smell.
Taste: Nice tart, citrusy taste. Overall this seems to be very well balance, not too tart but it is definitely more tart than the smell leads on. A nice saison profile comes through with the tartness, leading to a very smooth, balanced flavor. The moderate tartness lingers with the aftertaste. This is possibly one of the best farmhouse/saison style beers I have had.
Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. This seems to have a moderate heaviness to the feel which complements the overall beer very well.
Overall: Overall this is an outstanding beer. Very smooth and flavorful, and well balanced. There is a perfect amount of tartness without being overwhelming. I wish I had many more bottle of this beer as it is the best saison I have tried to date.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2013 16:23:58 | More by JReites
5/5 rDev +14.7%
Note: I was finding it annoying that there are not two separate entries for the previous version of this beer, and the 2013 coolship release. I asked multiple times to have this done, or whether I should create a separate listing myself because the beers are so different, with completely different processes for fermentation. And every time I was told that we were waiting on Shaun ?Hill's input. Well, looks like he no longer participates in BA, so I'm going ahead and doing it since it so blantantly obvious that this is a different beer. I am sure this will be removed by some overzealous Mod, but at least for a precious few moments this will be done correctly, as it has been on the "other site."
375ml bottle (June 2013) into a Bruery Tulip
A: darker than I expected, dark brown that is barely translucent, with quarter inch head that lingers.
S: Tart sourness with fruit, apples; followed by roasted dark malt aromas.
T: Tart, sour, tangy at first, again followed by the roasted malts and some interesting dark fruits; figs, cherries. Very interesting blending of flavors here with the bright, crisp sourness mixed with the darker malts and fruits.
M: Medium to light body. If not for the sourness i think this would feel much fuller on the palate. medium carbonation.
O: I think this may be the only 5 I have ever given on BA, and well worth it. A fantastic beer that is an utter surprise around every corner. There is so much more inside this bottle than I was expecting. Get however, trade for it while you still can.
09-18-2013 17:45:31 | More by backbaybrewer
Phenomenology Of Spirit (2013) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.