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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2013) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 75
Gots: 36 | 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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Greenplastic615

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

12-05-2013 19:52:44 | More by Greenplastic615
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark chestnut/chocolate brown color with mahogany edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Decent retention with streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Musty aroma wih funky bugs and a prominent charred oak/barrel character. Some dark roast along with musty bugs, dry oak and subtle malt sweetness. The funky yeast and strong oak notes dominate the nose. Not too complex but pretty inviting.

Tart and puckering with sour acidity, dry oak/toothpick and sweet vinous fruit. Kind of one dimensional but has a decent amount of sourness, funky yeast and a decent enough malt presence that prevents it's from becoming boring. Saison notes are overpowered by the yeast and barrel flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 23:49:21 | More by corby112
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark brown, mostly opaque, with a light tan head. Nose is sweet, sugary malt with notes yeast, a touch of roast and a fair bit of leathery brett. Taste is malt sugary, berries and red wine with a light dark roast. Very assertive brett presence, leathery brett with moderate carb, a medium body and a sweetness lingering through the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 15:37:52 | More by cpetrone84
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jegross2

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

03-24-2014 00:45:50 | More by jegross2
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VAbdoyan

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

06-29-2014 17:39:03 | More by VAbdoyan
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

10-06-2013 21:24:39 | More by pisano
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scottfrie

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 03:05:44 | More by scottfrie
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -14%

10-09-2013 23:42:58 | More by mendvicdog
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14%

03-04-2014 13:39:56 | More by ShanePB
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -14%

10-01-2013 19:20:02 | More by Luk13
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14%

11-09-2013 14:43:38 | More by DaveHack
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14%

09-28-2013 05:40:01 | More by facesnorth
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14%

10-02-2013 14:01:16 | More by Sean9689
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

10-12-2013 23:24:28 | More by zestar
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1Sundown2C

New York

3.75/5  rDev -14%

05-24-2014 02:46:10 | More by 1Sundown2C
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beefsquatch

New York

3.75/5  rDev -14%

05-30-2014 03:46:29 | More by beefsquatch
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -14%

10-04-2013 00:40:55 | More by djrn2
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -14%

10-20-2013 18:58:28 | More by tom10101
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Chris F. for sharing this one.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and tart cherry and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better aroma in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 16:53:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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joel66

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

10-23-2013 05:37:00 | More by joel66
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.3%

09-27-2013 20:04:40 | More by acurtis
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 22:53:33 | More by Alieniloquium
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sfr26

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-14-2014 15:08:41 | More by sfr26
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

10-24-2013 06:05:51 | More by largadeer
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

09-28-2013 22:29:34 | More by BGsWo22
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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2013) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.