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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2013) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.26%
Wants: 83
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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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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

djrn2, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Thorpe429, Sep 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

zestar, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

acurtis, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

ygtbsm94, May 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

spycow, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

largadeer, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

MasterSki, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

aptly named after the great hegel, this beer is a real privilege, courtesy, as is common with my great rare beers, of the legendary drlovemd87. he gets some epic beers and makes a point to share them, i really admire that and am forever grateful. i described this as the illegitimate love child of chocolate milk, cherry cola, and mr. pibb in some perverted childrens beverage incestuous gallivanting tryst, only in a good way, if that doesnt already sound good to you. dark brown but not black, thinner and not particularly heady. aromatics of dried red fruit, milk chocolate, coca cola, dried roasted chilies, coffee, and good sturdy red wine. the taste is an orgasmic complex combination of all of this, with sourness and acid pervading, and some lactose sugar, before the saison yeast and wine barrel effect set in. complex is an understatement, this is highly refined, delicate, earthy, and what so many beers wish they were. a black saison meets a flemish red meets an oud bruin meets pinot noir. a truly dynamic and memorable brew, only medium bodied and carbonated adequately. nothing out there like this at all.

StonedTrippin, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

oline73, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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

Rochefort10nh, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

InspectorBob, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Jun 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

yourefragile, Oct 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

orangesol, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

duceswild, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
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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3.75/5  rDev -14%

ShanePB, Mar 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

iL0VEbeer, Jan 13, 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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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2013) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.