Phenomenology Of Spirit (2014) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.13/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Phenomenology of Spirit was our first collaborative saison--originally conceived and brewed in 2010 with friends from Tired Hands, McKenzie, and our sister brewery, Grassroots Brewing, formerly located in Denmark. This unique offering was primary fermented and aged in French oak wine barrels along with multiple strains of wild yeast and our resident microflora.

This is the 2014 vintage, bottled in 2016.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 12-10-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
37
pDev:
7.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
9
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Skrip:
Photo of Skrip
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster.

A~ dark with brown undertones, big bubbly tan head and a little lacing.

S~ a lot of roasted malts and lemony funk. followed by some dark fruits and a good amount of oak.

T~ pretty much follows the nose with a little less funk here and more fruitiness, plum, fig and a little grape must. also a bunch of roasted malt throughout.

M~ pretty creamy with nice carb.

O~ aside from the roasty malts you would probably never know this was a dark saison. i love how this series changes every time but this is far from my favorite, it probably needs a little time. i wish i had another to age!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of doremite
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben1313
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Black body with a big off-white head. Smells of roasted malts, red wine, light acidity, and oak. Tastes lemony, oaky. Red wine builds up as it warms. Roasty malts in the back end. Medium body with medium carbonation. I don't remember enjoying 2013 as much as this one. This is very impressive.

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Photo of drone
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of roasted malt with some nice funky notes and some oak presence is quite enticing. Taste is a good mix of roasted malt with some oak notes and some funky yeast notes and a dry finish. Body is about average with great carbonation. Dark saison are not a style I usually seek out but this take was quite interesting.

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Photo of JeanJacketLover
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mtomlins
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Eric

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Photo of SadMachine
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pisano
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Deltoro
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chippo33
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Philcassella
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cherche
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 brew bottled in 2016. 750ml into a matching HF large wine glass appears a dark brownish chestnut color with reddish clarity when held to the light. A khaki topping appears a finger strong that fades leaving a curtain of lace.

Aroma is vinous, tangy yet heavily mineral laden with dirty pocket change and metal. Almost has a flemish feel to it at times.

Taste is really all over the place. Its tart and vinous yet mineral laden with a lemony lactic feel, oak and earth with slight dusty grain/bretty feel.

Light in body with modest carb. Having had the original version of this 6 years ago I can say this version is much better but still not something I would want to buy again.

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Photo of Prost76
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ncaudle
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full disclosure - review is based on the last pour from the bottle. Pours a hazy brown with yeast suspended in-solution. Nose expresses toasted oak, tannins and yeast. The red wine barrel is quite prominent. Taste consistent with nose with a hint of vanilla and some light, medicinal notes towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with a mild acidity and pleasant, even carbonation. All and all, a decent beer, but not mind-blowing. Perhaps the lackluster showing was attributable to the last pour. I'll have to revisit again.

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Photo of amano_h
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A cacophonous melange of dark berries, oak tannins, lemon peel, and roasted malts initially disturb the air. At this point I found myself somewhat in despair and in doubt on whether I was right to put this brew in such high regard, but luckily my qualms were slowly quelled as all the previously rowdy elements blended together beautifully as the brew warmed up. In my younger years I'd probably say something stupid like how this is exactly like how the disparate subject matters covered sequential capitular order in Phenomenology make no sense until you go back and re-read the preface and then try to think about each subject in relation to it, but no one would get it, so onwards we go.

A similar dialectic is evident on the palate as the flavors don't quite all coalesce together at first. The wine-like elements sort of steer the main impression to one side, whereas the more malty and light, spritzy saison-esque elements try to mount a flavor counterattack to see if it can reclaim dominance, but time and temperature forces the two opposing discourses into a palatal stalemate and in the end what you have is a refreshing saison which is well-accentuated by hints of red wine and oak. Young me would also say something stupid like the wine is the thesis, the malt the antithesis, and the final harmonious result the synthesis, but absolutely nobody cares.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and spritzy. A respectable amount of carbonation is still present despite the two years it spent maturing in various barrels and one it spent in the bottle before being opened and guzzled down to beer aficionados that have become consciously aware of the others' self-consciousness. Medium-light bodied, with a pleasantly dry finish.

Philosphy puns are hard.

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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2014) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 37 ratings