Phenomenology Of Spirit (2018) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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3.58/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Phenomenology Of Spirit was our first collaborative saison—originally brewed in 2010. This version of our dark Farmstead ale was aged for more than 8 months in oak barrels. The final blend is composed of Spirit aged in red wine barrels as well as bourbon barrels that had formerly been used to age our maple imperial stout.

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Reviews:
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Ratings:
4
pDev:
23.18%
 
 
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User Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 1
Reviews by kdb150:
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2.18/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up on a trip to Vermont a few weeks ago, opened while on vacation up there.

Beer looks nice. Dark, pretty highly carbed, formed a nice head on the pour. The smell, however, is a letdown. Not much of the barrel or dark malts are detectable on the nose.

The flavor is where this beer completely falls apart. The label claims it is aged in a combination of barrels prior to release, but the flavor is nothing but moderate sourness. No hint of oak, no hint of red wine or bourbon, not even a hint of roasted malt. I don't know if the ambient yeast just took over in the bottle, but this one was not good. The feel was similarly thin, almost watery, not really able to carry any of those flavors through on the palate.

Overall, this was bad. At $30 a bottle, given the description, I was expecting a rich, complex beer with harmonious flavors of red wine, dark fruit, semi-sweet chocolate, and oak, complemented by the complexity one expects from inoculation with ambient yeast. Instead, this one just tasted sour, with no real discernible flavor to it other than one-dimensional sourness. It ended up as a drainpour. Avoid.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Uconnelmo
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Phenomenology Of Spirit (2018) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 4 ratings