Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.24 | pDev: 8.73%
Jan 10, 2017
Oct 03, 2010
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Notes: Our Dark Saison.
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4.25 by Kurmaraja from California on Jan 10, 2017
3.96 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Oct 28, 2016
3.75 by goldspire from California on Aug 20, 2014
4.25 by danwho from California on Feb 17, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Skrip from New Jersey

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into a Carton Teku.

A~ dark oak like brown with a huge fluffy head and a lot of lacing. Very surprising for it's age.

S~ dark tart cherries rush the nose followed by roasty dark malts, finishing with oaky wine barrel funk.

T~ a little less tart here, otherwise it pretty much follows the nose. I get a little burnt coffee and a lot of charred oak mid palette. Finishes where it started with a nice tart black cherry after taste that I never want to end!

M~ perfect carbonation for a saison! Smooth as can be, a little thick and very refreshing.

O~ this is surprisingly drinking great right now! Any more age though and I can see this getting a little watery like the early CD's seem to be getting. So drink it now if you have it! Less tart than the newest version but the coolship would explain that haha. I believe this is the oldest HF I've had, maybe...? And the only beer that HF has corked? Absolutely amazing for it's age! I really hope they do this again but slightly different every time. I'd have to say that "dark saisons" have to be my favorite hard to come by style. CD4, Edith, and this have blown me away. I love the complexity!

Nov 07, 2013
4 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont on Oct 15, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks a lot Michael!

The beer is chestnut brown and fairly hazy. Small beige head. The aroma offers oak, malt, fruit, wild yeast. Funky with Flanders characteristics. Smooth with low carbonation. Currants and brown bread. Really tasty.

Oct 10, 2013
4.5 by VTBeerTrade from Vermont on Oct 03, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by danedelman from Pennsylvania

Bought this bottle at the release.

A- very dark brown with huge 3 finger tan head.

S- very acedic, dried fruits, cherries, figs. Oak tannins in the background.

T-tons of bitter almost harsh tannins. Tastes reminiscent of a cherry sour patch kid when swirled in the mouth. All other flavors from nose come into play. Very sour with no real balance. Not very complex of a sour. Really just tart with no funk. Hoping this will develop in bottle but heard that wine yeast was used to bottle condition so we shall see.

M- prickly carbonation with medium light body. Perfect for style to not allow the tartness to settle on the tongue.

O-good beer that needs to develop a bit more to reach that greatness I have learned to love about HF.

Sep 18, 2013
4 by Rainblows from Illinois on Sep 17, 2013
4.25 by oglmcdgl from Pennsylvania on Sep 17, 2013
4.75 by POTABLE83 from New York on Sep 09, 2013
4.25 by DrewGingras from Vermont on Sep 05, 2013
4.5 by Quackus from New York on Sep 05, 2013
4.5 by LambicKing from Germany on Sep 05, 2013
4.5 by monitorpop from Michigan on Sep 01, 2013
4.5 by diverite from Connecticut on Sep 01, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

375ml capped bottle from June 2013.

Pours opaque dark brown with a quarter inch head of creamy tan. A few whisps on the surface with errant dots of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of roast and bakers chocolate. Shades of coffee beans, balsamic, and apples follow though.

Medium bodied with an oily, slickish mouthfeel. Creamy with a crisp edge.

Soured fruit dusted with burnt malt starts the palate. Tart apples, coffee grounds, singed chocolate, and a hint of rhubarb runs underneath.

Finishes with lingering roast and soured fruit.

The roasted, chocolaty character overshadows the funk and essence of a wild ale, and the beer could use a higher carbonation level to reveal it's true potential. Otherwise this beer comes off as a soured porter.

Aug 31, 2013
4 by ncaudle from Virginia on Aug 31, 2013
4.25 by drgonzo2k2 from California on Aug 30, 2013
4 by xenjoiii from New York on Aug 27, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GarthDanielson from Virginia

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a thin, clingy, filmy, off-white ring resting on the surface. Aromas of tangy, tart, and sour all at once. Roasty notes on further inspection, with some very richly sweet old world fruit flavors of date, fig, cherry, and grape. Very dynamic nose. Flavors are roast forward, with a blasting undertone of fruit sour and tart. Amazing juxtaposition of flavors, and well balanced at that. Chocolate and coffee notes provide a bittersweet backbone to support the grape and cherry tart and sour, with more rich date and raisin flavors present in the follow, and some earthy notes, also. Very layered flavors. The body is robust, but with a crisp, clean, tart finish. You get a sour build that provides some activity in the jaw muscles. The aftertaste is a hint of roast with an abundance of tart and sour. What a great beer.

Aug 27, 2013
4.5 by polishkaz from Connecticut on Aug 27, 2013
3 by oldp0rt from Canada (QC) on Aug 25, 2013
4.25 by egrace84 from Illinois on Aug 24, 2013
4.5 by WanderingFool from Massachusetts on Aug 24, 2013
4.5 by montrealbcr89 from Canada (QC) on Aug 23, 2013
4.25 by Kirk from England on Aug 22, 2013
4.25 by uncccegr from North Carolina on Aug 18, 2013
4.5 by ygolordned from Michigan on Aug 18, 2013
4.25 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Aug 16, 2013
4.75 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Aug 15, 2013
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4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by justforrazors from Missouri

Consumed 8-13-13, whole bottle minus yeast poured into a HF glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours black with a lingering 1 inch head. Noticeable carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The head falls over a minute leaving a thin layer of mocha head with decent retention. Looks like it has good clarity, but the color makes it difficult to tell.

S- Brett, lactic acid. There is a sourness off the bat that reminds me of a flanders red. It presents with cherries, lemon and oranges intertwined, although cherries are the standout. A touch of vinegar as well. There is a phenolic note on the end, although it works well with the rest of the flavors. A touch of chocolate as well, but very subtle.

T- Cherry, raspberry, some coffee and chocolate too. Lemon-zest acidity. A touch of bitterness on the end.

M- Wow, this thing is dry. I feel like I just chewed on a chunk of chalk. Medium to high carbonation. Very drinkable on the get-go, but the insanely dry finish leaves you walking around shouting for water.

O- This stuff is awesome as is, no aging needed. Tons of fruit flavor, and very little phenolics. Definitely another hit from Hill Farmstead. Their wilds and saisons continue to blow me away one after the other.

Aug 14, 2013
4.25 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Aug 13, 2013
4 by oline73 from Maryland on Aug 13, 2013
5 by nkeckhar from New York on Aug 12, 2013
4.5 by cfrances33 from Illinois on Aug 12, 2013
3.75 by inkdemention from Nevada on Aug 12, 2013
4.25 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Aug 12, 2013
4 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Aug 10, 2013
Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 113 ratings