Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010)Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010)
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.26 | pDev: 8.69%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010)Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010)
Notes: Our Dark Saison.
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Aug 24, 2013
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Kirk from England

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Aug 22, 2013
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SFLpunk from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Autumn Saison" collaboration with Iron Hill/Grassroots/McKenzie's. Dark Saison.

Tried at the brewery's "Autumn Festival" today in the HF wine glass.

Notes from my phone:
Deep dark brown, almost opaque with some thin cream-colored head. Nose is subtle with some faint forest floor aromas and faint red wine berry notes.

Palate is crisp with brett acidity. Some nice dark bitter chocolate and dark wheat fluffiness. Brett dominates the finish.

Oct 03, 2010
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +17.4%

Nov 26, 2011
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JAXSON from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with deep red edges and a billowing off white head. Nose is a fairly robust collage of grass, yeast, baker's chocolate, and some kind of fruits. Very fresh and interesting, well-melded. Mouth is grassy, lightly oaky, some faint wild yeast, bitter chocolate, hops. Seems immature in the mouth, as the flavors are not quite there yet. Reminds me of some recent Jolly Pumpkin bottlings. Still, pretty interesting, soft stuff, balanced despite being too young.

May 02, 2011
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mendvicdog from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Aug 12, 2013
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber with minimal head and side lacing leads to a ruddy, lightly hazed look.

deep notes of oak and fig, light sourness, but not over the top in any way, really just nice and mellow. warming brings more balance to the profile with caramel malts and lots of dark fruit notes. very nice. clean with light aftertaste and nice touches of oak that seem to pop up at just the right time. a very well done beer here.

Aug 19, 2011
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped and corked 750 mL bottle shared recently with who cares. Collaborative dark saison with McKenzie and Tired Hands.

Pours a cola dark brown with a few fingers of khaki, creamy head that leaves behind webs of lacing. Excellent, rich dark saison aroma, blending roast malt and burnt sugar with ripe, dark fruit and an oak presence which is starting to blend over time with the other flavors. Strong roast and burnt flavors throughout the palate with ripe fruit at the start and a dry, oaky finish. Spicy yeast lingers throughout adding a nice balance to the dry roast and oak. Medium light body with active carbonation. Becoming a little more balanced and less harsh as it ages, looking forward to whatever form this is revisited in (CD 5?)

Feb 08, 2012
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t0rin0 from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Oct 14, 2012
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markasparov from District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Aug 10, 2013
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oglmcdgl from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Sep 17, 2013
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This dark saison is a collaboration brew between the Hill Farmstead, Grassroots Iron Hill and McKenzies breweries.

It pours a darkish-brown/black color with a decent head.

The aroma is chock full of raisin and clove in the nose. Simple and yet, appealing.

Clove and raisin greet the tongue followed by a slight tang in the middle.

The mouthfeel is a bit dry with lingering hints of clove in the mouth.

Very nice collaboration brew. I always enjoy a drinkable, high-quality saison.

Oct 05, 2010
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grahambo from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Feb 06, 2012
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Aug 09, 2013
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monitorpop from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Sep 01, 2013
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Jul 29, 2013
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Nov 25, 2011
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bum732 from Lesotho

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Aug 10, 2013
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spycow from Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Dec 13, 2011
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womencantsail from California

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a tall off-white/khaki colored head.

S: The oak really dominates the aroma. There's a mild roastiness as well some hints of pepper. Fruit notes of apple and pear, maybe some lemon peel, too. A touch of tartness along with bready malts.

T: Pretty oaky flavor, too. Pepper, banana, and citrus peel make for an interesting flavor. There's a decent level of roast and some of the same fruit flavors that were present on the aroma. Just a touch of tart lemon.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: This was good, but it was pretty much just as good as the regular version and that was easier to get.

Sep 04, 2011
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pjs234 from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Aug 10, 2013
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle at the Night of the Funk 2011 forum. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown -- bordering on black -- with a good, thick tan head that lasts a bit before leaving some spotty lacing and falling to a collar. The nose is really complex and the wine-aging really comes through. Some red wine and moderate saison funk. A bit of roast there as well. The flavor melds wine, oak, and roast really well, taking it up a notch with the saison yeast. The finish is where the yeast really shines, combining with the roast for a spectacular finish. Really well done. A highlight for me.

May 17, 2011
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Verecund from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, 750ml. Opened on August 15, 2011. Held six months, per the brewer's instructions. Consumed in celebration of PEH's life, since he will likely pass tonight.

Pours a tar near-black with a pillowy three-finger head. Bubbles stream upwards toward the surface, revealing rust-red hues.

The appearance of Phenomenology of Spirit is quite at odds with the nose, which is prototypical of Shaun's saisons in many respects. Somewhat floral, with a beautiful grassy and earthy brett presence. So clean and "fresh" on the nose, even after these six months the bottle has spent waiting. There's a light caramelized sugar note that plays alongside a hint of chardonnay/white grape vinousness. Brett's the main motivating force here though.

Indiscriminate saison-like floral and earthy attributes on the front of the palate giving way to the "dark" elements of the beer: toasted wheat; dry, chalky chocolate; burnt sugar; subtle roast/pepper; and lightly-vinous dark fruit that lingers on the tongue. Quite different - while the transition doesn't work perfectly for me, the brett has dried out this beer to a great enough degree that the nontraditional elements actually work quite well with the saison base.

Medium, medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Fairly dry; a hint of acidity on the long finish.

I'm far from a Hegelian, but I can appreciate the synthesis here. This is, unsurprisingly, a very nice saison. Once again, Shaun's saisons tell stories.

Aug 16, 2011
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 113 ratings