Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010)Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010)

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Dark Saison.

Added by SFLpunk on 10-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by brewandbbq:
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of renegadeburger
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

only beer from the hill i got to try from the bottle so far all others from the brewery or on draft or in growlers from local area ok here we go

pours nice big hazy straw color and a big ole white fluffy head i like this so far

smell intense spice here some black pepper but some crazy nutmeg too

taste is in the same route here except some banana in the end too finishing with some nice herbal hops and grassy bitterness

nice mouthfeel definitley more pop and feel here than the other saisons i had from them

this is the best saison i had from the hill i still think their ipas are the best but this was pretty good

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Fall harvest festival poured into a wine glass.

Pours a very dark stout-like color with a really nice huge fluffy light brown head that sticks around for a while, it looks awesome. Nose is a bit funky and malty, but the yeast is the main thing you're getting here and it's nice.

Very cool combination of both the brett/funk from a saison with the darker flavors from a Belgian Dark ale, it's the first "dark saison" I've ever had and I've got to say I was thoroughly impressed. There was a nice hop presence that kicked it up a notch. I'm hoping we see more of this beer in the future.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo as well! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep red brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, tart, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I never would have guessed that this was a saison without looking it up or knowing it. I would have guessed more along the lines of a Wild Ale due to the funkiness I got in this one. If there were any saison spices present, the funk aspect of this one definitely covered them up. With that said, this was still a good tasting brew despite its lack of complexity. Really glad I got the chance to try this one at an awesome tasting with some good friends.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, khaki head

Great mixture of brett strains in the nose. It's a pleasant, earthy, and smooth brett aroma. All-around wonderful farmhouse aroma with maybe a slightly lower than normal pH level.

Dried hay and wheat flavor on the front of the palate. Slight burnt sugar or roasted malt on the back. Dry and minor acidity on the finish. There's also a vinous oak character throughout the taste. It's not strong. Brett seems to drive this beer the most.

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Photo of N17shelfside
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second batch sent through the coolship. Potential to be a slight gusher upon opening, especially I imagine with a bit more age (I watched as the foam came close to spilling over before quickly making for the the pour. I consider this good for the style and a good sign for the yeast inside). The pour gives a short lived tan head that dissipates to a ring around the rim of the glass. Good carbonation overall for the beer. The beer itself is black with slight brown when held up to light. Smell is slight with aromas of dark fruit and horseblanket. When consumed those flavors really come through with real astringent tartness of raspberry mixed in with some serious barnyard flavors. This is layered in with the oak coming through heavily to give the beer a good backbone despite the relative thinness.

Overall a very nice beer.

I am not sure that it really matches a lot of dark saisons that I have had. I am thinking of Stillwater - Saison Darkly or JP - Bam Noire which match lighter saisons but with that maltier umph.

Instead this has perhaps more similarities to the Fantome Extra Sour Dark, except where that beer really is mostly that funky horseblanket, hay, etc. going on this has a lot more backbone and is a more substantial beer, not necessarily more complex, just has more substance.

Final thoughts: This will be a great beer to sit on for some time. My next move will be a side by side to compare to Beatification to make some more in comparisons of the natural yeasts on each coast. Looking forward to more spontaneity from HF.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Luk13
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Hill Farmstead Gathering. Wonderful mix of bretts, oak, vanilla and dark fruits. The wine barrel seems totally appropriate here. Rustic flavors from the bretts blends nicely with the oak sweetness and the wine barrel sourness. This is definitly my favourite black saison.

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Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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