Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding
31 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010)Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010)
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
112
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
17.59%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 112
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.

 460 characters

Photo of jrallen34
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead glass... The body is a dark brown, that can look much darker in certain light. Nice contrasting head that is a bright tope that is very carbonated. The cap is awesome, just doesn't go away, thick and nice lacing as well... The aroma is a touch light for me, but shows off some nice caramel to start. A little floral on the back, not enough, a little boring... The taste is equally as boring. A dead front with a peppery floral oak finish.

 488 characters

Photo of Sean9689
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle courtesy of Jason, thank you sir.

A - Pours black, white frothy head, lots of lacing, big bubbles on top, and a thin cap. Really cool looking, black and white.

S - Nice Belgian funk, malty, slight burnt sugars.

T - Tastes pretty much like a Saison but has an added malt character, some burnt sugars, and hints of dark fruits. Slight oak barrel finish.

M - Light, smooth, refreshing, dry finish.

D - I like this beer and would recommend this to anyone who likes Saisons and wants a little twist. Would have this again, for sure.

 550 characters

Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

 486 characters

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.

 601 characters

Photo of SFLpunk
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

 445 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Phenomenology Of Spirit (2010) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe