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Phenomenology Of Spirit | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.33/5
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242 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Second release was sent through our coolship and 100% spontaneously fermented with Greensboro/Hill Farmstead airborne yeast.

Added by backbaybrewer on 09-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
242
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
40
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 242 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by backbaybrewer:
Photo of backbaybrewer
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: I was finding it annoying that there are not two separate entries for the previous version of this beer, and the 2013 coolship release. I asked multiple times to have this done, or whether I should create a separate listing myself because the beers are so different, with completely different processes for fermentation. And every time I was told that we were waiting on Shaun Hill's input. Well, looks like he no longer participates in BA, so I'm going ahead and doing it since it so blatantly obvious that this is a different beer. I am sure this will be removed by some overzealous Mod, but at least for a precious few moments this will be done correctly, as it has been on the "other site."

375ml bottle (June 2013) into a Bruery Tulip

A: darker than I expected, dark brown that is barely translucent, with quarter inch head that lingers.

S: Tart sourness with fruit, apples; followed by roasted dark malt aromas.

T: Tart, sour, tangy at first, again followed by the roasted malts and some interesting dark fruits; figs, cherries. Very interesting blending of flavors here with the bright, crisp sourness mixed with the darker malts and fruits.

M: Medium to light body. If not for the sourness i think this would feel much fuller on the palate. medium carbonation.

O: I think this may be the only 5 I have ever given on BA, and well worth it. A fantastic beer that is an utter surprise around every corner. There is so much more inside this bottle than I was expecting. Get however, trade for it while you still can.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of scottfrie
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into snifter. Thanks again AutumnBeerLove!

A: Pours near black with a couple fingers of very fuzzy and soft looking dark tan head. The head slowly faded into thick and well retained fluffy film. Large patches of spotty lace were left down the glass.
S: Wild yeast funk, slightly cheesy, and oak barrel dominate, with scents of dark fruits, wood, raisins, and faint chocolate.
T: Bright tartness up front, with dark flavors of berries, caramel, raisin, dark roasted malt coming next. The finish is full slightly vinegary acid, tart berry skins, and tannin oak barrel, and the aftertaste has funky flavors of wild yeast, lingering oak, and a hint of toasted marshmallow.
M: Medium-full body, very airy, frothy, ample but soft carbonation that fluffs up on my palate, and an airy, tart and full mouthfeel. The super frothy carbonation is distracting and takes away from the beers drinkability.
O: I like the wild yeast flavors but over all there isn’t a ton going on in this beer. It’s pretty far removed from a saison as well. I enjoyed it, but it’s not that memorable. Thanks again for sending me this, Kevin.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is chestnut brown with a quarter inch of khaki head. The aroma offers saison yeast, funk, currants. Similar flavor. Dark fruits, currant, malt, funk, yeast, a touch of lactobacillus. Really tasty. Super easy drinking. Perfect carbonation level. Delicious.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joel66
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of sourdog
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of doremite
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jtladner
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of roostor07
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of weonfire
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown/burgundy, light lacing which dissipates quickly.

S - Oak, wood, tart cherry/grape/raspberry

T - similar to nose. Tart oaky tart cherry/grape/raspberry. lots of funk

M - Great carbonation, medium body, gives my tongue and throat a tingle on the way down

O - Very different 'Saison' I've ever had- much more of Wild Ale. Excellent funky tart flavors. Very wild. Loved it tho.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- dark brown with reddish tones with a thin khaki head and lacing.
S- sour aromas, wood, oak, dark fruits, green apple
T- tart cherries, sour, raspberries, wood, red grapes, plums, sour apple
M- well carbonated, thin body, semi dry.
O-This beer is very tart and almost puckering. A lot of nice flavors. Well done especially considering the different treatments this beer went through.

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Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of blabaer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Ace1117
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 2, bottled 6/2013.

Appearance - Deep brown. Khaki head. Settled to a few wisps.

Smell - Dark malts. Chocolate and some coffee. Lactic and lemony acidity. Slightly fruity, wine character.

Taste - Really lactic. Tart more than sour. Lemony and grainy. Dark malt is masked here. White wine-like bright fruity flavor. Roastiness comes back in the finish a little bit.

Mouthfeel - Bright tartness. Medium carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - Surprising lack of complexity from the yeast. There's a bit of the malt complexity left, but the sourness is a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of JSBILK
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sfr26
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of dvmin98
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Phenomenology Of Spirit from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 242 ratings
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