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Prolegomena - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in Wine and Port barrels. In friendship with Will Meyers from Cambridge Brewing Company.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-25-2013)
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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by AdamF625:
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- pours a brown/ruby color, tall fizzy tan head
S- grapes, red wine, plums, cherries
T- dark fruits, oak, tart cherries, slight acidity.
M- thin to medium body with generous carbonation, warm alcohol, crisp and clean finish. A bit dry but pleasant.
O- honestly I have not had many Flanders red's so I don't have much to compare to, but it was surprisingly drinkable and tart. No harshness at all with a subtle oak dryness.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 12:50:55 | More by AdamF625
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Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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New Jersey

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Ontario (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a deep reddish brown colour with a thin layer of dirty cream coloured head.

S - Lots of oak and cherry notes in the nose. Some caramel and grape aromas are also present.

T - A massive oak presence with tart cherries, grape, caramel and even a bit of a toasted wood presence. Tart, but not sour. The ABV provides the perfect compliment to the natural sweetness.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 21:48:01 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark copper brown with a thin tight tan head. Nose has a hint of dark malt base with some sawdust and sour cherry. Taste is similar, a little watery and less bright than the nose. There is a stronger dark malt component than a normal Flanders red, fairly sour with notes of tart sour cherry but a bit thin in flavor through the finish. Very strong carbonation on a lighter body. No glaring flaws, not acetic at all but not bright and a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

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Massachusetts

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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, clear deep amber, one finger slightly off white head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Oak, funk, cherries, other sweet fruit, grapes.

T-More tart than sour, rather sweet with cherries, grapes and other fruit flavors, some caramel as well.

M-Medium to lighter in body, slight carbontation.

O-An amazing sour. What a good beer. Sean Hill can do no wrong!

Serving type: bottle

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Maryland

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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into HF over-sized stemmed wine glass. Flander's style beer aged in port and wine barrels for over two years, brewed in collaboration with Will Myers from Cambridge Brewing Company.

A- Pours a dark opaque purplish/brownish black, a little over a finger's worth of frothy bubbly slightly off-white slightly brownish beige head forms that has excellent retention slowly receding to a thin layer coating the glass with lacing, decent amount of carbonation with a very nice consistency.

S- Dark fruits, big grape notes, plums, lightly tart cherries, vinous qualities, raisins, dates, a bit of earthiness, hints of leather, oak, and a nice port balance. Overall nice slightly sweet fruity presence balanced with a faint tartness and well integrated port, decent aroma strength with nice complexity.

T- Tartness comes out a little bit more with lightly tart cherries, vinous grapes, earthiness, plums, dates, balanced malts, nice balanced port presence that brings out the fruit flavors from the flanders nicely. Lightly sweet, complex, subtle tartness, nice barrel presence.

M- Medium bodied, slightly acidic that tingles the mouth, a bit over-carbonated at first but after letting sit it's just right, very drinkable.

O- This was a very nice unique take on a Flander's. There aren't many breweries that make use of port barrels and I like how the port brought out a little bit more of the vinous dark fruit qualities of the beer while adding a nice barrel presence. I wish I had another bottle to experiment with cellaring for another year or two.

Serving type: bottle

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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from the recent 2013 release. Poured into a GLBC snifter today, 1/12/2014.

Pours a dark ruby-burgundy-mahogany (pick one) body, small amount of white head that dissipates quickly into a thin collar. Not much lacing to speak of. Looks like a typical Flanders Red.

Smells interesting. It does smell like a Flanders Red, but there is something particularly different about it- it's tarter and dry in the nose, like a red wine almost. Some oak, vinegar and cherries are there as well.

Flavour profile is mostly oak, cherries and a good bit of lactate and vinegar. Sourness is about 4/10. The finish reminds me of a red wine- tart and dry. Very strong flavours, depth and complexity in comparison to others.

Good mouthfeel- medium bodied, good carbonation. A sipper still. Aftertaste is a oakey cherry flavour that sticks for quite a while.

Decent Flanders Red. There was something odd about this one that is different from the others I've had. It might be the strong dryness on the backend that threw me off. Still, this is a well-put together beer that may interest you if you enjoy the Flanders Red style.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 15:10:45 | More by Stevedore
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