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Prolegomena - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 158
Gots: 53 | FT: 6
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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Reviews by EMorgan:
Photo of EMorgan


4.71/5  rDev +9.3%

Won this from a raffle at the Hill Farmstead 3rd Anniversary Celebration. So happy I won this, along with a bottle of their Elaborative #1, which I gave to a good friend!

Poured from bottle but shared with five friends, so not a full pour. This is my first official review for a beer, so please bear with me.

Pours a murky, reddish-brown. Head disappears quickly to a thin, white head, giving a fine lacing as you tip your glass.

Dark fruit aroma. I definitely get plum with something slightly sweeter, maybe raisin. You can also smell the classic Flanders Red sourness, which makes anticipation of that first taste all the more exciting!

More of a mellow sourness than I expected from the smell, but very well balanced with the subtle, grape sweetness. This definitely makes you think of a wine gone sour, but in a good way. I expected a little more oakiness since this was aged for over two years in port wine barrels, but it's just as subtle as the grape.

Light carbonation and mouthfeel, but leaves a crisp feeling on the tongue. Tart, but not too tart - right in line with that mellow, sour taste. Makes you want to take the next sip quickly.

Very enjoyable brew. I expected nothing less from Hill Farmstead with this one. I love sours, but this beer opened my eyes up to the fact that a well-rounded sour and not a "pucker-your-lips-with-alum" sour is the bar to measure this style against. Very glad I got to share the first released bottle of this beer with some good friends.

05-30-2013 03:15:29 | More by EMorgan
More User Reviews:
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

Huge thanks to Kyle for this one. 375ml bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich, 2 finger cream colored head with great retention. Beer is a clear, dark red, mahogany. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. A great looking brew.

Nose is tart cherry puree, oak and peat. Deep and aromatic. Subtly sweet. Decent.

Opens tart cherry, vinous and oaky. Vinegar, rotting wood, leather, tart red fruit in the middle. Acidic as hell towards the end. Cherry pit and skin mixed with oak, moss, and peat. Finishes vinegar and more red fruit puree. Tart aftertaste. Awesome.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down acidic and abrasive. Finish dry and puckering with a lingering, sticky dry aftertaste. Very nice.

The first iteration of a Flanders Red Ale I've had from Hill Farmstead and its predictably awesome. Great flavor, excellent feel, and a nose and appearance that ties everything together. Very good.

11-02-2013 02:30:00 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of cfrances33


4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour: Pours a dark, reddish brown with a finger of tannish, rusty head. Head recedes to a rim rather quickly, yet leaves some lacing. While no light can be seen through the glass, if held up to a light, it is surprisingly crystal clear.

Smell: Big tannic fortified wine presence, with some plums and a touch of caramel/brown sugar. Typical Hill Farmstead funk. Some tart cherries come out on the nose, especially as it warms. Warm, it develops an cherry pie like quality, with some oak, a touch of cinnamon, and more tart cherries.

Taste: Similar to the opening on the nose, with a distinct port quality and sour cherries. More sour than the nose implies. Oaky and funky. Some caramel sweetness and brown sugar gives this a nice body. As it warms, more of the tart cherry pie flavor comes through. Finishes dry and sour.

Mouthfeel: Sour. One of the more sour Hill Farmstead beers I've had yet. Medium heavy body. Very dry on the finish.

Overall: A very impressive Flanders Red from Shaun and company. I'm not typically a fan of this style, but this was executed very, very well. Age not needed on this one... it's amazing now.

06-08-2013 02:31:00 | More by cfrances33
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-14-2013 01:53:30 | More by thetommo
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-26-2014 22:39:36 | More by warnerry
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-24-2013 16:53:47 | More by doremite
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-01-2014 22:09:28 | More by williamjbauer
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-12-2013 03:06:31 | More by stereosforgeeks
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13%

09-21-2013 22:40:47 | More by acurtis
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4.71/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

08-07-2013 12:50:55 | More by AdamF625
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-07-2013 01:31:19 | More by mdaschaf
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3/5  rDev -30.4%

07-05-2013 18:14:35 | More by leschkie
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-02-2014 06:09:37 | More by RyanOooh
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-27-2014 14:18:05 | More by bconsidine
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

08-28-2013 01:45:08 | More by Gonzoillini
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-06-2014 00:17:04 | More by hooliganlife
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3.68/5  rDev -14.6%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky reddish brown. Nice khaki head. Great surface retention.

Smell - Hint of acetic acid. Dark malts. Some cherry.

Taste - More sour. Much more cherry. Oaky. Kinda chalky. Sourness lingers. Very dry.

Mouthfeel - Almost too dry. Moderate sourness. Well carbonated.

Overall - Decent flanders. A little too dry for me.

07-02-2013 00:35:22 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-25-2013 02:56:11 | More by Keith_R
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

05-29-2014 22:45:26 | More by waddellc2
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -13%

11-24-2013 20:25:51 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

10-11-2013 13:49:40 | More by Psychmusic
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-05-2013 14:52:43 | More by Atomicskis5
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Ontario (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

02-23-2014 21:48:01 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

05-30-2014 00:39:50 | More by rondufresne
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3/5  rDev -30.4%

03-24-2014 00:44:29 | More by jegross2
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Prolegomena from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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