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Prolegomena - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 160
Gots: 55 | FT: 7
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 SadMachine:
Photo of SadMachine
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

A- Pours a reddish brown with ruby hues around the edges and a finger of off-white head that retains well and leaves good lacing.

S- Wow! Wonderful aroma of tart cherries, red wine vinegar, oak, merlot and port. Some granny smith apple, molasses, caramel, and some earthiness as well. A very complex nose on this one!

T- The taste is similar to the aroma, though some flavors are not as pronounced as expected. There is a noticeable boozy presence that isn't in the nose at all. A ton of barrel character and tart apple on the front end. Only a touch of the cherries can be found, with a bit of acidity and earthy funk. Some red wine characteristics come through as well. This is extremely complex, though I wish some of the flavors were a bit less subtle.

M- The mouthfeel is excellent, smooth, somewhat creamy, with a bit of carbonation and booze at the finish.

O- Overall a very complex flanders red that I can't wait to try again with a year or more on it!

p.s. After dumping the yeast from the bottom of the bottle in the flavor improved noticeably.

SadMachine, Sep 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 02, 2013
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.

cfrances33, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of thetommo
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

thetommo, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

warnerry, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of doremite
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

doremite, Jun 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

williamjbauer, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13%

acurtis, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of AdamF625
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.

AdamF625, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

mdaschaf, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -30.4%

leschkie, Jul 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

RyanOooh, Jan 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

bconsidine, Jan 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Gonzoillini, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

hooliganlife, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Keith_R, Aug 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

waddellc2, May 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Psychmusic, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Atomicskis5, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

rondufresne, May 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.4%

jegross2, Mar 24, 2014
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Prolegomena from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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