Prolegomena - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by jaasen64:
4.26/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
01-26-2014 23:15:41 | More by jaasen64
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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
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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