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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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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 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.

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

Smell:
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!

Taste:
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.

Feel:
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.

Overall:
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.

EMorgan, May 30, 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
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Prolegomena from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.