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Prolegomena - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 159
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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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
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cfrances33

Illinois

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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-01-2014 05:26:25 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

What the hell, let's do a review.

A: dark, rich plum and cherry, nice two finger head dissipates nicely into a creamy ring, some yeast settles at the bottom but that is my faulty pour
S: like an oaky sangria; citrus, tart apple, red wine; a layer of sweet cherry rides atop the rest
T: very vinous and tannic, the barrel really shines in this one. The taste is rich with tart apple and cherry, hints of bitter orange zest and oaky red wine barrels. The finish is a bit medicinal and vinegary.
M: very full bodied, again like a red wine; the carb is nice and keeps it from becoming cloying and syrupy.
O: this is one of the best Flemish Reds I have ever had. After wandering in the wilderness for many years hating sours, it has become one of my favorite categories and Flemish Reds/Browns my favorite style of the sour family. That hint of Robitussin on the finish makes me shudder but the rest is excellent. Well done.

08-23-2014 02:55:44 | More by IrishColonial
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

08-22-2014 00:54:02 | More by outoffocus
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goldspire

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13%

08-20-2014 01:57:54 | More by goldspire
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bahnfire

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

08-13-2014 17:30:14 | More by bahnfire
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BucketBoy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13%

07-31-2014 21:41:47 | More by BucketBoy
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-26-2014 22:39:36 | More by warnerry
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M-Fox24

New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +1.9%

A: A dark elegant burgundy, reddish appearance with a tan/brownish off-white head and some decent retention

S: A stimulating complexity with notes of oak, lemon, cherry, vanilla, dates, leather, grapes & raspberries

T: Enjoyable to say the least: the wine essence; the malty oak; the subtle tartness in the fruit. A particularly well balanced Flanders ale

M: Has a light to medium body with little ABV presence and decent carbonation; not too dry & not too sweet

O: Great representation of the style. Would recommend and would most certainly drink again

07-15-2014 18:51:22 | More by M-Fox24
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-08-2014 23:13:00 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-08-2014 22:52:29 | More by kjkinsey
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backbaybrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-08-2014 13:51:01 | More by backbaybrewer
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Abbbp

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-04-2014 03:02:45 | More by Abbbp
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-01-2014 23:07:59 | More by ncaudle
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-29-2014 17:54:04 | More by Kirk
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SuperHop18

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

06-26-2014 03:20:31 | More by SuperHop18
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%

375ml bottle sealed with silver pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: deep red almost mahogany bodied beer. 2 fingers of tan head that eventually drops down to a thin cap. Spotty lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: Fairly malty, sweet cherries. Lots and lots of oak and vanilla. Hint of red wine.

Taste: Mild tartness. Mild sweetness in the form of cherry notes. Lots of tannins and lots of oak. Hint of vanilla and port wine in the finish.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer which is a suprise to me. Normally a flanders red and a light bodied sour are not found together like it is in this beer. Creamy mouthfeel. Not boozy at all.

Overall: A surprisingly mellow sourness to this flander red. This is one of the best Flanders Red that I have had. Not much Port wine influence, but just enough so that you know that its there. Another great brew by Hill Farmstead. An excellant mouthfeel with this beer.

06-25-2014 06:06:50 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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egrace84

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-25-2014 00:09:40 | More by egrace84
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ThreeFishes

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-24-2014 22:55:36 | More by ThreeFishes
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-19-2014 03:13:59 | More by millerbuffoon
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was brewed in April 2011 and released in June 2013 after over 2 years of barrel aging.

Appearance: Pours a medium to dark brown with a reddish hue and leaves a finger of tan head that fades slowly to a layer atop the beer.

Smell: Big raspberries, strawberries, mild funk, oak, black cherry, hint of leather and vinegar. Well balanced, nice aroma.

Taste: Leather, raspberry & strawberry, tart cherries, oak. Really big wine influence. Quite well balanced with all the flavors mixing nicely together. The sour is light but present.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a nice, medium to heavy body. Fits the style really well. Finishes a tad dry, but is more sweet than dry.

Overall: A very good representation of a Flanders Red. Nice leathery, fruity notes along with just a bit of sour and funk. A tasty brew.

06-10-2014 22:03:28 | More by Resuin
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petermethot

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-08-2014 01:58:29 | More by petermethot
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Miamilice

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

06-07-2014 15:09:09 | More by Miamilice
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dcguitar

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-03-2014 15:00:17 | More by dcguitar
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