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Prolegomena - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 163
Gots: 54 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

gpblackgt, Monday at 03:06 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

mportnoy, Nov 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Walkerjgt, Oct 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

my_knew_craft, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

blckout20, Oct 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Hirshi, Oct 12, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

DCLAguy11, Oct 09, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +3%

Tyecko, Sep 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

SABERG, Sep 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

nh_hawkeye, Sep 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

cp45, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Photo of IrishColonial
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.

IrishColonial, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

outoffocus, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

goldspire, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

bahnfire, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

BucketBoy, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

warnerry, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of M-Fox24
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

M-Fox24, Jul 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Texasfan549, Jul 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

kjkinsey, Jul 08, 2014
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Prolegomena from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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