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Prolegomena - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 166
Gots: 51 | 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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-25-2013

Aged in Wine and Port barrels. In friendship with Will Meyers from Cambridge Brewing Company.
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Ratings: 198 | Reviews: 27
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with rudzud.

Nice creamy thick but small head, lacing galore, super murky slime brown color. The ugly color makes it hard to give a good rating, but the head is so nice for an 8.6% beer... tough choice.

Nice Flanders aroma, nice sour malt aroma, almost tart berry like, sweet syrupy brown malts with molasses like, fermented candy sugar toasty brown malt, all soured, light yeasty aroma, but if an earthy woody like aroma, light acidity on the nose even.

Taste starts creamy and sour, big soured malt, tart berry like and bit tannic berry seed, touch sour cherry. Also brown malts, little toasty, caramel, molasses like but syrupy sweet with mild warming booze, again all soured. some malt vinegar and acidity, little yeasty too. Finish is sticky semi sweet but drier, little flemmy, bit of a sweet brown sugar and bitter tannic sour earthy root flavor, and light make vinegar lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, light warming booze light tingly acidity, little flemmy and little syrupy.

Overall quite nice to start, nice nose, nice initial flavor, but the finish gets a little icky.

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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros, poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a murky, deep brown with a nice one finger tan head that fades to give nice side lacing and a thick blanket, very good.

S - Aromas of nice malts, sweet and sour notes, really nice flander notes, faint sweet fruits, sour cherry.

T - Taste is nicely sour and tart, light vanilla, faint chocolate, light almost metallic finish, slightly bitter dark sugars. Strong tannic/barrel notes really lend to an almost unpleasant finish. It's not bad, fairly straight forward.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice, light carbonation, very drinkable.

O - Overall not a bad beer, fairly straight forward. Not a fan of the finish.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Prolegomena from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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