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Prolegomena - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 175
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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Photo of AdamF625
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

AdamF625, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of scotv
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

scotv, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of tom10101
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

tom10101, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is mahogany to crimson colored with a thin collar. Aromas of oak, cherries, vinegar, plums, wine. Very nice. The flavor follows suit, with sour cherries and an overall acetic character. Vinous and lightly sweet. Grapes and cherries. Some musty oak. An outstanding representation of the style. Delicious.

Huhzubendah, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of CypherEnigma
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

CypherEnigma, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of ScottP
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

ScottP, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -7.2%

drummermattie02, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of facesnorth
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a great beer. I missed the bottle release and a buddy of mine brought home 2 bottles and I had to trade him some pretty good stuff to get one. And I was not disappointed. Funny thing was when I went up for the M&C#1-2 & CD#6 release, a dude on the line said everybody was disappointed with this one. Well not sure what happened there but this is one great beer! Man did I enjoy it. Anyway enough story telling.

I wouldn't say I'm an expert on the style but I loved Cuvee des Jacobins. I'm not quite sure the difference between Flanders, Flemish, Red, Brown. But I didn't like their Bellegems Bruin. I also didn't like Ichtegem's Grand Cru. Other than this I'm a huge fan of sours in general. And this one definitely delivered.

What can I say, the taste of tart cherries sat on my palette for a half hour after I finished the beer. i couldn't stop thinking about it. The only thing I could possibly follow it up with was an Elaborative #1. there was nothing else in my cellar that would do it justice after this.

facesnorth, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of TotallyHosed
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 375ml bottle. Released June 5, 2013. Thanks to zach60614 for a reasonable trade.

Pours with a thick foam head. The head is tan in color and rests easy at a finger. Lots of lacing is left on the glass. The brew is a dark brown-red and hazy. Very little to no light passes through the glass. It's not possible to make this look any better.

The nose is dominated by sweet and tart cherries. There are hints of vanilla and plum. The nose is complex, but the aromas all meld very well together.

The flavor is tart and slightly sweet. It is like a combination of sweet raspberries and tart cherries. The tartness is not overwhelming. Supporting the tart fruits is a mellow barrel character. The barrel provides just a bit of tannin and very subtle vanilla flavor. The alcohol is present, but well integrated and mellowed with age.

The feel is prickly with carbonation at the start. Medium bodied and somewhat slick. Coats the mouth nicely.

Overall, this is an excellent example of the style. I'm very impressed by how well the nose and flavor is balanced. I assume there was some blending involved, if so, it was done masterfully. The appearance is gorgeous due to the dark color and head that won't recede. How the alcohol has mellowed and integrated with the flavors is especially impressive. In my opinion, I would not age this brew. It's already spent two years in barrels and is ready to enjoy now.

TotallyHosed, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

DonFrap, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

sliverX, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of laxer8811
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

laxer8811, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of lhteacher
5/5  rDev +16%

lhteacher, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of TychoNDC
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first Hill Farmstead bottle release and my first full review! Gonna keep things short and sweet, as this beer was an all around delight.

375 ml bottle poured into HF stemware.

A- Dark caramel with a rich burgundy hue. Much darker than I had expected, but the color comes through in the right lighting. Delicate lacing and a thin light head provocative of that classic Hill Farmstead carbonation.

S- Tart cherries, spice, and oak in that order. Earthy and acidic, but not overpowering; the balance is that of a wonderful medium roast coffee.

T- Sour cherries with a touch of acid and some funk. The cherry profile lingers even as the oak takes charge. A touch of sweetness to balance out the carbonation. Is there really alcohol in this? You could have fooled me...the tartness and acid completely covers any hint of booze. No soy sauce in this one.

M- Medium body with a carbonated backbone that really lightens the profile of the beer, making it almost delicate across your tongue. As a result, its incredibly smooth to drink despite the tartness.

O- Full disclosure, I've only had a handful of Flanders Red Ales in my time. This one is by far the most balanced and easiest to drink of the style, despite being the strongest. The oak really shines. Prolegomena is another fantastic beer from Hill Farmstead.

TychoNDC, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of pendabev
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

pendabev, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Shilt
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Shilt, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of badboy7113
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

badboy7113, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-tan burgundy color with a nice light tan head and good lacing

S-sour cherries, oak, musty, earthy, spices

T-sour cherries, oak, hints of brown sugar and dark fruit, slight funky character

F-medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp and tart

O-the flavors in this beer were unique and complex, really like this style

MDDMD, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of justforrazors
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed while drinking, 7/5/13, poured full bottle minus 1 oz and yeast into a HF wine glass.

A- Pours a brilliant crimson red with a long lasting 1 inch beige head. Appears to have excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation appears to be high off the bat, also evidenced by the mini-gush, although all the beer stayed in the bottle until I chose to pour it. Surprisingly good clarity for a beer of this color. While the foam recedes slightly throughout the glass, a decent layer covers the beer until the very end.

S- Tart cherries, lemon, and some barnyard funk are apparent right up front. There is some pleasant lactic acidity hidden behind the oak aroma. This beer smells inviting, I've been sitting here simply smelling it for the last 5 minutes, I guess it is time to taste!

T- From the nose, I was expecting an almost overwhelming level of acidity, although this seems to be extremely well balanced between the two. There is a small amount of acidity before you swallow, but afterward your palate is taken over by a musty funk mixed with cherry and a strong oak flavor. A characteristic Hill Farmstead yeast character joins the rest to tie it all together. As the beer begins to warm, a lemon note is also present, although very subtle. The alcohol level is virtually unpredictable, I would guess around 5% if I didn't know better.

M- Low to medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. I think it may be slightly overcarbed, although it works. As soon as you swallow, the acid and oak mesh to leave a tannic and sour dryness that lingers for several minutes, although it isn't so dry that you are left feeling parched.

O- I am trying to be critical of this, but it is difficult to do so. Prolegomena is a well-made beer that is ready to drink right this second. There is a perfect balance between the acid and funk that makes this beer dangerously drinkable. I've found with some beers from this style, a 4 ounce pour is more than enough. I could easily drink a bomber of this by myself, and would only be detoured from continuing by the alcohol content. Another home run from Shaun and crew!

justforrazors, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -30.4%

leschkie, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Atomicskis5
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Atomicskis5, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -13%

beernads, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of nootch23
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

nootch23, Jul 01, 2013
Prolegomena from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.