Prolegomena - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 165
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of AdamF625
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of facesnorth
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of TotallyHosed
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of TychoNDC
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Prolegomena from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.