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Prolegomena - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
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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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -13.5%

Pour is dark copper brown with a thin tight tan head. Nose has a hint of dark malt base with some sawdust and sour cherry. Taste is similar, a little watery and less bright than the nose. There is a stronger dark malt component than a normal Flanders red, fairly sour with notes of tart sour cherry but a bit thin in flavor through the finish. Very strong carbonation on a lighter body. No glaring flaws, not acetic at all but not bright and a bit watery.

02-10-2014 00:29:11 | More by cpetrone84
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-06-2014 14:52:32 | More by Caudalie
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davewlfpckfan29

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-05-2014 17:57:13 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-04-2014 18:45:20 | More by iL0VEbeer
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-03-2014 03:26:24 | More by nrs207
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%

A-Black in the glass, clear deep amber, one finger slightly off white head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Oak, funk, cherries, other sweet fruit, grapes.

T-More tart than sour, rather sweet with cherries, grapes and other fruit flavors, some caramel as well.

M-Medium to lighter in body, slight carbontation.

O-An amazing sour. What a good beer. Sean Hill can do no wrong!

01-31-2014 00:38:45 | More by rlee1390
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bconsidine

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-27-2014 14:18:05 | More by bconsidine
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%

375ml bottle poured into HF over-sized stemmed wine glass. Flander's style beer aged in port and wine barrels for over two years, brewed in collaboration with Will Myers from Cambridge Brewing Company.

A- Pours a dark opaque purplish/brownish black, a little over a finger's worth of frothy bubbly slightly off-white slightly brownish beige head forms that has excellent retention slowly receding to a thin layer coating the glass with lacing, decent amount of carbonation with a very nice consistency.

S- Dark fruits, big grape notes, plums, lightly tart cherries, vinous qualities, raisins, dates, a bit of earthiness, hints of leather, oak, and a nice port balance. Overall nice slightly sweet fruity presence balanced with a faint tartness and well integrated port, decent aroma strength with nice complexity.

T- Tartness comes out a little bit more with lightly tart cherries, vinous grapes, earthiness, plums, dates, balanced malts, nice balanced port presence that brings out the fruit flavors from the flanders nicely. Lightly sweet, complex, subtle tartness, nice barrel presence.

M- Medium bodied, slightly acidic that tingles the mouth, a bit over-carbonated at first but after letting sit it's just right, very drinkable.

O- This was a very nice unique take on a Flander's. There aren't many breweries that make use of port barrels and I like how the port brought out a little bit more of the vinous dark fruit qualities of the beer while adding a nice barrel presence. I wish I had another bottle to experiment with cellaring for another year or two.

01-26-2014 23:15:41 | More by jaasen64
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OnryAndMean

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

01-25-2014 18:17:10 | More by OnryAndMean
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-13-2014 16:10:20 | More by lunarbrew
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%

375ml bottle from the recent 2013 release. Poured into a GLBC snifter today, 1/12/2014.

Pours a dark ruby-burgundy-mahogany (pick one) body, small amount of white head that dissipates quickly into a thin collar. Not much lacing to speak of. Looks like a typical Flanders Red.

Smells interesting. It does smell like a Flanders Red, but there is something particularly different about it- it's tarter and dry in the nose, like a red wine almost. Some oak, vinegar and cherries are there as well.

Flavour profile is mostly oak, cherries and a good bit of lactate and vinegar. Sourness is about 4/10. The finish reminds me of a red wine- tart and dry. Very strong flavours, depth and complexity in comparison to others.

Good mouthfeel- medium bodied, good carbonation. A sipper still. Aftertaste is a oakey cherry flavour that sticks for quite a while.

Decent Flanders Red. There was something odd about this one that is different from the others I've had. It might be the strong dryness on the backend that threw me off. Still, this is a well-put together beer that may interest you if you enjoy the Flanders Red style.

01-13-2014 15:10:45 | More by Stevedore
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ThatsThatDude

New York

5/5  rDev +16%

01-05-2014 18:29:02 | More by ThatsThatDude
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RyanOooh

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-02-2014 06:09:37 | More by RyanOooh
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-01-2014 22:09:28 | More by williamjbauer
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vissai

California

3/5  rDev -30.4%

12-31-2013 17:12:59 | More by vissai
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VAbdoyan

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-30-2013 04:00:53 | More by VAbdoyan
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Mark000

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-27-2013 01:53:39 | More by Mark000
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thetommo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-14-2013 01:53:30 | More by thetommo
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MJsGhost

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

12-13-2013 15:06:08 | More by MJsGhost
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-12-2013 02:06:34 | More by Mikeypnh
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-05-2013 23:49:41 | More by DrunkinYogi
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FletcherC

Turkmenistan

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-05-2013 00:17:20 | More by FletcherC
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-25-2013 06:02:28 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

3.75/5  rDev -13%

11-24-2013 20:25:51 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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sirsteve42

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-22-2013 13:13:13 | More by sirsteve42
Prolegomena from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.