Peleg | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our interpretation of an oak aged Old Ale.

Peleg Hill Jr. (1757-1831) was our great, great, great, great grandfather and one of Greensboro’s original inhabitants. In his honor, we crafted this old ale and reserved it with our resident microflora in third-fill bourbon barrels from some of our favorite distilleries. For over 18 months, it was allowed to leisurely develop its complex, unique flavors and express both the character of its environs and its history.

This inaugural batch of Peleg was brewed with our Danish friends Rune and Per Olaf from Bryggeriet Djævlebryg and Anders Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Brewing.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.37/5  rDev +8.7%

poured into HF Wine Stem.

Appearance: This beer pours out beautifully and looks like its extremely thick, syrupy, and oily. Black bodied beer with thick dark brown head that has some staying power. Pours out 2 full fingers of head from a moderate pour.

Smell: Fruity malts, bourbon, and tart cherry.

Taste: Dark fruit malts think dates and figs maybe some green raisins too. Lots of oak and a moderately tart cherry notes like an Oude Bruin. In the middle of the beer showcases oak and a hint of bourbon. Slightly smokiness with a leathery note. Lingering tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Thick and oily beer with creamy carbonation. Absolutely outstanding mouthfeel.

Overall: Very interesting take on an Old Ale and I like it. Its like an Old Ale and an Oude Bruin combined. I see this beer getting better with time in the bottle.

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4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster tulip.

A~ murky redish brown with a light tan head and foam coating the glass.

S~ total tartness right up front! dark fruit, tart cherries, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla. hmmm....!

T~ definitely not what i was expecting! first things first, its sour... which by description it should be but kinda strange for the style. you can totally tell its an HF brew haha. still not a bad thing though! the dark fruits come in hard after the initial tartness, tart cherries, dates, and a little fig. all followed by some sour caramel/molasses on the back end which i assume is from the bourbon barrels. extremely interesting!

M~ a little too carbonated for the style. could just be the bottle but it gushed hard! haha very smooth though and leaves a sticky caramel feel in your mouth.

O~ old ale? i'd call it a flanders brown haha. its only any old ale because well... its old lol going senile in those bourbon barrels for far too long haha. aside from Ann this is one of the most interesting brews they have put out for sure. probably just because it wasn't what i was expecting but hell i don't think anyone is expecting what this has to offer. a very solid brew! lets just say HF's resident microflora really took over!

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3.55/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +7%

Not really sure what an old ale is, but this comes across to me more like a flanders/old bruin sorta thing with a great oak presence from the barrel. Not my style of beer typically but very much appreciate this one. I think folks who dig flanders/old bruin type styles will really dig this.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. Huge khaki head. Thick collar. The bottle gushed when I opened it.

Smell - Smells of bourbon and lots of brett. Aggressively bretted. Caramel.

Taste - Barrel isn't as strong. Brett is stronger. Earthy and red winey. Some tartness and dark fruit flavors. Oak and bourbon come out in the back. Dry and not very sweet at all.

Mouthfeel - HIghly carbonated. Boozy. Medium body.

Overall - It doesn't smack of an unintended infection, but it's much more controlled. The tartness works pretty well and keeps it a very interesting beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05 - 2014

Had this once before at a share ...thinking Damon brought it(?). Well now I can write a few notes since Liam was kind enough to hook me up with a whole bottle.

Ruddy brown with a finger of khaki head. Big nose of cherries, funky oak, and a bit of caramel and wine. Something like a huge ba flanders red might smell? Anyways, sour dark fruits, mostly cherry and plums, oak and light caramel, a bit of tannic leather and a touch of bourbon in the remarkably clean finish (for such a big beer). A very big sour beer that actually came out very nicely.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Peleg from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 163 ratings