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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.

Released July 2014 at Hill Farmstead Brewery

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RickTheRick (460) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
Une mousse pas très significative se pose sur un liquide brunâtre assez trouble. Des fruits, autant secs que confits, dominent le bouquet fort invitant de cette bière. Des notes boisées s’en mêlent également. En bouche, quelle surprise ... une Old Ale au caractère acétique dominant? Je prends la bouteille pour y lire la description et là tout s’explique. Fruitée et sucrée, mais jamais lourde, le caractère boisé se précise lorsque la bière tempère. Un mix entre une Old Ale et une Brune (ou Rouge même) des Flandres. Gros coup de coeur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4981) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle - Light soured caramel and barrel notes. Cloudy maroon with a decent beige head. Cocoa, soured malts and much like a Flemish red. Rich and oaky with a nice sourness, a great Sour Red a weird Old Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (917) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 27, 2014
500ml bottle pours derk brown with red edges and a small finger of head. Nose is musty oak wood, barrel, dried cherry and fruits, Flanders-esque, light funk, leather, beef jerky, nutty. Taste is similar to nose with a soft tartness, heavy oak presence, many twists and turns on the palate, lots of sweet and sour dried berries and earthy nutty wood, very subtle rounded bourbon fruit spice influence. Finish is tart, tannic, funky oak, red grape, soil, sweet and sour dark tart cherry, leather.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13779) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle at Øl & Brød - Hill Farmstead Dinner. Clear deep dark brown - golden head. Oxidation. Roasted. Sweetness. Sharpness. Dried fruits. Acid. Sourness. Herbal. Nutty. Sharpness. Light wooden notes. Berries. Dark fruits. Sweetness. Dark syrup. Leather. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (886) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2014
From notes taken at last week’s tasting. Aroma is very dark fruit forward with lits of plum, prune, fig and raisin. Malt notes of toasted bread, light acidity and faint roast. Medium berry notes. Pours a murky, reddish brown with a tan head and good retention on the edges. Flavor is slightly acidic with lots of fruit notes. Hints of roast and medium light toasted bread with medium light alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, an alright beer but I’m not sure how I feel about acidic old ales and this one in particular. Way too much fruit character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1627) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Opaque, silty red clay pour. The wet deep earth. Aroma signals a Flemish impression with dry chocolate, red wine vinegar, limestone and myriad minerals. Its fervent effervescence rushes the aromas manically, distant heat and wet oak becoming assertive quite quickly. It can seem surprisingly, quietly sweet, with buttery brownie notes and overripe fruit sugars hiding in the deep middle.

The flavor is punchy and acidic, but subversively detailed; orange rind is a major note, with black cherries and red apples filling in the fruit component, while bacterial acids and uncomplicated, pleasant bourbon barrel remnants compose the rest.

The palate is only softly acidic. Calmly organized and clean. The finish is restful; lingering dryness contains traces of restrained alcohol and barrel intonations. An odd creation to be sure, and one that is probably misrepresented with the style designation here. This is reminiscent of a beer like RR Consecration to me.

An uncontrollable gusher, this one: I lost about half of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2014
Tasted in less than ideal conditions Almost no head, deep redbrown beer. Both liqueurish and sourish/vinous, red fruit on alcohol. Some vanilla aroma too. Sourish, vinous and gradually chocolate and warming alcohol. Unbelievably complex flavourprofile. Warming up, hints of tobacco and tobaccoash, but also pineapple. Liqueur, but almost no vanilla in the flavour. Medium bodied, not more, flat as a pancake (preservation?). Very long lasting flavours. Impressive beer. Txs to M. & L. V.!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9509) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle... Murky singed-caramel pour, with a small, creamy off white head. Medium to full-bodied with feather-soft carbonation. The flavor is tannic, tart, bready and roasty with a hint of crusty bitterness. Tart, toasty finish. Dries out a touch. Bottle courtesy of the south Florida crew’s newcigarz and ctipping!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (4255) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2014
Batch 1. 500 bottle sampled @ “Exclusive S&G Tasting: Special guest 77ships”. Obtained in a trade with AdamJackson! GUSHER. Dark brown, head only on the sides, looks infected. Smell is sour cherry, tart fruit, oxidation, sour bacteria, infection, chocolate. Taste is tart chocolate, sour bacteria, infection, sour fruit, sour cherry, mocha, vanilla, red grapes, vanilla, hard to pick up on bourbon. Fizzy infected body. Seriously people, this is good for an infected beer but that is about it. I read some of the ratings here, I just think, come on, people. I really do not get the Hill Farmstead worship, I mean this is an infected beer that passes for drinkable & this still scores 95+ on RB. Hill Farmstead has some very nice beer but this is far from the very first miser from these guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1592) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle at Hill Farmstead Beer Maker’s Dinner at Øl & Brød October 11th. Pours medium brown with red tints and a low tan head. Aromas of roasted nuts, funk, caramel, roasted malts, honey, dried fruit and some cherries. Taste is caramel, cherries, roasted nuts, funk, caramel, honey and some dried fruit. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry and tart with medium carbonation.

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