Marheb (1753) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Superbe concoction rubis avec une belle tête instable et crémeuse. Le nez est celui d’un yogourt aux petits fruits des champs sous un nuage de porto. En bouche, peu de notes acétiques, très rond et balancé avec une finale surprenante de cerises dans le chocolat. Le liquide est également peuplé de sucres diverses, tout en élégance. Buvabilité irraisonnable.
Reynolds314 (2103) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This absolutely nailed it. Pour is a mahogany brown with light tan head. Aroma is cherries, almonds, vanilla, balsamic, and grapes. Taste is vinous, oaky, tart, and quite dry. So good.
birdmachine (163) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle into the #properglassware. Aroma is fairly oaky with hints of red wine, toasted oak, almonds, tree bark and light yogurt. The beer pours clear mahogany color with an everlasting off-white head that leaves behind gorgeous rings of lace. A very pretty beer to match the chilly autumn night. Taste is tart cherry, almonds, some funky leather, a little tannic, acidic, musty wood and finally some malty spice note. This is definitely a beer on the malty side, which is interesting with the sour finish. The beer is medium body, some lactic quality in the finish that mixes so well with the sour bite and dry finish. Overall an oaky malty acidic beer with a nice layer of lactic flavors as well.
Johnsense (704) - - NOV 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. A good fingers worth of head. Oak, red wine, sour cherry in the aroma. Some earthiness. Fairly tart, Cherry, red wine, vanilla, oak, slightly leathery, and a funky yeast profile. Quite complex. Slick mouthfeel.
JStax (2664) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small format bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Pours a darker brown to ruby with a beige head of foam. Walnuts, vanilla, cherry, oak, wine. Slick, oily mouth fee. Big oak in the finish. Moderate carbonation.
jackl (3867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s. Reddish brown pour with a small head. The nose is red fruits. Mild acidic funk. toasted bread. Some pennies and tangy berry flavors. Dirt melon, old fruit leather. Medium body, soft carbonation. Not as deft as most HF beers I’ve tried. Merely decent.
JulienHuxley (2552) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep hazy red pour with thin creamy off white foam. Aroma is slightly earthy, winey cherry aromas, subtle tart cherries, wine barrel, light herbal notes. Flavor is quite tart, rather dry, (compared to sweeter beers of the style i.e. rodenbach or duchesse), mild funk, medium acidity, very dry finish. Palate is well carbed. Tasty.
Beergeek23322 (2042) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
10/16/2013. From bottle picked up at the brewery last week. Pours deep red with a tan head. Strong red wine aromas with funky yeast. Wood shows through with yeast, port, malt and dark berries. Very nicely balanced.
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
illidurit (2052) - Petaluma, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Collected Works tasting. Big musty cherry and chocolate milk notes. Malty, bready malt, lots of acidity making for an interesting interplay with molasses and anise.