ineedbeer (433) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 mL bottle.
Aroma is less fruity than I would expect of a Flander’s style beer. Aroma is actually very interesting and has a note that I can only describe as reminiscent of mustard. Some cherry notes as it warms as well as a medium low oakiness.
Pours a cloudy brown with some ruby notes and a small light tan head that quickly recedes to the edges. Light lacing and low legs.
Flavor is better than the aroma and is slightly tart, but not over the top. Some nice fruit notes that are similar to tart cherries but also with a nice berry notes. Light oak notes in the finish. Acidity is mostly lactic with a touch of acetic. Finish has a lingering tartness with a touch of an odd fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Astringency is noticeable with and alcohol warmth is low.
Overall an alright beer, but I am not as impressed as I usually am with Hill Farmstead beers. The sourness is pleasant, but the aroma had a weird spice note to it. The fruitiness is not as bright as I was expecting.
madmitch76 (12241) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6th August 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton as always for the HF lifeline. Hazy red - brown beer, tidy cream coloured head. Palate is light and softish. Light fine carbonation. Light Flemish sourness with a woody geueze vibe. Very light oak that seems to be keeping the sourness in check. Light and semi dry finish.
VikingHammer (501) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with red highlights. Small off white head quickly diminishes to a ring of small bubbles. Soft carbonation bring out aromas of oak, tart cherries and almonds. The aroma is the best part of this beer, amazingly complex! Flavors are tart and acidic that finish dry. On par with some of my favorite Flanders reds. I think Micheal Jackson would enjoy this one!
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with reddish tints and a tight beige head. Beautiful red fruit jam like flavors give way to earthy tartness and beautifully integrated acidity. Did not get any acetic acid character myself- made for a much mellower and peaceful glass. Medium body with lasting sourness that never borders on abrasive. Really into it.
Ernesto987 (3041) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 sample at HF Saison fest, awesome stuff, the barrel is perfectly blended with the tartness, sweet and sour perfectly married, love it
Rerate: 4.6 bottle, simply amazing, the best sour brown I’ve ever had by a long shot
Theydon_Bois (5485) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Jack’s Farwell Tasting, big thanks to Leighton for more HF goodness, 06/08/13.
Hazed mahogony brown with a thin light beige covering.
Nose is tarte grape skins, tangy orchard fruit, earthy, raisensm soured green apple.
Taste comprises brandy soaked apples, woody, farmy, tarte dark fruits, sour notes, light fruit balsam.
Medium bodied with fine carbonation, dry tarte fruit finish.
Great sour red.
brystmar (984) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, cloudy brown color; delicate off-white lace. Black cherry, yet mildly medicinal aroma kinda works honestly. Creamy body, oaky as hell, soured grain/fruit blend, a bit warming. More of Shaun's interpretation of a Flanders Red than a true-to-style Flanders, and it's quite nice.
Scopey (4693) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Jack’s farewell tasting, big thanks to Leighton! It pours deep red-brown with a small light tan head. The nose is earth, wood, vanilla, toasted coconut, dark fruit, red berry, jam and candy floss. The taste is tart, earthy, damp wood, sherbet, lemon, pleasant tartness, granny smith apple, vinous, red berry, light alcohol warmth and jam. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Damn tasty and well-balanced. Very nice!
Minderbinder (1317) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very deep red with low beige head. Intense lacing. Aroma is of fruits, sourness, cherries, yogurt, alcohol. Taste is of fruits, sligth sourness, caramel, cherries, alcohol. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Easily drinkable red. Low acid/sourness wich is good in that case. Only thing is maybe it’s a bit heavy on alcohol, and not too well hidden. Other than that, this is fantastic. Outstanding beer.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought this at Hill Farmstead, aged 2 years. Not a huge fan of the style but wanted to try this. Poured a cloudy reddish/brown, small light brown head, meduim body. More malty than I’d expected.