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Hill Farmstead Prolegomena

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Flander’s Style Red Ale: Aged in Wine and Port barrels. In friendship with Will Meyers from Cambridge Brewing Company. Brewed in April of 2011. 375ml

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14922) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2015 Bottle. Pours brown. Tan head. Nose/taste of caramel, oak, dark fruit and sourness. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle. Ruby pour with tan head. Some cherries and tart aromas. Cherry and some malty tones, tart and some sweet tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2014
In short: A tart, toasted and somewhat sweet dark ale. An original creation that is fun to drink.
How: Bottle 375ml a few times, this rating for a bottle approximately 6 monyhs of age.
The look: Cloudy redish-brown body topped by a small beige head with good retention.
In long: Nose has an unusual blend of nutty wood, toasty notes and tartness. In mount beer has a slightly grainy texture, a medium body and a very active carbonation. Taste is toasted, plain oak, vinous notes, crusty brownies, grape skin. The sourness and acidity levels are moderate for the style, comes through as a very tart beer more than a typical Sour Ale. There is a significant amount of sweetness (toasted brown sugar) for a Sour Ale but the tartness does a pretty good job at washing it off. I would have liked more fruity flavors to increase complexity and drinkability but this is an original creation that is enjoyable as such. Not quite the quality I’ve come to expect but for an offering that is outside of HF usual comfort I think this was very good. Upsetting that the road to hell is paved with good intentions but the road to Hill Farmstead is not paved at all, and also Hell is opened on Sundays but not Hill Farmstead, all that is very upsetting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Dark brown with a dark red hugh. Smell of chocolate covered cherries. Taste of cherry, oak barrel, yeast, moderate carb really great flanders

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontape (470) - Valley Village, California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
2013 bottle from an old trade with Lukaduke, special treat for myself on Father’s Day. First proper HF I’ve had in ages and it’s a good one (natch). A nice take on the Flanders Red style. Port barrel flavors add a nice complexity and make this one stand out. Wine barrel notes come in as well. Pours brown with a ruby tinge, a little bit of carbonation, elegant as all the beers I’ve seen from HF. It’s sour but not in a big way, I’d say the sour is part of the show but not the main event. Really lovely beer, I always feel lucky to enjoy Shaun’s beers out here in CA. Thanks Lukaduke!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Bouteille de 375 ml. Arômes très vineux, beaucoup de fruits rouges, touche de poussière. Robe brune aux reflets roux, effervescence fine et belle mousse beige tenant bien. En bouche, on retrouve un beau caractère fruité et vineux appuyé par un malt assez corpulent. Belle présence de brettanomyces contribuant une touche de champignons et de poussière. Finale très vineuse, légèrement sucrée et présentant une acidité modérée pour le style. Très élégant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
> Well balanced, slightly sweet red berry forward dark sour

[ Bottle ][ 375mL ][ oteyj ][ Tasting ][ Snifter Tulip ][ 5.28.14 ]
>> Thank you James! Awesome bottle. Clear red amber pour with wispy, tan foam. Nose is cranberry, sharp mixed berries, Merlot grape, lemonade. Taste is slightly sweet, nice berry mix, dusty cranberry bread, lightly bitter, good sugar remains to balance out the sourness. Citric level is not too high. Definitely not an all out margarita mix salt overload, no acetic. This is one of the few sour reds I’ve had where more than a few sips isn’t overpowering. This one could essentially have all to yourself without getting acid reflux. I think this one really deserves some credit for getting the sugar balance right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Sample at the Culmination Fest: Poured a reddish brown colour with a thin layer of off white head. Aroma was fruit/berry with cherries and grapes. Taste is tart cherries, grape, caramel and even a bit of a toasted wood presence. Very tart to the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2014
375ml bottle pours a dark mahogany with an off-white head. Tart cherry and acidic aroma. Taste is identical

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2014
Bottle, hilarious in that my mom’s boyfriend picked this up on a whim because I told him to visit! Delicious tart vinous, balsamic, not too acetic but definitely aggressive character. Plums, raisins, young wine, tart grapes. Not Shaun’s best, but I’m down with it.

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