PhillyCraft (3166) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, pours deep plum with massive beige head, thick and soapy lacing. Once the lace was established, it never left the glass. Aromas of strong cherry, wood, prune, and raspberry. Taste is funky cherry, wet wood, acidic fruit, cashews, malt, mineral water and complex wood. Lots of puckery tartness, the flavor reminded me of cuvee de tomme with abundant oak and dark cherry. Medium to fuller body with appropriate carbonation. Sour and tasty meh, try dis.
Ernesto987 (3664) - 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
Marheb (1998) - 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.
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!
oteyj (2130) - 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.
Johnsense (776) - - 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.
Reynolds314 (2278) - 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.
Lukaduke (2118) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep crimson brown color with a two plus finger eggshell foam that sticks nicely. The nose is sweet and sour cherries, spicy cinnamon, touch of vinous oak and grape juice. The palate follows the nose nicely with a nice shift from front to back end. Flavors come in with a cherry spice, cider acidity which dries out the mid palate and flows into a long vinous finish. Really a well done flanders with some nice old wood undertones.
tom10101 (2699) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (375 ml). Thanks to Pier-Luc for this one! Pours ruby with a medium creamy beige head and good lacing. Aroma of red fruits (cherries, raspberries, cranberries), wood, vanilla, hints of yogurt and almost no acetic presence. Taste is slightly sweet with red fruits, wood, vanilla, winey notes and light port. Alcohol is present. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry. Slightly winey. Superb take on a Flander’s Red! Balance is nearly perfect. Really complex, not too acetic, drinkable and really enjoyable. Another homerun from HF.
Leighton (10682) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s I’m London during Jack’s farewell tasting. Thanks mom for grabbing this one. Pours mostly clear ruby-amber with a tight, creamy beige head. The aroma holds lots of tangy berries, ripe cherries, some wet wood. Light to medium sweet flavor with mildly tangy berries, a bit of bread, cherries, plums, hints of pepper. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Light warmth in the finish, more wet wood, tangy berries, cherries, cranberries, subtle funk, some raspberry. Lovely stuff. Starts slow but finishes strong. Great depth and balance.