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.
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Godofthecellar (667) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a dark red hugh. Smell of chocolate covered cherries. Taste of cherry, oak barrel, yeast, moderate carb really great flanders
Ontape (277) - Valley Village, California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
MJGG (950) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GT2 (8366) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
> 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.
SHIG (3565) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
olr1984 (1060) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle pours a dark mahogany with an off-white head. Tart cherry and acidic aroma. Taste is identical
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
beastiefan2k (2408) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by noblesquirrel. Reddish brown color. Aroma is dark alcoholic malt with tints of acetic and some alcohol. Some thinned out malts. Flavor has the thinned out malts with brown leaves and acetic sweet and sour finish. A light acetic earthy finish.
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at HF Saison Fest 14.
Pours a clear, ruby brown with a dense creamy, light tan head. Nose of dark fruit, cherry and oak, vinous. Flavor is midly tart, red wine and dry, oaky and musty, light vinegar. Very dense flavor and a slightly creamy body.