thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2017
Bottle, back in June. It's hard to rate this without referencing how they made it. The foresight it took to brew a beer like this six years in advance - before the brewery had even opened! - and age it for 50 months in burgundy barrels is just amazing, and it's so cool to drink something that had this much work and planning put into it.skrip (230) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2017
The flavor is interesting and complex (although not quite as funky as some of HF's latest stuff), with a lot of oak and leather, raisins, light oxidation, and a bit of vinegar. It's a great, quite sour, Flanders Red/Oude Bruin. And it's super cool that Hill Farmstead made this at all.
375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster.
A~ dark red in the center fading to pink around the edges. no head and no lacing.
S~ holy oak! tons of oak and a lot of sweet dark fruits. figs, dates, and red/black currants all wrapped in leathery brett.
T~ follows the nose, a little sweeter here and extremely complex! every sip changes from sweet fruits to caramel malt to a little balsamic all staying within that leathery oaky goodness!
M~ little dry with nice carb. and extremely smooth!
O~ definitely one of the most complex HF brews to date! i’m honestly not sure how well this will age since its already been conditioned in bottles since 2014 before it was released but hey i’ll give it a go! i definitely want to revisit this down the road, the way this brew changed with every sip is gonna make things interesting! if you’re tired of the beer out there this will surely change your mind!
ctipping (2299) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2017
375 mL bottle. Deep red body with a medium off-white head. Smells of acidic red wine. Oak. A touch of vinegar and maltiness. Tastes pretty sour. Really strong red wine flavor that builds throughout. Sweet malts that come off as dark fruit get cut by some vinegar sourness. Strong oak presence. Dry finish. Medium heavy, but not sluggish. I did not expect this to be this good. 50belair (3718) - Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle. Clear light brown pour with a kaki head. Vinous aromas. Sour vinous, sour cherry, oak, vanilla, caramel malts, and very mild vinegar notes. Complex and delicious. A real stunner. Great body and mouthfeel. Marheb (6343) - MontrÃ©al, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2016
(Bouteille provenant de la source): Tabac humide, chocolat noir, cerises de terre, petits fruits séchés et une élégante acidité. Corps entier, doucement gras et adéquatement complexe. Magnifique réussite.
ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Bottle shared by Blisscent on 11/5/16.Samact (38) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2016
Bright, cherry-auburn body is topped by a beige head with no retention.
Huge estery cherry character with long, long oak mixing in; very rich and even. Great mix of maltiness (light caramel, date, fig, bread) and acetic acid. Really quite the perfect amount. No alcohol or yogurt rind/astringency. Wow, this is sublime and one of the better Flanders red ales I’ve come across, certainly so for an American rendition.
Soft body with the perfect amount of maltiness. Very impressive that this thing isn’t over-dry, grainy and loose after six years. Far from it. Light honey-caramel, lots of black pepper and fruity, cherry pit-like spiciness. No sign of the alcohol here nor any flaw. Light wood character again in the flavor, but free from any toasty oakiness, as it should be. Low but tight carbonation. Really fucking phenomenal stuff. Not even saying that because of its rarity ;)
375 mL bottle. from the aroma you can tell this beer is over 6 years old. Smell old and woody but in a good way. This is so vinous. Almost a red wine mouthfeel. You can taste the 50 months in the barrels this is very oaky but I really enjoy this. Nice tartness, red fruit, red wine and very long finish. So well balanced. Can’t believe this beer is over 6 years old this is impressively delicious. Good job Hill farmstead! PhillyCraft (8322) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Six Years for Six Thousand ticks on Halloween. I figured this would be the perfect bottle for the special occasion. Pours a dark reddish brown color with tiny bubbled short lasting medium head. Lighter carb overall. Smell is dark grapes, berries, vinegar, plum juice and barrel. Flavor is brown sugar, grape skins, misc berries, oak, apples, dark plum vino and other wet wood complexities. Finishes as toffee grape juice with perfect acidity for the style. Warming behind the ears and back of the head. Medium to fuller in the mouthfeel. This treat was paired with fresh frozen, 90u OG Gorilla Haze full melt in case anyone was curious. Cheers mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2016
Pours a clear brown with a small offwhite head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of grapes, balsamic, trace acetone (not sure I should mention it as it was really like and not detracting at all), wine and brown sugar. Taste is more dark sugar and moderately tart and winey. Body is medium, carbonation moderate and it just feels vinous like a fuller than full bodied red wine if that makes sense. Never too intense and really classy. A really, really nice experience overall. I’d be all over this stuff if it was (a lot) cheaper! tom10101 (6317) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle (375 ml), shared. Beautiful deep amber with a small bubbly beige head leaving little lacing. Aroma is incredibly complex with oak, vinous presence, dark and red fruits, grapey, must, balsamic, caramel and earthy notes. Taste is , vanilla, moderately tart, quite oaky with fun balsamic presence, red wine, mild earthiness, caramel and grapes. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oak mouthfeel. Gently tart and red wine finish. Incredibly complex, really well balanced for a six years old beer that spend 50 months in barrels. Lovely.