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Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,208
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 476
Gots: 283 | FT: 41
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 12-31-2010

Anna is Bière de Miel, brewed with 20% raw wildflower Vermont honey and our house saison yeast.
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Ratings: 1,208 | Reviews: 168
Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/18/15

A: Pours a lightly hazy, deep gold/honey - large white head that fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Typical Hill Farmstead base (yeasty, floral) with an undercurrent of honey - yeast, some light farmhouse funk - very floral - lightly spicy and earthy, but impeccably clean - some light fruits, hints of apples and pears - some light malts - nice, lightly sweet honey aroma, minimal sweetness overall

T: A solid saison with more honey than expected - yeasty with some earthy funk - floral with some grass - light spiciness and just a hint of tart, with some light fruits, green apple, pear, white grape - lots of honey, minus most of the honey sweetness - lightly sweet - bready malt base - finishes very clean

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth, very clean finish with a hint of lingering tart

O: From the anagram series

Hill Farmstead saisons are challenging to review because they are all very similar. The honey does not add a ton to the magic, but the use of honey is deft. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of jjdc
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Luminous yellow midday sun in the glass. Nose is that classic HF lemon and pennies. Lemon, lemon peel, honey, earthy funk, and bright mineral notes. Carb and mouthfeel are excellent as always for HF. This is a touch sweeter than some of the other HF saisons naturally. Totally standard for HF -- meaning world class.

Photo of aleigator
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Ron for providing the bottle.

Sunny yellow color, with a decent, bubbly, white head.

Smells of funky yeast, crisp citrus and floral, matured hops. Tartness is well pronounced, entangled in straw and honey, acting as an interesting counterpart to the acidic lime.

Has a pleasant, fitting, lively carbonation with a versatile, decent body.

Tastes of lemon peel, hay, floral, slightly herbacious hops, exhibiting a pleasant bitter note among spritzy, refreshing tartness. The beer got a great complexity to it, revealing a honeyed note, juicy lemon and green apple peel, blending incredibly well into the sour, well balanced base of the brew. Finishes with a pleasant dryness among wheat, soft yeast and a sour tartness, balanced by slightly biscuity malts.

Again, I am truly surprised by Hill Farmstead, creating a beer full of many different layers of flavor on top of its tart, refreshing foundation. Honey is present on its own, highlighting the citrus and floral hops, without overpowering the beers acidic character. Very refreshing, sessionable, with an enjoyable complexity to it, convincing by its balance.

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw color...smells exactly how it tastes...moderately tart, lemony and peppery...every once in a while I'll get some sweetness that I assume is the honey fighting through...the flavors being moderate seem deliberate though and makes for superb drinking...typical chewy HF mouthfeel rounds it out and makes for a very nice experience and probably my favorite non fruited HF saison

Photo of BMMillsy
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My second HF saison, and I continue to be unimpressed. Yes, it's clean and nice and inoffensive, but man does this bite the hell out if me. Tastes like brett, super dry, very little flavor otherwise from the malts. Very light bodied almost to the point if watery. It's just fine and inoffensive, but I've yet to find much more overrated than this. Hand me a Tank 7 off the shelf, please.

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Unbranded silver pry-off cap.

Served cold into a goblet at low altitude in Austin. TX. Reviewed live as a saison. Expectations are high given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White colour. Fairly creamy. Nice thickness. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Leaves a light even coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear yellow colour of nice vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special looking. Has surprising clarity for a saison; not the hazy body you'd expect. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Surprisingly hop-forward, with elaborate floral hop character, dried lime peel, sea salt, clean barley, neutral Belgian pale malts, and biscuity Belgian yeast. No alcohol, off-notes, or booze is detectable. Not real funky per se, but there's a hint of brettanomyces, sure. I'm not finding much barnyard or farmhouse character.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. Acidic, but not real sour or bacterial.

TASTE: Intricate notes of intriguing lime and lime peel steal the show here. The Belgian pale malt backbone is quite neutral, to its benefit, letting the subtle biscuity Belgian yeast steal the show alongside a kiss of funkiness. Not real heavy on barnyard or farmhouse character; I don't find hay or straw. Surprisingly hop-forward for a purported saison, with ample floral hop character and some hints of fruit.

It's not as intricate or deep as the best Belgian examples of the style, and to be fair it's anything but traditional with its filtered presentation on the palate and hop-forward flavour profile. Still, the build is quite cohesive and the balance is fantastic. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Light-bodied. Refreshing. Well-carbonated. Clean and filtered. Complements the taste quite well. This soft mouthfeel elevates the beer. Great presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Incredibly drinkable - which is its stand-out attribute. Traditionalists will decry its lack of sufficient yeasty funkiness and spice, but it has enough white pepper to satisfy me, and the lime peel alone will impress the discerning drinker. Absolutely worth trying, but not necessarily world-class. I've had better from Hill Farmstead, and I've only had 3 or 4 of their beers thus far.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tasting glass, Anna is glassine golden straw with a robust, rock-and-cream head and a central column of effervescence. The bouquet erupts from the glass, dominated by green apple, wet grass and honey. The taste opens with a mix of tartness and earth, but this gives way to a biscuit and spice finish. If there’s one adjective for Anna, it’s dewy. This is a sweet, pastoral ale, mixing citrus, bread, honey, apple and hints of ginger, brown sugar and pepper. Anna is full and zesty but also refreshing. This is a product that showcases the liquid component as strongly as its malt, hops and adjuncts. It’s just so damn drinkable, you have to stop yourself from swilling it down.

Photo of snansel
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 09/2014. Drank side by side with East Bank. I liked the East Bank more, but would love to drink this again. Worth seeking out.

Photo of spinrsx
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle received in trade with iguenard

Appearance - Gold colour with an above average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, peppery spice mix

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, lemons and some orange/grapefruit zest. There is also quite a bit of a floral flavour.

Overall - Complex with lots of taste and a great mix of flavours. You can tell this is made of some high quality ingredients and it is well crafted. It would be nice to drink beers like this every day. World class stuff.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazed straw gold with some darker gold at the edges. Head is bright-white bubbly head. Decent retention leaves a couple cm cap for the duration. Sticky layers of lacing. Moderate to lively carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Pale bready malt base. Some fresh white bread, crust and all. A touch of crackery snap. Honey is evident with a solid raw honey push. Some strong floral notes as well. House saison yeast pushes some mild spiciness with a hint of banana and fresh cut grass. Mildly lactic tartness on the front of the sip with some citric acid as well. Hints of lime zest. Slightly earthy with some herbal notes. Nice and soft.

Taste: Lemon zest with a touch of lemon juice. Malts are light and slightly bready with a pale malt sweetness. Raw honey adds some slight sweetness with a solid floral element. Some herbal notes as well. Mild lactic tart edge fades as it warms and pushes more citric. A hint of lime zest. Green apple. Powdery yeast. White bread crust. Damp earth. Some grass clippings and wet hay. Some white grape skin as well. Fruity and tart. Typical Hill Farmstead base.

Mouthfeel: Medium slightly fluffy body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. Mildly effervescent. Clean.

Overall: It's just different enough to be interesting.

It's the same base as other Hill Farmstead saisons and the honey adds enough dimension to keep it interesting. Well worth the try and just a touch above the rest.

Photo of kemoarps
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glows el dorado gold in a hazy sort of way. Two fingers of billowing white head softly settle to a soapy pile leaving evidence of its passing all up and down the sides. Fantastic presentation.

Tart funky nose. Yeast and lemon and some fruits. Hard to pick out individual notes. Dusty.

Brings exactl what was promised: funky tartness runs along the surface, with a river of honey running below. I happen to eat an inordinate amount of honey in my day to day life (don't ask), and also enjoy it in my beers, so this really works well for me. The tart funk never gets truly puckeringly so, instead just opting to lend their flavours and step aside, ending a little more abruptly than I had expected. The finish carries that thick sweet body, but with a lemon bitterness leftover from the funk.

I just realized what it reminds me of: When I'm sick I always go for hot water with honey and half a lemon (and sometimes some garlic and/or ginger) as a remnant of growing up: my mom used to make it for me when I was a kid. That's what this kind of reminds me of, and why it brings back warm fuzzys even though this is the first time I've ever had it. The yeasty tartness veers havily into the lemon range, and the honey is pretty self-explanatory, so there you go.
Much love and thanks to @Roguer for this one as well. This whole box has been one revelation after another!

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Over carbonated, tart, funky not my favorite thing from them ever.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back by a friend from Hill Farmstead.

Pours a beautiful golden sunshine yellow, with a little bit of haze. A 2 inch head forms and clings tightly to the glass for a while, leaving some webby lacing.

Smells like honey, barnyard funk, citrus, and some wine aromas, even though I know it's not wine barrel aged.

The use of honey sets this apart a bit from the other Hill Farmstead saisons, and adds a nice dimension. It's tart, but not overly so, much less tart than the other Hill Farmstead saisons I've had. There's some dry hay and grain, honey, green apple, white grape, and some indistinguishable spice. I'm not good at picking out specific spices.

This is light bodied, and pretty airy on the palate, like a cloud, with a medium amount of carbonation, and a pretty crisp mouthfeel.

Yet another good Hill Farmstead beer. It's not quite on the level of their best beers, but it's still better than 98% of farmhouse ales out there.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light, crisp, apple skin, bit funky. Delicious.

Photo of cvm4
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Sept. 2014

L - Pours a lovely golden body that is semi-opaque and a frothy two finger eggshell head that exhibits great lacing/retention.

S - Lemongrass and a floral aroma up front. Light lemon tartness midway through and some honey sweetness on the backend.

T - White grapes and lemons collide with your taste buds. Grassy funk midway through and a tart as well as honey sweet ending.

F - Light to medium body with high carbonation. Prickly and effervescent. Easy drinking with a dry finish.

O - This is delicious and just right for me. The flavors play off one another and are surprisingly balanced.

Photo of pfamiano
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

In a nutshell I am NOT a fan of beers brewed with honey. Most have a slippery/slimey mouthfeel, and are over the top sweet. But being a Hill Farmstead product I was excited(but not optimistic) to give Anna a try. This beer breaks the mold for Honey brewed beers. The mouth feel was soft not slimey, the flavor was incredible. You could taste the wildflower honey but the uniquely sour flavor brought balance and complexity. The weak link in this brew, if you can call it that is the slight sour milk aroma, but that is nitpicking. This beer was probably the best beer I consumed in 2014, and probably top 10 all time. Bravo Hill Farmstead!!!

Photo of MarcGetty
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Described as a Honey Saison, but it is much more complex than that. First bottle was good to very good. A few weeks later and my second bottle was so much better to me. Very smooth. Definitely honey-like and not unlike Biere De Miel. Before opening my second bottle I described Anna as geuze-like, but 750 ml was too much geuze. I take that back, this is simply a delight.

Photo of Jpottersls081
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very refined beer with hints of wildflower honey and mild but addictive sour taste. Definitely a world class beer. Pots fruitful, pours beautiful with a nice light color, white head and 6.5 undetectable abv.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip style glass at George Keeley's.

Huge foamy, pale white head. Cloudy golden body. 4.5

Tart, lemony, earthy and sweet. Prominent yeast. 4.25

Tart, lemony, grassy and earthy. Peppery yeast throughout. 4.25

Tart but not overwhelming on the mouth. Light and easy-drinking, slightly sweet before a dry finish. 4.25

Damn good beer, although the hype may have caused me to be slightly underwhelmed.

Photo of stonermouse
3.67/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Pours yellow and slightly foggy, with a superb, fluffy head and good retention. Bright pour.

Initial aromas of lemongrass and dried flowers. A little dusty smelling, and a little sweet as well.

Sharp, tangy flavor. Lemon is quite strong throughout. The initial flavor is of an old dish sponge, one that has been cleaned with a blast of lemon juice. Interesting tartness on the finish that'll give you a little Smarty-like bite in the back of your jaw. A little metallic flavor lingers between sips.

Fairly clean mouthfeel. A sugary tartness lingers for a while. Usually not my favorite flavor profile, but this was pretty interesting.

This is a nice brew, and brings a unique flavor profile. Not sure it should be wildly sought-after, but it's better than most any off-the-shelf farmhouse ales with wider distribution.

Photo of champ103
3.49/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly clear yellow color. A two finger white head forms, and gently recedes to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: I get soapy hops up front. Citrus, grassy, and floral. Fruity, ester like yeast and white pepper. Sweetness lingers.
T: Again, soapy slick hops that are grassy and floral. Light citrus notes. Peppery spice and some sweetness lingers. I am not getting much in the way of a distinct yeast character other than some peppery notes.
M/D: A light to medium body. Moderate carbonation, but not as crisp as I would like. Along with the soapy and slick feel here. An enjoyable enough Saison to drink. Though plenty I like more.

I am not a big fan of the soapy and slick character I seem to get throughout. Along with to much honey sweetness in the finish. Not that it is bad at all, just not particularly what I am looking for in the style.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from the 750 into a small tulip.
Pours a very slightly hazy golden straw color with generous frothy head.
Aromas right off the bat at the funk of Shaun's yeast and mellow sweetness.
Tastes amazing. Clean and bright and tart, incredible flavor. The tartness eases over subsequent sips to reveal the mellow sweet flavor of Vermont honey.
Mouthfeel was perfect. Very quenching.
This is a flat out wonderful saison. Shaun' mastery of the style continues.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a light straw yellow color. a finger plus of a bubbly head with good retention and leaving behind a streaky lacing. cloudy and opaque. somewhat of a milky cloudiness to it.

Smell: lemon juice tartness. wheat malt base. farmhouse yeast, earthy, slight vinegar and some pepper esters.

Taste: opens up with some wheat malt and honey sweetness. peppery esters along with some earthy farmhouse yeast. lemon juice hinting at vinegar.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing. slightly tart.

Overall: a very good saison but doesn't quite blow me away.

Photo of dar482
4.83/5  rDev +11%

The beer comes in a beautiful hazy gold.

The aroma hits of funky wet hay with lots of lemon seeds and lemon peel.

The flavor hits of that lemon quality, tangelo, and floral in the front. Then onto a touch of "hot dog water" funk that is familiar with Vera Mae. The lemony tart quality in the front dries off very quickly. A wonderful transition that cuts off that sourness up front and leaves the palate asking for more sips.

Quite possibly my favorite of the HF saisons.

Photo of RutgersEng
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow with some haziness that filters the light. Head is high but subsides to a quarter finger. This was enjoyed in a Bruery tulip glass.

Smell is somewhat floral with spice notes and a fruity tartness.

The mouth feel is a bit thin, but the flavor is lively with some fruit tartness, clove and anise as well as a bit of honey sweetness. The honey is definitely a minor player here. The taste of spices comes through with the yeast bite and tartness. A bit of barnyard funk or earthy tastes comes along with the fruitiness. This is where the honey helps. Carbonation is very slight.

I liked this beer although the style isn't one I usually search for. I'm glad I had a chance to experience the their take on the style.

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Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,208 ratings.