Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by Damian:
5/5 rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Drank from a 750 ml (1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz.) bottle at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a cervoise
Thanks to my friend fclfcs for splitting this bottle with me.
The beer poured a hazy, bright straw yellow and was topped by a tight, two-finger crop of bright white, bubbly sea foam. Short-lived rings of lacing coated the glass. The head had fantastic lasting strength and eventually faded to a thick cap of froth.
The aroma was one of the most interesting I have experienced in a beer. Windflower honey notes made this quite a joy to smell. Although the honey was quite subtle, the floral component came through strong. Intense spice notes. Coriander was most noticeable. Lots of grape must. Crisp, powdery, dry yeast notes were apparent. Slight funk. This definitely had some Chardonnay-like characteristics and perhaps even some aged Champagne-like ones as well. The dry, powdery yeastiness really took over as the beer warmed.
The flavor profile was equally as impressive. Strong, crisp, dry yeasty notes led things off. Lots of grape must. Like in the nose, the wildflower honey notes gave this beer an intense floral component, but the honey did not lend much sweetness. Slightly tart in the center. Quite wheaty, lemony and dry. Spicy, with notes of coriander dominating. The tartness was nicely offset by a subtle sweetness. Fantastic overall balance. Some earthy hops appeared in the finish. Overall, remarkably refreshing and so easy drinking.
The mouthfeel was crisp and lively yet pillowy soft. Somewhat Champagne-like, except that this had a finer carbonation. Light and airy on the palate with a lush, tongue blanketing effervescence.
Anna was definitely not the best beer I have ever tried, but it was truly flawless in every regard. Furthermore, it was one of the most unique beers I have come across in a very long time. Hill Farmstead does it again.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2012 22:24:35 | More by Damian
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4.21/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pour is hazed golden color with a tight white head. Nose has a strong floral note, faint honey, juicy notes and light sweetness. Taste is very nice, floral up front like Clara, juicy bright fruits as the well carbonated finish brings in the sweet honey balance. Very tight and balanced, nice dusty quality mid palate from the Saison yeast with an interesting sweetness of honey in the finish.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 23:36:07 | More by cpetrone84
Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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