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Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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96
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Ratings: 1,224
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 478
Gots: 285 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
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: 1,224 | Reviews: 173
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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 Jonada
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass. Bottled May 2014. 6.5% ABV

Appearance: Pours straw yellow with 3 fingers of a white soapy head with nice retention. Body is hazy but still translucent, with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Peppery yeast, honey, wheat, grass, slightly herbal, hint of citrus and funk.

Taste: Pear, tart citrus, peppercorns, wheat, honey, lemongrass. Not sour at all, but with a nice low/medium tartness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied with a somewhat soft mouthfeel and medium lively carbonation. Finishes dry and lightly tart.

Overall: Another great saison from Hill Farmstead. Well worth seeking out.

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 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 stephenjmoore
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale straw colored body with just the slightest hint of haze to it. Thick, foamy bone-white head.

S- White pepper, bready yeast, dash of sweet honey, some toasty grains.

T- Sweet lemony flavor cuts through the toasted grain and the earthy yeast. Not a ton in the way of honey, but there is some definite sweetness. More of a citrus quality to it for me.

M- Light, bubbly, tons of flavor with a sweet, tingly aftertaste.

O- Another nice saison from HF, but I do not get much honey. More of a lemony sweetness to it.

Photo of tjk135
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeasty and a little funky, this is an excellent saison. Different taste on palate must be the honey.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2L growled poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

Pours a nice, light, crisp golden amber color with a small white head.the nose is yeasty, fruity, a bit tart an sweet.

Taste is really well done. It's dry and sharp and crisp - a bit sweet from the honey but it's suble. There's a nice bitter/tart taste that's really crisp. Delicious!

Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Thanks for sharing this, Cavery!

Slightly hazed golden yellow and light amber with a pillowy, light, cloudy white head that leaves lines and dots of lacing down the glass.

Very nice aroma of citrus, namely lemon, bready and pale malts, interesting Belgian style yeast, and also a bit of spice and herbs.

The flavor is very nice balanced between bready pale malts, a bit of bright lemon citrus, and slightly musty, slightly tangy Belgian yeast.

Medium mouthfeel, crisp, with high carbonation. Incredibly light and airy--fantastically drinkable.

A superb saison. I would love to have the opportunity to drink more and more of this.

Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by schooner12 at Super Bowl Tasting

A - Soft, slightly syrupy yellow to it. Poured with a soft white foam one finger head. Leaves lacing down the sides

S - Slight tart vinegar to it. Soft grass, light blue cheese funk, honeydew, and honey. This really has a soft nose overall that allows everything to blend together well

T - Lemon and slight blue cheese funk. Light tart vinegar with enough slight honey in it to keep it sweet. There is also barnyard funk and blue cheese that come near and remain in the finish

M - Lots of carbonation in this one with a dry finish

O - Solid Saison with a good sour presence, funk, and slight sweetness from the honey

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sally – thanks! Judging by the reviews this is Batch 1, it’s unlabeled except for an “A” on the cage.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of citrus rinds and a number of spices – coriander mostly with hints of white pepper. Also present are mild amounts of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malts kick things off and are joined quickly by crisp light citrus flavors. Midway through the sip the spices come into play with the white pepper being more prevalent than in the aroma. Slight hints of earthy hops dry things out near the end of the sip, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer but tasting it back to back with Flora did it a disservice. A nice and spicy saison that’s worth a shot.

Photo of beenitty
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

32oz Growler from Whole Foods - Bowery (NYC)

Poured into Tulip Glass..

(A) Yellowish/Gold appearance with a thin white head and slight lacing. Small bubbles of the lacing swirls yet stays intact like the milky way on a clear night.

(S) Mmmmm...This is a saison. All I smell is yeast, honey and something else, familiar, just cant place it...AH! Of course, flowers...seriously smells like a field of flowers...

(T) First taste is honey, flowery, then citrus/hops. The end is spicy as a saison should be. Flavor changes as the beer warms. Nice complexity. I personally felt the slight bitterness from the citrus distracted me from the other tastes.

(M) Light, very dry. Similar to aftertaste of white wine, w/o the alcohol. Feel like something is missing compared to other saisons that have totally blown me away.

(D) Dry, Crisp. I think its good. Could drink it all day because of the low ABV but I wouldnt because I feel like it doesnt satisfy ALL the senses like some beers do.

Very good saison. I'm a huge fan of Hill Farmstead, but not the best saison I've ever had. Flavors were somewhat muted IMO but the flowers were very interesting source for honey and tastes in this beer.

Side note.

My first taste was prior to eating dinner (chicken piccata). My wife uses a good amount of lemon in her recipe. After eating a bit and trying the beer again, it seemed that the citrus on my palate was muted from the piccata and the beer was smoother at the end. Possibly a good pairing even though food should amplify beer not mute the flavors.

Photo of lnashsig
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BHollas for hauling this back from Vermont for me! Poured from bottle into 512 Anniversary glass. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color, thick fluffy white head fills the top of the glass and recedes slowly. Beautiful Saison appearance. Smell- rustic bready esters, a sweet honey aroma, cloves, ground pepper. Taste- a nice sweet honey up front- a nice hop bite with a peppery finish. Bready, incredibly easy to drink Saison. No ABV at all. Just a really pleasant well made Saison. Would def drink again.

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 brewerburgundy
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle, Duvel tulip, no freshness dating. Thank you Jayli, via Secret Santa 2011.

A pale, pale, hazy, chill hazed yellow beer is Anna. She is crowned with an exceptional dollop of meringue white foam splayed all over the glass.

Honey, grain, and bananas. Soft gentle phenols draped over pale malt. White grapes too methinks.

All is gentle and drinkable. Cracked wheat and puffed cereal with a ghost of honey. Summer fruits and phenols followed by an herbal bitterness.

There, this beer just feels like it's there in your mouth, fizzing with CO2 and leaving the palate clean. It is refreshing and would accompany a great many meals well.

This is one of the better Saisions I believe I have had. I seem to like balance more and more, and that is one thing this beer possesses. A little yeast, a little malt, a little bitterness all adding up.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GoGriz (Cody) for this one. Unlabeled 750ml bottle poured into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a huge, billowy 4 finger powdery white head with moderate retention that collapses into a thick 1 finger of foam. Beer is a clear, light goldenrod. Lacing is patchy, stringy, and spotty with great stick. An exceptionally pretty brew.

S: Nose is coriander, clove, orange peel, lemon rind, honey, citrus, and other spices. Aromatic with a powdery, doughy sweetness. Very appropriate and to style.

T: Opens spicy with notes of clove, coriander, and flower petals. Orange peel slight crisp tartness towards the middle. Powdery and lemon rind create a vibrant taste. Slight bit of crisp rind bitterness at the end. Finish is light and dry with a slightly powdery, coriander aftertaste. Refreshing and crisp overall. Very quaffable.

M: Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth but light, crisp, and bubbly going down. Very refreshing. Finish is messy and slightly dry with little aftertaste. Nice.

O: Anna is an exceptionally well brewed beer that is solid in every aspect of the word. A great example of the style and highly drinkable. Worth seeking out and highly recommended even for someone who isn't a big fan of the Saison style.

Photo of dirtylou
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split 4 ways, many thx @blackie, you mule you

In a word, gorgeous. Hill Farmstead stemware - Glowing hazy straw body, a healthy white snowcap. Earthy and tart - waves of yeast, honey, grape and pear, and earthy wheaty malts collide. Lemon zest, cut flowers, white pepper, grassy hops. A great saison.

Photo of beerrock
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must say this is one of the best Saison I have ever tasted. The carb was very creamy, aroma and taste amazing. The hint of honey was ever so light on the finish and the color was yellow as a golden straw. I want more this will be on the top of my list for a long time.

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

depending on the light, pours a slightly golden hazy straw yellow pale. thick full frothy head. light retention.

light funky spice and yeast. some herbal notes.

sweet, the honey really plays a part here. light through out but enough that you can tell honey was used. light funky body, a tad herbal and vegetal.

body is light but the moderate carbonation produces enough bubbles to fill your mouth. light and easy overall.

pretty awesome, love the honey used in this.

Photo of nickd717
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Brouwerij Lane.

Pours a hazy pinkish golden color with almost no head - not too attractive, like grapefruit juice.

The aroma is nice, hoppy and Belgian with floral, herbal, and citrusy notes to it.

Nice flavor with a sweet malt base, mild funk, honey, Belgian yeast, grapefruit, lavender, and herbal tea.

Medium body with carbonation a little on the low side, detracting a bit. Rather dry.

Solid beer overall, interesting to say the least.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. No bottle date.

Appearance - Light golden body with an enormous head. The bottle was a bit of a gusher, so I'm not so surprised. Excellent lacing.

Smell - Yeasty as hell. You could smell it across the table. Pale malts and some spice. Bready.

Taste - Bready malts. Pale malts less prominent in comparison to the bread flavors. A touch of honey. Less intense spice aspect, but still really yeasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, despite the gushing. Good and easy drinking.

Overall - Yeasty as hell with some nice flavors, but nothing outstanding. It's actually a little dull. As always, it's perfectly crafted.

Photo of zep9865
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with Aasher on 4/30. Poured into Aecht Schlenferla snifter. Pours a faint dandelion/copper color with 4 fingers of white soap sud foam head.

Smell is very floral with orange peel, pineapple, coriander, and other spices

Beer is very citrus forward with orange, lemon and faint white grapefruit. Spices come in on my back palate.

Very beautiful well-balanced beer with fantastic floral hops and fresh citrus juice.

Great beer, glad i had the opportunity to try it.

Photo of KYGunner
4.35/5  rDev 0%

Fruity on the nose with a sweet banana and ripened pear aroma. Notes of clove and spice with a bit of peppercorn the scent takes a doughy, malty turn. The flavor as a nice direction of honey, lemons and tea with some peppery taste. It's very light, sprite and bubbly on the tongue with a finish of Apple and pear. This really is what a Saison should be.

Photo of claaark13
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in mid-January 2012 from the brewery. I was told that it was brewed "a while ago". Hmmmm. The label indicates 6.5% rather than the 6.4% indicated in the BA description. Poured into a HF tulip. I should note that this bottle was not a gusher at all, so I'm not sure if there is bottle variation or batch variation.

A - Beautiful gold color with a very nice, thick head. The beer is fairly translucent. The head slowly fades to about a 1/8". Looks great for the style.

S - Some spices come through with pleasant lemon zest in the background. There is almost an odd, funky aroma....similar to a potent funky cheese....lingering around the edges.

T - A light, yeasty lemon turns into slight honey sweetness and a dry, apple finish. The slight lemon is through the entire taste. Some spice is in the middle and end, possibly coriander, and almost seems to provide some banana-like qualities. I personally don't find the honey flavor itself, but I'll assume that is where the slightly sweet backbone comes from.

M - Light body, easy drinking feel. Appropriate for the style.

O - Brewers from the USA have a tough time developing good Saisons, and at times I think it may be a lack of appreciation for the style. This brew really is quite nice for the style, and should (but won't) get points for being American.

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a great saison

Photo of Rutager
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another big thank you to Franklinn for another treat from rural Vermont. Cheers man!!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy straw-gold with almost three fingers of fluffy white head that leaves some patchy lace.

Smell. Nice peppery and floral saison yeast, some sweet light malts and a little pear and lemon.

Taste. Lemons, peppery and spicy saison yeast, a little apple, grass, sweet hay, and pear, along with a faint bit of banana.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. A very nice and flavourful saison with that signature Hill Farmstead style. Always a treat to drink something from these guys.

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Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,224 ratings.