Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
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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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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 Damian
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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

An amazing beer, had on tap while going to taste another beer. It was better than that more sought after beer.

If you want something lighter, refreshing, and a bit unique, give it a try.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
6.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks for the beer Rochefort10NH!

A - Unfiltered cloudiness creates a warm haze through the pale straw yellow beer while carbonation streams towards the top. A lofty stark white head gently sits atop, covering the tulip in gobs of lace.

S - Fragrant as can be, complex yeast flourishes through Anna giving it a big, open aroma with plenty to discover. Esters of clay, clove, and white pepper toss earthiness into a citrus blend of lemongrass and funky notes of wild fermentation; mild horse blanket. Rustic and farm-like, dry pale malt captures the feeling of freedom as sweet notes of honey add a floral aspect and raw balance to the finish.

T - Yeast driven, Anna continues the complexity from the aroma, really focusing on earthiness. Clay, white pepper, and clove spice emerge through lemongrass citrus and a nice wild-like finish that's got great notes of being in an open barn. The honey additions touch on sweetness but they seem to add more floral notes than anything and are gently pushed aside by citrus hop notes on the beer's back end.

M - Sharp carbonation dances on the tongue through this stellar beer all while feeling lush and smooth yet crisp and light-bodied. Sharp tartness greets the tongue immediate but becomes more harmonious after a few sips, marrying the citrus and yeast finish with herbal and floral dryness and a trace of honey sweetness.

O - I always approach trendy, hyped beers with a bit of caution, but Hill Farmstead is legit. There's a reason they have just exploded; their beers are world-class and completely worth seeking out, Anna being no exception. This bright and aromatic saison is fermented with their strain of exceptional yeast for a total sensory experience that's dangerously drinkable and quick to disappear. Cherish each rustic sip, for this saison is hard to come by and worth it's weight in gold.

Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Anna
A-Light, yellow opaque that pours a thin head that dissipates rather quickly
S-Very floral, little honey,
T-very light, crisp citrus, full of flavor
M-light bubbliness to it, not very tart, lingering refreshing aftertaste
O-Hill Farmstead has yet to disappoint me, their Farmhouse Saisons are phenomenal. Having had this shortly after drinking La Vermontoise I was hoping this would pour a better head.

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 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 GatheringBrews
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy white head with good lacing and retention.

Aroma is tart, citrus/lemon.

Nice, light taste with a subtle viscosity from the honey, almost a sweet slickness that is great on the palate.

Nice, dry, slightly tart finish.

Photo of danedelman
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-very effervescent with a very bright straw yellow color and ge 3 finger head. Hazy and unfiltered.

S-grassy and has a sweetness from the honey. Citrus fruits are strong in the nose with a bready/yeasty finish. A hint of funk rounds out this beer.

T-The barnyard grassiness is right on the front of the tongue followed by a graprefruity hoppiness that lingers and grabs hold of my mouth and coats ever crevice. Perfect balance and very crisp.

M-The mouthfeel is incredible with the carbonation being high with a medium to low body. A perfect exacmple of this style. Will be sad to see this one go when I drink it all.

Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.7/5  rDev +8%

This is the best saison I've ever had, and I'll leave it at that for now.

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 SABERG
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 2012 bottle poured into a modified tulip glass.
A - A light honey color, furious carbonation, culminating in a thick creamy froth of a cap.
The lacing hangs in full glory for the entire experience. The clarity is striking.
S - Upon popping the cap, the nose explodes with lemon, honey suckle ,and hints of lily. That was at arms length! Get up close and white pepper, green grape skins, and fresh chopped lemongrass are all forward. The nose is amazing.
T - As introduced by the nose this Bière de Miel, is floral forward. The flavors run across the palate in a dance contest, blending, sweet and sharp, soft and tart. There is no dominant flavor here, the honey is subtle, the yeast keeps it tart. As the glass warms some light straw rises up.
F - This is medium bodied, well carbonated, not over carbonated. The palate starts clean and fresh, lingers a touch then, as you enjoy, the middle, rounds out leaving a slight coating all pleasant. The finish is clean and delightful.
O - Anna is a delight, with some cellar time the beer is more tart, and the round mouth feel is a pleasure to behold.
Another display of exacting execution by Hill Farmstead, creating a superb craft beer.

Cheers all

Photo of larryi86
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Cstromberg57 for sending me this!
750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden color with a fluffy three finger white head.

S- Barnyard funk, tart apples, lemons, nice light floral notes, hint of honey.

T- Really nice balance between tartness and funk, finish has a great barnyard funk and up front you get a great tart lemon flavor. Getting some honey and flower in the middle with a great malt backbone. Great complexity and balance.

M- Light, smooth, crisp.

O- A great Saison that is very easy to drink. I really wish I had more than one bottle. I am a big fan of Saisons and this is just jumped up the list to one of the best I have had.

Photo of MarcWP
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Latest batch into HF wine stem.

Appearance is hazy, straw gold, with fluffy white head. Again that beautiful lacing typical with HF saisons is left on the sides of the glass. She's pretty for sure.

Aroma is of classic saison yeast with faint whipped butter and vague but present honey sweetness. Banana, soft clove, peach fuzz, orange pith, mellow pasture, and a vinous presence akin to white grape flesh. Balanced, mouth watering, quite bright.

Then comes the first taste... Wow. All of a sudden Brett shows up and asserts it's presence. An underlying tartness also grasps your attention giving the impressions of lime juice, lemon pulp, and tangerine. But those flavors are not dominant as vinous white wine essence, raw honey, refined wheat cracker, the greenest grass, and flickers of overripe pineapple round out the exquisite flavor of this masterpiece. Could there be some lacto presence in this? Unless it was the work of Brett but I continue to be dumbfounded by the way Hill Farmstead gets that lovely tartness in their "standard" saisons.

The body is light, carbonation quite perfect as usual, and the finish is tart and sweet enough to balance out. While still gives the impression of being a dry beer from the linger on the finish, this is certainly one of the sweeter saisons I've had from the Hill Farnstead portfolio.

Quite the accomplishment with this one. Love the honey sweetness changing it up. The tartness balances it out beautifully. Complexity is not over the top but the sheer mastery that Shaun reigns in this style category shows up all over Anna. A beer to drink now, and one I suspect well age graciously over the course of a few years. Stoked to sit on some and revisit in two years or so.

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 gcamparone
4.61/5  rDev +6%

Poured from a 750 mL into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade with Keith, thank you kind sir!

Pours a golden yellow, hazy body with a big, white frothy head that rises like a cloud and reduces slowly to leave uneven foam chunks. Leaves heavy lacing.
Smell is complex and inviting, eminating aromas of barnyard funk, lemony citrus, light fruit, spices, yeast, sweet malt, and wheat.
First thing to hit the tongue are notes of tart citrus and fruit skins, next up is a delicious funk characteristic of a good farmhouse ale, old, musty, and leathery. The follow through is banana, wheat, cloves. The finish is tart, dry, and citrusy. Goes down easy, very refreshing and drinkable. Medium-high carbonation.

My first Hill Farmstead saison, and I can see what the hype is about.. this is absolutely delicious, balanced, and complex. Not too tart with just the right amount of funk. Very good representation of the style.

Photo of Resuin
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was bottled 09/2014.

Appearance: Pours a pale honey/amber and leaves a finger of white, spritzy head which lasts a little while before fading to a white layer atop the beer. Glows a little. (4.5)

Smell: Honey, some nice light grassy funk, green apple skins, light hay. Really well balanced, pleasant, subtle aroma, floral, light pepper. (4.75)

Taste: Citrus zest, grape skins, pepper, light grassy funk, light bread, slightly juicy finish. Really well balanced and drinkable. Refreshing. (4.5)

Mouth-feel: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium, slightly creamy body. Finish is smooth and nice. (4.5)

Overall: Really balanced, drinkable saison. Nice mild funk, some citrus, honey and a bit of juiciness. Delicious. (4.75)

Photo of lovindahops
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Watching the packers and 49ers game and decided to tap into the cellar for some HF this evening. Anna it is!

A- Anna pours a golden yellow body with a glowing haze and snow top head of white foam. Creamy lacing is traced to the sides while carbonation races to the top. Vibrant and gorgeous with the color

S- A yeasty and grassy burst that flows with some sweet honey scents. Very champagne like and full of herbal scents. This is an excellent saison scent profile. It's literally exploding out of the glass!

T- a dry and yeasty sweet flavor of pepper and herbal saison flavors. Well coated with the honey flavors and again, a patented hill farmstead deliciousness. Anna is dry and sweet at the same time. I could drink a gallon of this.

M- Prickly carbonation and painted flavor all over. Excellent with the creamy aspect as well

O- Let's be accurate here.... There is no question that HF knows what they are doing when it comes to the saison style. Anna is a work of art in the saison department. The honey and grassy component makes for a champagne like experience. I'm glad we have more of these!

Photo of FFreak
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at HF in December 2014. Poured into tall tulip glasses and shared with a friend paired with barbequed salmon dinner.

Pours a hazy, glowing lemonade yellow with an enormous creamy head that lasts and leaves huge curtains of lace.

Smell is slightly lemony with bread, yeast and some spice coming through.

Taste is wonderful...citrusy, slightly sweet, with the quintessential saison spice and a slight bready, yeasty flavor.

Mouth feel is just right, medium body, slightly dry, nicely carbonated, tasty and refreshing.

Overall, a classic American saison that is delicious, refreshing and is easily paired with food.

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 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 Eziel
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent saison, my first from HF. I taste and smell lots of lemon, maybe some other light fruity notes. Overall a great start into the HF lineup.

Photo of Stevedore
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, generously sent over by Anthony. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 1/15/2014. This was actually drank after Double Galaxy, 4D, BB4D and a bunch of french-pressed BA beers.

Pours an absolutely stunning straw-yellow body, hazy with a strongly effervescent white head with a long, long retention and tons of lacing. This is a beer that is begging to be drank!

Smells so good- crisp, grape skins, wheaty, a dab of honey, peppercorns. This is smelling as complex as some of the Armand'4 geuzes, except its nowhere near as sour and intense.

Flavourwise- a nice clean tartness, sharp peppery spices, a nice honey-like sweetness and even a bit of citrus. Not as much as Brother Soigné, but delicious and very complex.

Very refreshing, medium bodied and well carbonated with a nice yeasty finish. Thoroughly refreshing and enjoyable. Could definitely drink this one over and over again- so drinkable and refreshing, without any characteristics that would make this a sipper at all.

One of the better saisons I've had from HF. I'd say that this is Brother Soigné without the extra citrus flavours- I may even appreciate the more subtle flavours here. It's just so damn good and refreshing; somewhere in between a lambic and a saison as all Hill Farmstead sours/saisons tend to be.

Photo of Gatch
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super hazy, bright, golden-yellow with a massive, fizzy, bright white head. Leaves behind a ton of lace and nice lumps of foam on top of this beautiful liquid.

S: This is what Vermont smells like on a warm Spring day. Bright, floral, yeasty, barny, earthy, minerally (?), effervescent. Flowers, honey, and lush meadows are scenes in my mind with every huge whiff I take.

T: Yeasty, barny, earthy. You get some of the honey flavor and texture when the beer warms up. Such a delicious beer from cold to warm, start to finish. Refreshing, bright, and floral. Superb.

M: The feel, the body, and the carbonation are absolutely perfect. No hyperbole there.

O: The essence of the style. Vermont Farmhouse Ale. No other American brewer that I know of can either match or exceed the qualities and characteristics of the finest Belgian Saisons/Farmhouse Ales.

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!!!

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Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,293 ratings.