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Anna | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Anna is Bière de Miel, brewed with 20% raw wildflower Vermont honey and our house saison yeast.

Added by kingcrowing on 12-31-2010

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Reviews: 202 | Ratings: 1,457
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a small tulip. Bottle is exactly a year old and was refrigerated for the duration of that time.

A: Sunny yellow with brilliant clarity. Rocky white head retains very well. Chunky lacing.

S: Musty like an old book, and lightly funky. Faintly grainy. Very dry. Soft hints of clover and grass. Subtle stone fruit and white wine.

T: A bit lactic with a slight lemony-tart bite. Mild hop oils and a lot of grass and clover flavor. Soft earthy tones. Delicate musty yeast. Faintly medicinal. Lightly grainy at its core. Bone dry. Lots of pear and stone fruit. White wine and a little minerality. Quick tart finish.

M: Light bodied and bone dry. Soft creaminess. Sharp carbonation. Soooo quaffable.

O: A perfect beer to dink outside on a warm sunny day. Very quaffable and refreshing with a palate cleansing tartness. Perfect salad beer or aperitif. Oysters would be great with it too. It's a special beer that grew on me as the subtle complexities revealed themselves.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into HF bulb glass. Pours yellowish, slightly hazy, really solid white head. The aromas are of lemon grass and flowers and a little bit of sweetness. The taste is sharp with the lemon shining through and ending with a nice tartness. The mouthfeel is clean, carbonation is on point for the style, and fairly light. Overall, this is a great offering from Hill Farmstead especially as a "shelfie". I would drink this all summer long! Cheers!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Shannon!

A: A clear light yellow with one finger off-white head that lingered.

S: Lemons, lots of honey, Belgian yeast and wildflowers.

T: Follows nose with heavy emphasis on the honey (just terrific). Light, refreshing, with Belgian yeast notes. A terrific saison.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try another of this very hard to find brewery. Always a delight.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a two finger white head which settles to a thin ring around the edge of the beer with Dalmatian spot lacing along the glass. Aromas and flavors are an absolute delight: lemon zest, white cracker, honey, clover, a hint of spices, Brett funk and hay to round it out, lots of floral wildflower character, pollen, golden delicious apple, green grape skin, and a hint of pear juice. Mouthfeel is light bodied, effervescent champagne like carbonation. An incredible experience.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Sep-10-2015

Thank you so much, KC!

Pours a powdery light straw with a neat little two finger cap of white head that settles to a meager flim and thin ring. Decent retention; polka dot lacing. (4)

Lightly tart and spicy. Flowers, lemon zest, under-ripe stone fruit, light honey sweetness, mint, bretty funk in background. (4.25)

Holy fuck. There is an initial light sweet/tartness that comes up in a rush of mellow brett and flowery body, lingering sour aftermath slowly subsides. (4.75)

Light bodied with light + carbonation, a real sensory experience in the mouth. (4.5)

Amazing beer.
This one pours pretty nice looking with a blinding white whipped cream head. It smells of hay, brett and sweet clover. None of this (aside from the slight brett presence hints at what it tastes like). When you take a drink it takes you go on a smooth trip through a number of delectable flavors and sensations. Sweet tart turns just sour enough to make my eye twitch and make me feel my jaw muscles before elegantly slipping away, all the while there is an underlying honey and brett backbone.
I now understand people's love of sours. Wow! (4.25)

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out with a wonderful color, slight foam, interesting smells going on, amazing taste that just makes my mouth explode with pleasure. I am a LONG ways away from HF so I savor my trips there and when I buy beer it's a joy to bring home a keep on savoring it with fellow beer geeks.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my_knew_craft.

Bright gold with a bit of haze and some soapy bubbles. Nose of honey essence, funk, wildflowers, clover, Lacto tang. Taste is soft sweet malt, honey flavonoids, sweet grass, and great tartness. Texture is soft with a bit of tart twang on the palate. Amazing beer.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a tulip, thanks to @benbking

Appearance: beautiful, bright, effervescent yellow. Slightly hazy...not totally muddled, but not completely translucent either. Fluffy, pure-white head with lots of lacing, and solid retention. Stunning beer to look at.

Aroma: definitely some farm-y smells, with fresh hay/grass, along with more fruity scents like lemon, green apple...tart fruits.

Taste: solid malt base here, light and crackery, with a little bit of spice evident. Dominant flavor, though is tart fruit, with some lemon, apple, and a little bit of pear. Really fresh and yummy.

Feel: crisp, with a light body and a mouthfeel that lends itself to crushability.

Overall: every time I drink a HF brew, I am blown away by how subtle, complex and beautiful they are. This beer is no different. Elegant, with lots of soft, delectable flavor.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden hue, with a pillowy bright white head. One of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen. An aroma of honey, yeast, some mustiness. There is some light honey sweetness and some vinous, dry white wine qualities. It is soft and refreshing. One of my favorite Biere de Miels.

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Photo of myrixis
3.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appears a hazy pale golden color with a thin ring of foam around the edges
Smells slightly of lime with some cat pee in there
Tasted very light ,dry, slightly citrusy. Extremely slight flavors
Has a very fine carbonation very soft mouthfeel
Overall very easy drinking beer nothing too crazy quite nice and refreshing.

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Photo of KATCanada
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely straw color with thick white foam. Right out of Saison central casting! I can smell this as soon as the cap is off the bottle. Nice funk.
Mouth feel is nice a smooth, very nice carbonation. This part is great.
First taste bitter lemon peel and funk. Honey I missed and get no sweetness , wild non sweet honey comes through lightly in the finish. Lemon. Soap-candy type floral taste.
It's okay not great.

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Photo of brewfunk
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold pour with lots of head

A little lemony, some spice, a touch of maltiness. Maybe there's honey in there.

Much like the nose, with a little more of the honey character.

Pretty smooth and light

I wanted to like this a lot more. Certainly good, but not special.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a few nights ago. 9-2015 bottle picked up at the source. Have had this a few different times/vintages, happy to share this one with friends and review.

A - Great vibrant yellow body with some haze to it, around a finger of white head to start. Patchy cap remains with bits of lace left.

S - Could almost pass for a gueuze here with a good amount of sour citrus and funkiness, but a farmhouse at heart with notes of straw, pear, grains, a bit of pepper. Nice strength.

T - Lemon, farm funk, pilsner-ish malt, pear, some grassy+floral tones, great mix of saison and gueuze-like flavors. Maybe my imagination but a bit of honey sweetness but as well. All-around nice tart citrusy tones and some green grape.

M - Very solid mouthfeel, carbonation and body are spot-on, pretty good biting sourness with lots of balanced flavors coming through, quite drinkable.

O - This was probably my favorite experience with this beer so far, perhaps this is just a really solid batch. The mix of traditional saison and gueuze-like flavors is great and very well done, and though it's pretty faint the honey is a nice touch as well. Lots of good things to be had here and very nice all-around.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4oz pour: Cloudy strew yellow with minimal head that fades fast. Not much smell at all. Nice and tart tasting with hints of sweetness from the honey. Above average flavored Saison but kind of one sided. I was hoping for more complexities. Somewhat disappointed.

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Photo of Ri0
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured 750ml bottle into my Duvel.

A - Pours hazy, deep straw yellow with a nice 3 finger white head. Retention is excellent and there is plenty of lacing all over the glass.

S - Aromas of citrus, lemon/lime, and floral, honeysuckle notes. There is breadiness from the pale malts and some grassy/earthy notes followed by hints of spice and funk.

T - Quite tart/citrusy, with lemons, limes, and oranges. Floral with home honey sweetness and earthy hops along with grassy notes fill in with a bready or cracker like malt. Just a bit of spice and funk on the finish.

M - Light and crisp with fantastic carbonation. Quite easy to drink on a warm fall day.

O - Easily the best Saison that I have had and it has everything I want in one. What a treat and I am lucky to have tried it. I could always enjoy this beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sep 2014 bottle, opened Sep 2015

A - A near perfect saison. Bright mildly opaque wheat gold body. Fantastic chunky head pours a full fist high with a mixed bubble structure. Excellent lace and retention.

S - I'm literally drooling. Honeysuckle, dandelion, lemon zest, hay, old tractors, and kiwi rinds.

T - Fantastic. Lemon, tart honeydew melon, honey, soft toasted wheat, dandelion, lavender, and kiwi.

M - Creamy medium light body with excellent carbonation.

O - Stellar. One of, if not the best saison I've ever had.

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Photo of rogerdandy
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dear lord. Not sure what to say about this beer. It's special that's for sure. Honey, flowers, lemon, lacto, but very gentle. A beer you truly have to listen to to appreciate. but lovely in every way.

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Photo of Elimav
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice look of an unfiltered ale. A nice citrus nose. The taste has just the right amount of sourness with lemon peel notes. Overall another great beer from Hill Farmstead!

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tart lactic aroma with a touch of funk. There's a hint of peach.

Flavor is very citric and lactic, with more horse blanket, hay, and barnyard notes. Almost puckering.

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Photo of Myotus
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Perryman for this great trade!
Poured from a 750ml bottle (bottled Feburary 2015) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with an incredible 4 finger's worth of white, frothy foam that finally dies down to two fingers after two minutes. Gold in color with a high amount of haziness. Rising bubbles are moderate. Lacing is high, but thin.
SMELL: Strong sour yeast aromas immediately hit my nose. Mild lemony zest aromas along with hints of cloves, bananas, earthy yeast, pale malts, and hay are also present. No honey can be smelled.
TASTE: Strong lemony zest and mild sour yeast, clove, and banana flavors combine to create the initial taste. Mild hay along with subtle honey and pale malt flavors enter about 2 seconds after the initial taste as all flavors persist, but lemony zest flavors grow very strong.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. Carbonation is mild. Beer goes down somewhat smooth and the finish is moderately dry.
NOTE: The honey flavors are extremely lacking. The beer was still amazing, but Hill Farmstead should talk to Jester King about making a honey saison that has more prevalent honey flavors like their Bière de Miel.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear yellow with about two fingers of white head. Smell is a little earthy with peppercorn and lemon coming through. Taste is outstanding - similar to the nose, with citrus and pepper, but very bright and sweet - probably owing to the honey. One of the best farmhouse ales I've tasted. Mouthfeel is par for the course - effervescent but not distractingly so. Overall, an excellent beer - why am I not surprised.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku glass from the bottle, pours a hazy straw yellow with minimal white head but leaves great lacing. Aroma is sweet and tart, the honey and yeast prevail on the nose and palate. Phenomenal.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dry, tart, high carbonation, incredibly soft mouthfeel. Notes of lemon zest, honey, peppercorn. Well balanced between classic saison yeast and fruity brett C character. Another solid farmhouse ale from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of mhs413
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super-unique flavor and feel. Not a traditional beer by any stretch, but a tasty change of pace. I won't go looking for it, but won't be disappointed if I cross paths with Anna again.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, hazy golden yellow. Large, fluffy white head. Considerable lacing.

Sour. Slightly sweet. Funky yeast. Floral.

A little hops initially, followed by some pepper and a very tart lemon sourness that lingers. Some floral flavors in the middle along with some honey sweetness. Cloves, coriander, slight banana on the back end. Tastes much like a hefeweizen. Lots of Belgian/farmhouse yeast throughout. I also think the well water flavors shine here. Very nice mineral taste.

A bit crisp, but very well balanced and smooth otherwise.

Not my favorite style at all by far, but this is a great beer. I think it is a bit on the sour side, coming from a person who can eat lemons, still world class though.

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Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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