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Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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908 Ratings
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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.6%
Wants: 408
Gots: 203 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 12-31-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Sammy, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration.

Pours a clear light yellow with a bone colored head that settles to some small bubbles on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, spices, citrus aromas, and a sour/tart presence. Taste is much the same with an emphasis on the spices along with a yeast flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

UCLABrewN84, May 19, 2012
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +15.2%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -7.8%

zestar, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to imagineiii for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a moderate honey golden color with a large, creamy white head. Great retention and loads of spotty lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries some light earth and spice. Mild white pepper in the background as well as a touch of sweet honey. Light wheat and bread notes as well. The flavor is very mildly sweet with a nice malt touch and a bit of light honey flavor. Saison yeast is there as well as slight pepper. Light to medium body and slightly chewy. Very tasty.

Thorpe429, Jul 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

acurtis, Jul 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Texasfan549, May 05, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour generates a magnificent head displaying great retention and sheets of lace; the honey-colored liquid verging on golden; I docked half a point because it was a gusher and continued to spume after the eruption

Smell: Yeasty and spicy, up front, with a real farmhouse aroma; grassy and floral, with some honeyed sweetness underneath

Taste: The honey adds an underlying sweetness to the taste profile, with yeasty spice dominating; after the swallow, grassy and lemony hops add another dimension and the finish is tart and brings a touch of the barnyard

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: There is a lot going on in this beer and while the honey is a part of the dynamic, I am not a huge fan of the Bière de Miel style

Thanks, wildcats10, for the opportunity

brentk56, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

kjkinsey, May 05, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's rare to find authentic farmhouse flavors outside of the rolling hills of southern Belgium. But every now and then a brewery gets it right. This is one of those times.

Pouring like sparkling white wine, the highly effervescent ale quickly separates the airy and rocky head from the hazy golden beer beneath. Streams of carbonation can be seen beyond the cloud and watch how it builds the egg shell white head in sticky and stubborn retention.

Tremendous aromas first of fruit, next of funk begin with the estery scent of spiced pears, green apples, white grapes- all that's wrapped by the musty aromas of cork-like woods, aged leather, and sandalwood. White pepper, a dash or cumin, and dried orange bitters round out the complex and characterful scent.

Flavors focus on the dry fruit and spice interplay and seem to forego the earthen must character of the aromas. Pears, apples, grapes, apricots, lemons, and oranges carry a dry flavor and low lying wheat sweetness that seems to be carried away by the carbonation. Peppery and herbal, the balance to fruit and malt likes in a well-melded bite of white pepper, cumin, coriander, curacao, tea leaves, juniper, and mint. All this with a mildly minerally brine of yeast and water begs a pairing with mussels or mackerel.

The light bodied texture begins as the beer erupts off the front of the tongue and continues to drive the beer off of the tongue in highly bubbly and prickly fashion. This ushers in a finish of dry malt, dry fruit, spicy pang, and minty alcohol cooling/warming dynamics. A return of fruit, spice, and must are the after flavors that beckon the next sip.

Take the label off of the beer and any aficionado of Belgian ales will undoubtedly declare this as one of the country's finest farmhouse ales.

BEERchitect, May 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured hazy bright straw color ale with a super large foamy head with excellent retention and super good lacing. Aroma of light rustic malt notes with nice floral notes with lightly sweet honey notes. Taste is a good mix between some rustic malt with light hay notes and sweet floral honey notes with light hoppy notes. Body is above average with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

Phyl21ca, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

ygtbsm94, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden color with a finger or two of white foam.

S: A very estery aroma. Lots of lemon, lemon zest, and pears to this. Hints of spices, particularly white pepper, followed by a fair amount of banana and pale, bready malt notes.

T: The flavor features a bit more of the pepper and banana than expected from the nose. Lots of sweet apple with a hint of lemon zest, spices, and yeast. Pale malts give the beer a nice light base.

M: Light to medium in body with a high carbonation and dry finish.

O: A really nice saison. Lots of different flavors going on, all of which are enjoyable.

womencantsail, Aug 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Knapp85, Jun 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

SocalKicks, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

largadeer, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

This guy gushed a little bit, but not too much... After settling, it pours a hazy pale-ish straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, orange zest, and mandarin orange syrup. The taste holds notes of tart lemon, wheat, light coriander, and orange rind. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a pretty good saison, but one that doesn't really express itself all that much: It's solid, but bordering on boring. I hope that makes sense to somebody else out there...

TMoney2591, Sep 06, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

kind of a funky beer, jazzy and different from the legions of mediocre saisons out there. the fact that this was in colorado, even by trade, had me very excited. arguably the best thing new england does at all is hill farmstead, in my humble opinion. the pour is a really hazy muted yellowy color, creamy white head several inches high continues to rise. the nose is obviously sweet, a honey focused brew no doubt, but the low key spice and cirtus qualities of the yeast are evident as an equalizer, and this is promising to be delicious. its an assault of flavor, coating the entire palate, polleny springtime honey is prominent, but there isnt that much residual sugar. the yeast is also just behind center stage, more peppery funk than i thought from the nose, but it does cut right through some of that sugar. there is lemon juice too, mostly in the finish. there is a very mild hop bitterness (also on the citrusy side), before everything gives way to a sort of off yeasty aftertaste, which is the weakness of this beer for me. its not quite metallic, but it is minerally and bitter and not quite congruent with the rest of the beer. creamy texture though and a nice full round body for a beer this light in color, i really appreciate its expansive properties, and the carbonation is fine, although it may contribute a granular character when combined with the unfiltered yeast. overall a nice take on the saison, im now even more curious to try their others.

StonedTrippin, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Kegatron, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Huge white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving glass-coating lace. The body is a transparent straw gold color.

S - Stone fruits, peppery farmhouse yeast, light grains, hint of lemon and some other estery/banana type notes. Some faint floral hopping, and not much of the advertised honey at all.

T - Taste lacks the sharp definition of flavors found in the aroma, but it's still quite enjoyable. Stone fruits, light peppery yeast, freshly milled grains, and a hint of lemon.

M - Medium-light body, pleasant medium carbonation, and a slightly sticky finish. No obvious alcohol, and extremely refreshing.

D - I'd prefer Art over this one, but this is a rock-solid take on the style that I'd be happy to drink any time. Goes down quickly and easily, and has a nice balance of malt sweetness and spicy yeast. The honey is very subtle, but I think I prefer that.

MasterSki, Jun 06, 2011
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Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.