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Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 375
Gots: 151 | FT: 18
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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:
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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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-14-2012 14:18:45 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 22:09:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.4%

11-21-2011 23:55:43 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 11:44:24 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 20:32:49 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-18-2011 00:53:20 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 19:54:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 18:15:32 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 17:48:33 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-01-2012 00:45:54 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-05-2012 00:59:00 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.4%

03-05-2012 00:59:58 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-05-2012 01:14:33 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-13-2011 23:31:49 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

06-29-2014 06:44:14 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 03:42:37 | More by TMoney2591
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-25-2011 19:59:31 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

01-14-2013 04:42:45 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-14-2011 17:37:54 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 14:57:23 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #2700 in case anyone is paying attention. Bottle shared by yourefragile I'm assuming, perhaps starrdog, who knows at a recent tasting, I love siasons and I love Hill Farmstead. Serve in a cervoise.

Beer is yellow, hazy, soft white head, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation, nice retention, looks good.

Aroma is muted, small, mild floral notes, some sweetness.

Beer is super duper flower honey flavored, hurts my teeth, not really, relatively light in body, very floral, flower forward beer here. Decent but not my favorite saison from him.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 20:50:19 | More by drabmuh
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.4%

04-22-2014 21:22:46 | More by Kegatron
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's a beer I've been waiting for the right moment to crack. nothing can beat what Hill Farmstead has done so far, and here's another beer I know is great from samples on tap at the brewery. On a hot summer day, after lots of yard work and work around the house, sweating a lot, and up coming great beer weekends, this is a good way to end the current weekend.

Pours a large fluffy 2+ finger head that fades fairly quickly at first, then slows a bit, with bits of lacing on the sides, a semi clear semi hazy golden honey colored beer.

Nose starts right out with some rustic farmhouse aromas, the yeast really gives a nice punch, with some floral spices, farmhouse aromas that border on almost Brett like but not quite there, I almost would think there was a hint of Brett in this if I didn't read the label. Then some honey in the background, not sweet but a nice floral honey aroma, with some light malts with a hint of a graininess. Then just a touch of a floral hop aroma wafting through.

Taste starts fluffy with plenty of carbonation popping forth in my mouth as it hits. Again yeast takes the front with a rustic farmhouse flavor again, definite saison, with light Belgian floral spices, and a little hint of fruity esters. The farmhouse flavors again hint at a wild component but don't get the funk that a wild would, just the nice farmhouse flavor. Light floral hops kick in, with hints of grassiness but not much, and a touch of a bitterness, all on the light side. A light grainy almost bready but not quite malt flavor in the background, touches on a wheat like flavor as well, and toasty, but doesn't really add sweetness only real dry flavors. There is a light wild flower like honey taste, just a hint of a floral wildflower that flitters up and disappears before you even really know it's there, with a light honey taste that also hides fairly quickly behind the saison flavors and dry finish. The finish continues the dryness and adds to it, with a nice crispness as well, light lingering floral hops but mostly lots of saison yeast flavors lingering for a while.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy, tons of carb, nice dry crisp finish on the beer too.

Overall great, nice saison flavors, just a hint of floral hops that add and don't subtract from the beer like a lot of hops would, honey adds an interesting component that is light but dries the finish nicely, decent malts, and great yeast flavors that bring good farmhouse flavors and border on funk but don't quite get there. Wish I could get lots of this for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 00:52:37 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Hill Farmstead, Greensboro, VT

Hazy golden-yellow pour, with a cap of delicate white bubbles for a head, decent retention, nice lacing. Floral aroma, light, crisp hops, citrus. Taste of floral hops, citrus zest, mild fruit esters, distant pear notes, grass, light yeasty spice, biscuity hops in the background. Light mouthfeel, soft yet prickly, clean and drying, very nice overall.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 02:38:29 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

06-22-2013 04:27:29 | More by SocalKicks
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Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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