Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,298
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 490
Gots: 309 | FT: 39
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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 kemoarps
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glows el dorado gold in a hazy sort of way. Two fingers of billowing white head softly settle to a soapy pile leaving evidence of its passing all up and down the sides. Fantastic presentation.

Tart funky nose. Yeast and lemon and some fruits. Hard to pick out individual notes. Dusty.

Brings exactl what was promised: funky tartness runs along the surface, with a river of honey running below. I happen to eat an inordinate amount of honey in my day to day life (don't ask), and also enjoy it in my beers, so this really works well for me. The tart funk never gets truly puckeringly so, instead just opting to lend their flavours and step aside, ending a little more abruptly than I had expected. The finish carries that thick sweet body, but with a lemon bitterness leftover from the funk.

I just realized what it reminds me of: When I'm sick I always go for hot water with honey and half a lemon (and sometimes some garlic and/or ginger) as a remnant of growing up: my mom used to make it for me when I was a kid. That's what this kind of reminds me of, and why it brings back warm fuzzys even though this is the first time I've ever had it. The yeasty tartness veers havily into the lemon range, and the honey is pretty self-explanatory, so there you go.
Much love and thanks to @Roguer for this one as well. This whole box has been one revelation after another!

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Over carbonated, tart, funky not my favorite thing from them ever.

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 Davepoolesque
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light, crisp, apple skin, bit funky. Delicious.

Photo of cvm4
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Sept. 2014

L - Pours a lovely golden body that is semi-opaque and a frothy two finger eggshell head that exhibits great lacing/retention.

S - Lemongrass and a floral aroma up front. Light lemon tartness midway through and some honey sweetness on the backend.

T - White grapes and lemons collide with your taste buds. Grassy funk midway through and a tart as well as honey sweet ending.

F - Light to medium body with high carbonation. Prickly and effervescent. Easy drinking with a dry finish.

O - This is delicious and just right for me. The flavors play off one another and are surprisingly balanced.

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!!!

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 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 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 stonermouse
3.67/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Pours yellow and slightly foggy, with a superb, fluffy head and good retention. Bright pour.

Initial aromas of lemongrass and dried flowers. A little dusty smelling, and a little sweet as well.

Sharp, tangy flavor. Lemon is quite strong throughout. The initial flavor is of an old dish sponge, one that has been cleaned with a blast of lemon juice. Interesting tartness on the finish that'll give you a little Smarty-like bite in the back of your jaw. A little metallic flavor lingers between sips.

Fairly clean mouthfeel. A sugary tartness lingers for a while. Usually not my favorite flavor profile, but this was pretty interesting.

This is a nice brew, and brings a unique flavor profile. Not sure it should be wildly sought-after, but it's better than most any off-the-shelf farmhouse ales with wider distribution.

Photo of champ103
3.49/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly clear yellow color. A two finger white head forms, and gently recedes to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: I get soapy hops up front. Citrus, grassy, and floral. Fruity, ester like yeast and white pepper. Sweetness lingers.
T: Again, soapy slick hops that are grassy and floral. Light citrus notes. Peppery spice and some sweetness lingers. I am not getting much in the way of a distinct yeast character other than some peppery notes.
M/D: A light to medium body. Moderate carbonation, but not as crisp as I would like. Along with the soapy and slick feel here. An enjoyable enough Saison to drink. Though plenty I like more.

I am not a big fan of the soapy and slick character I seem to get throughout. Along with to much honey sweetness in the finish. Not that it is bad at all, just not particularly what I am looking for in the style.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from the 750 into a small tulip.
Pours a very slightly hazy golden straw color with generous frothy head.
Aromas right off the bat at the funk of Shaun's yeast and mellow sweetness.
Tastes amazing. Clean and bright and tart, incredible flavor. The tartness eases over subsequent sips to reveal the mellow sweet flavor of Vermont honey.
Mouthfeel was perfect. Very quenching.
This is a flat out wonderful saison. Shaun' mastery of the style continues.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a light straw yellow color. a finger plus of a bubbly head with good retention and leaving behind a streaky lacing. cloudy and opaque. somewhat of a milky cloudiness to it.

Smell: lemon juice tartness. wheat malt base. farmhouse yeast, earthy, slight vinegar and some pepper esters.

Taste: opens up with some wheat malt and honey sweetness. peppery esters along with some earthy farmhouse yeast. lemon juice hinting at vinegar.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing. slightly tart.

Overall: a very good saison but doesn't quite blow me away.

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 RutgersEng
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow with some haziness that filters the light. Head is high but subsides to a quarter finger. This was enjoyed in a Bruery tulip glass.

Smell is somewhat floral with spice notes and a fruity tartness.

The mouth feel is a bit thin, but the flavor is lively with some fruit tartness, clove and anise as well as a bit of honey sweetness. The honey is definitely a minor player here. The taste of spices comes through with the yeast bite and tartness. A bit of barnyard funk or earthy tastes comes along with the fruitiness. This is where the honey helps. Carbonation is very slight.

I liked this beer although the style isn't one I usually search for. I'm glad I had a chance to experience the their take on the style.

Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Anna is perfect example of a farmhouse brew. The aroma is filled with barnyard straw, hints of honey, and pepper. The taste is spot-on: soft lemon and honey flavors are balances with hints of clove, allspice, white pepper, and orange marmalade. Love this brew fresh, and curious to see how it ages.

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 pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light straw color, good clarity with a bit of haze, with a finger of sparse, soapy head. Some fine, champagne-like bubbles. Very good retention but minimal lacing.

S: Pale malt, subtle floral and lemongrass aromas, earthy yeast, a bit of vanilla and honey round out the aroma and add a touch (though not a substantial amount) of complexity.

T: Malty with a bit of lemon, spice, and a moderate twang, citrus, and a touch of must. Finishes off dry.

M: Effervescent and lively but a bit mouthcoating/creamy. Medium-light body and medium carbonation.

O: This ale is clearly the culmination of travel, and insight, of friendships and explorations, and of realizing a sense of one’s place. Would drink again; among saisons, this is good but not to the level of most Fantome stuff.

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 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 GJ40
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

Wow, awesome aroma and flavor with tartness, lemon and funky notes. Good depth and complexity. Elegant and refreshing too. Well worth its high rating.

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 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 VTLocal420
4/5  rDev -8%

I am not a huge fan of Saisons, but this is a great example of the style and another amazing beer produced by Shaun Hill.

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.

Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,298 ratings.