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Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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667 Ratings
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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 374
Gots: 157 | FT: 20
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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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dickieb

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a big white head that hangs around for a while and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is pretty subtle with lemon, grass and a strange yeast smell takes over for me after that. The taste is is more complex with a lemon bite right off the bat followed by a honey sweetness and a lingering citrus tang and spicy after taste. The mouth feel is pretty light but right for the style. Overall Im very impressed with another beer from Hill Farmstead, hopefully they have this the next time I make the trip.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 00:26:51 | More by dickieb
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-17-2012 01:37:59 | More by vrbulldog22
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever being constantly fed by a steady stream of carb bubbles and leaving much lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is citrus, spicy and a bit funky. Light pepper with lemon and grapefruit aromas mixed with a spicy wheat bready character and a solid shot of earthy yeast funk. The flavor is a little sweet with light sugar and honey before we segue into some really nice juicy citrus and tropical fruits. A hint of pepper and spice and a little bit of yeasty funk and a light tart fruitiness provide a really nice contrast. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This is a great saison! I normally won't go for the style, but if this were more available I could see this being my go to warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 21:50:18 | More by johnnnniee
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%

12-16-2012 18:55:13 | More by hilgart1
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

12-12-2012 00:53:11 | More by CypherEnigma
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vonnegut21

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-11-2012 15:22:18 | More by vonnegut21
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mklisz

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-10-2012 16:32:46 | More by mklisz
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bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-09-2012 00:48:30 | More by bauermj
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-08-2012 01:45:20 | More by ElGallo
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -19%

12-05-2012 09:22:53 | More by drewone
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to worthy sniffer

A: light golden color that is almost yellow it's so light with a big white head that goes away quickly

S: smells light an floral with a smell of Chardonnay with an earthy sweetness to it

T:it starts with a white wine like taste there is also some sweetness that tastes like it comes from the honey with fruit like lemons in the finish you can taste the hops but there is no bitterness clean and crisp

M: light crisp feel with a great carbonation feel that is also oily and easy to drink perfect for a saison

O: really great sweet taste with phenomenal mouthfeel the smell isn't heavy or strong as I'd like and the color is close but not perfect with a lot of head still a really great offering from hill farmstead true to style tastey and easy to drink I would definitely drink again

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 03:15:07 | More by Pinknuggets
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%

12-02-2012 06:08:28 | More by Hugonaut13
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-02-2012 05:07:01 | More by JRod1969
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Damian

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 22:24:35 | More by Damian
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10%

12-01-2012 21:36:59 | More by Bilco
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steeltown71

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-30-2012 23:36:49 | More by steeltown71
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SourinQns

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-30-2012 22:05:54 | More by SourinQns
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erha2

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-30-2012 20:23:52 | More by erha2
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chippo33

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-30-2012 03:18:46 | More by chippo33
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour, served in a tulip at Blind Tiger.

It's hard to get a firm handle on the color of Anna due to the dim lighting, but it appears to be a mildly opaque golden to lemon yellow. Two fingers of airy white foam crown the beer and hang around for a minute. A light dusting of lacing remains attached to the glass. The nose is very pleasant, with aromas of lemon zest, straw and a touch of freshly cracked black pepper. I take a sip, and here the malt character is more bready than straw like. Subtle black pepper comes in next and quickly transitions to a finish that features both lemon and a soft fruitiness. The body is well dried out, and the carbonation supremely lively on my palate. Just a superb mouthfeel all around. I haven't always been as impressed with Hill Farmstead's saisons and sours as I have with their porters and hoppy beers, but Anna is a fantastic brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 18:30:54 | More by axeman9182
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-25-2012 22:29:14 | More by Rollzroyce21
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-25-2012 15:59:39 | More by HopsHopenstein
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LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-25-2012 15:58:35 | More by LambicKing
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a massive three fingers of head, dissapates nicley and leavs tons of sticky lacing, this is a refreshing looking beer.

S: yeast... Lots of grassy and floral notes, citrusy pear note, straw and light barnyard funk. Smells lightly tart. I get a light soapyness in the aroma too.

T: much like the nose. Herbal and flowery over a lightly tart lemony base. Up front I get yeast funk and citrus going into a bit of tartness... Tasty and well balanced.

M: medium lush mouthfeel, nice medium carbonation, dry on the finish, refreshing and drinkable.

O: this is a good beer, and I think it shows how much a yeast strain makes or breaks a saison. I am not typically a fan of this style, however, with this one, even though the yeast is a major component of the flavor profile, i still find its lightly earthy tart funk very enjoyable....

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 04:10:51 | More by PeterIngemi
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-22-2012 20:19:40 | More by Massbmx
Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.