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Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
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182 Reviews
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Reviews: 182
Hads: 1,349
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 491
Gots: 323 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 182 | Hads: 1,349
Photo of MarcWP
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Latest batch into HF wine stem.

Appearance is hazy, straw gold, with fluffy white head. Again that beautiful lacing typical with HF saisons is left on the sides of the glass. She's pretty for sure.

Aroma is of classic saison yeast with faint whipped butter and vague but present honey sweetness. Banana, soft clove, peach fuzz, orange pith, mellow pasture, and a vinous presence akin to white grape flesh. Balanced, mouth watering, quite bright.

Then comes the first taste... Wow. All of a sudden Brett shows up and asserts it's presence. An underlying tartness also grasps your attention giving the impressions of lime juice, lemon pulp, and tangerine. But those flavors are not dominant as vinous white wine essence, raw honey, refined wheat cracker, the greenest grass, and flickers of overripe pineapple round out the exquisite flavor of this masterpiece. Could there be some lacto presence in this? Unless it was the work of Brett but I continue to be dumbfounded by the way Hill Farmstead gets that lovely tartness in their "standard" saisons.

The body is light, carbonation quite perfect as usual, and the finish is tart and sweet enough to balance out. While still gives the impression of being a dry beer from the linger on the finish, this is certainly one of the sweeter saisons I've had from the Hill Farnstead portfolio.

Quite the accomplishment with this one. Love the honey sweetness changing it up. The tartness balances it out beautifully. Complexity is not over the top but the sheer mastery that Shaun reigns in this style category shows up all over Anna. A beer to drink now, and one I suspect well age graciously over the course of a few years. Stoked to sit on some and revisit in two years or so. (1,726 characters)

Photo of spicelab
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to MrKennedy. Shared at tasting. Reviewed from notes

Cloudy kumquat with an immensely resilient pillowy white head and very strong lacing.

Plenty of bright apricot, citrus and clean honey cut through by an armada of sharp, peppery herbal notes.

Taste follows, but is on more of the sharp and organic, rather than fruity tart tip.

Jazzy carbonation, lovely crisp acidity and a satisfying bitter-tart finish.

Finely honed and a pleasure to drink. Another brilliant HF Saison. (492 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale blonde colour, big white head with some lace left behind. Smell is quite fruity, apple and lemon, some orange, a bit of wheat and honey, lighjtly funky as well. Taste is fruity and tart, lemon and citrus fruit, dry with grassy flavours and a bit of dill also, the slightest suggestion of honey, funky with just a slight sourness to it. Dry spritzy carbonation, medium bodied. Solid stuff as was expected, however I think I enjoyed Arthur more but would certainly entertain this again wiothout question. (507 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 750ml bottle into a HF stemmed tulip. Cellar temp. Bought on the day of the Prolegoma/Elaborative 1 release.

Appearance- Chrystal clear gold with three finger bubbly white head that left real nice lacing.

Smell-Honey, funky wild yeast, apples/pears, muscat grapes, lemon, peaches. Fruit, yeasty, floral. Super nice.

Taste- Lemons, grapes, grass, floral notes, light honey. Funky and dry. More one dimentional than the aroma.

Mouthfeel- Full carbonation. Light body. Funky, dry, and lightly tart.

Overall- I had big hopes from the smell, but the taste just doesnt deliver. Good, just not great. (613 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is hazed golden color with a tight white head. Nose has a strong floral note, faint honey, juicy notes and light sweetness. Taste is very nice, floral up front like Clara, juicy bright fruits as the well carbonated finish brings in the sweet honey balance. Very tight and balanced, nice dusty quality mid palate from the Saison yeast with an interesting sweetness of honey in the finish. (392 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, generously sent over by Anthony. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 1/15/2014. This was actually drank after Double Galaxy, 4D, BB4D and a bunch of french-pressed BA beers.

Pours an absolutely stunning straw-yellow body, hazy with a strongly effervescent white head with a long, long retention and tons of lacing. This is a beer that is begging to be drank!

Smells so good- crisp, grape skins, wheaty, a dab of honey, peppercorns. This is smelling as complex as some of the Armand'4 geuzes, except its nowhere near as sour and intense.

Flavourwise- a nice clean tartness, sharp peppery spices, a nice honey-like sweetness and even a bit of citrus. Not as much as Brother Soigné, but delicious and very complex.

Very refreshing, medium bodied and well carbonated with a nice yeasty finish. Thoroughly refreshing and enjoyable. Could definitely drink this one over and over again- so drinkable and refreshing, without any characteristics that would make this a sipper at all.

One of the better saisons I've had from HF. I'd say that this is Brother Soigné without the extra citrus flavours- I may even appreciate the more subtle flavours here. It's just so damn good and refreshing; somewhere in between a lambic and a saison as all Hill Farmstead sours/saisons tend to be. (1,308 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice crisp golden color with some good haze to it and nice straw yellow hints. There is a nice white head of about half an inch that rises up and is pretty dense with some medium dense bubbles. The head and foam is so sexy as it sticks to the glass and slowly recedes down following the golden liquid.

Aroma is of earthy grain. Notes of wild flowers with some nice sweetness on the background that keeps some slight balance. Sharp tartness and citrus notes fill the air as i take a deep breath. Very clean and crisp.

Flavor follows the nose and taste dry like a traditional saison. Some nice funk in the flavor with some lemony tartness that is not overwhelming and is just tart enough to keep your interest but not overwhelming. A perfect light sippin beer with bready notes and some wheat as well as some slight honey notes on the back end. Mouthfeel is crisp, fluffy and carbonated.

A good saison with notes of lemon, earthy grain and some mild yeast spice. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Keith_R picked this bottle up sometime in July and was gracious enough to snag me a bottle. We shared this one in Liefman's glasses -- just some quick notes to compare it to when we try the other bottle somewhere down the road.

A - Amazing four finger white pillow, on a straw covered base.

S - Brett-like horse blanket and pickly funk, touches of straw and wheat.

T - A brilliant meld of citrus tartness, wheat sweetness and honey bitterness. Again, some brett characteristic comes out - which I assume is from the "house" saison yeast strain.

M - Super dry dissipating finish.

O - Simply phenomenal saison. (613 characters)

Photo of mjohnson17
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

August 2012 bottle poured into teku

A: Pours a very hazy rustic orange with a fluffy yellow/orange tinged head. Nice lacing. Head dissipated to a dense slightly off-white foam.

S: Sweet & sour. Lemons, cracked-wheat, honey, bready yeast,

T: Tart funk, lemons, blood oranges, a bit of white grapefruit. Full saison wheat malt backbone, nice subtle spices, a bit of toasted wheat, a hint of honey sweetness

M: I adore the mouthfeel on HF saisons and Anna is no different; so full and creamy.

O: This beer is the real deal; I love HF saisons and this may be my favorite. With nearly a year of age on this bottle there's so much nice funk and sourness. You can taste the brett lambicus. HF's house ale yeast is bacteria heaven! I can't get enough! This bottle of Anna was just short of spectacular for me. (808 characters)

Photo of mhksuccess
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a bottle into a bruery snifter
it is a light yellow color with slight head maybe 1/4 inch and little lacing
smell is that farmhouse type funk
taste is farmhouse funk followed by a lemon slight tart
mouthfeel is a nice crisp beer good carbonation
overall this is a nice saison slight tart and easy drinking
although i tend to like a lot of HF saison better would get again (386 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with two fingers of off-white head.

S - Rustic tartness, lemon, sweet honey, spice and bready sweetness.

T - Tart up front with spice and lemon. Sweet honey and bready notes and some funk. Peppery with a lemony citrus profile.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent saison. Very easy drinking and very flavorful at the same time. (411 characters)

Photo of mendvicdog
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks clean with a great offwhite head.

Smells like fresh pure honey.

Taste follows the smell. So clear and bright.

Mouthfeel as always is amazing. (151 characters)

Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Anna
A-Light, yellow opaque that pours a thin head that dissipates rather quickly
S-Very floral, little honey,
T-very light, crisp citrus, full of flavor
M-light bubbliness to it, not very tart, lingering refreshing aftertaste
O-Hill Farmstead has yet to disappoint me, their Farmhouse Saisons are phenomenal. Having had this shortly after drinking La Vermontoise I was hoping this would pour a better head. (408 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-lemongrass, funky yeast, malt, pepper, hints of honey sweetness

T-lemon, bready malt, orange, pepper, cloves, yeasty funk, slight sweetness, dry finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and tart

O-a really enjoyable Saison, I could drink this all the time, great balance of tart and sweet flavors (375 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -5%
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 (812 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super hazy, bright, golden-yellow with a massive, fizzy, bright white head. Leaves behind a ton of lace and nice lumps of foam on top of this beautiful liquid.

S: This is what Vermont smells like on a warm Spring day. Bright, floral, yeasty, barny, earthy, minerally (?), effervescent. Flowers, honey, and lush meadows are scenes in my mind with every huge whiff I take.

T: Yeasty, barny, earthy. You get some of the honey flavor and texture when the beer warms up. Such a delicious beer from cold to warm, start to finish. Refreshing, bright, and floral. Superb.

M: The feel, the body, and the carbonation are absolutely perfect. No hyperbole there.

O: The essence of the style. Vermont Farmhouse Ale. No other American brewer that I know of can either match or exceed the qualities and characteristics of the finest Belgian Saisons/Farmhouse Ales. (856 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another big thank you to Franklinn for another treat from rural Vermont. Cheers man!!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy straw-gold with almost three fingers of fluffy white head that leaves some patchy lace.

Smell. Nice peppery and floral saison yeast, some sweet light malts and a little pear and lemon.

Taste. Lemons, peppery and spicy saison yeast, a little apple, grass, sweet hay, and pear, along with a faint bit of banana.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. A very nice and flavourful saison with that signature Hill Farmstead style. Always a treat to drink something from these guys. (621 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a hazy wheat dark yellow color, topped with a thin white head.

S- Lots of fruit, pear, apple, lemon, slightly spicy esters, some yeasty funk and wheat.

T- Blend of fruit flavors, some pear, apple, hints of lemon, lots of dry and spicy esters, a bit of clove spiciness and wheat.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth feel.

O- A nice saison, has a solid mix of flavors, highly drinkable, I would definitely have this again if it were available. (532 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
6.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks for the beer Rochefort10NH!

A - Unfiltered cloudiness creates a warm haze through the pale straw yellow beer while carbonation streams towards the top. A lofty stark white head gently sits atop, covering the tulip in gobs of lace.

S - Fragrant as can be, complex yeast flourishes through Anna giving it a big, open aroma with plenty to discover. Esters of clay, clove, and white pepper toss earthiness into a citrus blend of lemongrass and funky notes of wild fermentation; mild horse blanket. Rustic and farm-like, dry pale malt captures the feeling of freedom as sweet notes of honey add a floral aspect and raw balance to the finish.

T - Yeast driven, Anna continues the complexity from the aroma, really focusing on earthiness. Clay, white pepper, and clove spice emerge through lemongrass citrus and a nice wild-like finish that's got great notes of being in an open barn. The honey additions touch on sweetness but they seem to add more floral notes than anything and are gently pushed aside by citrus hop notes on the beer's back end.

M - Sharp carbonation dances on the tongue through this stellar beer all while feeling lush and smooth yet crisp and light-bodied. Sharp tartness greets the tongue immediate but becomes more harmonious after a few sips, marrying the citrus and yeast finish with herbal and floral dryness and a trace of honey sweetness.

O - I always approach trendy, hyped beers with a bit of caution, but Hill Farmstead is legit. There's a reason they have just exploded; their beers are world-class and completely worth seeking out, Anna being no exception. This bright and aromatic saison is fermented with their strain of exceptional yeast for a total sensory experience that's dangerously drinkable and quick to disappear. Cherish each rustic sip, for this saison is hard to come by and worth it's weight in gold. (1,924 characters)

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

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Anna pours a lovely golden straw color, hues of lemon and light orange with a nice cloudy, hazy texture with a lovely 2 fingers of cloudy, soft white head that has very nice retention and leaves behind a nice touch of lacing. The aroma is really wonderful, lots of nice funky yeast, pale straw, zesty lemon, clove and bits of a banana really shine with some light floral layers that really bring out the nice subtle notes of honey with just a brush of berry fruit that lingers so nicely. The flavors are just as invigorating, tons of bright citrus on the tongue that brings out a great floral presence, nice layers of hibiscus with a great presence of funky pale grain, straw and bits of lightly sweet honey. Just a touch of alcohol is present at the finish that has a very pleasant bit of berry and banana flavor. The body is nice and full, very lively, coats the mouth very well, medium to high carbonation with a prickly yet dry finish.

Verdict: A truly wonderful Honey Saison from Hill Farmstead. Wonderfully complex and delightfully balanced, this really is one of the more remarkable American made Saisons, a must try for anyone who enjoys this style. (1,213 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a finger of fluffy white carbonation that leaves some beautiful lacing. The smell has a slight tartness to it that reminds me of lemons. There are some herbal notes along with a touch of white wine. The flavor is very light, herbal, and has a floral quality that I assume comes from the honey. The slight lemon tartness from the nose shows up in the taste as well. The finish is very dry and yeasty. This beer has a ton of carbonation and the finish is bone dry.

Overall, this is a nice, light, easy to drink beer and I'd love to have more in the future. (637 characters)

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

750ml bottle, split 4 ways, many thx @blackie, you mule you

In a word, gorgeous. Hill Farmstead stemware - Glowing hazy straw body, a healthy white snowcap. Earthy and tart - waves of yeast, honey, grape and pear, and earthy wheaty malts collide. Lemon zest, cut flowers, white pepper, grassy hops. A great saison. (315 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by schooner12 at Super Bowl Tasting

A - Soft, slightly syrupy yellow to it. Poured with a soft white foam one finger head. Leaves lacing down the sides

S - Slight tart vinegar to it. Soft grass, light blue cheese funk, honeydew, and honey. This really has a soft nose overall that allows everything to blend together well

T - Lemon and slight blue cheese funk. Light tart vinegar with enough slight honey in it to keep it sweet. There is also barnyard funk and blue cheese that come near and remain in the finish

M - Lots of carbonation in this one with a dry finish

O - Solid Saison with a good sour presence, funk, and slight sweetness from the honey (671 characters)

Photo of rodkin
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow, clear, with a big fluffy head. Decent lacing. A bit of a gusher, but not too bad.

Smell is yeast, honey, earthiness, fruity sweetness, slightly tart, and a hint of spice.

Taste is yeasty breadiness, flowery sweetness, a bit of citrus, slight tart acidity, spice, maybe some grape?

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, light but very slightly creamy, very smooth.

A very good saison. I preferred this to Clara. (423 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey yellow with a moderate white head.

Smells of farmhouse yeast, flowers, some lightly tart grapes or pears maybe, some wheaty malt, and not surprisingly a lot of sweet honey.

Taste has most of the same characteristics but is much more tart and zesty. The tartness balances really well with the sweet honey, this is delicious.

This was my favorite of the ten Hill Farmstead beers we opened at this tasting, I liked it better than Juicy or Flora, etc. Really great beer, next time it's released I'm going to have to trade for several bottles.

9.0/10 (570 characters)

Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.