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Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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198 Reviews
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Reviews: 198
Hads: 1,437
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 496
Gots: 332 | FT: 46
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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: 198 | Hads: 1,437
Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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Photo of RutgersEng
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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Photo of SABERG
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bready, honey sweetness, white pepper, earthy, lemon grass, dry, light Brett

Had this in a blind tasting and I was certain that it was not an American brewery. Very well done earthy saison

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
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)

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Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

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

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Photo of gcamparone
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of Jonada
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Hazy straw golden body with a two finger, wispy, white head. The head fades to a thin lacing midway through consumption. Absolutely glowing, even in the dimly lit room I am consuming it in. Beautiful beer.

S: Lemon juice and big floral notes upfront, followed by backing aromas of sweet honey and malt.

T: Tart lemon zest and white grape skins initially, followed by a hint of bready malt in the finish. Perfectly tart and refreshing. Could literally drink this all day.

M: Thin bodied and effervescent, almost airy. Perfect for a farmhouse ale, and I've yet to have an HF beer that doesn't nail the mouthfeel/body.

O: Just a beautiful beer. Perfectly crafted biere de miel.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale straw colored body with just the slightest hint of haze to it. Thick, foamy bone-white head.

S- White pepper, bready yeast, dash of sweet honey, some toasty grains.

T- Sweet lemony flavor cuts through the toasted grain and the earthy yeast. Not a ton in the way of honey, but there is some definite sweetness. More of a citrus quality to it for me.

M- Light, bubbly, tons of flavor with a sweet, tingly aftertaste.

O- Another nice saison from HF, but I do not get much honey. More of a lemony sweetness to it.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of spicelab
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of mjohnson17
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.