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Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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676 Ratings
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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 374
Gots: 159 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Big thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing!

A: Hazy pale amber body under a towering head - way overcarbonated, even with a gentle pour. After letting the head recede and topping up with more beer, the creamy tan foam is quite attractive.

S: Lovely, sweet and yeasty. Honey, floral funk, white pepper, and a decent amount of pear.

T: Follows the nose - lots of sweet fruitiness up front, followed closely by rather deep floral funkiness and finished by dryer, slightly bandaid-y phenols. The medicinal character is minor, and really only adds more complexity to a genuinely delicious beer.

M: I thought it might be too prickly given the outrageously foamy pour, but it's silky smooth and eminently creamy. Luxurious.

O: Terrific Saison, plain and simple.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 15:34:03 | More by woosterbill
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OtisCampbell

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-22-2012 15:24:20 | More by OtisCampbell
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danedelman

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-very effervescent with a very bright straw yellow color and ge 3 finger head. Hazy and unfiltered.

S-grassy and has a sweetness from the honey. Citrus fruits are strong in the nose with a bready/yeasty finish. A hint of funk rounds out this beer.

T-The barnyard grassiness is right on the front of the tongue followed by a graprefruity hoppiness that lingers and grabs hold of my mouth and coats ever crevice. Perfect balance and very crisp.

M-The mouthfeel is incredible with the carbonation being high with a medium to low body. A perfect exacmple of this style. Will be sad to see this one go when I drink it all.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 04:36:42 | More by danedelman
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared at tasting, big thanks to wowcoolman for bringing this. Poured into Hillfarmstead stemware, split 4-ways.

A- Hazy yellowish golden straw colored, definitely a little bit more hazey toward the bottom of the bottle, nice foamy frothy head with great head retention that left decent lacing.

S- Yeast, honey, citrus lemon, a little bit of brett funk, hay.

T- Honey, light lemony citrus, hay, some light grains, light spices, very light brett funk.

M- Smooth, goes down very easily, average carbonation, light, great to drink during a hot summer day.

O- This was the first bottle we tried during our tasting. Personally I enjoyed it a lot more then E. and Art. I loved the honey flavoring that balanced with the light barnyard funk and made an very drinkable saison. Definitely one of the better saisons I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 04:20:57 | More by jaasen64
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ErrandWolfe

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10%

07-18-2012 00:09:51 | More by ErrandWolfe
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xenjoiii

New York

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Anna on tap at the Hill Farmstead Tap-takeover at Positive Pie in Plainfield, VT.

A: Poured a respective honey golden color with about three fingers of really fluffy white head.

S: The aroma had nice yeast components, a touch of funk, citrus and sweet honey.

T: Wow - for being aged for two years there definitely is a decent amount of citrus in here; especially on the back end, as there is a mild orange peel bitterness. Also, in the taste, there is a slight yeast character and a substantial amount of sweetness from the Wildflower honey. Very delicious.

M: light to medium body with soft carbonation

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this saison; very much so that I almost ordered a second glass, despite the fact that there were 14 other Hill Farmstead offering on tap. Very glad that I got to try the base beer for Ann the night before Ann was released.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 12:38:39 | More by xenjoiii
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whartontallboy

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-14-2012 23:55:23 | More by whartontallboy
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -19%

07-12-2012 15:38:22 | More by seeswo
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-09-2012 16:19:44 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. No bottle date.

Appearance - Light golden body with an enormous head. The bottle was a bit of a gusher, so I'm not so surprised. Excellent lacing.

Smell - Yeasty as hell. You could smell it across the table. Pale malts and some spice. Bready.

Taste - Bready malts. Pale malts less prominent in comparison to the bread flavors. A touch of honey. Less intense spice aspect, but still really yeasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, despite the gushing. Good and easy drinking.

Overall - Yeasty as hell with some nice flavors, but nothing outstanding. It's actually a little dull. As always, it's perfectly crafted.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 20:28:50 | More by Alieniloquium
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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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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 55 degrees into Bruery tulip

Pours an weird dirty sink water yellow with a massive, billowy head that settles to a healthy film over the beer.

Smells oh so deliciously musty with a hint of sweetness.

Tastes a little earthly with a little sweetness. On the nose I was expecting a nice Brett funk, but there was none.

Very nice in the mouth. Its not a 'heavy' beer, but it has a real nice feel, there's almost a creaminess to it.

This isn't my favorite saison from HF, but it's still a good or better than many out there..keep up the awesome work!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 01:34:40 | More by DaveHack
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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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BeerBucks

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

06-21-2012 20:47:22 | More by BeerBucks
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markeyri

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-18-2012 22:40:06 | More by markeyri
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale clear straw (hazier towards the bottom of the bottle) with a big white splotchy head that fades, but still has staying power.

Has the classic musty saison profile. Sweaty gym socks in a weird good way. A little bit of citrus and some malty sweetness as well. Spices are present, but subdued.

Similar flavors. Heavy must and brett. Wet hay, some lemon/citrus flavors along with a subtle spice. Spice is well done and does not overpower like some others in the style.

While malty and somewhat sweet up front, it finishes dry with medium carbonation.

Saisons are on the very low end of my style preference, but this was a very well made one that accentuates the good and downplays the elements of the style I don't like. Another winner from HF.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 15:00:41 | More by jmarsh123
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brystmar

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Josh!

Lemony yellow body, very cloudy, tons of foamy white head & gorgeous lace. Nose is full of Brett and earthy spices. Malty too.

Initial taste was extremely Bretty and sharply bitter. Mellows out into a much nicer beer as it warms with the yeast taking its place amongst the other of flavors. Malt somehow stays with the nose and doesn't permeate into the flavor profile. The final balance is rounded and clean, yet still sports tons of yeast. Good carbonation level. A pleasant saison, though it's a healthy step or two below the best HF brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 00:28:15 | More by brystmar
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DoubleSunshine610

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

06-16-2012 17:48:55 | More by DoubleSunshine610
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw honey pour with an enormous head, lots of lacing that sticks around. Smells of earth, spice, lemon, honey, banana and pepper. Taste is similar, although somewhat sweet with honey. Decent saison but nothing to write home about. Medium body and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 19:19:05 | More by craytonic
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Appears as pale gold. Clear at first, but successive pours were hazy. A nice snow white head cap sticks around for the duration.

The aroma offers pale malts, some mustiness, little spicyness and a slight honey sweetness.

The flavor brings to mind the classic Saigon taste. There are hints of hay, wheat grain, a hint of vanilla, and a something that reminds me of lemon/lime Gatorade. The finish offers a faint green apple tartness.

Finishes crisp and dry.

Overall this is classic Saison and well made. If you're fan of the style, as I am in the summer, don't pass thist one up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 02:51:08 | More by jbertsch
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SummitVA

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

06-13-2012 01:22:46 | More by SummitVA
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M27

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

06-12-2012 01:38:24 | More by M27
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BeerMeFitz

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: golden yellow and amber with a cloudy white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

S: citrus, spices and herbs.

F: nice balanced of bready pale malts, you can taste hints of Belgian yeast.

M: crisp,high carbonation. Perfect.

O: An awesome saison. I will compare ALL others to this.Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 15:32:38 | More by BeerMeFitz
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

06-10-2012 12:33:57 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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brooklynbrews

Uzbekistan

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

05-30-2012 02:29:26 | More by brooklynbrews
Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.