1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Not Rated.
AnnaAnna

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

781 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 781
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.85%
Wants: 393
Gots: 165 | FT: 22
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 781 | Reviews: 137 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

revisiting this beer 3/31/2014!

750ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

bottle date of 11/2013

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: transclucent pale yellow bodied beer with large white head. Sticky lacing left behind on the side of the glass. Head has alot of staying power drops to a thin cap that never goes away.

Smell: Mild tartness white grapes, pears, and lemons. Crackery / biscuity / bready malts. Hint of honey sweetness and black pepper. Yeasty.

Taste: Almost moderately tart; I would say a 4/10. Lemons, green apples, and white grapes. Fruity, peppery, and yeasty. Wild honey notes adds bit of sweetness to the crackery, wheaty, and pale malt profile. A hint of musty and dusty funk. The beer tastes bright and clean. Complex and nuanced saison!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean. Refreshing and driness is noted in the finish. Extremely drinkable. Carbonation is nearly flawless.

Overall: Revisting this beer was great! I have really been enjoying alot of saisons lately and I have wanted to have this beer again since its the first Hill Farmstead saison that I have drank. And we all know that HF saisons are always fantastic! A perfect example of what a saison is in this beer style! This beer is an example of what all saisons should strive to be!

Revised overall score-4.50
___

Thanks toegrace84 for the share!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 1/17/13.

Appearance: Straw yellow bodied beer with a light haze. 2 fingers of fluffy white head that laces the glass fairly well. The head has great staying power also. 4.5

Smell: Cracker like malts. Moderately barnyardish and dusty funk. Citrusy and fruity. Wheat and hay notes too. 4.25

Taste: Nice malt profile of crackers and wheat bread. Floral, grassy, orangey hops. Mild barnyard funkiness. A touch of pepper and yeast. Really simple and very tasty saison. 4.25

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean and refreshing while still having a soft carbonation feel to the beer. A semidry finish as well. 4.5

Overall: its my first Hill Farmstead saison. I really enjoyed it. It lives the HF hype they make wonderful a saison! 4.25

Original overall score-4.29

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Over an inch tall beautiful white fluffy head. Wonderful lacing. Body is a cloudy orange.

Musty funk aromas.

Soured oranges. Funk yeastiness dominates. "grassy". Would guess at about a 6%abv.

Dry finish. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

Finish makes this easy drankin. A half step below top tier I'd say. Thanks for the share egrace84.

Duff27, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of dcguitar
4/5  rDev -7.6%

dcguitar, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of ahwahoo2006
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

ahwahoo2006, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of jbuddle
4/5  rDev -7.6%

jbuddle, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

kind of a funky beer, jazzy and different from the legions of mediocre saisons out there. the fact that this was in colorado, even by trade, had me very excited. arguably the best thing new england does at all is hill farmstead, in my humble opinion. the pour is a really hazy muted yellowy color, creamy white head several inches high continues to rise. the nose is obviously sweet, a honey focused brew no doubt, but the low key spice and cirtus qualities of the yeast are evident as an equalizer, and this is promising to be delicious. its an assault of flavor, coating the entire palate, polleny springtime honey is prominent, but there isnt that much residual sugar. the yeast is also just behind center stage, more peppery funk than i thought from the nose, but it does cut right through some of that sugar. there is lemon juice too, mostly in the finish. there is a very mild hop bitterness (also on the citrusy side), before everything gives way to a sort of off yeasty aftertaste, which is the weakness of this beer for me. its not quite metallic, but it is minerally and bitter and not quite congruent with the rest of the beer. creamy texture though and a nice full round body for a beer this light in color, i really appreciate its expansive properties, and the carbonation is fine, although it may contribute a granular character when combined with the unfiltered yeast. overall a nice take on the saison, im now even more curious to try their others.

StonedTrippin, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Brew33
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Brew33, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of jamesewelch
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

jamesewelch, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -7.6%

tobelerone, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of thegerm87
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

thegerm87, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

largadeer, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

oldp0rt, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of lovindahops
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Watching the packers and 49ers game and decided to tap into the cellar for some HF this evening. Anna it is!

A- Anna pours a golden yellow body with a glowing haze and snow top head of white foam. Creamy lacing is traced to the sides while carbonation races to the top. Vibrant and gorgeous with the color

S- A yeasty and grassy burst that flows with some sweet honey scents. Very champagne like and full of herbal scents. This is an excellent saison scent profile. It's literally exploding out of the glass!

T- a dry and yeasty sweet flavor of pepper and herbal saison flavors. Well coated with the honey flavors and again, a patented hill farmstead deliciousness. Anna is dry and sweet at the same time. I could drink a gallon of this.

M- Prickly carbonation and painted flavor all over. Excellent with the creamy aspect as well

O- Let's be accurate here.... There is no question that HF knows what they are doing when it comes to the saison style. Anna is a work of art in the saison department. The honey and grassy component makes for a champagne like experience. I'm glad we have more of these!

lovindahops, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange/yellow, to finger head and well carbonated.

S-Wheat, honey, lemon, grass all balanced together perfectly.

T-Wheat, yeast, honey, grass, good balance. No bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

O-The honey and wheat go together perfectly, having Hopslam before this, this is how honey should be used in a beer. Fantastic stuff.

rlee1390, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of BeerWorld
4/5  rDev -7.6%

BeerWorld, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Luk13
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Luk13, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Franch
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Franch, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

rowingbrewer, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of MinorThreat
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

MinorThreat, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of langchops
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

langchops, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of BeerCosmonaut
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of phishfoolme
2/5  rDev -53.8%

phishfoolme, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of andant
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

andant, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Lukafer
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Lukafer, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

denimdemon, Dec 30, 2012
Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.