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Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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664 Ratings
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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 375
Gots: 152 | FT: 18
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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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
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's rare to find authentic farmhouse flavors outside of the rolling hills of southern Belgium. But every now and then a brewery gets it right. This is one of those times.

Pouring like sparkling white wine, the highly effervescent ale quickly separates the airy and rocky head from the hazy golden beer beneath. Streams of carbonation can be seen beyond the cloud and watch how it builds the egg shell white head in sticky and stubborn retention.

Tremendous aromas first of fruit, next of funk begin with the estery scent of spiced pears, green apples, white grapes- all that's wrapped by the musty aromas of cork-like woods, aged leather, and sandalwood. White pepper, a dash or cumin, and dried orange bitters round out the complex and characterful scent.

Flavors focus on the dry fruit and spice interplay and seem to forego the earthen must character of the aromas. Pears, apples, grapes, apricots, lemons, and oranges carry a dry flavor and low lying wheat sweetness that seems to be carried away by the carbonation. Peppery and herbal, the balance to fruit and malt likes in a well-melded bite of white pepper, cumin, coriander, curacao, tea leaves, juniper, and mint. All this with a mildly minerally brine of yeast and water begs a pairing with mussels or mackerel.

The light bodied texture begins as the beer erupts off the front of the tongue and continues to drive the beer off of the tongue in highly bubbly and prickly fashion. This ushers in a finish of dry malt, dry fruit, spicy pang, and minty alcohol cooling/warming dynamics. A return of fruit, spice, and must are the after flavors that beckon the next sip.

Take the label off of the beer and any aficionado of Belgian ales will undoubtedly declare this as one of the country's finest farmhouse ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 18:15:32 | More by BEERchitect
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

05-28-2012 19:06:54 | More by Urbancaver
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FosterJM

California

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

1292nd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750Ml

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to Lcmir23 for sharing

App- A pretty decent looking yellow with some light browns in the glass. Im gonna say the honey added this color. Small pencil thin head the color of creme brulee. No real stick on this one.

Smell- A huge jolt of honey and malts on this one. It was a big thick Saison without the normal backing yeast. Wasnt bad, just wasnt expecting it.

Taste- About the same as the nose. Very honey forward and thick. The malts and a small yeasty flavor come forward. A bit one dimensional but still tasty.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. Residual honey is all I got.

Drink- Good, but I think they do DIPA's better. Although, wanna give Damon a go.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:53:59 | More by FosterJM
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration.

Pours a clear light yellow with a bone colored head that settles to some small bubbles on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, spices, citrus aromas, and a sour/tart presence. Taste is much the same with an emphasis on the spices along with a yeast flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 22:09:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-16-2012 00:17:22 | More by SPRichard
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Treebs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler served in a Portsmouth tulip. Huge thanks to Sean (Sean9689) for hosting the tasting and supplying some rarities.

A: Pours a hazy gold color with with a fluffy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a a ring and some whisps. Splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Yeasty and peppery note are the main attractions of the nose with some green apple and lemon pith.

T: Yeasty and peppery notes from the nose are more prevalent here, but the back bone of lemon rind and pith are more in your face. There is a mildly tart green apple flavor on the finish.

M: Light bodied with nice carbonation. Crisp mouth feel with a drying finish.

O: Very solid overall. I would have liked a little more mustiness, but it was enjoyable and easily drinkable.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2012 19:37:06 | More by Treebs
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Quackus

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-11-2012 17:34:18 | More by Quackus
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to metalgdog for sharing this bottle...

A: Pours a wonderful light straw/yellow with a good amount of pure white head. The foam fades quickly, and leaves a thin ring along the edges of my glass. There is some, but not much, lacing.

S: This beer smells, funky. It has that classic saison nose (wheat, spice, hops, and earth) but the yeast shines through and dominates. It smells great.

T: The flavors in this beer are spot on for a saison. The funk starts out right off the bat, but it fades in the middle. At this point I'm getting a lot of citrus, spice, and grains.

M: Light bodied beer. It funky to start, but becomes clean and crisp. The finish is a bit drying, but not overly.

O: Wonderful beer. I found myself returning to this bottle for more samples. It has just the right amount of funk and flavor that I love in saisons. Hopefully I'll have another chance to try a bottle of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 12:05:36 | More by trxxpaxxs
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.4%

05-07-2012 02:41:26 | More by BeerHunter76
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-06-2012 17:30:05 | More by sliverX
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metalgdog

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-06-2012 14:29:39 | More by metalgdog
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 2L growler filled from the tap today. Served chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance: Really light clear golden yellow with a really aggressive thin white head. Leaves a great lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Citrus and lemon notes upfront. Some bright honey and bubblegum sweetnesss. A really nice light note of fresh mint leaf as well. Really bright, but not getting enough of the yeast.

Taste: A nice combination of really bright lemon citrus and sweetness from the honey. Very nice balance. A touch bitter at the end. Really refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Really light and crisp. Carbonation is really nice.

Overall, another excellent saison from Hill Farmstead. I wouldn't say this is my favorite saison they brew at all, but it is really light and refreshing. Great for a summer day.

Serving type: growler

05-06-2012 01:34:56 | More by Gosox8787
Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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