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Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.85%
Wants: 394
Gots: 165 | FT: 22
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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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

Thanks to imagineiii for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a moderate honey golden color with a large, creamy white head. Great retention and loads of spotty lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries some light earth and spice. Mild white pepper in the background as well as a touch of sweet honey. Light wheat and bread notes as well. The flavor is very mildly sweet with a nice malt touch and a bit of light honey flavor. Saison yeast is there as well as slight pepper. Light to medium body and slightly chewy. Very tasty.

Thorpe429, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%

Shared by Andy and poured into tulip. Pale yellow straw color with a finger of fluffy white head. Thick sticky lace.

An interesting aroma. Spicy floral hops in the aroma on this one with a little bit of that barnyard aroma that I can associate with saisons. A little bit of a white grape aroma with a touch of sweetness. Spicy hops on the pallet with some doughy yeast. A little sweetness from the honey and a little bit of a banana and grapes.

Light and crisp feel. The carbonation is a little expansive in my mouth but otherwise solid. Overall a pretty rockin' saison. Another well done beer from the folks in Vermont.

Bendurgin, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured into a tulip. Nice clear and crisp looking light golden color with a ton of white foam that is ridiculously sticky.

The aroma is heavy on the peppery yeast, with the honey and malt contributing strongly when I stick my nose in there. There is a light grassy hop presence.

The taste starts out with nice sweet honey flavor. This kind of tones down the peppery yeast flavors, which dominate the finish. This is a bit sweeter than the other saisons I've had from Hill Farmstead; very good.

This is nice, light and refreshing. The carbonation is soft but filling.

Another winner from these guys. Their saisons always hit the spot.

andrewinski1, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

750ml bottle purchased from the brewery in late May. Poured into Russian River snifter.

A: Hazy, yellow gold color. Bright white head. Nice sticky lacing on the glass. There are a few floaters in there.

S: Floral, Belgian yeasty smells (spice too). I get some honey, but nothing major from the nose.

T: Not as barnyardy as I was expecting from the nose. Smooth and sweet. I got some nice honey notes towards the back of the mouth and throat. Enjoyed this as an IPA break.

M: Light to medium on the mouth feel. Doesn't coat the mouth. Again, nice and smooth.

O: This was my first beer from their house (and not a style I usually go for) but this was delicious stuff. Thoroughly enjoyed! Would definitely drink again if the chance came.

inlimbo77, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

750 mL bottle. Batch 2. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a chilled golden lemon color with a frothy white head. Thick clumps of lacing and never ending retention. Smells like a slightly sweet, funky barnyard. Dominated by pepper, clove, and lemongrass and backed up by a surprising punch of candy like honey. Medium bodied, soft and delicate on the palate, but doesn't finish as crisp or dry as expected for the style. Flavor is very similar to the other non-BA HF saisons and has a traditional earthy, musty and funky finish. Strong grass, biscuit malt and earthy flavors complement a surprisingly noticeable amount of honey. Another solid saison from HF, with a subtle, enjoyable twist.

yourefragile, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

a beautiful nose when popped of brisk hopping. this is the high light in my opinion because as the beer opens up it give way to some interesting floral grassy notes that are actually very similar to dandelion. and when i think saison. i think two things. honey and dandelion greens. look is formally perfect. golden... clear if you don't let it blend with the settlings... big white head with bubbles that are a bit soapier than cotton candy. palate is unique i that it has a nice hint of acidic brightness and bitter greens. very much so like a field in flavor. the honey gives it a hint of pollen protein texture that is sort of grainy. there is some adjunct huskiness but nothing too overwhelming. the quality and feel of most the farmstead beers. all around solid but still american.

rtepiak, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%


Thanks, Barry!  Batch 2 into a snifter.

A: Perfect transparency with a yellow gold body. The head is a good two inches of froth that lingers for many minutes and never actually fades. Nice lacing.

S: White pepper and clove with notes of wheat and straw. Lightly floral with faint apple notes. Some honey and biscuit.

T: Not as good as the nose, but still enjoyable. Grainy with notes of straw and honey. I'm surprised I taste the honey. A little apple and lemon.

M: Upper light in body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and dry, though I was longing for a drier and crisper profile.

Overall: A good Saison with a great nose.

HopHead84, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

On tap at capones.

A- comes over with a finger or so of bright white head that has some nice retention and stick. Sunshine hazy yellow with light orange highlights.

S- big yeasty bready punch with crisp lemon zest and some light spice. Very grassy with a light funk going on.

T- opens up with a crisp citrus and bold semi funky yeast. Very fresh and doughy breadiness. Green grass and some other vegetative qualities. Light floral honey like sweetness.

M- a step or so less then medium in body with a crisp light carb that works just right. Very dry finish.

O- another great brew from hill farmstead. Man shaun can brew like a champ. One of the better saisons this side of the pond.

oglmcdgl, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Huge white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving glass-coating lace. The body is a transparent straw gold color.

S - Stone fruits, peppery farmhouse yeast, light grains, hint of lemon and some other estery/banana type notes. Some faint floral hopping, and not much of the advertised honey at all.

T - Taste lacks the sharp definition of flavors found in the aroma, but it's still quite enjoyable. Stone fruits, light peppery yeast, freshly milled grains, and a hint of lemon.

M - Medium-light body, pleasant medium carbonation, and a slightly sticky finish. No obvious alcohol, and extremely refreshing.

D - I'd prefer Art over this one, but this is a rock-solid take on the style that I'd be happy to drink any time. Goes down quickly and easily, and has a nice balance of malt sweetness and spicy yeast. The honey is very subtle, but I think I prefer that.

MasterSki, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%

Anna in my glass, this too shall pass.

Anna came to me looking quite like her sister Flora. Anna is a bright saison with a shade darker than Flora looking bright yellow with a slight shade of orange. A nice whisp of bright white bubbles on top leaving squiggly lines here and there. The nose is quite bright with citrus and a dab of honey, but this is one bretty/funky lady. I mistaked it for Bullfrog Undead Ed because of the scent of brett but this is indeed Anna. Come to think of it Brett rules this one. The brett comes out in taste in full and is not messing around. It reminds me of Flora because the lemon is big as well which plays nice with the brett. Can't really pick up the honey under all of that. As expected the body was light and refreshing other than the brett aftertaste and the carb was spot on, semi tart finish but dry as a bone. I enjoyed this one but did not love it. I would marry Flora while I would make Anna my girl on the side for a piece every now and then, LOL!

BARFLYB, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of jsvt
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

750ml bottle from fresh batch released this week. Poured int Hill Farmstead Belgian glass.

A beautiful hazy yellow, like yellow beach glass. 2 finger head that quickly dissipates leaving beautiful lace with solid retention.

Coriander, pleasant subtle malt/Honey, banana now and laters (the candy, remember those?) floral aspect from the hops.

You experience all this in the taste...a nice progression from a quick burst of malt and honey to banana, mild pepper, and coriander. The hops add just the right amount of bitterness to round it all off.

Fills the palate with body without being overbearing. The carbonation and acidity are perfectly where they should be to refresh, and this refreshment makes it a great warm weather session beer to share.

All and all, spot on for style and taste! Well done!

jsvt, May 23, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev 0%

Bottle shared by Sally – thanks! Judging by the reviews this is Batch 1, it’s unlabeled except for an “A” on the cage.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of citrus rinds and a number of spices – coriander mostly with hints of white pepper. Also present are mild amounts of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malts kick things off and are joined quickly by crisp light citrus flavors. Midway through the sip the spices come into play with the white pepper being more prevalent than in the aroma. Slight hints of earthy hops dry things out near the end of the sip, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer but tasting it back to back with Flora did it a disservice. A nice and spicy saison that’s worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to GoGriz (Cody) for this one. Unlabeled 750ml bottle poured into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a huge, billowy 4 finger powdery white head with moderate retention that collapses into a thick 1 finger of foam. Beer is a clear, light goldenrod. Lacing is patchy, stringy, and spotty with great stick. An exceptionally pretty brew.

S: Nose is coriander, clove, orange peel, lemon rind, honey, citrus, and other spices. Aromatic with a powdery, doughy sweetness. Very appropriate and to style.

T: Opens spicy with notes of clove, coriander, and flower petals. Orange peel slight crisp tartness towards the middle. Powdery and lemon rind create a vibrant taste. Slight bit of crisp rind bitterness at the end. Finish is light and dry with a slightly powdery, coriander aftertaste. Refreshing and crisp overall. Very quaffable.

M: Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth but light, crisp, and bubbly going down. Very refreshing. Finish is messy and slightly dry with little aftertaste. Nice.

O: Anna is an exceptionally well brewed beer that is solid in every aspect of the word. A great example of the style and highly drinkable. Worth seeking out and highly recommended even for someone who isn't a big fan of the Saison style.

SpeedwayJim, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Verecund
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

750ml bottle opened on March 19, 2011.

Pours a bright and clear icterine, with a massive three finger head. Exceptional clarity on the first pour.

The nose bursts with bright floral attributes, accompanied by sweet honey, orange, and tangerine. Hay-like sweet grains and very light, barely dirty barn notes.

Where the nose is illuminated, the taste is soft and finessed. Honey and floral on the front of the tongue, with a nice citrus and grapefruit component mid-palate, that carries on through the dried-out finish. The early-to-mid palate is like a spring day: warm, with a clean cereal grain anonymity. A combination of sugar sweetness and mineral bitterness, like that in the coating of baby aspirin, shows in the finish, though it doesn't distract too much. There's some lingering grassy/herbal bitterness on the finish.

Just under medium carbonation, Anna is very full and creamy. The finish is appropriately dry and the final concoction of lemon, grass, and herb lingers in the throat.

Quite enjoyable. Very bright in the nose and raw, yet strangely finessed, in the mouth. I wish it popped as much in the taste as in the nose, but it's hard to argue with qua bière de miel.

Verecund, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%

750 ml bottle

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. A huge white head sits on top of a clear golden yellow body. Really nice clarity and great lacing.

Floral honey and orange zest rise up from the glass. Sweet malts and a touch of dusty grain. The honey is really the main attraction on the nose followed by orange peel and a hint of grassy hop.

Honey hits the taste buds first followed by some earthy graininess and straw/grassy hops. Just a hint of spice as a byproduct from the yeast. Lemon dryness on the finish. Nice transition from sweet to light, dry, bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly grainy with perfect carbonation. Somewhat dry with a medium body.

Drinkability is good. This is a very easy drinking saison and the honey addition is showcased nicely without being overdone. Definitely one of the best saisons I've had in the New England area and another solid offering from Hill Farmstead. Seems like they never miss on a single beer. I won't have any problem finishing the rest of this bottle.

sisuspeed, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of abuliarose
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass, revealing a huge white head about four fingers tall under a crystal clear light golden body. Some intricate lacing. I have to say, this is an extremely pretty beer. Massive floral presence on the nose along with a sweet orange blossom-style citrus and lemony freshness. Hints of sun-baked hay underneath, a touch of spice and some of those sought-after barnyard notes round it out.

Tastes a little spicy and slightly bitter with hints of nectary sweetness over an otherwise dry and fresh body. Bits of vegetal presence throughout along with a pinch of lemony acidity that ties into the carbonation. Well-carbonated and lively with a lighter body and thin, refreshing mouthfeel. Very drinkable as is, intriguing to age even just a little longer.

Overall this is a very well done beer. Makes me think of spring.

abuliarose, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks to Spycow for popping this one open at our Strikeforce Grand Prix tasting.

A - Cloudy golden color with a white head that showed good retention and some moderate lace on the sides.

S - I find saisons to be one of the least interesting styles of beer, but this one has some nice character to it. Lemon zest, citrus, herbal and farm notes. Pretty sweet with orange and orange peel making a nice presence without being overpowering.

T - I think this might be my favorite saison ever. Citrus and lemon with touches of honey and floral notes. A nice musk with touches of sweetening banana and some funk, very easy to drink but has enough different things going on to keep it interesting. Could actually drink a lot of this and be happy, not typical for me and this style.

M - Light with great carbonation and an appropriately dry finish.

D - Loved this beer, went back to the bottle a few times on it, and would love to drink it again. It is quite easy to drink and a great brew to boot.

AgentZero, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

750ml bottle shared by Chris, thanks homie!

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow, white frothy head, nice cap and lacing along the sides of the glass. Great looking beer.

S - Cloves, slight lemon, yeast, herbal notes.

T - Lemon, floral bouquet, honey, nice Belgian yeast funk, herbal finish. I really dig the funk, honey, and floral notes...they work in combo well. The herbal/medicinal finish isn't my favorite, but it's easy to look past with all the other stuff happening.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, dry finish.

D - An excellent Saison that I really enjoyed. Another great brew from HF and I would def recommend this one. I look forward to having this again.

Sean9689, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle provided by Chris, poured into my Hill Farmstead glass... Pours a nice golden honey with an orange tint. Nice carbonation with a bright white head. Great cap and lacing, looks great... The aroma is awesome! On the front its very sweet with lots of fresh oranges, then the finish adds wonderful balance with great floral notes... The taste is pretty good not as good as the nose, but totally crushable. The sweet oranges are mostly gone, so you get a musky floralness from start to finish. Some herbal and banana notes add balance...Mouthfeel is pretty good, very dry, nice herbal finish on the palate...Crushable.

A very solid saison, recommend.

jrallen34, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of beenitty
4/5  rDev -7.6%

32oz Growler from Whole Foods - Bowery (NYC)

Poured into Tulip Glass..

(A) Yellowish/Gold appearance with a thin white head and slight lacing. Small bubbles of the lacing swirls yet stays intact like the milky way on a clear night.

(S) Mmmmm...This is a saison. All I smell is yeast, honey and something else, familiar, just cant place it...AH! Of course, flowers...seriously smells like a field of flowers...

(T) First taste is honey, flowery, then citrus/hops. The end is spicy as a saison should be. Flavor changes as the beer warms. Nice complexity. I personally felt the slight bitterness from the citrus distracted me from the other tastes.

(M) Light, very dry. Similar to aftertaste of white wine, w/o the alcohol. Feel like something is missing compared to other saisons that have totally blown me away.

(D) Dry, Crisp. I think its good. Could drink it all day because of the low ABV but I wouldnt because I feel like it doesnt satisfy ALL the senses like some beers do.

Very good saison. I'm a huge fan of Hill Farmstead, but not the best saison I've ever had. Flavors were somewhat muted IMO but the flowers were very interesting source for honey and tastes in this beer.

Side note.

My first taste was prior to eating dinner (chicken piccata). My wife uses a good amount of lemon in her recipe. After eating a bit and trying the beer again, it seemed that the citrus on my palate was muted from the piccata and the beer was smoother at the end. Possibly a good pairing even though food should amplify beer not mute the flavors.

beenitty, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of sholland119
3.68/5  rDev -15%

Growler we picked up at the brewery on 1/21/11.

A-Clear, pale gold with a thin white head and no lacing.

S-Strongly herby with some lemon peel undertones.

T-Overwhelmingly herbaceous with a hint of honey sweetness and some grapefruit hoppiness.

M-Light, very dry.

D-Crisply drinkable. Tasty.


sholland119, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of mltobin
4.33/5  rDev 0%

Served on-tap at The Blackback in Waterbury, VT.

Appearance is a hazy golden color with a thin head. Anna`s smell has citrus, some honey, herbs. The taste has honey, belgian yeast, grapefruit, some overall funk to it too. MF is medium with low carbonation. This saison from Hill Farmstead is very nice, would order again if the opportunity presents itself. It was my first beer from Hill Farmstead, glad that I got to sample them.

mltobin, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of GatheringBrews
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a nice golden color with a fluffy white head with good lacing and retention.

Aroma is tart, citrus/lemon.

Nice, light taste with a subtle viscosity from the honey, almost a sweet slickness that is great on the palate.

Nice, dry, slightly tart finish.

GatheringBrews, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%

On tap at Brouwerij Lane.

Pours a hazy pinkish golden color with almost no head - not too attractive, like grapefruit juice.

The aroma is nice, hoppy and Belgian with floral, herbal, and citrusy notes to it.

Nice flavor with a sweet malt base, mild funk, honey, Belgian yeast, grapefruit, lavender, and herbal tea.

Medium body with carbonation a little on the low side, detracting a bit. Rather dry.

Solid beer overall, interesting to say the least.

nickd717, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%

2L growled poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

Pours a nice, light, crisp golden amber color with a small white head.the nose is yeasty, fruity, a bit tart an sweet.

Taste is really well done. It's dry and sharp and crisp - a bit sweet from the honey but it's suble. There's a nice bitter/tart taste that's really crisp. Delicious!

kingcrowing, Jan 02, 2011
Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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