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Ann - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 242
Avg: 4.64
pDev: 21.12%
Wants: 946
Gots: 37 | FT: 5
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yourefragile on 05-27-2012

Ann is the wine barrel-aged version of Anna, our grandfather's sister, as well as the name of our honey farmstead ale. In her honor, we fill French oak wine barrels with Anna and allow the beer to mature in the presence of our resident microflora. After extended aging for as long as it requires to reach its apex, a beautifully complex beer emerges; Anna becomes Ann. Only the finest expressions of barrel-aged Anna become Ann; our version of Grand Cru, this beer represents the finest barrel results at their peak representation. Each 750ml bottle is naturally carbonated and hand-dipped in beeswax, Ann exhibits and showcases the microflora of her landscape.
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Photo of Clownoisseur
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle picked up at Hill Farmstead last February and shared at my wedding on 9/12/15. Pour was a slightly hazy blonde, lively eggshell head that breaks into gorgeous lace and remains throughout. Aromas are very inviting! Notes of oak, vanilla, light honey sweetness, light barnyard funk, medium floral and light earth. Taste is phenomenal! Such a balance of flavors throughout. Less honey and less Brett than the base beer, Anna.....but was a wonderful transformation through the barrel inflection. Nice rounded tartness gives off light hints of underripe apples and grapes...vinous and earthy in the mid-palate. Very much to my liking!! Light funk pushes through the back-end where the honey emerges in harmony with oak/vanilla to counter nicely. Finishes semi-dry, semi-sweet and lightly tart. Wonderful, wonderful beer....for a wonderful, wonderful night!

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Photo of Crookdrain
4.97/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at a recent HF bottle share, between Le Sarrasin and CD11. Color is mostly unremarkable. Nose is white wine, soft peaches and funk, and honey sweetness. Taste is crazy soft and subtle. Unbelievable white wine tinged-Anna flavor and delicate mouthfeel. Finish is dry white wine barrel wrapped with a bit of sharp tartness and lemon. This is a great beer, the hype is real, although the price is so high I don't think I'd trade for it.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Straw yellow. Thin, lacy, white head, that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Tart, citrus, spicy, floral, which a hint of funk. Melon, honeydew, and some lemon citrus notes. Outstanding!
Taste: Delicate, dry, and a refreshing tartness. Melon, some stone fruits, citrus, and honey-like character, all layered together.
Feel: Very dry and clean, yet a very good balance of flavors. This beer doesn't leave the mouth feeling fatigued or dry, nor does it overwhelm the palate. Fantastic beer, in every respect.

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Photo of jstunna24
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my top beer ever. Highly hyped but totally met my expectation. The aroma and taste is unlike any saison I've ever tried. The mouthfeel is so delicate but it doesn't compromise on the flavor. Truly a masterpiece. Probably Shaun Hill's best beer to date.

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Photo of Stum-pub
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS IS #1 ON THE TOP 250. Best beer I have ever had. Will change this rating when I find another! Until then, this is the real beer you want to chase.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Beer #600:

In the parking lot of a strip mall BYOB Italian joint in suburban Dallas, it happened. We cracked her. Months of anticipation and it all culminates in this. People came from around the state and country to join us in this momentous event. Poured from a 2015 bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

Appearance: A pale, hazy honey white/gold, it almost glows. Tiny white head sticking around a while and leaving spotted lacing around the glass.

Smell: Phenomenal. That signature Hill Farmstead yeast profile really shines here. I get melon, like honeydew melon, and a really gorgeous, perfect citrus character. The beeswax on the bottle smells sweet and floral too. Beautiful.

Taste: Holy shit, fantastic. Delicate, gorgeous citrus perfume. Light tang in an orange juice kind of way. Imagine honeydew melon, soaked in orange, maybe tangerine juice with a splash of wildflower honey. Juicy juicy. Classic Hill Farmstead funk adds a tad of bitterness to balance out the light sweetness of the honey. A crackery malt to finish things up.Just fantastic. It lives up to the hype, this is just everything I hoped it would be.

Mouthfeel: Light, tiny bubbled carbonation just makes everything else about this beer perfect.

Overall: Everything I could ever hope for. Perfect beer. Not quite the best beer I've ever had, but certainly close and easily among the best, most balanced Saisons I've had. Perfection. The hype is real.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy yellow hue. Well-grown head of white fluff. Strands and strings of lacing. Aroma displays much of what is so sought after in this style of beer. Funk and barnyard aromas along with barrel influence as well as a grain and pale fruit duo. Reminiscent of a high-end champagne. Tart lemons abound, as well. The flavor was nuanced and tart. Lemony sourness and a fresh cider element. Some pastry/brioche malt flavor. Light spice. Barnyard and fruity funkiness. Finishes with a tannic, dry, oaky, wine flavor and feel. Like champagne or a barrel aged cider. Body is light and there is a lasting tartness that sticks to the lips. This is probably the most highly sought after beer I have tried. It was plenty tasty but I think the hype is almost impossible to live up to. Taking out the rarity, it was still another well-made Hill Farmstead brew.

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Photo of kevanb
4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, 2015 release, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 3.7.15, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a pale, golden color, hazy and cloudy with a soft white head, moderate retention but super lacing around the glass. The aroma is fantastic, white wine oak, pale grain, berry yeast, light citrus, white grape, big wildflower, raw honey, mild funk. This is about as bright and delicate as I can imagine a saison being, lovely wine influence, nice honey character reminds you of Anna. The flavors are impeccable, again, so bright and delicate, white wine grapes, wildflower, tangerine and lemon, mellow pale grain that is such a soft base yet firmly anchors the beer together, musty oak, fruity yeast that has just a touch of funkiness to it, not overly barnyard, exceptional balance. The mouthfeel is yet another triumph, creamy, smooth, lively, medium body, intense coating, as good as it can get for a saison and just a hint of a dry sensation at the finish.

Verdict: A stunner of a beer from Hill Farmstead, elegant, refined and delicate. It takes everything great from Anna and adds a really special wine character, not too acidic, not too oaky, just right in the sweet spot. It's easy to understand how much care and how selective they are with this beer. Effortlessly complex yet refreshing and quaffable, one of the finest beers to ever be made.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Batch poured into HF Tulip and enjoyed side by side with Anna. Big thanks to @hillVT4me for sharing both.

A: Hazy dark gold pour yields a bit of snowy froth. Decent-sized bubbles ring the glass. Markedly darker and cloudier than Anna.

S: Bright juicy aromas of peach and preserved lemon. Anna's strong barnyard grassy aroma has transformed into a mellow subtle counterpoint to Ann's fruitiness.

T: Buttery juicy lemons, tart peach/apricot and oak. Strongly resembles a really nice MLF Chardonnay (something like Rombauer). Back end hay and grassy funk notes. Is that a hint of Nietzche's ballsack I'm picking up? Finishes dry. Very pleasant tartness; definitely not extremely sour. The crisp fruity funk lingers.

F: Really perfect light carbonation results in a silky, buttery feel that tickles and coats.

O: A really delicious saison.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one more than lived up the hype. When you are working off of a base beer like Anna, it is hard to go wrong with a wine-barrel aged variant, but this was even better than I expected. Although I actually enjoyed Art more, they are both 5s.

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Photo of bahnfire
4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to HF glass

Landed this in trade back in January and have been saving to open on my birthday (7/14), which just so happens to be 2 years to the day it was released (7/14/12).

A: Beautiful straw golden color with 1/4in head that recedes to a light ring around the surface.

S: Light wine barrel funk with some grapes and lemon

T: Everything that went into Ann comes through still: The white wine barrel character and the honey are readily apparent. This is very wine like, but in a very good way.

M: Excellent carbonation level. Very drinkable.

O: There are lots of reports of Ann having fallen off and being a shell of her former self. I never had it fresh so I don't really have a frame of reference, but IMO this is remarkable. I am now eagerly anticipating the new batch and the opportunity to try it again.

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Photo of Skrip
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured in a Hill Farmstead taster. (bottle share)

A~ super hazy glowing yellow, not much of a head, and no lacing at all.

S~ tons of fermented honey, white grapes, vinegar and white wine. super strong acidity unlike any brew i've ever smelt.

T~ wow! this is crazy unique! pretty much follows the nose with more saison aspects. black pepper and bready yeast. all ending with a strong lemon vinegar tartness.

M~ not very carbonated but thats probably because the sample was saved for me. otherwise super smooth with the texture of dank lemonade. if this was freshly cracked i'm sure this would have had a nearly perfect score.

O~ definitely the most unique brew i've ever had the pleasure of experiencing! i'm hoping this is still being done again but i'm sure it won't be the same, this is just too crazy! hopefully its the same kind of wine barrel as well, the white wine/grape aspect is unreal! i seriously hope to have another chance to try this, 2 ounces was not enough!

a lot brighter and way more citrus than batch 1. honey and white wine still very forward. so delicate and amazing all around!

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Photo of leighton
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle at THE Sour and Saison Tasting, London. This beer was from me. After a very subtle gush, the beer pours lightly hazy yellow with a fine, white foam head. Restrained notes of funky brett in the nose, some delicate citrus, faint grass. Light to medium sweet flavor with a lovely tangerine character, along with mellow citrus rind. Light to medium bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Lightly bitter to finish with further notes of tangerine and citrus rind, light grass, some orange. Just superbly balanced from start to finish, with nuances that spring up every step of the way. The beer truly keeps on giving after every swallow. Many thanks to mom and dad (Laura and Procter) for getting me this bottle.

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Photo of doremite
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This did not disappoint in any way and cannot see how this could be better. Perhaps the most enjoyable saison I have encountered. Hype aside this is just an amazing beer. It flat out sucks it is not more accessible. I almost wish it wasn't so good ;) The aging honey and refreshingly tart characteristics blend artfully well. Complex flavor and remarkably refreshing. I could drink this endlessly.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.22/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. From notes.

Ann has a great cloudy golden straw appearance with a fluffy white cap.

The aroma is full of honey, white grapes, straw, and pale malts, with the microflora, pear, and lemon zest taking a bit of a backseat.

My first sip starts out nicely sweet with honey and light malts. White grapes and pear add a little bit of fruit character to the sweetness. Straw, grass, and a mineral presence come in later on, followed by a spicy oak note, with the finish ultimately being dry and clean.

Ann has a slightly heavier body than Anna does with a little bit less carbonation, but overall it still has a medium body with a moderate level of crisp carbonation. There is a bit of a zesty tartness that will probably continue to develop over time. It is fairly dry.

Even someone who does not go crazy for saisons has to appreciate the quality of a beer like this. The original beer is delicate and complex, and the aging process has only added to the character.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Thanks! Bottle into a snifter.

A: Bright golden with good clarity for the majority of the bottle (it's been sitting for months). An inch of white foam lingers for a while and leaves lacing as it recedes.

S: The aroma is lightly tart with grain, honey, apple, and oak. There's a touch of lactic character with much citrus: lemon, orange, grapefruit. It's somewhat floral with a little pepper-like spiciness.

T: Grainy malt is present in the flavor, accompanying a touch of tartness and a dash of sweetness. The beer is drying on the palate. Lemon, orange, and oak are present, with a bit of leather. Honey is evident.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and soft, sticky and dry, with high carbonation.

Overall: Ann is one of the better Saisons I've had, and an absolute pleasure to drink. I would love to have a growler of this stuff.

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Photo of baybum
4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is about as perfect as you can get in a barrel aged saison. Very well balanced with no one characteristic overpowering the other.

Found it very interesting having it next to Art B3. Those of us that prefer Arthur to Anna, actually preferred Ann to Art. And those that prefer Anna actually preferred Art. Now we all agreed that both are hard 5's, so we are talking very small preferences.

Wish we could have waited and done a CD11 at the same time too, but hopefully will get to try it soon...

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.72/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Is it worth the hype? I would say it is. For that one special occasion when you want the best out there, Ann is the choice. It's absolutely wonderful. I wouldn't give up what it commands in trades for another bottle, but having it once is a good thing.

Generally cloudy yellow golden. White foam. Some yellow in it. Aroma is elegant. Honey, Saison, lemon, and dust. Smooth as hell. Flavor is spectacular. Lemon/lime, honey, a hint of alcohol burn. Hint of rind. Mouth is smooth with a little dryness. Great carbonation. Overall a wonderful piece of art.

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Photo of joel66
3.95/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by wherethewildbeersgo at our pre thanksgiving whale tasting. I could smell the beeswax for days, nice little touch

Bottle number 3 poured a hazy yellow with tight carbonation bubbles which lasted through my taste.

Nose was strong white wine from the barrel aging.

Taste was bright, citric, slightly floral with a sweet(honey) dry white wine finish.

Overall this was good but not my favorite by HF and I certainly wouldn't go through the lengths or trade what I did for this bottle again. From what I hear, it was much better fresh. Never the less I am extremely appreciative of Joey for opening his bottle and will look to trade mine for something we can both enjoy

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.77/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hill Farmstead Ann

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
2011 Vintage
Bottle: 23/300
Opened and tasted on: 11-21-2012
Shared with my new bride.

Pours a very nice and bright golden color with a slight haze to it. Some nice orange hues are seen on the edges. There is a nice medium dense head that is soapy and champagne like. (4.5)

Aroma is wonderful! WOW!!!! White wine and grape skins come up first. Awesome Chardonnay notes, fruit sweetness along with some nice mild sugary notes are perceived. Some nice vinous and woody notes are present as well. There is some slight funk to it and some good Saison spice. And some good fruit tartness. (5.0)

Flavor starts off with amazing vinous notes, white grapes with some nice slight sugary notes. The flavors are so well blended and compliment each other so well. Awesome fruit notes with some lemon zest and some nice apple and pear juice sweetness in the background. The tartness notes are very sharp and delicious and blend so well with the sweet. The finish is nice and dry with some nice woody notes. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly. (4.5)(5.0)

Overall this is a great brew. Delicious barrel notes compliment the nice wine notes and add some funk to the sweetness and tartness. There is some good earthy grain that also compliments the sweetness and tartness of the brew. Very dry finish. (5.0)

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Photo of Luk13
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Hazy gold pour, thin bubbly white head. Aroma of honey, typical HF aroma, light grain, light funk, wood, vanilla. Light lemony flavor, mild tartness, soft grainy notes. Palate is very very dry, light bodied with medium carbonation, super drinkable. Incredibly easy to drink, and very mellow tasting. I was expecting more depth in flavor but it is indeed a fine beer.

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4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is golden yellow, effervescent, tight white head. Nose is soft, Chardonnay barrels is up front with notes of honey and hints of citric fruit and lemon. Taste is great, much brighter than the nose. Chardonnay barrel is perfectly integrated with a soft Saison yeast. There is citric acid, light lemon, soft ripe fruit, and sweet honey in back. Very dry, assertive carbonation and light airy body. Well integrated and bright, solid stuff here.

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Photo of jlindros
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with a bunch of friends, good times shared by great beers!

Pours a nice fluffy head, good lacing sticking to the sides, over a mostly clear golden pilsner color, very golden colored, bright even.

Nose explodes with funk, plenty of farmhouse saison aromas with a little barnyard funk, light bready malts, nice fluffy golden malts, lemongrass, little hay, light tart lemony funk, quite floral and effervescent. The funk is good but not crazy, some light vinous wine barrel aromas cut through with light barrel mellowing and hint of buttery oak.

Taste... oh yeah!!! Great tart start, some light sour lemon, tart lemony funk, lemongrass, just a hint of bready malts and some golden delicious Belgian malts. A light acidity cuts through the farmhouse funk, not really barnyardy funk more farmhouse earthy saison like funk, a little wet hay too. It's quite juicy, with light grapefruit rind, some light vinous, light bright melon like fruit, white wine like. Then barrel flavors, light oak, little buttery oak and hint of vanilla more pinot grigio or sauv blanc like wine with the fruity bright crisp flavors. Finish is delicious, long buttery oak, bright fruity white crisp wine, light tart and acidic and dry, bit more lemon. Very complex yet subtle and bright.

Mouth is lighter to med bodied, light tartness, crisp, nice carb.

Overall awesome! not much else needs to be said, but nice funk although more farmhouse saison funk and less barnyard, great saison flavors, lemony hay etc, and great sauv blanc like wine flavors and oak rounding. very drinkable.

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4.48/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #98. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy with a white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Smells like Anna with wine. Honey and yeasty as hell. Light wine notes and a touch of acidity.

Taste - Stronger wine presence here. Really quite dominant. Lots of honey still, which cuts the yeastiness more than in Anna. Dry with a little brett. Gets fruitier towards the finish. A touch of grainy malts. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel - Slick from the wine. Light and medium carbonation. Very nice. Low acidity, but it's there and helps to bring the honey and wine together. Yeasty bitterness.

Overall - As I took notes on this beer, it was rated a 4.9, which is ridiculous. At the same time, I have to admit that this is one of the best saisons I've ever had. Complex, light, and never overbearing with any one flavor. Truly a great saison.

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Photo of Samichlaus82
3.53/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dehydrated pee color with about a fingers worth of white head. Nose is pretty balanced between the saison base, the honey in the base, some oak, and some light tartness. The flavor is less on the saison character and more on sweet honey and tartness. The tartness compliments the honey nicely. Light to moderate mouthfeel, light carbonation, gentle tartness, and a mOderate finish. A good beer, not the be all end all beer that everyone has been making it out to be.

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Ann from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.