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Ann - Hill Farmstead Brewery

AnnAnn

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 05-27-2012)
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leighton

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 00:31:26 | More by leighton
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 07:11:06 | More by KickInTheChalice
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HopHead84

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

04/06/2013

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 19:34:47 | More by HopHead84
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RuckusDu

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 15:09:13 | More by RuckusDu
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joel66

New York

3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 13:52:28 | More by joel66
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 02:05:15 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:08:02 | More by Luk13
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 20:02:36 | More by cpetrone84
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 21:47:37 | More by jlindros
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 13:52:49 | More by Alieniloquium
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Samichlaus82

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 10:12:27 | More by Samichlaus82
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, David. 4 oz pour into a snifter.

Pours a hazy blond capped by a finger of clinging foam.

The nose is gentle, with prominent yeast and vinous aromas. White grapes are present along with a touch of lemon flesh and rind. As it warms I pick up notes of blue cheese and mint, which I've noticed in a few other Hill Farmstead saisons. This is a subtle and balanced beer with quite a bit of nuance, but nothing makes it stand out against the brewery's other barrel aged farmhouse ales.

The palate has a touch more grain than the nose, but it's still a yeast driven beer. Lemon rind, white wine, mint, mellow tannins. There's a gentle acidity mid-palate that gives it a pleasant bite. Herbal and floral notes appear in the finish, which is otherwise somewhat thin and verging on bland.

This is a solid and enjoyable barrel aged saison, but there are a number of other Hill Farmstead beers I would take over it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 23:38:02 | More by largadeer
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review from notes. Bottle picked up at the release a few months ago. Got to try a small taste at the HF 2nd Anny VIP party and knew I wanted a full bottle. Split 4 ways with GF and friends.

The beer pours a hazy gold/yellow with a a nice fluffy white head. The aroma is slightly funky with some tart citrus zest, wine, and floral hints. The taste is more of the same with some honey, a creamy sour twang, white wine, oak, and a bit of citrus. All of this is so well integrated. The mouthfeel and carbonation are spot on.

This is such a well balanced and wonderful saison. So many different subtle tastes creep in with every sip. I'd love to drink an entire bottle by myself to really take everything in. Looking forward to trying it again soon. In the meantime, I'll have to live with the equally great Art, Flora, E., Civ Dis, etc, and the excitement of what comes next from Shaun, Dan, and the gang.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 16:51:24 | More by phingdong
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jisom123

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a hot dog store (O' Betty's), next door to Jackie O's. Across the street from Buffal'O Wild Wing's.

Appearance: Cloudy lemonade

Smell: It smelled pretty good. light fruit, not too strong.

Taste: as expected, its not very tart. right on par with what you would expect from a saison aged in a wine barrel. The wine flavor was minimal, which I appreciated.

MF: Soft and easy

Overall: The beer is pretty good. Its definitely in the top 30% of craft beers. I'd pay $8 for a pint occasionally if it were readily available. Nothing super fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 00:54:41 | More by jisom123
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a standard stone ipa tulip glass a wonderful golden summer day with a nice two finger creamy white hue that leaves sudsy white lacing and blanket.

S - Aromas of happiness, pure and childlike.

T - Taste is mind eraser of beer to the pallet. So wild and delecate with everything and beautiful harmony. This must be what happiness is. So tart and balanced and lightly funky. Perfect harmony...we are the world.

M - Mouthfeel is exquisite so well done and subtle.

O - Overall this beer is every bit as deserving of the hype. Only 300 bottles...Yah..do whatever it takes to get this.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 01:01:39 | More by rudzud
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KMcG

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a yellow waxed 750 that I got from the farm on the bottle release. 

I read some of the reviews ahead of time so I knew to pour very slowly.  I kept the head down until the end of the pour where I allowed a nice 2 finger head to develop. The color is a pale orange with a little haze. The head dissipates to a nice white lace that completely rims the glass. 

The aroma has lemon, honey, vanilla, and a bit of white wine and oak.  

The taste is absolutely amazing. Over the top! It totally goes beyond what you get in the nose.  It is citrusy, but with an oaky wine upfront, especially as the carbonation kicks in.  Funky saison elements are present. Some floral and pineapple tones creep in.  

Mouthfeel is effervescent, bright, and slightly sour. 

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:29:13 | More by KMcG
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vonnegut21

New York

4.98/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Scotty-Do for the bottle share.

A: Pours a light, faded gold with a billowing white head. Huge carbonation on this one.

S: Light vinuous notes, citrus, a complex funk-like character, and some bready maltiness. A lot going on here, but nothing overpowers the others.

T: A bit of funk and lactic tartness up front. Citrus and biscuity malt follow to round out the body. There's a lot of complex tartness going on, but it's light and fleeting. Very refreshing. So damn drinkable.

M: Champagne-like carbonation, with a bubbly mouthfeel. Quenching, but instantly demands another sip. Delightful.

O: Completely worth the hype IMO. Probably the single most drinkable beer I've ever had. On a hot day, I could put away multiple bottles. Now to wait until Shaun puts this one out again so I can get my hands on more. Truly an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 00:01:46 | More by vonnegut21
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tarheels86

California

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL yellow wax thanks to JulienHuxley. Pours clear orange with higher, fine effervescence. Big lacing. 360 sheets of white lace. Nose is subtler: fresh potpourri, curaçao, vanilla, ice cream, fresh peach. Unreal- bright nectar fruits and fresh mango and elusive papaya and white chocolate mousse. Essentially perfect aroma. But not too different from Civil Disobedience #1. Taste is salty and quite lactic with high buoyancy like Fantome Saison and Sante 14. But fresh sweet rolls and subtle buttery biscuit is unmistakable Hill Farmstead. Very similar delicate malty balance found in Civil Disobedience #1. Palate is salty, restrained sour, key lime acid balanced by Hawaiian sweet rolls. Very beautiful. Refreshing and truly designed to be a summer quencher. Thankfully it will be brewed again. 8/20/2012 10/5/8/5/18=4.6

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 17:33:34 | More by tarheels86
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claytong

Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thought I'd actually review this one considering the hype behind it. Another consistant drool maker from hill farmstead. Cheers Shaun.

Appearance- poured gently into a hill farmstead taster. Great soft fluffy head that sticks to the side of the glass impressively for a 6.5 percent saison that's ba aged (who else does anything like this?)

Smell- reminds me immediately of isabelle, then I take another whiff or two, then comes the saison. Very subtle, but superbly complex, wine, yeast (saison and wild come through), light grains sugar, pollen

Taste - forefront is a pretty strong white wine (in fact a crazy amount of alcohol for a 6.5 saison),light honey, a peppery yeast, some tannin oak sort of nuance.

Mouthfeel - blows me away here, sugary and robust for a saison especially, not cloying in the least.

Overall - wow

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 21:37:04 | More by claytong
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Huhzubendah via Sean for the whale of a bottle.

A - Pale, yellow, honey colored beer with some nice bubbles and a bit of white head that settled into a ring with some splotches on the sides.

S - Wine barrel makes its presence felt. You can really pick the Vermont honey out in this one as well. There is some sharp oak and grapes which strongly express the barrels that this has been in.

T - While this tastes good, I feel like this beer really doesn't know what it is. It's a combination of a wild and a saison that is not as good as the best of their respective classes. There's some yeast, a bit of hay, touch of honey sweetness, and a tartness. The tartness is almost too pungent, which makes drinking a lot of this for me somewhat hard. It's initially good, but I don't care for the finish. I believe it's a combination of wine barrel, honey and yeast that's doing it.

M - Light, great carbonation, appropriate for the style and quite refreshing.

O - A fine beer that managed to pull off something that was very unique, and still made it work. I much prefer Anna and Art (which we drank side by side) to this beer, but it is quite good. The pungent potency of what I imagine is the reaction of the wine and honey brought it down a little bit, but overall, a very good beer. Not worth nearly what it is trading for, but glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 21:08:43 | More by AgentZero
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a nice white fizzy head, thick collar, bubbles, thin cap, spotty lace. Nose is citrus zest funk, tart acidic notes, oak. Really refreshing for a hot summer day. Flavor is citrus, grass, oak, lots of funk, some honey sweetness in there perhaps as well. Finish is a bit off-putting and a little harsh, some medicinal aftertaste mixed with some funky yeast notes. Light body, perfect carbonation, refreshing.

Overall, a really cool beer from HF that I enjoyed very much. Really refreshing, nice and tart, and easy to drink. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 20:41:19 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Huhzubendah for sending a bottle of this to Chicago. Hopefully we can repay the favor down the line. Served in a Bell's tulip at the West Lakeview Liquors block party. Bottle #192?

A - A finger of white foam settles to a collar, partial cap, and some splotches of lace. Slightly hazed pale honey-colored body.

S - The wine barrel aging is quite present here, supplying some spicy French oak and sharp grapeskin sourness. As the beer warms more sweetness arrives by way of honey and pale malts. There's a surprisingly assertive citrus and floral hopping, and a mildly acidic vinous bite.

T - The taste is also quite nice, with many of the same flavor components in play. Oak and vinous acidity, restrained malt sweetness, and a mildly dirty farmhouse funk from Greensboro Bend's resident micro-flora. Honey and hops are further in the periphery and there's something not entirely convincing about the finish - it's a tad yeasty in the same way as Cuvee Roge was.

M - As usual, the feel on these Hill Farmstead beers is excellent. Creamy medium body, with a lightly dry and crisp finish, active but soft carbonation, and perhaps a hint of alcohol warmth. I'm not entirely convinced this only picked up .1% ABV from the base beer, but it's still somewhere in the middle of the ABV range for the style.

D - A very nice beer, but I'm not even convinced it's Shaun's best Saison - I found the bottle of Art we drank afterward to be nearly as compelling. Still, it speaks volumes that an 'A' beer from Hill Farmstead was seen as a mild disappointment at our tasting table. I'd happily drink this again and could easily put down an entire bottle on my own - I just wouldn't trade the farm(stead) for another opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 17:23:18 | More by MasterSki
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afksports

New York

3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a fellow BA for opening this bottle of Ann. Had decided I wouldn't get to try this because of its limited nature.

Ann pours a bright yellow straw hue with great lace. I got the bottom few ounces of the bottle and so it was cloudy since I went full-bore on the yeast. The beer is a little bit tart and funky in the nose, and there's no presence of spice, but some honey. It takes time to allow it warming up to smell it. At the front of the taste, it's a subtle soft saison with some barnyard and fruit. In the back, it's sticky with funk. There's a little oak present too, but it doesn't lend much roundness. The beer has a pleasing combination of subtle sourness and the saison style. It's definitely balanced. Plus, it's a nice 6.5% abv which is solid for a saison - sometimes Fantomes go overboard. I get the hype.

That all said, it's lighter bodied and doesn't have any of the creaminess or spice that's typically pleasing in these styles of beers. And while it's complex enough to legitimately compete with Belgians, if I were picking it up as a $15 shelf Belgian beer, I'd be happy to have tried it, but probably only return to it once in a while. I tried an Oak-Aged Farmhand from Brewery Vivant last weekend that rather adequately compares to this.

Tasty indeed, and many thanks for the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 16:02:26 | More by afksports
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brystmar

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mbrown44 for bringing this! Bottle #4.

Gorgeous pour, tons of head and stubborn lace. Beeswax smells great, as does the beer itself. Lots of farmhouse yeast and tart funk.

Taste is fantastic. Sour and citrusy base, oaky/wine-y accents, funky yeast is out in force. Great body, nice and chewy.

Complex & delicious, but not the best saison I've ever had. Peconic, Vera Mae, and the very best Fantome Saison bottles are superior, despite the significant bottle (and batch) variation in the latter. Ann is a first-rate saison nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 21:33:26 | More by brystmar
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CharlieMurphy

New York

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden with that signature HF glow. White spit of head.

S: Dry sweatsocks, corn nuts, sea air, honey, oak tannins.

T: Comes on dry and tart, then bulls up with some honey sweatness that is restrained by oak that seems to be spiked with bugs and/or brett and leads you to think that it's going to roll down that road next, but it stops short of the brett/bug cigar and instead displays the wine and oak character... surprising, intriguing, delightful. As my tongue dries I even get a little jab of vanilla and then, I'm probably out of line, but seaweed? Then an even fainter dash of salt? Bottom line, this beer has so many nuanced things going on; like a great work of art open to many thought perplexing interpretations.

M: Light up front and on the end, but with a decently assertive, yet very refined malt and honey fullness in the middle. The slight degree of tartness and the oak get at the palate a little, but this is completely negligible as detracting from the amazing experience that is drinking this beer.

O: Fear and Trembling, Biere de Norma, now Ann. I keep thinking I've had the best beer that could be made, then they keep outdoing themselves. I hope this gets made annually.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 22:11:26 | More by CharlieMurphy
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Ann from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.