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Ann - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 249
Avg: 4.64
pDev: 21.12%
Wants: 987
Gots: 37 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 249
Reviews by cpetrone84:
Photo of cpetrone84
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 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 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 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 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 tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev -3%

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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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jisom123
3.97/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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

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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4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 4lo
4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of acurtis
4.5/5  rDev -3%

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

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

Photo of leschkie
3.75/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Photekut
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
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 KMcG
4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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. 

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4/5  rDev -13.8%

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Ann from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.