Ann - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 12.42%
Wants: 727
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: yourefragile on 05-27-2012)
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3.53/5  rDev -21.7%
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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3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
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

Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of afksports
3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev -11.8%
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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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Ann from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.