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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: 705
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 05-27-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

spycow, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

djrn2, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

zestar, Oct 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

acurtis, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, huge thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing this bottle. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. First off, the beeswax on the bottle is an excellent touch. Not only does it look nice, but it smells phenomenal, setting the tone for the beer.

The beer itself pours a nice, bright yellow. Fairly clear with a huge white head and great retention. As the head falls, heavy sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass. Collar throughout.

The nose carries a wonderful mixture of white wine, honey, hay, lemon zest, very light barnyard, and a touch of acidity. Masterfully blended so that each time I take another whiff, something else seems to come to the front. The flavor is equally as integrated, and is aided by an absolutely incredible mouthfeel. Some green grapes alongside lemon and hay. Mild earthy funk behind a good dose of white wine. Touch of oak.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Very nice carbonation. The mouthfeel is an enigma. At the same time, there's a touch of sweetness alongside a bit of white-wine tartness, mild funk, and touch of oak. Each aspect is beautifully melded together. Hard to describe. The flavor lingers and is accentuated by mild acidity. Saison and touch of pepper comes through at the very end.

Overall, this tastes like the blood of a fallen beer god. It's just a gorgeous beer, and one of my top 5-10 of all time. A wonderful experience, and something tells me, Shaun has better things yet to come.

Thorpe429, Aug 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
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.

largadeer, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

jlindros, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

MasterSki, Aug 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by the other Matt tonight. Thanks! Beer served in a Tired Hands glass because I don't bring my Hill Farmatead glass. At the time of this review this is #1 on the "Top beers - Saison" list on beeradvocate and is #18 on the "Top Beers - Popular".

I got a later pour of this beer but saw others. The beer is yellow, straw clear but with a poorly settled yeast that fills the bottom pours with a cloudy white haze. The higher pours are clear and crisp yellow. Wispy white head of small bubbles, some retention, mild carbonation. Looks good. Also the bottle looks really nice. The beeswax really adds to the overall beer.

Aroma is the best part. Super complex. At times I can smell a vinous white wine quality, saison yeast, honey, flowers, other times pineapple and Brett c breaks through. Very wonderful smelling beer.

This beer has it all. Seriously. The honey character falls out slightly for me and it is close to perfect. The body is light and airy. Sweet with a yeasty funk mild oakiness with some grape and softer sweet fruits. The finish is thin but not overly dry. I really loved it and would of course have this beer again. This breaks into my top 50 beers of all time. A near perfect work of brewing art. Nice beer Shaun.

drabmuh, Aug 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

beernads, May 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

imperialking, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle shared on Friday night of the 2nd Anniversary party by Shaun. This is Anna aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels with local microflora.

Frothy, retentive near white head settles on a hazed golden body, slowly fading to a finger thick head and thin sheets of lace. Nose if funky, fruity and mildly sour. Medium light body, effervescent carbonation, and soft full texture. The barrel aging adds a dimension missing from the base beer, adding a strong white grape and light lactic sour presences; overall sweet and fruity though out, but well balanced and a dry finish. A favorite of the weekend for me, can't wait for a release of this.

yourefragile, May 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

orangesol, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sharing this with a few of the guys today. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The beer is a beautiful golden color with a soft, white head. Noticeable lacing throughout the glass.

The aroma brings honey, grass, lemons, subtle funk, white wine, oak. Really complex and profound. The beeswax cap smells fantastic as well.

The flavor is a tad sweet, with a beautiful honey presence. Extremely well balanced. With every sip, a new flavor seems to emerge. Lovely white wine / white grape character. Pleasant, subtle tart character in the finish. Without doubt the most complex and gracefully balanced example of the style I have yet encountered. Like sipping a world class champagne or white wine.

Overall, this is certainly a stellar beer. I'm very glad that I was able to make it to this release and acquire this.

Huhzubendah, Aug 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Gonzoillini, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

HopHead84, May 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

PEIhop, May 03, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

chippo33, May 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

jrallen34, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

kscaldef, Aug 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

tectactoe, May 02, 2014
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Ann from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.