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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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.88/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -13.8%
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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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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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.77/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.97/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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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 yourefragile
4.87/5  rDev +5%
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.

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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 rudzud
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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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 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 AgentZero
4/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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

HUMONGOUS thanks to mac for sharing this...and reaching out to me to invite me to this tasting to share in the pleasure that is this beer. Enjoyed on 7/27 at Top Hops at a mini tasting with some awesome BAs. Hell of a night and kicked off a wonderful weekend of beer tasting!

a - I can't believe it...it actually is a 5 in appearance. Gorgeous murky yellow. Like a summer day. Gorgeous head. Foamy and wonderful looking.

s - OH WOW! Perfect tart. Grass. Lemon. Wine. Orange peel. Zest. Just a hint of rotten eggs.

t - WOW! Like a spring day. Soft and easy drinking. Zesty. Grassy. Lemon. Chardonnay.

m - Creamy. Wonderful. Nothing wrong with this beer.

o - Wow. I really didn't want to love this. I didn't want to buy into the hype and went into this ready to bash it and say that all the homers are hyping...but the fact is, this beer really is THAT good. Even the beeswax that seals the bottle smells awesome. As an extreme beer geek who saves labels, I took home the bottle from the tasting and my man cave has this bottle up and the room has just smelled amazing since Friday. Every time I walk in there, I remember that beer. 5's all around...the full monty...well deserved.

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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 Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of vonnegut21
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 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.

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Photo of seeswo
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you Cam! Never thought I would be able to try this. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with ample head. The nose is very good - honey, generic flowery-ness, white wine, oak, and a bit of funky citrus (lemon, grapefruit). The taste is similar and in really solid balance. The honey, white wine, oak and flowery/fruity flavors meld together so well. Much like other HF beers in barrels, the brilliance is in the balance, and this succeeds in the same way that Damon, BoT, Mimosa do. The mouthfeel is proper, somewhat spritzy with a solid body. Overall, this is not the best beer I have ever had in my life, but this is one of the best executed beers I think I can recall. Shaun Hill can brew and barrel age, if y'all didn't know that already. Yum.

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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 jaasen64
4.92/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #18 purchased in person during the release last weekend shared with Wowcoolman, Auror, and WkndatBernardus at our tasting (served right after Anna). Served in Hill Farmstead stemware, split 4-ways.

First off I have to say the beeswax waxing definitely gives off a nice sweet honey smell.

A- Wax was fairly easy to get through.The bottle started off a little bit of a gusher, but not bad at all. Pours with a hazy yellowish golden (very similar to Anna) with some definite sedimentation towards the end of the bottle. A couple fingers of head with decent retention, nice carbonation, decent lacing.

S- Sour lemons, citrus, honey, barnyard funk, some sauvignon, hay, etc.. Well above average aroma strength, I could smell this beer when it was being poured 5 feet away from me. Definitely a lot more sour then Anna.

T- Sour lemons, hay, citrus, sauvignon, honey, some well balanced lactic acidity that fit very well with the other flavors. The base tastes of Anna are still there however there is a completely different level of sourness + acidity that the barrel aging provides that adds a whole different component to this beer and definitely adds new level of complexity and improvement.

M- Acidity left a nice tingling feeling on the mouth. Light, perfect summer beer, very easy to drink, abv very well hidden.

O- This was a remarkable beer. Anna was good in itself and the barrel aging took this beer to a whole different level. There was definitely a lot more acidity and funk going on, almost so much that it seemed like a completely different beer. At the same time everything was perfectly balanced. The funk + sourness blended perfectly with the honey and citrus to make an insanely drinkable beer. Our favorite beer at the tasting tonight (and there were some great beers) and definitely another masterpiece from Shaun at Hill Farmstead. Keep up the great work, glad I got to share it with some awesome BAs!

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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 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 brystmar
4.31/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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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 Urbancaver
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am finally getting around to uploading my review after the 2nd anniversary party. I'm a HUGE fan of Art and Arthur but I don't like Anna as much so I didn't have that high of hopes.

The pour looks really stellar. Just like Art, beautiful colour, nice head. Incredible nose, the light saison character of Anna without the sweetness. Wine barrel melds well with the brett and funk. The taste is just as amazing. Smooth, light, flavourful, Ann did what Art did to me all over again. Loving where the world of saisons and Shaun have brought us

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