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Ann - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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AnnAnn

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BA SCORE
99
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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 12.42%
Wants: 744
Gots: 20 | 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:
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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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.

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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.

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