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Ann - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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AnnAnn

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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: 4
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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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BeerCosmonaut
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of joel66
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

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
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)

Photo of tom10101
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Luk13
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Hazy gold pour, thin bubbly white head. Aroma of honey, typical HF aroma, light grain, light funk, wood, vanilla. Light lemony flavor, mild tartness, soft grainy notes. Palate is very very dry, light bodied with medium carbonation, super drinkable. Incredibly easy to drink, and very mellow tasting. I was expecting more depth in flavor but it is indeed a fine beer.

Photo of CypherEnigma
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of cpetrone84
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of emdawg
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jlindros
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
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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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.

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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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of phingdong
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review from notes. Bottle picked up at the release a few months ago. Got to try a small taste at the HF 2nd Anny VIP party and knew I wanted a full bottle. Split 4 ways with GF and friends.

The beer pours a hazy gold/yellow with a a nice fluffy white head. The aroma is slightly funky with some tart citrus zest, wine, and floral hints. The taste is more of the same with some honey, a creamy sour twang, white wine, oak, and a bit of citrus. All of this is so well integrated. The mouthfeel and carbonation are spot on.

This is such a well balanced and wonderful saison. So many different subtle tastes creep in with every sip. I'd love to drink an entire bottle by myself to really take everything in. Looking forward to trying it again soon. In the meantime, I'll have to live with the equally great Art, Flora, E., Civ Dis, etc, and the excitement of what comes next from Shaun, Dan, and the gang.

Photo of jisom123
3.97/5  rDev -12%
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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4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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