Anna Valiquette (Red Raspberry, Blackberry Pomace & Black Currant Juice)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #438
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #51,472
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 7.19%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
10
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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One-off
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: Anna Valiquette Hill (1902-1993) was Edward’s older sister, whose memory we honor with her namesake Farmstead® ale crafted with Vermont wildflower honey. A few barrels of the beer that had aged more than four months were further conditioned atop red raspberry and blackberry pomace, along with fresh black currant juice for nearly three months. The result showcases each fruit’s essence in harmony within the canvas of the iconic base beer—a variant worthy of her graceful, distinctive middle name.
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a golden pinkish color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells pretty sweet, with not much of the funk that Anna is known for. I do get some honey, along with black currant and raspberry being the dominant fruity aromas.

This is maybe a bit too sweet, as the fruit adds basically zero acidity, and the sort of balancing funkiness that Anna might provide is somewhat buried under the fruit blanket. It's not overly fruity, or even gloopy or anything like that, it just seems like the Anna is hard to discern.

This is light bodied, relatively clean, and pretty drinkable.

This isn't my favorite fruited beer from Hill Farmstead. It lacks complexity, but it's still definitely pretty tasty.

May 06, 2021
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Nice color. Nose is raspberry, hay, farmhouse funk, lemon zest, and other juicy red fruit. Spritzy with great balance. Beer opens and the blackberry is immediately apparent. I've not had anything that blackberry forward in the while... After the initial wave, I get hints of dried currant, lemon zest, and hay. Yeasty with a mellow raspberry seediness towards the end. Soft, fruity finish. Body is light with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly on the palate and goes down zesty and yeasty with a muted aftertaste.

A really solid beer all around but I expect more from one of the best breweries in the world.

Dec 26, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2019 bottle courtesy of chesco.
L: hazy pink colored. Kind of like grapefruit juice. Minimal head with lacing.
S: Brett, oak, berries, funk.
T: Tart, lemon, brett, funk. yogurt, apples, berries, cherries. As expected, more flavors keep show up as it warms.
F: full bodied, dry finish.
Overall: this is exceptional. Not really sweet but also not too sour. Very subtle. More berry flavors and layers of complexity keep coming as you drink.

Nov 28, 2020
Anna Valiquette (Red Raspberry, Blackberry Pomace & Black Currant Juice) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 10 ratings