Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #48
Ranked #829
4.35 | pDev: 7.59%
Mar 06, 2022
Dec 31, 2010
Notes: Anna is Bière de Miel, brewed with 20% raw wildflower Vermont honey and our house saison yeast.
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4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Mar 06, 2022
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4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Jack_14 from Italy

On tap @Ma che siete venuti a fa ? (Roma) - January 2022
On the nose immediately aromas of farm (straw, hay, wet wood).
Straw yellow color, slightly opaque.
Soft and creamy foam.
In the mouth: light herbaceous notes (elderflower) followed instantly by a sour note, tending to acetic, very short that leaves room for hints of durum wheat and again a "raw" herbaceous, with a little earth and notes too that remind me of citrus fruits.
This citrus and grassy note blends well with the rustic and balanced acidity which is the most evident note on the tongue.
Soft, rustic but polite. Perfect balance, perfect style: the farmer who quenches his thirst at the end of the day and rediscovers the aromas and flavors of the farm.

Jan 30, 2022
4.44 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 12, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Looks white/gold. Smells like wines iv had, with hints of sweet apple. Tastes tarty, but very smooth and a sneaky sweetness to it with nice bitter finish. It gives me a nice vibe overall. would be a great beer to pair with a meal.

Oct 20, 2021
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4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by JamFuel from Sweden

On tap at Mikkeller Södermalm.

Pours a clear light amber with low, wispy head.

Smell is tart and funky with notes of lemon lemon peel, peach, grapefruit and white pepper.

Taste is tart and funky with a soft grapefruity bitterness. Notes of lemon, grapefruit, citrus peel, peach and a hint of white pepper. A very slight sweetness rounds out a superbly balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is medium with a frothy, effervescent carbonation.

Overall, a superb beer, one of the best tart farmhouse ales I've tried.

Sep 02, 2021
4.34 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts on Jul 31, 2021
4.25 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Jul 30, 2021
4.46 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Jul 10, 2021
4.75 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
4.31 by EddieDog from New York on Jan 15, 2021
3.75 by EasternIsh from California on Jan 12, 2021
4.81 by djcira from Pennsylvania on Nov 28, 2020
4.23 by Chilmer from Iowa on Nov 26, 2020
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4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by ovaltine from Indiana

This gorgeous saison pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with the most beautiful soapy white head I’ve ever seen - and that head hangs around, dissipating very slowly in volume and provides excellent lacing. What a beautiful beer this is.

The nose is funky and citrusy. I get grapefruit and lemon, and a touch of the honey referenced on the bottle. The taste is rightly funky and properly citrusy, but the subtle sweetness from the honey really elevates this - just so, so crushable.

The mouthfeel is very dry and effervescent, verging on champagne in a beer, if that makes sense. What a magnificent beer this is. Truly world-class, IMHO.

Nov 14, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

750ml bottle dated 12/10/19, released August 2020.

Pours clear yellow with a chill haze and a one inch head of white. Moderate retention with some short smears of lacing. Grapefruit, lemon, cut grass, and stonefruit in the nose. Light bodied with a crisp, prickly mouthfeel. Very tart up front on the palate with peach pits, citrus pith, and lemongrass following through. Finishes with lingering soured citrus and fairly dry.

Oct 27, 2020
3.79 by AlltheBacon from Massachusetts on Sep 01, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by SaisonMaker from Massachusetts

Probably my favorite HF beer. I'm not super into their extra soft water thing and I'm not sure this is really a "saison". Their yeast profile doesn't really have the french saison bite that I crave but this is an excellent beer. I like the extra sweetness in Anna. I enjoy Arthur too but Anna has a bit of an edge on it because of the extra sweetness maybe. You can't really go wrong with an HF beers. It's clear that Shawn takes so much care in producing his beer.

Aug 29, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

L: Bright gold with a touch of haze (before you get to the bottom of the bottle). Aggresive pour revealed a moderate white head that dissipated quickly and left some nice lacing.

S: Bright citrus and pear, honey, and clean bready malt. Funkiness and peppery spice as well.

T: Nice tartness, moves into very funky and tangy citrus, spiced apple and pear with a nice clean malt backbone. A tad of honey.

F: Crisp, light, but not thin.

Overall: A very crisp, clean, tart and fruity farmhouse ale. It went superbly with an array of mild cheeses. Probably my favorite of the Hill Farmstead Saisons I have tried.

Aug 24, 2020
4.28 by wip998001 from Massachusetts on Jul 31, 2020
5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jul 13, 2020
4.4 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia on Jun 15, 2020
4.21 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania on Jun 14, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by dpgrifs from Pennsylvania

Reading all the other reviews all I can say is ditto

Jun 13, 2020
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by jfladenver from Colorado

What else can I say besides wow! My favorite beer of all time and the only beer I’ve ever given a perfect 5 stars to.
I would drink this beer every day and never get tired of it.

Jun 04, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hops_for_thought from New York

Poured from a bottle (05Sep2020) into a Belgian glass

L: slightly hazy golden yellow, maybe some orange in there (need to work on my colors). Small, thick white head that dissipated after a couple minutes. Nice white lacing, looks quite effervescent

S: rather light nose, nothing screaming at me. Some lemon, possibly green apple, maybe a bit of lactic acid tartness. Delicate, clean aroma

T: lightly tart, clean farmhouse flavor. Grass, hay, floral/herbal. Good amount of lemon zest, slight honey sweetness. Very nice medium/long finish, maybe some white bread dough. Very drinkable but not the thirst quenching saison effect

F: medium body, well carbonated, slightly drying

O: delicious, well balanced farmhouse ale. Very flavorful, think my tastes skew towards more drying beers in this style but it still incredibly drinkable

May 21, 2020
4.5 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2020
4.66 by Handz from Rhode Island on Apr 12, 2020
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3.2/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass, don’t have a clue when it was bottled. Pours a crystal clear bright yellow with a 2 finger head that settles really fast leaving maybe a thin streak of lace or 3. 4

Smell musty, champagne, peach, and coriander. 3.25

Taste follows must, champagne, and coriander. 3.25

Mouthfeel is thin, a ton of carbonation, dry as hell, and at 6.2% loaded with flavor but difficult to drink because the flavors are so not my thing hard to drink. 3

Overall my score is based on others in the style I have had and this one is not great for me. 3.25

Apr 05, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Crystal clear light golden pour to start with big foamy white head. Outstanding lacing. Some sediment clouds the end of the pour.

S: Tart and citrusy. Fruit and funk.

T.F: Tart at first... but followed by some honey sweetness. Lemon citrus, spice, and pear. White wine with modest acidity and a bit of funk. Light bodied and delicate.. complex flavors all playing very nicely with each other.

O: Absolutely outstanding... Hill Farmstead creates some of the best beer out there and this was exquisite.

Mar 31, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GarrettB from Colorado

January 1st, 2016 - It's been awhile since I've had the luxurious pleasure of enjoying a Hill Farmstead beer, but it meets expectations with the Anna. The nose features a rich, French style pear note, with some white grape juice for spine and acidity. The flavor is tangy, too, and comes across as very sour for a saison. The pear note in the taste is rich and sensual, too, and while the list of notes I can directly name is short, it is absolutely superb.

Mar 13, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

2018 bottle - poured into a classic tulip at 55°F.

Upon popping the cap, the bottle violently gushed, losing about 1/8 of a cup of ale, though the fishing did eventually stop. Anna pours a cloudy translucent honey golden hue that absolutely shimmers and glows. Three fingers of rocky snow-white head sit atop the elixir - excellent retention, and significant lacing left behind. Constant streams of fine effervescence are visible.

Nose: Immediately, this catches my attention. Very few saisons I've had have captured such beautiful farmhouse notes with such flawless balance and colour. I could tell you that there are aromas of hay, cedar, dusty wine rackhouse, crabapple, lemon blossom, honeycomb, white pepper, spring meadows after a heavy rain, fresh cut grass, leather, white pepper, freah pineapple, vinous minerality, a babbling brook in the middle of a dewy forest, and just a gentle zip of acidity, but none of that would do this aroma justice. This is something to inhale and admire. Something in an aromatic category all its own.

Palate: Anna's kiss greets your lips with a gentle acidity and beautiful minerality. She isn't sour, but she's bright, tart, and vibrant. The vinous quality washes over, bringing glimpses of lemon zest, tart green apple, unripe pear, fresh grass, hay, orchard blossoms, Chablis, watermelon rind, pineapple, all of the character of wildflower honey without the honey sweetness, white pepper, wine tannins, wet moss, wild fermented cider, and just a whisper of delicate funk. She finishes with a gentle touch of herbal, grassy bitterness, and a suggestion of fruity hop character, although there is no sign of resinous pine or sticky hop oils. The yeast lends a touch of piquant peppercorn and some mild spice, while the subtle acidity comes to a close. Some light yeast funk, dry honey florals, and farmy hay conclude the euphoric experience until the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Body: It is only fitting that once Anna shows her true inner beauty, that she reveals her absolutely stunning body. Light, snappy, and whimsical, the grains are perfectly balanced to provide a gentle softness and just enough body to be supportive and adequate, but allow all the other beautiful delicate features to shine. Effervescence is fine, and surprisingly not as lively as one night think. There's plenty of it, but with the lighter body, I actually think the slightly dialed-back effervescence works here, and it stays in theme with the gentle, delicate traits of the rest of Anna. A wonderful, mildly drying tannic finish concludes a mostly dry experience.

Overall: There are a lot of saisons out there, and many of them are truly excellent, but there is something about Anna that stands in a league of her own. The intoxicating complex aroma, the near perfect balance of grain, acidity, minerality, and unreliable yeast complexity, the delicate balanced body - this is a truly special saison. One that is truly deserving of a world-class title, and given the price and availability of this one, Hill Farmstead has truly gifted us with something special.

Mar 10, 2020
4.31 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Mar 08, 2020
4.26 by Holderness from Massachusetts on Feb 09, 2020
4.5 by rcjennings from Ohio on Jan 12, 2020
4.14 by Taybeh from Minnesota on Jan 11, 2020
4.24 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jan 10, 2020
4.5 by PprBurke from Virginia on Jan 04, 2020
4.21 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Jan 01, 2020
4.16 by Bum4ever from California on Dec 31, 2019
Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1788 ratings