Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #28
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4.36 | pDev: 7.57%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: Anna is Bière de Miel, brewed with 20% raw wildflower Vermont honey and our house saison yeast.
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mhksuccess from California

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a bottle into a bruery snifter
it is a light yellow color with slight head maybe 1/4 inch and little lacing
smell is that farmhouse type funk
taste is farmhouse funk followed by a lemon slight tart
mouthfeel is a nice crisp beer good carbonation
overall this is a nice saison slight tart and easy drinking
although i tend to like a lot of HF saison better would get again

Jul 22, 2013
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Unbranded silver pry-off cap.

Served cold into a goblet at low altitude in Austin. TX. Reviewed live as a saison. Expectations are high given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White colour. Fairly creamy. Nice thickness. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Leaves a light even coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear yellow colour of nice vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special looking. Has surprising clarity for a saison; not the hazy body you'd expect. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Surprisingly hop-forward, with elaborate floral hop character, dried lime peel, sea salt, clean barley, neutral Belgian pale malts, and biscuity Belgian yeast. No alcohol, off-notes, or booze is detectable. Not real funky per se, but there's a hint of brettanomyces, sure. I'm not finding much barnyard or farmhouse character.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. Acidic, but not real sour or bacterial.

TASTE: Intricate notes of intriguing lime and lime peel steal the show here. The Belgian pale malt backbone is quite neutral, to its benefit, letting the subtle biscuity Belgian yeast steal the show alongside a kiss of funkiness. Not real heavy on barnyard or farmhouse character; I don't find hay or straw. Surprisingly hop-forward for a purported saison, with ample floral hop character and some hints of fruit.

It's not as intricate or deep as the best Belgian examples of the style, and to be fair it's anything but traditional with its filtered presentation on the palate and hop-forward flavour profile. Still, the build is quite cohesive and the balance is fantastic. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Light-bodied. Refreshing. Well-carbonated. Clean and filtered. Complements the taste quite well. This soft mouthfeel elevates the beer. Great presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Incredibly drinkable - which is its stand-out attribute. Traditionalists will decry its lack of sufficient yeasty funkiness and spice, but it has enough white pepper to satisfy me, and the lime peel alone will impress the discerning drinker. Absolutely worth trying, but not necessarily world-class. I've had better from Hill Farmstead, and I've only had 3 or 4 of their beers thus far.


Mar 07, 2015
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kbhess from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Made by the hands of Merlin himself. This batch will change your life. Aged under the in the Deep chasm of Shawnee hill poconos. It will cure impotency. King Arthur has Excalibur, now we have been blessed by magic Anna! When you finish a bottle it fills back up on the third day! Drink this beer, it will change your life!

Apr 05, 2016
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Sep-10-2015

Thank you so much, KC!

Pours a powdery light straw with a neat little two finger cap of white head that settles to a meager flim and thin ring. Decent retention; polka dot lacing. (4)

Lightly tart and spicy. Flowers, lemon zest, under-ripe stone fruit, light honey sweetness, mint, bretty funk in background. (4.25)

Holy fuck. There is an initial light sweet/tartness that comes up in a rush of mellow brett and flowery body, lingering sour aftermath slowly subsides. (4.75)

Light bodied with light + carbonation, a real sensory experience in the mouth. (4.5)

Amazing beer.
This one pours pretty nice looking with a blinding white whipped cream head. It smells of hay, brett and sweet clover. None of this (aside from the slight brett presence hints at what it tastes like). When you take a drink it takes you go on a smooth trip through a number of delectable flavors and sensations. Sweet tart turns just sour enough to make my eye twitch and make me feel my jaw muscles before elegantly slipping away, all the while there is an underlying honey and brett backbone.
I now understand people's love of sours. Wow! (4.25)

Dec 29, 2015
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Jonada from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass. Bottled May 2014. 6.5% ABV

Appearance: Pours straw yellow with 3 fingers of a white soapy head with nice retention. Body is hazy but still translucent, with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Peppery yeast, honey, wheat, grass, slightly herbal, hint of citrus and funk.

Taste: Pear, tart citrus, peppercorns, wheat, honey, lemongrass. Not sour at all, but with a nice low/medium tartness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied with a somewhat soft mouthfeel and medium lively carbonation. Finishes dry and lightly tart.

Overall: Another great saison from Hill Farmstead. Well worth seeking out.

Aug 19, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's a beer I've been waiting for the right moment to crack. nothing can beat what Hill Farmstead has done so far, and here's another beer I know is great from samples on tap at the brewery. On a hot summer day, after lots of yard work and work around the house, sweating a lot, and up coming great beer weekends, this is a good way to end the current weekend.

Pours a large fluffy 2+ finger head that fades fairly quickly at first, then slows a bit, with bits of lacing on the sides, a semi clear semi hazy golden honey colored beer.

Nose starts right out with some rustic farmhouse aromas, the yeast really gives a nice punch, with some floral spices, farmhouse aromas that border on almost Brett like but not quite there, I almost would think there was a hint of Brett in this if I didn't read the label. Then some honey in the background, not sweet but a nice floral honey aroma, with some light malts with a hint of a graininess. Then just a touch of a floral hop aroma wafting through.

Taste starts fluffy with plenty of carbonation popping forth in my mouth as it hits. Again yeast takes the front with a rustic farmhouse flavor again, definite saison, with light Belgian floral spices, and a little hint of fruity esters. The farmhouse flavors again hint at a wild component but don't get the funk that a wild would, just the nice farmhouse flavor. Light floral hops kick in, with hints of grassiness but not much, and a touch of a bitterness, all on the light side. A light grainy almost bready but not quite malt flavor in the background, touches on a wheat like flavor as well, and toasty, but doesn't really add sweetness only real dry flavors. There is a light wild flower like honey taste, just a hint of a floral wildflower that flitters up and disappears before you even really know it's there, with a light honey taste that also hides fairly quickly behind the saison flavors and dry finish. The finish continues the dryness and adds to it, with a nice crispness as well, light lingering floral hops but mostly lots of saison yeast flavors lingering for a while.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy, tons of carb, nice dry crisp finish on the beer too.

Overall great, nice saison flavors, just a hint of floral hops that add and don't subtract from the beer like a lot of hops would, honey adds an interesting component that is light but dries the finish nicely, decent malts, and great yeast flavors that bring good farmhouse flavors and border on funk but don't quite get there. Wish I could get lots of this for the summer.

Jul 02, 2012
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Ilovelampandbeer from New York

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw color...smells exactly how it tastes...moderately tart, lemony and peppery...every once in a while I'll get some sweetness that I assume is the honey fighting through...the flavors being moderate seem deliberate though and makes for superb drinking...typical chewy HF mouthfeel rounds it out and makes for a very nice experience and probably my favorite non fruited HF saison

Mar 31, 2015
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a bomber at the brewery last week. My wife and I drank out of coffee tin cups while camping, so didn't get a great look at it. It was fresh though and had a wonderful funky smell and taste typical of HF farmhouse ales. The local wildflower honey was a nice touch that was both noticeable and enjoyable. Both my wife and I really enjoyed it.

Jul 20, 2018
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vfgccp from New York

4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sep 2014 bottle, opened Sep 2015

A - A near perfect saison. Bright mildly opaque wheat gold body. Fantastic chunky head pours a full fist high with a mixed bubble structure. Excellent lace and retention.

S - I'm literally drooling. Honeysuckle, dandelion, lemon zest, hay, old tractors, and kiwi rinds.

T - Fantastic. Lemon, tart honeydew melon, honey, soft toasted wheat, dandelion, lavender, and kiwi.

M - Creamy medium light body with excellent carbonation.

O - Stellar. One of, if not the best saison I've ever had.

Sep 26, 2015
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lovely light yellow gold with a small pinky of head. Upon break there are a few wisps of foam left behind, but there is some nice lacing present.

The smell was lightly funky, fresh and lemony. There were some sweet aspects to it too, I assume from the honey they use.

Flavor was really quite nice. Tart, without being overpowering, funky and a touch of sweetness. The funk and the sweet worked well together to provide a beautiful complement to the tart. This is how all Farmhouse Ales should aim to taste.

Feel is on the light end, with carbonation that is active but not aggressive. Finish is funky and bitter, leaving a dry feel.

Wow, this may be one of the best Farmhouse Ales I have ever had. It hits all the notes and then some. The addition of the honey makes for a lovely taste and the use of the house yeast gives that funky/brett feel that makes this a real winner. A must try for fans of the style.

Mar 27, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a gusher. Soft, beautifully cloudy gold with lots of fine bubbled carbonation rising subtly within. Topped with 6 fingers of off white head which leaves random etchings of lacing as it fades.

Smells of Belgian yeasts, crisp granny smith apple, a slight earthiness, and a hint of smoke. Overall its very inviting.

Sour and crisp and fruity. Its got the hints of Belgian yeasts, a touch of smoke, granny smith apple, and lemon juice.

Medium, tart, dry body, with only a light carbonation remaining after the gusher.

AMAZING BREW! So glad I got my hands on this one. Its my second from Hill Farmstead, so I'm learning to never doubt them. I was expecting sweetness from the honey, but its a crisp, light, refreshingly dry saison. Got at Hill Farmstead Brewery up on the mountaintop in Vermont, less than a month ago, and I am drinking it in Stouffville, near my own former farmstead, October 21st, 2016.

Oct 22, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back by a friend from Hill Farmstead.

Pours a beautiful golden sunshine yellow, with a little bit of haze. A 2 inch head forms and clings tightly to the glass for a while, leaving some webby lacing.

Smells like honey, barnyard funk, citrus, and some wine aromas, even though I know it's not wine barrel aged.

The use of honey sets this apart a bit from the other Hill Farmstead saisons, and adds a nice dimension. It's tart, but not overly so, much less tart than the other Hill Farmstead saisons I've had. There's some dry hay and grain, honey, green apple, white grape, and some indistinguishable spice. I'm not good at picking out specific spices.

This is light bodied, and pretty airy on the palate, like a cloud, with a medium amount of carbonation, and a pretty crisp mouthfeel.

Yet another good Hill Farmstead beer. It's not quite on the level of their best beers, but it's still better than 98% of farmhouse ales out there.

Jan 09, 2015
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale straw colored body with just the slightest hint of haze to it. Thick, foamy bone-white head.

S- White pepper, bready yeast, dash of sweet honey, some toasty grains.

T- Sweet lemony flavor cuts through the toasted grain and the earthy yeast. Not a ton in the way of honey, but there is some definite sweetness. More of a citrus quality to it for me.

M- Light, bubbly, tons of flavor with a sweet, tingly aftertaste.

O- Another nice saison from HF, but I do not get much honey. More of a lemony sweetness to it.

Jul 18, 2014
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kell50 from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 12, 2018
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BumpkinBrewer from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Jan 03, 2014
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muskiesman from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Nov 18, 2012
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catboy from Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +6.4%

Aug 25, 2014
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MaltLickyWithTheCandy from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 10, 2015
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loverofthecraft from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Jun 23, 2014
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drbunsen from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 07, 2015
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ahwahoo2006 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -14%

Jan 17, 2013
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jloomis from Florida

4.79/5  rDev +9.9%

Nov 02, 2014
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a golden summery straw color. I may be a bit biased here, but it looks like honey?

S - rich aromas of Brett and honey. Has a deep penetrating sour nose that only Hill Farmstead can pull off. Mild barnyard funk and sweet tarts. Lemon.

T - up front is the usual makings of a spicy tart saison. Sweet lemon candy and a mature honey flavor gives it a strong backbone. Robust and uncompromising in its flavor. Sitting and reflecting after the sip is perhaps the best part. A tangy sweetness that reminds me of those awesome flavored honey straw things you get at carnivals lingers long after the sip has settled. The red one!

F - creamy for a saison. The restrained tartness allows for the more viscous nature of honey to impart its thick, oozing character into this beer.

O - I'm a sucker for honey, and most honey beers fall flat. Anna has a two part honey punch that makes it very enjoyable. Well done.

Jun 12, 2016
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jderosia603 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Sep 01, 2013
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tjk135 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeasty and a little funky, this is an excellent saison. Different taste on palate must be the honey.

Apr 21, 2015
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