Anna | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Anna is Bière de Miel, brewed with 20% raw wildflower Vermont honey and our house saison yeast.

Added by kingcrowing on 12-31-2010

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Photo of joberlander
3.06/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I got a bad batch, but the lemon sourness was overwhelming. Did not get any honey at all. Because of the breweries reputation they get the benefit of the doubt.

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Photo of stakem
3.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml split into a couple of tulips. The brew appears a clear straw yellow color with a billowing white head more than 3 fingers strong. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves thick patchy lacing effect on the glass. Overall the brew looks very appealing.

The smell is earthy with an unfortunate amount of sulfur that dominates most of the aromatics and gets worse when it is switled. Under the sulfur, it displays some solid straw grain inclusion. Faint fruit like pear and lemon and trace amounts of earthy honey are evident as it warms up. It also gets cheesy with a pilsner quality that become more pronounced as the experience continues.

The taste has a very mild honey to floral quality mixing with hints of pear, lemon and earth. A mild tartness is present coupled with a slight solvent alcohol note. It gets quite rindy with some bitterness as it warms up. Fortunately, the flavor if this brew does not carry nearly the same amount of sulfur as the aroma would lead you to believe.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescent lively level of carbonation. It opens up awkward and slightly off-putting but grows on me as the experience continues. For 6.5% the alcohol is present and warming but not distracting. Having this once was enough to satisfy my curiosity, I dont have much interest in trying this again.

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Photo of myrixis
3.49/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appears a hazy pale golden color with a thin ring of foam around the edges
Smells slightly of lime with some cat pee in there
Tasted very light ,dry, slightly citrusy. Extremely slight flavors
Has a very fine carbonation very soft mouthfeel
Overall very easy drinking beer nothing too crazy quite nice and refreshing.

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Photo of champ103
3.49/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly clear yellow color. A two finger white head forms, and gently recedes to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: I get soapy hops up front. Citrus, grassy, and floral. Fruity, ester like yeast and white pepper. Sweetness lingers.
T: Again, soapy slick hops that are grassy and floral. Light citrus notes. Peppery spice and some sweetness lingers. I am not getting much in the way of a distinct yeast character other than some peppery notes.
M/D: A light to medium body. Moderate carbonation, but not as crisp as I would like. Along with the soapy and slick feel here. An enjoyable enough Saison to drink. Though plenty I like more.

I am not a big fan of the soapy and slick character I seem to get throughout. Along with to much honey sweetness in the finish. Not that it is bad at all, just not particularly what I am looking for in the style.

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Photo of maximum12
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to baybum and kingkong for both sending a bottle of this as an extra in our trades. The first went down at a tasting & the memory was so good I wanted to hoard up the second one for my wife & I. So here we are, taking this 750ML down the pipe.

The pour is vivacious & explosively carbonated in the teku, carbonation roaring up from the bottom to replenish the foam topping the light yellow brew. Outside of Alka-Seltzer, I’ve never seen that many bubbles. The nose is phenomenal: white Thai pepper, sweet honey, tart lemon. Which is descriptive but not sufficient.

Anna suffers from a serious distraction: now I know where most of Lost Abbey’s missing carbonation went, namely right into this bottle. Wildly overcarbonated, the fizzing & popping in the mouth is terribly distracting from what comes after. Marshalling my slight power of concentration (ADHD? Nobody heard of that stank when I was young in the last century), there’s some nice honey, white grapes, tart lemon, earthiness that grows as the beer warms. But that carbonation. Half a bomber will be enough.

A whole different experience than the first bottle, which was sublime, this one – the carbonation really detracts from the beer. I’m going to bump this up a bit based on that first bottle – on average between ehhh & excellent, I suppose it’s pretty good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

This guy gushed a little bit, but not too much... After settling, it pours a hazy pale-ish straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, orange zest, and mandarin orange syrup. The taste holds notes of tart lemon, wheat, light coriander, and orange rind. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a pretty good saison, but one that doesn't really express itself all that much: It's solid, but bordering on boring. I hope that makes sense to somebody else out there...

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to stevefinny for this.

4.5 A: Moderately hazed golden yellow color. The bottle gushed a bit on me and I needed two pours to get a full glass. The second pour left almost three fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Super dry and super herbal. Thistle, grass, dry hay. Pear leads the fruit party with lemon zest and bitter orange peel. Just the slightest honey component. Some yeasty breadiness.

3.5 T: Quite lemony. Way more than the nose suggested. Tart lemon juice foremost, but also lemon zest - basically lemon merangue pie. Again a big herbal component with the flavors listed in the nose and additionally hints of mint, chard, and parsley. Surprisingly bitter and perhaps a bit too much so. Again the honey is a bit underwhelming, but still a good add. Pear frutiness underneath.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation despite the minor gushing. I like spritzy carbonation in saisons and this only has a touch of that. Still, smooth and decent enough.

3.5 D: I looked at some reviews after making mine and I must say that either this bottle is different from what others have been drinking or they are imagining smells and flavors. That said, it's a good beer, but I'd take a HF IPA or porter over this anyday.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to Joe and Shaun for two bottles of this!

A: Both bottles are gushers, opening with oozing foam that catches me by surprise (in my defense, the second bottle was opened so long after the first that I forgot it was a gusher. I'm really not that dumb... really). Pours a hazy straw body with a fluffy off-white head. Very sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Lemon zest, orchard fruit (pears, apples, apricot), white pepper, and bread.

T: White pepper, coriander, apple, lemon zest. A clean and simple flavor that makes for a refreshing beer.

M: Light-bodied, owing to aggressive carbonation that makes the beer foamy in the finish. This quality could be dialed back, as it's very distracting.

O: This is above-average, but against Hill Farmstead's other saisons, it doesn't climb into upper-tier territory.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, pale-yellow look, barely any carbonation. The smell is muted, a bit too quiet- straw, tart, freshly-fertilized garden. The mouth could use a little more body and bubbles.

The taste is incredibly refreshing and light, sour enough but not too much. Like a spiked lemonade.

Far from world-class, but a tasty saison

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Photo of craytonic
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw honey pour with an enormous head, lots of lacing that sticks around. Smells of earth, spice, lemon, honey, banana and pepper. Taste is similar, although somewhat sweet with honey. Decent saison but nothing to write home about. Medium body and mouthfeel.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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.


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Photo of stonermouse
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Pours yellow and slightly foggy, with a superb, fluffy head and good retention. Bright pour.

Initial aromas of lemongrass and dried flowers. A little dusty smelling, and a little sweet as well.

Sharp, tangy flavor. Lemon is quite strong throughout. The initial flavor is of an old dish sponge, one that has been cleaned with a blast of lemon juice. Interesting tartness on the finish that'll give you a little Smarty-like bite in the back of your jaw. A little metallic flavor lingers between sips.

Fairly clean mouthfeel. A sugary tartness lingers for a while. Usually not my favorite flavor profile, but this was pretty interesting.

This is a nice brew, and brings a unique flavor profile. Not sure it should be wildly sought-after, but it's better than most any off-the-shelf farmhouse ales with wider distribution.

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Photo of Bardwashrind
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the recent bottles using the new yeast, coming by way of bwmichaud.

Anna pours with a tight head of bubbles that collects above the light olive colored liquid. Hazy, nearly murky and almost green in color. Unfiltered beers of this nature really speak volumes to me. The initial aromas are of obvious honey and wet river rocks. Each whiff brings more comparisons to baked pastures such as scones or biscuits, all laden with wild flower honey.

There is a creaminess to the texture and a pleasing herbal note on the first sip. The honey certainly shows itself but doesn't come off at all sweet. Residual bitterness gives a balance to the honeyed edge and holds strong into the finish. Nutty flavors begin to emerge as the bottle empties giving a nice mid-palate structure. Simple at the end of the day with the bitterness and spice being the main focus of flavors.

I have really enjoyed each style of Saison thus far from Hill Farmstead. Anna is as simple as the others but perhaps a touch less impressive. Rustic and engaging but not as honest and brilliant as the other siblings similar in style. I would certainly not turn down another glass.

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Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler we picked up at the brewery on 1/21/11.

A-Clear, pale gold with a thin white head and no lacing.

S-Strongly herby with some lemon peel undertones.

T-Overwhelmingly herbaceous with a hint of honey sweetness and some grapefruit hoppiness.

M-Light, very dry.

D-Crisply drinkable. Tasty.


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Photo of harrymel
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk
ABV: 6.5%

Pours a light crisp yellow hidden beneath a persistent finger of white billowy foam. Brilliant clarity. The ale yeast dominates the nose with hints of apples and coriander. The nose also has some lemon and the slightest honey note. Flavor is crisply saison with a good bittering addition of hops and some sweetness from the yeast it seems like. There is an industrial flavor on the beer I can't quite place, not unpleasant. Good long musty finish. The beer is thin with high and lively carb with a watery finish. Good stuff. Not sure I can taste the honey as much as others can, but a solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of n2185
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy yellow with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: some barnyard notes up front followed by tart sour aromas. Some sweet bubblegum and candy sugar aromas in there as well.

T: barnyard and slight funk flavors dominate at first followed by some light candy sugar notes. The finish is dry and clean.

M: light body with highish carbonation, this beer is crisp, dry, and refreshing.

O: a pretty decent beer, though needs a bit more depth of flavor.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a light straw yellow color. a finger plus of a bubbly head with good retention and leaving behind a streaky lacing. cloudy and opaque. somewhat of a milky cloudiness to it.

Smell: lemon juice tartness. wheat malt base. farmhouse yeast, earthy, slight vinegar and some pepper esters.

Taste: opens up with some wheat malt and honey sweetness. peppery esters along with some earthy farmhouse yeast. lemon juice hinting at vinegar.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing. slightly tart.

Overall: a very good saison but doesn't quite blow me away.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2L growled poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

Pours a nice, light, crisp golden amber color with a small white head.the nose is yeasty, fruity, a bit tart an sweet.

Taste is really well done. It's dry and sharp and crisp - a bit sweet from the honey but it's suble. There's a nice bitter/tart taste that's really crisp. Delicious!

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Photo of KensWorld
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4oz pour: Cloudy strew yellow with minimal head that fades fast. Not much smell at all. Nice and tart tasting with hints of sweetness from the honey. Above average flavored Saison but kind of one sided. I was hoping for more complexities. Somewhat disappointed.

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Photo of nickd717
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Brouwerij Lane.

Pours a hazy pinkish golden color with almost no head - not too attractive, like grapefruit juice.

The aroma is nice, hoppy and Belgian with floral, herbal, and citrusy notes to it.

Nice flavor with a sweet malt base, mild funk, honey, Belgian yeast, grapefruit, lavender, and herbal tea.

Medium body with carbonation a little on the low side, detracting a bit. Rather dry.

Solid beer overall, interesting to say the least.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. No bottle date.

Appearance - Light golden body with an enormous head. The bottle was a bit of a gusher, so I'm not so surprised. Excellent lacing.

Smell - Yeasty as hell. You could smell it across the table. Pale malts and some spice. Bready.

Taste - Bready malts. Pale malts less prominent in comparison to the bread flavors. A touch of honey. Less intense spice aspect, but still really yeasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, despite the gushing. Good and easy drinking.

Overall - Yeasty as hell with some nice flavors, but nothing outstanding. It's actually a little dull. As always, it's perfectly crafted.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anna in my glass, this too shall pass.

Anna came to me looking quite like her sister Flora. Anna is a bright saison with a shade darker than Flora looking bright yellow with a slight shade of orange. A nice whisp of bright white bubbles on top leaving squiggly lines here and there. The nose is quite bright with citrus and a dab of honey, but this is one bretty/funky lady. I mistaked it for Bullfrog Undead Ed because of the scent of brett but this is indeed Anna. Come to think of it Brett rules this one. The brett comes out in taste in full and is not messing around. It reminds me of Flora because the lemon is big as well which plays nice with the brett. Can't really pick up the honey under all of that. As expected the body was light and refreshing other than the brett aftertaste and the carb was spot on, semi tart finish but dry as a bone. I enjoyed this one but did not love it. I would marry Flora while I would make Anna my girl on the side for a piece every now and then, LOL!

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My second HF saison, and I continue to be unimpressed. Yes, it's clean and nice and inoffensive, but man does this bite the hell out if me. Tastes like brett, super dry, very little flavor otherwise from the malts. Very light bodied almost to the point if watery. It's just fine and inoffensive, but I've yet to find much more overrated than this. Hand me a Tank 7 off the shelf, please.

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Photo of Evahflow
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A-Hazy Golden color, creamy pillowy head

S- Earthy, Hay, some herbal tones

T-lemon zest, hay, earthiness, spicy herbal hops, slightly bready character thats backed by some honey sweetness

M- Best part of the beer and what distinguishes this beer from any other saison out there. Soft delacate mouth feel, creamy.

O- I was expecting a bit more from this one. Wished there was some lactic tartness or some must/fruityness from the mixed culture. It must have been a fresh bottle. I'll have to get another and age it a little while.

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Photo of KATCanada
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely straw color with thick white foam. Right out of Saison central casting! I can smell this as soon as the cap is off the bottle. Nice funk.
Mouth feel is nice a smooth, very nice carbonation. This part is great.
First taste bitter lemon peel and funk. Honey I missed and get no sweetness , wild non sweet honey comes through lightly in the finish. Lemon. Soap-candy type floral taste.
It's okay not great.

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