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 Sludgeman
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Anna 2017
On draft, poured into a stemmed tulip at The Sovereign.

If we are following style guidelines and expectation then I would not consider this a saison but more of an easy drinking sour. A good beer but not a typical saison and not at the top of my saison list. 3.75

A – Pours a cloudy, sick yellow pee, with a nice fluffy white head. 4

S – Lactic with maybe a bit of spice. 3.75

T – Citrusy and tart, minerally, no peppery esters. 3.5

MF - Light bodied with a dry lasting finish. 4

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Photo of Sabtos
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling gold, and, if not for the massive, foamy white tapioca bubble head and single line of rolling lace, I'd think it was wine. However, the second half of the bottle pours hazy.

The mouth watering aroma is surprisingly spicy, sharp and sophisticated, and I can't quite put my finger on it. A melange of different grapes, aromatic wood barks, wildflower honey, green apple, grass, and a hint of lavender or that liqueur used in the aviator cocktail--crème de violette.

On the tongue I get pronounced flavors of lemon-lime, soda bread with apple, Chardonnay, and a hint of straw. So perfectly simple, yet infinitely complex.

Anna is quite tart, surprisingly so, with a perfect, moderate body and crisp fizz, finishing smooth yet semi-dry.

September 2015 vintage

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a clarified golden hue, almost straw yellow. Very lively pour, settles to a ring of head with great lacing. Initially getting a familiar Brett funk with the aroma, hints of citrus. Somewhat of a lavender scent. As it warms, the nectarine/honey shines through. The taste has the same Brett characteristics as the aroma. A little tart, hints of citrus with some melon and apricot. Mouthfeel is relatively dry, very crisp and bright. Super well balanced.

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Photo of Buck89
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass. A moderately hazy golden straw color with a thin white head. The nose had hay, straw, bread, and floral notes. The taste followed closely with bright estery floral notes and a crackery malt background. A nice Brett presence. Dry and crisp.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at The Jeffery in NYC. POUR: On draft poured into a tulip glass. APPEARANCE: Light straw in color. Appears somewhat hazy. No detectable effervescence. Thin white head on arrival. Moderate glass lacing present. Aroma: Very floral with notable perfume-like qualities. Most notable in the lavender category or aroma. TASTE: Tart and somewhat sour on the initial sip. Follows the nose in regards to floral/lavender like qualities. Smooth and subtle but has some tingly/peppery mouthfeel elements. Brett-like qualities also show up. AFTERTASTE: Finishes crisp and clean. True to style. Can detect more of the Brett-like characteristics on the backend over the initial flowery lavender. NOTES: Big fan of the combination of aromatic flowers and sour-like Brett. Well crafted. Calls for honey notes but for some reason I cant detect. RESULT/RATING: Very good. 4.47 out of 5.

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Photo of Josholson666
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold color, nice solid white head that holds decent retention and turns into a nice frothy ring. Good carbonation on the bottle, as one would expect with a saison. Some tart fruits on the nose, obviously a little funk in there. Taste is similar, but where this beer really shines. The honey added to this beer brings the sweetness up a notch from a standard saison and I feel as though it compliments these yeasts just beautifully. Dangerously easy drinker, and a fantastic beer!

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with 2 fingers of pure, bubbly white head. The head settles into a film that rests gently atop the beer, leaving a good amount of lacing along the way.

The aroma brings tart notes of sour apple and lemon, as well as some grass and barnyard funk. Subtly hoppy, with traces of yeast and sweet honey on the back end.

The flavor is perfectly balanced, with a subtle tartness leading the way, followed by some floral hops and grass. The finish is sweet, with loads of honey and doughy yeast and the faintest hint of peppery spices.

The feel is medium-light bodied with hefty carbonation. Crisp, lightly dry, and extremely drinkable.

Overall, this is quite possibly my favorite farmhouse ale from Hill Farmstead. It's beautifully balanced with subtle complexity that brings plenty of tartness and funk, as well as sweetness from the honey and yeast.

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Photo of hgw605
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Very light yellow with quite a bit of haze. Medium to large white head. Nice retention.
S: Bit of sweet Belgian yeast notes and honey with tart citrus and mild funk. Very nice.
T: Nice honey notes balanced with tart lemon candy. Slight bit of yeast spice comes through. A bit of pear and green apple.
F: Very nice and lively. Prickly in a good way.
O: Fantastic.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared. Hazy lemon yellow with a white head. Notes of lemon, light brett, herbal hops, lemon zest, lemonade, aspirin. Light body, dry and refreshing, bitter-sweet and perfectly balanced.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of yacobove
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft into a Delirium Tremens Belgian Beer Snifter Glass.

Look: Pours clear gold with a slight haze

Smell: Tons of honey suckle (as would be expected), strawberry and whipped cream with just a touch of Brett on the end of the nose

Taste: Honey, melon and the right amount of Brett with a really long finish that even tingles a bit. There is a nice bit of bitterness on the finish to counterbalance the sweetness from the honey

Mouth Feel: Great weight and nice mouth coating and finish

Overall: A great farmhouse ale with the right proportions of sweetness and brettiness (if you have bottles, I'd definitely age some of them -- don't think this will hurt from some time in bottle)

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not my usual forte, but picked up a bottle of this and Dorothy when I was at HF last month. Clear golden color, light but active head that dissipated quickly. Nose is sour and yeast. Lemony sour with a hint of sweetness and a touch of funk at the end. Tartness lingers for a long time in the mouth. I think what I really like about this is a dry quality that reminds me of some of my favorite Tripels. There is also a clean and freshness -- maybe from the water or maybe my imagination. This style is only a once in a while for me -- but when in the mood, I would reach for this one again (if it wasn't 550 miles away that is). As with everything else I have been fortunate enough to sample from HF -- a real pleasure.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of lic217
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light yellow, with a touch of orange, quickly fading white head, with lacing on the glass as it is drank
Smell: Tart, sour, a little no, citrus, grassy
Taste: Starts sour, and ends with a nice citrus/grassy flavor, some funk
Feel: Coats mouth with sourness and makes you want to drink more, highly carbonated, very easy drinking
Overall: Wish I could drink a gallon of this. Great drinkable brew.

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Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: hazy, pale orange
S: tart fruits and farmhouse, some sweetness from the honey and some floral notes as well
T: in line w nose, sweetness from honey really comes through on the finish
M: light but slightly heavier than what I would consider a crisp, light saison due to the honey
O: very nice beer, very glad I got to try a bottle

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid saison. Nice light tartness. Lemon. Pineapples. Light herbal and floral notes.

Yellow hazy color.

Light to medium bodied. A bit of medicinal noted.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a small tulip. Bottle is exactly a year old and was refrigerated for the duration of that time.

A: Sunny yellow with brilliant clarity. Rocky white head retains very well. Chunky lacing.

S: Musty like an old book, and lightly funky. Faintly grainy. Very dry. Soft hints of clover and grass. Subtle stone fruit and white wine.

T: A bit lactic with a slight lemony-tart bite. Mild hop oils and a lot of grass and clover flavor. Soft earthy tones. Delicate musty yeast. Faintly medicinal. Lightly grainy at its core. Bone dry. Lots of pear and stone fruit. White wine and a little minerality. Quick tart finish.

M: Light bodied and bone dry. Soft creaminess. Sharp carbonation. Soooo quaffable.

O: A perfect beer to dink outside on a warm sunny day. Very quaffable and refreshing with a palate cleansing tartness. Perfect salad beer or aperitif. Oysters would be great with it too. It's a special beer that grew on me as the subtle complexities revealed themselves.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into HF bulb glass. Pours yellowish, slightly hazy, really solid white head. The aromas are of lemon grass and flowers and a little bit of sweetness. The taste is sharp with the lemon shining through and ending with a nice tartness. The mouthfeel is clean, carbonation is on point for the style, and fairly light. Overall, this is a great offering from Hill Farmstead especially as a "shelfie". I would drink this all summer long! Cheers!

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Photo of kbhess
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Shannon!

A: A clear light yellow with one finger off-white head that lingered.

S: Lemons, lots of honey, Belgian yeast and wildflowers.

T: Follows nose with heavy emphasis on the honey (just terrific). Light, refreshing, with Belgian yeast notes. A terrific saison.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try another of this very hard to find brewery. Always a delight.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a two finger white head which settles to a thin ring around the edge of the beer with Dalmatian spot lacing along the glass. Aromas and flavors are an absolute delight: lemon zest, white cracker, honey, clover, a hint of spices, Brett funk and hay to round it out, lots of floral wildflower character, pollen, golden delicious apple, green grape skin, and a hint of pear juice. Mouthfeel is light bodied, effervescent champagne like carbonation. An incredible experience.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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)

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out with a wonderful color, slight foam, interesting smells going on, amazing taste that just makes my mouth explode with pleasure. I am a LONG ways away from HF so I savor my trips there and when I buy beer it's a joy to bring home a keep on savoring it with fellow beer geeks.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my_knew_craft.

Bright gold with a bit of haze and some soapy bubbles. Nose of honey essence, funk, wildflowers, clover, Lacto tang. Taste is soft sweet malt, honey flavonoids, sweet grass, and great tartness. Texture is soft with a bit of tart twang on the palate. Amazing beer.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a tulip, thanks to @benbking

Appearance: beautiful, bright, effervescent yellow. Slightly hazy...not totally muddled, but not completely translucent either. Fluffy, pure-white head with lots of lacing, and solid retention. Stunning beer to look at.

Aroma: definitely some farm-y smells, with fresh hay/grass, along with more fruity scents like lemon, green apple...tart fruits.

Taste: solid malt base here, light and crackery, with a little bit of spice evident. Dominant flavor, though is tart fruit, with some lemon, apple, and a little bit of pear. Really fresh and yummy.

Feel: crisp, with a light body and a mouthfeel that lends itself to crushability.

Overall: every time I drink a HF brew, I am blown away by how subtle, complex and beautiful they are. This beer is no different. Elegant, with lots of soft, delectable flavor.

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