Anna | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,574
Reviews:
224
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.96%
 
 
Wants:
507
Gots:
356
For Trade:
46
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Ratings: 1,574 |  Reviews: 224
Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't think I have had this beer (at least from a bottle) since the first unlabeled bottle I got from Shaun at the February tasting way back before the brewery was so established. Bottled April 2015.

A- Fairly hazy, grainy pale golden body from the 750ml to three various goblets and snifters. A puffy, creamy white head makes it up to two fingers or so with good retention dying down to a puffy pillow and ring. Sheets of lacing coat a large portion of the glass with spots all around that.

S- Lemony citrus off the top with a presence of lactic acid tartness but a clean one. Whole grains, slight cereal malts, pale fruit and a hint of herbal honey at the end.

T- As with the aroma I don't think it is necessary to rattle off a huge list of flavors as I think the core boils down to a well blended mix of lemony citrus, lactic acid tartness, whole grains and pale fruits like apple and pear. Slightly floral, spicy, herbal and a hint of apricot stone fruits.

MF- The body overall is on the light side with a consistency between foamy and frothy. Carbonation is spritzy and fairly high but spot on for the style. Finishes with a light herbal bitterness and lactic tartness.

Kind of reminds me of something between Clara and Arthur with a bit less overall tartness. Lemony foreground with a backdrop of lactic acid and grains but what is here is presented very well. Super refreshing and pretty much what I would want a Summer Ale to be.

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Photo of jackrodgers77
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of captainkrad
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brown120
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xtonytx
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FFreak
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at HF in December 2014. Poured into tall tulip glasses and shared with a friend paired with barbequed salmon dinner.

Pours a hazy, glowing lemonade yellow with an enormous creamy head that lasts and leaves huge curtains of lace.

Smell is slightly lemony with bread, yeast and some spice coming through.

Taste is wonderful...citrusy, slightly sweet, with the quintessential saison spice and a slight bready, yeasty flavor.

Mouth feel is just right, medium body, slightly dry, nicely carbonated, tasty and refreshing.

Overall, a classic American saison that is delicious, refreshing and is easily paired with food.

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Photo of SharkNado
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Shogun250
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sad_Larry
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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 belgbeerdrinker
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikepcarney
4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of epyon396
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grimey68
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sludgegnome
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rydev24
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rhong187
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CAcker
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of razorsdescent
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing beer, had on tap while going to taste another beer. It was better than that more sought after beer.

If you want something lighter, refreshing, and a bit unique, give it a try.

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Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,574 ratings.
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