Ann
Hill Farmstead Brewery

AnnAnn
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
100
Ranked #40
Avg:
4.68 | pDev: 9.19%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
411
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
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AnnAnn
Notes: Ann is the wine barrel-aged version of Anna, our grandfather's sister, as well as the name of our honey farmstead ale. In her honor, we fill French oak wine barrels with Anna and allow the beer to mature in the presence of our resident microflora. After extended aging for as long as it requires to reach its apex, a beautifully complex beer emerges; Anna becomes Ann. Only the finest expressions of barrel-aged Anna become Ann; our version of Grand Cru, this beer represents the finest barrel results at their peak representation. Each 750ml bottle is naturally carbonated and hand-dipped in beeswax, Ann exhibits and showcases the microflora of her landscape.
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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 411
Reviews by Samichlaus82:
Photo of Samichlaus82
3.53/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dehydrated pee color with about a fingers worth of white head. Nose is pretty balanced between the saison base, the honey in the base, some oak, and some light tartness. The flavor is less on the saison character and more on sweet honey and tartness. The tartness compliments the honey nicely. Light to moderate mouthfeel, light carbonation, gentle tartness, and a mOderate finish. A good beer, not the be all end all beer that everyone has been making it out to be.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Beer #600:

In the parking lot of a strip mall BYOB Italian joint in suburban Dallas, it happened. We cracked her. Months of anticipation and it all culminates in this. People came from around the state and country to join us in this momentous event. Poured from a 2015 bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

Appearance: A pale, hazy honey white/gold, it almost glows. Tiny white head sticking around a while and leaving spotted lacing around the glass.

Smell: Phenomenal. That signature Hill Farmstead yeast profile really shines here. I get melon, like honeydew melon, and a really gorgeous, perfect citrus character. The beeswax on the bottle smells sweet and floral too. Beautiful.

Taste: Holy shit, fantastic. Delicate, gorgeous citrus perfume. Light tang in an orange juice kind of way. Imagine honeydew melon, soaked in orange, maybe tangerine juice with a splash of wildflower honey. Juicy juicy. Classic Hill Farmstead funk adds a tad of bitterness to balance out the light sweetness of the honey. A crackery malt to finish things up. Just fantastic. It lives up to the hype, this is just everything I hoped it would be.

Mouthfeel: Light, tiny bubbled carbonation just makes everything else about this beer perfect.

Overall: Everything I could ever hope for. Perfect beer. Not quite the best beer I've ever had, but certainly close and easily among the best, most balanced Saisons I've had. Perfection. The hype is real.

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Photo of bahnfire
4.62/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to HF glass

Landed this in trade back in January and have been saving to open on my birthday (7/14), which just so happens to be 2 years to the day it was released (7/14/12).

A: Beautiful straw golden color with 1/4in head that recedes to a light ring around the surface.

S: Light wine barrel funk with some grapes and lemon

T: Everything that went into Ann comes through still: The white wine barrel character and the honey are readily apparent. This is very wine like, but in a very good way.

M: Excellent carbonation level. Very drinkable.

O: There are lots of reports of Ann having fallen off and being a shell of her former self. I never had it fresh so I don't really have a frame of reference, but IMO this is remarkable. I am now eagerly anticipating the new batch and the opportunity to try it again.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Batch poured into HF Tulip and enjoyed side by side with Anna. Big thanks to @hillVT4me for sharing both.

A: Hazy dark gold pour yields a bit of snowy froth. Decent-sized bubbles ring the glass. Markedly darker and cloudier than Anna.

S: Bright juicy aromas of peach and preserved lemon. Anna's strong barnyard grassy aroma has transformed into a mellow subtle counterpoint to Ann's fruitiness.

T: Buttery juicy lemons, tart peach/apricot and oak. Strongly resembles a really nice MLF Chardonnay (something like Rombauer). Back end hay and grassy funk notes. Is that a hint of Nietzche's ballsack I'm picking up? Finishes dry. Very pleasant tartness; definitely not extremely sour. The crisp fruity funk lingers.

F: Really perfect light carbonation results in a silky, buttery feel that tickles and coats.

O: A really delicious saison.

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Photo of edthehead
4.67/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally, after a few years, and some adventuresome and muddy miles, she landed. Soft golden hue, fluffy juicy head, gently wine, oak barrel, and microflora tones both on the nose and taste, and silky smooth. Definately matches up with the hype. It was her, it was she, it was fabulous!

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Photo of kevanb
4.89/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, 2015 release, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 3.7.15, reviewed from Tasting Journal.


The beer pours a pale, golden color, hazy and cloudy with a soft white head, moderate retention but super lacing around the glass. The aroma is fantastic, white wine oak, pale grain, berry yeast, light citrus, white grape, big wildflower, raw honey, mild funk. This is about as bright and delicate as I can imagine a saison being, lovely wine influence, nice honey character reminds you of Anna. The flavors are impeccable, again, so bright and delicate, white wine grapes, wildflower, tangerine and lemon, mellow pale grain that is such a soft base yet firmly anchors the beer together, musty oak, fruity yeast that has just a touch of funkiness to it, not overly barnyard, exceptional balance. The mouthfeel is yet another triumph, creamy, smooth, lively, medium body, intense coating, as good as it can get for a saison and just a hint of a dry sensation at the finish.

Verdict: A stunner of a beer from Hill Farmstead, elegant, refined and delicate. It takes everything great from Anna and adds a really special wine character, not too acidic, not too oaky, just right in the sweet spot. It's easy to understand how much care and how selective they are with this beer. Effortlessly complex yet refreshing and quaffable, one of the finest beers to ever be made.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 4, 375mL bottle served into a bulb glass onsite 4/18/18.

First half of pour was crystal clear golden body, second half was slightly hazy and a bit more orange. Good two finger white head that sticks around for a while.

Aroma – I didn’t smell these all at once, I don’t even think that would be humanly possible, but noted them as it warmed and developed in the glass over a half hour or so. Honey. Lemongrass. Nectar. A delicate woodiness. Floral. Vanilla. Cedar. That musty, herbal smell when you walk into an old country store. Grassy. Hay. Pine cones. White wine. Potpourri. Fresh spring day frolicking through a meadow of hay.

On the tongue it’s big but soft, delicate citrus and lemongrass, tart lactic and white wine, lightly funky with oak and a bit of mustiness. Honey comes through on the finish. Not overly dry but not sweet either. Lightly carbed with a very drinkable body.

I’m glad I finally got to try this beer, it was quite the treat and worth the wait.

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Photo of Skrip
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured in a Hill Farmstead taster. (bottle share)

A~ super hazy glowing yellow, not much of a head, and no lacing at all.

S~ tons of fermented honey, white grapes, vinegar and white wine. super strong acidity unlike any brew i've ever smelt.

T~ wow! this is crazy unique! pretty much follows the nose with more saison aspects. black pepper and bready yeast. all ending with a strong lemon vinegar tartness.

M~ not very carbonated but thats probably because the sample was saved for me. otherwise super smooth with the texture of dank lemonade. if this was freshly cracked i'm sure this would have had a nearly perfect score.

O~ definitely the most unique brew i've ever had the pleasure of experiencing! i'm hoping this is still being done again but i'm sure it won't be the same, this is just too crazy! hopefully its the same kind of wine barrel as well, the white wine/grape aspect is unreal! i seriously hope to have another chance to try this, 2 ounces was not enough!

EDIT FOR BATCH 2:
a lot brighter and way more citrus than batch 1. honey and white wine still very forward. so delicate and amazing all around!

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Photo of laxer8811
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, David. 4 oz pour into a snifter.

Pours a hazy blond capped by a finger of clinging foam.

The nose is gentle, with prominent yeast and vinous aromas. White grapes are present along with a touch of lemon flesh and rind. As it warms I pick up notes of blue cheese and mint, which I've noticed in a few other Hill Farmstead saisons. This is a subtle and balanced beer with quite a bit of nuance, but nothing makes it stand out against the brewery's other barrel aged farmhouse ales.

The palate has a touch more grain than the nose, but it's still a yeast driven beer. Lemon rind, white wine, mint, mellow tannins. There's a gentle acidity mid-palate that gives it a pleasant bite. Herbal and floral notes appear in the finish, which is otherwise somewhat thin and verging on bland.

This is a solid and enjoyable barrel aged saison, but there are a number of other Hill Farmstead beers I would take over it.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.4/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Humongous letdown. Really good beer, but was not blown away or memorable. Just a really delicate barrel aged saison, lacked the more interesting bite of Anna 9/2014 that was consumed just a glass prior. Even if this was on shelf at the price vs. Anna, I'd pass on it and go for Anna at 1/4 the cost.

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Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Zamboni332
1.4/5  rDev -70.1%

Photo of HopHead84
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

04/06/2013

Thanks! Bottle into a snifter.

A: Bright golden with good clarity for the majority of the bottle (it's been sitting for months). An inch of white foam lingers for a while and leaves lacing as it recedes.

S: The aroma is lightly tart with grain, honey, apple, and oak. There's a touch of lactic character with much citrus: lemon, orange, grapefruit. It's somewhat floral with a little pepper-like spiciness.

T: Grainy malt is present in the flavor, accompanying a touch of tartness and a dash of sweetness. The beer is drying on the palate. Lemon, orange, and oak are present, with a bit of leather. Honey is evident.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and soft, sticky and dry, with high carbonation.

Overall: Ann is one of the better Saisons I've had, and an absolute pleasure to drink. I would love to have a growler of this stuff.

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Photo of DrewGingras
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yourefragile
4.87/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle shared on Friday night of the 2nd Anniversary party by Shaun. This is Anna aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels with local microflora.

Frothy, retentive near white head settles on a hazed golden body, slowly fading to a finger thick head and thin sheets of lace. Nose if funky, fruity and mildly sour. Medium light body, effervescent carbonation, and soft full texture. The barrel aging adds a dimension missing from the base beer, adding a strong white grape and light lactic sour presences; overall sweet and fruity though out, but well balanced and a dry finish. A favorite of the weekend for me, can't wait for a release of this.

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Photo of jweave16
4.61/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Huhzubendah for sending a bottle of this to Chicago. Hopefully we can repay the favor down the line. Served in a Bell's tulip at the West Lakeview Liquors block party. Bottle #192?

A - A finger of white foam settles to a collar, partial cap, and some splotches of lace. Slightly hazed pale honey-colored body.

S - The wine barrel aging is quite present here, supplying some spicy French oak and sharp grapeskin sourness. As the beer warms more sweetness arrives by way of honey and pale malts. There's a surprisingly assertive citrus and floral hopping, and a mildly acidic vinous bite.

T - The taste is also quite nice, with many of the same flavor components in play. Oak and vinous acidity, restrained malt sweetness, and a mildly dirty farmhouse funk from Greensboro Bend's resident micro-flora. Honey and hops are further in the periphery and there's something not entirely convincing about the finish - it's a tad yeasty in the same way as Cuvee Roge was.

M - As usual, the feel on these Hill Farmstead beers is excellent. Creamy medium body, with a lightly dry and crisp finish, active but soft carbonation, and perhaps a hint of alcohol warmth. I'm not entirely convinced this only picked up .1% ABV from the base beer, but it's still somewhere in the middle of the ABV range for the style.

D - A very nice beer, but I'm not even convinced it's Shaun's best Saison - I found the bottle of Art we drank afterward to be nearly as compelling. Still, it speaks volumes that an 'A' beer from Hill Farmstead was seen as a mild disappointment at our tasting table. I'd happily drink this again and could easily put down an entire bottle on my own - I just wouldn't trade the farm(stead) for another opportunity.

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Photo of NHbeerguy
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mltobin
4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stum-pub
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS IS #1 ON THE TOP 250. Best beer I have ever had. Will change this rating when I find another! Until then, this is the real beer you want to chase.

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Photo of rocksteady726
4.99/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sosopogi
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of SABERG
4.24/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a large tulip glass.
A - Wonderful clarity, steady carbonation feeds well disciplined white cap.
S - A bit of wine, mixed with hints of limestone and ash, a refined aromatic boardering on
Loire valley white.
T - Slightly tart, vinous, lemon grass, honey notes.
M - A wonderful lightly carbonated delight, the sides of the tongue react to the tartness, a wonderful coating
of slight sweet finishes the experience.
O - A superbly crafted offering, world class in every aspect.
Cheers

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Photo of Raziel313
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 411 ratings