Ann | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.61/5
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AnnAnn
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by yourefragile on 05-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#70
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
391
pDev:
9.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 391 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of rabbott2
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 batch drank on my wedding day 1/20/2017

L-slight haze, bright lemon gold with a white head

Smell and taste follow each other which is best stated as "complex". The honey and lemon come through nicely just like Anna and there's a nice tartness added as well. The wine barrel is prevalent and adds a nice level of bitterness and oak. I would have guessed a subtle red wine barrel, but it seems more like chardonnay is the likely barrel used. Makes perfect sense. Earthiness and floral tones were present as well and the overall lingering unique note was something either cinnamon or comparable to it. It was really incredible within everything else in this beer.

Feel-soft, drinkable, delicate

Overall-exceptional. Due to the "whale"-ness of this beer, I highly doubt I will be able to drink this again, but man it was great. Very enjoyable. Perfect wedding day celebration.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Matagal
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nollie77
4.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Takeanotherswing
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dddddddd
4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EveningCordial
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great HF house taste, lots of funk and straw with a nice balance of dry wine notes. Delicious

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Photo of thuglife
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rjp217
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly epic glass of liquid. Wine and honey in harmony.

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Photo of Mikebud17
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Jasonrsmith0519
4.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Burgh1328
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kash2112
4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CSO
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dohedan
4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fireazzi
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Was fortunate to try this a few weeks back onsite. What an amazing delicious beer. Smells great, feels great. Great complexity with it. Very happy to say I tried it and it lived up to what I thought it would be.

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Photo of johnlatona
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of coz
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SadMachine
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous honey gold with a beautiful white head that retains well and leaves ample lacing.

The aroma is delicate and enticing. Light tartness, lemon grass and rind, honeysuckle, wheat, funky brett, honey, and much more! Super complex!

The flavor follows the nose, with a nice light lemony tartness to open, followed by wheat, honeysuckle, and honey. It finishes with delightful brett funk. There are many layers of complexity, and it is super delicate!

The mouthfeel is just straight up perfect! Divinely soft, with pillow like carbonation, and a delicate dry finish!

Essentially perfection of the wine barrel aged saison style! It's hard to imagine it being better done!

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Photo of PeterPGH
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rugbypsu
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mandypants11
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AleToTheVictors
4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ann from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 391 ratings