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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Ann is the wine barrel aged version of Anna (1902-?), our grandfather’s sister as well as the name of our Honey Saison. In her honor, we fill French Oak wine barrels with honey saison and allow the beer to mature in the presence of our resident microflora. After many months, a beautifully complex beer emerges--Anna becomes Ann. Naturally carbonated and dipped in beeswax, Ann displays the microflora of her landscape. This the ale that I dreamed to have shared with Anna.


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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reynolds314 (2349) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Absolute masterpiece shared with ernesto987. First thing I noticed was the bees wax dipping and the great aroma that gave off, i know its a little detail but its part of what makes Hill Farmstead Special. Pours a cloudy pale straw color with billowy mirangue head that retains and leaves behind great lacing. The aroma is just out of this world. Aroma is tart lactic acid, floral perfumes, citrus fruits, musty basement(in a good way), and a mixture of spices. Initial mouthfeel is amazing and smooth/creamy and the flavors start hitting right away. Medium sweetness and floral notes with light fruits give away to tart lactic acid and citrus elements. The finish is dry and welcoming and leads you to want to take another sip. This is the type of craft and attention to detail that you rarely find. STUNNING.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
First thing I noticed was the bees wax dipping and the great aroma that gave off, i know its a little detail but its part of what makes Hill Farmstead Special. Pours a cloudy pale straw color with billowy mirangue head that retains and leaves behind great lacing. The aroma is just out of this world. Aroma is tart lactic acid, floral perfumes, citrus fruits, musty basement(in a good way), and a mixture of spices

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Shaun at the Hill Farmstead 2nd Anniversary vip party. A bright golden pour yields a great frothy white head with thick lacing. White grape juice, quenching lactic acid, and mead notes abound, with an ever present funk profile, giving way to earthen cheesy brett and tropical fruits. Light body with pillowy effervescence and a dry crisp finish. I absolutely loved this beer, and it was one of the highlights of the event for me. Re-rate from a release bottle. Shared with my dad on my birthday. Nice to revisit this beer when I am completely sober. I certainly wasn’t for my original rating, but surprisingly I captured it pretty well. Very vinous, funky, and lactic, with vibrant nectar and tropical fruits trailing off with mead like notes. Complex farmy brett. The palate is just perfect. Soft but full carbonation with a bone dry finish. Vibrant, bright and complex. This is without a doubt my favorite beer from Hill Farmstead.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5548) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2014
75cl, Batch 1, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, with honey, thx alot to my German friends for sharing this longtime sought-after gem!, complex brew, fruity/floral and slightly woody/vinous, not too heavy, very balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, ’Sadly not worth all the hype (and hassle)...’

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deekyn (1208) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Ann!!!!!!! A - pours a nice hazy golden honey with very little off white micro bubbled head and almost no lacing. S - metallic notes lead the nose into a musty horse blanket. The citrus and pineapple juice really shine through here. Oaky white wine tannins and dusty Brett characteristics. Really really nice aromas. M - very little carb. A nice rounded medium bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. A little tart and nicely dry. T - a nice fruit forward saison. Ruby red grapefruit and canned pineapple juice lead the way. Key lime juice and blood orange fruit and pith. The palate rolls away into the honey and nice very quietly spiced saison yeast, astringent and dusty. Almost bretty. Some subtle spices and nice lime juice with quiet metallic tinges, to end. O - I am so glad I was able to taste this beauty. Fruity, lightly tart, dry, sweet. Complex and subtle. I wish I could have tried her fresh... 4.3

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2149) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
A: Mildly Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Lemony, Grassy, Mild Yeasty T: Lemony, Mildly Yeasty, Mildly Grassy M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying Overall, a nice base saison...nothing that will blow you away but a nice easy drinking saison....might be over hyped.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbeatty (1039) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle, generously shared by nkeckhar, 10/04/2013. Pours pale orange, slightly hazy, white head rests partially on the surface, creamy ring of lacing around the glass. Aroma is round honey, soft hay, mild tangerine, white grape, vanilla and vinous oak, lovely. Taste is mildly sweet, with pear, honey, white grape, musty wheat, vinous with vanilla and oak. Becomes more rustic and funky with warmth, takes on almost a lambic-like quality. Medium light body, round and creamy, smooth, soft and balanced. Without a doubt superb.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BjørnAndersen (5) - - AUG 21, 2013 does not count
white head. aroma is a hint of summer. sweet and fruity, but dry finish.I can drink a lot of this.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (1777) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2013
to me, this was the best beer at chopkofest. pours gold, lots of pineapple and apricots. slight sweetness, but the magic comes from the wine barrels. slight funky brett character finishes this off.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Woodshed 2.0. Yellow waxed 750mL bottle share courtesy of dak. It pours with an opaque pale gold body with copper hues and a near white head of foam. The aroma offers up sweaty socks, smooth soft vinegar, muted sugar coated spicy oak, apples and apricots. Smells very inviting. The taste is smooth yet mildly tart heading into smooth soft sour vinegar, apricot, pineapple and faint moldy spicy oak. The vinegar shows up now and then but is smooth, modest in strength and has a softness to it that really gives the experience extra depth and interest. Tasty rich stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6075) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
In short: An uber-rustic, oaky and honeyed blond Saison. Elegant, complex, excellent.
How: Bottle 750ml, thick yellow bee wax. Consumed 5 months after the beer release. First batch (only batch so far). Bottle #258.
The look: Cloudy blond body topped by a medium off-white head with good retention.
In long: Nose is very rustic, quite oaky and also a bit honeyed. Overall very bright and clean nose that is a bit like Anna but with extra rusticity and oaky notes. Taste starts with very nice crisp cereals, slightly honeyed and with a fresh hay sensation. There’s a nice oak presence that is not overdone. Also lemon zest, oaky white wine, a strong rustic yeast presence that doesn’t go into wild/brett territory, a fun cobweb sensation. Dry oaky finish with the rusiticy shining. A beer that is both nourishing and refreshing. Superb mouthfeel with a full body and a lively carbonation. The world that kept coming back to my mind was “elegant”. Extremely pleasant to drink, this is almost a thirst beer which is very unusual for such a highly rated beer, high scores on ratebeer are usually reserved for high-intensity beers. Hill Farmstead are brewing the best Saisons on the planet, no doubt about this anymore, and with a Saison lineup that includes Arthur, Art, Flora, Vera Mae, Civil Disobediences and more, I only rank Ann as a slightly above average Hill Farmstead Saison. I’d like to get a few more bottles, but unfortunately finding a bottle of Ann just by asking around is as unlikely as catching a fish just by standing next to a lake going “fishy, fishy fishy...".


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