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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GT2 (9064) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
750mL yellow wax thanks to JulienHuxley. Pours clear orange with higher, fine effervescence. Big lacing. 360 sheets of white lace. Nose is subtler: fresh potpourri, curaçao, vanilla, ice cream, fresh peach. Unreal- bright nectar fruits and fresh mango and elusive papaya and white chocolate mousse. Essentially perfect aroma. But not too different from Civil Disobedience #1. Taste is salty and quite lactic with high buoyancy like Fantome Saison and Sante 14. But fresh sweet rolls and subtle buttery biscuit is unmistakable Hill Farmstead. Very similar delicate malty balance found in Civil Disobedience #1. Palate is salty, restrained sour, key lime acid balanced by Hawaiian sweet rolls. Very beautiful. Refreshing and truly designed to be a summer quencher. Thankfully it will be brewed again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (14366) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle courtesy of JulienHuxley via GT2, merci bien mes amis! Hazy golden yellow color, large white head, solid lacing. Aroma of perfume and subtle grandma’s armpits. Taste is vanilla, citrus, rose water, white wine. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (435) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Thanks Seth for sharing this bottle. Pours yellowish with a golden haze. A little barrel with some floral elements in the nose. Smooth with a medium body, nice amount of carbonation. It finished dry with a little spice. This is a solid saison, but it was a disappointment from such a great brewery, when compared to so many of their other beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9891) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Murky pear-colored ale with a small, fluffy, white head. Terrific retention. The bouquet is fruity and moderately acidic, offering lemon, apricot, pale malts and barely a whisper of Anna’s medley of lavender, clove and other spice-rack goodies. Medium-bodied with a sandy mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is quite tart, but not sour, furnishing pale malts, underripe apricot, bready yeast, a hint of lemon and only a rumor of Anna’s assortment of spicy phenols. Finishes tangy and Sahara-dry. Thanks so much to landhoney for generously sharing this excellent bottle of beer with the south Florida crew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle generously shared by Seth. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. The nose is somewhat bland with barrel highlights. Real smooth with good carbonation. Light citrus and orange notes with floral/herbal and woody undercurrents. To be honest, after all the hype, I was expecting a whole lot more.....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Thanks to OteyJ for generously cracking this bottle. Pours golden, hazy and lively. The head is fluffy, white, delicate. Aroma is monstrous tropical fruit, mango and a touch of citrus. Complex notes of cheese, barrel, and light vinous notes are evident as well. Incredible light, creamy mouthfeel makes this easy to drink quicker than you planned. The flavor steps into a new realm with a tart funk not found in the aroma and plentiful barrelled nectar. Delicious, dry, drinkable, complex, and interesting - Could this be any better?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
craftycarl21 (2285) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Gigantic thanks to oteyj for this bottle!! Pours a hazy gold with a gorgeous frothy head. Absolutely ridiculous nose; stunning cheesecloth and tropical funk, guava and mango, pink grapefruit, and hints of barrel and vinous sweetness. Flavor adds much more wine character, tart strawberry, with that same otherworldly funk and fruit. Bone dry. Nearly flawless.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Huhzubendah (2783) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Sharing this with a few of the guys today. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. The beer is a beautiful golden color with a soft, white head. Noticeable lacing throughout the glass. The aroma brings honey, grass, lemons, subtle funk, white wine, oak. Really complex and profound. The beeswax cap smells fantastic as well. The flavor is a tad sweet, with a beautiful honey presence. Extremely well balanced. With every sip, a new flavor seems to emerge. Lovely white wine / white grape character. Pleasant, subtle tart character in the finish. Without doubt the most complex and gracefully balanced example of the style I have yet encountered. Like sipping a world class champagne or white wine. Overall, this is certainly a stellar beer. I’m very glad that I was able to make it to this release and acquire this. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-05-2012

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Huge, huge thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing this bottle. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. First off, the beeswax on the bottle is an excellent touch. Not only does it look nice, but it smells phenomenal, setting the tone for the beer. The beer itself pours a nice, bright yellow. Fairly clear with a huge white head and great retention. As the head falls, heavy sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass. Collar throughout. The nose carries a wonderful mixture of white wine, honey, hay, lemon zest, very light barnyard, and a touch of acidity. Masterfully blended so that each time I take another whiff, something else seems to come to the front. The flavor is equally as integrated, and is aided by an absolutely incredible mouthfeel. Some green grapes alongside lemon and hay. Mild earthy funk behind a good dose of white wine. Touch of oak. Mouthfeel is crisp. Very nice carbonation. The mouthfeel is an enigma. At the same time, there’s a touch of sweetness alongside a bit of white-wine tartness, mild funk, and touch of oak. Each aspect is beautifully melded together. Hard to describe. The flavor lingers and is accentuated by mild acidity. Saison and touch of pepper comes through at the very end. Overall, this tastes like the blood of a fallen beer god. It’s just a gorgeous beer, and one of my top 5-10 of all time. A wonderful experience, and something tells me, Shaun has better things yet to come.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 750ml beeswaxed bottle opened on August 4, 2012. Batch 1, bottle #59.

Golden yellow-orange with just over a finger of creamy, white head.

Ann smells pungently of citrus, tropical fruit, and floral honey. The wine barrel aging works perfectly, imparting juicy lemon; a delicate grassiness; and ripe green grape; and hinting at a tickling acidity.

Ann is “not tame, but civil”—a pinch earthier and more obviously saison-like than the nose, with lemon verbena; citrusy, almost limey tartness; and a sweet-grassiness. Ann remarkably balances a number of disparate elements—most obviously, the citrusy sweet elements (lemon/tropical fruit) with the citrusy tart elements.

I’m thankful I have another bottle, which means that I can enjoy it without studying it. One of my favorites from Shaun.

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