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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swans (128) - FRANCE - OCT 15, 2012
Nice golden colour with a creamy white head. aroma of honey, white bread, vanilla and lemon pie, Perfect malt and oak flavour with funky hints. A perfect saison.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sweetone (32) - USA - OCT 1, 2012
750ml #126 of 300. Pours cloudy honey gold w/ medium white head. Nice retention & lacing. Aroma is lemony citrus, winey, & funky. As it warms honey/sweet flowers mix in. Flavor follows suit. Mouthfeel is light/medium & silky, almost creamy. Finish is tart, dry, bit of oak. Superb!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
reggiedunlop (3468) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle 126 of 300...Pours clear gold with a medium white head...lively...great lacing and retention. Aroma has notable white wine notes...chardonnay...wonderful balance between tart/winey and mild funkiness...mild oaky vanilla...whoa! Flavor has more wine than funkiness...tart with the faintest grainyness...light oakiness. Mouthfeel is light and very silky with an oaky dry winey finish...the faintest vanilla hint. Beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5616) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of honey, brett, vanilla, wine, wood, citrus, herbal, and toffee. Taste of vanilla, toast, honey, spices, brett, wood, citrus, and a lightly sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2012
750ml, yellow waxed bottle. Poured a medium and hazy golden yellow color with and averaged sized head. Aromas of wine, honey, some wood, citrus, and some funk. Tastes of honey, grapes, wine, some wood, fruity, and citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2948) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Pours cloudy lemony golden, somewhat clear on an early pour but very cloudy at the end of the bottle. The aroma brings the wine barrel, sweet floral notes,and subtle farmhouse funk all blended perfectly together. There are juicy white wine flavors shining through beautifully from the barrel. Also brings notes of green apples white grapes on a crisp but creamy, bubbly body that dances on the palate. It ends with a bit of citrus and velvety saison yeast on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Bottle generously provided by Mishuggah for our Sunday mini whale tasting. Thanks for bringing out the instawhale Steve! 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. It’s a pleasant drinker, especially on a muggy summer day. With that said, I’d have a hard time pulling the trigger on trading the beers this is going for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Aroma of this beer is lovely - soft and subtle with notes of honey, white grapes, soft yeast. Looks beautiful, clear yellow with white foam. Taste is pleasant. The barrel aging has softened the sharp saison yeast and given the beer a mellow subtle character. White wine/grapes, and a hint of sourness on the finish. Excellent saison, but not the best beer I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle shared by the other Matt tonight. Thanks! Beer served in a Tired Hands glass because I don’t bring my Hill Farmatead glass. At the time of this review this is #1 on the "Top beers - Saison" list on beeradvocate and is #18 on the "Top Beers - Popular". I got a later pour of this beer but saw others. The beer is yellow, straw clear but with a poorly settled yeast that fills the bottom pours with a cloudy white haze. The higher pours are clear and crisp yellow. Wispy white head of small bubbles, some retention, mild carbonation. Looks good. Also the bottle looks really nice. The beeswax really adds to the overall beer. Aroma is the best part. Super complex. At times I can smell a vinous white wine quality, saison yeast, honey, flowers, other times pineapple and Brett c breaks through. Very wonderful smelling beer. This beer has it all. Seriously. The honey character falls out slightly for me and it is close to perfect. The body is light and airy. Sweet with a yeasty funk mild oakiness with some grape and softer sweet fruits. The finish is thin but not overly dry. I really loved it and would of course have this beer again. This breaks into my top 50 beers of all time. A near perfect work of brewing art. Nice beer Shaun.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
top 50 ticked again... nice aroma of sour, crisp honey, floral notes... the taste has a sour bite on the end, dandelions, honey... quite good

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