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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Ann is the wine barrel aged version of Anna (1902-?), our grandfatherís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (9731) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Pours a hazy pale yellow that dissipates to the edges quickly. Aroma has a great mesh of light wine and earthy grains and a nice light floral hoppiness. Flavor starts with light dry fruit with dry wine notes and a bit of sweet grains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2012
750 ml bottle pour. Nice light yellow/golden color. Nice light barrel aroma. Extremely well balanced. Finishes excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
pour is golden yellow, effervescent, tight white head. Nose is soft, Chardonnay barrels is up front with notes of honey and hints of citric fruit and lemon. Taste is great, much brighter than the nose. Chardonnay barrel is perfectly integrated with a soft Saison yeast. There is citric acid, light lemon, soft ripe fruit, and sweet honey in back. Very dry, assertive carbonation and light airy body. Well integrated and bright, solid stuff here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Light gold hay pour with small white head of tiny bubbles. Nose is a soft array of chardonnay barrel, soft citrus, acids, very soft. Mouth is very dry, bright, a really neat and deeply integrated expression. White wine barrel and soft lemon rind are the initial flavors. Barrel integration is great, super dry with a pleasant acidity and very minimal grape or vine note. Light honey sweetness on the finish. Interesting, more citric acids than I expected but a really great dry barrel and oak quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (4239) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle #260. Thanks Shaun. Enjoyed at 55 Degrees F in a snifter on my GFís birthday.

A - The beeswax surrounding this bottle smells amazing. The best smelling bottle Iíve ever had. Gorgeous clarity. Bright golden orange with a 3 finger fluffy solid white head. Head fades to a finger and remains. Pillow-like lacing sticks decently. A very nice steady stream of bubbles travel bottom to top for as long as Iím drinking it. Looks a lot like a Prosecco.

S - Grape skins and lemongrass on the nose. Lots of characters that remind me of Prosecco and Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely citrus and wine tannins and a splash of honey sweetness.

T - Very sweet like lemon, tangerines and grapefruit. Dash of wine tannins at the finish with a super dry finish. I donít pick up a lot of honey but there is this tart wild yeast aspect that compliments the excellent wheat and grassiness.

M - Medium body and a very nice balanced medium carbonation. A hint of an astringent listerine mouth wash finish but itís not drastic and you really have to swish quite a bit to get it.

O - Hype, Hype, Hype. So Ann, the elusive Ann. Her? Iím enjoying drinking this right now. Itís tasty and enjoyable but I prefer Art which, for most purposes, is the best beer to compare with Ann. Juicy, Mimosa and Flora, in my opinion, exceed Ann in taste, body and the nose. Art is still the definite winner of Hill Farmstead Barrel Aged farmhouse ales. Would I pick up Ann again? OF COURSE! Itís delicious and delicate and graceful throughout. However, the best saison Iíve ever had? Sorry but itís not. Try this if you can. Itís a fantastic beer! Thanks Shaun.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5463) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle. Hazy gold pour, thin bubbly white head. Aroma of honey, typical HF aroma, light grain, light funk, wood, vanilla. Light lemony flavor, mild tartness, soft grainy notes. Palate is very very dry, light bodied with medium carbonation, super drinkable. Incredibly easy to drink, and very mellow tasting - a fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle, 75cl. #108/300. Itís an almost clear one, golden in color and with a dense, small, white head. Itís lightly lemony and grapefruity on the nose, with some yeasty hints, a touch of pepper and flowers, and a woody hint. Very fruity and flowery flavor, grapefruit, lemon notes, white wine grapes and some woody, peppery hints. Very mellow and smooth. Medium body, quite high levels of carbonation, but pleasant, dry. Citrus-fruity finish with some faint peppery hints. A wonderful beer, tasteful, easy drinkable and quenching. Pity Iííll probably never have this one again. 121109

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meilby (10584) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle 750ml #108/300 @ fonefan
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, wheat, yeast, wood and white wine. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a long very balanced, fruity, vineous finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (14271) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle #108 @ FOneFan courtesy of Nightfall. Aroma is malt, brett, fruit and white wine. Flavour is malt, yeast, spices, brett, white wine, medium dry, fruit, hop, oak and a little grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (15948) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, white wine, light bretty and flowery. Flavor is quite sweet and light acidic. Dry and light acidic. 091112

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