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RATINGS: 76   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
craftycarl21 (2287) - 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 (2805) - 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. Iím 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, thereís 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. Itís 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 ďnot tame, but civilĒóa 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 elementsómost obviously, the citrusy sweet elements (lemon/tropical fruit) with the citrusy tart elements.

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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Hazy gold pour with a nice white head. Good lacing as well. Wine, tartness, oak, spice citrus and musty basement on the nose. All aromas are woven perfectly together. It smells so good that i was hesitant to drink. Flavor follows the aroma. Funk, acidity, lemon, citrus, oak, wine, a hint of malt sweetness. Tastes as good as it smells. Medium body, very creamy. The mouthfeel is as impressive as the aroma and flavor. I do not rate many beers, but this is perfect for a funky/sour saison. I have been impressed with everything from Hillfarmstead that Iíve tried, but this beer is on a differnt level. The only flaw is that not many people will get to drink this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TURDFERGUSON (4006) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle, thanks Shaun. Poured into the brewers stemware. Natural hazy golden pour with a medium sized fine bubbled white head with lots of lace. Super clean and tart nose, wine barrel comes through but harmonizes so naturally with the base beer that youíd think it was always meant to be there. Light honey, lemon, oak. Fantasticly integrated flavor as well and not as wine dominant as some of HFB other wine barrel aged beers. Slightly slick and acidic palate, could stand for a touch more crispness but Iím not sure if thatís really a legitimate critique. But this is a damn fine beer. Shit, Iím really having trouble finding a way to take points away from this beer and itís everything I want in a saison plus more. This sorta reminds me of Shaunís Saison Lambic Pinot Noir that he brewed in Denmark for the Norreboro brewery with the oís that have lines going through them possibly diagonally but this is better. I can honestly say that Iíd rather be home here in NC drinking this awesome beer than to be in LA right now drinking copious amounts of awesome shit with my homies. Because this is that good and I have it all to myself. Sometimes, you have to be selfish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Poured into some Hill Farmstead stemware. Beautiful golden honey body with a fingers worth of foamy white head. Nice lacing. Lots of earthy French oak notes in the aroma. Light mustiness with hay and floral honey. The taste continues to bring out some great oak notes from the barrel and mixes with a touch of honey and earthy grains. Light floral-citrus acidity throughout. Tastes amazing. Body is smooth with perfect carbonation. The mouthfeel has a nice creaminess to it. Overall, this beer is essentially perfect. I really canít see how a farmhouse ale/saison could get better than this. One of the best beers I have ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
strawberry (14) - Hanover, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Clear deep golden body under an airy tall white head. Floral lemon and sun-kissed hay on the nose. Deliciously harmonious flavors... pineapple, floral honey, white grape, slight barrel presence and hints of funk. Crisp but not overly-dry. Ridiculously easy-drinking. If I could drink one beer for the rest of my life, I might very well chose this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Minderbinder (2305) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle 750ml, n.28 Pours hazy blond, with white head. Very impressive lacing. Aroma is of funk, barnyard, bretts, acid, fruits. Taste is of funk, barnyard, bretts, citrus, fruits, slightly vineous, some alcohol. Overall: Nice balance. Very good, complex aromas and flavors. Nice sligth acidity all the way to finish. Impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerGolem (728) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
Pours hazy blond with golden reflect. Small off white head. Amazing lacing! Aroma: strong brett, floral, fruits. Taste is complex and perfectly blanced: fruits (orange), citrus, brett. Excellent winy finish. Nice acidity This beer is truly amazing!

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