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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerGolem (716) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tom10101 (3159) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 Bottle (750 ml) # 28. Hazy straw color with a small persistent white head and superb lacing. Amazing aroma of brett, lactic acid, tons of fruits, strong floral notes and some spices. Taste is great with white grapes, winey notes, lactic acid, citrus and loads of fruits. Lingering fruity/winey finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and slight acidic. This beer is a masterpiece of balance! Wonderful complexity and still refreshing and drinkable. One of the best beers I had so far! Wow!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reynolds314 (2487) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ernesto987 (4075) - Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2012
See Shaun!! I didnt sell my bottle on eBay, Iím drinking it right now. I have a picture of me drinking it. All jokes aside this might be the best beer Iíve ever had. You continue to outdo yourself which I am simply amazed by. Huge floral wine notes on a sour background. Good amount of citrus flavors. Lingering sour finish. How is the possible? This made the drive up worth it. Amazing!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2012
pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that builds quickly. smells of wine barrel at first then the saison esters, brett and bright lactic notes. taste is a light saison with balanced barrel notes and a light acidity. more acidity than an average JP, yet balanced for the flavors. overall bone dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 750 mL bottle shared on Friday night of the 2nd Anniversary party by Shaun. Generally, this is Anna aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels. Frothy, retentive near white head settles on a hazed golden body, slowly fading to a finger thick head and thin sheets of lace. Nose if funky, fruity and mildly sour. Medium light body, effervescent carbonation, and soft full texture. The barrel aging adds a dimension missing from the base beer, adding a strong white grape and light lactic sour presences; overall sweet and fruity though out, but well balanced and a dry finish. Same as James, this was a favorite of the weekend for me; canít wait for a release of this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2012 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 wasnít 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.

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