Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
BoBoChamp (5575) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl, Batch 1, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, with honey, thx alot to my German friends for sharing this longtime sought-after gem!, complex brew, fruity/floral and slightly woody/vinous, not too heavy, very balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, ’Sadly not worth all the hype (and hassle)...’
deekyn (1212) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - pours a nice hazy golden honey with very little off white micro bubbled head and almost no lacing. S - metallic notes lead the nose into a musty horse blanket. The citrus and pineapple juice really shine through here. Oaky white wine tannins and dusty Brett characteristics. Really really nice aromas. M - very little carb. A nice rounded medium bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. A little tart and nicely dry. T - a nice fruit forward saison. Ruby red grapefruit and canned pineapple juice lead the way. Key lime juice and blood orange fruit and pith. The palate rolls away into the honey and nice very quietly spiced saison yeast, astringent and dusty. Almost bretty. Some subtle spices and nice lime juice with quiet metallic tinges, to end. O - I am so glad I was able to taste this beauty. Fruity, lightly tart, dry, sweet. Complex and subtle. I wish I could have tried her fresh... 4.3
merc7186 (2163) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Mildly Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Lemony, Grassy, Mild Yeasty
T: Lemony, Mildly Yeasty, Mildly Grassy
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying
Overall, a nice base saison...nothing that will blow you away but a nice easy drinking saison....might be over hyped.
jbeatty (1039) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, generously shared by nkeckhar, 10/04/2013. Pours pale orange, slightly hazy, white head rests partially on the surface, creamy ring of lacing around the glass. Aroma is round honey, soft hay, mild tangerine, white grape, vanilla and vinous oak, lovely. Taste is mildly sweet, with pear, honey, white grape, musty wheat, vinous with vanilla and oak. Becomes more rustic and funky with warmth, takes on almost a lambic-like quality. Medium light body, round and creamy, smooth, soft and balanced. Without a doubt superb.
BjørnAndersen (5) - - AUG 21, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
white head. aroma is a hint of summer. sweet and fruity, but dry finish.I can drink a lot of this.
UDBeernut (1780) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
to me, this was the best beer at chopkofest. pours gold, lots of pineapple and apricots. slight sweetness, but the magic comes from the wine barrels. slight funky brett character finishes this off.
Ibrew2or3 (6998) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Woodshed 2.0. Yellow waxed 750mL bottle share courtesy of dak. It pours with an opaque pale gold body with copper hues and a near white head of foam. The aroma offers up sweaty socks, smooth soft vinegar, muted sugar coated spicy oak, apples and apricots. Smells very inviting. The taste is smooth yet mildly tart heading into smooth soft sour vinegar, apricot, pineapple and faint moldy spicy oak. The vinegar shows up now and then but is smooth, modest in strength and has a softness to it that really gives the experience extra depth and interest. Tasty rich stuff.
Glouglouburp (6085) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: An uber-rustic, oaky and honeyed blond Saison. Elegant, complex, excellent.
How: Bottle 750ml, thick yellow bee wax. Consumed 5 months after the beer release. First batch (only batch so far). Bottle #258.
The look: Cloudy blond body topped by a medium off-white head with good retention.
In long: Nose is very rustic, quite oaky and also a bit honeyed. Overall very bright and clean nose that is a bit like Anna but with extra rusticity and oaky notes. Taste starts with very nice crisp cereals, slightly honeyed and with a fresh hay sensation. There’s a nice oak presence that is not overdone. Also lemon zest, oaky white wine, a strong rustic yeast presence that doesn’t go into wild/brett territory, a fun cobweb sensation. Dry oaky finish with the rusiticy shining. A beer that is both nourishing and refreshing. Superb mouthfeel with a full body and a lively carbonation. The world that kept coming back to my mind was “elegant”. Extremely pleasant to drink, this is almost a thirst beer which is very unusual for such a highly rated beer, high scores on ratebeer are usually reserved for high-intensity beers. Hill Farmstead are brewing the best Saisons on the planet, no doubt about this anymore, and with a Saison lineup that includes Arthur, Art, Flora, Vera Mae, Civil Disobediences and more, I only rank Ann as a slightly above average Hill Farmstead Saison. I’d like to get a few more bottles, but unfortunately finding a bottle of Ann just by asking around is as unlikely as catching a fish just by standing next to a lake going “fishy, fishy fishy...".
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously shared by Dak @ Woodshed 2.0! Cloudy 14 karat pour with a tightly packed ivory crown. Lemon zest, earthy with some green grass notes, spicy pepper, yeast, oak, and buttery Chardonnay. Light, refreshing, and incredibly complex for the ABV. Really enjoyed it and shocked I got a chance to try this gem!
daknole (9226) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy gold/yellow pour. White head. Dusty nose, wheat, oak, wine, yeast, fruit. Flavor is yeasty, funky, floral, fruit, light citrus. Yes!!