hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle pour. Nice light yellow/golden color. Nice light barrel aroma. Extremely well balanced. Finishes excellent.
HopStunna (1) - - MAR 17, 2016 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Batch 2. Cannot see a beer getting any better than this. The wine barrel and honey add "Zenith" like characteristics to the original beer.
spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Anna is such a great beer that it is no surprise the wine barrel aged version wouldnít be outstanding. The addition of honey really adds an additional level of complexity and flavor that contributes to its unbelievable taste. It hits your palate with a nice balance of flavors that keep you wanting more. Cheers!
ineedbeer (1559) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 1 and 2 side by side from a bottle.
Aroma is very nice with some light stone fruit and pineapple notes. A moderate herbal funk to it with some light oak. Batch 1 is more oaky with some honey notes to it.
Batch 1 pours a slightly orange while batch 2 is a hazy straw color. Both have moderate sized, thick, white head that shows nice retention. Medium light lacing and small legs.
Flavor is delicate with nice light acidity. Light stone fruit, melon and pineapple notes. A light herbal note with light oak notes. Batch 1 has a lot more honey notes with some light spiciness. Delicate, soft water notes with light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is soft and medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a very nice Saison. Very delicate and balanced with nice fruit and herbal notes. Balanced. I would probably deduct .3 or .4 from this score for batch 1.
RichTheVillan (5795) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from the K Man; hazy golden yellow pour with a bubbly white head, aroma has light funk and lemon, taste has some funk, pineapple, smooth lemons, some grass, underlying brett wonderful beer.
markextrae (3108) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle shared at the Moeder Lambic cellar session 2015. 2015 batch bottle. drank side by side with anna. poured a beautiful pale cloudy dark honey colour with a nice white lacing on top. wich kept a lacing on the side of the glass forever. the appearance was like a complete different beer compared to anna. the smell i sout of this world. notes of that clear hill farmstead yeast, white grapes, white wine, oak, melons, sweetness of the honey, sweet citrus, peach, sweet earthe stone fruit pits, sweet pineapple, barnyard, and summer cut grass. the taste was even better as the aroma, it is so incredile full bodied. that anna even tasted weak compared to this. all layered perfectly together, with the sweetness of the honey, the clear wine barrels, and the citrus fruit.some grainy malts, and a small tart kick to the end. it is really smooth. this was everything i was hoping for it would be. this will be hands down the best saison that i would ever drink. the hype is real. this was so great to try. and iím really glad i had to chance to drink this! lovely all the way
Clownoisseur (405) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle picked up at Hill Farmstead last February and shared at my wedding on 9/12/15. Pour was a slightly hazy blonde, lively eggshell head that breaks into gorgeous lace and remains throughout. Aromas are very inviting! Notes of oak, vanilla, light honey sweetness, light barnyard funk, medium floral and light earth. Taste is phenomenal! Such a balance of flavors throughout. Less honey and less Brett than the base beer, Anna.....but was a wonderful transformation through the barrel inflection. Nice rounded tartness gives off light hints of underripe apples and grapes...vinous and earthy in the mid-palate. Very much to my liking!! Light funk pushes through the back-end where the honey emerges in harmony with oak/vanilla to counter nicely. Finishes semi-dry, semi-sweet and lightly tart. Wonderful, wonderful beer....for a wonderful, wonderful night!
ClarkVV (5129) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
May 2014 Magnum shared by Adam C on 7/25/15.
Hazy burnished copper with a good amount of fairly well-retained white head atop.
Brightness of Anna lightly dulled, but in the best way possible, replacing it with soft lactic acids. Again more of the floral-sulfur-grass thing going on (thatís my closest approximation to describing the aroma of these wonderful saisons, and itís admittedly terrible and sounds unappealing, but Iíll work on it once I get a whole bottle to myself....). Bits of honey on the end are just begging you to drink it.
Very well-restrained on the barrel character, compared to Art. Bright acidity, wildflower notes producing the same light stickiness. As it progresses, you get a pineapple-near-the-rind sort of flavor that is nicely dry but still has some good tartness and a pinch of sweetness. Bits of vanilla and light wood with some juicier melon notes. Hard to describe, these beers of Shawnís. The flavors are all so new to me and itís overwhelming to try them all for the first time this weekend. I can say that the mouthfeel, balance and attenuation are perfect here once again.
AirForceHops (5661) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Magnum poured by Adam, bottled 2014, sold in 2015. Great bright gold color, spotty lace. Aroma is just a dream, honey, grain, citrus, very mild barrel.
Can the barrel be anymore integrated?? The mouthfeel is soft and delicate just like every other of Mr. hillís brew. Wow, the wine barrel is here but really mild. The honey, citrus and grain has a juicy like texture. Light floral hints, damn... The mouthfeel is crisp and lively, nice tingle. No hype just straight flavor.
WillRunForBeer (1993) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Magnum shared by AdanChandler, opened at Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting v1. Bottled 5/14. Pours yellow gold with s big white head. Aroma is oak, white wine, mild HFS funk. Super soft, with white grape, lemon, HFS funk.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: 2015 batch from a magnum thanks to Adam. Clear golden pour, soapy & foamy white head. Aroma is absolutely lovely. Big white wine character with light tartness & tannins that remain restrained. Light honey, wet oak, apple, lemon, hint of peach, kiwi, a small touch of soft mineral water, slight kick of farmhouse on the back end. Amazing flavor. White grape, honey, tart melon, lemon rind, kiwi, some soft grains. So smooth & mellow. Finishes with peach, lime, white grape, & a little kick of oaky tannins. This is a fucken fantastic beer that has lived up far beyond the hype. Incredible.