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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Anna (1902 - ? ) was our grandfather’s sister; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Honey Saison is crafted from American malted barley, European and American hops, Vermont wildflower honey, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Anna. 6.5% ALC/VOL 14º P Ingredients: Pale Malt, American and European Hops, Vermont Wildflower Honey, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2012
On tap at the brewery in Greensboro, VT. Pours a cloudy, yellow-orange colored body with an inch thick, dense and frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of spicy hops and lightly sweetened malts. Some pale cereal malts with a touch of honey sweetness, grass, hay, grapefruit citrus, florals, pepper, and a bit of a lemon zest. Flavor is similar. Smooth cereal pale malts up front with a light honey sweetness. Zesty grapefruit citruses with a touch of lemon, some white pepper, hay, grass, and soft florals. This finishes dry and a bit spicy and grassy, but the cereal malts keep it smooth and add a touch of honey sweetness. Light bitterness following a very smooth and soft, medium-light body and a gentle, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid saison. I wasn’t as impressed with this as some of the other raters, but it was still fairly complex and well done. Good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slayer85 (1041) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 12, 2012
750 ml bottle. A lightly hazy medium blonde beer, with a huge, fizzy, frothy, lacing almost fully lasting white head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, lemon), lightly to moderately yeasty (earth, dough), with notes of honey, exotic fruits, pepper, spicy/perfumey herbs/flowers (hardly definable, but like lavender/basil/dandelion), oranges. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, dry and very long finish with moderate bitterness. This is a hell of a beer... Noble and American hops are amazingly integrated, live everything in this stuff, including the honey presence, subtle but effective. Marvellous from the beginning to the end, a true showstopper and shared with my mother Anna. I ’m hugely impressed by Hill Farmstead and I definately need more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (2265) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Hazy golden, straw yellow. Nice, massive fluffy white head, great lacing clinging all around the glass. Dense skim remains on top after each sip. The nose is full of lemon, grain, green apples, hay, oranges, mild coriander, light funk and just a hint of sweet honey. Reminds me a bit of the beautiful nose of cuvee de castleton. Taste follows suit with a nice grainy base complemented by a blend of mellow, fresh fruits (lemon, apples, oranges, grapes). Mouthfeel is very nice with a light to medium body, assertive carbonation keeps things moving, crisp refreshing finish. Overall a very nice saison that hangs with the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
750ml bottle, enjoyed by my lonesome on the balcony overlooking Sunny Isles Beach with a delicious prosciutto/chorizo/pecorino sandwich on hours-fresh sourdough. This is the life.

The body is a slightly hazy, gorgeous golden shade that shines brightly in the sun, revealing continuous streams of champagne-like bubbles. The effervescence feeds a creamy, steadfast blanket of tight-bubbled, snow-white foam. Short, fat, curled flares of lace harken to the profile shot of a chunky ocean wave. Beautiful beer.

The aroma on this beauty suggests of the very sourdough bread that I enjoy along side it. Fresh, lightly malted cereal grain and softly sweet dough provide a subdued backdrop, while masterfully subtle, peppery wildflower notes and aged, grassy hops come across dry, dusty, and mouthwatering. Honey is nearly fully attenuated, and was clearly used with (welcomed) restraint. The yeast is distinct, offering a soft pungency that I enjoy.

Flavors largely follow the nose. Fresh, bready grains are kissed with the softest possible glaze of honey. I get a distinct hint of flaked oats, and maybe some hay. Zippy, dusty, peppery spice nods to marigold, dandelion, and other such dry, fragrant wildflowers. Hops are again grassy, providing the perfect amount of bitterness. So tasty.

The palate approaches perfection. The moderately substantive body has been attenuated to the point where I don’t think an additional micron of alcohol could be squeezed out of this thing. Dry as a bone, this beaut’ is laced with intense, lively carbonation that intensifies the wildflower spiciness before cleaning the palate off entirely. Even after the swallow, I can still feel tiny bubbles tickling the roof of my mouth.

If I close my eyes, thoughts of Saison Dupont rush in...only this is better. Yes, I realize that is a bold statement. It’s spicier (without going overboard), drier, more flavorful, and perhaps most importantly, more ambitious without getting carried away. Excellent beer from arguably the best saison brewer in the country at the moment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (2850) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours a hazy glowing yellow color with small head and lacing. Aromas of earthy funk, lemon, brett, and some carmelized sugar sweetness. Very crisp and drinakble. Only a little bit tart in finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
750 ml bottle via my my main man Derek; clear dark gold with thick, eggy white head; dry lemon, white sugar, light grain, honey and creamy wheat; ymmm, drinks with a delicate sweetness and creamy wheat; soft, creamy mouthfeel with dry honey, stale hay, fizzy, lively mouthfeel with sweet malt, honey and lemon; wow, perhaps not as dry as one would like in a saison, but the honey gives it a sweetness and depth and really works with the added mouthfeel; this one is yum and one of the best saisons I’ve had in a long while

Anna (2/23) 2nd bottle (and from the newest batch) - not quite blown away and his doesn’t pop flavor wise; smooth, dry honey with stale hay, dry malt; some minor bitterness and astringency that I don’t remember from before; new yeast this batch I think I read? more bland and watery this time around; some yeast profile but not as complex as before

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle from hbmason...thanks Tim! - Pours clear honey yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Dry, peppery yeast on the nose with a bit of acetone and some fruity sweetness. Taste is more of the same, has a nice dry, fruity maltiness with a dusty yeast and some light floral hopping. Has that same acetone note with some real bitter grassy hoppiness that lasts through the finish. Big fluffy body with ample carbonation. The hop profile ruins it for me--just too sharp and bitter. Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Straw color with white head. Grassy with a little bit of honey. Taste follows. Very good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours a hazy yellow with white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma has honey, spice, and yeastiness. Taste is semi-sweet with some light peppery notes. Medium bodied and a dry finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pour from a bottle thanks to a generous friend. Light golden yellow in color. Pure white head. Aromas are fresh with flowery notes and earthy yeast. Light to medium on the palate and very smooth. The initial flavors are of lemon, herbs, and natural honey. Just when you think the honey is going to make this beer a tad sweet it nicely dries out and finishes really balanced. Long finish in a complex way for a saison. Excellent beer.

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