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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Ann is the wine barrel aged version of Anna (1902-?), our grandfather’s 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.

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4.6
PhillyCraft (10966) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2019 Bottle shared with Ed at Hill Farmstead. Pours a beautiful bright golden yellow with small white head. The nose is absolutely insane on this beer. Maybe a top 5 smelling Hill saison for me. Raspberry fruit rollup in a non-gross/sweet way, oak, lemon, bright pineapple, earth, and more beautiful raspberry. Flavor is pretty tart and reminds me of Ann with the additional berry but its not as pronounced as the scent was. Medium bodied with a salivating lactic and minerally close. Excellent
Earlier Rating: 4/17/2015 Total Score: 4.3
Bottle shared by Al, pours vibrant and hazy golden color with small to medium white head. Aromas of bright lemons, blood oranges, oak, vino funk, sea salt, grapefruit and tangy minerality. Medium bodied. Been wanting to try this little skank for years now. A little underwhelmed for hill standards but still a very nice beer. Probably not in my top 10 from these guys but still epic juice.

5
BitterTapper5 (11) - Eizeringen, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2018 This beer is just amazing. An incredible complexity in taste! Starts of sour but ends sweet and soft . Probably one of the best beers I ever had.

4.5
Johnsense (2093) - - JUN 19, 2018
Glad to cross this one off the bucket list. Shared at HF. Golden pour, baby finger sized white head, no lacing. Aroma of green grape, white wine, oak, apricot, white peach. Taste is something else, oaked white wine, apricot, peach, light cellar notes, white grape, hay, picking up a light honey-sweetness and very light funkiness. Lighter body, carbonation holding up pretty well.

3.8
zvikar (10663) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 7, 2018
Pours yellow with a small head, aroma of fruits, barnyard, sulfur, brett, pickles, flavor is sour, barnyard, brett, pickles, wood, medium bodied

4.4
pushkinwow (3522) - Ottawa, CANADA - AUG 14, 2017
2015 375ml bottle on site right before FoFA, couldn’t believe this was on the bottle list...pretty damn excited. Clear golden with white head. Delicate, incredibly dry, long finish. An amazing combination of green grape skins, chardonnay, yeast, hay, straw, light oak, light apricots and peach, somewhat herbaceous and then incredibly dry. Moderate carbonation and full body, dries out with flavours further developing revealing more deliciousness. On top of that easily drinkable. Great beer.

4.7
skrip (230) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2017 *5/27/2014 750ml bottle poured in a Hill Farmstead taster. (bottle share) A~ super hazy glowing yellow, not much of a head, and no lacing at all. S~ tons of fermented honey, white grapes, vinegar and white wine. super strong acidity unlike any brew i’ve ever smelt. T~ wow! this is crazy unique! pretty much follows the nose with more saison aspects. black pepper and bready yeast. all ending with a strong lemon vinegar tartness. M~ not very carbonated but thats probably because the sample was saved for me. otherwise super smooth with the texture of dank lemonade. if this was freshly cracked i’m sure this would have had a nearly perfect score. O~ definitely the most unique brew i’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing! i’m hoping this is still being done again but i’m sure it won’t be the same, this is just too crazy! hopefully its the same kind of wine barrel as well, the white wine/grape aspect is unreal! i seriously hope to have another chance to try this, 2 ounces was not enough! EDIT FOR BATCH 2: a lot brighter and way more citrus than batch 1. honey and white wine still very forward. so delicate and amazing all around! EDIT FOR BATCH 3: just wow! everything you could love about Ann is here! i had to rate this higher!

5
MacBoost (2046) - Victor, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Well, this is it. My personal white whale and a honestly earth shattering beer experience.

I’m not sure you are ready to handle this level of cred, but take a peek if you dare:
http://i.imgur.com/F9C3IEw.jpeg

And then this:
http://i.imgur.com/E12xBgL.jpeg
Yup, that’s a magnum of Ann.
It was an experience that transcended beer and life itself. Poured at the Hill Farmstead 7th anniversary week on Saturday. Spilt with some very generous and very hungover bros who I’ve never met before and will probably never see again. It was a perfect medley of honey, wine and funk that was more than the sum of its parts. Shared against the backdrop of the Vermont countryside, it was ethereal in every sense. It was too perfect for you to understand without being there yourself...without the setting, it doesn’t get a 5. Without the magnum it doesn’t get a 5. Without the people I shared it with, it doesn’t get a 5. But...put all those together and you have perfection. In every sense. Without apology and without reservation, this beer is the greatest thing ever brewed, bar none.

3.9
nimbleprop (10918) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2017
750ml pours a clear orange gold with some soapy, white head. Nose is nice, apricots, perfume, unopened stone fruit, some green pear too, green grape, mild butter. Flavor is green with apples and grapes and pears, some white grapefruit, orange, a littlw waxy. Finishes tart and dry. Very good.

4.2
Vestergaard (2091) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2017
From bottle while working. Pours a hazy yellow with a creamy white head. Aroma is surprisingly light, wheaty, fresh, pale malty, acidic white wine, honey, vanilla and some oak. Taste is sour, vinous, smooth, oaky dry, spicy and citric. Average carbonation and a juicy texture.

3.7
Akey (9) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2017 does not count
Love this twist. Really something different look forward to more beers in the future!


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