jbeatty (1247) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2013
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
white head. aroma is a hint of summer. sweet and fruity, but dry finish.I can drink a lot of this. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2013
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 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2015 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 (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
In short: An uber-rustic, oaky and honeyed blond Saison. Elegant, complex, excellent.
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
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...".
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 (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2013
Cloudy gold/yellow pour. White head. Dusty nose, wheat, oak, wine, yeast, fruit. Flavor is yeasty, funky, floral, fruit, light citrus. Yes!! phaleslu (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by Tyler- thanks again, Tyler! Bottle #171. Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a medium white head. Aroma of oak, pale malts, cobwebs/basement funk, apricot, lemon, herbs, straw, and leather. Flavor of lemon, apricot, peach, honey, oak, straw, cobwebs, and white wine. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bright, tart, funky mouthfeel. Light oils coat the palate. So good. sarro (134) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours hazed, pineapple juice yellow.
Thin white head. Nose is light flower, elderflower and sour wheat.
Taste is creamy, soft sour wheat.
Medium bodied. Soft, slight oak finish with some light chardonnay notes.
One of my favorite beers ever, especially fresh. What an elegant treat. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. From notes.
Ann has a great cloudy golden straw appearance with a fluffy white cap.
The aroma is full of honey, white grapes, straw, and pale malts, with the microflora, pear, and lemon zest taking a bit of a backseat.
My first sip starts out nicely sweet with honey and light malts. White grapes and pear add a little bit of fruit character to the sweetness. Straw, grass, and a mineral presence come in later on, followed by a spicy oak note, with the finish ultimately being dry and clean.
Ann has a slightly heavier body than Anna does with a little bit less carbonation, but overall it still has a medium body with a moderate level of crisp carbonation. There is a bit of a zesty tartness that will probably continue to develop over time. It is fairly dry.
Even someone who does not go crazy for saisons has to appreciate the quality of a beer like this. The original beer is delicate and complex, and the aging process has only added to the character.