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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Aroma of this beer is lovely - soft and subtle with notes of honey, white grapes, soft yeast. Looks beautiful, clear yellow with white foam. Taste is pleasant. The barrel aging has softened the sharp saison yeast and given the beer a mellow subtle character. White wine/grapes, and a hint of sourness on the finish. Excellent saison, but not the best beer I’ve ever had.

pushkinwow (2962) - 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.

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!

MacBoost (1963) - 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:

And then this:
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.

nimbleprop (8937) - 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.

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.

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!

Korcz (3388) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 11, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. 2014 vintage. Smakuje jak dość nisko wysycony, wysokiej klasy, brettowy brut. Bardzo intensywny charakter białego wina, genialne bretty. Wyśmienite piwo, na pewno ścisła czołówka najlepszych saisonów jakie piłem.

hackobock (4073) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2016
May 12, 2016. Bottle at Hill Farmstead day at Warpigs. Bottled October 2014.
Light hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, funky, light floral and herbal with lemon, peach, grape skins, green apple, wood, minerals, hay, oak and white wine. Taste is tart, fruity, funky and very light sweet. Light to medium bodied, slightly dry yet smooth, average carbonation. Finish is very light sweet with grain and and notes of tropical fruits, tart and fruity notes of lemon, green apple and gooseberries, some slight astringent dry notes of grape skins and oak, funk and white wine.
Great one!

hallinghansen (3474) - Odense SV, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2016
Bottle @ Hill Farmstead Tap Takeover, Warpigs. Clear yellow body with a small white head. Light hoppy, light yeasty, oak, honey, grapes, vinous, elderflower. Wow.

beernbourbon (1604) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle with a HUGE thanks to Brandon!! Pour is cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is musty white grape, with light oak, faint chardonnay, and light funk. Flavor is deep and earthy with more must and light smooth oak notes. Beautiful light sweetness and evolving funk as it warms. Really liking the evolution of this. Super drinkable.

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