Anna (Hill Farmstead Brewery)

Style: Bière de Miel

6.5% ABV

OG: 14º P

Ingredients: Pale Malt, American and European Hops, Vermont
Wildflower Honey, Ale Yeast, and HF Well Water.

Brewery’s Note: “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. Anna is Bière de Miel,
brewed with 20% raw wildflower Vermont honey and our house saison yeast.

The beer pours a pale, rich
yellow, with a chalky white haze. It forms a rocky head of eggshell white
bubbles, which whither away, leaving some lovely clinging lacing spatters that
sit slight above thin on the edges of the glass. In body, the beer is cloudy,
yet clear and clean. It has a near opacity, but is clear enough to give hints
of translucence. On the nose, the beer smells HF funk with a sweeter body. Raw
grains, hay, a hint of lemon water, a splash of minerality that adds a snap,
and the ghosting body of sweet honey lounge across the nose, leaving a clean
crisp scent. On the tongue, it tastes of slightly tart, with a citric sweetness
that keeps the tartness mellow, almost like a lemonade. The finish brings a
thicker, honeyed sweetness with a bristle of bitter herbs and a final pop of
lemon citrus. Balance is tantamount to this ale, playing a sweet honey body off
of citric tartness, and the mellower herbal hops. In flavor, the beer tastes of
fresh squeezed lemonade, hay, herbal grass, and mellow sweet honey beneath all
the rest. To sum this up, it tastes of raw lemonade blended with mineral water
and raw grains. In the mouth, the beer features a higher than normal carb that
softly scrubs at the tongue with mild effervescence. The beer is bright, crisp,
and yet with a honeyed smoothness at the close that round the drink out
beautifully. I think the honey is most prevalent in the mouthfeel, yet the beer
remains light and easy to drink. Overall, we all already know that Hill
Farmstead makes delicious ales. What sets Anna apart is its beautiful balance
between sweet honey, tart yeast, and subtle herbal hops, and its wonderful
integration of honey into the mouthfeel without making the beer heavy in the
mouth.

 

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