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SAVOR Flowers - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
77
okay

65 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 27
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 06-05-2011)
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Photo of Lantern
2.5/5  rDev -24%

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Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rating number 2,200 here on BA.

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a whit head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of rose water as well as some great floral and herbal notes. The aroma is fairly sweet. The flavor is more complex and better than the aroma. I get a lot of rose water and floral aspects, as well as some cinnamon and nutmeg. As I drink more, I pick out some caramel malt and chocolate notes as well as some herbal notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

After drinking the beer I saw that a lot of people didn't care for it. The only thing I know is that I really dug it and was happy that I was able to kill the last of the bottle after the tasting was complete. I doubt I will get to try this beer again, but I would definitely love to.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.15/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A mixture of metals color, bronze, gold and copper. Small 1/4" white head on the top of it, nothing in the way of lace or retention, but I don't think gruits are supposed to? Definitely delivers flowers part of the aroma, smells like a chick's bathroom. Flowers, potpourri type of stuff.

Taste, tastes like a chick's bathroom. I hope you like flowers, because this must be just like taking one of those crazy fan two hose beer funnels, taking a blue moon in one hand and a vase full of flower water in the other and bonging them at once.

This is what peeps drank back in the old days? I think not. Unless like, every chick was super hot back then, and you never needed to drink to make 'em less um, I mean, their personalities better.

No way man, people were tough back in the day, you would have gotten your ass kicked for drinking this stuff.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Strange beer for sure, it had a ruby color slightly hazed with a light wispy tan head. Forms fine speckled lacing as it dwindles. Poured into a sampling chalice, with spicy floral honey sweet nose, and I kept recalling some kind of spice maybe cinnamon to go with that honey but it seemed to overpower. Flavor wise the rose water added a layer to it but cinnamon bitter spices overpowered the rest of the flavors going on...finishes sweet with honey and booze. Mouthfeel is not smooth actually hard to finish a sample size pour when sharing it with fellow BAs. Carbonation is ample no complaints but the rose water spices and honey all seem to make each sip harder residual sweetness high alcohol burn, taking a chance on something different doesn't always pan out. That's the case with this Jim Koch and Sam Calagione collaboration for Savor.

Photo of Mar02x
2.3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had the opportunity to try this beer at a beer tasting at my uncle Peters place. This was a bottle Thijs brought with him. Thanks Thijs for sharing.

A - An orange looking liquid with a very, very thin white head. No visible carbonation.

S - A cough drop liquor smell, with some honey sweet & laurel odor.

T - A cough drop liquor, a lot of anise and sugar is added to this beer. I doesn't make me a fan.

M - A medium carbonation with a medicinal aftertaste.

O - Not my style and not my taste.

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Double06
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of UlfAndreas
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of zp6167a
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a medium size foamy white head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma is a very weird mix between some overly sweet notes with loads of flowers notes (kind alike hibiscus) with some oak and liquorish notes. The aroma was definitely too strong at first and I almost though I would have to drain pour this one. Taste is an interesting mix between some sweet malt notes with light candy like flavours and notes of flowers (not as strong as hibiscus but in the same realm) with light oak and liquor notes. Body is about average with an oily texture with medium carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Well brewed with good level of complexity, a tad less sweetness would have been welcome and this one would be a good candidate for letting bread a bit before drinking.

Photo of jsanford
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with some friends. Very nice presentation, the Sam Adams C&C bottles always look so nice.

Pours a clear gold with a very thin white ring. Flowers obviously dominate the aromas, along with a good helping of honey, herbs, and grass. Taste is pretty similar to the nose, tons of honey with rose, rosemary, and a touch of cinnamon. Body is medium-full, with a slick, slightly stick mouth-feel and lowish carbonation. A very interesting beer and experiment. Certainly glad I got to try this, but not really my thing.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

, light brown color with some nice highlights of honey mixed in throughout. A small, and fleeting head that stayed on top for a brief second makes and appearance and then quickly fades off. Still though nice overall presentation. Aroma is very woodsy, lots of note4s of berries, grasses, hints of smoke notes as well coming though now. First sip is odd, nice, but off. Twigs and grass coming through, honey, wheat, touches of light bready notes as well. Interesting mix of flavors here. Warming really sweetens it up with lots of honey and nice notes of bread

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light reddish copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There smell is rather unique but is dominated by strong aromas of honey, which seems to mask the hints of oak and roses.
T: Like the smell, honey stands out in the overall taste; however flavors of hibiscus and lavender are a bit more prominent and add to the complexity. The honey contributes a moderate amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat cloying on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is remarkably well hidden from both the smell and the taste; however this beer is a challenge to drink given all of the honey and sweetness, even if you are accustomed to drinking other types of gruit beers.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dsshuck
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.38/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into efes tulip. White, fluffy head, quickly slides away. No lacing noted, interesting. Clear, copper/gold in color. Aroma is one of a kind. French toast, covered in maple syrup and butter comes to mind. Much sweeter smelling than expected. Taste is also quite sweet, caramel sweetness with some interesting honey and molasses notes. I will say it's quite amazing how well the alcohol is hidden in this beer. Extremely unique, easy to drink, flavorful and delicious. Wow.

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try this at the bottle share at Jackie O's this weekend. Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a layer of fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: This is incredibly floral, but I don't know what else I could have expected. There is a sweetness to this beer with a note of honey.

Taste: Somewhat herbal and quite floral. There is a mild sweetness that blends with the other tastes nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is definitely the most floral tasting beer I have ever had. Considering what the goal seemed to be, I thought they did an alright job with this beer.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mi6234
2.05/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tasted at Savor on June 3rd.

Appearance is dark pink-redish with minimal head.

Smells like flower oils or flower water, fairly pleasant but the complete lack of malt or hop smell isn't encouraging.

Tastes nothing like beer. Sweet and flowery. Kind of like drinking hooka water with sweet n low and some vodka after smoking rose tobacco.

Mouthfeel was moderate with fine carbonation, somewhat slick. This was probably a good thing but it didn't save the beer for me.


It was interesting and I'm glad I tried it but I wouldn't buy it.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.4/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle graciously given to me for being a SAVOR attendee. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip. Thanks to drabmuh for this abomination.
Going to add this as a gruit. Who knows what it is, other than the fact that it uses a lot of weird "stuff."

Pours a pinkish-copper color with a thin white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. Nose is floral. Really floral. Quite a few flowers there. Also oddly bready. Lots of stale bread. weird. The flavor falls off the deep end. Yuck. Loads and loads of florals plus some stale bread. Really not tasty. Not getting any of the barrel character. Instead, I get what is apparently rose water. Does that taste good? No, it does not. Medium body with average carbonation. Dry finish and quite floral throughout. Not a good beer. Experiment gone wrong.

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of DruRho
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of thereal_adam
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of EricCioe
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of takashi37
3/5  rDev -8.8%

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SAVOR Flowers from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.