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SAVOR Flowers - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
75
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 27
Gots: 24 | 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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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of takashi37
3/5  rDev -8.8%

takashi37, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Abe_Froman
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Abe_Froman, Mar 24, 2012
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Double06
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Double06, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of jaysephx69
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: brass hue. slightly hazy. slight bright white head.

S: pure flower. aroma is a combination of fresh local beehive honey and hardcore pollen. rosemary.

T: the pollen hits hard on the palate. residual honey. a bit of sugar towards the end of the sip. probably from the honey. alcohol as well.

M: mouthfeel is gentle and spritely.

D: unique.

jaysephx69, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
3/5  rDev -8.8%

EricCioe, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +21.6%

jh1982, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Brabander
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We had this beer at tasting two weeks ago at my cousin Peters place. Great beers and great fun.

This beer was poured in my Essen Christmasbeerfestivalglass (what a word for wordfeud!) I traded this beer for a threepack of Westy's with an American who was with the Bonbeertravelgroup at the abbey in november 2011.

This is one hell of a strange beer! I really can not place this beer in a group. It is drinkable with it's very special smell but i would not buy another bottle if i saw one.

Brabander, Jan 07, 2012
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.

Mar02x, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of christopheraknox
3/5  rDev -8.8%

christopheraknox, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like rose water and ginger, with some citrus zest and oak and herbal hops.
T: It tasted like sweet honey with some rose water and ginger and herbal hops, and a bit of oak and citrus zest. It had a clean and very sweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a very unique and strange beer. Scent is about what I expected, but the taste was sweeter. Body was only ok, and it wasn't that easy to drink due to the flavor profile (despite alcohol being well hidden). Interesting but not recommended unless you're really curious.

Pencible, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of xpdrinker
1.5/5  rDev -54.4%

xpdrinker, Dec 30, 2011
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

mikesgroove, Dec 12, 2011
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -8.8%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +21.6%

mgbickel, Dec 05, 2011
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.

oline73, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of DeutschesBier
3.75/5  rDev +14%

DeutschesBier, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Rhettroactive, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of BeerMe42
4/5  rDev +21.6%

BeerMe42, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Miamilice
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Miamilice, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of alohaspicoli
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Originally tried at Savor 2011. Just opened my take-home bottle to give it a 2nd try. Poured into a tulip.

A: Golden/orange color with a small, off-white head that fades to a ring quickly. No lacing.

S: A subtle mix of floral aromas and some sweetness. But it's not overpowering or perfumey. What I get most is the rosewater.

T: The botanicals come through less in the flavor. It's more of an odd mix of sweetness and floral. If I had to pick two identifiable flavors it would again be rosewater and probably honey.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Not much alcohol burn, if any at all.

O: I remember thinking that this was interesting at Savor, but my opinion of it has lessened the 2nd time around. A very strange flavor combination. Each mouthfull got more and more reminiscent of swallowing some kind of cough medicine, which was a bumout. Definitely not something to pay ebay prices for IMO, unless you're way into floral flavor profiles. The 3.5 I gave it for appearance is all for the nice bottle they created for it. Still, hats off to SFH and SA for going out on a limb and trying something different.

alohaspicoli, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of orangesol
2.3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Thanks" to Bmoyer0301 for bringing this one to our IPA day celebration. I was intrigued to try this one, oh boy was I let down.

A - Pours clear pinkish orange with a small one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving very light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of TONS of flowers, honey, and herbs. Maybe a little tea creeps in as it warms but this one is really all about the flowers it seems.

T - Here is where we start to go WAY down hill. Starts off with some light honey sweetness quickly giving way to a HUGE flower kick that will not go away. Some light herbal qualities try to break the flower blockade but it is no use. The finish is a mix of dryness and even more flowers.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Pretty dry with tons of flowery feel. Not good at all.

O - Well this one was a HUGE letdown. I never really thought it would be great but I at least expected it to be good, not so much. One of the worst beers I have ever had from either SA or Dogfish.

orangesol, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Light orange ice tea. Thin, white head sits low with poor lace.

S – Incredibly botanical. Rosemary, chamomile, roses, and intense lavander. Almost like a potpourri. There’s the faint hint of sweet caramel.

T – Tastes just like it smells – which is both good and bad. Rose, chamomile, and lavender dominate the profile and leave an acrid bitterness in their wake. Peaches, apricots, Riesling, and floral honey layer through the middle and end of the profile, while bright alcohol and oak race through the backend.

M – Medium/light body with a bright, and lightly sweet finish.

O – The beer almost tastes like you made a tea out of potpourri. The result is incredibly complex, and distinctly unique, but ultimately the combination brings out a strong association with cleaning fluids and air fresheners. I shared this bottle with a group of 8 friends, and we were deeply divided between those that loved the novelty, and those that couldn’t get a lemon Lysol flavor out of their head.

vfgccp, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. Amber/light golden in color with a thin, spotty head to it. It left a little lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is very floral and sweet. I get a lot of the roses and honey coming through in it. It's almost potpourri like with the floral notes. The honey gives it a lot of sweetness, but for a gruit style it seems appropriate.

The taste shows more of the floral and spice notes to is right off the bat. The honey sweetness shines more in the finish. Again the floral, herbalness kind of reminds me of potpourri, but it's not bad.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a pretty cool beer, not an outstanding one but a decent one. The flowers were unique in it, although a little strong at times. Keeping the style in mind a lot of the characteristics seem to fit pretty well though. Cool concept and an interesting beer to try for sure.

billab914, Aug 25, 2011
SAVOR Flowers from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.