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SAVOR Flowers - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
76
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 21.34%
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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koopa

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a nice transparent orange tinged honey golden with a 1 finger white crown that displays little retention or lace.

Smell: A really nice bouquet of flowers (roses and heather), herbs, spices, and malt here. Flower nectar, roses, honey, maple syrup, nutmeg, and all spice thing going on here.

Taste: Same as nose but a bit muddled.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with moderate fine carbonation.

Overall: A nice floral enhancement on a standard gruit. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 20:04:26 | More by koopa
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jmfc8237

Delaware

3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This being a collaboration between two hardcore craft beer enthusiasts I was super excited to crack this one open after I returned from Savor. I was curious to see what category this beer would fall into but I'm not sure it can designate only one clearly. That being said I am trying to keep a very open mind, and wanted to see the vision that these two had in mind. As I have read in the letters between the two collaborators on this beer, Jim and Sam were trying to invoke the essence of what Savor truly is into a bottle. A revolutionary concept in it's own right. Savor's beginning were realtivly new 4 years ago but now are massively rejoiced. The pairing of great craft beers with great gourmet foods. Beer is such a versatile beverage it can literaly pair to any cuisine. With all that being said here is my best shot at reviewing Savor Flowers.

First off this was hands down the hardest cork to release from any bottle ever! But it poured a slightly vibrant caramel/ honey color with big bubbles and very moderate lace. Very clear and didn't have any head retention to speak of. lace discipated quickly and I get an immediate burst of rich maple syrup, flowers, and mohogany wood. As it warms a bit I find it presents the floral bouquet a bit more but still has a mask of burnt sugar and perfume.

The first draw was a bit confusing to my senses but came to a multiplex of flavor profiles. Strong biscuit foreground with a pleasant rich herbaceous and slightly sweet aftertaste. Makes me think of a hot toddie that my parents gave me when I got sick as a kid. Maybe that's why I like it so much. Warm alcohol rings your bell as it warms as well as the sweet notes of rosemary and some spice. I find the combo daring and quite amazing. The finish is nice on the tongue with a lingering aftertaste of syrupy waffles and bright, bright!, perfumy flowers. It has the mouthfeel you would expect from a 10 pointer but not the ease of drinkability. This is defiantly against rapid sipping but warms your chest well. I'm a fan of this one and I will be holding on to my Saturday bottle for awhile to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 03:59:35 | More by jmfc8237
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 18:47:16 | More by Phyl21ca
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

01-06-2013 23:56:38 | More by mendvicdog
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

06-07-2012 13:43:02 | More by Eriktheipaman
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

03-13-2013 16:31:39 | More by alysmith4
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metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:53:50 | More by metter98
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billab914

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 19:18:50 | More by billab914
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weendex

New York

3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted twice at Savor on June 4th in DC. Once from Sam at the Dogfish Head table and once from the Sam Adams booth.

The only way I could describe this is that it is a completely unique experience. I have never tasted anything like it, almost to the point that I struggle to compare it to any other beer or even consider it a beer at all.

Strong flower aroma that carries over into a similarly floral taste with some sweet honey notes. Before tasting this beer I was not entirely sure what rosewater actually was. Now I know it intimately after tasting this beer. It is a very intense flavor in this beer.

The overall floral intensity of this beer, while unique, was not appealing to me. This is the kind of beer that you have to try once but you won't necessarily be running back for more.

Among our party at Savor it got mixed reviews. While it was unanimously unique, nobody was crazy about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 18:01:54 | More by weendex
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Pencible

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 16:29:01 | More by Pencible
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 15:19:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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Double06

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-18-2012 12:44:56 | More by Double06
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-26-2011 00:42:41 | More by Rhettroactive
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jaysephx69

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:39:46 | More by jaysephx69
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EricCioe

Montana

3/5  rDev -8.5%

02-12-2012 06:42:47 | More by EricCioe
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takashi37

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8.5%

04-06-2012 03:23:56 | More by takashi37
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christopheraknox

Virginia

3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-31-2011 01:25:12 | More by christopheraknox
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-07-2011 04:42:18 | More by spycow
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Abe_Froman

Texas

3/5  rDev -8.5%

03-24-2012 04:10:18 | More by Abe_Froman
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Brabander

Netherlands

3/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 14:25:13 | More by Brabander
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jon96cobra

Virginia

3/5  rDev -8.5%

01-17-2014 18:05:20 | More by jon96cobra
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DRBiser

Maryland

3/5  rDev -8.5%

01-07-2013 19:21:36 | More by DRBiser
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RWNewhouse

Montana

3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-05-2012 15:54:21 | More by RWNewhouse
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alohaspicoli

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 16:51:06 | More by alohaspicoli
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Lantern


2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

02-03-2013 20:33:33 | More by Lantern
SAVOR Flowers from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.