Samuel Adams Honey Queen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Braggot--ale brewed with honey, chamomile & natural flavors

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-28-2013)
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4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look : Clear dark yellow with a fast fading head
Smell: honey with a flower note
Taste: strong honey and flower taste like the smell but not overpowering.
Feel : very smooth witht a very heavy sweet taste lingering but still clean.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of KornWallace
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Date: 12/7/14
Location: Rye Beverage
Bottle/Draught: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Fluffy white carbonation with below average retention sits upon this clear pale/straw yellow braggot. Lots of light comes through the beer making it very easy to see through. Nice carbonation rings as the beer is sipped. Some cold haze on the beer.
Aroma: Smells of flower, camomile, and honey come through. What makes the beer exciting is the different honeys they used, the balance between them is pretty solid. Some lemon tea comes through as well to add a hint of tartness.
Taste: The honey and camomile push forward in the flavor and working through the honeys. Flavors range from waxy, to medicinal, to lemon. The sugar isn't as overpowering as you might think considering all the honey.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. There is a real smoothness in the beers body despite the large amount of flavoring. Light to medium in carbonation.

Notes: No bottling date

Photo of DarthVorador
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Finally found some of this stuff. Been looking for a while. Was very interested in trying a Braggot! ...22oz bomber poured into pint glass.
A: Cristal clear golden w/ a thick 1 1/2" white head that quickly dissipates to leave excellent lacing.
S: Strong honey then malt with a hint of booze.
T: A strong rich honey flavor dominates. Good flavor almost like raw honey out of the comb. Malty backbone follows with just the slightest hint of hops at the swallow. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.
F: Slight smooth coating of the tongue. Light honey aftertaste that quickly dissipates leaving you begging for the next sip!
O: A very impressive offering from SA & one I will be picking up again, perhaps to lay down for a year or so... Also, if this is what the Braggot style generally is like, then I think I need to add it to my list of favorites!

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy, medium golden color, with a somewhat coarse, white head, which retains well. The lacing leaves tidemarks on the glass walls. Sparse, faint carbonation drifts lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Notes of honey and mandarin oranges dominate the aroma. There is also a mild herbal hop presence. There is an earthy quality, as well, perhaps from the yeast.

Taste: Opens with a surge of honey, very pronounced, perhaps over-the-top. As the taste progresses, there is a mild maltiness as well. There is also a subtle note of oranges, perhaps from the honey as well. The high ABV (7.5%) is utterly concealed, with only a hint of warming to signal its presence. Absent the carbonation, this would seem more like a mead, but historically, that's how it would have been.Though I am not a connoisseur of honey, I can discern that the honey used for this braggot must have been a mild, light honey, like clover. The notes of orange from Orange Blossom honey are also notable. Towards the end of the taste, there is a faint hop presence. The finish is dominated by mild honey notes, pure, and quite lingering.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderful example of a now-rare style, I feel fortunate to have been able to try it.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom 22 ounce brown glass bomber, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale straw color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Clover honey nose and flavor is clover honey, hops in the background. Clean finish. $7.25 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.08/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Honey Queen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a 2 finger thick white fizzy head, spotty lacing, and a pale yellow near-IPA body. Interesting......

I can smell a general earthiness along with the chamomile, and a decent amount of clover honey. Nothing overpowering, but nice,mellow, and inviting.

Tastes like a perfectly sweet clover honey along with a dash of the aforementioned chamomile. Nothing artificial tasting or hinting towards cheap fructose junk. Goes down smooth and nothing is lingering in my mouth. Also can't notice the higher abv.

The mouthfeel of Honey Queen is medium bodied with a small effervescence.

Overall a 4.5 for Samuel Adams Honey Queen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). I, like many BA's, had been curious and anxious to try this style of brew(braggot). This is certainly one of the most unique beers I've consumed in my experiences. I'll probably grab this brew again.

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Samuel Adams Honey Queen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.