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

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Pegasus, Sunday at 01:50 PM
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4/5  rDev +12%

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WastingFreetime, Nov 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

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.

jdhilt, Nov 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

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RobTheKnob, Oct 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Caveworm, Oct 21, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Honey Queen brewed by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). This brew has a ABV of 7.50% Before we get to the review this is my first Braggot brew. The brew pours out a cloudy amber color with nice white head. I'm going to say this brew is unfiltered. The smell is rich with sweetness and grains. There is a hit of spices in the smell of this brew. The taste is sweet like honey. There is also some grains and malts at the end. Honey Queen goes down smooth with no bad after taste. This brew has a nice balance to it ,there is nothing overpowering in this brew. Samuel Adams did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again, it was better than what I was expecting. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5.

nicholas2121, Oct 21, 2014
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JohnBender, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Poured into a snifter. I was quite happy to see this. This is a great style if done right, but no one does it let alone right.

4.0 A: Mildly hazed yellow orange color. About one finger of fluffy white head. Retention is decent, not really sure what the style is supposed to do though. Plenty of lacing.

3.25 S: Damn, I don't think this is going to be what I wish it is. Yes, there's a good bit of honey, but it isn't the insanely potent honey that I experienced in some of the best braggots I've come across. Somehow the chamomile is even more potent than the honey. Wildflowers and hay earthiness.

3.25 T: Again honey and chamomile lead the flavor. There's plenty of chamomile, but not enough honey for me. Again, hay and earthiness. Moderately sweet malt base.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant spritziness. Super smooth. Good here.

3.5 D: It's not bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to the best that I've had. Admittedly, the vast majority of the better braggots I've had have been homebrew. In any case, I'm glad that breweries are at least trying.

DavoleBomb, Oct 15, 2014
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Samuel Adams Honey Queen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.