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SAVOR Flowers | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thorpe429 on 06-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 30
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1.5/5  rDev -54.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A light bronze appearance, off white head about a half inch. Smells like flowers and a store in the mall.

Tastes like spice rack and bed bath and beyond. I still haven't found a gruit I like. Dem gruit, but dem no can gruit.

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2/5  rDev -39.2%

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2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.18/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of mi6234
2.18/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.31/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle shared by Thorpe429 via drabmuh via Satan.

Pours a clear oily pinkish copper with minimal head. Yuck. This is the best part of the beer. "It's definitely the clearest of all the beers" says someone in our tasting group.

Aroma of rose, hibiscus, vileness, honey, molasses, soul decomposition, and alcohol. Puke.

Flavor is reminds me of drinking the water of the last batch of flowers I bought a girl trying to salvage a lost relationship with a splash of honey. Rose, hibiscus (again), grass and molasses. Sadness and despair. Booze and awkwardness.

Full bodied and moderate fine carbonation. Oily and slick with a floral, finish. It elicits puke-y emotions.

"When you're drinking Savor Flowers, you just have to own the fact that it's not going to work out," says another tasting partner. Oh well.

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Photo of Mar02x
2.36/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
2.36/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.48/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.48/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The consensus on this one is pinkish copper, so I'll go with that. Very little head. I did in fact note that it was one of the clearest beers of the evening. Anyhow...

It's all downhill from here. The aroma was odd, and definitely set off a few alarms, but also offered a bouquet of pleasant and interesting scents, to include flowers, hops, sweet herbs, lavender, tea, etc. I agree with Mike that this is a gruit.

The flavor is just overbearing. A runaway train packed with flowers and herbs. It's as if you were on your first date and said: "You want flowers?!? I got your damn flowers right here. Now take 'em!" A bit inappropriate, like this beer.

Brewed exclusively with rosewater, I am told. Not a good idea. Edison would be proud, as Sam Adams definitely found something that does NOT work. Sickeningly sweet and instantly cloying. This could be a good beer, as there are some nice flavors behind the onslaught of herbs, flowers, and rosewater flavors. Sometimes, less is more. Overall, not a repeat for me.

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of drabmuh
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

You'd think that two breweries like this could come together and make a good beer but perhaps they are desensitized to great beer at this point and need to reach out to the fringes to taste something. Probably the same way an owner or operator of a porn site is into the really weird shit. This beer was a complete miss for me. I had expectation and hope but was let down. Jim Koch poured some of this into my SAVOR glass at SAVOR.

Beer is cloudy, between pink and amber/yellow if you can imagine it. Almost no head in my pour, some carbonation.

This beer smells like a gruit on crack. It is so in your face with the smell of flowers it is a little scary. Perhaps I should just stop here since I don't love gruit ales.

Beer is like tea made with rose water. The flavor of the roses is overpowering. It is also way way too sweet for a gruit or whatever they were going for here. I don't want to pigeon hole them into a style but this is the second beer I've had made with rose water (the only made exclusively with rose water) and in both of those examples the roses eclipse everything else. I didn't spit it out or get upset. I just don't think I'll hold onto my bottle or ever have it again.

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Photo of alohaspicoli
2.73/5  rDev -17%
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.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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