SAVOR Flowers | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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SAVOR FlowersSAVOR Flowers

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Thorpe429 on 06-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2/5  rDev -38.8%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.18/5  rDev -33.3%
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 -33.3%
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 -29.4%
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 -27.8%
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 -27.8%
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 -24.2%
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 -24.2%
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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Photo of drabmuh
2.56/5  rDev -21.7%
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 -16.5%
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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Photo of Brabander
3/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of jaysephx69
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.32/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of weendex
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of jmfc8237
3.53/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with some friends. Very nice presentation, the Sam Adams C&C bottles always look so nice.

Pours a clear gold with a very thin white ring. Flowers obviously dominate the aromas, along with a good helping of honey, herbs, and grass. Taste is pretty similar to the nose, tons of honey with rose, rosemary, and a touch of cinnamon. Body is medium-full, with a slick, slightly stick mouth-feel and lowish carbonation. A very interesting beer and experiment. Certainly glad I got to try this, but not really my thing.

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Photo of koopa
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of comzom
3.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle by Sam Calagione at Savor on Saturday June 4th.

I'm not sure what horrible bottle the below D to D- reviews drank but whatever I had was not an abomination. The flowery notes were a bit extreme, but the taste and finish were both crisp and enjoyable. Color and smell were a bit strange but nothing worth calling "vileness" or "soul decomposition".

This is a solid beer but I will level with the bad reviewers and say it is not for everyone.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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

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Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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