blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2011
bottled, thanks to jjfoodie, clear orange with no head , aroma has some spice and fruit flavor reminds me of french toast and fruit salad oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Thanks Jeff! This beer is pretty crazy- pours like fruity nectar with rose petals and mead in the nose, culminating with some sweet grassy herbals and light fruits. Very syrupy texture with low carbonation. sloth (2936) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Thin white head with good retention and some slim lace. Clear copper amber hued brew. Nose is just floral, roses, lavender and maybe a touch spicey. Body is medium, soft carbonation, a little oily. Lotsa flowery flavors as in the aroma with some honey and earthy notes. Not gettin the barrel aging myself. Finish is fairly dry and some heat starts coming on. A neat beer. Not something you,d want alot of for sure but still interesting enough. Bottle shared by my friend, Jon. Thanks dude! dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Bottle shared by Ed Roberts, thanks a ton for this rare gem. Aroma has a lot of floral hints to it mixed with honey. The flavor is pretty sweet with hints of honey and sweet malt. One of the most different beers I’ve had in a long time. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Gold/ orange pour with an aroma of floral, earth, honey and spice.
Flavor matches the aroma, but with a herbal, vanilla, yeasty taste.
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Poured one 750 ml bottle into a tumbler glass. Honey color with a crisp white head. The rose water makes this the most unique beer we have had. Lots of herb aromas like lavender, lemon and honey. Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2012
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. mar (5443) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle thanks to jjfoodie. Amber with a cream head. Nose is toffee, caramel, malty, and dried fruits. Nice palate, heavy toffee, very sweet, florals, and sticky. radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2011
I’m two minds about this. It’s ambitious and a little arrogant to brew this beer the way they did. The choice of using Rose Water is a curious one, and even with that said I wasn’t exactly prepared for the aroma and flavors that the beer produced.ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2011
I was lucky enough to have a sample poured from a bottle at the Sam Adams table during SAVOR. The color was a caramel one, with a small, bubbly head that dissipated. Aromas were woody, a touch oak, but it was mostly the floral bouquet that hit me real hard. I kind of described it to a friend like smelling a perfume that you also just happened to get a tad in your mouth. That might not sound pleasant, but the beer intrigued me enough that I really enjoyed it.
I give it an A for originality, and perhaps a B for execution. The 10% ABV was absolutely hidden. I am really curious how this one will mellow out over time, but I suspect it’ll be consumed by the end of the year.
When two titans of an industry team up the result is, ideally, something amazing. But what happens when the result is something that’s only okay? That’s how I feel about Savor Flowers - an experimental beer devised by Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Jim Koch of Samuel Adams. The hook to this beer is that it’s brewed with rosewater instead of regular water. The end result is a beer that is a sweet syrup bomb of honey and ginger with some floral characteristics. Originally and tasty to be sure, but nothing Earth-shattering.
I split a 750ml corked bottle with a friend (thanks, Brett!)
Appearance: Dark honey/orange color - mostly transparent with slight haziness. Forms a small, yellow, sudsy head which evaporates quickly and cleanly.
Smell: As soon as we popped the cork the ginger aroma began to fill the area. Like ginger snap Christmas cookies it’s very sweet, spicy and bready. Honey is also quite prominent in the nose as well as an earthy, flowery backbone like a mélange of every plant in a greenhouse.
Taste: I’ve often said I have a sweet tooth, so I often find myself enjoying beers with infused flavored palates of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, or fruit. But Savor Flowers is a different type of sweetness - massive ginger syrup and honey tea followed by vanilla flowers and spiced rum. Even at fridge temp it’s robust as hell - like stuffing your entire mouth with as many lollipops and suckers as you could fit.
Not that this is repulsive in and of itself - just something that takes getting used to. After having reviewed over 500 beers in the last three years I’ve honestly never encoutered a palate like this before. I do enjoy its uniqueness and appreciate the balancing it accomplishes of all-natural sweetness and spice. As it warms it leans more towards the sweet side, becoming richer and cloying and difficult to drink. By the time I finished my glass I really had to think about just how much I liked it.
Mouthfeel: Very fizzy at first, like freshly-poured soda. Eventually becomes quite tepid but still imparts a warmth despite being quite thin.
Drinkability: What keeps this beer from contending for any type of Hall of Fame status is the fact it’s a challenge to get through. The sweetness is so intense, coupled with rum-like spice that it’s a sipper, even at cooler temperatures. The 10% ABV is buried under the genuine palate, although there is some warmth and dryness on the finish and aftertaste. A beer where one modest serving is more than enough.
Overall, Savor Flowers is an interesting beer and definitely worth the experience for those looking for something new. Just don’t assume it’s going to blow your mind because of who made it.