Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Belgian SessionBelgian Session

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Ratings: 1,094
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

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Photo of Todd
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: Bright golden/amber, touch of haze, thin white lace.

SMELL: Fresh toasty bread, light bubble gum, floral hops, faint tropical fruits.

TASTE: Crisp carbonation, creamy, light on the palate, dry upfront, bitter, lemony, apple-y, toasty malts, biscuity, dry, yeasty, tea-like linger.

Not too shabby. Reminds me of some of the first basic Belgian Pale Ales I had in my early beer geek days. No frills, but it's got some flavorful and quite drinkable. Wish it was a tad bit cleaner on the finish though.

Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellowish color with a white head. The aroma is fairly fruity with a lot of orange and lemon notes, with a little bit of malt and some yeast thrown in. The flavor is similar, with a nice wheat malt backbone, with some grain and some orange also present. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly straightforward. Nothing offensive, but nothing really stands out.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cloves, wheat and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of cloves with light hops.

Overall: Ok brew. Not my first choice.

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Bright and fairly spicy Belgian yeast up front. A little pepper and clove. Hints of banana along with some citrus orange and lemon zest. Some bready malts with hints of toffee and caramel. Noble hops add to the spice. Subtle hint of candy sugar. A zesty and fairly floral aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma although not quite as vibrant. Belgian yeast with light hints of clove and pepper spice. Hint of banana. Good kick of spicy Noble hops also in the front. Also some citrus hops with notes of orange and lemon. Solid bready malt presence with notes of biscuit, toffee, and caramel. Light taste for a Belgian style but good for a session ale.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and creamy with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: A pretty nice session ale. Nice Belgian yeast flavors and the hop spices play off it well. A good light option.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color, plenty of yeasty haziness throughout the beer. Clarity is not thy name. Almost an inch of mostly white head to it. Sam Adams usually makes some nice looking beers, and this one is no exception.

Aroma, the belgian yeast is actually nice and mild, not super pungent with band aid phenols and banana. Cool.

Taste is what you'd expect after smelling the beer, although the coriander, yeast, spice aspect comes out just a bit more on the tongue. Mouthfeel is nice once you get adjusted to the belgian yeast. It has a mild malt base that is heavier than BMC lagers. Carbonation is closer to BMC lagers. Bitterness is a little more Americanized than your average belgian, must less one of session strength. Clove is still there, which gets a little tiresome by the 12th oz.

Not a bad thing to have laying around for the summer time, I can easily drink the 2 bottles that came in the variety pack, albeit at different times. Wouldn't want to session these back to back for 24oz.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a take on a BPA, I get that with the first sip. But it's like Orval light only hints of that classic Belgian character makes it into this summer variety pack Sam Adams offering. I can actually deal with that, because I understand what their doing making a "session" version of a beer like that with some of the flavor profile. Appealing pour wtih a pale copper body, bright white head forms thin speckled lacing across the sides of my chalice. Aroma has some spicy yeast components, citric, with herbal mint and a bit of underlying ripened fruit tones. Flavor wise, pretty enjoyable light bodied spicy phenolic character, hints of pepper, ripe fruit with minimal sweetness finishes rather dry. Mouthfeel has a nice light aspect with hints of lingering spiciness, effervescent carbonation for an American BPA. I get what they're doing and I actually enjoy this, not something I'd buy in number but an interesting beer to break down there's a bit more going on than your average new beer addition.

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light golden-amber with a durable off-white head. Crystal clear with visible carbonation.

T: Light yeast, yet a bit too much clove. Nice light malt and the expected level of banana.

M: medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Crisp.

O: true to style; no real flaws; good price for style (in U.S.).

(lightly revised with fresh bottle in July 2014).

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, hazy, golden straw color with very little head, maybe a quarter of a finger of white foam that almost immediately dissipated into a very thin covering of foam that covered the top of the beer. Unlike the aroma, I’m more impressed with the beer’s appearance, because this beer has…

Aroma: Almost no nose, what-so-ever, just some slight malt and citrus, but really not much at all. I’m very disappointed in the aroma department.

Taste: However, what there isn’t in aroma, this beer completely has in flavor! I get strong notes of malt and Belgian yeast and bright citrus, followed by some spice of pepper and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Medium with excellent carbonation that coats and tingles the taste buds well. It’s a crisp/clean beer that leave a nice lingering finish.

Overall: I like this beer. I think it’s a good offering from Samuel Adams, especially for summer, and I hope it becomes a permanent summer offering.

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, the final offering from the 2014 Sam Adams summer mix pack.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent streaky tree branch lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sharp, edgy, and yet sort of hollow Belgian yeast, gritty, crackery pale grainy malt, faint caramel notes, generic, and at the same time acerbic citrus rind, spicy black pepper, and a touch of semi-sweet coriander. The taste is more malt-forward, the wheat and pale graininess taking the lead, the still very peppy yeast keepin' it real, with a reduced bitter orange citrus character, and the various spices getting all muddled up in here.

The bubbles are pretty laid-back, barely cracking the froth-o-meter at any juncture, the body medium-light in weight, and tangentially smooth, an airy creaminess poking in here and there. It finishes on a pithy drying trend, the grainy pale malt, floundering yeast, and now mostly masked citrus notes carrying on as such.

I get the conceit here, which takes (or precedes, I dunno) the idea of 'sessionability' from the IPA world, and applies it to the typically boozy Belgian strain of pale ales. Agreeable enough, for the most part, but kind of plain, and somewhat boring once upon bottoms up. Meh, maybe it's time to admit that, for me, by far the best part of most Belgian-style ales is indeed their alcohol quotient.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig. Review from notes.

A: The Belgian Session was orange with a small white head that had good retention and nice lacing.

S: Nice Belgian spices, some orange, orange peel, banana, and caramel. There was also a little bubblegum.

T: Nice spice with some cloves, more banana and some orange peel. Slightly estery with more bubblegum as well.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: Pleasantly surprised. Lots of flavor for 4.25%, BBC did well with this one.

Photo of dacrza1
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glassware: Ayinger pokal...Occasion: celebrating the first official day of school...appearance: fizzy, clear, copper-colored body that floats a finger-thick white head....aroma: bright, puncy zest and floral notes--attractive....palate: medium-bodied, moderately bubbly mouthfeel; a bit crunchy on the teeth...taste: a bit sour on the tongue; crisp and clean...overall: refreshing and appropriate for late August heat.... highly drinkable as advertised, with a bit more body than a kolsch...

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright orange with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention, leaving a thin layer of microbubbles covering the surface. Lacing is fair, with good stick.

Smell - Clove spice, malt grain, faint banana and a touch of bubblegum.

Taste - Light banana and clove spice character upfront. Somewhat bland mid-taste. Moderate notes of mild lemon zest comes through on the back end, imparting a slightly sour, slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Thin, nearly watery body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - A decent brew from Samuel Adams. IMO, a little too watery, but the flavor is respectable. Decent summer brew, but I'd grab the Firestone-Walker Solace 10 times out of 10 over this.

Photo of Dave128
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found one of these in the Sam Adams 2012 summer sampler. Poured into a pint glass.

A - A moderate pour yields about a finger of white head. Fizzes out pretty quickly. Lacing is low but the halo remains constant.

S - Smells of light biscuity malt and belgian yeast. Very clean.

T - As with the nose, the taste is very clean and light. Sweet and yeasty up front with a mild dry bitterness in the finish.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Great for the style.

O - A great easy going introduction to a good craft beer for macro drinkers. Definitely a session beer... Some may see the flavors as too light.

Photo of Retroman40
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden color with orange tints. Thick lasting white head.

S - Very fruity, mostly orange with some malt and yeast aroma added in.

T - Interesting combination of malt, orange and the yeast flavor. Very sweet finish.

M - Tangy due to carbonation and citrus/orange overtones.

O - Very drinkable and refreshing.

This is not my favorite style but I am trying to branch out more. I actually expected a different yeast profile that is typical in Belgian style beers. This is more like Belgian for people who really don't like Belgian.

Photo of tweeder263
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy golden beer with a fluffy white head. Has the typical belgian smell (esters?)that i can never describe. Beer is moderately carbonated. Taste is very mild,dry tart, and pretty good. Mouthfeel is average. I wouldnt quite call it a real belgian but its a pretty good brew

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - gold with a soft cap of loose white head

S - caramel, Belgian funk

T - caramel, Belgian yeast, faint spices

M - crisp, heavily carbonated, medium bodied

This is a decent Belgian offering from Sam Adams. It has decent flavor and good drinkability. It won't satisfy the hardcore Belgian fans, but it will introduce a few more people to a wider range of beers.

Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean yellow-golden with attractive white suds and pleasant fence-row lace.

Nose is sweet, full of characteristic Belgian fruit and spice. Very nice!

Taste holds in line with the aroma -- sweet and spiced, with a light herbal hint. Very easy to drink and faithful to its intents as a Belgian-style, but light and easygoing. A winner, and one of my recent Sam Adams faves.

Photo of hreb
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle, best before December, served in pint glass. Beer is a very pale amber, almost yellow, color, with a medium white head. Crystal clear with only a few bubbles disturbing its clarity. Aroma is pleasant and reminiscent of an authentic Belgian blonde ale: sweet candi sugar, floral yeast notes. Flavor-wise the first thing I notice is that it's a little bit spicy -- but only a very little bit. The whole thing is very mild. And the carbonation is fine and low, yielding an almost creamy mouthfeel, which works pretty well with the mild flavors. Secondary flavors are earthy and bitter, with a final hint of something fruity. Is Belgian "Session" the lowest ABV Belgian ale in the books? (no, not quite) Is it sessionable? Quite possibly. Doesn't seem interesting enough to bother finding out based on this one. It's ok, but these flavors really are best played at high volume.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Big 2 finger white head. Deep applejuice color body. Good retention and lace.

Full yeasty nose, exactly what you'd expect. Smells almost exactly like a Unibroue.

Doesn't taste like a Unibroue though. There's a lot more saison-type spice at the front, and a mellower, wheatier finish with some coriander so it doesn't get too sweet. Malty presence throughout, and I even get some ginger on this, in addition to the peppery front. This is really quite nice; too bad it's only in the 12-pack.

Mouthfeel is a bit force-carbonated/gritty. I guess I have been spoiled by bottle-conditioned Belgians!

Nice, and good for lunchtime in Summer with a relatively low ABV.

Photo of socon67
3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange and clear, with a hearty white foamy head that settles quickly.

S - Scents of spice and berries, and a slight smell of bread.

T - Enjoyable pale ale that has a combination of fruit sugary flavor and a herb\spicy flavor of freshly ground team leaves. Kinda liked it.

M - Despite the name, I didn't find it all the sessionable. The feel of the sugars and spices kinda stuck in my mouth. was ready to try another beer.

O - Perfect for a Sam's sampler pack. This is fun to try one, enjoy it, and move on.

Photo of MalcolmJames
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is my first review on the site. Here goes (pours the beer into what Beeradvocate tells me is a stange (tall cylinder glass):

A: Pours a finger width creamy white head. Dissipates slowly.

S: Fresh, bright, inviting and yeasty. Smells slightly citric and bready.

T: Pretty on the palate, soft and enjoyable. Nice amount of carbonation up front with a little citrus hop bite, finishes bready and lingers.

M: ample carbonation up front, with slight drying from hops in the finish

O: Pretty refreshing overall. Session is not my most familiar variety, but I'm sure I've had better. Regardless, great for a warm summer in the sun.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Average across the board. Poured gold tinged with caramel. Overall reserved in the Belgian yeast profile, but enough to provide a distinctive Belgian character. Funky note went a bit medicinal at the end, throwing the flavor profile out of whack. One of those "I'll drink it because it is in the mix pack, but won't buy a six-pack" sort of beers.

Photo of roundthewaygirls
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

poured into a pint glass from the beers of summer variety pack.

A: gold color. a little hazy. half a finger of white, foamy head.

S: banana up front, mild notes of belgian spices and yeast. clove.

T: light and fruity. banana. pale malt. hint of spices and yeast. white grape in the finish.

M: smooth and mellow. kind of watery, but refreshing.

O: interesting attempt by the boston brewing company. enjoyable, but not a masterful brew. pretty mild. i would drink it again, but i wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Finger and half of head, clear straw colored.

Good smelling. Caramel and lemon mostly. Interesting combo but it's nice.

It tastes like nothing. Faint malt and then bitter are the only signs that it may not be water.

Bubbly, smooth and soft texture.

Looked and smelled good but there's nothing to taste.

Photo of ordybill
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Belgian Session is a very good beer. form the first pour it has a strong golden color and aroma that is inviting for the first sip. That first sip is not going to disappoint. a crisp flavor that makes this a thoroughly enjoyable summer brew. I used a pint glass and it hung to the sides nicely. I would recommend this beer for any summer event and to go with a good old southern BAR BQ.

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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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