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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Not Rated.
Belgian SessionBelgian Session

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210 Reviews

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 1,099
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 33.43%
Wants: 11
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of basic golden orange into our Founders snifters. It holds a two finger head of easily reproducible creamy white bubbles that dissipate at a medium pace. Ridges and craters of lacing are left as it goes. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma gives big wheat, rye, and pale maltiness. This is met by freesia floral freshness, creamy lactics, bronzy metallics, spicy clove, burnt leather, Belgian yeast bite, honeysuckle, corny adjuncts, sweaty saltiness, ginger root, and cola sweetness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is quite bready, but without enough malty or fruity sweetness to match and balance. As we sip, the taste opens with bubblegum esters, dandelion stem bitterness, green grassiness, mineral, soured and metallic Belgian yeast, plantain rawness, pale malts, wheat, allspice, and blueberry fruit leather. Moving to the peak is sea saltiness, toasty pales, dried wheat flour, rosehip, blueberry juiciness, apricot, and coiny metallic slickness. The finish washes through with mineral watered wet wheatiness, flour, phenolic plastics, banana baby food, bittered Belgian yeastiness, strawberry and cherry fruitiness, resiny bark, and potato starchiness. The aftertaste breathes of light esters, aluminum, freshly baked banana bread, red raisins, cooked carrots, dried straw, earthy hop pellets, fresh floral earthiness, and dried corn. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. The heartiness is a bit watery, but the mouth is coated with malty and floral dryness, with chalky and floury astringency down the tongue and palate. Each sip affords decent slurp, sip, cream, froth, pop, smack, and foam. The abv is easy, and the beer glugs back at a decent pace.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. Compared to the flavoring this aspect was a bit more robust in the end, giving brighter components and more authentic Belgian blend. Actually, this is one of the most floral beers we’ve ever smelled. We lost points through the taste, however, with things becoming overly watered and washed out by the end of the sip. The spice and fruity yeastiness was there in the start, but faded before our eyes. This is an interesting offering from Sam Adams, and certainly an attempt to keep up with the surge of new styles, but this one just seems a bit rushed and incomplete.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Todd
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.