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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.83/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My 100th beer review!!! Love this beer lots of taste to this beer Not the best but the toffee sets the tone for this beer. I love it in the variety packs want to find it outside the v paks as i do with a lot of sam adams beers i havent seen in six packs but i guess that is normal since Boston Lager was my first delve in the craft world

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Photo of BDIMike
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour is not great for a Belgian. A clear Golden color with a little bit of carbonation that creates a thin white head with very nice retention.
Smell is very nice. A good amount of Belgian sugars and floral hops. However, this beer adds a nice amount of hefeweizen smells of biscuit and a strong banana in the nose.
Taste is very nice. A good Belgian taste of floral hops and sweet sugars, but a much lighter tone. Instead, there is a cleaner wheat taste with banana undertones, too.
Mouthfeel is not as thick as the regular Belgian. It has a thinner feel to it and a nice refreshment too.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. A very refreshing Belgian that is great for the summer time. An awesome selection from Sam Adams that I would suggest for anyone.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for September 2011.

The aroma seems almost neutral to me, hardly any scent and that indefinable. The appearance makes up for that though. It pours a nice orange-gold body with a full frothy white head that lasts a good amount of time and laces the glass to the finish.
Tastes a bit of spiced fruits, caramel and a hint of lemon from the hops. A good drinking beer!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Session Brewed by Boston Beer Company with an ABV of 4.3% This brew pours of a dark amber color with a nice white head. Samuel Adams Belgian Session is a filtered brew you can see right thought it. The smell is rich with grains and some bitterness. So far this brew is doing well. Now for the taste; it is smooth real smooth and light. It is crisp, but you do pick up on some spices in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice an refreshing and clean. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Samuel Adams did a nice job with this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew 4.5 out of 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of grant4ire
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the first beers that got me to really enjoy beer. I moved on to other beer but I will always think fondly of this beer even though I've realized it's a little too watery for my current tastes.

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Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a nice fluffy off white head that left a filmy layer. Smells of fruity esters with some caramel malt, banana and clove. The taste is big on clove and banana with some sweet bready malt. It's medium bodied with soft carbonation and a refreshing finish. This is a well done beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Star80
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a pale golden color with lots of lacing. Looks enticing.

S: Smell is big floral hops, with a estery yeastyness running through the backbone. Smells like spring to me!

T: Taste is hops up front followed by malts, then some great wild belgian yeast twang. Nice and hoppy and yet still has a nice malt backbone, like a good session ale.

M: Mouthfeel is a tad thin but this is a session ale. Feel of the beer is ultimately easy drinking and full.

O: Overall a pleasant surprise and I could drink many more of these. By itself it is worth picking up the summer sampler. Nice brew Boston Beer Co. Infinitely better than any "Moon" beers.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack. Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, and Gambrinus honey malt and hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Ahtanum, and Strisselspalt.
10 SRM, 4.3% ABV, 16 IBU's, 141 kcal/12oz.

Pours out to a medium golden with peach highlights, forming a tall poofy soapy bone white head with amazing retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is moderately brisk, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is of green bananas, a touch of cloves, a little tropical fruit and some cat pee. The mouthfeel is crisp with a very clean finish and a light body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...green banana, clove, some tropical fruit and some cat pee. A little bit of peach and orange in the finish. No off-flavors or aromas.

This is exactly what it aims to be. A very easy to drink sessionable belgian pale. And it does an excellent job. it's clean, crisp and refreshing and has enough flavor to remain interesting. Very well balanced. I would buy it again and would recommend it.

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Photo of raznug
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a nice golden color that is crystal clear no haze in the least and is topped with a ¼” of angel white head that disappears rather quickly. I would rather see a Belgian style with a tad bit more head than this but it still appears tasty.
Smell: I love the way this beer smells it has that Belgian spicy and fruity scent but seems to be balanced by the malts so the spice doesn’t over power the nose.
Taste: Definitely not a typical Belgian with the taste because the really seem to tone down on the spice not to make it easy drinking. The malt plays the main role in this beer while the yeast plays second fiddle but not in a bad way at all.
Mouthfeel: This is a rather tasty Belgian beer in my mind because I was never one to enjoy the over powering spice and yeast flavors that most Belgian give off. This is a very light bodied beer and very easy drinking making it a beautiful session beer just like Sam Adams wanted.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Belgian Session has a thick, white head, lots of heavy lacing, a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, and a good amount of streaming bubbles. The aroma is of sweetness, white bread, lemon, and sugar. Taste is of corriander, white bread, light cracker, citrus, flowers, and a decent hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and fluffy, and Samuel Adams Belgian Session finishes easy drinking and refreshing. Overall, this is a very good beer.


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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast with some coriander, other spices, and banana, citrus, pepper, tart lemon, and some caramel malts.

T - Starts off with some Belgian yeast with some clove, coriander, pepper, and some banana with some tart lemon and other citrus flavors. Through the middle, some sweet caramel malts come through with some light funk. The finish is a mix of Belgian yeast, spices, and tart lemon.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Pretty good BPA. The balance is pretty good and the finish is nice and crisp.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A heavily carbonated bright yellow body. Fizzy white head. Lots of peppery spice and doughy malt. Strong yeast presence in the nose for sure.

The taste is actually really nice, and quite surprising for a Sam Adams beer. Very sweet for a Belgian Pale, but lots of doughy, bready malt as well. The yeast feel spicy, yet weaker with each drink. Which isnt actually a bad thing, it was quite strong at first. Underlying slick sweet citrus feeling.

The session-ish (youre welcome DING) nature makes it drinkable, but doesnt lack in flavor one bit. Very well done Sam Adams.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Belgian Session - another great beer from the micro brewer that started it all. Across the board the beer is simply outstanding. A great mix on the odor of the beer with that burnt toffee smell to go with the hops and malts. The taste matched the smell (a big plus for me) and was smooth and crisp going down. The only knit was the appearance - although it coloring is appealing, the head has little to no staying power. Otherwise, really a great beer.

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Photo of Dave128
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear orange/yellow hue with 1 finger head that seems to be slowing loosing ground.

Smell - some spicy yeast present and floral sweetness. Somewhat subdued however.

Taste - A very pleasant and tasty Belgian Ale. Light on flavors which actually gives the name of this beer creds. It has good flavors of a Belgian Ale but lighter and not as sweet leaving more "sessionableness' to it. I could drink many of these beers in a sitting.

Mouthfeel - a tad watery but otherwise fine.

Overall - one of the better crafted and more flavorful Sam Adams beers I've sampled. Jim and gang did a good job with this one. Its definitely a step up from many of their other bland offerings.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 2/25/15. Seen this in their Winter (?) Sampler before. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage Sam Adam's pint glass.

Brew pours a golden-honey in color with a small white foamy head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that slides back down the glass. The aroma is of Belgian yeast along with some light fruit, maybe pears. The taste pretty much follows the nose with some light foral hops in the mix also. Very smooth and goes down easy. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Lighter bodied with medium carbonation. Overall a tasty brew.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Belgian Session is a golden peachy-orange color with a soapy white head. The nose is lighlty sweet with white fruits and malty grains and just a hint of hefe-spice. The taste initially is of a hefe like spicy clove/banana note that is blended with white grape, pears and lightly toasted malt balanced ever so delicately with just enough hops to make sure the sweetness is not cloying. The mouthfeel is light in body with a thick, creamy carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer of which I would expect nothing less from the BBC.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Had this at a pool party. Nice belgian candy sugar sweetness upfront, some spiceness and phenols as well. Had that yeasty belgian character, yet clean tasting. Very little hop prescence. Very refreshing and light. A true session beer and perfect for a summer seasonal. Another seasonal winner from Koch.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass on 4/16. About two fingers of head. Color was pretty much just gold. Some cloudy white lacing on the top that lasted for a decent amount of time. Some light spongy film on the sides of the glass.

Smell was pretty much what I thought it was going to be, not like that is a bad thing. Got cloves, wheat, cinnamon stick, banana, lemon wheat grass and some other good-smelling spices.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Surprisingly thick, reminded me of a banana smoothie (although obviously not even close as thick). Got the cloves, the spices and some lemon. Banana taffy comes to mind but there is another candy that I can’t quite put my finger on. Really digging the taste.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Good amount of carbonation. Long lasting, smooth finish.

Really liked this beer and I say that with a bit of surprise. Smooth and drinkable. A good Belgian Ale.

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Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of the summer mixed pack I picked up not too long ago.

A- Poured into a can shaped glass with an amber body. Just a slight haze to it and a foamy white head forms nicely to about two fingers. Good head retention and lace all down the glass. It leaves thin webs all around.

S- A blend of light caramel, fruit (something like cantaloupe) and some spice (clove, pepper) notes. Not a ton going on I have to say and it fades slowly with time and each sip.

T- Opens up mostly with a sessionable mix of fruit and malt flavors. A blend of cantaloupe, banana esters, lemon zest, caramel and cracker notes. Hints of spice, clove, coriander and grassy hops also make it into the mix. It all balances nicely and drinks easily.

MF- Creamy light body with a nice, silky moderate carbonation. Very light bitterness hits the palate in the finish.

Admittedly more enjoyable than what I expected. The yeast lends nice fruit and spice notes while malts balance it all out with just a touch of hops. Not a blast of flavor but I think it delivers what they advertise here.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

T - Apple, bready malt, banana, lemon citrus. Even a hint of honey. Not bad as a sessionable Belgian beer. I've had better, but Sam Adams makes so many beers, but this wasn't a miss. It's not great, but it wasn't a total disappointment. I read that some thought it was watered, but I didn't get that effect from it. This was one of the best in the summer variety pack.

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