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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Belgian SessionBelgian Session

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799 Ratings

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.67%

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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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Photo of kylehay2004


3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger white head on a clear golden amber body. Some lacing.

S: Lots of caramel and banana citrus with floral hop notes.

T: Caramel and toasted malts background with some fruity and earthy hops which are understated.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: sessionable but the hop character is muted which makes this one more red or amber ale like than session hoppy like. Certainly very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2012 00:08:32 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of mdaschaf


3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 13:05:18 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian Session
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
ABV: 4.25 %

LOOK: Pale, cloudy yellow. Bone white head forms, with active carbonation rising to the top.

SMELL: Belgian yeast, small funk, fruity, bready.

TASTE: Mild flavor of Belgian yeast, with spice and soft clove. There is a small earthy bitterness from the hops. Citrus and pepper. Very mild in all departments but everything works.

FEEL: Lighter bodied than medium, well carbonated, semi dry.

OVERALL: Not too shabby, the name says it all, its a simple Belgian pale ale. Definitely a welcome session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 17:12:48 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of donmonkey1


3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice golden yellow with a nice white head. Nice carbonation. The head dissipates so fast that there can only be lacing from the initial pour.

Smell: Yeasty, doughy, bready, hint of lemon and citrus, and coriander as well.

Taste: Same as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

This would make a good session beer and it's different and unique, but the taste is not that good . To be fair, I hate coriander.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:28:44 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of Retroman40


3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 11:08:36 | More by Retroman40
Photo of Lemke10


3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours a clear, golden amber color with a thick foamy head. The aroma is yeasty with banana and lemon. The texture is fairly decent which is more than I can say about the taste. This is surprisingly bland and simple. This is basically an extremely thin and young version of a yeasty Belgian ale. One of the few Sam Adams beer that I can honestly say could use some work.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 04:04:34 | More by Lemke10
Photo of yuenglingfan101


4.84/5  rDev +44.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 17:08:25 | More by yuenglingfan101
Photo of andrewjraab


3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear golden / orange with two fingers of fluffy head. nice retention and stick.

S - bubble gum, banana peels, baked bread.

T - Banana bread, coriander, fruity, but not many other notes. Light bodied session ale.

O - This was too much of one note - pretty meh and bland. I will not have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 03:19:09 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian style malt with some zesty and dry hops notes. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet Belgian-style malt with some dry and zesty hops notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Easy drinking Belgian ale with a little hops twist.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 23:46:50 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Clear light copper/bronze, half a finger of white head.

S - Typical belgian notes in the nose, banana, clove, yeast.

T - Taste is very similar to a hefeweizen. Clove dominates, followed by banana, yeast, and sweet bready malt.

M - Very thin and watery, low-to-moderate carbonation. It's definitely sessionable, but too thin and flat for my liking.

O - A decent beer from Sam Adams. The fruity belgian notes are interesting, but the mouthfeel just doesn't do it for me. It is a session beer, so I do give them credit for that.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 00:26:20 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of arizcards


3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the summer case offering from Boston Beer that was picked up at the end of June for $22.99.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving a wee bit of lacing behind.

Nose has light hints of toasted malts and citrus.

Taste has the light version of the Belgian yeast profile. Light citrus hops and a slightly sweet malt profile blend nicely together. Finishes with a lingering lemon hop.

Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation level makes it refreshing.

Overall this is a decent little beer. It is brewed very well and serves as a perfect beer after coming in from a 100 degree afternoon in Phoenix. I recommend this if you are looking for a decently flavored session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 22:31:14 | More by arizcards
Photo of Crazy4LegMoose


3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale orange/golden color with 1 finger of off white fizzy head. Head dissolves fast leaving a light ring of lacing along the top that doesn't stick to the glass as it goes down.

S: Smells of toasted bread hints of toffee and honey a little Belgian sweet melon fruity aroma in there as well.

T: Lots of sweetness in this one. Hints of caramel, honey that blend with a bread like backbone. Finishes with tangy sweetness of orange, grapefruit and a little tartness that is hard to describe (similar to a blueberry tart without the flavor of blueberries) thrown in there. Well balanced and good flavor profile in there.

M: Quite thin mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation blends the bready flavor into a sweet finish

O: Not bad. Good mix of flavors as it goes down. A good entry to the Belgian style without being to overpowering with the sweetness or alcohol content. As the name says, it is a good session beer and nice representation of a Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 16:12:10 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a slightly hazy bright orange body with a generous white head that reduces slowly and leaves some patchy lacing.

S- I get lots of fruity/spicy aromas.. bananas and clove and maybe some cinnamon.

T- Very hefeweizen-like.. bananas, cloves, cinnamon, citrus. Kind of sweet, honey and caramel.

M- Watery, medium-high carbonation.

This is my favorite from the mix pack. Not a bad shot at a Belgian pale ale, could use a bit more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:38:06 | More by gcamparone
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Samuel Adams Beers of Summer Variety 12-pack - $13.99 at Publix in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden body, notably clarity, with a smallish, brief, white head. Rather meager lacing.

Smell: Modest, mild-mannered pale maltiness with the thinnest hint of implied sweetness to it. A spiciness including whole clove with secondary fruity notes of citrus and unripened banana.

Taste: Subtle pale malts, a little heated honey sweetness. Floral, fruity, with soft touches of green banana and old flecks of lemon peel. Very minor hop bitterness, but a firm bite of clove bud. Drying, lightly fruity, still fairly clove-y on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Light tastes, light alcohol. But that was to be expected.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 00:52:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Celtics17


3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 06:28:59 | More by Celtics17
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tall weizen glass.

A: The beer is a solid golden color with 2 fingers of quickly dissipating slightly offwhite head. A slight amount of carbonation inside. Looks pretty good.

S: The aroma is refreshing, citrusy and floral with some light yeast in the middle. Light fruits throughout with pear and spices dominant. Surprising aroma coming from this one. Almost like a tripel, but not as much body.

T: Light taste here with some honey in the forefront, followed by a slight yeastiness and a bready malt backbone. That holds up a very light fruity character on top. Almost as if they were anticipating having to balance for something that doesn't need it. Very Belgian in character but at a very much lighter level.

This would be good to get the foot in the door for turning someone on to craft beer. Super refreshing with a lot of the great notes that Belgians are known for, but not as in your face. Good summer beer. Not sure that it can compete with many other Belgian pales, but I'm not sure that it's really supposed to... I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 06:49:36 | More by BucBasil
Photo of mooseo


3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Bright clear copper with a huge creamy white head.

S - Banana, light citrus, clove, sweet bready malt. Mild but pleasant.

T - Apple, bready malt, banana, lemon citrus. The flavors are rather subtle (watered down?), but balanced well. Belgian yeast and spice evident on the finish. There is an odd medicinal taste that lingers.

M - Smooth and crisp, very thin bodied. High carbonation, watery.

O - Not bad as a sessionable Belgian beer. The flavors are light but the beer is extremely drinkable. It's just a bit too watered down, which diminishes the tasty Belgian aspects of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:21:03 | More by mooseo
Photo of mrfrancis


3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear amber-tinged gold with a puffy, creamy white head that quickly settles, leaving only a thin ring of white lace around the sides of the glass.

S: Spicy, fruity aromas of banana, clove, anise, and cinnamon are underscored by toffee, caramel, and biscuit with very faint traces of earthy ale hops.

T: Spicy yeast notes-cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, anise, banana, and unripened pear- support delicate flavors of tea, moist earth, lemon rind, toffee, biscuit, crackers, minerals, and caramel. The finish is oddly short with notes of minerals, earthy ale hops, banana, and clove in abundance.

M: Very light in body and dryish. Carbonation is incredibly active and firm. While the alcohol is low enough for this beer to be sessionable, the ridiculous carbonation imparts a weighty, bloated feeling to this beer. It will fill you up very quickly. Overcarbonated for the style perhaps?

O: This beer is just strange and awkward. It never really seems to come together. The lack of assertive malt and hop flavors allows the spicy yeast notes to become overpowering. As a result, it was hard for me to determine whether I was supposed to treat this beer as a Belgian pale ale or as a saison. The fact that the carbonation is so over-the-top also prevents this beer from being sessionable. Instead of being like drinking water, it's like consuming a meal in a bottle. All in all, the brewers at Samuel Adams just didn't pull it off with this one; in fact, they never really even came close. I mean, what is the point of brewing a session beer of which many people may find difficult to get through a single serving?

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 16:01:19 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of lwillitz


3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 4 fingers off-white foam atop a transparent body of gold; medium/high amount of visible carbonation

S - typical Belgian notes of bananas/cloves; grassy/lemony hops

T - comes in dry with funky bananas/cloves, toasted biscuits, lemon, fruity, yeast; dry, clovey, funky, yeasty aftertaste

M - astringent with prickly carbonation, light bodied

O - Not bad for a Belgian--pretty typical. Belgian ales just aren't really my thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:44:23 | More by lwillitz
Photo of Mumps


3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Color is a pale golden, slightly darker than the normal American light "beer". Had a very nice 1-1 1/2 head, with good lacing (I've downed it a couple of inches and the lacing is still at the top of the glass). Lots of rising bubbles.

Smells is probably the best attribute of this brew. Sweet malty smell with spice, some light fruitiness.

Taste is fair enough, Fruity and sweet with a lingering beer bitterness. The sweet isn't overpowering.

Mouthfeel is probably where this beer lacks the most. If feels thin compared to most Belgian style beers. Not so thin to make it unenjoyable, but thin enough to be disappointing.

Overall, not a bad brew. I probably would overlook in a six pack to get a better Belgian, but I won't turn it down in the mix 12 pack. I bought the twelve pack warm, and I might not have given this enough time to truly chill (I got impatient!)

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 00:02:55 | More by Mumps
Photo of hustlesworth


3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- me and jim Koch are gonna tangle if this beer sucks. Clear tarnished amber with a fluffy cream colored head. Nice sheets of lace.

S- very yeasty with clove and banana, some pepper, melon, and pear. Base of sweetish toffe malt and vanilla. Some seaweed. Seriously, fresh ocean.

T- decent taste profile but there's just something missing and it is the... Yeast. Generic yeast is here. Le sigh. It's just somewhat bland but I guess the caramel malt flavor is alright considering there's enough earthy hop presence to keep it in check. Fruity notes of banana and melon arrive in the finish with some spice like allspice, pepper, and cardamom.

MF- nicely dry and properly carbonated but the hops leave an itchy leafy feel and the malt a residual sweet feeling. Still however, refreshing in a way.

D- disappointed in the summer sampler. Boston lager saved the day even though the blueberry hill was a surprising underdog that came strong for the win. Porch rocker? Nix that shit. Send it to wherever Great Lakes sent grassroots ale... This one isn't horrible so I won't be sending jim Koch any mean emails... This year.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 06:04:44 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is not much lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, apples, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some corn and some clove/coriander. There is also some apples and some light pepper. It ends with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Drinkable but pretty plain. It's not that far off from a basic lager taste wise.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:46:36 | More by spinrsx
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, straw-yellow coloring with a tall, frothy, clingy, white head. Lots of carbonation action throughout the body. Aromas of bread and butter initially, with floral highlights, some honey sweetness, and a blend of coriander, clove, and all spice. Flavors of caramel in the backbone, with a roasted grain overlay, some light spicings, and a touch of hops at the end. Decent cling along the glass, and the body is light and bubbly. Spiced and tangy sweet aftertaste, with a frothy, slightly lingering finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 15:50:52 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of DrewsBrews450

North Carolina

2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark golden slight amber, but clear and pale. Head leaves a slight ring all the way down with just a slight lace. Theres not much more then just a generic beer smell with a slight yeast spice. A little bubble gum, yeast and that's about all. Bitterness comes in really no where with maybe some citrus but not bitterness from the hops. Its pretty smooth a little watery but it is a session beer I guess. I think it's decent and would be great to give somone with not much beer experience. But it doesn't come close to tasteing what a Belgian beer should taste like to me so it gets a ok rateing.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 22:43:14 | More by DrewsBrews450
Photo of hreb


3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 23:17:05 | More by hreb
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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.