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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Belgian SessionBelgian Session

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76
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966 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 5
Gots: 53 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/2013.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and peppery aromas. Taste is much the same with spicy grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some spicy aromas and flavors that I wasn't expecting.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 23:17:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-01-2012 02:29:15 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

07-15-2013 14:53:08 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that has good retention properties and left a quarter finger high head on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus in the nose along with some notes of Belgian yeast and hints of pale malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of clove. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: As its name implies, this beer is very sessionable, especially given its low alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 02:13:14 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

02-07-2012 14:50:43 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

04-20-2013 00:00:55 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

03-25-2013 01:32:19 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
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
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-21-2014 01:25:05 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
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
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a clear color color with a white head on top. The retention is decent but hardy any lacing. The smell of the beer is yeasty, there is some citrus and a touch of spice. The taste of the beer is bready with some spicy citrus. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good carbonation. Overall it a decent beer, drinkable dry, not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:57:57 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Another initial review harkening back to a previously-tasted brew, this time one that brought some decent joy in the midst of a Lucky Monk burger on the patio. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises ripe banana flesh, light clove, light cinnamon, flowers, and some mildly-bready toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, but it's all o'erpowered by a general fruitiness led by oranges and mild lemons. Part of me wishes the flavors echoed the smell, but it still works, so I'm not gonna spend too much time fretting. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish that borders on crispness. Overall, an enjoyable little taste of relatively-low-ABV Belgian-ness. I could easily see drinking a few of these on porches and patios in the coming warm months.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 06:24:07 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3/5  rDev -9.9%

05-02-2013 01:31:15 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -9.9%

02-05-2012 23:50:41 | More by JAHMUR
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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 bottom's 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 04:15:06 | More by biboergosum
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-20-2012 19:21:48 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, some Belgian yeast, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel, honey and some spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely others in the style that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 02:02:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD of Sep 2013

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Perfumy hops & pears

T: Pears, a touch of phenols, & golden delicious apples up front. More orchard fruit with a whisper of honey as this warms, some peppery notes as well, with a touch of dirtyness. Finishes fruity, dry & peppery, with minute lemony hop presence

MF: Light body with lively carbonation & dryness

Refreshing, not bad for what it is, I prefer my BPAs a bit more hoppy & stronger, but could do a few of these any time of the year

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 02:40:10 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 14:52:21 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-10-2013 01:31:30 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-01-2012 20:17:47 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 03:35:17 | More by Mora2000
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SocalKicks

California

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

05-12-2013 03:00:17 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice addition to the summer 12er. pours hazy but bright. with all kinds of head. thick and tall, retaining. some sediment resting. smells like christmas a bit, gingersnap cookies on the malt and spice and dried fruit and caramel on the yeast. buttery and rich, but light and drinkable all in the same glass. flavor is all yeast, bit of sweetness and spice with the fruit smells long gone. feel work, thicker for a session brew in terms of body, but very lively carbonation make it down easy. its not as belgian as you want it to be, but the feel is there, just seems to be a bit weighty for a session. overall i like it in the summer box, good with food on the grill too, so that helps. not belgian quality, but american well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 23:43:58 | More by StonedTrippin
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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.