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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 1,101
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 Arithmeticus
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: golden color, slightly cloudy; good frothy head
S: flowery, banana, clove
T: soapy, light yeast flavor; flowery overtones (roses); light seltzer effect, with a thin profile (tastes a bit watery, esp. for a Sam Adams)

It's ok; pretty good for a session beer (which it is).

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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 Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden color with a large billowing white head. The head has huge carbonation bubbles entrapped within. It fades slowly over time to give quite a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is heavy of yeast and nice floral notes. Mixed with these are aroma’s of lemon citrus, grassy aromas as well as some nice spiciness.

Taste – The taste starts out more biscuity with almost an entire malt flavor. A small amount lemon citrus comes into the flavor rather early. It is on the more bittering side. Soon after the lemon, a more bready peppery flavor come into the taste drying it out a bit more. These take the flavor to the end where some edible flower/perfumey tastes make their presence known. Overall a very flowery/peppery taste is left on the tongue. Rather interesting, although I am not sure it is really for me.

Mouthfeel – The beer has a very light body with the carbonation level being rather high. Good for a lighter beer of its style and appropriate for a session beer.

Overall –A rather interesting beer. It has a beautiful look and smell, although the taste is a little too peppery for me. While it is peppery it is still very drinkable and very fitting for a session brew.

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Photo of wingman14
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowish orange with a frothy off white head that sticks around for a bit. The yeast is the dominant smell, with some banana, sweet, malt, and citrus notes coming through. The taste follows suit with a subtle pepperiness that starts the flavors, the yeast comes through in the middle with a hint of lemon, but the sweet malt notes round out the end of the beer. A nice medium mouthfeel, the flavors could have more depth, and a better mix, but overall the beer is good. This could be a nice intro to belgians for those not used to them because the malt comes through strong at the end to balance out the yeast. Overall a decent beer, not one that I would buy outright but a nice addition to the summer mix pack.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a lacy white head of one finger's width. Soapy top. It's got some rising bubbly. 3.5

Wheat and pale barley malts. Coriander and a citrusy yeast. Light farmhouse-style yeast and some white pepper. 3.5

Very peppery, almost with a little caraway. Light and refreshing. More coriander and some pithy citrus (grapefruit). Semi-dry, overall. Whisps of lemon in the finish. Not a smidge of alcohol in the taste, only when it goes down. Very nice. 4.0

Superb feel! Great balance of body and carbonation. The body is light-medium, and the carbonation isn't too vigorous either, except that it complements the spicy rush finish. The feel makes this beer. 4.0

An impressive inclusion in the Summer Sampler Pack, although my girlfriend picked this up as a single at a local bottleshop. A pleasant surprise. If they fill a whole case with this stuff, at a reasonable price, I might bite. 4.0

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Photo of Kromes
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear gold color with a finger's width white colored head.

S: A strong toasted malt aroma with the typical Belgian yeast bready clove. Some herbal hop in there too.

T: A nice fruity Belgian yeast flavor with a bit of spice that mixes with toasted malt flavors. The finish has a nice herbal and lemon hop flavor.

M: Light and refreshing with high carbonation.

O: Not too bad...sort of an Americanized Belgian pale ale. The flavors are good and as the name says, it is sessionable.

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Photo of hlgaskins
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of Amalak
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. I had to drink this out of the bottle, but it looks like it's crystal clear. Even in a brown bottle, I can see right through it.

S. It has a strong wheaty scent.

T. The wheat certainly comes through, but it's a bit too generic. It lacks a kick.

M. Very smooth but a tad tart that ruins the refreshing of it all.

O. It's not a bad beer, but it just lacks a solid flavor that you would traditionally hope for from a Belgian or a wheat.

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Photo of KajII
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a clear medium amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that slowly receded down to a thin cap and large collar of residue, thus creating some really good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of toffee, citrus (lemon), clove and banana.

The taste was light, sweet and malty with a hint of toffee and citrus up front, with the finish being quite yeasty with a big note of banana and a hint of clove towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a nice fruity yeast taste left hanging around.

Mouthfeel was light in body and had a mildly dry watery texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall basically a typical yeasty Belgian beer, what was really nice was this beer was extremely flavorful with a low ABV making it a great session brew...

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a multi-pack by Boston Beer company. I bought it for my party, but I guess nobody was enough of a fan to have a bottle (I still have a few leftover).

This beer looks like a session. It is a deep yellow that is basically clear.

The smell is decent. You get a light bit of sour and a touch of malt. And, I smell a light flower hopping.

The flavor is pretty simple. It isn't bad, but there is nothing about this beer that stands out. It does fit the bill as a session beer. I could drink these all afternoon... but I really wouldn't remember much from the experience.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale caramel color and mostly transparent. Big whitish head with excellent retention and sticky lacing.

Brilliant Belgian hop aroma with bananas, lemon, orange rind and fresh-cut grass.

Flavor starts promising with fresh citrus and yeast flavors. This lasts about a second and a half then disappears, leaving just a trace of flavor behind. Finish is crisp and clean.

Light to medium body and good carbonation.

Nothing special. Aroma is very promising but flavor is disappointing.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flute.

Appearance: Very gold and bubbles are very subtle. Off-white head is thick, rising roughly just over a fingers length but turns to nada after a sip.

Smell: Light yeast, not impressed.

Taste: Lightly bitter and slight yeast, not as complex as some other BPA's out there.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, little light at times but the taste is sticking which is great.

Overall: Not the best BPA, but definitely not the worst. It is great for the buy, which I grabbed in a Sam Adams variety case. Try it for yourself, Salud!

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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 TTAmod
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into pint.

A: Clear light amber with a thick rocky white head.

S: Distinctly Belgian. Heavy yeast, some fruity esters, fresh cut grass.

T: The Belgian yeast follows through in the taste. Unfortunately not much fruity esters going on. This one is a bit heavy on the malt, yeast and fresh cut grass. Ends watery.

M: Light, bubbly...very drinkable.

O: I think they succeeded in creating what they intended. This is an easy drinking, Belgian-style ale. Unfortunately, the flavors are light and not assertive. An appropriate addition to the summer pack, however.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a generic pint glass.

I enjoyed the hell out of Harpoon's Belgian Pale Ale, so I was looking forward to trying this one, which apparently is only available through the summer styles mixer.

Clear gold in color, and has that nice yeasty aroma that I've come to expect from this style. It has a refreshing, mild taste of caramel, toffee and banana. At 4.2% ABV, it's very easy to put down.

Overall, it's a good summer mix brew but I would never buy a six pack of it were it available. Just not enough flavor. The Harpoon version has a lot more punch to it.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Official Sam Adams

A - The beer looks as clear as Bud Light. Golden color with a 2-finger head. It left some nice lacing on my glass.

S - I pick up banana, clove, bubble gum, and maybe a pinch of coriander. It's pretty sweet smelling. I also pick up subtle leafy hop notes and soft grain.

T - It tastes pretty much like it smells. I get a bit of tartness as soon as it hits my tongue. I get mild grain throughout with a dominant banana and clove thing going on. The finish is clean and a bit dry, and the flavors are sorta diluted, like watered down. Bitterness is practically absent, and yeasty flavors hardly linger on the tongue.

M - Lite-moderately crisp with a lite-medium body.

O - I didn't like the tart level of the beer, just a tad too much for this soft tasting brew. Overall it tasted alright to me, I got a general Belgian yeast flavor throughout, and the abv is low enough to have a few of. So not bad but nothing great to me.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: Samuel Adams

True amber color, lots bubbles. 2-finger frothy white head. Aromas of banana, bubblegum, nickle, yeast, floral hops and cereal grain. Light Belgian yeast upfront on the taste. Quickly followed by a significant cereal grain quality that sustains to the finish. Just a touch of hop flavor and bitterness to round things out.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with medium-high carbonation. Overall, light and refreshing but a bit too grainy and the slight mineral-y nickle-y quality shaves some points as well.

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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 MalcolmJames
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by August. Pours a clear yellow orange, with a half inch of white head that leaves behind some lacing. Smell is banana, clove, bread, pepper, and grass. Taste is lots of clove and banana, with some pepper in the finish. Body is what you would expect from the name, nice carbonation, little dry, and drinkable. This is not exactly my favorite style, but for me it was pleasant and perfect for the summer mix 12.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with some honey highlights. The pure white head is short yet dense and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is lightly fruity. Some green apple and lemon mix with a bubble gum and clove note from the yeast. Not very strong but authentic to the belgian style.

The taste is of a pale malt base, a bit crackery and dry. Light bubble gum and clove from the yeast give the beer a bright flavor to go along with some green apple. Slight lime note from the hops as well as a good dose of grassy flavors. Light metallic twang in the finish. Nice light belgian flavor and with only 4.25ABV.

The feel is light, almost watery, with prickly carbonation. Drinks very crisp and has good balance throughout. Love the ABV on this bad boy.

This thing knocks the socks off of Stella and has a lower ABV. A really nice BPA that you can have a few of and still remember your name. Not the most flavorful belgian but I wouldn't mind seeing more of these in the market.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with almost no head

S: Definite Belgian yeast with some light fruity notes and slight spice, and then some light malts and hops

T: Follows the nose, but it is much more malt-focused with bread and butter flavors in the front. Also present are the yeasty fruity notes and very light hops. Certainly deviates from the classic Belgian pale

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation. More of a soda-like feel that I usually don't associate with Belgians

O: After the look and smell, this certainly goes downhill in terms of being a Belgian pale. The taste has way too much bread and buttery malty notes and not enough of the yeasty 'umph' that Belgians usually have. The feel is also off, most likely from the lack of bottle conditioning. At least it's easy to drink and enjoyable overall. Just not really to style aside from the nose

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz out of the Summer Mixer.... poured into my slim tulip glass... nice white head with good lacing.. very clear... polished brew.

Nose shows light clove and decent pale malt that helps the phenols bloom... light pink bubblegum with warmth..

Flavor is Belgian Pale malts with the expected clove and very light malty goodness. residual sugars add to the esters... nicely done with good carbonation....

Exactly everything I want more of in American brewing. A nice sessionable brew that isn't an American Pale ale. More breweries should do these Belgian "light" brews .... it is easy to do with the right fermentation temps and right yeasts... and will blow out any APA for drinkability every day.

I REALLY appreciated this brew... but on the merits, it needs a little work... But I still dig it... I would buy this again and again over nearly any SA regular 6'er.


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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.