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Belgian Session | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

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Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at a local Ralph's market as part of a Sam Adams summer seasonal variety box. Pricing was fair. Best before date: September 2012. Expectations are average given the brewery and style.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, slight cream, okay thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Colour is a semitransparent dark yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A generic appearance with nothing unique or special to offer.

Sm: Spices, slight citrus (vague orange and lemon - likely from hops), clean malts, light toffee, and hints of toasted malt. Almost a very light hint of milk. A mild strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

T: Spicey with some nice orange citrus notes. The citrus seems to come from the hops but manifests surprisingly fully. Clean malts provide a firm solid backbone. Some biscuit malt. Hints of very slight caramel malt and biscuit malt. Toffee doesn't come through at all, even when I look for it. Filtered remnants of biscuity yeast come through, though not yeast itself - certainly not lees. It's a pretty well-rounded flavour profile, though comes off a bit too pale to be truly vibrant and complex. Simple but enjoyable. Not at all subtle. No alcohol comes through. Some mild layering is present.

Mf: Smooth and wet. No creamy feel. Somewhat artificial in terms of thickness, with a vague syrupy feel. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: A sessionable beer. Certainly drinkable. I might try it on draught, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends. A mediocre beer in the style. Not one of Sam Adams' best offerings, but not one of their worst. Rather average.

Low C

A poor candidate for aging.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was at a party and saw these in bottles so have out a try and was pretty impressed. poured somewhat amber.smell was rather unimpressive, but the flavor was pretty nice with soft bubblegum and banana notes. very drinkable and great for the warm weather. I will revisit this.

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Photo of cousineddy
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into sam adams perfect pint glass.

Appearence: Pours a crisp golden/amber color with 3 fingers of foamy off white head the stick around a few minutes.

Smell: Nice and mild, slight fruit notes with a hint of citrus from hops. gentle caramel notes as well.

Taste: Not as much going on here as expected, mild citrus balanced against toffe and caramel. Kind of hard to pick out, slightly watery.

Mouthfeel: Once again has a slightly water feel to it, decent carbonation.

Overall: Wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these, glad i got to try it with the summer pack, nothing outstanding however. Basically your average summer beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tan to light orange with a one finger fizzy head that didn't last too long and left so-so lacing.

Smells pretty good, clove, spice, yeast, malt, fruity. Taste follows pretty close. It's tasty but nothing special.

Feel is pretty light but has a good yeasty aftertaste. Carbonation is pretty good.

For a Belgian pale ale, it's pretty so-so.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, rich golden hue with a clear body and good effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy ivory foam. Looks good.

Smell: light malt aroma with a floral and lightly fruity quality. Not bad, if a bit on the light side.

Taste: lightly malty and quite floral -- almost to the point of being soapy in flavor. There's also a light caramel quality and some graininess in the mix. It's actually not that bad, but it doesn't blow my mind or anything.

Mouthfeel: light body with a high level of carbonation and resulting creaminess. Good!

Overall: not a bad beer, and I appreciate its session strength, but it's just a little too soapy tasting for my taste.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of tweeder263
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy golden beer with a fluffy white head. Has the typical belgian smell (esters?)that i can never describe. Beer is moderately carbonated. Taste is very mild,dry tart, and pretty good. Mouthfeel is average. I wouldnt quite call it a real belgian but its a pretty good brew

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great head, as is the norm with Samuel Adams products. Honey-gold color, good clarity, and ample carbonation. Laces nicely in my Sam Adams glass. Nose is floral, tropical fruity, dough-y, and some tea notes in there too. High carbonation on the palate, lemon citrus, light caramel malt, and a suggestion of funkyness from the yeast are there. Overall light, easy drinking yet flavorful.

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Photo of Zorro
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright golden amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is spicy and herbal with some coriander pretty much what you would expect from a Belgian Pale Ale. Slight smoky scent with a little over ripe apricot scent.

Starts out toasted bread with coriander on it. Herbal with a mineral water flavor herbs and flowers aftertaste. A basic Belgian Pale Ale, but it does lose some flavor in the process of being a low alcohol beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a basic BPA, but it does sacrifice some flavor. Can see its use as a lunch beer.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +19.1%
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 +3.5%
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 +2.3%
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 +11.6%
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 +4.9%
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 -13%
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 -7.8%
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 -4.3%
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 -2%
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 -4.3%
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 +7.8%
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 -11.6%
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%
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 -4.1%
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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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.