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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Belgian SessionBelgian Session

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1,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,073
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 80 | 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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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.

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Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a nice hoppy aroma to it at first. There is a really malt aroma in the back that are complimenting the hops quite well. A nice grassy nose to this beer.

The taste has noble hop flavor that is slightly leafy and earthy. The malt flavor that seems to hold up the back and ever present, seems to meld well with the hops giving a Belgian candy sugar spicy flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a drinkable feel that us smooth but does kick slightly.

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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 1,073 ratings.