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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 buschbeer
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours a deep golden color. It is crystal clear with two inches of off-white head. The head receded leaving no trace of its presence.

S - The aroma is light fruit and spices. Spiced pear comes to mind.

T - The taste is rather bland. The spices and fruit from the aroma are minimal.

M - Moderate to thin.

O - I am a little disappointed. The smell was good, but the taste was lacking. I expected a better interpretation from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Session Brewed by Boston Beer Company with an ABV of 4.3% This brew pours of a dark amber color with a nice white head. Samuel Adams Belgian Session is a filtered brew you can see right thought it. The smell is rich with grains and some bitterness. So far this brew is doing well. Now for the taste; it is smooth real smooth and light. It is crisp, but you do pick up on some spices in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice an refreshing and clean. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Samuel Adams did a nice job with this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew 4.5 out of 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of nbarriga
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color, decent head with good retention. Some lacing on the glass.
S: Earthy, yeasty and citrusy, nicely mixed together.
T: Nice belgian yeast flavour, earth and spices nicely balanced by hops.
M: Light/medium body, moderate carbonation.
O: Really nice, perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from a mixed pack poured into a tulip glass. A dark golden honey color with around a half-inch of firm white bubbly head. Rather effervescent brew with a nice look. Aroma is unassuming, however ... Faintly malty, with a little brown sugar but nothing overly robust, along with some apple and a pleasant but again subtle hop spice, floral and citrus notes discernible here and there. Flavor is somewhat more robust but still low key, some nice brown spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) notes flitting in and out, breakfast cereal malts, and tangy faintly floral and fruity hops. Very downplayed Belgian yeast character although the latter is certainly present. Does develop more of a honeyed sweetness as it warms. I get the notion here and this is indeed a solid sipper to session out on the deck all afternoon. No real off-flavors. Personally, I am not afraid of more aggressive Belgian flavors and would choose a Belgian pale right from the source before seeking out this again.

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Photo of jsausley
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint from the brewery in Boston, MA.

A: A wonderful, lovely looking glass of beer. Medium in color with a largely yellowish-gold hue but tinges of red and brown deep inside. A very active beer with lots of lovely bubbles cascading up from the bottom of the glass. Extremely frothy, heavy head with a lot of resilient lacing and a wonderful capping on the top of the beer. Overall a very beautiful beer.

S: Aromas of toasted malts and light caramel abound. Some spicey peppers and a tinge of hops and citrus.

T: Somewhat underwhelming flavor, very light and easy to drink. No bad flavor characteristics. Balanced and smooth with toasted malt as the primary flavor. Light hops, but no bitterness. Some very light caramel sweetness on top. Low ABV, low impact, but nothing "bad" about this beer. I would praise this beer for its smoothness, crispness, lack of unfavorable flavors, lack of overpowering esters and well-balanced, easy-drinking body.

M: Smooth and crisp, lacking of any determinant textures. Most dominant is its frothy head and nice balanced carbonation.

O: Probably a wonderful beer to drink on a hot day. I'd almost go as far as to characterize this as a really good light beer, but I don't think that's what Boston Beer was going for here. It's a really meager beer but it has no unfavorable flavors or notes so it's hard to call it a bad beer, it just doesn't have enough flavor to make it a good beer. I'd like to try it on draft with a hearty meal after a hard day's work... that's what this beer is made for.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark gold body, good clarity, topped by two fingers of off-white dense foam.

Fruity and peppery aroma. Pleasant and inviting.

Taste is bread, spice, pepper and fruit, in good balance, but a bit blunted.

Light mouthfeel.

A light Belgian, as billed.

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Photo of ordybill
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Belgian Session is a very good beer. form the first pour it has a strong golden color and aroma that is inviting for the first sip. That first sip is not going to disappoint. a crisp flavor that makes this a thoroughly enjoyable summer brew. I used a pint glass and it hung to the sides nicely. I would recommend this beer for any summer event and to go with a good old southern BAR BQ.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Clear gold. Slight head dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

S - Slightly spicy. I think there is a little clove, anise, banana,and coriander. Hard to pin down.

T - Clove, hops, and banana balance the smooth double malts in a complimentary fashion.

M - Smooth

O - Nice tasty brew has high drinkability quotient. Another winner from Sam.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is an amber-gold colored beer with a very slight head that has just about faded away. The nose offers some very light ripe fruit scent. Flavor doesn't really resemble any Belgian I can think of. It tastes like a strong ester-generating yeast that is otherwise fairly neutral. There's a faint faint touch of spiciness. Body is nicely full, given the strength.

Sam Adams really didn't put any effort into this beer. Not worth getting again.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Quickie review:

Sam Adams Belgian Session. 4.3% ABV.

A: Light golden amber.

S: Light cereal grain, with a touch of citrus.

T/MF: More cereal grain, lime pith/zest. Lightly sweet on the front side. Powdered malt hiding in the back.

Not bad. Very easy drinking, but a more flavorful option than a lager.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass.

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Photo of StretchZep
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clean and crisp with a hint of some cloves I think.There is a ton of carbonation and a little bit of a citrus hop bite. A slight bit of fruit notes are in there not sure which ones. Finishes off with a caramel malt smoothness. Perfect summer Sunday afternoon on the patio beer. Would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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 bottoms 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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Photo of Duhast500
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is an amber color, with a thick head of foam.

Smell - A fruity and spicy smell with some of the caramel malts coming in.

Taste - A citrusy fruit taste, with spices; nice malt background.

Mouthfeel - It has a good body and good carbonation.

Overall - I quite enjoyed this Samuel Adams beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Belgian Session - another great beer from the micro brewer that started it all. Across the board the beer is simply outstanding. A great mix on the odor of the beer with that burnt toffee smell to go with the hops and malts. The taste matched the smell (a big plus for me) and was smooth and crisp going down. The only knit was the appearance - although it coloring is appealing, the head has little to no staying power. Otherwise, really a great beer.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came out of left field. When I got the summer variety pack, (which is the only way I could find this beer) I wasn't too excited by this beer at first glance, but it turned out to be my favorite beer in the pack. Light yellow color with nice head. The smell was bananas and citrus peel . The taste had great Belgian wheat flavors and a nice clean finish. I thought this was a great beer and would love to see it on it's own one day.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cloves, wheat and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of cloves with light hops.

Overall: Ok brew. Not my first choice.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a tall glass a nice golden color with a white head.
Smells of caramel and yeast here.
Taste of caramel, yeast, and spices here.
Medium body and carbonated.
Decent beer to drink, was included in the Summer Pack.
Another good one from SA.!,

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Photo of Jonada
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best before September 2014. Served in a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden yellow color with 1 finger of a white soapy head that dissipates to a thin coating and leaves some light spotty lacing. Body is clear with some light fine sediment and light visible carbonation.

Smell: Red apple, spicy yeast, clove, grain, light malt sweetness.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Apple, clove, spices, very slight citrus character. Slight malt sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with medium carbonation. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty tasty beer. Considering it's pretty cheap and part of a mix pack, it's good for what it is.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.83/5  rDev +40%
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

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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