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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 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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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Clear light copper/bronze, half a finger of white head.

S - Typical belgian notes in the nose, banana, clove, yeast.

T - Taste is very similar to a hefeweizen. Clove dominates, followed by banana, yeast, and sweet bready malt.

M - Very thin and watery, low-to-moderate carbonation. It's definitely sessionable, but too thin and flat for my liking.

O - A decent beer from Sam Adams. The fruity belgian notes are interesting, but the mouthfeel just doesn't do it for me. It is a session beer, so I do give them credit for that.

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Photo of arizcards
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the summer case offering from Boston Beer that was picked up at the end of June for $22.99.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving a wee bit of lacing behind.

Nose has light hints of toasted malts and citrus.

Taste has the light version of the Belgian yeast profile. Light citrus hops and a slightly sweet malt profile blend nicely together. Finishes with a lingering lemon hop.

Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation level makes it refreshing.

Overall this is a decent little beer. It is brewed very well and serves as a perfect beer after coming in from a 100 degree afternoon in Phoenix. I recommend this if you are looking for a decently flavored session beer.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale orange/golden color with 1 finger of off white fizzy head. Head dissolves fast leaving a light ring of lacing along the top that doesn't stick to the glass as it goes down.

S: Smells of toasted bread hints of toffee and honey a little Belgian sweet melon fruity aroma in there as well.

T: Lots of sweetness in this one. Hints of caramel, honey that blend with a bread like backbone. Finishes with tangy sweetness of orange, grapefruit and a little tartness that is hard to describe (similar to a blueberry tart without the flavor of blueberries) thrown in there. Well balanced and good flavor profile in there.

M: Quite thin mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation blends the bready flavor into a sweet finish

O: Not bad. Good mix of flavors as it goes down. A good entry to the Belgian style without being to overpowering with the sweetness or alcohol content. As the name says, it is a good session beer and nice representation of a Belgian beer.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a slightly hazy bright orange body with a generous white head that reduces slowly and leaves some patchy lacing.

S- I get lots of fruity/spicy aromas.. bananas and clove and maybe some cinnamon.

T- Very hefeweizen-like.. bananas, cloves, cinnamon, citrus. Kind of sweet, honey and caramel.

M- Watery, medium-high carbonation.

This is my favorite from the mix pack. Not a bad shot at a Belgian pale ale, could use a bit more flavor.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

T - Apple, bready malt, banana, lemon citrus. Even a hint of honey. Not bad as a sessionable Belgian beer. I've had better, but Sam Adams makes so many beers, but this wasn't a miss. It's not great, but it wasn't a total disappointment. I read that some thought it was watered, but I didn't get that effect from it. This was one of the best in the summer variety pack.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tall weizen glass.

A: The beer is a solid golden color with 2 fingers of quickly dissipating slightly offwhite head. A slight amount of carbonation inside. Looks pretty good.

S: The aroma is refreshing, citrusy and floral with some light yeast in the middle. Light fruits throughout with pear and spices dominant. Surprising aroma coming from this one. Almost like a tripel, but not as much body.

T: Light taste here with some honey in the forefront, followed by a slight yeastiness and a bready malt backbone. That holds up a very light fruity character on top. Almost as if they were anticipating having to balance for something that doesn't need it. Very Belgian in character but at a very much lighter level.

This would be good to get the foot in the door for turning someone on to craft beer. Super refreshing with a lot of the great notes that Belgians are known for, but not as in your face. Good summer beer. Not sure that it can compete with many other Belgian pales, but I'm not sure that it's really supposed to... I'd drink it again.

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