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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: 79 | 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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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of gcamparone
3.75/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of RandyPuckett
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BrandonOakes
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of nakedninjaturtle
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Bassman2019
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BlazedNug
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Los1324
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Celtics17
3.89/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of OgreSanchez
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DLS168
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of jonaspb
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BucBasil
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of nebula1999
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of mooseo
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Bright clear copper with a huge creamy white head.

S - Banana, light citrus, clove, sweet bready malt. Mild but pleasant.

T - Apple, bready malt, banana, lemon citrus. The flavors are rather subtle (watered down?), but balanced well. Belgian yeast and spice evident on the finish. There is an odd medicinal taste that lingers.

M - Smooth and crisp, very thin bodied. High carbonation, watery.

O - Not bad as a sessionable Belgian beer. The flavors are light but the beer is extremely drinkable. It's just a bit too watered down, which diminishes the tasty Belgian aspects of the beer.

Photo of MarkElkins
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of JHendu
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of sgregory
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ImpactDan
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of fishguyac
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Stoutlad
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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