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Belgian Session | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of mooseo
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear amber-tinged gold with a puffy, creamy white head that quickly settles, leaving only a thin ring of white lace around the sides of the glass.

S: Spicy, fruity aromas of banana, clove, anise, and cinnamon are underscored by toffee, caramel, and biscuit with very faint traces of earthy ale hops.

T: Spicy yeast notes-cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, anise, banana, and unripened pear- support delicate flavors of tea, moist earth, lemon rind, toffee, biscuit, crackers, minerals, and caramel. The finish is oddly short with notes of minerals, earthy ale hops, banana, and clove in abundance.

M: Very light in body and dryish. Carbonation is incredibly active and firm. While the alcohol is low enough for this beer to be sessionable, the ridiculous carbonation imparts a weighty, bloated feeling to this beer. It will fill you up very quickly. Overcarbonated for the style perhaps?

O: This beer is just strange and awkward. It never really seems to come together. The lack of assertive malt and hop flavors allows the spicy yeast notes to become overpowering. As a result, it was hard for me to determine whether I was supposed to treat this beer as a Belgian pale ale or as a saison. The fact that the carbonation is so over-the-top also prevents this beer from being sessionable. Instead of being like drinking water, it's like consuming a meal in a bottle. All in all, the brewers at Samuel Adams just didn't pull it off with this one; in fact, they never really even came close. I mean, what is the point of brewing a session beer of which many people may find difficult to get through a single serving?

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Photo of lwillitz
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 4 fingers off-white foam atop a transparent body of gold; medium/high amount of visible carbonation

S - typical Belgian notes of bananas/cloves; grassy/lemony hops

T - comes in dry with funky bananas/cloves, toasted biscuits, lemon, fruity, yeast; dry, clovey, funky, yeasty aftertaste

M - astringent with prickly carbonation, light bodied

O - Not bad for a Belgian--pretty typical. Belgian ales just aren't really my thing.

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Photo of Mumps
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Color is a pale golden, slightly darker than the normal American light "beer". Had a very nice 1-1 1/2 head, with good lacing (I've downed it a couple of inches and the lacing is still at the top of the glass). Lots of rising bubbles.

Smells is probably the best attribute of this brew. Sweet malty smell with spice, some light fruitiness.

Taste is fair enough, Fruity and sweet with a lingering beer bitterness. The sweet isn't overpowering.

Mouthfeel is probably where this beer lacks the most. If feels thin compared to most Belgian style beers. Not so thin to make it unenjoyable, but thin enough to be disappointing.

Overall, not a bad brew. I probably would overlook in a six pack to get a better Belgian, but I won't turn it down in the mix 12 pack. I bought the twelve pack warm, and I might not have given this enough time to truly chill (I got impatient!)

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- me and jim Koch are gonna tangle if this beer sucks. Clear tarnished amber with a fluffy cream colored head. Nice sheets of lace.

S- very yeasty with clove and banana, some pepper, melon, and pear. Base of sweetish toffe malt and vanilla. Some seaweed. Seriously, fresh ocean.

T- decent taste profile but there's just something missing and it is the... Yeast. Generic yeast is here. Le sigh. It's just somewhat bland but I guess the caramel malt flavor is alright considering there's enough earthy hop presence to keep it in check. Fruity notes of banana and melon arrive in the finish with some spice like allspice, pepper, and cardamom.

MF- nicely dry and properly carbonated but the hops leave an itchy leafy feel and the malt a residual sweet feeling. Still however, refreshing in a way.

D- disappointed in the summer sampler. Boston lager saved the day even though the blueberry hill was a surprising underdog that came strong for the win. Porch rocker? Nix that shit. Send it to wherever Great Lakes sent grassroots ale... This one isn't horrible so I won't be sending jim Koch any mean emails... This year.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is not much lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, apples, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some corn and some clove/coriander. There is also some apples and some light pepper. It ends with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Drinkable but pretty plain. It's not that far off from a basic lager taste wise.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, straw-yellow coloring with a tall, frothy, clingy, white head. Lots of carbonation action throughout the body. Aromas of bread and butter initially, with floral highlights, some honey sweetness, and a blend of coriander, clove, and all spice. Flavors of caramel in the backbone, with a roasted grain overlay, some light spicings, and a touch of hops at the end. Decent cling along the glass, and the body is light and bubbly. Spiced and tangy sweet aftertaste, with a frothy, slightly lingering finish.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark golden slight amber, but clear and pale. Head leaves a slight ring all the way down with just a slight lace. Theres not much more then just a generic beer smell with a slight yeast spice. A little bubble gum, yeast and that's about all. Bitterness comes in really no where with maybe some citrus but not bitterness from the hops. Its pretty smooth a little watery but it is a session beer I guess. I think it's decent and would be great to give somone with not much beer experience. But it doesn't come close to tasteing what a Belgian beer should taste like to me so it gets a ok rateing.

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Photo of hreb
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle, best before December, served in pint glass. Beer is a very pale amber, almost yellow, color, with a medium white head. Crystal clear with only a few bubbles disturbing its clarity. Aroma is pleasant and reminiscent of an authentic Belgian blonde ale: sweet candi sugar, floral yeast notes. Flavor-wise the first thing I notice is that it's a little bit spicy -- but only a very little bit. The whole thing is very mild. And the carbonation is fine and low, yielding an almost creamy mouthfeel, which works pretty well with the mild flavors. Secondary flavors are earthy and bitter, with a final hint of something fruity. Is Belgian "Session" the lowest ABV Belgian ale in the books? (no, not quite) Is it sessionable? Quite possibly. Doesn't seem interesting enough to bother finding out based on this one. It's ok, but these flavors really are best played at high volume.

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Photo of pweis909
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. I wish it were available more regularly. It delivers on its name. It gives a touch of Belgian character, and it is sessionable.

A= Gold, slightly orange, with a thin white head. The head disappears a bit quickly, but maybe that's my glass.
S = Hint of phenolics and esters associated with Belgian beers. This is appropriate for a BPA, which should be subdued in these characters.
T=Once in the mouth there is caramel and a bit of banana. It's slightly leaning towards sweet. I would like to see the banana dialed back a notch, and a bit more biscuit as opposed to caramel.
M=A little bit mouthcoating and slick, but also slightly prickly.
O=Not bad, a gateway to other Belgian ales, perhaps. I think they could use a name upgrade.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, hazy, golden straw color with very little head, maybe a quarter of a finger of white foam that almost immediately dissipated into a very thin covering of foam that covered the top of the beer. Unlike the aroma, I’m more impressed with the beer’s appearance, because this beer has…

Aroma: Almost no nose, what-so-ever, just some slight malt and citrus, but really not much at all. I’m very disappointed in the aroma department.

Taste: However, what there isn’t in aroma, this beer completely has in flavor! I get strong notes of malt and Belgian yeast and bright citrus, followed by some spice of pepper and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Medium with excellent carbonation that coats and tingles the taste buds well. It’s a crisp/clean beer that leave a nice lingering finish.

Overall: I like this beer. I think it’s a good offering from Samuel Adams, especially for summer, and I hope it becomes a permanent summer offering.

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Photo of lancecenter
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Golden color, quickly dissipating head, nice lacing.

S - Small amount of yeast and tropical fruit.

T - Follows the nose, plus a little bit of breadiness.

M - Way too light bodied.

O - I understand what they're trying to do, but it doesn't work. It's watered down to make it sessionable, but there's just not enough character left. I'd rather session an American pale ale. Kudos for trying though.

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Photo of ppvora
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a cold 12 oz. bottle inta an ale stem. Nice copper color, half finger of head, some mild aeration. Head disappeared very quickly.

Aroma: Classic Belgian session ale aromas. I could've sworn this is a Belgian beer from the aroma. Some tinge of spices, otherwise wheatish aromas.

Taste: Tasted like a 'stale' beer. Checked the date on the bottle and I drank it at least two months before the 'expiration' date, so it's not like the beer was sold stale (drank it within 15 days of buying from the beer store). No complexity. Belgian beers have oodles of complex flavors of spices, the earth, citrus, etc. Here....nothing...just some sour fruit taste. Disappointed. That too from Sam Adams! The label says that the beer has flavors of toffee and caramel -- I didn't find any.

Mouthfeel: Nothing substantial to report. The beer went south the more it sat in the glass. Had to drink it quickly.

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Photo of BigBrewStu
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not the most authentic representation of a Belgian Ale....but still worth trying if you are a Samuel Adam's fan.

Tastes a little yeasty, but It is missing something. Taste stays in your mouth a bit after drinking, but it doesn't make a memorable impression.

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Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden yellow with airy head of foam.

Toasted malts, mild spicy Belgian yeast.

Biscuits, toast, Belgian yeastiness.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, yeasty.

Overall, a pretty bland beer. Makes for a rather lackluster experience.

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Photo of plaid75
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured herbal hop and a vibrant ester.

The taste consisted of a very clean, sgharp ester and full on herbal hop. Some white pepper noted as well.

The mouthfeel was fill and round.

Overall a serviceable Bekgian style ale. Sessionable and flavorful.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A nose of light spice and Belgian yeast greets the senses with this beer. Its clear body shows the beer is well- filtered and the light head of white foam sticks around for only a short time, leaving behind a thin layer as you consume.

The taste of this beer combines spices like coriander with caramel, toffee, and Belgian yeast. There are some bubblegum notes also, and just the slightest taste of hops in the finish. The beer is mostly sweet, with only a small bitter flavor in the end.

Samuel Adams describes this as a session beer, and it is easy to see why. It is milder than most other Belgian- style beers and its taste is easier- going than what you anticipate. The mildness might be too much for some, but I can agree that this beer makes a good choice when you want a little Belgian brew but want something a little tamer than the norm.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - clear brass color with a white head that stayed around being fueled by tiny bubbles.

S - yeasty, Belgian spice aroma.

T - light flavors of Belgian spices, yeast and faint hops on the finish.

F - lighter bodied with a refreshing feel.

O - this was a fairly decent beer.

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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.