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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 1,084
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 10
Gots: 91 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Aggressive pour yields a two finger creamy, white head. Copper orange in color with a slight haze and good amounts of carbonation rising. Good lacing.

S: Caramel malts and belgian yeast spice aroma (clove).

T: Malts are very clean and cracker-like. A little bit of hops up front but quickly followed by some melon and banana esters. The session description is accurate.

M: Moderately thin body with moderate to high carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: This truly is a session Belgian. It has most of the qualities of a good Belgian but ridiculously easy to drink. Would drink again, but won't be hunting it down. If you are a Belgian fan and want a beer you can knock down, this is your beer.

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Chill-hazed copper/gold in color, with a short head of white foam.
Aroma-Orange peel and spices
Taste-Faintly spicy orange peel, a bit watery and thin-bodied. Slight metallic note-quickly fading flavor. Not terrible for a session ale, but much better examples of the style are out there.

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Appearance: Golden amber color, partially hazy with a minimal white lace

Smell: Hints of yeast and citrus. Also has hints of bread mixed with spices. Very nice smell

Taste: Very clean and crisp, has a dry taste up front and ends with a tea like taste

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and also fairly smooth. Has good carbonation as well

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A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that has good retention properties and left a quarter finger high head on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus in the nose along with some notes of Belgian yeast and hints of pale malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of clove. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: As its name implies, this beer is very sessionable, especially given its low alcohol content.

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Last of the summer mixed pack I picked up not too long ago.

A- Poured into a can shaped glass with an amber body. Just a slight haze to it and a foamy white head forms nicely to about two fingers. Good head retention and lace all down the glass. It leaves thin webs all around.

S- A blend of light caramel, fruit (something like cantaloupe) and some spice (clove, pepper) notes. Not a ton going on I have to say and it fades slowly with time and each sip.

T- Opens up mostly with a sessionable mix of fruit and malt flavors. A blend of cantaloupe, banana esters, lemon zest, caramel and cracker notes. Hints of spice, clove, coriander and grassy hops also make it into the mix. It all balances nicely and drinks easily.

MF- Creamy light body with a nice, silky moderate carbonation. Very light bitterness hits the palate in the finish.

Admittedly more enjoyable than what I expected. The yeast lends nice fruit and spice notes while malts balance it all out with just a touch of hops. Not a blast of flavor but I think it delivers what they advertise here.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Available in Samuel Adams' Summer Styles Variety 12 Pack. This is brewed in the Belgian Pale Ale style. According to the label, "A crisp, refreshing version of a traditional Belgian beer. Fruity, slightly spicy flavors from the Belgian yeast are balanced by toffee and caramel notes from our blend of malts. The hops provide a citrus character that rounds out this enjoyable brew. Cheers!" Date ticked on the bottle is Mid-September 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Samuel Adams Sensory Perfect Pint glass. Served in the upper-middle 40'sº Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) An aggressive pour yields a towering creamy white head with slightly above average staying power over a crystal-clear orange-amber body, slightly darker than anticipated. There's a lot of active carbonation. Lacing is spotty and light. Appearance is nice overall. 4

(Smell) Yeasty bread tones, spicy hop notes, Belgian spices and a hint of mild fruit. Spices and bread are the most dominant aromas, strikingly potent and overshadowing the subtleties. Spicy hop resins and toffee are also notable in trace amounts. A slight metallic aroma and some funk lingers in the background. Not terrible, although the balance could have been a bit better. Based on the aroma alone, the spices and flavors smell a little less "sessionable" than the beer calls itself to be. 4

(Taste) This is where the session kicks in. A clean, cracker pale malt with a touch of banana and citrusy zest on the end. There's a much lighter malt profile here than the nose gave off, and the spices and hoppy characters although present, are subdued as well. The toffee and caramel are quite hard to find in the light body, notable at best in very subtle quantities. It's actually a bit disappointing that the taste didn't match the aroma, although I would agree that the flavor matches my expectations of a light, quaffable brew better than the nose did, making the flavors far more "sessionable" than the nose predicted. Unfortunately, I'm not really a fan of the light flavor and expected much more from the beer than I got. Either a bigger bready base or some more Belgian spice presence could have beefed up the flavor a bit more without sacrificing any drinkability, but the end result is purely drinkable for most. Ultimately, it's not the most exciting beer I've had by Samuel Adams, but decent by most accounts. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Thin malt profile, slightly chewy with medium carbonation. Body is light for the style and light amongst beers. Alcohol presence is low to none. The carbonation is just about right, perhaps a bit too much for some, but OK by me. Again, the shallow body is expected for session beers, which this is advertised as, so I can't dock much for it, but I was hoping for a bigger body. 3.5

(Overall) You want a sessionable Belgian ale? Here it is. I felt slightly misled by the bolder aroma and was therefore a little let down by the remainder of the experience, but this beer would be a decent option for those looking to tiptoe into the Belgian pale category. The flavors are mild and inoffensive and the beer is clean and highly drinkable, so kudos to Samuel Adams for a decent Belgian option. I would consider Belgian Session a one-time thing, but that's only because there are so many excellent Belgian Pale Ales out there to enjoy. For the starting Belgian drinker, I'd consider giving this beer a shot. 3.5

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