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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,067 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 80 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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Photo of tjacobs610
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Overall: Actually a really nice beer. Nothing flashy but it’s a good basic beer for this type of beer

tjacobs610, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

WesWes, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

metter98, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cbutova, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Belgian Session

Jadjunk, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of tubeyes
4/5  rDev +20.5%

tubeyes, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of JPMcKirk
4.75/5  rDev +43.1%

JPMcKirk, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of JJFordick
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

JJFordick, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of clemtiger8202
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An agressive pour yielded a white head barely a finger width and dissipated quickly. Beer was pale gold, honey color with visible carbonation and clear. Aroma had a spicey/citrusy flavor similar to a Belgian wheat. The taste had a slightly fruity flavor with a slightly spicey bite. The beer finished very clean with no real lingering flavor. Definately a session beer with the low alcohol and clean finish, but it seemed to fall short to me on flavor.

clemtiger8202, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of RobinLee
3.75/5  rDev +13%

RobinLee, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ryanpj, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. “Enjoy by” dated November 2012. Decanted into a pint glass.
Appearance: The color of a freshly minted penny. Low carbonation and no head to speak of. Just a thin white coat on top.
Smell: Spices and minerals.
Taste: A little spice, a little banana, and a little fruit. All pretty mellow and easy to drink.
Mouthfeel: Sweet, but not too heavy on the tongue. Pretty clean overall.
Overall: It may not be perfect, but it's definitely easy to drink. I don’t know that I would buy a six pack of it, but I certainly won’t throw away the four that came in my mixed case.

mhaugo, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +13%

generallee, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of WritersBlock
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

WritersBlock, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

SonOfKyuss, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glassware: Ayinger pokal...Occasion: celebrating the first official day of school...appearance: fizzy, clear, copper-colored body that floats a finger-thick white head....aroma: bright, puncy zest and floral notes--attractive....palate: medium-bodied, moderately bubbly mouthfeel; a bit crunchy on the teeth...taste: a bit sour on the tongue; crisp and clean...overall: refreshing and appropriate for late August heat.... highly drinkable as advertised, with a bit more body than a kolsch...

dacrza1, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Judson
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Judson, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of drinking12many
3/5  rDev -9.6%

drinking12many, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of godlessape
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a DFH pint glass. The body is a clear amber, like iced tea or whiskey, and the head is a full finger of dense off white creaminess, that sinks down and lays thin within a few minutes.
The aroma is a just a tad yeasty, but has loads of sugary, fruity notes as if someone slide a banana split under your nose.
The taste, much like the nose is sweet and fruity with just enough spice to make things interesting but not overwhelm.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Very nice.
Overall this is a good brew, from a great brewery.

godlessape, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of GFD400
3/5  rDev -9.6%

GFD400, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of artdob
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an attractive dark, rich orange color. Modest head dissipates leaving small white foam remnants reminiscent of suds on the beach after the waves leave.

Nose is very light.- getting very mild citrus notes on a bed of yeast.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Interesting as the overall taste diminishes very quickly on the palate. However, more than on average, this one continues to resonate in the olfactory areas with quite a lasting dimension. As far as taste itself, not knocking me out. Again, light citrus notes, but there is a breadiness that remains in my nostrils, and I am liking that part of the finish.

Hits the spot on this summer night. Doesn't go to my repeater list; that said, I am still enjoying this one.

artdob, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of wcudwight
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker than I expected. Amber with some gold mixed in. Fizzy head rises nicely but fades fast. Caramel and toast aroma with a hint of spice. Taste like banana toffee bread. Not bad, pretty good. Thin mouthfeel but for a summer beer that's not necessarily a bad thing. Good sessionable ale. Nothing really noteworthy but it's a good beer for the beach, pool, or cook-outs.

wcudwight, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

ejimhof, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Dcor
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Dcor, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.