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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Belgian SessionBelgian Session

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984 Ratings

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Ratings: 984
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 5
Gots: 55 | 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 Dave128


3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found one of these in the Sam Adams 2012 summer sampler. Poured into a pint glass.

A - A moderate pour yields about a finger of white head. Fizzes out pretty quickly. Lacing is low but the halo remains constant.

S - Smells of light biscuity malt and belgian yeast. Very clean.

T - As with the nose, the taste is very clean and light. Sweet and yeasty up front with a mild dry bitterness in the finish.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Great for the style.

O - A great easy going introduction to a good craft beer for macro drinkers. Definitely a session beer... Some may see the flavors as too light.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 02:56:36 | More by Dave128
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-30-2012 00:31:59 | More by RichD
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

06-28-2012 03:29:37 | More by g_jenkins
Photo of trevorpost


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-27-2012 22:39:25 | More by trevorpost
Photo of Stvnrmr

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

06-27-2012 21:48:35 | More by Stvnrmr
Photo of ebin


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

06-27-2012 03:31:43 | More by ebin
Photo of Brandon_Friend

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-26-2012 04:41:14 | More by Brandon_Friend
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South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

06-25-2012 01:08:52 | More by breedsimpsonville
Photo of Dugan

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-25-2012 00:03:34 | More by Dugan
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice addition to the summer 12er. pours hazy but bright. with all kinds of head. thick and tall, retaining. some sediment resting. smells like christmas a bit, gingersnap cookies on the malt and spice and dried fruit and caramel on the yeast. buttery and rich, but light and drinkable all in the same glass. flavor is all yeast, bit of sweetness and spice with the fruit smells long gone. feel work, thicker for a session brew in terms of body, but very lively carbonation make it down easy. its not as belgian as you want it to be, but the feel is there, just seems to be a bit weighty for a session. overall i like it in the summer box, good with food on the grill too, so that helps. not belgian quality, but american well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 23:43:58 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a decent sized head, fades at a fast rate though and leaves only a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell has an aroma of banana and spice, bit of coriander and orange peel as well, malt balances out all the fighting aromas, clove takes the strongest of all though.

Taste seems a bit watery at times even with all the flavors, clove tends to be a bit much although the orange and coriander helps, assertive high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 20:57:20 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of socon67

New York

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange and clear, with a hearty white foamy head that settles quickly.

S - Scents of spice and berries, and a slight smell of bread.

T - Enjoyable pale ale that has a combination of fruit sugary flavor and a herb\spicy flavor of freshly ground team leaves. Kinda liked it.

M - Despite the name, I didn't find it all the sessionable. The feel of the sugars and spices kinda stuck in my mouth. was ready to try another beer.

O - Perfect for a Sam's sampler pack. This is fun to try one, enjoy it, and move on.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 03:27:06 | More by socon67
Photo of djbst73

2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured in pint glass.

A- Deep golden color with a strong white head- about half an inch, with good lacing.

S=Fruity esters and a strong clove aroma.

T- No hop presence as expected. Strong banana and clove up front with a cloying finish.

M- Thin and light.

O- Hard to see how this would be sessionable given the sweet, unbalanced profile. Hard to get through one let alone trying to drink several.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 02:34:14 | More by djbst73
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New York

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-23-2012 21:59:51 | More by nyrblue2
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-23-2012 21:48:27 | More by SFC21
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-23-2012 20:49:58 | More by pandatron
Photo of DannyDan


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a yellowish orange hue with a thin whitehead that has some nice lacing on the glass and some nice retention. It has an aroma of wheat, yeast, citrus and spices. The taste starts out with wheat along with yeast with a toffee and sweet caramel taste in the back and finishes off with hints of citrus. While it is easy to drink, it has a chewy taste that leaves the mouth dry and overall a pretty good tasting beer to enjoy on a nice summer day. I do hope they will in the future sell this is 6 and 12 packs and not just in the summer sampler package.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 08:14:36 | More by DannyDan
Photo of wiscokid920


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

06-21-2012 04:57:43 | More by wiscokid920
Photo of TheCondor


3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass with standard vigor.

Appearance - Pours a nice off gold/orange color with lots of carbonation action inside the glass. Rocky, three finger head with good retention. Lacing is respectable

Smell – Yeasts, spices, and some fruitiness are the big three of this brew. There is a hint of malt and biscuits in there, but not much. A fairly complex aroma, but nothing to get real excited about.

Taste – Again with the yeasts. There is certainly a hop kick to it as well along with a good maltiness to balance the hops out. Spices, biscuits, bready malts. Not too bad, but again, not remarkable.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. This is probably the best part of the brew, as it finishes creamy and thick on the palate, leaving a fair malt aftertaste.

Overall – This was a decent beer. Nothing remarkable, if I hadn’t taken notes I would not have remembered it, but not every beer can be outstanding. I would drink it again, I don’t know if I would buy it again though. If I am looking for a pale ale, I think I will stick with the American or Indian styles, the Belgians just don’t do it for me as much. Worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 03:22:04 | More by TheCondor
Photo of adamette


2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a part of a Sam Adams "Summer Seasonals" case from Sam's Club a few weeks ago into a clean, clear glass. "Best by" date of Aug 2012 so I am good.

A Slightly copper but mostly yellow translucent body under an all too brief white head that lacks depth in my opinion. I was hoping for a least a nice creamy "Belgian" head. 2.5

S Distant belgian yeast and weak malt smell. meh.. 2.5

T Nice Belgain yeast taste and lightly roasted malt. I might think of referring someone to this beer as a reference for the Belgian yeast taste but not much else. 3.0

M Pretty thin, just some light sweetness. That is to style but it is rather forgettable. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is pretty good and overall it is about an average example of the style. Sometimes I think that it is actually a parody of the Belgian style that it is an example of...kind of a poor man's Belgian Pale Ale. For that, I will drop it down from average to below average. 2.5

Notes: To think that this beer is the same style as Orval should show you how far removed from that level of greatness that this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 02:47:59 | More by adamette
Photo of kylehay2004


3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger white head on a clear golden amber body. Some lacing.

S: Lots of caramel and banana citrus with floral hop notes.

T: Caramel and toasted malts background with some fruity and earthy hops which are understated.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: sessionable but the hop character is muted which makes this one more red or amber ale like than session hoppy like. Certainly very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2012 00:08:32 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of MattyG85


3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Bright and fairly spicy Belgian yeast up front. A little pepper and clove. Hints of banana along with some citrus orange and lemon zest. Some bready malts with hints of toffee and caramel. Noble hops add to the spice. Subtle hint of candy sugar. A zesty and fairly floral aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma although not quite as vibrant. Belgian yeast with light hints of clove and pepper spice. Hint of banana. Good kick of spicy Noble hops also in the front. Also some citrus hops with notes of orange and lemon. Solid bready malt presence with notes of biscuit, toffee, and caramel. Light taste for a Belgian style but good for a session ale.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and creamy with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: A pretty nice session ale. Nice Belgian yeast flavors and the hop spices play off it well. A good light option.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 06:59:12 | More by MattyG85
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

06-17-2012 22:26:14 | More by st9647v3
Photo of budgood1


2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a dark golden colour, not completely clear with a dirty snow white head with good retention. nice lacing. a spicy nose with lemon citrus accents. the flavour department throws out a crisp and dry malty flavours with definite spicy undertones and a yeasty backdrop. there is a bit of hopping that adds a bitter touch that accentuates the overall dryness and ease of consumption. the body is light, but appropriate for a low ABV beer with a sharp and crisp mouthfeel. again...finishes dry with lingering spiciness/bitterness. drinkability is ok. it goes down easy after a warm day of yardwork.

overall i'm a bit underwhelmed, even though i'm thirsty after a day of labor. i wouldn't make a point of revisiting this.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 21:31:17 | More by budgood1
Photo of elec


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

06-17-2012 01:25:06 | More by elec
Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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