Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.4/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured into tulip glass. Appearance is gold and clear with 1 finger of head and nice retention. Pillowy layers of head stick to the wall of the glass. The smell starts with typical BPA esters... notes of spice, yeast, and lemon. The taste isn't quite as flavor packed as the nose suggests. Light spice and sourdough bread up front, somewhat watery on the finish. The mouthfeel features high carbonation and is light bodied. Overall, I think
Sam Adams accomplished what they were going for. This is a nice light and easy drinking Belgian pale with some of the traditional BPA flavors. Worth a try.
07-12-2012 06:20:37 | More by homebrew311
3.55/5 rDev +6.9%
12 oz brown longneck poured into my Leine’s version of the perfect pint glass. The beer is a darkish gold with an off white head.
Nose of yeast, grains and some spice (maybe clove?).
The taste is slightly tart with some spice, a bit of sweet malt, some esters. I see what they are doing and for the most part it works.
The mouth feel is decent with a bit of slickness and some snappy carbonation.
Glad I got to try this one as part of the summer 12 pack.
07-12-2012 02:39:59 | More by Redrover
3.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, some Belgian yeast, some spices and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel, honey and some spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely others in the style that I would choose first.
07-10-2012 02:02:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.88/5 rDev +16.9%
12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a tiny-bubbled white head. Fades pretty quickly and leaves a few splashes of lace.
Nose has lots of herbal, grassy and floral hop tones with a bit of zesty yeast, but not as fruity or forward as the label claims it to be. Although, BBC has yet to deliver some really great yeast-driven Belgian beers. The malt is richer than the color or ABV might indicate…biscuity with some burnt edges.
Taste is much better than I thought after the sniff test. I get more of the malt and hop flavor than much contribution from any yeast esters, but that ends up being just fine here as there is plenty to contemplate. All the while it maintains an excellent refreshing quality. The hop bitterness is low and the body light, but there is a certain richness that is quite pleasing. Even though I disagree with the first half of the name they have come up with for this beer, its one of the better Sam Adams beers I have had in a while...Id like to see this one in six-packs. Good beer, bad style classification.
07-07-2012 20:54:02 | More by twiggamortis420
3.38/5 rDev +1.8%
Crystal clear gold with a fleeting white head that settles down to a bubbly sheet. Sweet-ish grain, lemon, mild honey, and spicy Belgian yeast aromas. Grain, coriander, orange, pepper, and light phenolics. Pretty light and crisp. Clean and spicy with some sweet floral notes. Not too shabby really...simple and sessionable enough.
07-06-2012 23:03:04 | More by wedge
4.03/5 rDev +21.4%
Appearance: This beer pours a nice golden color that is crystal clear no haze in the least and is topped with a ¼” of angel white head that disappears rather quickly. I would rather see a Belgian style with a tad bit more head than this but it still appears tasty.
Smell: I love the way this beer smells it has that Belgian spicy and fruity scent but seems to be balanced by the malts so the spice doesn’t over power the nose.
Taste: Definitely not a typical Belgian with the taste because the really seem to tone down on the spice not to make it easy drinking. The malt plays the main role in this beer while the yeast plays second fiddle but not in a bad way at all.
Mouthfeel: This is a rather tasty Belgian beer in my mind because I was never one to enjoy the over powering spice and yeast flavors that most Belgian give off. This is a very light bodied beer and very easy drinking making it a beautiful session beer just like Sam Adams wanted.
07-05-2012 23:03:00 | More by raznug
3.15/5 rDev -5.1%
From 07/03/12. From the latest 12-pack sampler. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
a - Pours a deep, clear orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and low carbonation evident.
s - Smells of Belgian style yeast, spices, cloves, pepper, bananas, wheat, and bready malts. Light fruit; heavy on spices but pretty nice.
t - Tastes of wheat, bready malts, grains, cloves, pepper, and Belgian yeast. Pretty bland; no bananas of fruit in the taste, and a lot of wheat.
m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink but a little bit watery and not as much carbonation as I would have liked.
o - Overall a decent beer, but an average Belgian pale ale. Nose is very nice but the body is a little thin and the taste is just a lot of wheat, and doesn't have as much as the nose. Not my favorite Sam Adams beer but getting 2 in a mixed 12 pack isn't bad and not a problem to finish.
07-05-2012 14:58:26 | More by mdfb79
Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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