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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Belgian SessionBelgian Session

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BA SCORE
76
okay

1,037 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 69 | 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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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Packman4IL, Jul 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

ZachRusk, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

BeerTaster727, Jul 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jsimansk, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

carteravebrew, Jul 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Lee_Hancock, Jul 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

brokentee, Jul 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

hockenbeer, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

twiggamortis420, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of wedge
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.

wedge, Jul 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

markasparov, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

StaindProject86, Jul 06, 2012
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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.

raznug, Jul 05, 2012
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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.

mdfb79, Jul 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

beerme626, Jul 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bluerabbit, Jul 04, 2012
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2.78/5  rDev -16.3%

A-pours pours golden color with white head with average retention
S-hint of citrus, faint belgian yeast, spice
T-pretty subtle overall all even for the style but has mainly citrus mixing with the belgian yeast profile leaving the hop bitterness and bit of spice in the finish
M-light bodied
O-Not terrible but def tastes a bit watered down. Had the basic characteristics of the style just needed a bit more

atr2605, Jul 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

thegerm87, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

jnr011, Jul 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

caverog, Jul 03, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -54.8%

Punkrckr281, Jul 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Average across the board. Poured gold tinged with caramel. Overall reserved in the Belgian yeast profile, but enough to provide a distinctive Belgian character. Funky note went a bit medicinal at the end, throwing the flavor profile out of whack. One of those "I'll drink it because it is in the mix pack, but won't buy a six-pack" sort of beers.

Brent, Jul 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ElGallo, Jul 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

pixieskid, Jul 01, 2012
Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 1,037 ratings.