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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Belgian SessionBelgian Session

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1,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,038
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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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

javi10653, May 14, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig. Review from notes.

A: The Belgian Session was orange with a small white head that had good retention and nice lacing.

S: Nice Belgian spices, some orange, orange peel, banana, and caramel. There was also a little bubblegum.

T: Nice spice with some cloves, more banana and some orange peel. Slightly estery with more bubblegum as well.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: Pleasantly surprised. Lots of flavor for 4.25%, BBC did well with this one.

mdaschaf, May 14, 2012
Photo of Lawnboy33
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Lawnboy33, May 14, 2012
Photo of bigeyedfish89
4/5  rDev +20.5%

bigeyedfish89, May 13, 2012
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

JohneHoodlum, May 13, 2012
Photo of yemenmocha
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great head, as is the norm with Samuel Adams products. Honey-gold color, good clarity, and ample carbonation. Laces nicely in my Sam Adams glass. Nose is floral, tropical fruity, dough-y, and some tea notes in there too. High carbonation on the palate, lemon citrus, light caramel malt, and a suggestion of funkyness from the yeast are there. Overall light, easy drinking yet flavorful.

yemenmocha, May 13, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright golden amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is spicy and herbal with some coriander pretty much what you would expect from a Belgian Pale Ale. Slight smoky scent with a little over ripe apricot scent.

Starts out toasted bread with coriander on it. Herbal with a mineral water flavor herbs and flowers aftertaste. A basic Belgian Pale Ale, but it does lose some flavor in the process of being a low alcohol beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a basic BPA, but it does sacrifice some flavor. Can see its use as a lunch beer.

Zorro, May 13, 2012
Photo of jk3
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

jk3, May 13, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bigbeers84, May 12, 2012
Photo of RyanGoodman
3/5  rDev -9.6%

RyanGoodman, May 12, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: golden color, slightly cloudy; good frothy head
S: flowery, banana, clove
T: soapy, light yeast flavor; flowery overtones (roses); light seltzer effect, with a thin profile (tastes a bit watery, esp. for a Sam Adams)

It's ok; pretty good for a session beer (which it is).

Arithmeticus, May 11, 2012
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for September 2011.

The aroma seems almost neutral to me, hardly any scent and that indefinable. The appearance makes up for that though. It pours a nice orange-gold body with a full frothy white head that lasts a good amount of time and laces the glass to the finish.
Tastes a bit of spiced fruits, caramel and a hint of lemon from the hops. A good drinking beer!

CaptJackHarkness, May 10, 2012
Photo of Wally1912
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Wally1912, May 09, 2012
Photo of Flitterwing
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Flitterwing, May 09, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden color with a large billowing white head. The head has huge carbonation bubbles entrapped within. It fades slowly over time to give quite a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is heavy of yeast and nice floral notes. Mixed with these are aroma’s of lemon citrus, grassy aromas as well as some nice spiciness.

Taste – The taste starts out more biscuity with almost an entire malt flavor. A small amount lemon citrus comes into the flavor rather early. It is on the more bittering side. Soon after the lemon, a more bready peppery flavor come into the taste drying it out a bit more. These take the flavor to the end where some edible flower/perfumey tastes make their presence known. Overall a very flowery/peppery taste is left on the tongue. Rather interesting, although I am not sure it is really for me.

Mouthfeel – The beer has a very light body with the carbonation level being rather high. Good for a lighter beer of its style and appropriate for a session beer.

Overall –A rather interesting beer. It has a beautiful look and smell, although the taste is a little too peppery for me. While it is peppery it is still very drinkable and very fitting for a session brew.

Darkmagus82, May 09, 2012
Photo of wingman14
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowish orange with a frothy off white head that sticks around for a bit. The yeast is the dominant smell, with some banana, sweet, malt, and citrus notes coming through. The taste follows suit with a subtle pepperiness that starts the flavors, the yeast comes through in the middle with a hint of lemon, but the sweet malt notes round out the end of the beer. A nice medium mouthfeel, the flavors could have more depth, and a better mix, but overall the beer is good. This could be a nice intro to belgians for those not used to them because the malt comes through strong at the end to balance out the yeast. Overall a decent beer, not one that I would buy outright but a nice addition to the summer mix pack.

wingman14, May 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

voidrunner, May 08, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

vfgccp, May 07, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a lacy white head of one finger's width. Soapy top. It's got some rising bubbly. 3.5

Wheat and pale barley malts. Coriander and a citrusy yeast. Light farmhouse-style yeast and some white pepper. 3.5

Very peppery, almost with a little caraway. Light and refreshing. More coriander and some pithy citrus (grapefruit). Semi-dry, overall. Whisps of lemon in the finish. Not a smidge of alcohol in the taste, only when it goes down. Very nice. 4.0

Superb feel! Great balance of body and carbonation. The body is light-medium, and the carbonation isn't too vigorous either, except that it complements the spicy rush finish. The feel makes this beer. 4.0

An impressive inclusion in the Summer Sampler Pack, although my girlfriend picked this up as a single at a local bottleshop. A pleasant surprise. If they fill a whole case with this stuff, at a reasonable price, I might bite. 4.0

thecheapies, May 07, 2012
Photo of prisdefer
2/5  rDev -39.8%

prisdefer, May 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

7Durandal7, May 05, 2012
Photo of Kromes
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear gold color with a finger's width white colored head.

S: A strong toasted malt aroma with the typical Belgian yeast bready clove. Some herbal hop in there too.

T: A nice fruity Belgian yeast flavor with a bit of spice that mixes with toasted malt flavors. The finish has a nice herbal and lemon hop flavor.

M: Light and refreshing with high carbonation.

O: Not too bad...sort of an Americanized Belgian pale ale. The flavors are good and as the name says, it is sessionable.

Kromes, May 04, 2012
Photo of hlgaskins
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: Pale, cloudy yellow. Bone white head forms, with active carbonation rising to the top.

SMELL: Belgian yeast, small funk, fruity, bready.

TASTE: Mild flavor of Belgian yeast, with spice and soft clove. There is a small earthy bitterness from the hops. Citrus and pepper. Very mild in all departments but everything works.

FEEL: Lighter bodied than medium, well carbonated, semi dry.

OVERALL: Not too shabby, the name says it all, its a simple Belgian pale ale. Definitely a welcome session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

hlgaskins, May 04, 2012
Photo of Amalak
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. I had to drink this out of the bottle, but it looks like it's crystal clear. Even in a brown bottle, I can see right through it.

S. It has a strong wheaty scent.

T. The wheat certainly comes through, but it's a bit too generic. It lacks a kick.

M. Very smooth but a tad tart that ruins the refreshing of it all.

O. It's not a bad beer, but it just lacks a solid flavor that you would traditionally hope for from a Belgian or a wheat.

Amalak, May 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

magoover, May 03, 2012
Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.