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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Belgian SessionBelgian Session

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1,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a 3/4 finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: A moderate aroma of banana, clove, citrus, and spice (maybe coriander).

T: The taste follows pretty closely to the smell of this beer, there is a light amount of malty sweetness. After the malt flavors, you get a little of the banana + clove flavors that I associate with Belgian yeast and then there is a light amount of citrus hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is definitely easy to drink and quite sessionable. Seems like a beer that is intended to drive BMC drinkers to better styles of beer - a gateway beer. I might try this one again but not anything I would go out of my way for...

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of u2carew
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle
A) pours with a finger thick head. Settles slightly to a nice tight and creamy lacing on top and on the drink down. Gold to light copper in color. Ultra clear body.
S) Yeasty notes. Fruity - apple, banana, hints of pineapple. Mellow clove in the mix.
T) Belgian-esque but still a pilsner grainy-ness to the taste. Subtle fruity notes upfront then intermixed with grains and a wheat taste.
M) Crisp. Light body. Dry in the finish.
O) An okay beer, not one i'd return to frequently.

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JDizzle
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold color, whispy white bubbles, low retention. Scent is mild and muted, faint mutsy grain backed by citrus and grass. Taste brings light bready and moderate citrus, faintly grassy. Light bodied, moderately bubbly. Passable light bodied and flavored beer.

Photo of kronusjohn
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light gold/copper with fluffy white foam. Some stickiness. Belgian yeastiness in the nose, some citrus. Sugars too. Light crisp refreshing taste. Lemony. Well balanced and very smooth. Good. Like a low grade Duvel, but good enough to keep the summer mix pack interesting.

Photo of andrewj17
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of BlakeL
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +28%

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light golden-amber with a durable off-white head. Crystal clear with visible carbonation.

T: Light yeast, yet a bit too much clove. Nice light malt and the expected level of banana.

M: medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Crisp.

O: true to style; no real flaws; good price for style (in U.S.).

(lightly revised with fresh bottle in July 2014).

Photo of zaphodchak
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Big 2 finger white head. Deep applejuice color body. Good retention and lace.

Full yeasty nose, exactly what you'd expect. Smells almost exactly like a Unibroue.

Doesn't taste like a Unibroue though. There's a lot more saison-type spice at the front, and a mellower, wheatier finish with some coriander so it doesn't get too sweet. Malty presence throughout, and I even get some ginger on this, in addition to the peppery front. This is really quite nice; too bad it's only in the 12-pack.

Mouthfeel is a bit force-carbonated/gritty. I guess I have been spoiled by bottle-conditioned Belgians!

Nice, and good for lunchtime in Summer with a relatively low ABV.

Photo of schoolboy
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale feels very average for the style. It is a well made brew and looks great in the glass. As the name implies, it is an easy drinking beer. Perhaps this is what is missing - it doesn't stand out in any way. It is too well balanced, but that is true to the style.

It almost seems as though Boston Beer is trying to make a bunch of beers that would appeal to a bud light drinker - gateway beers. This is one of those, but it is a nice easy beer to have for refreshment.

Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at a local Ralph's market as part of a Sam Adams summer seasonal variety box. Pricing was fair. Best before date: September 2012. Expectations are average given the brewery and style.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, slight cream, okay thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Colour is a semitransparent dark yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A generic appearance with nothing unique or special to offer.

Sm: Spices, slight citrus (vague orange and lemon - likely from hops), clean malts, light toffee, and hints of toasted malt. Almost a very light hint of milk. A mild strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

T: Spicey with some nice orange citrus notes. The citrus seems to come from the hops but manifests surprisingly fully. Clean malts provide a firm solid backbone. Some biscuit malt. Hints of very slight caramel malt and biscuit malt. Toffee doesn't come through at all, even when I look for it. Filtered remnants of biscuity yeast come through, though not yeast itself - certainly not lees. It's a pretty well-rounded flavour profile, though comes off a bit too pale to be truly vibrant and complex. Simple but enjoyable. Not at all subtle. No alcohol comes through. Some mild layering is present.

Mf: Smooth and wet. No creamy feel. Somewhat artificial in terms of thickness, with a vague syrupy feel. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: A sessionable beer. Certainly drinkable. I might try it on draught, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends. A mediocre beer in the style. Not one of Sam Adams' best offerings, but not one of their worst. Rather average.

Low C

A poor candidate for aging.

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of SickNukes
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was at a party and saw these in bottles so have out a try and was pretty impressed. poured somewhat amber.smell was rather unimpressive, but the flavor was pretty nice with soft bubblegum and banana notes. very drinkable and great for the warm weather. I will revisit this.

Photo of cousineddy
3.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into sam adams perfect pint glass.

Appearence: Pours a crisp golden/amber color with 3 fingers of foamy off white head the stick around a few minutes.

Smell: Nice and mild, slight fruit notes with a hint of citrus from hops. gentle caramel notes as well.

Taste: Not as much going on here as expected, mild citrus balanced against toffe and caramel. Kind of hard to pick out, slightly watery.

Mouthfeel: Once again has a slightly water feel to it, decent carbonation.

Overall: Wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these, glad i got to try it with the summer pack, nothing outstanding however. Basically your average summer beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.