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Belgian Session - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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76
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1,067 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 80 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

BlakeL, May 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

barnzy78, May 27, 2012
Photo of aleslover
4.25/5  rDev +28%

aleslover, May 27, 2012
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).

chinchill, May 27, 2012
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.

zaphodchak, May 26, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +13%
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.

schoolboy, May 26, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

kojevergas, May 23, 2012
Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.75/5  rDev +13%

ILiveOffHops, May 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

SickNukes, May 22, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +13%

nickfl, May 20, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

cosmicevan, May 20, 2012
Photo of cousineddy
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

cousineddy, May 20, 2012
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jrohrbacher, May 20, 2012
Photo of brettski
3.75/5  rDev +13%

brettski, May 19, 2012
Photo of PGVG
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

PGVG, May 19, 2012
Photo of 40451
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of chasmandocharles
3.75/5  rDev +13%

chasmandocharles, May 18, 2012
Photo of Stockfan42
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Stockfan42, May 18, 2012
Photo of xnapshot
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

xnapshot, May 18, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tan to light orange with a one finger fizzy head that didn't last too long and left so-so lacing.

Smells pretty good, clove, spice, yeast, malt, fruity. Taste follows pretty close. It's tasty but nothing special.

Feel is pretty light but has a good yeasty aftertaste. Carbonation is pretty good.

For a Belgian pale ale, it's pretty so-so.

AlCaponeJunior, May 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

CB2maltygoodness, May 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Irish7r, May 17, 2012
Photo of JVoyager
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

JVoyager, May 17, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, rich golden hue with a clear body and good effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy ivory foam. Looks good.

Smell: light malt aroma with a floral and lightly fruity quality. Not bad, if a bit on the light side.

Taste: lightly malty and quite floral -- almost to the point of being soapy in flavor. There's also a light caramel quality and some graininess in the mix. It's actually not that bad, but it doesn't blow my mind or anything.

Mouthfeel: light body with a high level of carbonation and resulting creaminess. Good!

Overall: not a bad beer, and I appreciate its session strength, but it's just a little too soapy tasting for my taste.

flagmantho, May 16, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellowish color with a white head. The aroma is fairly fruity with a lot of orange and lemon notes, with a little bit of malt and some yeast thrown in. The flavor is similar, with a nice wheat malt backbone, with some grain and some orange also present. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly straightforward. Nothing offensive, but nothing really stands out.

Mora2000, May 16, 2012
Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.