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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

1,036 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,036
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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Photo of KajII
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a clear medium amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that slowly receded down to a thin cap and large collar of residue, thus creating some really good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of toffee, citrus (lemon), clove and banana.

The taste was light, sweet and malty with a hint of toffee and citrus up front, with the finish being quite yeasty with a big note of banana and a hint of clove towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a nice fruity yeast taste left hanging around.

Mouthfeel was light in body and had a mildly dry watery texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall basically a typical yeasty Belgian beer, what was really nice was this beer was extremely flavorful with a low ABV making it a great session brew...

KajII, May 01, 2012
Photo of RobertMathison
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

RobertMathison, May 01, 2012
Photo of RKel888
3.75/5  rDev +13%

RKel888, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of ssk
5/5  rDev +50.6%

ssk, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

braican, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%

I picked this up as part of a multi-pack by Boston Beer company. I bought it for my party, but I guess nobody was enough of a fan to have a bottle (I still have a few leftover).

This beer looks like a session. It is a deep yellow that is basically clear.

The smell is decent. You get a light bit of sour and a touch of malt. And, I smell a light flower hopping.

The flavor is pretty simple. It isn't bad, but there is nothing about this beer that stands out. It does fit the bill as a session beer. I could drink these all afternoon... but I really wouldn't remember much from the experience.

ummswimmin, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Belgian Session
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
ABV: 4.25 %

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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of freshtojeff
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

freshtojeff, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of craig220
3.75/5  rDev +13%

craig220, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Tumble, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of bnes09
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%

Pale caramel color and mostly transparent. Big whitish head with excellent retention and sticky lacing.

Brilliant Belgian hop aroma with bananas, lemon, orange rind and fresh-cut grass.

Flavor starts promising with fresh citrus and yeast flavors. This lasts about a second and a half then disappears, leaving just a trace of flavor behind. Finish is crisp and clean.

Light to medium body and good carbonation.

Nothing special. Aroma is very promising but flavor is disappointing.

bnes09, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Beerme09
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Beerme09, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%

Served in a flute.

Appearance: Very gold and bubbles are very subtle. Off-white head is thick, rising roughly just over a fingers length but turns to nada after a sip.

Smell: Light yeast, not impressed.

Taste: Lightly bitter and slight yeast, not as complex as some other BPA's out there.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, little light at times but the taste is sticking which is great.

Overall: Not the best BPA, but definitely not the worst. It is great for the buy, which I grabbed in a Sam Adams variety case. Try it for yourself, Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Apr 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Bike2work, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass on 4/16. About two fingers of head. Color was pretty much just gold. Some cloudy white lacing on the top that lasted for a decent amount of time. Some light spongy film on the sides of the glass.

Smell was pretty much what I thought it was going to be, not like that is a bad thing. Got cloves, wheat, cinnamon stick, banana, lemon wheat grass and some other good-smelling spices.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Surprisingly thick, reminded me of a banana smoothie (although obviously not even close as thick). Got the cloves, the spices and some lemon. Banana taffy comes to mind but there is another candy that I can’t quite put my finger on. Really digging the taste.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Good amount of carbonation. Long lasting, smooth finish.

Really liked this beer and I say that with a bit of surprise. Smooth and drinkable. A good Belgian Ale.

BucannonXC5, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of TTAmod
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%

12 oz. bottle into pint.

A: Clear light amber with a thick rocky white head.

S: Distinctly Belgian. Heavy yeast, some fruity esters, fresh cut grass.

T: The Belgian yeast follows through in the taste. Unfortunately not much fruity esters going on. This one is a bit heavy on the malt, yeast and fresh cut grass. Ends watery.

M: Light, bubbly...very drinkable.

O: I think they succeeded in creating what they intended. This is an easy drinking, Belgian-style ale. Unfortunately, the flavors are light and not assertive. An appropriate addition to the summer pack, however.

TTAmod, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

IrishEyes, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Celtics76
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Bottle poured into a generic pint glass.

I enjoyed the hell out of Harpoon's Belgian Pale Ale, so I was looking forward to trying this one, which apparently is only available through the summer styles mixer.

Clear gold in color, and has that nice yeasty aroma that I've come to expect from this style. It has a refreshing, mild taste of caramel, toffee and banana. At 4.2% ABV, it's very easy to put down.

Overall, it's a good summer mix brew but I would never buy a six pack of it were it available. Just not enough flavor. The Harpoon version has a lot more punch to it.

Celtics76, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of PintOHops
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%

Glass - Official Sam Adams

A - The beer looks as clear as Bud Light. Golden color with a 2-finger head. It left some nice lacing on my glass.

S - I pick up banana, clove, bubble gum, and maybe a pinch of coriander. It's pretty sweet smelling. I also pick up subtle leafy hop notes and soft grain.

T - It tastes pretty much like it smells. I get a bit of tartness as soon as it hits my tongue. I get mild grain throughout with a dominant banana and clove thing going on. The finish is clean and a bit dry, and the flavors are sorta diluted, like watered down. Bitterness is practically absent, and yeasty flavors hardly linger on the tongue.

M - Lite-moderately crisp with a lite-medium body.

O - I didn't like the tart level of the beer, just a tad too much for this soft tasting brew. Overall it tasted alright to me, I got a general Belgian yeast flavor throughout, and the abv is low enough to have a few of. So not bad but nothing great to me.

PintOHops, Apr 22, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +8.4%

glass: Samuel Adams

True amber color, lots bubbles. 2-finger frothy white head. Aromas of banana, bubblegum, nickle, yeast, floral hops and cereal grain. Light Belgian yeast upfront on the taste. Quickly followed by a significant cereal grain quality that sustains to the finish. Just a touch of hop flavor and bitterness to round things out.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with medium-high carbonation. Overall, light and refreshing but a bit too grainy and the slight mineral-y nickle-y quality shaves some points as well.

JosiahS, Apr 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

mfigueroa713, Apr 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Samuel Adams Belgian Session has a thick, white head, lots of heavy lacing, a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, and a good amount of streaming bubbles. The aroma is of sweetness, white bread, lemon, and sugar. Taste is of corriander, white bread, light cracker, citrus, flowers, and a decent hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and fluffy, and Samuel Adams Belgian Session finishes easy drinking and refreshing. Overall, this is a very good beer.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Apr 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Zaphog, Apr 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

cheapswiller, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of MalcolmJames
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%

Well, this is my first review on the site. Here goes (pours the beer into what Beeradvocate tells me is a stange (tall cylinder glass):

A: Pours a finger width creamy white head. Dissipates slowly.

S: Fresh, bright, inviting and yeasty. Smells slightly citric and bready.

T: Pretty on the palate, soft and enjoyable. Nice amount of carbonation up front with a little citrus hop bite, finishes bready and lingers.

M: ample carbonation up front, with slight drying from hops in the finish

O: Pretty refreshing overall. Session is not my most familiar variety, but I'm sure I've had better. Regardless, great for a warm summer in the sun.

MalcolmJames, Apr 18, 2012
Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.