Samuel Adams Belgian Session
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Belgian SessionSamuel Adams Belgian Session
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Pale Ale - Belgian
3.33 | pDev: 14.71%
Oct 15, 2019
Jan 09, 2012
Samuel Adams Belgian SessionSamuel Adams Belgian Session
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3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mothmanscott from Georgia

From notes 6/2/12: Pours a clear, golden amber with 2.5 fingers of white, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma presents a yeasty spiciness, ripe banana, apple, a hint of coriander, pepper and some cracker/biscuit malt. Taste is thin for the style with fruity esters of watery banana, apple and green plums; slightly dry with almost no pepper or spice accents and at best only a suggestion of caramel. A disappointment.

Oct 15, 2019
4.5 by neisan from Minnesota on Jun 17, 2019
1.79 by Al3x_lozano21 from Arkansas on Oct 06, 2018
4 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado on Jul 22, 2018
2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 29, 2017
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3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a moderately bright yellow color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that quickly dissipated to leave some gentle sticky lace.
The aroma had some faded grassy sweetness, light bready character, slight Belgian sweetness, some grape skin, light white pepper, and citrus at the very end.
The flavor brought the previously mentioned aromas together adequately - somewhat sweet with a little tang and then some tart and sourdough bread. Mild aftertaste pulled in the tang, bready character and Belgian sweetness.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Light finish on some of the bready malts, and grassiness.
Overall, I can see it as a Belgian pale ale, and I don't mind this for me. Might be nicer with it's respected food.

Sep 24, 2017
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1.95/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Aroma: yeast, bread, grapefruit
Appearance: darkish yellow, clear.
Taste, Wang with aftertaste of ash, hint of citrus.
palate is very flat. Thin body.

All the things you hate about mediocre Belgian beers, with none of the upside of the great ones.


Jul 24, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

This was sort of like Belgian ale -light-. Had one at a social function and enjoyed it but mostly because it was much better than some of the other choices. It was just as advertised,a Belgian turned into a session beer which for most fans of the style it probably won't work. It just lacked the depth,complexity,and flavor associated with this style

Jul 24, 2017
3.4 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Feb 09, 2017
3.19 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Jan 13, 2017
2.25 by sweemzander from Illinois on Dec 21, 2016
3.5 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 20, 2016
3.32 by Wingnut93 from Pennsylvania on Oct 28, 2016
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by damndirtyape from Ohio

12 oz bottle, best before Oct 2016, served in a Tulip glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear gold-amber with just the barest hint of suspended sediment when held up to the light. Thin off-white ring of foam with some islands and strands of persistent lacing. Nice colored beer.

Smell: Very little aroma until a solid swirl of the beer is given, and then I can detect some toasted malt notes and some fruity esters, but then it dissipates and I only get a bit of cooked grain.

Taste: Not very Belgian in my opinion. Cooked grains, a bit of veggie hops (older hops are to style for some BPAs, but this isn't quite right), some bit of lemony citrus, and an attempt at some fruity esters, but it doesn't quite work.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, a bit thin.

Overall / Drinkability: Not something I'd want again by itself. Maybe better with food? A bit of a miss on this beer. BPAs don't necessarily need to be made into a session beer - you sort of want the higher malt and ABV because a good BPA is a good beer to have all by itself and it doesn't need to be watered down, which is what I feel this beer is. Great looking beer, but it misses in just about all other ways.

Oct 12, 2016
4.09 by Brew_ski from Pennsylvania on Oct 02, 2016
3.09 by jermichael from California on Sep 18, 2016
3.32 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Sep 13, 2016
Photo of Beginner2
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Unimaginative and average for a BPA. But 1300 ratings in 4 years indicates Sam's marketing. If he can introduce the masses to BPAs, power to 'em.

Sep 09, 2016
3 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Sep 04, 2016
3.5 by RaginBowener from Virginia on Aug 29, 2016
3.5 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Aug 27, 2016
3.64 by Dposh74 from Illinois on Aug 26, 2016
3.75 by BeerMeister8 from New Hampshire on Aug 23, 2016
3.45 by VirginiaBeerMan from Virginia on Aug 16, 2016
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3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Clear medium orange color. One finger of frothy white head. Retention is not quite average and a short ring of lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: Not a lot of power here, but what is there smells very nice! Big, primarily peppery spiciness. Mild mannered nondescript peachy fruitiness. Bubblegum sugariness and light bready malts.

3.25 T: Like the nose, the taste is subtle and mild. Bubblegum, apricot fruitiness, peppery spicy yeast. A bit more bitter than I was expecting, but still mild. Bready and biscuity malts.

3.5 M: Light to light-medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly spritzy with a light creaminess.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but I feel that if they beefed this up just a little bit, it would be very good.

Aug 15, 2016
2.68 by Epetrena from Florida on Aug 11, 2016
3.2 by dzb5359 from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2016
3 by empowell8394 from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2016
4.29 by bobvogs from Pennsylvania on Aug 06, 2016
3.54 by MrHoonlee from Minnesota on Aug 05, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by ABabbidge from Kansas

L: Deep amber color. Thin white head that faded quickly.

S: Bubblegum and fruity notes.

T: Light bubblegum, some citrus, a little bit of bitterness. Nothing really stands out and flavors aren't that strong. Nothing bad in it though.

F: Moderate carbonation. Dry up front. It is "refreshing" as my wife that just walked into the room and took a drink said.

O: I haven't had too many Belgians before, but this one doesn't seem to have quite the flavor profile that I remember from others I have had before. Not bad and it is very drinkable, but just seems a little bland for a Belgian-style. I'll mark it up a few points though because my wife who never drinks beer liked it.

Jul 26, 2016
3.89 by j0hnc2468 from New York on Jul 24, 2016
3.5 by eldoctorador from Chile on Jul 24, 2016
3.87 by KarlHvK from New York on Jul 24, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by illpass78 from Maine

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a gold/amber with a one-inch white head that retains well. Carbonation seems significant. Nice presentation.

Aroma: Sort of pear-type aroma along with a whiff of malt sweetness.

Taste: Some candied sugar, fruits a la pear and grape, some spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Sessionable. Summery.

Overall: Very nice Blegian single type beer. Surprised it's not higher rated. Could be anti-SA bias rearing its boring head.

Jul 20, 2016
3.01 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Jul 19, 2016
3.58 by canucklehead from Canada (BC) on Jul 17, 2016
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4.33/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by tkdchampxi from New Jersey

I'm surprised this is rated so slow because it tastes exactly like I thought it would when it is called a Belgian Session beer. It's fantastically crisp with light notes of Belgian yeast, honey, and clove. Everything is subtle and amazingly drinkable

Jul 16, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Pours crystal clear light amber. Smell is spicy but mild. Taste is fresh, bright clove, coriander and spicy fresh cracked black pepper. Feel is frothy, viscous and overly filling to lend itself to "sessioning".

Good beer. It would be rated higher if SN, bells or founders brewed it but most BA's are overly pretentious towards boston beer co imo.

Jul 16, 2016
Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Part of a variety 12-pack $14.99 Safeway
Clear golden color
Light mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Slightly sweet, light fruity taste
Overall a refreshing beer on a hot day. Nothing exciting about it, just ok.

Jul 14, 2016
Samuel Adams Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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