Belgian Session
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #445
Ranked #48,792
3.36 | pDev: 14.58%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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q33jeff from New Jersey

1.95/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2


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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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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ABabbidge from Kansas

3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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illpass78 from Maine

4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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Pantalones from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Second bottle of this one from the variety pack; best-by month is October so this should be well within its freshness range (not surprising as Belgian-style beers tend to hold up pretty well.)

The beer is a very clear medium-golden color, with lots and lots of tiny rising bubbles visible even from a distance. Shining a light through the beer reveals that it has a slight haziness to it. The head of foam on top is white and fluffy, with a really nice texture to it as it shrinks down, leaving a tall, thick ring around the edges even as the center has reduced into a thin coating. As I drink, some very nice trails of foam are left behind on the inside of the glass. Very nice-looking beer!

The smell is, not surprisingly, dominated by Belgian yeasty smells -- there's a fruity thing first, not entirely sure what fruit I'd compare it to (maybe something dried and sweetish, with a hint of banana mixed in?) and then some spiciness after. Maybe some very slight hints of a malt-based sweetness in there, too, but it's mostly yeasty smells. Seems to fade out a bit after I've taken a few drinks, and shifts toward an oddly soapy sort of thing that's not nearly as pleasant as the initial smell was.

Taste is similarly yeast-focused, with the sweetish mystery fruit being the most noticeable flavor, popping in right away. I believe my sister compared it to apricots when we split my first bottle of this a while back; I can't remember the last time I had an actual apricot so I'm not sure if that's what I'm tasting or not, but it may be. Spicy yeast flavors afterward, and just a bit of grainy/crackery pale malt on the end, though it is more prominent in the taste than the smell. Around the halfway point of the glass, the sweeter mystery fruit starts to fade slightly and the banana/spice flavors pop out a bit more. Lingering flavors are a bit of the malt and more than a bit of the spicy yeast, fading into a tad of fruitiness after a bit. Burps are definitely fruity. Maybe a tiny little bit of citrusy hop flavor peeking in toward the end of the glass, but I'm not entirely sure -- there is just a tad of bitterness in there which comes across as almost citrus-rindy, anyway.

Feel is light, crisp, pretty dry despite the sweetish yeast flavors. Carbonation is not quite prickly, but not the nice soft bubbliness that I really like either. Seems somewhat thin, but considering that it's barely over 4% ABV that's probably to be expected; it's certainly nowhere near as watery as the "light" beers, there is still some substance to it.

Overall, while I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as I did the first time around, it's still a pretty nice little beer, with a pretty significant amount of flavor for something so low in the ABV range (and without relying on massive quantities of hops or additions of souring bacteria, too!) I imagine getting a low-ABV beer to have primarily yeast-derived flavors might be a little tricky considering that the yeast is also what makes the alcohol -- making a beer like this probably involves a lot of balancing and getting things just right, keeping the alcohol low while also allowing those fruity and spicy yeast flavors to develop.

Jul 09, 2016
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Jared40 from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear looking beer but barely any head to beer and minimal lacing on the glass.Great smell to it!! Just love the smell to the beer.Very crisp taste to it. Can taste the spices and love thats its a easy to drink beer.I wish Samuel Adams would put it out in 6 packs its a shame this beer shows up on seasonal summer packs.

Jul 05, 2016
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Rock_Glenn from New York

2.32/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Weak. I mean a weak effort. Weak malt. Weak hops. Has that Belgian flavor, but just lacks everything that makes a beer a beer. Poor pouring head, odd color, watered down. What I've come to expect from the big craft brew fraud.

Jul 05, 2016
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Labeorphile from Texas

3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and gold with minimal head. No Belgian cloudiness. Almost no nose at all. Let it warm, nothing. Hint of pear and bubblegum, but very week and no follow up. Really thin. Not sure what they were going for here

Jun 25, 2016
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Bulabeers from California

2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L. Clear orangish gold with a finger of head that leaves and you get no lacing
S: Bubblegum, pear, a hint of citrus
T: malt forward with a ripe pear or bubblegum finish
F: Lower end of medium carbonation
O: I don't love this beer. Would not buy this if it wasn't included in the summer 12 pack.

Jun 18, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark golden with a medium foamy white head. The smell is the common Belgian beer smell of banana esters and spices. The banana ester flavor is fairly strong with this one. Other than that it has some minor spicy notes, maybe some toffee flavor and that’s about all I get. It has a crisp carbonation. It’s fairly full bodied for what I think of as a session beer, but still nowhere near most Belgian fare and for me I think it is definitely session-able. Not bad at all, if a bit pedestrian.

Jun 10, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw with a touch less than a finger of head. The nose has notes of both citrus and funk. The flavor has a touch of funk but it is mostly flat.

Jun 05, 2016
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michiganmatt from California

3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Extremely clear orange, seems almost too clear for a Belgian. No carbonation rising up the beer visible. A thin layers of off-white head.

S: Some nice caramel breadiness/yeastiness along with small hints of spice. Smells kind of like a cheap Belgian (which it is, so that makes sense)

T: Tastes similar to the smell. A little more spiciness present in the taste than the aroma. A little watery, overall fairly weak tasting.

F: Fairly watery, as noted above. Medium amount of moderate-high intensity carbonation.

Jun 02, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the summer pack.

This pours a dark gold, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like citrus, a little bit of spicing, bready malt, and light Belgian yeast.

This is pretty basic, forgettable, but pleasant enough. I definitely enjoyed drinking it, and I guess that's all that matters? The malt backbone was the most interesting part, bready, slightly caramelly, and nutty, it was nice. There's a little bit of a citrusy hop kick, and a mild level of clovey yeast.

This has a nice crisp mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

Pretty standard stuff here, good in the hot sun, not good for much else.

May 31, 2016
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BlakeA85 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass, pours a dark gold with a small head.
Smells of citrus hops and some nutty wheat malt.
Tastes about the same as the nose, nothing super impressing.
Mouthfeel is standard and medium bodied.
Quite bland, nothing amazing overall.

May 31, 2016
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imanidiot777 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold color and has a three finger head that dissipates very quickly. Not overly impressed with the appearance. Smells nutty and a little citrus is present. Can definitely taste a distinct nutmeg flavor. Starts with a light carbonation in the mouth which smooths out quickly. A good beer that I could have a bunch of, but nothing super amazing.

May 23, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very clear pale copper with a tiny head. The aroma is nutty at first, with a touch of banana, as well as nutmeg, black tea, and dandelion. The flavor is sharp and crisp, starting wityh the same nutty tone I found in the smell, cashew if I were forced to say, as well as some bubblegum and nutmeg. The finish presents medium bitterness as well as a bit of a metallic taste. The mouthfeel starts crisp, but mellows out as the beer warms. Overall this was a pleasant beer with some slightly unusual flavors. I get the Belgian qualities, but in many ways it drinks like a lager.

May 14, 2016
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billybob from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a light copper gold in color a one eighth inch head that quickly faded and a very light spotty lace. smells floral with a medical note to it. taste slightly sweet, fruity, some spice, some medical notes reminded me more of a spiced tea. I didn't find the toffee, caramel or citrus which it claims. carbonation was there with tiny bubbles. overall a pass for me.

May 03, 2016
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MostlyNorwegian from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant. Light citrus, and lime aromatic with wet grass. A hint of the darker malts. Some caramel and very subtle clove from the yeast in the palate. Slightly tea-ike and this beer pulls several directions into its spell and leaves pleasing lacing which drops to faint whispers, and gives an appearance of what I feel is very inadequate carbonation! Not bad and perhaps that is where the malt comes into play on the back of the palate because it drinks with the steady expressive carbonation of a British, and finishes that way as well. I was hoping for some more sparkle.
Not unpleasing.

Apr 25, 2016
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