Samuel Adams Belgian Session
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Belgian Pale Ale
3.33 | pDev: 14.71%
Oct 15, 2019
Jan 09, 2012
Samuel Adams Belgian SessionSamuel Adams Belgian Session
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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
Rated: 4.5 by neisan from Minnesota

Jun 17, 2019
Rated: 1.79 by Al3x_lozano21 from Arkansas

Oct 06, 2018
Rated: 4 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Jul 22, 2018
Rated: 2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

1.95/5  rDev -41.4%
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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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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
Rated: 3.4 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Feb 09, 2017
Rated: 3.19 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Jan 13, 2017
Rated: 2.25 by sweemzander from Illinois

Dec 21, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 20, 2016
Rated: 3.32 by Wingnut93 from Pennsylvania

Oct 28, 2016
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3/5  rDev -9.9%
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
Rated: 4.09 by Brew_ski from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2016
Rated: 3.09 by jermichael from California

Sep 18, 2016
Rated: 3.32 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Sep 13, 2016
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Rated by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 3 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Sep 04, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by RaginBowener from Virginia

Aug 29, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Aug 27, 2016
Rated: 3.64 by Dposh74 from Illinois

Aug 26, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by BeerMeister8 from New Hampshire

Aug 23, 2016
Rated: 3.45 by VirginiaBeerMan from Virginia

Aug 16, 2016
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Reviewed by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
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
Rated: 2.68 by Epetrena from Florida

Aug 11, 2016
Rated: 3.2 by dzb5359 from Pennsylvania

Aug 07, 2016
Rated: 3 by empowell8394 from Pennsylvania

Aug 07, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by bobvogs from Pennsylvania

Aug 06, 2016
Rated: 3.54 by MrHoonlee from Minnesota

Aug 05, 2016
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Reviewed by ABabbidge from Kansas

3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
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
Rated: 3.89 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by eldoctorador from Chile

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by KarlHvK from New York

Jul 24, 2016
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Reviewed by illpass78 from Maine

4.04/5  rDev +21.3%
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
Rated: 3.01 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Jul 19, 2016
Rated: 3.58 by canucklehead from Canada (BC)

Jul 17, 2016
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Reviewed by tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +30%
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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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +25.8%
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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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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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