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Belgian Session | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,175
Reviews:
243
Ratings:
1,220
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
162
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,220 |  Reviews: 243
Reviews by Brent:
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average across the board. Poured gold tinged with caramel. Overall reserved in the Belgian yeast profile, but enough to provide a distinctive Belgian character. Funky note went a bit medicinal at the end, throwing the flavor profile out of whack. One of those "I'll drink it because it is in the mix pack, but won't buy a six-pack" sort of beers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of OldSwampy
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice amber color with copper tones. Head white, fading somewhat soon. Nose: yeasty, as expected, but also some nice spiciness from hops. Taste: unfortunately does not seem to deliver what the color and nose promise. Somewhat dry throughout. Surprisingly mild. Yeasty taste that would be expected in the style is present but not especially remarkable. Hops are mild as well. Taste seems to grow, fade, and grow again, a somewhat uneven experience. Mouthfeel dry and fading quickly. I'm surprised that this was not especially flavorful; the drink-by date was August according to the label.

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Photo of mtnwesdew
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BostonHops
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy before date" December 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, dark golden color with one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly until a thin broken layer of bubbles remained, medium carbonation, there was a small amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: pepper, pears, caramel, funky Belgian yeast.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, pepper, pears, sweet caramel, some nice Belgian funk, there is not much of a hop profile present, the alcohol 4.3% is imperceptible.

PALATE: this is a lighter bodied ale for the style, medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer but nothing to write home about, it has a lower alcohol content for the style, which is appealing to me but, there are better Belgian ales so I would probably not seek this one out again.

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Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jkermitj
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours a deep golden color. It is crystal clear with two inches of off-white head. The head receded leaving no trace of its presence.

S - The aroma is light fruit and spices. Spiced pear comes to mind.

T - The taste is rather bland. The spices and fruit from the aroma are minimal.

M - Moderate to thin.

O - I am a little disappointed. The smell was good, but the taste was lacking. I expected a better interpretation from the Boston Beer Company.

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is an amber color, with a thick head of foam.

Smell - A fruity and spicy smell with some of the caramel malts coming in.

Taste - A citrusy fruit taste, with spices; nice malt background.

Mouthfeel - It has a good body and good carbonation.

Overall - I quite enjoyed this Samuel Adams beer.

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Photo of boudreaux
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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2/5  rDev -39.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of complexnomenclature
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Fadefury
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber/yellowish tint. Pours a thick head that goes away quickly. Decent lacing

S - A sweet bread/malt, with layers of subtle hops and the slight Belgian yeast in the background

T - Sweet malty flavor, but doesn't deliver everything you think from the smell

M - A very mild beer with slight carbonation.

O - This is a very light beer and I could easily drink a couple of these in one sitting. I prefer this over the Summer ale for the hot days, but if they added more spice/flavor it may bring it over an average beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mhaugo
2.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. “Enjoy by” dated November 2012. Decanted into a pint glass.
Appearance: The color of a freshly minted penny. Low carbonation and no head to speak of. Just a thin white coat on top.
Smell: Spices and minerals.
Taste: A little spice, a little banana, and a little fruit. All pretty mellow and easy to drink.
Mouthfeel: Sweet, but not too heavy on the tongue. Pretty clean overall.
Overall: It may not be perfect, but it's definitely easy to drink. I don’t know that I would buy a six pack of it, but I certainly won’t throw away the four that came in my mixed case.

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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 1,220 ratings