Belgian Session | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
1,204
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
32.08%
 
 
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Reviews by twiggamortis420:
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a tiny-bubbled white head. Fades pretty quickly and leaves a few splashes of lace.

Nose has lots of herbal, grassy and floral hop tones with a bit of zesty yeast, but not as fruity or forward as the label claims it to be. Although, BBC has yet to deliver some really great yeast-driven Belgian beers. The malt is richer than the color or ABV might indicate…biscuity with some burnt edges.

Taste is much better than I thought after the sniff test. I get more of the malt and hop flavor than much contribution from any yeast esters, but that ends up being just fine here as there is plenty to contemplate. All the while it maintains an excellent refreshing quality. The hop bitterness is low and the body light, but there is a certain richness that is quite pleasing. Even though I disagree with the first half of the name they have come up with for this beer, its one of the better Sam Adams beers I have had in a while...Id like to see this one in six-packs. Good beer, bad style classification.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
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 npala86
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MrHoonlee
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of markallmon
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Lazaro
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Todd
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: Bright golden/amber, touch of haze, thin white lace.

SMELL: Fresh toasty bread, light bubble gum, floral hops, faint tropical fruits.

TASTE: Crisp carbonation, creamy, light on the palate, dry upfront, bitter, lemony, apple-y, toasty malts, biscuity, dry, yeasty, tea-like linger.

Not too shabby. Reminds me of some of the first basic Belgian Pale Ales I had in my early beer geek days. No frills, but it's got some flavorful and quite drinkable. Wish it was a tad bit cleaner on the finish though.

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Photo of 40451
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dditto2
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimoP
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of VernonKell
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Justinn13
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of UCFKnight
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellowish color with a white head. The aroma is fairly fruity with a lot of orange and lemon notes, with a little bit of malt and some yeast thrown in. The flavor is similar, with a nice wheat malt backbone, with some grain and some orange also present. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly straightforward. Nothing offensive, but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of woodencardboard
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Badillionaire
1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

Photo of JC333
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Mattco
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of chudson1992
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cloves, wheat and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of cloves with light hops.

Overall: Ok brew. Not my first choice.

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Photo of rob133
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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