Belgian Session | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Belgian SessionBelgian Session

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Labeorphile
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of Bulabeers
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of mchegash
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of BlakeA85
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of imanidiot777
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of billybob
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear looking dark golden color, with a bunch of visible carbonation and a small head.

Smells of spicey malts, and slight notes of banana. A lot of floral notes in general, including but not limited to cloves.

This is a delicious tasting beer. I find it's excellence in its subtlety, but it is great. I get cloves, Belgian yeast, and sweet fruit (basically banana). But it's the carbonation which makes this really work for me, it's light and the carbonation is subtle.

I have not had enough of the style to say whether this is a good Belgian Pale Ale, but it is another delightful beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of matcris
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A very clear, gold. About a finger of off white, creamy head that very slowly settles down to a nice layer on top. Lots of rolling carbonation, and a very nice lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Very floral, fruity, yeasty, cloves.
TASTE: Very nice sweetness, clove, a little spiciness, mild caramel quality, and a nice bread/yeast quality.
FEEL: Medium thin body, creamy, dries on finish, very nice carbonation.
OVERALL: Very nice, plenty of satisfying sweetness, could use just a bit more in the bittering dept. You could crush quite a few at 4.3 ABV. Enjoyed it!

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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 Caveworm
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Session | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this brew's head is three fingers thick, with web-like lacing, and a clear medium amber body.

Smells like mild Belgian yeast (spice and funk) with earthy, grassy malts.

I taste more of that yeast, almost leading this towards the realm of Belgian dubbels. Lemongrass and coriander appear mid palate to give it the BPA attribute we are all used to by now.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is clean and smooth. Medium-light with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to give Belgian Session | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) a solid 4. This came as part of the '16 summer sampler pack, and I'd honestly pick others within this style over this. It just doesn't know what it wants to be. Yes, the lemongrass and coriander are there. But I think this had the potential to be a very good dubbel ale. Am I the only one who thinks this?

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 03/24/16:

Perfect clarity. Perfect shade of golden amber. Whitish fluffy head of lower retention. Mediocre lacing. Smells a little herbal/spicy (like cooked rosemary), a little medicinal. Some cracker or bread crust suggestions. Bready, surprisingly so. Imagine eating plain, dry corn or rice chex. Same flavor up front, just wet and carbonated. Very light bandaid, metallic, cucumber, rosemary, extremely light pepper notes. Very clean and straightforward for anything Belgian. Medium-bodied. Medium, half-flat soda-like carbonation. Semi-crisp.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Gives you that cloudy golden haze. Very good inch full of pristine white head on the beer. Aroma hits you with a restrained phenolic yeast busta. Enjoyable.

Taste hits with the spice/yeast/banana/coriander accoutrements and shit. Solid barley presence.. Carbonation on point.. Clove and coriander starts to wear you down in the mouthfeel.

A decent beer, not something I'd want to crush an entire 6 pack in a setting, but worthy place for 12oz at a time.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

You get all that golden clouds thing going here, plenty of haziness throughout, the yeast is floculent bro, save your tales of clarity for the other plebes. The aroma is nice and mild, fuck all yo pungent esters and phenolic banana.

Coriander jumps out more in the taste than it did the aroma. Here comes more spice, yeast along the way. Mouthfeel is ok, you get adjusted to this as you drink more of it. Malt base is heftier than a lager. Clove gets taxing downbottle.

Its ok, certainly you could do worse with other breweries, or BBC themselves.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours brilliant gold under a clingy, persistent 2” white foam collar.
S: Fruit and banana with light grains.
T: Light flavors, primarily light fruit, citrus, stone fruit. Mild hop accent. Medium low malt presence.
F: Medium high carbonation, medium light body
O: Drinkable, sessionable, but not particularly stunning.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

SAmpling a 12 oz bottle straight from the fridge into my snifter. The beer pours a bright gold color with fizzy bleached white head of 2 cm foaming up and fading quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is fruity with some banana and a bit of cloves too. Nice appealing scents on this beer, with a balance of caramel coming through as well.
First sip reveals a crisp texture and fine tingly carbonation. Average to light body.
Flavor is sweet with some fruit and toffee, again I get banana, but add in peaches and a bit of spicy cloves here. I find this beer very appealing and complex with more flavor than I anticipated and it is incredibly easy to drink. No hits of hops or the very low ABV.
An interesting sessionable brew. Worth a purchase if you like Belgian yeast

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 2/25/15. Seen this in their Winter (?) Sampler before. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage Sam Adam's pint glass.

Brew pours a golden-honey in color with a small white foamy head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that slides back down the glass. The aroma is of Belgian yeast along with some light fruit, maybe pears. The taste pretty much follows the nose with some light foral hops in the mix also. Very smooth and goes down easy. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Lighter bodied with medium carbonation. Overall a tasty brew.

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Photo of grant4ire
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the first beers that got me to really enjoy beer. I moved on to other beer but I will always think fondly of this beer even though I've realized it's a little too watery for my current tastes.

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Photo of ClePaul
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look 9/10
Smell 12/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 80/100

Ok for what it is. Certainly a watery forgettable beer. Nice to find at a value, which I did as part of a 'Sumner Variety' pack for near $1 a beer. Has an ok spice presence. Probably a nice 'gateway' beer for beginners~

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

APPEARANCE: dark golden color.

OVERALL: this is a good beer, solid beer but nothing too special. There are probably better Belgian ales, but this is a solid beer to at least try once.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.46 out of 5 based on 1,215 ratings.
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