Belgian Session | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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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Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a take on a BPA, I get that with the first sip. But it's like Orval light only hints of that classic Belgian character makes it into this summer variety pack Sam Adams offering. I can actually deal with that, because I understand what their doing making a "session" version of a beer like that with some of the flavor profile. Appealing pour wtih a pale copper body, bright white head forms thin speckled lacing across the sides of my chalice. Aroma has some spicy yeast components, citric, with herbal mint and a bit of underlying ripened fruit tones. Flavor wise, pretty enjoyable light bodied spicy phenolic character, hints of pepper, ripe fruit with minimal sweetness finishes rather dry. Mouthfeel has a nice light aspect with hints of lingering spiciness, effervescent carbonation for an American BPA. I get what they're doing and I actually enjoy this, not something I'd buy in number but an interesting beer to break down there's a bit more going on than your average new beer addition.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of GregBlatz
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - golden and very clear. Head is white and pillow/sticky. Nice start!

S - Phenols are up front. Spiciness and earthiness but everything is subtle but the phenols.

T - subtle light fruits like apple and pear. Very musty and phenolic. Earthy and a touch of hop bitterness but no hop flavor. Finish is somewhat sweet and a little cloying suggesting a relatively high finishing gravity for such a small ale.

M - carbonation is more conservative than I would expect for the style. Body is a little fuller than I would expect as well.

O - I love the attempt at this style. I homebrew this style from time to time and really enjoy it. Sam Adams did right with the phenolic profile. I would like it to be dryer than it is. Either with a higher attennuative yeast or more bitterness to balance it out. I would buy this in a sixer if it was available.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of jsanford
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Pint Glass

Appearance - Pours a clear gold with a dense white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of soapy lacing behind.
Smell - Crisp aromas of toasted grain, bananas, and bubblegum with a touch of melted plastic.
Taste - Mild flavors of toasted biscuit malts, sweet bubblegum Belgian yeast, and some banana. A tad watery, but it's certainly as sessionable as the name suggests.
Mouthfeel - Light and crisp, with a fairly thin body and solidly prickly carbonation.
Overall - A solid, if underwhelming, Belgian Pale Ale. Not quite a dud, but it's the least interesting in this years Summer Mix.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of jaasen64
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle picked up today in the Sam Adams Summer mixed 12 pack

A- Pours a yellowish gold with a slight red hue, very translucent. About a finger of head, that fades to about half a finger of head with good retention. Above average carbonation.

S- A very fruity smell of peaches, apricot, etc.. Light smell of hops. A little bit of that typical Belgian funk smell.

T- Lightly sweet, a little bit watery, not as hoppy or sweet as I was expecting. Very lightly spiced for a Belgian. A very light sweet aftertaste.

M- Very light, definitely lighter then I was expecting, decently well balanced. Alcohol hard to detect.

O- This beer wasn't bad, however it could have used a lot more flavor. It tasted more like carbonated water with a little bit of a fruity flavor more then anything. Was definitely lighter then I was expecting. Not a bad beer in a mixed 12 though, easily session-able.

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3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Sam Summer Styles case caught my eye when I saw this Belgian Session was inside, and it was on sale for $12.99! Poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Decent collar, but faded fairly fast. Classic cloudy light maple coloring. Great nose with the textbook yeasty biscuit aroma of the belgian style. A nice mix of spices, perhaps some cinnamon? I was a little dissapointed in the ABV, but maybe I'm just ued to this style being potent. Overall a good brew, a shame the pack only came with 2. Prost!

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Todd
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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