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 KLAYNE87
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a sucker for anything new from the pseudo craft brewery. Belgian Session is a great addition to the Summer Mixed Pack (Finally they eliminated Sam Adams Light). Poured into my Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Nice head and light color. By sight you can tell this is going to be a delicate tasting beer and when it hits the taste buds that's exactly what it is. Very refreshing with a hint of citrus. Obviously this beer is sessionable (It's in the name!) but it really would get quite boring after more than two of these. Nevertheless, still a great beer for the warmer days of summer. Not offensive, but not mind blowing either. That's sort of the Boston Beer Company's creed.

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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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Photo of ElCaholicRacer
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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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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