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

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

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Ratings: 1,217 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of j0hnc2468
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KarlHvK
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of illpass78
4.04/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a gold/amber with a one-inch white head that retains well. Carbonation seems significant. Nice presentation.

Aroma: Sort of pear-type aroma along with a whiff of malt sweetness.

Taste: Some candied sugar, fruits a la pear and grape, some spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Sessionable. Summery.

Overall: Very nice Blegian single type beer. Surprised it's not higher rated. Could be anti-SA bias rearing its boring head.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of canucklehead
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.33/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised this is rated so slow because it tastes exactly like I thought it would when it is called a Belgian Session beer. It's fantastically crisp with light notes of Belgian yeast, honey, and clove. Everything is subtle and amazingly drinkable

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Photo of rypkr
4.19/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear light amber. Smell is spicy but mild. Taste is fresh, bright clove, coriander and spicy fresh cracked black pepper. Feel is frothy, viscous and overly filling to lend itself to "sessioning".

Good beer. It would be rated higher if SN, bells or founders brewed it but most BA's are overly pretentious towards boston beer co imo.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $14.99 Safeway
Clear golden color
Light mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Slightly sweet, light fruity taste
Overall a refreshing beer on a hot day. Nothing exciting about it, just ok.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Second bottle of this one from the variety pack; best-by month is October so this should be well within its freshness range (not surprising as Belgian-style beers tend to hold up pretty well.)

The beer is a very clear medium-golden color, with lots and lots of tiny rising bubbles visible even from a distance. Shining a light through the beer reveals that it has a slight haziness to it. The head of foam on top is white and fluffy, with a really nice texture to it as it shrinks down, leaving a tall, thick ring around the edges even as the center has reduced into a thin coating. As I drink, some very nice trails of foam are left behind on the inside of the glass. Very nice-looking beer!

The smell is, not surprisingly, dominated by Belgian yeasty smells -- there's a fruity thing first, not entirely sure what fruit I'd compare it to (maybe something dried and sweetish, with a hint of banana mixed in?) and then some spiciness after. Maybe some very slight hints of a malt-based sweetness in there, too, but it's mostly yeasty smells. Seems to fade out a bit after I've taken a few drinks, and shifts toward an oddly soapy sort of thing that's not nearly as pleasant as the initial smell was.

Taste is similarly yeast-focused, with the sweetish mystery fruit being the most noticeable flavor, popping in right away. I believe my sister compared it to apricots when we split my first bottle of this a while back; I can't remember the last time I had an actual apricot so I'm not sure if that's what I'm tasting or not, but it may be. Spicy yeast flavors afterward, and just a bit of grainy/crackery pale malt on the end, though it is more prominent in the taste than the smell. Around the halfway point of the glass, the sweeter mystery fruit starts to fade slightly and the banana/spice flavors pop out a bit more. Lingering flavors are a bit of the malt and more than a bit of the spicy yeast, fading into a tad of fruitiness after a bit. Burps are definitely fruity. Maybe a tiny little bit of citrusy hop flavor peeking in toward the end of the glass, but I'm not entirely sure -- there is just a tad of bitterness in there which comes across as almost citrus-rindy, anyway.

Feel is light, crisp, pretty dry despite the sweetish yeast flavors. Carbonation is not quite prickly, but not the nice soft bubbliness that I really like either. Seems somewhat thin, but considering that it's barely over 4% ABV that's probably to be expected; it's certainly nowhere near as watery as the "light" beers, there is still some substance to it.

Overall, while I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as I did the first time around, it's still a pretty nice little beer, with a pretty significant amount of flavor for something so low in the ABV range (and without relying on massive quantities of hops or additions of souring bacteria, too!) I imagine getting a low-ABV beer to have primarily yeast-derived flavors might be a little tricky considering that the yeast is also what makes the alcohol -- making a beer like this probably involves a lot of balancing and getting things just right, keeping the alcohol low while also allowing those fruity and spicy yeast flavors to develop.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpdKilz
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jared40
4.38/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear looking beer but barely any head to beer and minimal lacing on the glass.Great smell to it!! Just love the smell to the beer.Very crisp taste to it. Can taste the spices and love thats its a easy to drink beer.I wish Samuel Adams would put it out in 6 packs its a shame this beer shows up on seasonal summer packs.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.32/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Weak. I mean a weak effort. Weak malt. Weak hops. Has that Belgian flavor, but just lacks everything that makes a beer a beer. Poor pouring head, odd color, watered down. What I've come to expect from the big craft brew fraud.

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Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lic217
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of icemanls4
2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of w11j7b
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ta_hagen
4.35/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robert-Alexander
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Labeorphile
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
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 njbusa
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JayKay412
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jfettig
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 21.8% out of 100 with 1,217 ratings
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