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 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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Photo of buschbeer
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours a deep golden color. It is crystal clear with two inches of off-white head. The head receded leaving no trace of its presence.

S - The aroma is light fruit and spices. Spiced pear comes to mind.

T - The taste is rather bland. The spices and fruit from the aroma are minimal.

M - Moderate to thin.

O - I am a little disappointed. The smell was good, but the taste was lacking. I expected a better interpretation from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Session Brewed by Boston Beer Company with an ABV of 4.3% This brew pours of a dark amber color with a nice white head. Samuel Adams Belgian Session is a filtered brew you can see right thought it. The smell is rich with grains and some bitterness. So far this brew is doing well. Now for the taste; it is smooth real smooth and light. It is crisp, but you do pick up on some spices in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice an refreshing and clean. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Samuel Adams did a nice job with this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew 4.5 out of 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of nbarriga
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color, decent head with good retention. Some lacing on the glass.
S: Earthy, yeasty and citrusy, nicely mixed together.
T: Nice belgian yeast flavour, earth and spices nicely balanced by hops.
M: Light/medium body, moderate carbonation.
O: Really nice, perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from a mixed pack poured into a tulip glass. A dark golden honey color with around a half-inch of firm white bubbly head. Rather effervescent brew with a nice look. Aroma is unassuming, however ... Faintly malty, with a little brown sugar but nothing overly robust, along with some apple and a pleasant but again subtle hop spice, floral and citrus notes discernible here and there. Flavor is somewhat more robust but still low key, some nice brown spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) notes flitting in and out, breakfast cereal malts, and tangy faintly floral and fruity hops. Very downplayed Belgian yeast character although the latter is certainly present. Does develop more of a honeyed sweetness as it warms. I get the notion here and this is indeed a solid sipper to session out on the deck all afternoon. No real off-flavors. Personally, I am not afraid of more aggressive Belgian flavors and would choose a Belgian pale right from the source before seeking out this again.

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Photo of jsausley
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint from the brewery in Boston, MA.

A: A wonderful, lovely looking glass of beer. Medium in color with a largely yellowish-gold hue but tinges of red and brown deep inside. A very active beer with lots of lovely bubbles cascading up from the bottom of the glass. Extremely frothy, heavy head with a lot of resilient lacing and a wonderful capping on the top of the beer. Overall a very beautiful beer.

S: Aromas of toasted malts and light caramel abound. Some spicey peppers and a tinge of hops and citrus.

T: Somewhat underwhelming flavor, very light and easy to drink. No bad flavor characteristics. Balanced and smooth with toasted malt as the primary flavor. Light hops, but no bitterness. Some very light caramel sweetness on top. Low ABV, low impact, but nothing "bad" about this beer. I would praise this beer for its smoothness, crispness, lack of unfavorable flavors, lack of overpowering esters and well-balanced, easy-drinking body.

M: Smooth and crisp, lacking of any determinant textures. Most dominant is its frothy head and nice balanced carbonation.

O: Probably a wonderful beer to drink on a hot day. I'd almost go as far as to characterize this as a really good light beer, but I don't think that's what Boston Beer was going for here. It's a really meager beer but it has no unfavorable flavors or notes so it's hard to call it a bad beer, it just doesn't have enough flavor to make it a good beer. I'd like to try it on draft with a hearty meal after a hard day's work... that's what this beer is made for.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark gold body, good clarity, topped by two fingers of off-white dense foam.

Fruity and peppery aroma. Pleasant and inviting.

Taste is bread, spice, pepper and fruit, in good balance, but a bit blunted.

Light mouthfeel.

A light Belgian, as billed.

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Photo of ordybill
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Belgian Session is a very good beer. form the first pour it has a strong golden color and aroma that is inviting for the first sip. That first sip is not going to disappoint. a crisp flavor that makes this a thoroughly enjoyable summer brew. I used a pint glass and it hung to the sides nicely. I would recommend this beer for any summer event and to go with a good old southern BAR BQ.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Clear gold. Slight head dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

S - Slightly spicy. I think there is a little clove, anise, banana,and coriander. Hard to pin down.

T - Clove, hops, and banana balance the smooth double malts in a complimentary fashion.

M - Smooth

O - Nice tasty brew has high drinkability quotient. Another winner from Sam.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is an amber-gold colored beer with a very slight head that has just about faded away. The nose offers some very light ripe fruit scent. Flavor doesn't really resemble any Belgian I can think of. It tastes like a strong ester-generating yeast that is otherwise fairly neutral. There's a faint faint touch of spiciness. Body is nicely full, given the strength.

Sam Adams really didn't put any effort into this beer. Not worth getting again.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Quickie review:

Sam Adams Belgian Session. 4.3% ABV.

A: Light golden amber.

S: Light cereal grain, with a touch of citrus.

T/MF: More cereal grain, lime pith/zest. Lightly sweet on the front side. Powdered malt hiding in the back.

Not bad. Very easy drinking, but a more flavorful option than a lager.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass.

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Photo of StretchZep
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clean and crisp with a hint of some cloves I think.There is a ton of carbonation and a little bit of a citrus hop bite. A slight bit of fruit notes are in there not sure which ones. Finishes off with a caramel malt smoothness. Perfect summer Sunday afternoon on the patio beer. Would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, the final offering from the 2014 Sam Adams summer mix pack.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent streaky tree branch lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sharp, edgy, and yet sort of hollow Belgian yeast, gritty, crackery pale grainy malt, faint caramel notes, generic, and at the same time acerbic citrus rind, spicy black pepper, and a touch of semi-sweet coriander. The taste is more malt-forward, the wheat and pale graininess taking the lead, the still very peppy yeast keepin' it real, with a reduced bitter orange citrus character, and the various spices getting all muddled up in here.

The bubbles are pretty laid-back, barely cracking the froth-o-meter at any juncture, the body medium-light in weight, and tangentially smooth, an airy creaminess poking in here and there. It finishes on a pithy drying trend, the grainy pale malt, floundering yeast, and now mostly masked citrus notes carrying on as such.

I get the conceit here, which takes (or precedes, I dunno) the idea of 'sessionability' from the IPA world, and applies it to the typically boozy Belgian strain of pale ales. Agreeable enough, for the most part, but kind of plain, and somewhat boring once upon bottoms up. Meh, maybe it's time to admit that, for me, by far the best part of most Belgian-style ales is indeed their alcohol quotient.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a nice hoppy aroma to it at first. There is a really malt aroma in the back that are complimenting the hops quite well. A nice grassy nose to this beer.

The taste has noble hop flavor that is slightly leafy and earthy. The malt flavor that seems to hold up the back and ever present, seems to meld well with the hops giving a Belgian candy sugar spicy flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a drinkable feel that us smooth but does kick slightly.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is an amber color, with a thick head of foam.

Smell - A fruity and spicy smell with some of the caramel malts coming in.

Taste - A citrusy fruit taste, with spices; nice malt background.

Mouthfeel - It has a good body and good carbonation.

Overall - I quite enjoyed this Samuel Adams beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Belgian Session - another great beer from the micro brewer that started it all. Across the board the beer is simply outstanding. A great mix on the odor of the beer with that burnt toffee smell to go with the hops and malts. The taste matched the smell (a big plus for me) and was smooth and crisp going down. The only knit was the appearance - although it coloring is appealing, the head has little to no staying power. Otherwise, really a great beer.

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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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