Belgian Session | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Belgian SessionBelgian Session

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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 WhiteHillsStore
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came out of left field. When I got the summer variety pack, (which is the only way I could find this beer) I wasn't too excited by this beer at first glance, but it turned out to be my favorite beer in the pack. Light yellow color with nice head. The smell was bananas and citrus peel . The taste had great Belgian wheat flavors and a nice clean finish. I thought this was a great beer and would love to see it on it's own one day.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cloves, wheat and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of cloves with light hops.

Overall: Ok brew. Not my first choice.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a tall glass a nice golden color with a white head.
Smells of caramel and yeast here.
Taste of caramel, yeast, and spices here.
Medium body and carbonated.
Decent beer to drink, was included in the Summer Pack.
Another good one from SA.!,

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

12 oz bottle best before September 2014. Served in a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden yellow color with 1 finger of a white soapy head that dissipates to a thin coating and leaves some light spotty lacing. Body is clear with some light fine sediment and light visible carbonation.

Smell: Red apple, spicy yeast, clove, grain, light malt sweetness.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Apple, clove, spices, very slight citrus character. Slight malt sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with medium carbonation. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty tasty beer. Considering it's pretty cheap and part of a mix pack, it's good for what it is.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice golden yellow with a nice white head. Nice carbonation. The head dissipates so fast that there can only be lacing from the initial pour.

Smell: Yeasty, doughy, bready, hint of lemon and citrus, and coriander as well.

Taste: Same as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

This would make a good session beer and it's different and unique, but the taste is not that good . To be fair, I hate coriander.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden color with orange tints. Thick lasting white head.

S - Very fruity, mostly orange with some malt and yeast aroma added in.

T - Interesting combination of malt, orange and the yeast flavor. Very sweet finish.

M - Tangy due to carbonation and citrus/orange overtones.

O - Very drinkable and refreshing.

This is not my favorite style but I am trying to branch out more. I actually expected a different yeast profile that is typical in Belgian style beers. This is more like Belgian for people who really don't like Belgian.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours a clear, golden amber color with a thick foamy head. The aroma is yeasty with banana and lemon. The texture is fairly decent which is more than I can say about the taste. This is surprisingly bland and simple. This is basically an extremely thin and young version of a yeasty Belgian ale. One of the few Sam Adams beer that I can honestly say could use some work.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.83/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My 100th beer review!!! Love this beer lots of taste to this beer Not the best but the toffee sets the tone for this beer. I love it in the variety packs want to find it outside the v paks as i do with a lot of sam adams beers i havent seen in six packs but i guess that is normal since Boston Lager was my first delve in the craft world

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear golden / orange with two fingers of fluffy head. nice retention and stick.

S - bubble gum, banana peels, baked bread.

T - Banana bread, coriander, fruity, but not many other notes. Light bodied session ale.

O - This was too much of one note - pretty meh and bland. I will not have it again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian style malt with some zesty and dry hops notes. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet Belgian-style malt with some dry and zesty hops notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Easy drinking Belgian ale with a little hops twist.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Clear light copper/bronze, half a finger of white head.

S - Typical belgian notes in the nose, banana, clove, yeast.

T - Taste is very similar to a hefeweizen. Clove dominates, followed by banana, yeast, and sweet bready malt.

M - Very thin and watery, low-to-moderate carbonation. It's definitely sessionable, but too thin and flat for my liking.

O - A decent beer from Sam Adams. The fruity belgian notes are interesting, but the mouthfeel just doesn't do it for me. It is a session beer, so I do give them credit for that.

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Photo of arizcards
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the summer case offering from Boston Beer that was picked up at the end of June for $22.99.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving a wee bit of lacing behind.

Nose has light hints of toasted malts and citrus.

Taste has the light version of the Belgian yeast profile. Light citrus hops and a slightly sweet malt profile blend nicely together. Finishes with a lingering lemon hop.

Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation level makes it refreshing.

Overall this is a decent little beer. It is brewed very well and serves as a perfect beer after coming in from a 100 degree afternoon in Phoenix. I recommend this if you are looking for a decently flavored session beer.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale orange/golden color with 1 finger of off white fizzy head. Head dissolves fast leaving a light ring of lacing along the top that doesn't stick to the glass as it goes down.

S: Smells of toasted bread hints of toffee and honey a little Belgian sweet melon fruity aroma in there as well.

T: Lots of sweetness in this one. Hints of caramel, honey that blend with a bread like backbone. Finishes with tangy sweetness of orange, grapefruit and a little tartness that is hard to describe (similar to a blueberry tart without the flavor of blueberries) thrown in there. Well balanced and good flavor profile in there.

M: Quite thin mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation blends the bready flavor into a sweet finish

O: Not bad. Good mix of flavors as it goes down. A good entry to the Belgian style without being to overpowering with the sweetness or alcohol content. As the name says, it is a good session beer and nice representation of a Belgian beer.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a slightly hazy bright orange body with a generous white head that reduces slowly and leaves some patchy lacing.

S- I get lots of fruity/spicy aromas.. bananas and clove and maybe some cinnamon.

T- Very hefeweizen-like.. bananas, cloves, cinnamon, citrus. Kind of sweet, honey and caramel.

M- Watery, medium-high carbonation.

This is my favorite from the mix pack. Not a bad shot at a Belgian pale ale, could use a bit more flavor.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Samuel Adams Beers of Summer Variety 12-pack - $13.99 at Publix in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden body, notably clarity, with a smallish, brief, white head. Rather meager lacing.

Smell: Modest, mild-mannered pale maltiness with the thinnest hint of implied sweetness to it. A spiciness including whole clove with secondary fruity notes of citrus and unripened banana.

Taste: Subtle pale malts, a little heated honey sweetness. Floral, fruity, with soft touches of green banana and old flecks of lemon peel. Very minor hop bitterness, but a firm bite of clove bud. Drying, lightly fruity, still fairly clove-y on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Light tastes, light alcohol. But that was to be expected.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

T - Apple, bready malt, banana, lemon citrus. Even a hint of honey. Not bad as a sessionable Belgian beer. I've had better, but Sam Adams makes so many beers, but this wasn't a miss. It's not great, but it wasn't a total disappointment. I read that some thought it was watered, but I didn't get that effect from it. This was one of the best in the summer variety pack.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tall weizen glass.

A: The beer is a solid golden color with 2 fingers of quickly dissipating slightly offwhite head. A slight amount of carbonation inside. Looks pretty good.

S: The aroma is refreshing, citrusy and floral with some light yeast in the middle. Light fruits throughout with pear and spices dominant. Surprising aroma coming from this one. Almost like a tripel, but not as much body.

T: Light taste here with some honey in the forefront, followed by a slight yeastiness and a bready malt backbone. That holds up a very light fruity character on top. Almost as if they were anticipating having to balance for something that doesn't need it. Very Belgian in character but at a very much lighter level.

This would be good to get the foot in the door for turning someone on to craft beer. Super refreshing with a lot of the great notes that Belgians are known for, but not as in your face. Good summer beer. Not sure that it can compete with many other Belgian pales, but I'm not sure that it's really supposed to... I'd drink it again.

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Photo of mooseo
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Bright clear copper with a huge creamy white head.

S - Banana, light citrus, clove, sweet bready malt. Mild but pleasant.

T - Apple, bready malt, banana, lemon citrus. The flavors are rather subtle (watered down?), but balanced well. Belgian yeast and spice evident on the finish. There is an odd medicinal taste that lingers.

M - Smooth and crisp, very thin bodied. High carbonation, watery.

O - Not bad as a sessionable Belgian beer. The flavors are light but the beer is extremely drinkable. It's just a bit too watered down, which diminishes the tasty Belgian aspects of the beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear amber-tinged gold with a puffy, creamy white head that quickly settles, leaving only a thin ring of white lace around the sides of the glass.

S: Spicy, fruity aromas of banana, clove, anise, and cinnamon are underscored by toffee, caramel, and biscuit with very faint traces of earthy ale hops.

T: Spicy yeast notes-cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, anise, banana, and unripened pear- support delicate flavors of tea, moist earth, lemon rind, toffee, biscuit, crackers, minerals, and caramel. The finish is oddly short with notes of minerals, earthy ale hops, banana, and clove in abundance.

M: Very light in body and dryish. Carbonation is incredibly active and firm. While the alcohol is low enough for this beer to be sessionable, the ridiculous carbonation imparts a weighty, bloated feeling to this beer. It will fill you up very quickly. Overcarbonated for the style perhaps?

O: This beer is just strange and awkward. It never really seems to come together. The lack of assertive malt and hop flavors allows the spicy yeast notes to become overpowering. As a result, it was hard for me to determine whether I was supposed to treat this beer as a Belgian pale ale or as a saison. The fact that the carbonation is so over-the-top also prevents this beer from being sessionable. Instead of being like drinking water, it's like consuming a meal in a bottle. All in all, the brewers at Samuel Adams just didn't pull it off with this one; in fact, they never really even came close. I mean, what is the point of brewing a session beer of which many people may find difficult to get through a single serving?

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Photo of lwillitz
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 4 fingers off-white foam atop a transparent body of gold; medium/high amount of visible carbonation

S - typical Belgian notes of bananas/cloves; grassy/lemony hops

T - comes in dry with funky bananas/cloves, toasted biscuits, lemon, fruity, yeast; dry, clovey, funky, yeasty aftertaste

M - astringent with prickly carbonation, light bodied

O - Not bad for a Belgian--pretty typical. Belgian ales just aren't really my thing.

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Photo of Mumps
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Color is a pale golden, slightly darker than the normal American light "beer". Had a very nice 1-1 1/2 head, with good lacing (I've downed it a couple of inches and the lacing is still at the top of the glass). Lots of rising bubbles.

Smells is probably the best attribute of this brew. Sweet malty smell with spice, some light fruitiness.

Taste is fair enough, Fruity and sweet with a lingering beer bitterness. The sweet isn't overpowering.

Mouthfeel is probably where this beer lacks the most. If feels thin compared to most Belgian style beers. Not so thin to make it unenjoyable, but thin enough to be disappointing.

Overall, not a bad brew. I probably would overlook in a six pack to get a better Belgian, but I won't turn it down in the mix 12 pack. I bought the twelve pack warm, and I might not have given this enough time to truly chill (I got impatient!)

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- me and jim Koch are gonna tangle if this beer sucks. Clear tarnished amber with a fluffy cream colored head. Nice sheets of lace.

S- very yeasty with clove and banana, some pepper, melon, and pear. Base of sweetish toffe malt and vanilla. Some seaweed. Seriously, fresh ocean.

T- decent taste profile but there's just something missing and it is the... Yeast. Generic yeast is here. Le sigh. It's just somewhat bland but I guess the caramel malt flavor is alright considering there's enough earthy hop presence to keep it in check. Fruity notes of banana and melon arrive in the finish with some spice like allspice, pepper, and cardamom.

MF- nicely dry and properly carbonated but the hops leave an itchy leafy feel and the malt a residual sweet feeling. Still however, refreshing in a way.

D- disappointed in the summer sampler. Boston lager saved the day even though the blueberry hill was a surprising underdog that came strong for the win. Porch rocker? Nix that shit. Send it to wherever Great Lakes sent grassroots ale... This one isn't horrible so I won't be sending jim Koch any mean emails... This year.

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

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is not much lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, apples, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some corn and some clove/coriander. There is also some apples and some light pepper. It ends with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Drinkable but pretty plain. It's not that far off from a basic lager taste wise.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, straw-yellow coloring with a tall, frothy, clingy, white head. Lots of carbonation action throughout the body. Aromas of bread and butter initially, with floral highlights, some honey sweetness, and a blend of coriander, clove, and all spice. Flavors of caramel in the backbone, with a roasted grain overlay, some light spicings, and a touch of hops at the end. Decent cling along the glass, and the body is light and bubbly. Spiced and tangy sweet aftertaste, with a frothy, slightly lingering finish.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark golden slight amber, but clear and pale. Head leaves a slight ring all the way down with just a slight lace. Theres not much more then just a generic beer smell with a slight yeast spice. A little bubble gum, yeast and that's about all. Bitterness comes in really no where with maybe some citrus but not bitterness from the hops. Its pretty smooth a little watery but it is a session beer I guess. I think it's decent and would be great to give somone with not much beer experience. But it doesn't come close to tasteing what a Belgian beer should taste like to me so it gets a ok rateing.

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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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