Belgian Session | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Belgian SessionBelgian Session
1,218 Ratings
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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Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.64/5  rDev +9%
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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3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.64/5  rDev +9%
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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3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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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3.24/5  rDev -3%
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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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 1,218 ratings
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