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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Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

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Photo of ranger7
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the dark brown Sam Adams bottle with "Enjoy Before" October 2013 date, poured into a solo cup.

A - Light amber color, with a thick white head, moderately sticky.

S - Smells like lemon and wheat. It's a fairly strong lemon scent that dominates. It is a little sour smelling for my liking, but not too bad.

T - It tastes like it smells. Some hops bitterness in front, which leads into the lemon flavor, followed by hops bitterness in the back and aftertaste. Not great, but not bad either, just average.

M - Hardly any carbonation, which is good. Some hops and lemon aftertaste, which is not great.

Summary - I had my doubts about this when I saw the "Belgian" on the label of a Sam Adams product. I like a bunch of their stuff, but a Belgian is difficult to do correctly, it seems. You can, and should, do much better by getting something else. I suppose you could get it as an entry-level idea of the Belgian style, but I wouldn't buy it on purpose.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/2013.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and peppery aromas. Taste is much the same with spicy grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some spicy aromas and flavors that I wasn't expecting.

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Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of stella77artois
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewskifan55
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear golden with a white half finger head that headed for the mountains. Light lacing.

S: Floral, fruity. Lemons, Belgian yeast.

T: Kinda watery for a Belgian. Everything is "light" here: citrus, yeasty, malts. I know it's a session beer, but I want some depth.

M: Light with light to medium carbonation.

O: Not impressed. Sam can do better (and often does).

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Photo of chudson1992
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of tut2528
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of EricClayton
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of henskejk
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of avisong
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of nheinzie57
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz pour in a pint glass, low head but sticky lacing. I liked the attractive golden-reddish hue. She poured clear and bubbly. An unremarkable ale, when compared to the greats. Light and drinkable.

It's easy to get sh*tfaced drinking Belgians. This; however, provides a Belgian flavor profile with a lighter ABV; hence the "session" label. A bit hoppy for my taste. Overall mediocrity.

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Photo of MadWolf
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A bouquet of foamy head well over an inch, yet not very sticky lacing. Color is a bright orange yellow fed by a ton of carbonation bubbles.
S- Distinct Belgium fruity yeast, some bubblegum, and a touch of lemon.
T - Belgium yeast is spot on it has a mild drying aspect of hops and I am getting bubblegum and fruity sweetness. Not sure the hate but it's tasty.
M - Despite the lower ABV the taste is pretty light to medium in body. Not bad.

Overall this is my second one in the variety summer case and it taste like what they were trying to accomplish a full flavored Belgium pale ale with a session able ABV. May buy this again.

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Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of JRBecks
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of PrimScrewhead
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of montrealbcr89
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of amishbooze
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of jharris0624
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of thampel09
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of bshiban
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MilkManX
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.46 out of 5 based on 1,215 ratings.
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