Belgian Session | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep golden color, looks clear. Lots of fine bubble rising up. Thick rocky head.

Lots of spice, cloves and coriander. Some bubblegum. Sweet pale malts.

Clean malts, cracker, a little biscuit, semi-sweet. Some spice and fruity notes; cloves, cinnamon, banana. Leafy towards the end. Finish is super dry. Body is light-medium, dry, flat, somewhat smooth.

It's above average, but not that great.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date, but the label is notched at best by August 2013. Another beer from the Samuel Adams summer sampler pack, and another that I wasn't aware existed until tonight.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of frothy white head on top of a mostly clear coppery orange colored body. Perhaps some faint sediment twirling around, but not much. Thin sheets of lacing on the way down.

S - Smell is of bubblegum malts, strong clove presence, some light floral smells, & a heavier spice smell. Cloves are very apparent here, more than with most beers I've smelled before.

T - Taste is crisp, light, floral. Bubblegum malts, some banana qualities, strong cloves again, and almost a hint of smoked wood in the finish, but maybe that's just me. Definitely a lighter, less intense take on the style, but I am totally okay with that.

M - Feel is clean and dry, without much lingerance of any kind. Medium carbonation makes itself known.

Overall, not usually my favorite style, but this is an inoffensive, more toned down version of what an actual Belgian pale ale should probably be. A low 4.25% abv makes this beer a summer sipping beer for sure, and I can see where some might enjoy this more than others. Not a personal favorite of mine, but like most beers from Samuel Adams, it is decent enough for what it is.

Samuel Adams Belgian Session ---3/5

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Light amber color. White head quickly recedes into a foam land bridge across my glass.

Dry, Belgian yeast spice aroma with a floral bubble gum lean.

Bright citrus at first --> then toffee caramel-->then spicy Belgian yeast to finish. The flavors progress across the palate so beautifully I could write it like a Phish setlist. I did. Unfortunately that lovely flavor train breaks down into a dull, monotone heap. A bit mineral/steely like most SA ales.

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Pours a clear deep golden with a frothy one inch ivory head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving modest lacing.

Fruity belgian yeast esters and grain dominate the aroma. Peaches, pears, green apple, coriander, and clove are met with confectioners sugar sweetness and light floral hop notes. There's a bit of a musty character present.

Flavor is not as complex. Underpinnings of esters fade quickly to bready, lightly toasted malt. Subtle pear and not so subtle lemon turn somewhat stale at the finish. Whispers of floral and herbal hops surface late.

Body is moderate, with high, prickly carbonation, and slight alcohol warmth.

Wish that aroma translated more to the flavor profile. Carbonation is too high for my liking and really shortens the flavor enjoyment.

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Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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