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 mjurney
3.39/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of DbbC
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of beestes
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Rohkey
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Shaw
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Ford
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of George2744
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jayhunter357
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of krh
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Kpitevl
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of acevenom
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. The beer pours clear copper with a finger and a half of white head. There are lots of visible tiny bubbles rising in this beer. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There's a lot of banana on the nose as well as some lemon. I also pick up a hint of spice. I get some of the malt in the nose as well. Those fruity notes in the nose are present, bringing plenty of banana and lemon the party along with the solid malt backbone. The clove spice is there as well. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and the beer is refreshing to drink. This is a good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from seasonal case poured into a large globe glass. Pours a clear light golden with a half incch of whitish foam. Retention is decent but the beer does seema bit light as for carbonation.

Aroma offers some pleasant yeast notes along with some floral and lemony hops. Not much malt depth but then not expected given the ABV. Bit hard to garner overall. Taste follows with a light malt character and a flowery spicy finish. Touch of harsh grainy bitterness at times. Feel is adequate for the beer, light and easy with enough body and carbonation to match the delivery. Not watery in nature but not far from it either. Drinkable yet simple, well done for what it aims to be.

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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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