Belgian Session | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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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Ratings: 1,219 |  Reviews: 243
Photo of robby23
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A thick head to start the quickly turned into a small thin head. It does bubble up after sipping and the head dose stay but its a thin head. It dose have a citrus taste of oranges maybe lemons as well overall it wasn't that impressive. Not there best one but it is worth trying

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a shiny gold color with a fluffy, three-finger, off-white head. Scattered clumps of lacing.

S - Interesting moderate strength aroma of Belgian yeasts, clove, banana, mango, toffee, popcorn butter, and grass.

T - Hmm...where is all that complexity in the nose? Hints of toffee and slightly sour apple, some other indiscernible fruitiness, fresh hay, and lemon pepper. Any Belgian yeast complexities taste "strained out" of this brew. Finishes extremely delicate and dry.

M - Darn it. VERY thin bodied, almost to the point of being watery. I know this is supposed to be a "easy drinkin' summer beer", but it could really use more body. Creamy. Pretty well carbonated, but the thinness and dryness wind up obscuring the carbonation.

O - Wow, this is a muddled mess. Not horrible, but lacking severely in so many areas. And it certainly does not taste "Belgian". SA is off the mark on this one.

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Photo of truesolution
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Garrett092112
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of j-estep
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Bromine
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rgille2
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Vixie
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell has citrus notes, yeast, and a hint of pepper.

Tastes a bit like the smell, citrus and pepper dominate.

Feel is a bit thin for the style.

Not a bad beer, but a long ways from a true Belgian. It will remind you of a Belgian, but falls short in complexity. The best Belgians have layers of flavor, this one is more one note and a bit thin for the style. It is a nice beer for a warm day, but not something I'd by a 6 pack of either.

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Photo of kristenspaintings
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

If I hadn't read the bottle I might have reviewed this beer higher. If I'm supposed to rate this beer based on the brewer's success in achieving a certain style, then Samuel Adams missed the mark. It doesn't taste like any style of Belgian beer I've had.

It's a butterscotch color with virtually no head and an indistinct flavor, although the flavor it does have isn't bad, it's just not a Belgian beer in my opinion.

I served it in a tulip glass and was thinking I enjoyed using my new glass more than I enjoyed drinking this beer. It definitely doesn't stand out on it's own even if I am not trying to compare it to other beers in the style.

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Photo of Lazaro
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Another initial review harkening back to a previously-tasted brew, this time one that brought some decent joy in the midst of a Lucky Monk burger on the patio. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises ripe banana flesh, light clove, light cinnamon, flowers, and some mildly-bready toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, but it's all o'erpowered by a general fruitiness led by oranges and mild lemons. Part of me wishes the flavors echoed the smell, but it still works, so I'm not gonna spend too much time fretting. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish that borders on crispness. Overall, an enjoyable little taste of relatively-low-ABV Belgian-ness. I could easily see drinking a few of these on porches and patios in the coming warm months.

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Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this beer countless times, and can't believe that I am Bly reviewing it now. It is a clear, straw-gold color. Its smell is spicy, with clove and bubblegum, lots of yeast and some malt scents. Sweet smelling. The taste is not as sweet. It is grass and hay-like. Drier than expected. Malt and spice dominate the flavor. The finish is light and peppery. Nice.

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Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jkermitj
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Strangeclouds
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of PortLargo
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Raime
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jmgault1
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of BrewmanCapote
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of justinm4bama
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive clear amber in the tall Stella Artois glass, with a fine-textured white foam. Another sudsy nicely-carbonated lager-like beer from Sam Adams. Reminds me of a delicate Saison, or more likely a Witbier. Tangy and slightly dry with a touch of warm malt.

Modest malty taste with a light body. The real flavor is with the yeast. There is a distinctive clove spiciness just like a Hefeweizen. I didn't taste any banana until it warmed up, along with a hint of orange. Certainly well-made in the lighter style, though I got tired of the cloves. From the 12 oz bottle. Now Albertson's supermarket in San Diego has random singles to make up six packs from.

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Photo of YeastEnthusiast
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Belgian Session from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 1,219 ratings