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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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Vixie
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
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 -26.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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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3.84/5  rDev +11%
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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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
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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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear and golden. A chunky and bubbly head developed and then quickly dissipated into a very thin foam that remained for the duration of the drink.
Smell: Banana, bubblegum, and light citrus.
Taste: Banana, bubblegum, light citrus, floral, and wheat.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and light carbonation.

The very first smell reminded me immediately of a Leffe, and this made me quite sad. However, the smell did have some citrus in it so that was nice. The taste is only ok. When it was cooler, the banana, bubblegum, wheat, and light citrus were the most pronounced. Then as it warmed, the floral aspect took over with the remaining banana and there was a slight tangy aftertaste.. Oddly enough, the taste really began to disappear as it neared room temperature. I would not get this again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright orange with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention, leaving a thin layer of microbubbles covering the surface. Lacing is fair, with good stick.

Smell - Clove spice, malt grain, faint banana and a touch of bubblegum.

Taste - Light banana and clove spice character upfront. Somewhat bland mid-taste. Moderate notes of mild lemon zest comes through on the back end, imparting a slightly sour, slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Thin, nearly watery body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - A decent brew from Samuel Adams. IMO, a little too watery, but the flavor is respectable. Decent summer brew, but I'd grab the Firestone-Walker Solace 10 times out of 10 over this.

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2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

poured into a pint glass from the beers of summer variety pack.

A: gold color. a little hazy. half a finger of white, foamy head.

S: banana up front, mild notes of belgian spices and yeast. clove.

T: light and fruity. banana. pale malt. hint of spices and yeast. white grape in the finish.

M: smooth and mellow. kind of watery, but refreshing.

O: interesting attempt by the boston brewing company. enjoyable, but not a masterful brew. pretty mild. i would drink it again, but i wouldn't seek it out.

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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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