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
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

*RE-REVIEW* 7/6/16 -- It's been nearly four years since I had this beer last ... it's been 900 or so beers later, and I've finally found what it means to be a light beer and how much flavor I should expect.

I like this more than I originally did ... a little bit more, anyway.

First off, this beer has a gorgeous light gold color to it with a lot of carbonation, heavy lacing, and a nice bit of head -- sexy, really.

The smell is banana-y Belgian yeast, spicy wheat, a little caramely and biscuity. Pleasant.

The flavor of Belgian Session impresses me. It's pretty identical to the smell. The spicy wheat sort of flavor hits first, with the Belgian banana-like flavor coming in with a modest amount of the bubblegum I tasted the first time I had this. The finish is of caramel and biscuits. The feel is a little creamy with medium-to-high carbonation. Drinks a bit bigger than a 4.3% beer normally would.

This is truly an outstanding light beer with more flavor than I'd ever expect from this specific style. Credit given where credit is due -- nice job, Sam Adams.

*ORIGINAL REVIEW* Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Not too bad ... a decent head that quickly dissipates, and no lacing, but it has a nice orange color to it.

Smell: Spice and caramel is what I smell ... a somewhat odd combination, but still pleasant.

Taste: Very interesting, but also quite good. It has the spice and caramel that I get in the smell, but also citrus, tea, and -- dare I say it -- bubblegum. Not at all what I was expecting, but I dig it.

Mouthfeel: As the bottle says, smooth and refreshing. Nothing else to it. What else would you expect from a beer called Belgian >SESSION<?

Overall, a pretty average beer ... it lacks a little bit in flavor, but it's definitely refreshing.


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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and fruits. Taste is the same, malts, a bit fruity, a touch of spice. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

Photo of MDDMD
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-faint malt and caramel, orange

T-toasted bread, malt, orange peel, bitter slightly astringent finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy

O-an average belgian pale, but easily drinkable

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of puboflyons
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz bottle no. P1842035381 with an expiration date of Dec 2012. Sampled on August 2, 2012.

The pour is medium amber with a clear copper tone and a short-lived head that diminishes but leaves a little lacing.

Loads of aroma here with sweet pale malts taking the lead along with an interesting brush fire smokiness, toast, orange peel, and spice.

The body is medium and creamy.

The taste does not come on as strong as the aroma but it is a fascinating array of smoky malts, orange peel,and low hop bitterness. But in the end it is entirely drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Session pours a hazy copper color, with not much head. The smell is sweet, lots of candy aromas, with strong hints of banana. The taste has nice hints of the Belgian candies, but is not overpowering, and finishes with a nice dry taste. Flavorful yet mild. Overall i found this one a bit different, but very good, I really enjoyed the dryness after each sip, and everything blended nicely, nothing was too overpowering.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of kds10011
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a New Belgium globe.

Golden, tealike color, very pretty. Sniffing, I get a dry, iced-tea scent, "phenol"-like, with faint alcohol. It has some funk, but more in the strange chemical vein than the complex, earthy one.
Served a bit on the warm side, but it still worked at that temperature. Nothing disagreeable. The body gave the quenching feeling of cool water, while having an appropriate thickness. A little simpler than I'd hoped. Might be more interesting colder.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light amber color, clear, with slow carbonation, and about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – interesting smell, almost like a cider. It has a tangy flavor to the aroma.

Taste – interesting taste to match the smell, there’s a hint of something earthy and herbal. Again, it has a hint of something almost akin to a juice or a cider. A bit spicy like a pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans just a bit on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew, pretty interesting to think about.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clove dominates the primary taste and smell. Secondary taste has more varied spices and some fruitiness came through. Both taste and smell are relatively mild for a spiced beer. Also, taste and mouthfeel finish clean for a spiced beer.

I couldn't detect the advertised caramel and toffee. The flavor wasn't over-sweet, buttery, or roasted, as implied by these descriptors.

I would not more than one of these. You should probably try it in a sampler first.

This is probably my least favorite from the Samuel Adams label.

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