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Favorite session beers?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Indifferent, May 8, 2012.

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  1. marquis

    marquis Crusader (741) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    I don't want to start things all over again but just point out that either session beer is what the term was invented for or it's just meaningless and the thread has no purpose. We get into a situation of saying "what's the best beer in a class which can mean anything you want it to"
    "Session beer" comes complete with a meaning ,it is the present expression of "small beer" and is all about low gravity and nothing to do with what's locally available or what you like to drink lots of.There are other words to deal with that; please don't devalue the currency!
  2. TapThat

    TapThat Initiate (176) Nov 8, 2012 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    Jester King makes a few great session beers that I enjoy. Le Petit Prince (2.9%) and Bonnie the Rare (3.7%) are both beers that are great for mid day drinking, or when you just want something that isn't imperial this or double that. Agree with Levitation and BB porter. A Trumer Pils usually doesn't disappoint either
  3. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (625) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    St Bernardus Abt. You can knock back 6 or 7 in a session without getting too wobbly.
  4. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,064) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania


    You must be a big dude!


    P.S. I really like St. Bernardus Abt but one beer is enough for me.
  5. marquis

    marquis Crusader (741) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Giving Harvey's Sussex Bitter a miss then?
    Belvoir Dark Horse Mild (a clone of Shipstone's Mild) packs an incredible amount of taste for its 3.4% ABV; it slips down pint after pint and the palate never tires of it.Just one of a dozen or so old favourites.
  6. danc8379

    danc8379 Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Ohio

    I love Great Lakes Christmas, but at 7.5% aren't we really stretching the definition here...?
  7. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    You need to try The Kernel's Table Beer. Can't think of many low OG beers which can compete with the depth and complexity of this 3% ABV brew. Mmmmmm.
  8. fx20736

    fx20736 Meyvn (1,010) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    Fuller's London Pride. 4.7% abv
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  9. JulianB

    JulianB Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    Deschutes Black Butte porter - 5.2% ABV and I could drink them all day, every day with no problems.
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  10. mdillon86

    mdillon86 Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I think Dupont Avril is a wonderful, wonderful beer. I also really like Victory's Uncle Teddy's Bitter
  11. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    Dale's Pale Ale is my go to. 12 packs are always in the fridge at TW for only $15. Lagunitas Daytime is up there too but it's $10 for a sixer...
  12. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    GI BCBS and DFH Palo Santo... now that's a session!
  13. seplo

    seplo Disciple (376) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    I believe that ALL craft beer is session beer...CHEERS
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    PABSTMASTER Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2009 Pennsylvania

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  15. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Aspirant (221) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Carton Brewing's Boat Beer
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter - If Available
    3Fs Gumball Head - If Available
  16. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

    Oh Crap! I see from this list that I forgot, NG MOON Man! That is a terrific brew! Highly sessionable! I wish I had some!
  17. Gannon81

    Gannon81 Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2012 Oregon

    To a degree, yes. But I was thinking more like a mix 6 that I'd sip on throughout the day. The Christmas Ale would go down like the night cap of the session.
  18. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (625) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Is that a Porter Table Beer? I've always wanted to get someone to brew Barclay Perkins Table Beer. It was a lower gravity version of their Porter.
  19. audioserf

    audioserf Aspirant (253) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    Narragansett Lager
    Slyfox Pikeland Pils
    NEBCO Galaxy Pale Ale
    Daisy Cutter
  20. LE_FEESH

    LE_FEESH Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2012 North Carolina

    Gumballhead, hands down. Best <6% abv non-lambic I have ever tasted. I would constantly keep some in stock if it were available.

    Of what is available to me, Olde Hickory Southern Cross pilsner and Foothills BBL aged Peoples Porter.
  21. Ranbot

    Ranbot Devotee (463) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    21st Ammendment Bitter American. It's a fantastic beer, regardless of how you classify it. Don't be scared by the space monkeys!
  22. winbassett

    winbassett Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2010 North Carolina

    Evil Twin Hipster. Incredible beer.
  23. Revenant

    Revenant Aspirant (280) Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    Surly Bitter Brewer
  24. SteelersX

    SteelersX Disciple (371) Jan 30, 2011 New York
    Beer Trader

    My Favorite session beers would be
    Pride and Joy
  25. BILF

    BILF Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2010 Israel

    What is the best session you have ever had?
  26. Kendo

    Kendo Poo-Bah (2,076) Dec 23, 2005 New York

    The night before NYE a couple years ago. Here's the list:

    For me, a De Ranke Pere Noel on tap started the evening (though it was still afternoon at this point). Next up was a 750 ml of St Bernardus Christmas Ale, split 4 ways. Then we drank a 1.5 liter magnum of 2000 Chimay Grand Reserve (the blue label), split 5 ways. Next up was a 750 ml of regular Chimay Blue. Then we did a blind tasting of Westvleteren 12 vs. Rochefort 10 - to do this we busted into 2-3 bottles of the Westy, 3 bottles of the Rochefort (BTW we all agreed that Westy was better).

    Then we had Pliny the Elder - 2 or 3 bottles.
    Then we shifted into stouts, beginning with a 750 of Cigar City's Marshall Khuzov. Next up was a bomber of Surly Darkness. Then a 750 ml of Alesmith Speedway Stout. Then bottles of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout.
    Finally, at about 2:00 a.m., it was time for Founders Breakfast Stout.

    I think that pretty much counts as epic.
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  27. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    2010 Abyss
    2008 BCBS

    Between 4 people
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  28. craft_shannie

    craft_shannie Devotee (480) Nov 9, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    damn dyslexia i thought we were talking session beer.
  29. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    I don't remember any of them.
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  30. BILF

    BILF Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2010 Israel

    Yep. That's epic. In fact it is fantasy in my humble reality. That's the type of reply I was hoping for. You lead an opulant lifestyle foundationed by good taste.
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  31. BILF

    BILF Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2010 Israel

    I did mean sessionable beer, but hey the opening reply set the bar.
  32. Drew26

    Drew26 Aspirant (217) Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    always my next one... :wink:
  33. 7ate9

    7ate9 Aspirant (212) Apr 26, 2007 Virginia

    I surely can't compete with the best beer session.
    So I'll answer what the question was meant to ask...
    the best session beer is Fuller's London Pride.
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  34. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (182) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    London Pride isn't a session beer.
  35. 7ate9

    7ate9 Aspirant (212) Apr 26, 2007 Virginia

  36. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (182) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    It's over 4.0%. Their session beer is Chiswick Bitter at 3.5%.
  37. stealth

    stealth Defender (607) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Probably my birthday last year: Supplication batch 2, consecration batch 2, surly five, cuvee des jacobins, '11 abyss, bunch of other good stuff.
  38. 7ate9

    7ate9 Aspirant (212) Apr 26, 2007 Virginia

    I see.
    There are many competing definitions for sure.
    As well as 4%, I've seen 4.5% claimed to be the limit most often(although I admit Pride is .2% over even that), and as high as 5.1%
    I change my answer to:
    Under the 4% limit my homebrewed english dark mild is my favorite (I can't think of a commercial example of a beer under 4% that is available to me)
    Under the 4.5% limit Goose Island Honkers Ale
    Under the 5.1% limit Fuller's London Pride
  39. Resuin

    Resuin Meyvn (1,285) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    That one time I found PtE on tap and had 3 tulips of it. What a day.
  40. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,230) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
    Supporter Beer Trader

    Drinking beer with my mates in Laramie. The beer was extraordinary but couldn't match the company I was with. You KNOW who you are.:wink:
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