Samuel Adams Belgian Session: Beers of Summer Variety (2 of 5)
Brewed by: The Boston Beer Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Belgian
- Variation: Pale Ale
- Seasonal: April-August
- ABV: 4.25%
- IBU: 16
Notes: Part 2/5 in Beers of Summer variety pack tasting flight.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
A crisp, refreshing version of a traditional Belgian beer. Fruity, slightly spicy flavors from the Belgian yeast are balanced by toffee and caramel notes from our blend of malts while the hops provide a citrus character that rounds out this enjoyable brew.
Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Ahtanum, Strisselspalt
Malts: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, and Gambrinus honey malt
Additional: Belgian Ale yeast
Artwork: Pastel painting of two glasses toasting. The “brewer and patriot” was missing on this bottle.
Color: Golden, light orange.
Aroma: Mild fruit.
Arrived in: Bottle
Served in: Tasting Glass
What I don’t care for with some Belgian style ales, is they can be a little too heavy in the esthers.
Luckily Samuel Adams Belgian Session did not suffer from that effect, which I found to be its only redeeming quality.
All in all, this was a decent beer, but did not live up to the flavors described in the brewer’s notes. There was definitely fruity aroma, but toffee and caramel notes were absent.
I would also have to say “no thanks” to making Belgian Session, a session beer. One was enough for me.
Final Score: 2/5
Samuel Adams Belgian Session was not a bad Belgian style ale, but also forgettable at the same time. You can find other Belgian style ales worth drinking ahead of this one, but what I enjoyed was its more “safe” flavor profile, since the musty taste you can occasionally find within that particular style was missing.