Samuel Adams Belgian Session: Beers of Summer Variety (2 of 5)

Samuel Adams Belgian Session

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

First Impressions

Artwork: Pastel painting of two glasses toasting. The “brewer and patriot” was missing on this bottle.

Color: Golden, light orange.

Aroma: Mild fruit.

The Tasting

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

2 Stars

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.

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