Monday, April 22, 2013

Samuel Adams Belgian Session

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (859) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 22, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. The best before date was notched at September.

Appearance: Beautiful orange/dark gold color. Forms a fairly small, white, foamy head which mostly evaporates but still leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Similar to a witbier or hefeweizen with strong banana and lemon peel.

Taste: I have to admit I was pretty skeptical about Samuel Adams Belgian Session. This isn’t a brewery known for making Belgian style beers nor low ABV, sessionable beers - so the two together? The outcome is not bad at all, actually. This is a decent, fairly tasty and easily drinkable beer. I have a feeling it’s inspired by the classic Leffe Blonde. And that they got this much flavor out of such a relatively light body is impressive too.

There’s a light fruity/citrusy flavor at the beginning of the palette. Slight lemon or orangepeel with a hint of black pepper or some kind of cracker or starch component. A bit on the dry side but not ridiculously so. The flavor grows rather intense at the apex with banana and orange flesh. A quick wisp of bitterness as it begins to descend. There’s a hint of clove right before it finishes almost completely clean. I’m not saying this is a wickedly delicious beer or anything, but it’s impressive for what it is.

Drinkability: Even though I’m drinking this beer on an April evening, I could see Samuel Adams Belgian Session living up to its name and intended performance output (i.e. drinking a bunch of these in the summer). It’s thin and crisp, but not spastic. It goes down easily and it’s refreshing while in the mouth. I’m shocked there’s this much flavor out of only 4.3% ABV as it seems like something heavier. I’d take this over their Summer Ale any day. 
Grade: 7/10

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