Tansey’s Blind Rating – 72 Points
Beer Selection – Samuel Adams Seasonal, Belgian Session
Producer – Samuel Adams
Hops – Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Ahtanum, Strisselspalt
Malts – Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, and Gambrinus honey malt
Yeast – Belgian Ale Yeast
Alcohol – 4.3%
IBU – 16
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW
The color of this beer is amber and gold with a thick, white head at about three fingers. Floral and sour citrus aromas of lemon peel, green pine, and Sharpie marker. On the palate the beer has a full-bodied mouthfeel with strong lemon rind, and crushed flower characteristics on the front of the palate. The mid-palate has yeast and peanut-like characteristics with a finish that is a bit sulfurous and rather short.
From the Brewery – 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.https://www.samueladams.com/craft-beers/belgian-session#
What is a Session Beer? Well lets start with this one statement. Session Beer is not an American translation of Saison Beer. They actually have absolutely nothing in common. Session beers are for the most part any beer under 5% and often lower than 4%. They are meant to be flavorful brews that are very light in ABV. They are thought to have been created around WWI in Europe, specifically Britain. The labor force was working long shifts and long weeks to support war efforts. The government began to allow work day sessions during which the workers could consume alcohol. So car manufactures, metal workers, gun smiths, (the list goes on) were allowed to consume alcohol and return to work. AWESOME ! Session beers where light beers that could be enjoyed in quantity without leaving the laborers, well, tanked, sloshed, poo faced, blitzed, torched or drunk, allowing them to continue the rest of the long work day . Enjoy this style of beer while tailgating, beach going, or participating in a social after a hard game of Rugby… Go Clayton Bootleggers. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW.