I was near Societe Brewing yesterday and just happened to have a clean growler in the car. (Hey, I was a Boy Scout for a month and a half and still take that 'be prepared" motto seriously when it comes to beer.) I fought my usual IPA temptation, selecting instead the Harlot, one of Societe's Belgian beers. The Harlot is a 6.0% abv Belgian extra, which I am guessing is not too different from a Belgian pale ale, except maybe lighter.
This sneaky good beer is one of the first beers Societe released when it opened last year. It poured a golden yellow with a white, solid but fast dissipating foam. The beer wasn't cloudy, but not quite clear either. Its carbonation was moderate, not the intense effervescence like some bigger Belgian golden Ales. The initial taste was crisp, with a forward, biscuity Belgian yeast. It's a dry beer with a fruity characteristic that faded into Harlot's long, hoppy, bitter finish. This is a well balanced beer with an appropriate body. The Belgian extra style won't elicit wide excitement, but I found this beer delicious. I have raved about Societe's IPAs, but the Harlot deserves attention, too.