Tasted following a bottling session of my imperial chocolate stout that I brewed with Joey Waldorf. This beer boasts a 9% ABV and I'm planning to age it for a while to see how it mellows. Thanks to Jen for picking this beer up in an assorted 6 pack from Hy-vee in Rock Island.
Mouthfeel: Light bubbly body with a crisp feel and a refreshing finish. High carbonation's leaves a zip to the tongue and a dry texture. Watery initially, but carbonation seems to delay but then foams up to a larger body and distributes the favorable texture.
Overall Impression: I liked the big difference between the beginning and end, and certainly worth a try to see how strangely complex it is between the two, but I did find it to taste a little soapy (as in naturally achieved, and nothing like actual soap). Somewhat Saison-esk. A lot higher ABV to be called a session ale! I wish Smuttynose would be more descriptive in their labels. I'm still unfamiliar with good Belgian beers, let alone Belgian pale ales. However, definitely an interesting Beer to Try.