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Fantôme Saison

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Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 1014   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This is a tremendously delicious, textural, and fizzy county ale, bright gold colour, citric and sour, reminiscent of a good champagne or lambic but in a class all its own.
Fantôme – Golden ale, 8% alc. by volume, with a wonderfully musty and characterful aroma. There are many drinkers out there who believe this is the “Nectar of the Gods.” Certainly no other brewer makes beer like this, in Belgium or anywhere. How many beers of 8% plus offer such fresh fruitiness? A solid Belgian saison beer at its base, with an unusual overlay of fruitiness.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1150) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2014
Cloudy orange body with a small, white head that reduces to a thin layer, good lacing. Strong aroma of yeast, spices and hints of barnyard. Strong flavour of yeast, spices (especially pepper in the long finish) and funky notes that are a bit more present than in the aroma. Light sweet taste, light acidic and very light sour and with a decent bitterness. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, very dry, mid-bodied and with a moderate carbonation. Very nice!
[75 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, shared with Svensenga smak & behag]

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalfaro86 (291) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 19, 2014
Pours a cloudy golden brew with a big white head with poor retention, aroma is moderate sweet, moderate acidic and low bitter with peach, grapefruit, green apple, spices and caramel, medium bodied, flavor is moderate sweet, moderate acidic and low bitter with a sweet and stout finish and a medium aftertaste, fresh, excelent

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (31) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
A: Dandelions, yeast, citrus T: Blood orange, fresh honey, fresh berries, mango. Extremly nice beer! Really awesome!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
750ml bottle served in a chalice. A: Visual is not outstanding. Pours a light orange color with a medium to small bubbled white head. Head disapears quickly leaving no lacings. A lot of sendiments in the bottom of the bottle. The more you pour it, more cloudy it becomes S: Very fruity and spicy. Quite citrus. Notes of grains, apples and vanilla. Some flowery hops in the end T: Perfect mouth. First of all refreshing. I was expecting it to be much more sour, like a Lambic, but it’s not. It’s mild sour with an also discreet bitterness. Very spicy, indeed. Complex. Difficult to describe all the spicies. It’s herbal, peppery and, at the same time, fruity and citric. Notes of apples, sweet malts and a mild bitter hoppy end M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Sour fruitiness as aftertaste O: High drinkability. My first Saison Ale, great surprise. Strongly recommend [ BA Review @ 3/25/2011 ]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (7025) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2014
750 ml bottle. #D. BB N/16. From a webshop some time ago.
Cloudy golden colour with a mid-size white head. Yeast, grassy hops, earth, honey and clay in the aroma. The flavour is sweetness, honey, alcohol, grassy hops and earthy notes. A strong one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (1454) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Hazy yellow colour, white foam. Medium carbonation. Grassy and hay along with citrussy fruitiness. Dry and bitter finish. Good saison.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (1003) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy light golden with an enormous thick creamy head. Aroma is vinegar, lemon peel and honey. Creamy body with average carbonation. Flavour is tart with yeast, wood and apple cider vinegar, as well as notes of honey and grain. Sour wooden, funky finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
electrotype (236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Très belle visuellement, d’une couleur miel brumeuse. Une petite mousse compacte se refuse à mourir. Au nez, c’est vraiment saison, ça sent sucré, le souffre et les écuries. En bouche, une discrète anis/réglisse noire se laisse remarquer. Une belle amertûme est également présente. C’est plutôt sucré, peut-être un peu trop à mon goût. L’alcool n’est pas perceptible. La Fantôme ne gagnera pas mon coeur, mais c’est une bière qui se boit bien.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2014
750 ml bottle from Lucky Baldwins. At an "ice breaker" with colleagues, so figured I’d go all ballin out of control and get a 2009 AleSmith Decadence to share with people. But they didn’t have that, so I thought, "oh yeah, Fantome roulette, let’s do this!" And it made for interesting conversation. That conversation mostly went like "This is like a marshmallow that got burnt to a crisp." Or "beef jerky. Sour beef jerky." Or "heh, this tastes like the farmhouse it was brewed at burned down, leaving only this beer in its wake." Or "liquid smoked gouda." And you know what, all of those descriptors have a place. It poured cloudy light amber. Initial aroma of funk, skunk, and regret. This was replaced by the smokiest fucking saison I’ve ever had -- bandaid mixed with pepper, feet, cheese, and lightly tart fruit. Also stale cotton candy hiding behind a layer of cobwebs. Taste was ... whatever, no point in going much further with this. You’ve got the drift. In the end, I didn’t hate it, but if it is indeed a "soild Belgian saison beer at its base," this one is very very far from home.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1797) - WALES - SEP 20, 2014
750ml bottle from Brewdog, BB Nov 2016. Vibrant orange, hazy, huge foamy off-white head. This was extremely foamy out of the bottle. Aroma is musty, copper, lemon, orange, pretty sweet and a bit syrupy. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste is sweet, soft caramel, light wheat, some tinned fruit citrus, a touch of perfumey alcohol. I didn’t get any sour character really, but this must be a young beer. Nice stuff.


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