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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: 1004   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (906) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2014
Muddy golden. Dense and huge off-white head. Fine and complex aroma of European hops, with fresh grass and flower fields. Also a bit of spices in taste. High carbonation. Wonderfully balanced with high drinkability.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvhoran (241) - Tasmania, - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy but vibrant orange colour with a large, foamy white head. The aroma has notes of lacto, fruitiness with apple, pineapple, apricots. The flavour is sweet initially with citrus, apple, and becomes more acidic with some peppery notes. Superb.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PietS (32) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2014
This beer is full of great and surprising tastes and aroma’s (mostly fruity, hay-ish), which make it a special beer, but also kind of heavy and un-easy to drink. It is probably great if you like this kind of beer, but this is not my think (happy I tried it though).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1190) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2014
Corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy golden with a lot of sediment and a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are lemons, spices, and yeast - with a slightly dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tandembrauer (109) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2014
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy dark yellow. Aroma of yeast and fruit. Fruity-malty taste with strong yeast signature.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (1396) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
Mye skum. Gyllen dunkel gulbrun farge. Syrlig duft av høy og stron. Smak av høy og sitron.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle at Nüetnigenough, june 19th. Pours hazy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is light funk, peach, citrus, hay, earth, spices. Taste is medium sweet malty, light dry spices, light bitter. Smooth, medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (1945) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
really dug this one, and would score it higher if i didnt lose half the bottle upon opening. Farmhouse to a tee, lightly skunked and also slightly sour, fruity, dry, yeasty, with a hint of hops. Dug it, but ended up paying a buck an ounce for what i was able to drink. wasn’t THAT good..."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
crlnts (294) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 26, 2014
The thickest body I’ve ever tasted in a beer, smoothie-like. Milky yellow with strange white head. The taste is rather nice, dry, bitter, hay, lemon.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (1719) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
The regular from this fascinating brewery since 1988, a kind of strong saison, bit out of place since it is brewed in the Ardennes instead of Hainaut. Creamy, yellowish white, not too stable head, peach blonde colour, clear at first but turning hazy when more is added from the bottle and completely clouded after adding the final drops. Very fruity aroma, melon, orange, peach, apple, straw, leafy hops, earthy and yeasty, old cheese, tea, sherry, biscuit, ginger, vanilla, whisky. Finely sweet onset with fresh fruitiness and citrus touch, becoming more spicy, lightly sourish, peppery and yeasty, ending in a long herbal hop bitterness with some ’jenever’-like, undisturbing alcohol. Difficult product to rate since each batch tends to differ a bit, a typical feature of Fantôme... So something to repeat every now and then, a tough job but it has to be done.


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