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Circus Fantôme

Formerly brewed at Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brewed for Croydon Beer Circus, London.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Throwdown. Cloudy copper color. Funky sweet and sour aroma. Hint of balsamic vinegar. Hints of fruitiness, raisins and apricots. Smooth and rounded sweet fruit malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
very funky aroma pepper bready chocolate tannins licorice a lot going on glad to have tried it thanks to the guys at the orlando throwdown

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
funk but less then others - I like this one best so far of the few ive had - woody, pine, grass, burnt, fruit, bread. Very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 1, 2008
Thanks to Jeff. Amber/ruby, tan head. Nose is hay, caramel, some kind of bretty woodiness. Some pepper as well. Favor is somewhat peppery, light funk, toffee. A little tart. Some spice in the finish w. warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle courtesy of mgumby10.

Pours deep cloudy orange with a nice tan head. Earthy aroma, the usual intriguing mix of fantome spices, plenty of stone fruit. Flavor has a very gentle sourness, lots of apricot / apricot skin, some leather, pepper, a few drops of lemon juice, again with additional interest coming from the yeasts and spices.

Maybe not as mind-blowingly good as the dEte, but excellent nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (2000) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 10, 2008
July 2007 - Dark hazy reddish orange, with ok head and lacing. Strong aroma of fruit and spices. Darker, sweeter, maltier and less refreshing than other Fantomes, but still very spicey and dry like the name implies. Creamy mouthfeel as always, but just not my favorite Fantome offering, good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2007
A slightly vigorous pour produces an initially three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head that leave just a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a dark, amber-tinged, plum color as it rests in my tulip glass, but shows an almost brilliantly clear, cranberry red color when held up to the light. An aromatic mix of earth-like note and fruit greet my nose as I take my first draught of the aroma. Aromas of plums (both tart & sweet), raisins, cloves, a touch of damp leather, something like mace, hints of tamarind and a touch of musty, yet distinctly, woody-black-pepper. The fruit notes are more concentrated up front, and it is not till you take a couple of successive draughts of the aroma that the earthy spice notes really start to become noticeable. This has a pretty nicely complex nose that one would expect from Fantôme; it is very enjoyable to spend a couple minutes exploring the aromas of this brew.

Lightly sweet, a touch more tart and it has a sort of tannic, almost woody astringency to it in the finish. The fruit notes is much more on par with the earth & light funk here in the flavor, but I still get ample notes of concentrated plums, raisins, a touch of tamarind, pears and even apple. Musty spice notes & that woody note provide a counterpoint to the fruitiness; as does the acidity, but this tends to meld into and accentuate certain aspects of the fruit flavors too. Soft turpene notes (clove, hints of mace and allspice) are joined by a woody black pepper note (not as distinctly as in the aroma though), a hint of earthy ginger, spicy oak flavors. Quite light bodied, yet that tannic / woody note adds some body and the spiciness almost makes this a sipping brew despite how quaffable it is. Some phenolic notes and a touch of alcohol adds some sharpness to the finish.

The second pour of this brew adds a bit of sediment, which definitely adds a yeast-like dimension to the brew (both in the flavor and in the taste). Spicy notes of allspice, cardamom and clove seem to be accentuated as well. While not as funky as some Fantôme products, this has a rich depth of flavor that I am really digging. I am not really sure where the wood-like notes are coming from (perhaps the cork, or maybe some weird secret ingredient), but they definitely add a very nice additional complexity to this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Another one shared by puzzl (big thanks!). Poured orange with frothy rocky head that dissipated rather quickly. Very floral aroma and yeasty. Taste is much of the same; you really get a lot of flowers in here, certainly unique...and tasty too. I wish I knew my edible flowers so I could pin it down...alas. Didn’t get the tartness that some others got, though that would’ve been pretty awesome. Very yeasty as well in the taste and finish. This was really nice; looking forward to more Fantomes in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle from Larry. But not Shared with Larry, even though he was the last rater. Shared with Max. Vegetal, floral aroma, deep and yeasty, lightly tart, a little brett. Huge head that fades fast. Not firm. Big and bold flavor, like a souped up saison, lots of flower notes and a strong, earthy yeastiness. Delicious! Thanks, Larry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Poured a clear deep copper color with a small off-white head. Yeasty funky leather in the aroma but not over-powering at all. Some dusty notes with mint coming out as it warms. The flavor was dry, yeasty and lightly tart.

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