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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2007
750mL bottle. Dark orange color. aroma of burnt, nutty, barnyard. A yeasty aroma. Lemons, hay. Very tart. Like lemonade and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2007
(750ml Bottle) Pours a murky amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of sour fruit, mustiness, and florals. Flavor of sour, vinous, grapefruit, mint leaves, spruce, and herbal tea. Interesting beer, as one should expect from Fantôme.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Circus
Date: 08/04/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade

muddy brown, whispy tan head, disappearing drippy lace, light spicy chocolate aroma, nice light chocolate flavor, nice light spices, nice bitterness in the finish
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Date: 03/26/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

picking up lots of the signature Fantome funk in the aroma, dry caramel flavor to go along with the chocolate, with lots of spicy character,
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Date: 05/05/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

sweet lemon in the aroma, more caramel than chocolate in the flavor

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Sampled on 3/26/07: Pours a transparent copper orange with a nicely-lacing frothy off-white head. Aroma of earthy slightly musty, sweet caramel malt with a touch of bready notes and some horseblanket character. Body starts fairly full with a touch of malty sweetness and mild funk with earthy grassy notes and some bready balance. A good saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9138) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
This orange/amber ale poured with a massive beige head that filled half of a tulip glass, and there it stayed until I sipped it off the top. This is an unusual saison in that it is quite malty and dark. However, the flavor is pleasantly complex with tastes of malt, flowery hops, treacle and coriander, with a harsh peppery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Bottle from Knightly. Pour is off-white colored head, deep orange to brown color. Head thins to a few mm after a few minutes, but has excellent retention. Aroma was spiced grapes, spices which I certainly can’t place (coriander, pepper, cardumum among them?). Flavor followed the aroma, cherries mixed in, citrus, a heartily malted beverage, spices playing a supporting and accenting role, much more so than in a normal Fantome beer, yet of some degree of complexity. Mouthfeel was hearty, silky, creamy, airy feeling. A nice brew if you’re looking for a malty saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
25.4 oz bottle. Hazed brown with a trace of bone head. Faint cherry and plum; mild yeast. Sweeter than other Fantômes i’ve had. Tingly spiced cantaloupe with a touch of sour gingerbread. Dry finish with a slight herbal pucker makes you crave another sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Corked bottle served in my NB worthy glass: Pours a vibrant ruby highlighted deep amber hue with a small but lasting frothy ring and good lace. The aroma has notes of passion fruit and other tropical pleasure, clove and cardamom, funky barnyard and musty yeast esters, moderate Belgian sugar, and a almost brett/gueze like sourness. All in all very inviting nose.

The taste profile is equal parts sour acidic fruit (think Flemish Sour), sugary Belgian Ale, and classic Saison wildness. Changing at every turn this beer has a unique flavor profile that is challenging and yet oh so enjoyable. The finish is a subdued spice and winey splash. The mouth feel is strangely watery but yet sustainable bulk. The finish is woody and dry per the genre. Another wonderful creation from Dany and a great way to celebrate the springtime renewal of Mother Earth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Opaque amber with small, off-white cover. The aroma is light funk, cheese, light yogurt, celery seed, floral and vinous. The flavor is lightly tart, lactic, candi sugar, herbal, spice and golden raisins. Medium body is very soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2007
If you ever wanted to read my thoughts on a Fantôme beer, well, here’s your shot. Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown body with a tall, beige-colored head that fizzed out fairly quickly. Smell: Caramel and cinnamon enveloped in Fantôme’s typical mustiness as well as some spices and a bit of white wine. Taste: Mildy sweet taste with flavors of caramel and crispy toffee with a pinch of sea salt and a tart-sour twang similar to a 50-50 blend of a dry white wine and ginger ale. Mouthfeel: Thinnish body with a somewhat oily texure and only a light amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Though decent, it seems fairly toned down when held up against some of the other Fantôme beers I’ve tried.

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