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Circus Fantôme

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

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed for Croydon Beer Circus, London.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Had 2 different samples from 2 different bottles at the LI beerfest. Both were outrageous diacetyl bombs. Utter crap all the way through. Pours a dark amber with a thin fizzy short lived head. Aroma is of thick sweet buttered popcorn and sweet candy corn. Flavor has some cotton candy sweetness, more butter, caramel, toffeee, and a wierd slick finish. Fantome has some serious issues sometimes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Very dark ruby/brown. 1 finger of frothy, tan head vanishes like a ghost. Funkdafied Fantome nose with light smoke and ash, black pepper, grains, licorice, bread, raisins. Intriguing. Same flavors with some must, subtle caramel malt, spicy yeast, earth. Finishes dry, burnt, yeasty, peppery. Smooth, medium body. Easy to drink considering all the flavors. Everything melds very nicely. Underrated.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
Tangy, lightly alcoholic, fruity, tannic and chocolate notes to the aroma with none being overly dominant. Opaque brown body with decent off white head that recedes to ring and partial cover with some sudsy lacing. Sweet chocolate flavour balanced nicely by an acidic sourness and lightly roasty component with some chalkiness in the dry finish. Medium body with fair carbonation. Seems fairly simple but quite pleasant. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 Bottle shared with the Montreal crew on 11/6/2005. Tan/amber/beige with a slight tinge of auburn with a rapidly dissipating off-white head that leaves little to no lacing behind as it recedes. Unfiltered, with only marginal carbonation activity in the glass. The aroma has an odd mix of very dry, salty toffee, peanut skins, dry chocolate and a bit of tartness coming from the yeast, presumably. Lots of dusty, heavily drying, old yeast makes it difficult to capture many elements in the aroma, not to mention the strength of the aroma is pretty light relative to a Fantome beer. An uplifting, sweet, clean note of malt finishes off the aroma, however, so I go in to the flavor intrigued. The flavor begins with caramel and dry toffee, light raisins and tart yeast. A light touch of brown bread, maybe heavy cream/vanilla and then more dry, dusty yeast. Finishes lightly sour, with a touch of light roast suggestions. Body is medium and the mouthfeel is thinned out, too much so. Not quite watery, but just lacking the tight carbonation I appreciate in other Fantomes. Oily/slipper texture as well. No alcohol apparency.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2005
Dark brownish red, almost no head at all.
It had plenty of barnyard mustyness, but with a side of roasted nuts and maybe a little smoky too.
Dry brewer’s yeast, the usual mouth-puckering sourness and metellic taste but with just a touch of sweetness, aftertaste was like coffee grinds and body was a little thin. Not his best stuff, but a nice rare oddity that I was glad to try out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2005
Pours a cloudy brown color with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of raisin candy with musty yeast. The flavor is sour with raisin candy and musty yeast. The body is light with a powdery texture and soft carbonation. It’s ... intriguing at best, interesting, but maybe one of the Fantôme I enjoyed the least. Still I’m very happy to have tried it, merci Sylvain !

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2005
750 ml bottle shared with Da Montreal Crew at Fantômes and More! tasting. Dark bronze with a mere touch of head, fully lasting...dry, aged cobwebby creaky nose, old dusky manure and ancient withered cherries...earthy, exceptionally sour body struggles to express itself with cherry and caramel, succeeds briefly only to be undermined by to rather thin and very, very dry finish. Certainly of some interest, but far from the best of Fantôme.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
The Lure:
Musty grapes and dry yeastiness recall that of the Black Ghost. The perfume here, while being intriguing, is rather subdued, and overall not as inviting as most Fantômes.

The Festivities:
The sweet fruitiness of grapes and berries surrounds the small-bubbled carbonation. Sourness is present but never bothersome, as the dry finish works along quite well. All is well-integrated, but too muted to sustain pleasure.

Transcendence:
Halloween costumes aren’t as fun if they’re mandatory.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
Fading off-white head gently laces atop the medium brown, hazy body. Not the most complex Fantôme in both nose and taste. Punchy toasted raisin bread and dates squares flavours are pushed into a corner by a dominant musty yeastiness. Fruity, dry and bready cover it up. It develops a certain tartness in mouth, though somehow, a part of the malt bill appear to be roasty and it doesn’t pair as well as in the black ghost for instance. Soily and fruity result, obviously weird, but not as assertive or focused, while the palate feels loose for fantôme, almost flat and not too lively. A anisey, floral, beany, moreso fruity and yeasty example that I’m grateful to have tried, but would not buy again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2004
On tap at the Beer Circus, Croydon. Supposedly brewed specially for the bar. Also available bottled. I struggled to pick up much in the aroma, partly because it was served very cold. The mouthfeel is dry and woody and there’s a sour lactic edge. Some dried fruit, but no great depth of flavour. Interesting, but not entirely successful. As Duff says, the alcohol is well hidden and it’s an easy drinking brew.


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