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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
Reddish-brown colour. Cloudy. Liquoricey with crazy spice nose. Light pear notes, again very assertive liquorice/anise, nutmeg and spice. Probably a little too much, even for Fantome.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11933) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2007
(750ml bottle, thanks mj) Cloudy amber body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, grape, some horse blanket, celery. Taste is medium sweet, grape, some funk/ Medium body, low carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - 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
-------- /> Name: Circus
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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2008
1 pint 9 4 oz bottle. Cloudy red brown, explosive head that shot the cork across the bar. Light tan head. Aroma of pumpernickel bread and yeast. Taste of German black bread with sour finish. Incredible,

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8914) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Bottle... Cloudy, deep amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Good retention. Herbal, spicy aroma and flavor. Mild, Flemish acidity in both. Caramel in the nose. Bread in the flavor. Medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and no sign of the relatively high ABV... excepting the ringing in my ears and pink elephants dancing in my head... oh, a circus! Easygoing carbonation. Moderately dry finish. Well-balanced beer all the way around. Another solid product from Brasserie Fantôme!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8823) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2007
750ml bottle. Poured a medium and murky/muddy orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. The color darkened up as I got towards the bottom of the bottle. Aromas of yeast, fruity, spicey, caramel, green minty herbalness and floral. Tastes of the same herbalness, apples, pears, yeast, and citrus. Light tart finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8621) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Draught - Beer Circus - Croydon. A dark brown almost black beer with no head at all. A sourish dark fruit aroma. There are hints of raisins in the flavour which was a lot thinner than expected. Tasted a bit ’old’?

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2007
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 750ml bottle. Smells of bell peppers and spicy grape and celery. Murky, muddy brown and orange color, very muddy with a tan and toast colored head. Creamy and slick and moderately thick up front, a bit thinner on the back, flavor is quite strange, some muddy yeast, some more celery, though it’s also crisp and pungent at times. When warmer there’s less vegetable and more grassy flavors and aromas, more grapes and pears. Just a weird beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7760) - 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.


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