jstraw (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hazy caramel-amber with big, flotsam, beige head / Delicate nose of orchard fruit, oak, caramel, and brett / Light to medium body, lively, mildly tart and acidic, alcohol not apparent, with excellent balance and dry, ever so lightly bitter, finish / Earthy, delicate flavors of green apple, rotten apple, cherry, chrysanthemum, buttered caramel, chocolate, oak, hay, and wet fur / Great stuff, as usual for Fantome.
sir__v (1457) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Geers, Gent - BE. Color: dark amber beer with no carbonation and no foam. Smell: anise and licorice domination. Caramel malt notes. Taste: medium body and quiet easy drinkable for 10 ABV. Good attenuation and with caramel sweet malt and candy notes. Anise and licorice. Aftertaste: good caramel notes. And spicy finish. Perfect X-Mas beer.
SinH4 (1590) - Garching, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown color with tan head. Aroma is very spicy, peppery, malty. Taste is spruces, peppery, spiciness. Finish is very dry. A real christmas ale, but damn, so much spices. Not balanced enough. A bit underwhelming. Dark Saisons are not my favourite.
anstei (639) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. An incredibly bitter Christmas Belgian. Quite spicy and strong, but not so balanced. Too much pepper, for example. I do not taste the saison at all.
kermis (8452) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sampled at Essen Winterbier festival 2015. Appears cloudy brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of veggies, yeast, caramel, toffee and overripe dark fruit. Flavour is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Above medium bodied with soft carbonation.
SaintMatty (6292) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml Bottle - Dark brown with a foamy head. Ginger, cinnamon and caramel in the aroma. Fruity, tangy and spicy taste with raisins, sultanas, caramel, ginger and cinnamon. The finish leaves some tingly sensations on the tongue.
josanguapo (661) - SPAIN - DEC 18, 2015
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 1x04. Smooth, a bit acidic. Bad smell. Better in taste. I could finish it without much trouble, but Im not sure if I like it. Not much wintery. Not worth its high price
ruigo (1893) - PORTUGAL - DEC 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle. Hazy deep amber colour with a thin off-white head. Fruits, yeast and funk in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is sweet at front with fruity notes and a dry yeast finish. Overall, very good beer.
ABT_S54 (322) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle served in a tulip. Pours a clear dark brown with hints of garnet and a frothy off white head with localized spots of carbonation. Not much in the aroma other than Belgian yeastiness and fruitcake notes. Taste is very complex with dried fruits, sweet candy and a quit harsh pine bitterness. A slight amount of acidity but only adds to the complexity and complements the medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Didn’t hold much hope for this as a winter saison but the piney notes (unsure whether these are from the spruce needles listed on the label or from some choice hops however,) balance the cake-like notes and the lack of estery, yeastiness is a welcome change. Hides the ABV remarkably well and really is quite a wintery taste. Recommended.
Kavu (3460) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared 0,75l bottle @ One Pint Pub (Christmas tasting). Pours clear deep amber with a high off-white head. Aroma is slightly fruity roasted malts. Flavor is roasted malts, dark fruits, alcohol, spices and hops. Very nice.
Ysok02 (620) - MOns, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robe ambrée brillante, belle mousse. Nez tout en élégance sur la coriandre, les épices, la fourrure, le clou de girofle, une note levurée. Bouche à l’attaque ronde, un très beau fruit, de la tension et une longue finale amère mais équilibrée. Un très belle bière alliant puissance et complexité.