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Fantôme Hiver (Winter)

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Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fantome's winter offering, available December through March or so. Brewer Dany Prignon changes his receipes every year, so we can't so for sure what this year's beer will be like, but it is sure to please lovers of Dany's beers.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
walrussell (178) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Hazy medium orange-brown Smells like a dirty bathroom, towel that needs to be washed, and raisins. Slightly sour. Less bitter and sweet. Some of the dirty funk shows up in the taste, along with dates and coriander and a light maltiness. Long bitter finish, full of clove. Much easier to drink than the smell would lead you to believe. I like these kind of funky tastes, but this is near the top of what I like. It is good, though. Better the more you drink it.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
circinus (260) - SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle 65 cl from Barleywine, CPH. Hazy orange with a thick beige head. Gooseberries, tartness, yeasty, malt, funky, lemon. Some chocolate?, berries, sweet cherries, sweet. Tastes colliding in a bad way. Medium body, medium carbonation, stränge finish.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Franzen (405) - SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2015
tart gooseberry, citrusy, funky aroma eith hints of meat, mushrooms and soy. Tart taste, mushrooms in the taste as well. Caramelly malty taste. Don’t really care for the taste, and it is too powerful in taste and to full in body to be a good saison, a saison for me should be more refreshing

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
scarletfire65 (1127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Large format bottle at Webster’s in Chicago. The aroma is oranges, lemongrass, oxidation, diacetyl. Murky amber in color. Tastes of chutney, spices, oxidized sherry, buttered roasted apples, caramel, wow the flavors keep developing as it warms. Tart and dry finish. Certainly an authentic farm house ale, but doesn’t really resemble the Anglo Saxon interpretation of a saison. Delicious none the less.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2668) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2015
75cl bottle bbEnd2016, shared at Outre-Rhin tasting 05/2015. Ginger, wild orange marmelade, undomesticated citrus funk, something of cinnamon, curry and fermented pumpkin in aroma, mildly complex at various surfaces emerging as the beer warms. Dirty maltfunk milkshake of a citrusspiced concoction in taste: wild orange broth, grapefruit, made creamy by an unbridled Fantôme-dirty yeastiness, providing earthy spice on top of the actual additional, unlocateable spices. Not quite stellar, but transcendental in its ungraspable earthiness - Fantômes really are bog-dirty, farmyard-stained angels.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Calisky (1750) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 24, 2015
Freiburg testing - courtesy of Bartlebier, many thanks Franck! Couleur orangée trouble, légère mousse blanche. Nez de levures et vieilles agrumes, assez bon. Gout très fort sur l’agrumes, raisin, note levures et alcool brulé. Bière pour spécialistes.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (4729) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle 75cl kindly shared by Bartlebier. A cloudy golden beer, nose is on ripped fruits and grapefruit. Aroma is on ripped orange, grapefruit, quince, lot of yeast, astringency, alcohol notes, apple, lactic touch, unbalanced and heavy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Most recent batch purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Poured into a filled in ghost tulip. Hiver pours a murky orange brown in color with a half fingers worth of off-white head. The head dissipates rather quickly to a flat, somewhat boring appearance. Nose is comprised of yeast, spice, faint lemon, pepper, and is somewhat "green". The taste to me screams oregano. There is definitely some pepper as well, but the main theme is definitely oregano. Finishes with the typical young Fantome yeastiness seen in post infection bottles. Moderate mouthfeel, dull carbonation, a little watery, and a moderate finish. Not one of the best bottles of Hiver I’ve had, unfortunately this is the one I sat down the rate. Previous bottles have been almost flawless, this one just doesn’t sync up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (3106) - FINLAND - APR 13, 2015
Bottle. Unclear orange, white head. Barnyard, hay and lemony notes in aroma. In taste there are some more spicy notes, like cinnamon, present. A certain amount of grass and grainy notes as well. Quite dry. Citrus and bitter notes towards the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jorn69 (1751) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2015
@ Havregatan 150207. Bottle from Kihoskh, Copenhagen. Fruity and bretty with spicy and light caramelly notes, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, fruity and bretty. Nice.


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