Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Soy-Erezée, Belgium


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RATINGS: 449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Once described as a Belgian Irish-style stout, Black Ghost has undergone lots of changes over the years. It now bears no resemblance whatsoever to a stout, and brewer Dany Prignon has begun adding spices to the beer. What they are is anybody’s guess...the Fantôme confounds once again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThirstyBird (1868) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - DEC 15, 2012
Pours a muddy brown with a large tan head. Smells of leather, yeast, smoke. The taste is dry, spicy, herbal dryness - this one leaves my mouth bone dry and slightly bitter. Medium body with fairly active carbonation. I’m not sure what is going on with this beer....it isn’t bad but it might be going sour. It is certainly interesting and complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BitchPls (599) - FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Muddy brown with medium but brief head. Really sour and bitter taste. Hardly any sweetness. Grape fruit and stomach acid in the flavours. Watery texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Borresteijn (5068) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2012
75cl Bottle at UDRBM, thanks Harmen. 2012 edition. Super slimey brown pour, off-white head. Aroma of light smoke, roast, brown malts, a bit salty. Flavour is light salty, smoke, light iodine, light sweet, tart, hint of smoke in the earthy finish, but all flavours were very light and muted. Full slimey mouthfeel, thin bodied. Not what it’s supposed to be I guess. Hope my other bottles are better...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
dEnk (4097) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle @ tasting. Weird settling gelatine like pour. Aroma is dusty hay, some smoky notes, faint caramel. Flavour is slight smoke, some malt, but the substance is just too disturbing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (3967) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 1, 2012
Strange structure to this one.... Murky, copper and beige. Wholewheat bread, meaty, rubber and malts. Slimey texture, but actually mild taste. Strange, very bitter. Not quite what it’s supposed to be? (UDRBM)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vaiz (3617) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2012
UPDATED: APR 12, 2013 Bottle at UDRBM. Mutky brownish pour, thin white head. Pours some slimey liquid, quite bizarre. Aroma is spicy, smokey, quite some yeast and some strange substance that should probably not be in here. Flavor is spicy, cinnamon, smoked malts, some sugars and heavily carbonated. Body is like slime, extremely full bodied, but a bit too weird. Is this supposed to be like this?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
PaulW (105) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2012
This is wrong. There are echoes of the Saison here, presumably process and yeast are somewhat similar. But the unusual twang provided by the bugs is now masked with a bit of dark malt, perhaps enhancing smokiness, and, seemingly, bigger hops. This converts a refreshingly tart beer to an astringently bitter one, without the balance of those New World citrus flavours. Just too much; not greatly balanced, difficult to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beersiveknown (3521) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle shared with friends from stirchley wines
Pours murky dark brown with a bit of head, plenty of carbonation and a sweet but slightly funky aroma. Unfortunately this looks and drinks a mess, thin body but quite bloating, some bitterness and roast notes but not much else. Pricey drain pour :(

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chrisv10 (11805) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle, 8% @ FOneFan. Unclear amber/brown with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, yeast, berries and phenols. Flavour is malt, yeast, chunky, phenols, rubber, caramel and off :-(

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rasmus40 (12343) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Unclear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, berries, heavy yeasty and spicy. Flavor is quite sweet and light acidic. Sweet finish. Something is wrong here. 091112

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