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

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RATINGS: 443   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
PaulW (97) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beersiveknown (2473) - 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 :(

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chrisv10 (9839) - 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 :-(

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rasmus40 (9853) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (13458) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is hazy amber. Aroma and taste are smoke, caramel, malt and hops.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tongaking (21) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
Pours cloudy light brown with a little head,the taste is grassy and slightly spicy

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (1955) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2012
@ Gyllenbock: Syrlig doft med en lite julkrydda. Syrlig smak med tydlig cederträ, krydda och en fruktig underton

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (1979) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle at Fermentoren. A deacent saison, herbal but with some hard rosted malt in the finish. Odd twist but a regular Fantome is better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2115) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark orange with a creamy white head. Licorice, roasted stuff and berry seeds note in the aroma. Dark malts, berry seeds and strawberry notes in taste. Dry but not that sour. Still tastes like a saison.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4091) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle. (Fantôme rating 10) Hazy brownish/amber with a large head. A very lively carbonation in this one. Aroma and taste of spices, barnyard, malt, wood, cedar, some berries and yeast. The finish was dry. Rather creamy mouthfeel. An interesting beer.


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