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Fantôme Coffee Ruby

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


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lonick (1029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle @ Evil Dead tasting, thanks to Ewan and Lynne. Pours golden hazy with a white head. Slight coffee on the nose, some fruit, lemon, spicy. More coffee on the taste more than there was on the nose but its still not big, nutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (3674) - BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2015
From a 75 cl bottle bought online. Label warns "very bitter taste", but having enjoyed Mikkeller’s 1000 IBU, this cannot scare me... Opens with a pop, but no gushing. Moussy, medium sized, egg-white head dissipating quickly, leaving a rim on the edge of the glass as well as a thin ’mosaic’ of foam in the middle, both of which disappear after several minutes; colour is a fully hazy, ’autumny’ pure copper. Aroma has nothing I’d expect from Fantôme: I get coffee indeed, but more in the sense of coffee liqueur, along with suggestions of old tea bags, candied cherry, ’Haagse hopjes’, strawberry wine, strong butterscotch, lemon zest, perhaps a suggestion of Belgian chocolates with ’praliné’ filling, and then more ’familiar’ hints of freshly fermented farmland, brown rhum, medlar, damp forest floor, unsugared yoghurt, cooked turnip-rooted celery and wet hay. Unexpectedly sourish onset of strong redcurrant, sour cherry and unripe gooseberry, vivid, with medium carbo and some fruity sweetishness piercing through for balance; smooth, lightly oily, supple body, lightly bready and dito caramelly maltiness, in all lighter than expected from this type of beer and ’adorned’ with spicy notes throughout while the initial sourishness continues and even dominates in a lactic, sour yoghurt kind of way, achieving a drying effect till way into the finish, where it is met with a very deep and ’dull’ earthy hop bitterishness, a dash of warming alcohol (but well masked) and some retronasal coffeeish impressions, but faintly so. The redcurrant-like sour effect dominates the palate - clearly indicating something went wrong, as this beer is way more sour than bitter. I suspect the onset of bacterial infection, but even in ignoring this feature, I do not get any serious bitterness out of this, neither hoppy nor roasted or otherwise... I feel cheated in a way: I expected some roasted porter-like brew with the roastiness enhanced by coffee, but what I get, is a kind of strong ’ambrée’ with certain hints of coffee, but only faintly so. This is a strong saison with a trace of coffee but far too mildly so, clearly suffering from an onsetting bacterial infection making it more sour than it was probably intended (the FFF hint in the nose was a warning sign of this); I guess the ’higher’ raters here were lucky enough to find fresh bottles which probably already bore the seeds of this infection without it being active yet. I still love Fantôme no matter what because every bottle I open from this guy always results in something unexpected, but surprises come in either positive or negative ways, and this is a disappointment for sure.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kraddel (4952) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2015
Pours dark, ambercolored brown. Small white head. Smell is that of grinded coffee. Taste is bitter, light, weird. Sweet, spiced and perfumy. Got a herbal note as well....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mile (3572) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle. Amber, hazy, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, light caramel and light sourness with light coffee. Body is light to medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light caramel and light coffee, light alcohol. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and light sourness with light coffee, light hoppyness, light alcohol. Bit thin strong ale with light coffee and sourness. Really nothing special - don’t believe the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hallstein (354) - Skogn, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2015
Aroma of citrus, fresh chinese rubber, bubblegum, tutti frutti, strawberry, slight solvent/band aid. Wierd! Flavor is really wierd! Roasty, tree sap, dank bitter hoppiness. Loads of tannins on the palate. On the finish i get ginger, spicyness and a wierd dry, tannic spicy finish. Huh! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (4717) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
75cl bottle shared at ChrisO tasting, London. It pours a Hasy rich golden / orange color with a medium beige head. Aroma is spicey and earthy, with notes of coffee beans, dark fruits, light spices and yeast. Taste is again lightly bitter and dry, earthy, with notes of earth, roasted coffee beans. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, nice coffee profile

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5357) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle: Poured a nice amber/copper color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention and some very good amount of lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt base with nice caramelized notes is quite enticing. Taste is a nice mix between some Belgian malt base, some residual candi sugar with caramelized notes and alight bitter finish. I don’t get the coffee name since I could not detect any coffee notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Nice mix of drinkability and complexity but maybe a bit clean for Fantome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (1830) - Røros, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2015
Hazy golden with a white ehad - Malt and coffee aroma - Good flavour of malt nad coffee and there is olso a raosted coffee bitterness - The coffee flavour and bitterness goes into the finish - This was good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (752) - truckee, California, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Smells like a cold cup of coffee. Thick reddish brown color with thin head. A smooth rich coffee bean with a light underlying tartness. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11054) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a medium, fizzy off-white head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is earthy and peppery coffee, light grassy and spicy hops, toast and biscuit malt. Flavor is peppery and spicy with light grassy and spicy hops and bitterness, dates, figs, medium toast and biscuit malt with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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